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Self: Opening up to Possibilities

The personal growth sector of the audiobook catalog is alive and well. I started reviewing self-help tapes (yes, tapes) in the 1990s and am blown away at how sophisticated and varied today’s audios have become. A lot of today’s offerings are written by experts such as psychologists, social scientists, and behavioral science journalists, along with a variety of public speaking luminaries. Each with its own mix of insights, inspiration, and advice, these audios are gaining popularity with people who are fascinated with the human condition, fascinated with the possibility that their lives could be better.

Pre-SuasionPRE-SUASION
by Robert Cialdini, read by John Bedford Lloyd
Simon & Schuster Audio

INVISIBLE INFLUENCE and PRE-SUASION are good examples of how a behavioral scientist can put together an enlightening audio lesson on what makes people tick. These authors teach effective living with evidence-based suggestions for improving the way we think, make decisions, and impact our worlds.

Pathways to PossibilityPATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITY
written and narrated by Rosamund Stone Zander
Penguin Audio/Books On Tape

I’ve also learned to be more open to the softer messages embodied in an audio like PATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITIES, Rosamund Stone Zander’s touching meditation on how to step out of our isolated comfort zone and explore the joy of connecting with others. Her message alone is powerful enough, but what opened my heart as well as my brain was how the author’s kind voice was an ever-present messenger for her humanitarian worldview.

Bon courage!

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This post has been edited from its original longer form in the print issue of AudioFile Magazine, October/November 2016.

Behind the Mic: Grace

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with Lisa Renee Pitts who tells us what it was like to record GRACE, Natashia Deón’s searing novel.

“My job was to stay true to the intentions of each character.”—Lisa Renee Pitts

Grace
GRACE
by Natashia Deón, read by Lisa Renee Pitts
Blackstone Audio
Earphones Award Winner

The advance reviews of GRACE caught our attention, and paired with the powerful talent of Lisa Renee Pitts, we knew this would be an astonishing and affecting listening experience. Listen to a sound clip and read the full review here!

Lisa Renee Pitts

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Tease: Dark Carousel

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Jim Frangione to hear about one of the challenges of his first performance of one of Christine Feehan’s Dark titles, DARK CAROUSEL.

“Feehan’s ancient Carpathian language was hard, but fun to do!”—Jim Frangione

Dark Carousel

DARK CAROUSEL
by Christine Feehan, read by Jim Frangione
Penguin Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Feehan’s long-running Dark series—DARK CAROUSEL is #29—gets a brilliant fresh voice. AudioFile’s reviewer calls Jim’s performance “dark and delicious,” and we hope he’ll stay in the world of the Carpathians. Listen to a sound clip and read our review HERE.

Jim Frangione

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Solve: 5 Dangerous Dames

Mysteries get a lot of attention from AudioFile Editors, and this month we’re taking a look at the “dangerous dames” of audiobooks. Here are just a few of our favorites—let us know yours in the comments below!

Murder and Mendelssohn

PHRYNE FISHER: Kerry Greenwood’s creation, Miss Fisher is brilliantly performed by Stephanie Daniel, from COCAINE BLUES (#1 in the series) to MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN (#20). The TV series, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” has helped to bring on more fans.

Girl Waits with Gun

CONSTANCE KOPP: Amy Stewart’s first Kopp Sisters mystery, GIRL WAITS WITH GUN —based on one one of the first American female deputies—was a hit and picked up an Earphones Award for Christina Moore. Number two in the series, LADY COPY MAKES TROUBLE, just received a second accolade.

Journey to Munich
MAISIE DOBBS: Another “dame” in a historical setting, MAISIE DOBBS  was introduced to us by author Jacqueline Winspear twelve episodes back, and just after WWI. The latest, JOURNEY TO MUNICH, brings us to just before WWII. We love narrator Orlagh Cassidy as Maisie.

Killer Look

ALEXANDRA COOPER: Back in the hard-hitting world of the New York City District Attorney’s office, Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper has 18 titles, from FINAL JEOPARDY to the recent KILLER LOOK. And, of course, Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat is a dangerous dame all on her own.

Turbo Twenty-Three

STEPHANIE PLUM: Janet Evanovich and narrator Lorelei King are a natural pair in the Stephanie Plum series. Listeners will find Lorelei’s sassy Stephanie from #7, SEVEN UP, all the way up to  TRICKY TWENTY-TWO, with the newest, TURBO TWENTY-THREE, coming out in November 2016.

Long series often give these dames plenty of time to get in plenty of trouble, and to pick up a following. When a great narrator teams with the author long-term, listeners enjoy each perfect pair.

We’d be at this list for a long time if we covered every dangerous dame & her narrator double. Please add your favorites!

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Self: Put Your Intuition to Work

Personal and workplace decision-making can be a mercurial process. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Hillary Huber to hear her thoughts about her accessible performance of Lynn Robinson’s authoritative guide to trusting your intuition.

“Success is based on so many decisions throughout each day.”—Hillary Huber

Put Your Intuition To Work
PUT YOUR INTUITION TO WORK

Lynn A. Robinson, read by Hillary Huber
Vibrance Press

We all like good, actionable ideas to help our day, and our lives, go better. When an audiobook narrator connects listeners to those ideas, it’s a win-win. Hillary Huber helps us absorb Lynn Robinson’s approach to using our inner wisdom. Listen to a sound clip and read our review here.

Hillary Huber

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