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!
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
Marissa Meyer’s Renegades series comes to a dramatic end in SUPERNOVA. Narrators Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner have co-narrated all three audiobooks in the trilogy, starting with RENEGADES and ARCHENEMIES and concluding with SUPERNOVA. Teens Adrian and Nova are on opposite sides of a long-running feud between the Renegades and the Anarchists, two very different groups of superheroes. Dan and Rebecca share why this is a series you’ll want to jump in on, and how they came to be such a dynamic narrator duo.
“We met on the first book, so we’ve gotten to know each other a lot better, and we’ve gotten to know all these characters a lot better.”—Narrator Dan Bittner
Narrator Oliver Wyman embodies everyone’s favorite trickster god in LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES , an exciting origin story for Marvel’s Loki of Asgard written by Mackenzi Lee. When one of Loki’s constant schemes to show up his brother, Thor, lands them both in hot water, he is banished to Midgard (a.k.a. nineteenth-century London) to investigate a series of magical murders. From his studio “Amazingland,” certified Thor fan Oliver tells listeners why they’ll love listening to this magical new Loki adventure—especially if they like comic books and Norse mythology.
“We learn some things about Loki in this story that I found surprising.”—Narrator Oliver Wyman
Satisfy your historical fiction cravings with BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly. Set in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the novel shifts in time from the steel-boom era of 1918 to 1962. Joanna’s husband’s position as head of Collier Steel requires that she and their kids move to the Collier family mansion in Bethlehem. There, she will assist her mother-in-law, Susannah, and Susannah’s mother, Helen. In the video below, narrator Christina Delaine shares why she loved all of the complicated characters in this multigenerational saga.
“BETHLEHEM is part love story, part tragedy, part mystery, and it’s filled with old heartbreaks, old secrets, old regrets, old ghosts.”—Narrator Christina Delaine
Imogen Church has narrated all five of Ruth Ware’s thrillers, and she shares with us why she loved Ware’s latest, THE TURN OF THE KEY, an unsettling update of Henry James’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Watch the video, and then settle in for this scary listen.
“The book is terrifying, and I was especially excited to have a chance to terrify you, the listener.”—Narrator Imogen Church
Who’s up for a 13th-century Welsh road trip? Let’s hit the road less traveled with Elizabeth Kingston’s historical romance DESIRE LINES, read by Nicholas Boulton. DESIRE LINES is book three in the Welsh Blades series, following THE KING’S MAN and FAIR, BRIGHT AND TERRIBLE. The author assures listeners that they are standalone audiobooks, but fair warning that if you listen to any one of them, as I did, you’ll probably want to listen to them all! Before I say more, let’s watch Nicholas Boulton sharing his experiences with narrating the story.
“It’s a lovely book to narrate. It’s full of rich period detail and wonderfully realized, authentic, and exciting characters we meet along the way.”—Narrator Nicholas Boulton
Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!
In this new literary drama from the author of ROOM, a retired professor finds himself responsible for an 11-year-old relative, and together they uncover family secrets in the French Riviera. Narrator Jason Culp calls the novel “a road movie that shows why Emma Donoghue is such an admired writer.” Watch the video below for more of Jason’s insights into AKIN.
“There are a few times in an actor’s life when a role comes along, and you think, this is mine. I have to do this. I’ve only had that a few times, and this was one of them.”—Narrator Jason Culp
Golden Voice narrator Dion Graham gives listeners insights into one of this year’s biggest fantasy novels as he introduces us to the first in Marlon James’s new trilogy, BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF. In this African-inspired epic, the protagonist’s powerful sense of smell leads him through dangerous cities and wild lands in pursuit of a child he has been hired to find. Watch the video below.
“It’s an incredible piece of work about life, death, loss, love, urges, wants, desires, needs, and the pursuit of happiness.”—Narrator Dion Graham
AudioFile is delighted to feature Maggie Stiefvater’s ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS as part of our free summer audiobook program SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In 1962, a disc jockey fleeing fame and a teenage hitchhiker with a hole in his heart arrive in Bicho Raro, a tiny desert town where a family of Mexican-American saints offers miracles to those who need them. Narrator Thom Rivera shares what he loves about the world that Stiefvater created.
“In Bicho Raro, miracles are never what you’d expect.”—Narrator Thom Rivera
It’s been eight years since Kate Atkinson’s last audiobook featuring her semiretired, terminally lonely British P.I. Jackson Brodie. Actor Jason Isaacs, who starred in the BBC series “Case Histories,” based on Atkinson’s books, narrates the newest Brodie mystery, BIG SKY. In this video, author and narrator catch up in the recording studio and chat about bringing Jackson Brodie and the rest of the cast of characters to life.
“The job is to be a conduit for the writing, to trigger people’s imaginations . . . it’s about having a gentle touch and allowing the writing to flow through you.”—Narrator Jason Isaacs