Heath Miller on SPACE OPERA

AudioFile’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks of 2018

Heath Miller

Heath MillerHeath Miller narrated the zany sci-fi novel SPACE OPERA, one of our 2018 Best Audiobooks in Science Fiction & Fantasy. How zany? Sentient races compete for glory in a universe-wide music contest, and it’s both scathing social commentary and a hilarious send-up of music competitions (it’s been described as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the Eurovision song contest). Heath takes us inside this intergalactic spectacle—and the many, many accents it required of him—on a special 2018 Best Audiobooks episode of our podcast, Behind the Mic.

“The tone was very familiar, so it mostly rolled off the tongue—I grew up with that kind of British humor.”—Narrator Heath Miller

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Fiona Hardingham on THE LONG-LOST HOME

AudioFile’s Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks of 2018

FIONA HARDINGHAM by Luke Fontana
FIONA HARDINGHAM by Luke Fontana
Fiona Hardingham by Luke Fontana

Fiona Hardingham narrates THE LONG-LOST HOME, the final audiobook in Maryrose Wood’s The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, with exuberance, charm, and impeccable timing. As our guest on AudioFile’s podcast, she discusses the special preparation she put into this audiobook, one of our 2018 Best Audiobooks for Children & Family Listening.

And for more on The Incorrigible Children, check out our special bonus interview with author Maryrose Wood .

“It’s very action-packed and full of heart.”—Narrator Fiona Hardingham

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January LaVoy on ELIZA HAMILTON

AudioFile’s Best Biography & History Audiobooks of 2018

January LaVoy by Scott Sherratt
January LaVoy by Scott Sherratt
January LaVoy by Scott Sherratt

January LaVoy narrated an impeccably researched biography of the philanthropist and unsung hero married to Alexander Hamilton, one of our 2018 Best Audiobooks in Biography & History. Tilar J. Mazzeo’s ELIZA HAMILTON: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton is a richly detailed audiobook concentrating on Eliza’s life after Alexander’s death. January’s skilled narration brings to life her dynamic character with personality, wit, and intelligence.

“As it turns out, there are two sides to every story—even a story that’s the biggest Broadway phenomenon of our time.”—Narrator January LaVoy

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How Long Do the Best Audiobooks Last?

Robin’s Roundup December 14

Robin at Podcast Studio
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Robin at the HarperAudio studios last week recording an episode of Harper Presents.

One of the criteria we think about when picking the Best Audiobooks of the Year is to choose titles that we can continue to recommend as great listening year after year. I can look back to our Best of 2013 and see the first Cormoran Strike title by Robert Galbraith, THE CUCKOO’S CALLING—the fourth, LETHAL WHITE, is on this year’s list. Graham Greene’s THE END OF THE AFFAIR, read by Colin Firth, won nearly every audiobook award, and can still be recommended without reservation. Billy Crystal’s STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM is a terrific author memoir, old or new. We hope the 50 titles in this year’s list enjoy the same longevity! Read more…

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Robin is the Founder & Editor of AudioFile Magazine. The AudioFile Blog is her newest project to offer new voices and recommendations for audiobooks.

Sunil Malhotra on I HAVE LOST MY WAY

AudioFile’s Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2018

Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur
Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur
Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur

Sunil Malhotra’s narration for I HAVE LOST MY WAY earned him a spot on our Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2018 list, along with his co-narrators Michael Crouch and Nicole Lewis. Three strangers collide in Central Park, and the story is told from each of their points of view. Sunil narrates from the perspective of Harun, a closeted Muslim teen who’s desperate to win back his boyfriend. Listen to our interview as Sunil talks about how he works to find the emotional truth of the story.

“One of the great things about a story like this is that it reminds us that there are other perspectives than our own.”—Narrator Sunil Malhotra

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Michael Crouch on OLIVER LOVING

AudioFile’s Best Fiction Audiobooks of 2018

Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography
Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography
Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography

Michael Crouch’s narration earned him a spot on AudioFile’s 2018 Best Fiction Audiobooks list. OLIVER LOVING is a brilliant, propulsive novel about a life-changing moment in a family, the traumas and secrets that test us, and the stories that hold us together. Listen to our interview below to get a special peek inside the work that went into recording this moving audiobook.

“One of my most important jobs is to tap into the emotional energy of the text. With this book, it’s just there, and it didn’t take much effort to tap into that.” —Narrator Michael Crouch

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Fun with Podcasting—with 2018 Best Audiobooks Episodes

Robin’s Roundup November 30

Robin at the mic

After 26 years of reviewing audiobooks, who knew that recommending audiobooks in a podcast would be so much fun! When we started Behind the Mic in September, we had so much to learn—and still do. And as we begin start to settle in, I’m finding it so rewarding to “book talk” our recommendations.

In revealing the 50 Best Audiobooks of 2018 this week, we changed up the format of the Behind the Mic podcasts a bit. Michele Cobb, AudioFile’s publisher, and I are doing episodes on each subject group in the Best 2018, and we’re also chatting with some of the narrators honored for these 2018 accolades. I could keep on writing about them, but really, just click below and listen! Read more…

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Robin is the Founder & Editor of AudioFile Magazine. The AudioFile Blog is her newest project to offer new voices and recommendations for audiobooks.

Maryrose Wood Brings The Incorrigibles Home for the Holidays

Robin’s Roundup November 16

Maryrose Wood

Maryrose WoodSpending time with The Incorrigibles might be the perfect prelude to upcoming family gatherings. If you anticipate the same old jokes from Uncle Otto, and you dread meeting your Cousin Alice’s curious new companion, take an audio dose of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to make it all seem manageable.

Mayhem may ensue, but it will definitely be entertaining for all ages. Maryrose Wood’s celebrated series unfolds in six volumes around a plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, and her three charges—who were originally raised by wolves. THE LONG-LOST HOME wraps up the series with a brilliant performance by Fiona Hardingham. The previous audiobooks were narrated flawlessly by Katherine Kellgren. Maryrose is our guest this week on a bonus episode of our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine, so listen to the author tell us more about the very special relationship she’s had with both narrators.

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Robin is the Founder & Editor of AudioFile Magazine. The AudioFile Blog is her newest project to offer new voices and recommendations for audiobooks.

Sopranos Veteran Michael Imperioli & Music Legend Lou Reed

AudioFile’s Podcast Interview with Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperiol by David Imperioli

Michael Imperiol by David ImperioliHow did Sopranos veteran Michael Imperioli come to write and perform his first novel—a coming-of-age drama about a young man and his friendship with rock god Lou Reed? In this AudioFile exclusive interview with Michael—released in our Behind the Mic podcast—Michael shares details of his 30-year acting career, his evolving life as a writer, and his involvement with the audiobook process. In his first novel THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES, Michael is both author and narrator, and he received an Earphones Award.  

Listen to his conversation with host Jo Reed as Michael outlines the story, including the many careful details that evoke Matthew’s innocence and the wild side of Manhattan of 1976, and his own admiration of and friendship with Lou Reed.  Read more…

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LeVar Burton Interview on Behind the Mic

AudioFile’s new podcast releases a bonus epsiode

LeVar Burton

LeVar BurtonYou know actor LeVar Burton from “Reading Rainbow,” “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and more. He’s also an audiobook narrator, and he hosts a podcast narrating short stories called “LeVar Burton Reads.” In a bonus episode of our new podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine, Jo Reed speaks with LeVar about what it was like to narrate the biography of one of his heroes, Fred Rogers.  Listen in to their conversation, below.

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