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As editor and founder of AudioFile magazine, Robin Whitten comes across a LOT of audiobooks. She started AudioFile 25 years ago and was an avid listener even before that—so she knows the world of audiobooks!
Every week in “Robin’s Roundup,” she recommends fresh titles that have caught her ear—the quirky, the trendy, and the most interesting new audiobooks of the week. Look for her posts each Friday on the blog to get your weekend listening picks!
Behind the Mic Podcast with AudioFile Magazine recommends the latest audiobooks. In this podcast, AudioFile editors select favorite audiobooks and uncover hidden gems. Host Josephine Reed and AudioFile editors spotlight an audiobook, complete with a sound clip, to help you find your next perfect listen. Tune in to Behind the Mic on your favorite podcast manager, and look for special bonus episodes interviewing narrators and authors highlighted here on the blog.
Jo Reed is a compulsive listener of audiobooks. She was the program director of the book and theater channel on XM Satellite Radio where she created, produced, and hosted This is Audible and Writers on Writing. She also created, produced, and hosted the literary show On the Margin for WPFW, where it ran for 18 years.
It’s no secret that behind every great audiobook, there’s a fabulous narrator. AudioFile’s editors take you behind the scenes and into the homes—and recording booths—of some of our favorite narrators to hear their takes on the audiobooks they’re recording. Find new narrator videos each Saturday, and discover your next great listen!
If you’re a fan of mystery and suspense audiobooks, then your first stop should be our “Solve” column here on the blog. Ellen Quint is an audiobook reviewer, mystery writer, and Audies judge and is currently the program chair of Sisters in Crime-NY.
Ellen brings a love of mysteries and a deep knowledge of the genre to her writing for AudioFile. Her own crime short stories can be found in FAMILY MATTERS: A Mystery Anthology (Crossing the Line), and WHERE CRIME NEVER SLEEPS: Murder New York Style vol. 4 (Taking the Brooklyn Bridge Back). Uncover new “Solve” posts every Monday here on the blog.
Caitlin Augusta is a librarian from Connecticut, and she’s been reviewing audiobooks for AudioFile since 2006. She’s also been a judge for the Audie Awards since 2009. She is a longtime Jane Austen fan and romance reader who loves the variety of memorable characters, talented narrators, and happy endings found in romance audio.
Caitlin’s “Tease” column is your blog destination for all things romance—she features the latest hot picks for listeners who love romance audiobooks. Find new “Tease” posts here on the blog every other Tuesday, and never miss a happily-ever-after.
As a contributing editor at AudioFile, Aurelia Scott has reviewed many, many audiobooks over the years—and interviewed many authors and narrators about their audiobook projects. She’s an author herself and a devoted listener with wide-ranging literary tastes whose “Audio Adventures” take her places both near and far.
Aurelia’s column will introduce you to your next wonderfully immersive listen—perhaps something a bit off the beaten path. Find her posts every other Thursday here on the blog. She can also be found at her website.
In her Take 5 column, she shares Q&As with narrators and quick takes on trends she’s spotting in the audiobook world. Make a cup of tea and Take 5 with a new post from Candace every other Wednesday.
Francisca Goldsmith has worked with audiobooks and listeners for the past 20 years in many roles in public, school, and academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Francisca’s “Audiobooks and Literacy” column highlights the important ways we can learn and expand our listening horizons through audiobooks for all ages.
Check in with her column to learn more about the benefits of audiobook listening, and come away with great recommendations to add to your list. Her new “In Our Time” column is a great resource for timely audiobooks that can help enhance our understanding of current events.
Tom Walken began writing for Audiofile in the mid-1990s when he was still practicing clinical psychology. He says the 2000-plus audios he’s heard and reviewed since then keep him up to date with how people grow and how leaders and organizations learn to be more effective. Based in Raleigh, NC, the Baltimore native now coaches and evaluates business executives and spends his free time cooking, playing music, and enjoying his friends and family.
He has found that listening helps him grow personally, look at himself with calmer eyes, and connect with others with a kinder heart. Tom’s “Self” column highlights notable audiobooks to help guide you through your life toward clarity and happiness.
As an Assistant Editor at AudioFile, library school student, and substitute librarian, Emily Connelly spends a lot of time surrounded by good literature. Emily enjoys working behind the scenes to help keep AudioFile’s blog and podcast platforms running and discovering new audiobooks to love.