It’s no secret that behind every great audiobook, there’s a fabulous narrator. AudioFile takes you behind the scenes and into the homes—and recording booths—of some of our favorite narrators to hear their takes on the audiobooks they’re recording. Find new narrator videos each Saturday, and discover your next great listen!
In this video, narrator Jason Culp tells AudioFile listeners about IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES, Updike’s novel in which Clarence Wilmot, a thoughtful clergyman in 1910 Paterson, New Jersey, loses his faith but finds solace in movies.
“Being a Hollywood kid myself, I really connected with this book, especially in the ways in which it illustrates how a particular family’s wounds and issues are unconsciously handed down.” — Narrator Jason Culp
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…
Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in N.K. Jemisin’s THE CITY WE BECAME, a fantastical celebration of the city’s spirit. Channeling a bit of that spirit in the video below, Robin shares how the audiobook represents New York’s resiliency.
“We’re a hodgepodge of different cultures, incomes, languages, sensibilities, but we band together, and when we do, we are so much greater than the sum of our parts.” — Narrator Robin Miles
Author David Rosenfelt is back with another canine companion on the case, and this time he’s launching a new mystery series. Narrator Fred Berman shares his insights into THE K TEAM, Rosenfelt’s new spin-off from the Andy Carpenter series. Hear more about this sharp, smart, dog-friendly audiobook thriller in Fred’s video.
“It’s a first-person narrative, which is my favorite type of book to narrate, because it’s the most actable. You can just dig in and live as the character.”—Narrator Fred Berman
In the video below, narrator Natalie Naudus shares why she was so riveted by Addie Thorley’s NIGHT SPINNER, a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with a flawed and complex heroine and a magical twist.
“When I got the manuscript for this book, I couldn’t put it down—I pulled an all-nighter prepping it.”—Narrator Natalie Naudus
Tiffany Tsao’s opulent thriller THE MAJESTIES captivates as it follows the fates of a Chinese Indonesian family living in Jakarta. In the video below, narrator Nancy Wu explains her personal connections to this saga.
“It was fascinating and rare to get to see the world of my mother’s childhood brought to life in really rich detail.”—Narrator Nancy Wu
Narrator Will Damron recounts the gruesome true story of the Greely Polar expedition in LABYRINTH OF ICE by Buddy Levy. Will’s narration captures the essence of life on a ship buffeted by icebergs, the brutal cold of the arctic, the awe of discovery, and the price some will pay for fame. Watch Will’s video below to hear more about this disastrous Arctic adventure.
“The things these men went through on this mission were the stuff of nightmares.”—Narrator Will Damron
Narrator Nicol Zanzarella shares what she loved about narrating Kate Clayborn’s LOVE LETTERING, a delightful contemporary romance set in New York City. Meg is a hand letterer making a name for herself as “The Planner of Park Slope.” In the video below, Nicol explains how she got into Meg’s character to bring her story to life.
“The way that Meg finds her inspiration for herself throughout this story kind of blew my mind, and as a creative person, really made me want to look at things differently.”—Narrator Nicol Zanzarella
In the video below, Allyson Johnson talks about the delights and challenges of narrating a long-running historical fiction series. With ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME, the Logan family saga that began with ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY comes to an end, and Allyson puts the story into historical context for listeners. Author Mildred D. Taylor was honored with the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement this year, a well-deserved honor. Hear more about the audiobook from Allyson herself.
“It’s a beautifully evocative story.”—Narrator Allyson Johnson
Anyone who loved Percy and Monty in Mackenzi Lee’s YA novel THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE will want to hear THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO GETTING LUCKY, a sweet, brief novella sequel. We were lucky enough to catch Lee and narrator Christian Coulson together in New York while Coulson was recording the audiobook—watch the video to see them having a lot of fun while talking about the inspiration behind the novella and the importance of audiobooks.
“Audiobooks are what made me a reader, and what made me love books.”—Author Mackenzi Lee