Author Mackenzi Lee and Narrator Christian Coulson on The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky

Mackenzi Lee and Christian Coulson

Anyone who loved Percy and Monty in Mackenzi Lee’s YA novel THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE will want to hear THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO GETTING LUCKY, a sweet, brief novella sequel. We were lucky enough to catch Lee and narrator Christian Coulson together in New York while Coulson was recording the audiobook—watch the video to see them having a lot of fun while talking about the inspiration behind the novella and the importance of audiobooks.

“Audiobooks are what made me a reader, and what made me love books.”—Author Mackenzi Lee

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Narrators Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner on Supernova

Dan Bittner and Rebecca Soler

Marissa Meyer’s Renegades series comes to a dramatic end in SUPERNOVA. Narrators Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner have co-narrated all three audiobooks in the trilogy, starting with RENEGADES and ARCHENEMIES and concluding with SUPERNOVA. Teens Adrian and Nova are on opposite sides of a long-running feud between the Renegades and the Anarchists, two very different groups of superheroes. Dan and Rebecca share why this is a series you’ll want to jump in on, and how they came to be such a dynamic narrator duo.

“We met on the first book, so we’ve gotten to know each other a lot better, and we’ve gotten to know all these characters a lot better.”—Narrator Dan Bittner

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Narrator Oliver Wyman on Loki: Where Mischief Lies

Oliver Wyman on Loki

Narrator Oliver Wyman embodies everyone’s favorite trickster god in LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES , an exciting origin story for Marvel’s Loki of Asgard written by Mackenzi Lee. When one of Loki’s constant schemes to show up his brother, Thor, lands them both in hot water, he is banished to Midgard (a.k.a. nineteenth-century London) to investigate a series of magical murders. From his studio “Amazingland,” certified Thor fan Oliver tells listeners why they’ll love listening to this magical new Loki adventure—especially if they like comic books and Norse mythology.

“We learn some things about Loki in this story that I found surprising.”—Narrator Oliver Wyman

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In the Studio: Author Stephen Chbosky on Imaginary Friend

In The Studio With Stephen Chbosky

In The Studio With Stephen Chbosky

AudioFile spoke with film director Stephen Chbosky, author of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, about the process of creating the audiobook of his new horror novel IMAGINARY FRIEND, which he cast and directed himself.

AudioFile: Tell us about how you came to be involved with directing your own audiobook. Was your film directing experience helpful?

Stephen Chbosky: I became involved in my audiobook because simply put, I love audiobooks. I live in Los Angeles. The reality of traffic there is that I have more time to listen than read. So, I’ve been on a steady diet of classic audiobooks for years. My movie directing experience was a natural fit. Read more…

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Narrator Christina Delaine on Karen Kelly’s Historical Fiction Bethlehem

Christina Delaine

Satisfy your historical fiction cravings with BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly. Set in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the novel shifts in time from the steel-boom era of 1918 to 1962. Joanna’s husband’s position as head of Collier Steel requires that she and their kids move to the Collier family mansion in Bethlehem. There, she will assist her mother-in-law, Susannah, and Susannah’s mother, Helen. In the video below, narrator Christina Delaine shares why she loved all of the complicated characters in this multigenerational saga.

“BETHLEHEM is part love story, part tragedy, part mystery, and it’s filled with old heartbreaks, old secrets, old regrets, old ghosts.”—Narrator Christina Delaine

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Narrator Imogen Church on Ruth Ware’s Latest Audiobook Thriller

Imogen Church

Imogen Church has narrated all five of Ruth Ware’s thrillers, and she shares with us why she loved Ware’s latest, THE TURN OF THE KEY, an unsettling update of Henry James’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Watch the video, and then settle in for this scary listen.

“The book is terrifying, and I was especially excited to have a chance to terrify you, the listener.”—Narrator Imogen Church

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Narrator Jason Culp on Emma Donoghue’s Literary Drama AKIN

Narrator Jason Culp

In this new literary drama from the author of ROOM, a retired professor finds himself responsible for an 11-year-old relative, and together they uncover family secrets in the French Riviera. Narrator Jason Culp calls the novel “a road movie that shows why Emma Donoghue is such an admired writer.” Watch the video below for more of Jason’s insights into AKIN.

“There are a few times in an actor’s life when a role comes along, and you think, this is mine. I have to do this. I’ve only had that a few times, and this was one of them.”—Narrator Jason Culp

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Narrator Dion Graham on Marlon James’s Fantasy Epic Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Golden Voice narrator Dion Graham gives listeners insights into one of this year’s biggest fantasy novels as he introduces us to the first in Marlon James’s new trilogy, BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF. In this African-inspired epic, the protagonist’s powerful sense of smell leads him through dangerous cities and wild lands in pursuit of a child he has been hired to find. Watch the video below.

“It’s an incredible piece of work about life, death, loss, love, urges, wants, desires, needs, and the pursuit of happiness.”—Narrator Dion Graham

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Narrator Thom Rivera on All The Crooked Saints

SYNC Free Audiobooks for Teens

Thom Rivera

AudioFile is delighted to feature Maggie Stiefvater’s ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS as part of our free summer audiobook program SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In 1962, a disc jockey fleeing fame and a teenage hitchhiker with a hole in his heart arrive in Bicho Raro, a tiny desert town where a family of Mexican-American saints offers miracles to those who need them. Narrator Thom Rivera shares what he loves about the world that Stiefvater created.

“In Bicho Raro, miracles are never what you’d expect.”—Narrator Thom Rivera

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Good Omens and Good Audiobooks: The Best of Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman’s fantastic worlds are an absolute delight on audio, and listeners are especially lucky to get to experience his work this way. Not only is there so much to choose from across so many genres, but we often get multiple audio versions of a single book. And Gaiman is an expert interpreter of his own work—once you’ve listened to his nuanced narration, you’ll be able to conjure up his voice in your head anytime you read his words.

Where to start? Whether you’re a longtime fan of GOOD OMENS, Gaiman’s funny book about the apocalypse co-written with the late Terry Pratchett almost 30 years ago, or a new convert thanks to the sparkling new Amazon/BBC series, now is the perfect time to hear (or revisit) the audiobook. Read more…

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