“Never judge a book by its cover”—that’s a good motto for audiobook shopping. Truthfully, many of us choose our listening because of the audio’s narrator. Contemporary romance narrators like Soneela Nankani (THEN, NOW, ALWAYS) and Justine O. Keef (LOVE HARD) are what I call known entities. After trying one of their romances, you’re probably up for another… and another… and another. Read more…
Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in N.K. Jemisin’s THE CITY WE BECAME, a fantastical celebration of the city’s spirit. Channeling a bit of that spirit in the video below, Robin shares how the audiobook represents New York’s resiliency.
“We’re a hodgepodge of different cultures, incomes, languages, sensibilities, but we band together, and when we do, we are so much greater than the sum of our parts.” — Narrator Robin Miles
Today’s guest narrator is the voice of some of my favorite series. If you’ve ever listened to a book by Brad Meltzer, Clive Cussler, or Nelson DeMille, then you’re already familiar with audiobook star Scott Brick. Scott has also guided listeners through history, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy, gaining fans across the genres.
I look to Scott for a vibrant, engaging delivery that holds my attention from the moment I hit play to the very last second of the audiobook, from action-packed thrillers to well-researched biography. I especially appreciate his impeccable sense of timing and the way he can pump up chase scenes, draw out the suspense, and linger over descriptive prose, all of which builds strong connections between listener and author.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Download one of today’s recommended audiobooks and hear for yourself. Read more…
Living in NYC, in the pandemic’s epicenter, under a stay-at-home mandate, I find myself thinking about the things I am missing most: Once I get past hugging and playing with my grandchildren, my mind goes to traveling. Getting on airplanes was a regular part of my pre-Covid work life. The last flight I took was back from Atlanta on the 6th of March. Then everything shut down. Unlike many folks who find travel a nuisance, I have always loved the entire experience, from the flight itself to being in a place with new sites, sounds, foods, and people.
Now, like everyone else, my wings have been clipped, and I am relying on audiobooks to transport me to new places. Below is a selection of audiobooks that take us to intriguing locations around the world. These listens engage us in mysterious doings and reveal the real people and customs that are less visible to tourists. And one of the keys to doing so is the power of the narrator to perform different accents, making the experience feel more genuine. Read more…
Author David Rosenfelt is back with another canine companion on the case, and this time he’s launching a new mystery series. Narrator Fred Berman shares his insights into THE K TEAM, Rosenfelt’s new spin-off from the Andy Carpenter series. Hear more about this sharp, smart, dog-friendly audiobook thriller in Fred’s video.
“It’s a first-person narrative, which is my favorite type of book to narrate, because it’s the most actable. You can just dig in and live as the character.”—Narrator Fred Berman