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Behind the Mic: Mister Monkey

An off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical about a pet chimpanzee sets the stage for some great listening. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Kirby Heyborne as he tells us his take-away on MISTER MONKEY by Francine Prose.

“You need to enjoy where you are at. No matter the situation you are in. You are there for a reason.” —Narrator Kirby Heyborne

Mister Monkey
MISTER MONKEY

by Francine Prose, read by Kirby Heyborne and Nan McNamara
Harper Audio
Earphones Award Winner

The balance and dynamic of two narrators in this smart, funny audiobook got our attention. And Kirby Heyborne — who is smart and funny in real life — seemed the perfect casting. Teamed with Nan McNamara, listeners have a treat ahead. Listen to a sound clip of Kirby and read AudioFile’s full review HERE.

Kirby has also performed many audiobooks for teens and families! Explore them in his audiography of titles.

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Solve: Maisie Dobbs

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear narrator Orlagh Cassidy talk about Jacqueline Winspear’s enduring series. It’s a knack to keep a long-running series fresh, and Orlagh definitely has a lock on private investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs along with the portraits of her familiar friends and colleagues.

” My first audiobook was the first Maisie Dobbs. . . .and I’ve started work on the next one.” —Narrator Orlagh Cassidy

Journey to MunichJOURNEY TO MUNICH
Jacqueline Winspear, Read by Orlagh Cassidy
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

In JOURNEY TO MUNICH new circumstances challenge Maisie as she’s sent to Munich during Hitler’s early rise to power. A good deal of backstory is supplied to help listeners enter the series. It’s hard to have a favorite, but this 12th title in the series could be mine. Listen to a sound clip from JOURNEY TO MUNICH, and read AudioFile’s full review here.

Orlagh Cassidy

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Self: 32 Yolks

Peter Ganim’s beautiful and moving narration of Eric Ripert’s 32 YOLKS reveals moments of horror, heartbreak, joy, and inspiration as a young boy learns lessons about food and applies them to life. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Peter Ganim.

“This was a highlight–it isn’t often you get to narrate a title by someone you hold in personal regard.”—Narrator Peter Ganim

32 Yolks32 YOLKS
Eric Ripert, read by Peter Ganim
Random House Audio /Books on Tape
Earphones Award Winner

Celebrated in the memoir category in AudioFile’s  2016 BEST AUDIOBOOKS. The subtitle intrigues us, “From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line,” learn how Eric Ripert followed his passion, toiling amid the highly competitive world of cooking—his culinary and media lives emerge. Listen to a sound clip of Peter from 32 YOLKS and read AudioFile’s full review here.

Peter Ganim
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To explore more titles narrated by Peter Ganim, click here.

Behind the Mic: The City of Mirrors

Patient Zero: “So you want to know who I am. You want to know my story.” AudioFile goes behind the mic with narrator Scott Brick as he shares some of the artistic choices he made narrating Justin Cronin’s sweeping apocalyptic thriller trilogy that concludes with THE CITY OF MIRRORS.

“My choice for Zero’s voice—when we finally hear it—amps up the creepiness factor.”—Narrator Scott Brick

The City of MirrorsTHE CITY OF MIRRORS
Justin Cronin, Read by Scott Brick
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile 2016 Best Audiobooks

Long awaited—listeners first heard THE PASSAGE in 2010, then THE TWELVE published in 2012—now listeners can hear Scott’s performance of the entire trilogy. Dialogue and action are skillfully done, and our exclusive Behind the Mic video tells us about Scott’s “proximity effect.” Listen to a sound clip of Scott and read AudioFile’s full review here!

Learn more about Golden Voice narrator Scott Brick on his narrator page, and find the Audiography listing of all Scott’s audiobooks.

Scott Brick

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Golden Voice Narrator Scott Brick

 

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Tease: Holiday with a Twist

Narrator Samantha Cook’s impressive range of voices and deadpan humor make this one holiday romance you won’t forget.

Holiday with a Twist

HOLIDAY WITH A TWIST
Shannon Stacey, Read by Samantha Cook
Harlequin Audio

For Leigh Holloway, returning home to Massachusetts for Christmas is epic bad timing. She lost her fiancé, quit her job (working with said fiancé), and now has to fake it for two weeks so her family doesn’t suspect anything. Bartender Croy Dawson sympathizes and wouldn’t mind taking their high school friendship to the next level. Narrator Samantha Cook plays up Leigh’s family antics and gets listeners into the spirit for Christmas and romance. Listen to a sound clip and read my full review.

I would definitely listen to more Samantha Cook audiobooks. And not just over the holidays!