The Wisdom of Moles and Rabbits on Audio

The Wisdom of Moles and Rabbits

The Wisdom of Moles and Rabbits

This time of year puts me in a nostalgic mood to spend time with furry creatures that star in the sort of books that are loved by both adults and children. Rabbits, for instance. When the British publisher Rex Collings agreed to publish Richard Adams’s WATERSHIP DOWN, he wrote a colleague, “I’ve just taken on a novel about rabbits, one of them with extra-sensory perception. Do you think I’m mad?” Farsighted is a better description. The 1972 classic about a band of anthropomorphized rabbits on a quest for a new home has been republished and adapted repeatedly since publication, most recently in a terrific audiobook read by Peter Capaldi. That male rabbits get starring roles despite the matriarchal nature of real rabbit society is mostly forgivable because the story’s drama is enhanced by Capaldi’s rich voice and insightful pacing. The Scottish-born actor also starred as the twelfth Doctor in BBC’s epic Doctor Who series, which turns out to have been excellent preparation for creating an abundance of character voices for the brave group. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

2019 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks

2019 Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Audiobooks

2019 Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Audiobooks

It’s a special pleasure to share AudioFile’s list of the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror audiobooks of 2019. Wildly different from each other — the list includes magical storybooks and possessed trucks — they all take listeners on unique and fantastic voyages (“Fantastic voyages” being my homage to the first sci-fi movie I ever saw, that iconic 1966 film that featured miniaturized scientists battling white blood cells from inside a body). Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Listen While You Cook: 5 New Audiobooks

Listen While You Cook

Listen While You Cook

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Happy cooking, cleaning, traveling, laughing, stressing-out, hanging-out, gossiping, tippling, eating. My advice — forget politics for the day or weekend, and agree to disagree about pumpkin pie. In between and during — well, maybe not while carving the turkey or tofu, there’s nothing like an audiobook to calm, divert, and amuse. I’ve found five listens that are perfect for dipping in and out of as time permits. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Giving Thanks: 5 New Audiobooks from Favorite Women Novelists

Giving Thanks New Audiobooks from 5 Favorite Women Novelists

Giving Thanks New Audiobooks from 5 Favorite Women Novelists

In this month of gratitude, I am celebrating new novels by five of my favorite female authors. Plus I’m giving some of their previous books a shout-out because the only thing better than five wonderful new books is five new books and  five newish books. For the record, I’ll be starting at the end of the alphabet because, having spent several lifetimes waiting for Scott to be called, I feel like turning the tables. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Let’s Get Scared: 6 Frightening Audiobooks for Halloween

Lets Get Scared

Lets Get Scared

When I go on haunted house rides with the children in my life, I’m the one who screams most often. I also close my eyes when ominous movie music begins.  And if I’m startled, I jump and screech. So I deserve extra credit for listening to the following scary audiobooks. I did it for you, dear listener. I will not do such a thing again for you until next October. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

5 Audiobooks Exploring Nature While It Lasts

Nature While It Lasts

Nature While It Lasts

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is touring America this month to fight for climate justice and a living planet. October is also Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday month. While still a teenager, Thunberg is one of the young activists leading movements around the world and in their own communities to save the planet for future generations. President Roosevelt established 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks, and 18 national monuments on more than 230 million acres of public land. In honor of them both, I offer a selection of new and classic audiobooks about our precious globe and its natural inhabitants. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Remembering Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts

Pioneering reporter, commentator, and author Cokie Roberts was astute, witty, wise, and kind. When she died last month of breast cancer, a disease that is all too personal for many of us, it was as if we had lost a friend as well as a mentor. What we haven’t lost is her writing, which is deeply knowledgable and engaging. Nor, blessedly, have we lost the clear warm timbre of her voice, so familiar to generations of NPR listeners, because Cokie Roberts read her own audiobooks.

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Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Author Kate Atkinson on Her Captivating Audiobook Mysteries

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s most recent Jackson Brodie mystery, BIG SKY, came out this summer, and I was so pleased to get to talk to her about her audiobooks in the August/September issue of AudioFile Magazine. Read my interview below.

Fans of the idiosyncratic private investigator Jackson Brodie should thank their lucky stars for Kate Atkinson, author of the Brodie novels. Not only did she create the character—world-weary yet hopeful, deeply moral, occasionally law-breaking, and, well, marvelous—she recommended actor Jason Isaacs for the role. Now he simply is Jackson Brodie on audio and in film, and she couldn’t be more pleased. Admittedly, they did have a “little friendly tussle” over Brodie’s accent, which in Isaac’s rendition is more generically Northern England than what the Yorkshire-born author hears when she writes. “But he has to do lots of other characters as well, and he does do them excellently. It’s definitely an art.” She acquiesced about Brodie’s accent. “Now,” she laughs, “he regards it as his. I regard it as mine. But he does really regard it as his.” She smiles, for it has worked out just as she intended. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Make Me Smart: These Audiobooks Educate While They Entertain

Make Me Smart

Make Me Smart

That day, about two-thirds of the way through summer vacation, when you eat the entire bin of caramel corn and allow your brain to embrace indolence? Well, that day is over. O.V.E.R. The beach towels have been put away, and the kids are back in school. It’s time for the rest of us to get smart again, too. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Author Anthony Horowitz on His Passion for Writing

Anthony Horowitz

I was delighted to interview author Anthony Horowitz for the October 2018 issue of AudioFile magazine. Horowitz’s second Detective Daniel Hawthorne mystery, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH, was published this summer to rave reviews.  His most recent James Bond caper, FOREVER AND A DAY, has been equally lauded. Read my interview with Horowitz below.

Some days, Anthony Horowitz feels more like a secretary than a writer, which is a tad surprising for the author of 49+ novels and many screenplays. He should be the one in charge, yet, “Often I have to write with a pen because I can’t type fast enough to keep up with the speed my characters are talking. It’s as if I’m sitting on the side of the room with a notebook and a pen, furiously scribbling in shorthand the words I’m hearing.”

In a felicitous twist for us audiophiles, he adds, “That means my writing always begins as an audio experience.” Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.