From Barcelona to Singapore to Rio, I have been privileged to see wonderful sites and to hear many voices from around the world. To experience another culture, through words, foods, and relationships, opens one’s eyes and one’s heart. What strikes me about my recent visits to Europe and Asia is the extent to which English has become the common vehicle for communicating. I am so grateful that English is my native language, since it’s not an easy language to learn. I also feel fortunate that there is a long list of mystery audiobooks from around the world that have been translated into English.
And in case you were not aware, August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth). Google it to find out more!
Below, I provide a mini-sample of the smorgasbord of offerings in world mysteries. Read more…
Sixteen-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg is crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat on her voyage to the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year. Attention for climate action and for her book, NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE—soon to be an audiobook, perhaps—are part of her mission. Here are audiobooks about the natural world that inspire us to tend the earth and its creatures and to stay informed about the changes in our environment. Read more…
I was delighted to interview author Anthony Horowitz for the October 2018 issue of AudioFile magazine. Horowitz’s second Detective Daniel Hawthorne mystery, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH, was published this summer to rave reviews. His most recent James Bond caper, FOREVER AND A DAY, has been equally lauded. Read my interview with Horowitz below.
Some days, Anthony Horowitz feels more like a secretary than a writer, which is a tad surprising for the author of 49+ novels and many screenplays. He should be the one in charge, yet, “Often I have to write with a pen because I can’t type fast enough to keep up with the speed my characters are talking. It’s as if I’m sitting on the side of the room with a notebook and a pen, furiously scribbling in shorthand the words I’m hearing.”
In a felicitous twist for us audiophiles, he adds, “That means my writing always begins as an audio experience.” Read more…
While I personally cannot keep a bicycle upright, let alone anything with an engine, I make no secret of my interest in motorcycles in romance. Their riders, male and female, tend to be free spirits with unique notions of a life well lived. Plus, a roundup of motorcycle titles seems the perfect farewell to the laid back pace of summer. This list is partially inspired by my recent listen of SAINT, a new motorcycle romance by Chantal Fernando, read by Vanessa Edwin. So sit back and enjoy! Ride free, wear a helmet, and love your listening.
Golden Voice narrator Dion Graham gives listeners insights into one of this year’s biggest fantasy novels as he introduces us to the first in Marlon James’s new trilogy, BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF. In this African-inspired epic, the protagonist’s powerful sense of smell leads him through dangerous cities and wild lands in pursuit of a child he has been hired to find. Watch the video below.
“It’s an incredible piece of work about life, death, loss, love, urges, wants, desires, needs, and the pursuit of happiness.”—Narrator Dion Graham