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!
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
Once Genie Lo’s only concerns were college applications—that is, until the ancient Chinese Monkey King got involved. AudioFile was delighted to feature THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO as part of our free summer audiobook program, SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. When we reached out to narrator Nancy Wu about filming a video about this action-packed YA fantasy, she invited author F.C. Yee to join her to share more about the audiobook. Watch this video from the two creative minds behind this epic listen.
“Genie Lo is a regular teenage girl, and then someone comes into her life and changes her destiny.”—Narrator Nancy Wu
KADDISH.COM is the rare and extraordinary audiobook that reaches new heights because of the narrator’s flawless performance. Rob Shapiro delivers Nathan Englander’s material perfectly while enhancing every scene with a style and diversity of tones and emotions that highlight each moment. In the video below, he shares why the novel resonated so strongly.
“I knew each character, and I’d known each character my whole life.” — Narrator Rob Shapiro
Adriana Herrera’s AMERICAN DREAMER is a delicious new romance that’s a standout on audio, thanks to Sean Crisden’s Earphones Award-winning performance. This heartwarming, awkward, hilarious, steamy romance is filled with Dominican food-love and is guaranteed to make you hungry. In this video, Sean shares why he enjoyed narrating AMERICAN DREAMER so much.
“One word of advice for you: Do not read the book hungry.”
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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!
A story of young men discovering their true selves
In Bill Konigsberg’s latest novel for teens, THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS, Max and Jordan meet by chance when Jordan and his mom are trying, and failing, to get their family food truck business going again. But Max needs a job, so he and Jordan spend their summer vacation working to to make the business a success—in hotter-than-hot Arizona. In the video below, Anthony Rey Perez, who performs from Max’s point of view, shares why this story of identity and authenticity appealed to him.
“What drew me to this story were the layers of in between. I love how the character I read, and all of the characters, aren’t the stereotypical idea of social normative, whether it be based on their culture or sexual identity.”—Narrator Anthony Rey Perez
A high-octane adventure with a fierce female protagonist
Narrator Suzy Jackson is an exceptional match for this high-stakes, battle-driven space opera—the first installment in a new YA series from author Brandon Sanderson. Suzy inhabits the brave, strong, fierce female protagonist in SKYWARD, and while she was recording, Suzy was captivated by the layers of world-building in Sanderson’s high-octane futuristic narrative of hope, sacrifice, and courage.
“The adventure of it was so exciting that I would come home every night after recording and tell my two young boys what had happened.”—Narrator Suzy Jackson
In MOTHER COUNTRY, Kathleen Gati narrates the story of Nadia, a Ukrainian woman who is struggling to make her way in the U.S. and to bring her daughter to this country. Her quest is punctuated by flashbacks—deftly negotiated by Gati—that detail what brought Nadia herself to New York.
“The lengths she goes to to express her love for her daughter . . . I think you’ll love this book.”—Narrator Kathleen Gati
Independent bookstores have a special place in my heart. When I travel, finding a local bookstore gem is an extra treat. These days I mostly pack ebooks and audiobooks on my phone, but there’s still a great way to support your local bookseller: Libro.fm Audiobooks. Looking at the new Libro Indies Bestseller list, I see a lot to recommend. We have great reviews, of course, and our special AudioFile media extras—podcasts and narrator videos to really draw you into these audiobooks.
Starting with nonfiction: EDUCATED by Tara Westover and narrated by Julia Whelan continues to get a lot of attention. Julia just won two 2019 Audie Awards with her performance—Best Female Narrator and Best Autobiography/ Memoir. We have a terrific interview with Julia just published on our podcast.