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Behind the Mic: Expiration Day

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Gabrielle de Cuirand we hear how this powerful audiobook has the potential to strike chords within us all. William Campbell Powell’s debut novel, EXPIRATION DAY, is not just for teens, and Gabrielle tells us why.

“The book deals with the issue of what it means to be human, and I don’t think there’s anything quite as powerful as that.” —Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir

Expiration Day

EXPIRATION DAY
by William Campbell Powell, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media
Earphones Award Winner

Listeners follow Tania Deeley from age 11 to age 18 through her diary entries. She lives in a future world where most children are androids—teknoids—and exist only until their eighteenth birthday. Gabrielle’s narration makes this eerie future come alive and feel real. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

More audiobooks from Gabrielle!

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Gabrielle de Cuir

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Outspoken Women

Celebrating Women’s History

This March we celebrate audiobooks about the women who inspire us—women who lead, who inspire, who change the world. Since we’re in the world of sound, let’s hear from these six Outspoken Women through their audiobooks.

SOCIETY’S CHILD
by Janis Ian, read by Janis Ian
Audible Inc/Brilliance Audio

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian shares her journey as an American singer-songwriter who first entered the music scene in the mid-1960s. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

I AM MALALA
by Malala Yousafzai, read by Archie Panjabi
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

BOSSYPANTS
by Tina Fey, read by Tina Fey
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Part personal story, part comedy, and part career advice, Tina Fey’s memoir  is full of her signature smart and self-deprecating humor. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

RISING STRONG
by Brené Brown, read by Brené Brown
Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Highly personal stories and Brené Brown’s gut-wrenching honesty contribute to the intensity and work well to illustrate her step-by-step formula for rising above shame and hurt. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD
by Gloria Steinem, read by Debra Winger, Gloria Steinem
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape

Gloria Steinem recounts the struggles and joys she found in her literal and metaphorical journeys as a feminist leader and journalist. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

THE ART OF ASKING
by Amanda Palmer, read by Amanda Palmer
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Amanda Palmer’s resonant yet intimate reading is captivating—but in a way that keeps listeners wondering whether it’s her wisdom about emotional connections or her outspoken self-promotion that makes this audio so powerful. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

This is just a sample of audiobooks by and about inspiring women. Explore many more in AudioFile’s biography & memoir reviews.

Leave us a comment with YOUR favorite audiobook by or about an outspoken woman.

Tease: Lord of the Privateers

AudioFile went Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Steve West just after he completed the 4th audiobook in Stephanie Laurens’s The Adventurers Quartet, LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS. Steve is nominated for RT’s Best Romance Audiobook Narrator, and listeners will understand why.

“I love the female leads in the Adventurers series. They are brilliantly written.”—Narrator Steve West

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LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS, Adventurers Quartet, Book 4
by Stephanie Laurens, read by Steve West
Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Listeners will enjoy this passionate Regency-era drama played out on the high seas, in the sweltering jungle, and in the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair. Steve delivers it all, from hand-to-hand combat to 19th-century British formality. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

Find more audiobooks by Steve West!

RT Book Reviews & AudioFile partner each week with the newest romance audiobook reviews. Find them here.

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Solve: Rather Be the Devil

When a narrator and an audiobook series fit perfectly together, the union can be a true work of art. It melds the author, performer and audience in a marriage of entertainment; not just a one-night stand, so to speak. They’re in for the long haul. That’s exactly the case with James MacPherson and Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series.

Rather Be The Devil

RATHER BE THE DEVIL
Ian Rankin, read by James MacPherson
Hachette Audio/ Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

MacPherson has been with the series since the very beginning. He knows Rebus’s tics and peculiarities as well as his distinctive humor and mannerisms. So when you’ve got a good thing going, why change it? MacPherson is back to read RATHER BE THE DEVIL, the 21st John Rebus novel from Rankin, and it’s a winner—an Earphones winner.

 

Those unfamiliar with the series can jump in easily at this book, but the excellent pairing will certainly have you checking out the backlist as well. Series fans are sure to enjoy their newest visit with an old friend. Still not sure? Check out this fun interview (above) with the two men responsible for this award-winning audiobook series.

Read AudioFile’s full review and listen to a sound clip here. or browse more reviews of Ian Rankin’s audiobooks.

Self: Romantic Partnerships

Many listeners are grateful to be  part of a long-term romantic partnership. We have so many listening choices on ways to look at love: from stand-up comic Aziz Ansari’s look at romantic love, MODERN ROMANCE,  or Ann Patchett’s THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE, to the how-to-be-a-grown-up-in-your-marriage primer, SCREAMFREE MARRIAGE, and film director Dana Adam Shapiro’s insights and advice in YOU CAN BE RIGHT (OR YOU CAN BE MARRIED). The authors themselves present many of these audiobooks, joined by talented narrators who reflect the different styles of the authors. Listen for love!

MODERN ROMANCE
by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg, read by Aziz Ansari
Penguin Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award, 2017 Audies Finalist

THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE
by Ann Patchett, read by Ann Patchett
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

SCREAMFREE MARRIAGE
by Hal Edward Runkel, Jenny Runkel, read by Hal Edward Runkel
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

THE THREE MARRIAGES
by David Whyte, read by David Whyte
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

MARRIED AND STILL LOVING IT
by Gary Chapman, Harold Myra, read by Peter Berkrot
Oasis Audio

YOU CAN BE RIGHT (OR YOU CAN BE MARRIED)
by Dana Adam Shapiro, read by Daniel Maté
Post Hypnotic Press

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