From missiles to the moon to Mars, listeners go behind the scenes with the women at JPL
Narrator Erin Bennett shares her fascination with the “rocket era” that intrigues many of us. Erin has a special connection to the space program through a childhood friend, now an astronaut, and lets AudioFile Magazine in on a very special “launch” of the RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS audiobook in this Behind the Mic video.
“Before there were computers, there were women who computed. The women at JPL.”—Narrator Erin Bennett
The excitement of rocket launches and space exploration intrigues us—and makes for great listening. Most histories of the rocket era during and after WWII focus on the achievements of men. This audiobook corrects that bias by telling the stories of brilliant women, known as “human computers,” who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and made our space and missile defense programs possible. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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Narrator Mark Bramhall recently stepped into his dressing room between performances of Dancing at Lughnasa to give AudioFile Magazine a Behind the Mic perspective of reading Richard Russo’s EVERYBODY’S FOOL. Hear what it was like to encounter the crazy, wonderful, sad, bizarre community of North Bath, New York.
It was a huge privilege, and a wonderful learning experience, to find Russo’s sweet irony and live for a while in his crazy—but oddly heroic—community.” -Mark Bramhall
EVERYBODY’S FOOL by Richard Russo, read by Mark Bramhall
Random House Audio Earphones Award Winner
Here at AudioFile we knew this audiobook would be an Editors’ Pick as soon as we pushed play! Mark Bramhall is superbly skilled and has a beautiful voice with amazing range, but what astonishes here is his humanity, not to mention sense of humor, as he brings Russo’s entire town of North Bath, New York, to madcap life. Russo has never been better than in this virtuoso revisit to the scene of his earlier book, NOBODY’S FOOL. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review of EVERYBODY’S FOOL here.
Could your Mondays use a little intrigue? AudioFile Magazine editors share their favorites each week.
Deftly performed by two narrators, this story of a detective’s search for the hit-and-run killer of a little boy will keep you listening.
I LET YOU GO
by Clare Mackintosh, read by Nicola Barber & Steven Crossley
Author Clare Mackintosh weaves together police procedural, family drama, and the anatomy of a murder.Two narrators, Nicola Barber and Steven Crossley, deliver this psychological puzzle. Intrigued? Find out more by reading our full review and listening to a sound clip here.
“Elizabeth Poliner’s genius is the way that she delivers throughout the book tiny bits of information. I could, through her descriptions, taste and smell the salt air and feel the warm sun of those lazy days.” —Narrator Janet Metzger
We are delighted to discover this great summer listen, and we recommend it as an audiobook that will stay with you. Janet Metzger masterfully narrates Elizabeth Poliner’s captivating, nuanced story of a tragedy that strikes at the heart of a close-knit Jewish family. Metzger adopts the perfect tone of reflective meditation from the novel’s portentous first sentence: “The summer of 1948 my brother Davy was killed in an accident with a man who would have given his own life rather than have it happen.” Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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Could your Mondays use a little mystery? AudioFile Magazine editors share their favorites each week.
From DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS to CHARCOAL JOE, Walter Mosley just keeps writing mysteries that are great to listen to. Longtime Mosley fans and new ones alike will take another drive or walk around the block just to listen a little longer.
by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman
Random House Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
Easy Rawlins is back, and Michael Boatman knows his swagger. Easy knows from the start that the case will be an uphill battle, but he’s not prepared for the level of danger he steps into. Read the full review and listen to a sound clip here.
“For me it was the kind of book that as soon as I was finished reading it, I immediately wanted to read it again.”—Narrator Brittany Pressley
by Anna Quindlen, read by Brittany Pressley
We always admire the outward simplicity and underlying resonance of Anna Quindlen’s novels. In a quiet, unaffected performance, narrator Brittany Pressley makes 1960s Miller’s Valley, Pennsylvania, incredibly real. The government is pressuring residents to move because of a plan to flood the town and make it a reservoir. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen’s eighth novel is engrossing listening. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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Two women set out on a travel adventure—attending a cooking seminar at a remote Maine inn—when a suspicious fire leaves a celebrity guest dead. Cynthia Darlow performs this whodunit with confidence and ease. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
Magical realism meets grim reality in this superb collection of short stories
Narrator Elizabeth Wiley goes Behind the Mic for AudioFile this week. Elizabeth draws us to the magic that Helen Maryles Shankman brings to listeners in IN THE LAND OF ARMADILLOS, weaving Jewish folklore into rich stories of Holocaust survival.
“It’s a brilliant title. It holds all the significance and layers of meaning that I came to find while I was narrating it.” —Narrator Elizabeth Wiley
Don’t let the cute cover divert you—this unique addition to the canon of Holocaust literature is must listening. Magical realism meets grim reality in this superb collection of short stories. Each lyrical story merges the ordinary with the horrific, and narrator Elizabeth Wiley makes each one poignant without sentimentality. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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