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Today’s guest voice performer may be relatively new to audiobooks, but in just a few years his work has already won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2020 Audie Award for Best Thriller/Suspense.

Even if you haven’t yet listened to Santino as an audiobook narrator, I bet you’re already familiar with his skills because he’s the voice behind FROZEN’s Prince Hans. Santino brings his impressive stage and film talents to our earbuds and seems equally at home with fiction and nonfiction. I am always taken with his characterizations, which move beyond simply giving each individual a unique voice. Santino digs deeper to signal, for example, temperament, feelings, and maturation, giving each character extra dimensions.

When you listen to the following audiobook recommendations, you’ll note Santino’s impressive sense of pacing, which provides us the time to absorb the nuances of the author’s intent or to react emotionally to the plot. Read more…

More new additions to favorite mystery series

More New Additions to Favorite Mystery Series on Audio

More new additions to favorite mystery series

When I posted the recent blog on audiobook series to indulge in during our continued state of captivity, I realized I had focused almost exclusively on male authors. Well, there are many female authors with new additions to their series recently out or about to be published. Below is a sampling. Read more…

A Symphony of Black Womens Voices

A Symphony of Black Women’s Voices

A Symphony of Black Womens Voices
Bernardine Evaristo (l) and Candice Carty-Williams

Daring, funny, relatable, eye-opening, moving, and filled with gorgeous prose.  Those are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe the two novels that won top honors in this year’s British Book Awards. I’d also say finally, because for the first time, both novels were written by Black female authors. Read more…

4 New Summer Romances - Hot Audiobooks for July

4 New Summer Romances: Hot Audiobooks for July

4 New Summer Romances - Hot Audiobooks for July

Has your vacation been canceled, or turned into s’mores and a wading pool in the backyard? Never fear—AudioFile has four new audiobook romances with delicious summer themes to recommend. So turn on the fan, crank up the A/C, and get ready for these hot summer listens.

First, let’s head to the beach with Mary Kay Andrews’s HELLO SUMMER, read by Kathleen McInerney. Andrews has a talent for creating small-town Southern beach-capades complete with gales of laughter and fun personalities. Enter narrator Kathleen McInerney. She voices newshound Sarah Conley Hawkins as she resettles in a small town in Florida and uncovers an untimely death. With a slight Southern accent, McInerney welcomes listeners to Silver Bay using a sweet, appealing tone for Sarah. Read more…

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

Happy Canada Day! I hope your celebrations include time to relax, cook out, and see some fireworks. While your festivities will likely be tempered by current health concerns, I’m sure you’ll find ways to make the day special.

If you’re not familiar with this Canadian holiday, here’s the short take. Canada Day (or Dominion Day, as it used to be called) commemorates the day the Constitution Act of 1867 went into effect. Though Canada was still technically a British colony, the act united the provinces of what was then Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion under the name of Canada.

Here at AudioFile Magazine we’re celebrating by featuring five recent audiobooks by Canadian authors. Get to know the some of the diverse voices of Canada by queuing up these recommended titles. Read more…