Behind the Mic Podcast with AudioFile Magazine recommends the latest audiobooks. In this podcast, AudioFile editors select favorite audiobooks and uncover hidden gems. Host Josephine Reed and AudioFile editors spotlight an audiobook, complete with a sound clip, so listeners can find their next great audiobook. Listen on your favorite podcast manager, and look for special bonus episodes interviewing narrators and authors highlighted hear on the blog.
Discover why we love listening to this compelling narrator
Golden Voice January LaVoy is a skilled narrator who draws listeners into whatever she’s performing, whether it’s a thrilling mystery or a compelling historical audiobook. We wanted to know more about January’s journey to becoming an audiobook narrator, the differences between narrating in the booth and acting on stage, and all of the work that she does to inhabit so many dynamic characters.
Listen to our exclusive interview with January on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.
“When I meet people who consume audiobooks, there’s such a deep joy, and it is a shared experience. I don’t know who I’m narrating for specifically when I’m narrating, but when someone consumes it and feels that it’s just for them, that is the best feeling.”
—Narrator January LaVoy
Narrator Scott Brick is celebrating 20 years of audiobook recording this June. He was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2004, and whether he’s narrating science fiction, thrillers, or history, he helps listeners get to the heart of the story. Listen to our interview with Scott and hear about his start in audiobook narration, his love of science fiction, and the audiobooks that have had the greatest impact on his life.
“I’ve never lost the fanboy inside of me. I’m just thrilled by the fact that I get to do this for a living.”—Narrator Scott Brick
AudioFile is pleased to celebrate five new Golden Voices with our lifetime achievement honor for narrators—January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini, Bahni Turpin, Johnny Heller, and Suzanne Toren. For the month of June, we’re celebrating 30 days of Golden Voice narrators and their work—listen in to our podcast to learn more about these audiobook greats with conversations about how they got their start and memorable recording experiences.
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.
Our Podcast Interview with the Best Female Narrator
Narrator 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
In 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.
Flavia de Luce always makes me smile. Alan Bradley’s 11-year-old sleuth has just solved her tenth mystery, THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD. Flavia lives in the village of Bishop’s Lacy, in 1950s England. She’s passionate about poisons—although she’s almost as interested in old churchyards and the fascinating chemistry of decay.
Jayne Entwistle inhabits the irrepressible and intrepid Flavia in all ten of the audiobooks. For listeners she IS Flavia, with all of her bright-voiced curiosity and charming cleverness. Jayne has garnered lovely reviews and Earphones Awards and is a brilliant example of how a narrator can fully inhabit not just a single character but an entire series. This great author and narrator duo had never actually spoken until AudioFile brought them together on the Behind the Mic podcast.
AudioFile’s podcast interview with Adriana Trigiani
Novelist Adriana Trigiani joins us to talk about her latest audiobook, TONY’S WIFE, and narrator Edoardo Ballerini’sengaging performance. In a story about the music of the last century—the Big Band music of the 1940s—two talented working class kids, Tony & Chi Chi, marry and become a successful singing act until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. Inspired by Adriana’s father’s record collection, the music of Henry Mancini, and the orchestras of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.
Adriana astutely notes what audiobook narrators bring to the party of an audiobook experience. She shares thoughts on how hearing a story differs from a text reading, and the importance of hearing stories aloud. We learn about Adriana’s career as a dramatist and playwright, and her work in films and on the stage. She explores how her rich Italian-American-Appalachian heritage informs and influences her work. Adriana and Jo talk about the importance of literacy, and Adriana shares her work on The Origin Project, an in-school writing project for students to find their voices about their Appalachian origins. Listen to the whole conversation below.
“Edoardo just brings you into that world, and it tells the story of the last century . . . though flawed people, but really loving people.”—Author Adriana Trigiani
AudioFile’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks of 2018
Heath 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 Audiobooksepisode 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
AudioFile’s Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks of 2018
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