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.
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…
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
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
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…
Spending 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.
AudioFile’s Podcast Interview with Michael Imperioli
How 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…
You 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.
The Evolution of our Audiobook Podcast: Behind the Mic
Trying new things has never been a problem for me. Remember, I started AudioFile in 1992 when most people had to have the word “audiobook” explained to them. The idea of an audiobook magazine continues to be a new thing—since it’s often a surprise to listeners that such a thing exists. Podcasts have been around since about 2004, and the idea has always intrigued me. Audiobooks are an audio medium; podcasts are an audio medium. This should make an ideal couple. Working this out has taken awhile. Read more…
Narrator Simon Vance is a man of many voices, in both contemporary fiction and classic literature, and he’s won dozens of awards for his audiobooks. In our interview on The Download, Simon shares reflections about many books he’s narrated—starting off with children’s classics likeTHE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, he takes us through details of his process to create his distinct “vocal wizardry.”
“Sitting in my little box, I do my own thing—I am free to let my creativity roam far and wide.”—Narrator Simon Vance