Finding the Heart of Bill Konigsberg’s New YA Audiobook with Narrator Anthony Rey Perez

A story of young men discovering their true selves

Anthony Rey Perez

In Bill Konigsberg’s latest novel for teens, THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS, Max and Jordan meet by chance when Jordan and his mom are trying, and failing, to get their family food truck business going again. But Max needs a job, so he and Jordan spend their summer vacation working to to make the business a success—in hotter-than-hot Arizona. In the video below, Anthony Rey Perez, who performs from Max’s point of view, shares why this story of identity and authenticity appealed to him.

“What drew me to this story were the layers of in between. I love how the character I read, and all of the characters, aren’t the stereotypical idea of social normative, whether it be based on their culture or sexual identity.”—Narrator Anthony Rey Perez

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Celebrating Women’s History with Narrators Tavia Gilbert and Suzanne Toren

AudioFile’s podcast interview

Suzanne Toren And Tavia Gilbert

Celebrated audiobook narrators Suzanne Toren and Tavia Gilbert join us for a bonus episode to share their experiences narrating a wide range of history written by and about women. From biographies and memoirs to audiobooks that focus on a pivotal moment in women’s history—like finally getting the right to vote—Suzanne and Tavia talk about the emotional journeys they have taken with these books and the skills needed to bring them to life.

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Suzy Jackson on Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward

A high-octane adventure with a fierce female protagonist

Narrator Suzy Jackson is an exceptional match for this high-stakes, battle-driven space opera—the first installment in a new YA series from author Brandon Sanderson. Suzy inhabits the brave, strong, fierce female protagonist in SKYWARD, and while she was recording, Suzy was captivated by the layers of world-building in Sanderson’s high-octane futuristic narrative of hope, sacrifice, and courage.

“The adventure of it was so exciting that I would come home every night after recording and tell my two young boys what had happened.”—Narrator Suzy Jackson

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Kathleen Gati on Mother Country

A mother’s love for her daughter

Kathleen Gati

In MOTHER COUNTRY, Kathleen Gati narrates the story of Nadia, a Ukrainian woman who is struggling to make her way in the U.S. and to bring her daughter to this country. Her quest is punctuated by flashbacks—deftly negotiated by Gati—that detail what brought Nadia herself to New York.

“The lengths she goes to to express her love for her daughter . . . I think you’ll love this book.”—Narrator Kathleen Gati

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Julia Whelan: Actor, Writer, and Audie Award-Winning Narrator

Our Podcast Interview with the Best Female Narrator

Julia Whelan

Julia WhelanNarrator Julia Whelan brought home the 2019 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Autobiography/Memoir for her narration of Tara Westover’s EDUCATED, a memoir that has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Julia’s moving acceptance speech for Best Female Narrator had the Audies audience enthralled.

In our interview with Julia, she reflects on narrating this intense memoir of Westover’s childhood spent in a traditionalist and isolationist family. She also talks about narrating another blockbuster of a very different stripe: Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. Plus, Julia shares insights into the work that goes into narrating an audiobook, her transition from acting to college to audiobook narration, her love of reading, and the challenges of narrating her own book, MY OXFORD YEAR. Listen to their fascinating conversation now!

“As an actor, you always want to play the sociopath. They’re just so much fun.”—Narrator Julia Whelan

For many more audiobooks narrated by Julia Whelan, browse her extensive audiography.

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David Shih on The Banished Immortal

Journey back in time to eighth-century China

David Shih

For fans of history, culture, and poetry, this will be a title that lingers on the playlist to return to time and again. Author Ha Jin explores the life of eighth-century Chinese poet Li Bai in THE BANISHED IMMORTAL, and narrator David Shih’s gentle, compassionate delivery keeps listeners engaged. Journey back in time with Shih to discover the life and work of poet Li Bai.

“Li Bai led a truly remarkable life, and I think this book really does a beautiful job of telling his life story against the backdrop of his poems.”—Narrator David Shih

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Narrator Robin Miles on the Humility of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

AudioFile’s Podcast Interview

Robin Miles by Jordan Matter

Robin Miles by Jordan MatterIn our podcast interview with Robin Miles, we learn about her process for preparing to narrate an audiobook, why it can be worth taking risks with accents, and the humility required “to walk in someone else’s shoes and not let your foot stretch the leather.”

We first aired this interview last year and are excited to share it again with our new listeners on Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.

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Christopher Gebauer on The Unteachables

Narrating mischief and mayhem in the classroom

Christopher Gebauer

Christopher Gebauer and a full cast bring the unruly classroom of THE UNTEACHABLES to life. Christopher gives voice to high-energy Mateo, one of the students in this “Self-Contained Special Eighth-Grade Class.” In this video, he shares how much he enjoyed recording as part of an ensemble cast, and what that brings to a project.

“I love multi-cast projects, working with other narrators. It reminds me of the radio plays I grew up listening to.”—Narrator Christopher Gebauer

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Corey Allen on Friday Black

Sci-fi, horror, fantasy—and a believable future

Corey Allen

Corey Allen narrates Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s moving collection of short stories, FRIDAY BLACK. The themes of these stories include the power divide, minimum-wage work, racism, education, and the consequences of ethical decisions, and Corey shares why it’s a collection well worth your listening time.

“What Nana manages to capture in this series of tales of young black people navigating a constantly moving, constantly shifting American landscape is incredible.”—Narrator Corey Allen

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Karissa Vacker on Jessica Barry’s Freefall

Suspense, and lots of it

Karissa Vacker

After a private plane crashes into a mountainside in Colorado, Allison awakens to find the pilot dead and her instincts on high alert. Then she runs. In FREEFALL, narrator Karissa Vacker, as Allison, commands our attention from her first words. Karissa tells us more—but not too much more—about this compulsively listenable audiobook.

“My heart was pounding the whole time—this book will keep you on your toes!”—Narrator Karissa Vacker

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