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7 Audiobooks That’ll Get You to Vote

I’m one of those election clerks you’ll encounter on November 6, checking off your name and handing out ballots. (And as you can see, my husband and I are voters.) After the polls close, we clerks stay late to check our records and tally ballots that must be hand-counted. Perhaps a voter’s marks were too faint for the machine to read or perhaps they voted for Mickey Mouse as a write-in. No matter. Every vote counts, and every election is precious because we have the right to vote.  Personally, I’d also call it a duty. So, herewith, 7 great voting history listens to get you to the polls on Tuesday, November 6. Read more…

Romance Covers

The Romantic Tropes That Listeners Love

Romance CoversWhile mystery and science fiction certainly have tropes that weave through the genres—romance rules for recognizable storylines. In the early years of Harlequin et al., certain romantic tropes could not be avoided: boss/secretary, nurse/patient, and teacher/widower-with-son stories were thick on the ground. (Some of the more random ones that I particularly enjoyed were woman inherits castle in remote location, person rescued from waves with amnesia, and man suspects woman of having May/December affair with his father, but really it’s platonic.) Read more…

4 Tips for Self-Care

A Time for Self-Care

4 Tips for Self-Care

The stars of October this year have aligned to indicate a crying need for some self-care among many listening readers. We’ve heard enough about beer to cancel most interest in Oktoberfest; October is Anti-Bullying Month; and it’s also the month we recognize Mental Health Awareness. Here are four tips for taking active measures toward self-care, and our recommendations for audiobooks that can encourage that positive response to stress. Read more…

Michael Imperiol by David Imperioli

Sopranos Veteran Michael Imperioli & Music Legend Lou Reed

Michael Imperiol by David ImperioliHow did Sopranos veteran Michael Imperioli come to write and perform his first novel—a coming-of-age drama about a young man and his friendship with rock god Lou Reed? In this AudioFile exclusive interview with Michael—released in our Behind the Mic podcast—Michael shares details of his 30-year acting career, his evolving life as a writer, and his involvement with the audiobook process. In his first novel THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES, Michael is both author and narrator, and he received an Earphones Award.  

Listen to his conversation with host Jo Reed as Michael outlines the story, including the many careful details that evoke Matthew’s innocence and the wild side of Manhattan of 1976, and his own admiration of and friendship with Lou Reed.  Read more…

Elevation

What is an Audiobook Bonus?

As I prepared our “bonus” podcast episode for this week—Michael Imperioli’s interview with Behind the Mic host, Jo Reed—I delighted in the unexpected tidbits and behind the scenes chat that Michael offered: on the SOPRANOS set; working with Martin Scorsese; his friendship with Lou Reed. Michael’s insights and comments are the bonus to the bonus! Get the episode here. . . if you are not already hearing our daily podcasts.

There are actually loads of bonuses to audiobooks, and listeners have different points of view on what constitutes a bonus. Here are some of the elements of recent audiobooks that give them extra oomph. Read more…