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Behind the Mic: Anything is Possible

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Kimberly Farr to talk about Elizabeth Strout’s ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. This collection of stories comes from the world of Lucy Barton, the title character of the celebrated MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON.

“These stories pull you in and take you on a complicated, fascinating, emotionally-charged journey through the recesses of the human soul.”—Narrator Kimberly Farr

Anything Is Possible

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
by Elizabeth Strout,
read by Kimberly Farr
Random House Audio/
Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

Through a series of linked stories, Strout revisits the small-town world she introduced in MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. The citizens, now older but not necessarily wiser, face life’s uncertainties as best they can. Kimberly Farr successfully mines the essence of each flawed character, giving hope and pain equal billing. This is an audiobook to get lost in.
Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Dirty

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear from narrator Andi Arndt about recording the Audie Award-winning title DIRTY by Kylie Scott. Andi has recorded eleven audiobooks with Kylie, and says she “feels like we’re like peanut butter and jelly – I love narrating for her!” Listen for Andi’s take on Kylie’s smart, relatable characters and their escapades.

“No matter what script comes in from her, I always know I’m going to have smart characters that I can relate to.”—Narrator Andi Arndt

 

Dirty

DIRTY: Dive Bar, Book 1
by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt
Macmillan Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Andi narrates this story of a rebound romance between Lydia, who is left at the altar, and Vaughan, a guitarist taking a break and bartending, using distinct voices that match their genders and personalities well. Andi says the beginning of DIRTY was one of her favorites—we suggest you may want to listen with a dirty martini (or your favorite beverage of choice) in hand.

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Solve: Standalone Mysteries

Camino Island

The mystery genre is full of outstanding series. Devotees wait patiently, pre-order the next audiobook, and rush to grab new installments on their release dates. But the genre also includes a solid selection of great standalones. Some authors make pretty much their entire careers out of standalones, simply ready to bid the characters adieu at the end of a single book. The stories have been told, and it’s time to move on. Other authors sprinkle standalones throughout their oeuvres; this is a great way to discover those authors if you’re reluctant to jump into a series mid-way. Some authors, like Robert Crais, write standalones and become attached to the characters so they pull them into their regular series after the standalone. Of course, in the case of Carol Starkey (DEMOLITION ANGEL), she may have just demanded to join Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

As someone with an extra-healthy appreciation for the genre, I have favorites in both realms. Alafair Burke’s THE EX, read by Xe Sands, and Michael Koryta’s THE RIDGE, read by Robert Petkoff, are two I often recommend when people ask. But for myself, I like to keep an eye on what our AudioFile reviewers are enjoying so I can increase my own list of titles to listen to. You can never have too many audiobooks, right? One that’s high on that list right now is John Grisham’s newest release, CAMINO ISLAND. Narrator January LaVoy earned an Earphones Award for her reading of this one. Since I’m a fan of both LaVoy and Grisham, it’s definitely on my list for summer listening. How about you? What good standalone mystery on your list are you looking forward to?

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Behind the Mic: Between Them

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Christian Baskous about his narration of Richard Ford’s narrative memoir, BETWEEN THEM. Chris tells us about his unique preparations for recording the audiobook.

 “Ford bears witness to his parents’ lives . . . their son is a master writer with formidable craft who has preserved their memory.”—Narrator Chris Baskous

Between Them

BETWEEN THEM: Remembering My Parents
by Richard Ford
read by Christian Baskous
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford’s remembrance of growing up in the 1950s is insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative. The memoir offers some insight into the origins of Ford’s storytelling and of Frank Bascombe, protagonist of Ford’s celebrated THE SPORTSWRITER, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE LAY OF THE LAND, and LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU.
Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review of BETWEEN THEM here.

Discover more audiobooks by Richard Ford, or you might enjoy AudioFile’s interview, “Talking with Richard Ford.” Find more narrations by Christian Baskous here.

Tease: Old loves and new crushes . . .

When I was a Girl Scout, we sang a song which told us to “Make new friends, but keep the old.” I must admit to being a mild creature of habit. I see an audiobook featuring a narrator I love, and my ears perk up—Pavlov style. It’s an equal joy to discover a new narrator who has just hit your radar.

For me, this group of romance audio perfectly epitomizes the intent of that catchy tune. The newest Black Dagger Brotherhood novel THE CHOSEN brought me and another audiophile safely down to Atlanta and back, spellbound the entire time—Jim Frangione’s fifteenth narration in the series! Kirsten Potter in IT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND was unadulterated bliss. Robert Petkoff has been belting out Kresley Cole’s alpha males for years and he just keeps getting better with WICKED ABYSS. Justine Eyre continually proves she can narrate anything in IF THE DUKE DEMANDS. And thanks to our discerning review team, I’ve added new narrators to my “to-listen” list—Sarah Naughton in TILL DEATH, and Alastair Haynesbridge and Bunny Warren in MR. CEO. Whether it’s an old love or a new crush, these audiobooks are worth dating!

The Chosen

THE CHOSEN: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 15 
by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione
Random House Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Caitlin says, “Narrator Jim Frangione raises the stakes in this tense installment in Ward’s epic urban vampire series. He makes the multiple narratives equally important and keeps the characters vibrant.”
Till Death

TILL DEATH
by Jennifer L. Armentrout, read by Sarah Naughton
Harper Audio

Our reviewer Kate writes, “Narrator Sarah Naughton does a remarkable job bringing Sasha to life and vocalizing her fear, hope, and determination as she rebuilds relationships and takes charge of her life.”  

Mr. CEO

MR. CEO
by Lauren Landish, Willow Winters, read by Alastair Haynesbridge, Bunny Warren
Audible, Inc.

Our reviewer Maya comments, “Narrators Alastair Haynesbridge and Bunny Warren create a high-voltage synergy in this sizzling contemporary romance.”

 


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