Behind the Mic: The Arabs

Narrator Derek Perkins always brings a fluency and engagement to even the most challenging titles and subjects, including history. Derek goes Behind the Mic for AudioFile and gives us some insight into his preparation for Eugene Rogan’s THE ARABS.

“Much of Professor Rogan’s history—which goes from the 16th century to today—is from the Arab perspective.”— Derek Perkins

The Arabs
by Eugene Rogan, read by Derek Perkins
Tantor Audio
Earphones Award Winner

When our reviewer says that a history is “as dramatic and fraught as any novel,” we know that is accessible listening. Listen to a sound sample of Derek’s well-researched pronunciations from THE ARABS, here.

Derek Perkins
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Tease: Glitterland

Nicholas Boulton has been celebrated again and again for his suberb performances, and Alexis Hall’s GLITTERLAND gets the same captivating treatment.

by Alexis Hall, read by Nicholas Boulton
Hedgehog Inc. Productions
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Ash Winters is fighting crippling depression and anxiety, and swiftly losing hope. The last thing he wants is to fall for a dramatic stranger with a fake tan and a sparkly jacket. Boulton’s performance pulls listeners right into this fraught, fiery relationship, transforming every pitfall, heartbreak, revelation, and reconciliation into a memorable listening experience. Read AudioFile’s full review here, or check out more audiobooks narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

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Solve: The Wreckage

Sean Barrett knows the territory of THE WRECKAGE after several Robotham thrillers featuring Joseph O’Loughlin and here, ex-detective Vincent Ruiz. Barrett brings a rich, value-adding performance to  Robotham’s complex new tale.

The Wreckage
by Michael Robotham, read by Sean Barrett
AudioFile Earphones Award

Barrett handles a UN Assembly of accents with effortless polish, and his pacing as the two plots race side by side is irresistible. Listen to a sound clip and read our review HERE.

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Self: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Do the things around you bring you joy? Find the secret, and the method behind making it so—listen to  THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller goes Behind the Mic with AudioFile to share one of the unexpected pleasures of having narrated Marie Kondo’s audiobook.

“A wonderful book that affected me personally—I still fold my clothes differently.”—Narrator Emily Woo Zeller

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo, read by Emily Woo Zeller
Tantor Media
Earphones Award Winner

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures the voice of author Marie Kondo so perfectly that it’s as if the Japanese de-cluttering guru is speaking in person. Discussing the Japanese art of organizing is a fascinating listen and fun to talk about with friends. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Vinegar Girl

Narrator Kirsten Potter speaks to us from her backstage dressing room as AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear more about her audiobook performance of Anne Tyler’s VINEGAR GIRL.

“There’s Russian scientists and acerbic modern women . . . it’s remarkably universal in how quirky they are.”

Vinegar Girl

by Anne Tyler, read by Kirsten Potter
Random House Audio

From BREATHING LESSONS to A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD readers—and listeners—of Anne Tyler’s novels always follow her work closely. Her retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the Hogarth Shakespeare Series will keep fans listening. Kirsten Potter brings alive this thoroughly contemporary sharp-tongued Kate.

Kirsten Potter
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