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5 Family Mystery Audiobooks

5 Family Mystery Audiobooks to Share

5 Family Mystery Audiobooks

Many of us will be putting our usual late-winter traditions aside this year (no matter which December celebrations are on our calendar) and will be looking for new ways to brighten up our days. Even if your baking to-do list and party invitations have shrunk, you can still make things special in your home through shared activities.

Before putting out the art supplies or a Lego® set for your younger children or handing out the eggnog for the older set, be sure to cue up an age-appropriate audiobook. Just this once, put aside the stories with a lesson and choose something more fun: an adventure, a fantasy, or—as I suggest here—a tale with a mystery. As you decorate cookies, work on a jigsaw puzzle, or simply relax with a cup of cocoa, the whole family can make predictions about whodunit or what’s going to happen next in the audiobook. Read more…

Audiobooks with sidekicks

Favorite Crime Fiction Sidekicks

Audiobooks with sidekicks

Living in COVID times has forced us to reassess all of the everyday life activities that we had taken for granted: Casually dropping into the grocery store; going to the movies or a show; hanging out at the mall. And then there are relationships. We are learning the hard way how important human connections are and how we have to work at those relationships. Perhaps it’s the approach of a holiday season like none other that is highlighting for me the importance of our family and friends to our very well-being. Read more…

John Lee on The Splendid and the Vile

Narrator John Lee on THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

John Lee brings the polish and expressiveness of a gifted narrator—one who performs a perfectly credible Churchill voice—to THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE, Erik Larson’s history of Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister of Britain and one of AudioFile’s 2020 Best Audiobooks in Biography & History. John shares his thoughts on narrating this fascinating intimate history with a focus on family dynamics in his narrator video.

“Even though I did this before we all locked down for COVID . . . it is interesting to be stuck at home with your family and realizing that those dynamics and tensions and joys affect the way that you lead your daily life—in this case, a man whose daily life involved  actually trying to defeat the Nazis and save Britain from being overwhelmed.”—Narrator John Lee

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In Conversation with Narrator Frankie Corzo

In Conversation with Narrator Frankie Corzo

In Conversation with Narrator Frankie Corzo

In a bonus edition of Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine, narrator Frankie Corzo joins host Jo Reed to talk about her audiobooks, including MEXICAN GOTHIC. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s eerie horror novel is one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the year. This audiobook will not only creep you out, but it also captures the lush Mexican countryside. Frankie shares her story of how she got her start in acting and in audio, her thoughts on the immersive MEXICAN GOTHIC, and the joys of bringing complicated and multidimensional Latinx stories to life for listeners of all ages, including Meg Medina’s MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS.  

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Best YA Audiobooks of 2020

Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2020

Best YA Audiobooks of 2020

AudioFile’s 2020 Best Young Adult audiobooks offer a wide range of stories for teen listeners. Each are AudioFile Earphones Award winners, and they showcase the incredible talent of the narrators and creativity of the authors. Skilled narrators use their evocative performances to draw listeners into rich fantasy worlds, revisit historical moments, and to help listeners empathize with impossible situations. Two of the titles on this year’s list are narrated by the authors themselves, who draw on their own lived experiences and extensive research to breathe life into their words. A closer look at the list reveals multiple titles in verse, illustrating the power of hearing poetry read aloud. Read on to find out more about why each of these audiobooks earned a spot on AudioFile’s list of 2020 Best Young Adult audiobooks. Read more…