Behind the Mic: Hidden Figures

A cadre of African-American women who helped provide NASA with raw computing power

AudioFile finds narrator Robin Miles Behind the Mic in Harlem as she tells us about her appreciation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

“A shout-out to Margot Lee Shetterly–thank you for validating my inner math geek!”—Narrator Robin Miles

Hidden Figures

HIDDEN FIGURES
Margot Lee Shetterly, read by Robin Miles
Harper Audio

The trailer for the upcoming movie increased our interest, and probably yours, in the story of a cadre of African-American women who helped provide NASA with raw computing power. Robin Miles does the audiobook full justice. Listen to a sound clip and read our full audiobook review here!

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Behind the Mic: Grace

A novel about women who are survivors

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with Lisa Renee Pitts who tells us what it was like to record GRACE, Natashia Deón’s searing novel.

“My job was to stay true to the intentions of each character.”—Lisa Renee Pitts

Grace
GRACE
by Natashia Deón, read by Lisa Renee Pitts
Blackstone Audio
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The advance reviews of GRACE caught our attention, and paired with the powerful talent of Lisa Renee Pitts, we knew this would be an astonishing and affecting listening experience. Listen to a sound clip and read the full review here!

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Tease: Dark Carousel

From the Queen of Paranormal Romance, Christine Feehan

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Jim Frangione to hear about one of the challenges of his first performance of one of Christine Feehan’s Dark titles, DARK CAROUSEL.

“Feehan’s ancient Carpathian language was hard, but fun to do!”—Jim Frangione

Dark Carousel

DARK CAROUSEL
by Christine Feehan, read by Jim Frangione
Penguin Audio
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Feehan’s long-running Dark series—DARK CAROUSEL is #29—gets a brilliant fresh voice. AudioFile’s reviewer calls Jim’s performance “dark and delicious,” and we hope he’ll stay in the world of the Carpathians. Listen to a sound clip and read our review HERE.

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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!

Self: Put Your Intuition to Work

How to Supercharge Your Inner Wisdom to Think Fast and Make Great Decisions

Personal and workplace decision-making can be a mercurial process. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Hillary Huber to hear her thoughts about her accessible performance of Lynn Robinson’s authoritative guide to trusting your intuition.

“Success is based on so many decisions throughout each day.”—Hillary Huber

Put Your Intuition To Work
PUT YOUR INTUITION TO WORK

Lynn A. Robinson, read by Hillary Huber
Vibrance Press

We all like good, actionable ideas to help our day, and our lives, go better. When an audiobook narrator connects listeners to those ideas, it’s a win-win. Hillary Huber helps us absorb Lynn Robinson’s approach to using our inner wisdom. Listen to a sound clip and read our review here.

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Behind the Mic: Age of Myth

The author of the popular Riyria books launches a new series.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Tim Gerard Reynolds—narrator of not only Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Chronicles and Riyria Revelations, but this first book in the Legend of the First Empire series, AGE OF MYTH. Is he sharing the secrets of the story?

“I got to work closely with Michael on this new series on things like characterization.”—Tim Gerard Reynolds

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Michael J. Sullivan, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Recorded Books
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What an opportunity for a narrator to collaborate with an author on the performance of a new series! Tim Gerard Reynolds jumps back 3000 years to Book 1 of Sullivan’s new Legends of the First Empire series and grabs an Earphones Award right off.  Listen to sound clip and read our review here.

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Behind the Mic: The Abundance

Essays by Annie Dillard

AudioFile asked narrator Susan Ericksen to go Behind the Mic to tell us about her experience narrating Dillard’s carefully chosen and juxtaposed essays collected in THE ABUNDANCE.

“The collection is in a class by itself—so artistically crafted and poetically written.” -Susan Ericksen

The Abundance
THE ABUNDANCE
by Annie Dillard, read by Susan Ericksen
Brilliance Audio
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We are fans of Annie Dillard’s luminous essays that mix keen observation, spirituality, history, and lyrical storytelling. This collection from the author of TEACHING A STONE TO TALK and PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK gives an abundance of thoughtful, engaging listening on such an array of topics. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Listeners may also want to explore Dillard’s autobiographical works, THE WRITING LIFE and AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD.

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Solve: The City of Mirrors

The final title in The Passage trilogy

Scott Brick’s expressive delivery of Justin Cronin’s trilogy has gained fans starting with the momentum of THE PASSAGE. Brick injects emotion into even the smallest subplot and intensifies the drama.

The City of Mirrors

 THE CITY OF MIRRORS
Justin Cronin, read by Scott Brick
Random House Audio

After a century in postapocalyptic Texas, people have become complacent about the “virals” (vampires) beyond the walls of the cities and have begun to move outside. Scott Brick shines as a narrator—especially with his prodigious ability to deliver fast-paced dialogue and action. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

AudioFile had a chance to go Behind the Mic with narrator Scott Brick to hear about his experience with Justin Cronin’s trilogy.

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Behind the Mic: Lily and the Octopus

An audiobook best appreciated by knowing very little about the plot before starting

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with Michael Urie as he tells us more about LILY AND THE OCTOPUS. We love Michael’s clear connection to this audiobook. Listeners need know only that Steven Rowley’s debut is a beautiful love story.

“Steven Rowley has created something so true, so real.”—Michael Urie

Lily and the Octopus
LILY AND THE OCTOPUS

by Steven Rowley, read by Michael Urie
Simon & Schuster Audio
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We loved the title (and jacket art) even before we heard Michael Urie’s performance. Now that we have, we want to share Michael’s heartfelt comments and his brilliant connection to the performance. You can also listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Behind the Mic: The Arabs

A sweeping history of the Arab peoples and nations

Narrator Derek Perkins always brings a fluency and engagement to even the most challenging titles and subjects, including history. Derek goes Behind the Mic for AudioFile and gives us some insight into his preparation for Eugene Rogan’s THE ARABS.

“Much of Professor Rogan’s history—which goes from the 16th century to today—is from the Arab perspective.”— Derek Perkins

The Arabs
THE ARABS
by Eugene Rogan, read by Derek Perkins
Tantor Audio
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When our reviewer says that a history is “as dramatic and fraught as any novel,” we know that is accessible listening. Listen to a sound sample of Derek’s well-researched pronunciations from THE ARABS, here.

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Self: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Why is this audiobook creating conversation around the world?

Do the things around you bring you joy? Find the secret, and the method behind making it so—listen to  THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP. Narrator Emily Woo Zeller goes Behind the Mic with AudioFile to share one of the unexpected pleasures of having narrated Marie Kondo’s audiobook.

“A wonderful book that affected me personally—I still fold my clothes differently.”—Narrator Emily Woo Zeller

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
by Marie Kondo, read by Emily Woo Zeller
Tantor Media
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Narrator Emily Woo Zeller captures the voice of author Marie Kondo so perfectly that it’s as if the Japanese de-cluttering guru is speaking in person. Discussing the Japanese art of organizing is a fascinating listen and fun to talk about with friends. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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