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, Joe Jameson shares why he enjoyed narrating Alexis Hall’s charming and witty contemporary romance BOYFRIEND MATERIALand the joys of having good dialogue to work with when you’re an actor.
“Alexis is a great writer; he writes characters brilliantly—they’re all so nuanced and funny and heartbreaking and very, very real.”—Narrator Joe Jameson
Lesbian necromancers in space! Moira Quirk lent her many talents to narrating last year’s hit SFF novel GIDEON THE NINTH, one of AudioFile’s 2019 Best Audiobooks—Quirk describes her approach to narrating GIDEON as “a country house murder mixed with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.” Now she’s back with HARROW THE NINTH, Tamsyn Muir’s mind-bending sequel—”an M.C. Escher-designed funhouse.”
“There’s the same snark, the same characters, the same enticing sentence structure and delicious vocabulary.”–Narrator Moira Quirk
Take a trip to Maine with Paul Doiron’s Maine warden series. Henry Leyva has been narrating this mystery series for ten years now, and in the latest entry, ONE LAST LIE, warden Mike Bowditch tries to help the father figure in his life as he wends his way through the woods to find closure on an old case. In this video, Henry Leyva shares why he enjoys getting to see the world through Mike Bowditch’s eyes.
“The book is a wonderful representation of Paul Doiron at his best, writing about the characters of Maine, the beauty of Maine and its wilderness, and this wonderful character, Mike Bowditch.”–Narrator Henry Leyva
If you want to hold onto that summer feeling for a little while longer, you’ll want to listen to this love story that unfolds over 28 years. Narrator Erin Bennett shares her thoughts on Elin Hilderbrand’s 28 SUMMERS in the video below.
“I always thought beach reads were comforting and scintillating and poppy and intriguing, but I didn’t know that they could also break your heart for a few hours of your life, and that’s exactly what this book does.”—Narrator Erin Bennett
Actor Jake Abel narrated Stephenie Meyer’s newest audiobook, MIDNIGHT SUN, which tells the tale of TWILIGHT, but from vampire Edward Cullen’s point of view. Jake tells us about his experience narrating an audiobook for the first time and the responsibility of giving voice to Edward and the rest of the characters.
“I wanted to approach each person by their personality and their point of view, kind of how I prepare to do a film or TV show. Whatever comes out is because of what their wants and needs are.”—Narrator Jake Abel
Last week, AudioFile was delighted to host a live (and lively!) conversation with four romance narrators to learn more about their craft and to hear excerpts from new and upcoming romance audiobooks. Tease blogger Caitlin Augusta and AudioFile publisher Michele Cobb hosted a panel discussion as Sean Crisden, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden, and Karen White each shared their insights into making the magic happen inside the recording booth. Watch the recorded video below and join the fun!
When high schooler Isa joins an intense cooking competition in France, narrator Jennifer Jill Araya shows her skill with accents as she brings the international competitors and supportive family members to life. Jennifer’s video below touches on all the reasons she loved narrating SALTY, BITTER, SWEET, Mayra Cuevas’s young adult audiobook about a young chef.
“SALTY, BITTER, SWEET is about finding love, figuring out what happiness is, determining what family means, and deciding how far we’re willing to go to pursue our dreams.”—Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya
Narrator Frankie Corzo takes listeners behind the scenes of MEXICAN GOTHIC, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s newest horror audiobook. Set in the 1950s, it’s a story that transports listeners into the Mexican countryside, to a manor that quickly goes from unsettling to downright terrifying. Hear more from Frankie in her narrator video below.
“It contains all those classic gothic horror novel elements . . . but is also unapologetically Mexican and Latinx.”—Narrator Frankie Corzo
During the month of June, we celebrate our Golden Voice narrators, and so it’s my supreme pleasure to bring you more of January LaVoy’s work—an update, if you will, since her induction as a Golden Voice in 2019.
One of January’s LaVoy latest audiobooks is HIDEAWAY, a multi-generational, slow-build romance by one of the true queens of romance, Nora Roberts. I have more to say about the audiobook below, but first, let’s hear from January herself.
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!
Narrator Alison Larkin expertly introduces this classic Yorkshire story to a new generation and shares why THE SECRET GARDEN might just be the perfect audiobook for family listening during this time of lockdown and social distancing.
“It’s about isolation and loneliness and connection and renewal and nature and love, and it’s magical.”—Narrator Alison Larkin