Behind the Mic: Out of My League

Narrator Robert Fass takes AudioFile listeners Behind the Mic and tells us about bringing alive the baseball classic, OUT OF MY LEAGUE, when George Plimpton went behind the professional baseball pitching mounds.

“I was a big fan of Plimpton’s exploits growing up and I read OUT OF MY LEAGUE as a teenage baseball fan.” -Robert Fass

Out Of My League
by George Plimpton, read by Robert Fass
Hachette Audio

We knew the new audiobook releases of George Plimpton’s journalistic participatory forays into professional sports would make great listening. Baseball fan Robert Fass is the perfect choice for OUT OF MY LEAGUE. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

And if you’re as intrigued as we are—find more of Plimpton’s wry wit in ONE FOR THE RECORD, OPEN NET, and PAPER LION.

Robert Fass
Read about Robert’s foray into audiobook publishing 
or find more audiobooks narrated by him HERE.

Tease: August Hot Picks

We’re hooked on heroes: more summer romances with doctors, builders, pilots, and a spy.

Everywhere and Every Where

EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY: The Billionaire Builders, Book 1
by Jennifer Probst, read by Madeline Maby, Sebastian York
Simon & Schuster Audio

A construction project brings Caleb and Morgan together.

More Hunky Hero Listening Picks:

DIRTY: Dive Bar, Book 1
by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt
Lydia’s wedding day with Mr. Perfect goes south, so she takes a chance on a different kind of guy.

FLASH OF FIRE: Firehawks, Book 7
by M.L. Buchman, read by Carrington MacDuffie
Sparks fly between wildfire pilot Robin and her copilot, Mickey.

by Linda Howard, read by Tanya Eby
Police chief Bo and her genius dog Tricks reluctantly shelter a government agent recovering from a gunshot wound.

WHAT WE FIND: Sullivan’s Crossing, Book 1 
by Robyn Carr, read by Therese Plummer
After a work crisis, neurosurgeon Maggie retreats to her family’s Colorado general store to lick her wounds.

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Solve: You Will Know Me

A high-stakes family drama set in the world of competitive gymnastics. Abbott delivers an education about “amateur” sports in America and the hidden costs of ambition.

You Will Know Me
by Megan Abbott, read by Lauren Fortgang
Hachette Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Narrator Lauren Fortgang gives this gripping audiobook a supple and quietly dazzlingly performance. An AudioFile Earphones title worth your listening time! Read our full review and listen to a sound clip here.

Browse our newest mystery reviews any time to find your next great listen.

Behind the Mic: The House at the Edge of Night

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini transports listeners to the curious Sicilian island of Castellamara. He shares with AudioFile why this literary gem, THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT, affected him and stays with him in ways he did not expect.

I didn’t know the characters were going to get inside me and show me things about my own life. —Narrator Edoardo Ballerini

The House at the Edge of Night
by Catherine Banner, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Random House Audio

This multi-generational tale full of loves and tragedies, lore and history attracted our attention early, and we echo Edoardo’s comments on the lasting effect of the story. His astute character portraits and sensuous storytelling have much to do with why listeners will be enveloped by the tale.  To listen to a sound clip and read our full review, click here.

Catherine Banner by Philip Hunton

Read our interview with Catherine Banner here.

Edoardo BalleriniFind more audiobooks recorded by Edoardo.

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Tease: Heroes

Heroes. There’s a reason many contemporary romance covers feature the male protagonist. Perhaps you picture a hero like Rhett Butler from GONE WITH THE WIND, with his swagger, his air of invincibility, and his overpowering machismo. Or maybe your idea of a hero is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler from the movie Say Anything. His focused courtship culminates in intimate knowledge of his girlfriend’s insecurities and needs.

Whether you’re drawn to strong alpha males or sensitive types, the hero is often the hook of the romance.

Romance in audiobook form gives listeners a sensory experience that makes the hero vividly real. Hearing the timbre of his voice, the rough humor in his quips, the intensity of his emotions is living the romance beyond the impact of words on a page. Casting choices, too, play an enormous role in our hero worship. Selecting a male narrator for a romance—as in ALL CHAINED UP and THE BEAST—can be a response to a robust cast of male characters or indicate that the hero’s perspective will receive greater emphasis.


All Chained Up

ALL CHAINED UP: Devil’s Rock, Book 1
by Sophie Jordan | Read by Christian Fox
Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio

The Beast

THE BEAST: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 14
by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione
Penguin Audio/Books on Tape

With female narrators—BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON, FLAWLESS, ONE NIGHT CHARMER, and THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION—listeners are sometimes seeing the hero from the heroine’s point of view, allowing them greater perspective on his character. In either case, what separates good narrators from great ones is the ability to realistically voice characters of the opposite gender.

Because of Miss Bridgerton

by Julia Quinn, read by Rosalyn Landor
Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio


by Heather Graham, read by Saskia Maarleveld
Brilliance Audio


by Maisey Yates, read by Lillian Thayer
Harlequin Audio/Blackstone Audio


THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION: Sinful Suitors, Book 2
by Sabrina Jeffries, read by Beverley A. Crick
Tantor Media

Check out this month’s audiobook heroes—they’ll melt your heart and make you laugh.