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In Conversation with Actor and Narrator Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Jo Reed speaks with actor and narrator Steven Weber in our newest bonus episode of AudioFile’s podcast, “Behind the Mic.” Steven is known for his roles in “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Wings,” and “Indebted.” And he has narrated audiobooks by Harlan Coben and Stephen King and starred in audio dramas from L.A. Theatre Works. Listen to their full conversation below.

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5 Questions with Susan Ericksen

5 Questions with Narrator Susan Ericksen

5 Questions with Susan Ericksen

Today’s guest narrator is the voice of two of my favorite mystery series, both of which I highlight today. Though Susan Ericksen is a beloved narrator of mystery and suspense, her audiobook repertoire is, in fact, wide ranging and includes romance, history, personal essays, biography, classics, literary fiction, and fantasy.

Along with thousands of other listeners around the world, I’m impressed with Susan’s ability to smoothly transition between fictional plot lines, carrying us, for example, from the steamy bedroom of a couple in love to a gritty crime scene without a hitch. When performing nonfiction audiobooks, Susan delivers that perfect level of expressiveness: one that keeps us engaged but doesn’t distract from the voice of the author, whether we’re listening to memoir, history, or current affairs.

The following audiobooks (and series) exemplify Susan’s array of talents and why we listening fans have stayed true to her through series and across genres. Read more…

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

Listen to These Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks with Your Kids and Teens

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

What’s a grandmother to do? My 6-year-old grandson has become so enraptured with listening to Jim Dale’s reading of the HARRY POTTER series that he drew a lightning bolt on his forehead. He did a good job of it—and he did it with a permanent ink marker. Needless to say, his parents weren’t happy, and I had to try very hard not to laugh when this was revealed on our FaceTime call this week. I was just glad he didn’t decide to do it on his 4-year-old sister’s forehead as well. Ah, the power of audiobooks and children’s imaginations!

One of the greatest challenges I see parents facing with children home and in their care 24/7 is how to educate, engage, and entertain without having them glued to a screen. Audiobooks are a great solution, and the Harry Potter series is a great place to start. They can be downloaded for free from most public libraries now through their library apps, such as Overdrive or Libby. (For Harry Potter fans, you can now listen to J.K. Rowling’s THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. This is a novella (a collection of five fairy tales) that grew out of the Harry Potter world of wizardry. The audiobook is narrated by a talented full cast.) Read more…

Narrator Alison Larkin

Narrator Alison Larkin on the Children’s Classic The Secret Garden

Narrator Alison Larkin expertly introduces this classic Yorkshire story to a new generation and shares why THE SECRET GARDEN might just be the perfect audiobook for family listening during this time of lockdown and social distancing.

“It’s about isolation and loneliness and connection and renewal and nature and love, and it’s magical.”—Narrator Alison Larkin

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Julia Alvarez Photo by Brandon Cruz Gonzalez

Julia Alvarez’s AFTERLIFE Helps Us See What Love Can Do

Julia Alvarez Photo by Brandon Cruz Gonzalez

Poet and bestselling author Julia Alvarez’s first novel for adults in fourteen years, AFTERLIFE, is a timely and timeless exploration of what it means to care—for family, for yourself, for the difficult neighbor, for the person in need. Our guide is Antonia, a newly widowed, recently retired professor in her sixties. Dominican by heritage, she lives in a Vermont town where her late husband was everyone’s favorite doctor. As she navigates “a narrow path through loss,” taking “sips of sorrow, afraid the big wave might wash her away,” Antonia is caught up in the troubles of an undocumented Mexican farm worker and his pregnant girlfriend, and in the disappearance of Izzy, the most volatile of her three beloved sisters. Longing for her husband, the one person who would always “champion her way of being in the world,” she turns for guidance to his maxim: Let’s see what love can do. Read more…