Find your next great audiobook on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine. Every Monday through Friday, host Josephine Reed and AudioFile Editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. All in 6 minutes or less. It’s short, sweet, and just what your ears need. Got a bit more time? Listen to the bonus episode featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.
On today’s bonus episode of Behind the Mic, we’re featuring a conversation between host Jo Reed and Dirk Maggs. If you love audio theater, then you know the work of Dirk Maggs. As a producer, director, and writer, his productions immerse listeners in the worlds that he creates. He uses rich sound effects to bring the language and feel of moviemaking to his audio productions, yet he never loses focus on the words at the heart of the story. In a career spanning 30 years, he’s won many national and international awards. Dirk first made a name for himself turning DC comics into audio productions, and when Douglas Adams heard those adaptations, he pulled Dirk in to bring his HITCHHIKERS’ GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series back to audio. Dirk has also had a longtime collaboration with Neil Gaiman, which most recently has resulted in an audio adaptation of THE SANDMAN, Gaiman’s beloved classic comic book series.
Listen in as they discuss his decades of work bringing audio dramas to life.
Actor and narrator Emily Woo Zeller was inducted as an AudioFile Golden Voice this June. She is a marvel of a narrator with the ability to bring listeners into the story and capture the heart of a book. She narrates across many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, and stories of immigrants. She uses language and accents to voice audiobooks authentically, including many moving narrations of audiobooks by Asian and Asian American authors. She was nominated for an Audie Award for THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang and in 2018 won an Audie Award for FIRE ROAD by Kim Phuc Phan Thi.
In today’s episode, host Jo Reed interviews Emily Woo Zeller, and they discuss her journey into audiobook narration through voicing anime, her skills with using accents, and what it was like narrating Fang Fang’s WUHAN DIARY in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today we are celebrating narrator Arthur Morey, who joined the ranks of AudioFile’s Golden Voice narrators this June. He is known for his exceptional narrations of histories, biographies, and memoirs, and his performances have been recognized on AudioFile’s annual Best Audiobooks lists, most recently E.B. White’s ON DEMOCRACY and REPORTER by Seymour M. Hersh.
Ramón de Ocampo is one of AudioFile’s 2020 Golden Voices. He skillfully narrates a range of titles, including bestselling series for children, powerful works of historical fiction, and meaningful coming-of-age stories. Ramón’s recent accolades include a 2019 Audie Award nomination for Casey McQuiston’s romance RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE and numerous Earphones Awards and Best of the Year audiobooks.
Listen to Ramón’s conversation with host Jo Reed about getting his start in the world of audiobooks, his emotional connections to the audiobooks he narrates, and the acting skills he uses to deconstruct the text and help listeners engage with the story.
“If you do it right, the joy that you’re getting from it, you should be trying to record.” —Narrator Ramón de Ocampo
JD Jackson is one of AudioFile’s 2020 Golden Voices, and he is a skilled and versatile narrator with a long list of impressive credits to his name. Listen in to JD’s conversation with Jo Reed about his love of storytelling, getting his start in acting and narrating, the joys of falling into the rhythm of reading well-written prose, and the emotional impact of narrating sermons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
JD narrated two of this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning audiobooks, Jericho Brown’s poetry collection THE TRADITION and Colson Whitehead’s historical novel THE NICKEL BOYS. His narration of THE NICKEL BOYS also earned JD a 2020 Audie Award nomination for Best Male Narrator. Hear more in the bonus episode of our podcast below.
“Storytelling is about something that needs to be shared, and to be put out into the atmosphere.” —Narrator JD Jackson
Jo Reed speaks with actor and narrator Steven Weber in our newest bonus episode of AudioFile’s podcast, “Behind the Mic.” Steven is known for his roles in “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Wings,” and “Indebted.” And he has narrated audiobooks by Harlan Coben and Stephen King and starred in audio dramas from L.A. Theatre Works. Listen to their full conversation below.
AudioFile is pleased to announce the launch of our 11th annual SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program! This summer we are partnering with OverDrive and audiobook publishers to share 13 weeks of FREE young adult audiobooks. Visit AudiobookSYNC.com to register and browse the full list of summer listening for teens, and to learn more about Sora, the student reading app used to share audiobooks this season. Teens can download two free audiobooks each week now through July 29 — the perfect way for your teens to get a jump on their summer reading, explore new genres, or start a stay-at-home book club with their friends. We encourage teachers, librarians, and parents to check out the full list of audiobooks and get your teens listening. Read more…
AudioFile’s Josephine Reed spoke with author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds about STAMPED, a remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING for young people which Reynolds also narrates. Highly recommended as a work for young readers, the audiobook is accessible to anyone interested in learning about how racism and antiracism developed in America. In all of his work, Reynolds is known for writing and speaking directly to young listeners, meeting them where they are, and helping young Black readers see themselves reflected in books they are excited to read.
In this bonus episode of the Behind the Mic podcast, Reynolds speaks about the importance of writing for younger readers and how he came to work on STAMPED. Hear the full conversation below.
“What we were trying to do is ensure that the conversation around antiracism permeates every single sector of our country, not just scholars and academics and people who are thinking about race, but our children.“—Author Jason Reynolds
Author Nic Stone and narrator Dion Graham make a powerful team. Stone’s newest audiobook CLEAN GETAWAY came out this winter, and it’s another Earphones Award winner narrated by Dion Graham. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to revisit our conversation with the author and narrator duo. Host Jo Reed spoke with both Stone and Graham when their audiobook DEAR MARTIN first released. Stone’s moving young adult audiobook allows listeners to reflect on the trauma and impacts of racial profiling as her characters ask the questions we would in their situations. Listen to their conversation below.
“The best way to reach young people through literature is to reflect actual young people who mess up, who do good, who do bad, who have good things that they are a part of, who maybe have some things that they shouldn’t be a part of.”—Author Nic Stone