Behind the Mic: Before the Devil Breaks You

January LaVoy continues Libba Bray’s Diviners series

Narrator January LaVoy shares why she loves Libba Bray’s Diviners series in her Behind the Mic video on the latest in the series, BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU.

“I love the characters—I want to be best friends with all of them. They’re cool, they’re smart, they’re diverse, they’re fearless.”—Narrator January LaVoy

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Behind the Mic: The Last Ballad

Lament for textile worker, balladeer, and union organizer Ella Mae Wiggins

Narrator Karen White takes AudioFile listeners Behind the Mic to share her thoughts on the narration of THE LAST BALLAD. This Earphones Award winner by Wiley Cash revolves around Ella Mae Wiggins, a forgotten heroine of history.

“The story resonates so deeply with all the social justice issues that we are still wrangling with today.” —Narrator Karen White

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Behind the Mic: Own It

Join us to hear more about Ellen Archer’s confident narration of Own It

Listen in as Ellen Archer shares her experience with narrating OWN IT by Sallie  Krawcheck with AudioFile readers. In this Behind the Mic video we learn more about this empowering listening experience.

“This book stayed with me—like a call to arms for women to use their own unique voice, their own talents, and their own skill set that are inherent in being a woman.”—Narrator Ellen Archer

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Behind the Mic: The Ethan I Was Before

Hurricanes, wolves, and pool parties—the perfect ingredients for a teen novel

Narrator Kirby Heyborne takes AudioFile readers Behind the Mic to hear more about his narration of THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE from Ali Standish. Let this audiobook grab your heart.

“What I love about this audiobook is that it has a theme that is relatable to every age group, particularly young adults.”—Narrator Kirby Heyborne

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Behind the Mic: Hello, Universe

A family listening choice about courage, fate, and friendship

AudioFile magazine goes Behind the Mic with Ramon de Ocampo to learn about his narration of HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly.  A wonderful coming of age story with keen perceptions on courage, fate, and friendship.

“I remember in the recording booth how swept up I was and pulled into this really honest and original coming of age story.”—Narrator Ramon de Ocampo

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Tease: Behind the Mic for The Strawberry Hearts Diner

Narrator Brittany Pressley shares her thoughts on Carolyn Brown’s characters

This week’s Behind the Mic shares insights from narrator Brittany Pressley. She pulls open the recording studio door for us and shares her thoughts regarding the small town Texas characters she voiced. And I think the author Carolyn Brown has something equally insightful to share. As she says on her website, “I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas.” And that pretty much sums up the entire audiobook industry for you. A novel may start out in the realm of fiction—not real, as Brown says—but add one great narrator and stir, and the voices become real, they are still talking to you, and you can’t bear to stop listening. Let’s hear what narrator Brittany Pressley has to say about Carolyn Brown’s THE STRAWBERRY HEARTS DINER.

“The strongest relationships in the books are really the friendships amongst the women. She writes really strong, witty, independent, feisty, great female characters from a wide range of ages, and I love that.”—Narrator Brittany Pressley

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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!

Solve: The Best Mysteries of 2017 and a trip Behind the Mic

Plus a special video of narrator JD Jackson on the award-winner BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD

Bluebird BluebirdOur fine editors at AudioFile Magazine have hemmed and hawed and pulled some hair (mostly their own) to come to a consensus on the Best Audiobooks of 2017! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the complete lists—they’re broken down into genre categories—you can do so here.

The mystery choices are good ones, including some of my personal favorites: Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, Jo Nesbø’s THE THIRST, and Craig Johnson’s THE WESTERN STAR. You can see the whole list here.

I’m especially excited to see Attica Locke’s BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD on the list. I mentioned Locke’s newest, narrated by JD Jackson, in my celebration of crime fighters post back in October, and I’m excited to share this fun Behind the Mic video from JD Jackson. He says BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD read like a “brown liquor blues song.” Maybe he should be reviewing for us!

“This is an amazing mystery and suspense novel, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about regret, it’s about honor, it’s about redemption, and it’s about racial tension that has festered in this small town.”—Narrator JD Jackson

Please enjoy the video and be sure to check out AudioFile Magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2017. There’s so much good listening in these lists. You can start stockpiling for the cold winter months coming our way. Happy Listening!

Best Audiobooks 2017

A freelance book and audiobook reviewer, I have also written numerous interviews of authors and narrators. Story entrances me and if I'm not reading for myself I love having a story told to me. In addition, I'm an avid photographer, where stories are in the images!

Behind the Mic: Turtles All the Way Down

Kate Rudd gives John Green’s much-anticipated and personal audiobook an award-winning performance

Narrator Kate Rudd takes AudioFile listeners Behind the Mic for one of the most anticipated young adult novel this year—John Green’s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. Kate’s expressive performance put TURTLES on our 2017 Best of the Year list.

“Throughout the story you see a really honest look at what it might feel like to be a teenager navigating mental illness. I wish this book had been around for me when I was a young person.”—Narrator Kate Rudd

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Behind the Mic: The Room of White Fire

T. Jefferson Parker’s taut thriller about the harrowing effects of war

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Will Damron to hear more about his narration of  THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE, a new thriller from T. Jefferson Parker.

“This is a book about war, about the stories we tell ourselves about war.  And the wars  that we fight within ourselves.”—Narrator Will Damron

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