Behind the Mic: The Mothers

All the decisions that shape our lives also have consequences

When we heard Adenrele Ojo perform Brit Bennett’s novel about three teenagers as their lives intertwine, we knew that listeners should get this audiobook on their must-lists. Follow AudioFile Behind the Mic and watch Adenrele Ojo tell us more about THE MOTHERS. You won’t hesitate to start listening.

“Brit Bennett kept me on an emotional roller-coaster. I was totally invested.”—Adenrele Ojo

The Mothers

THE MOTHERS
by Brit Bennet, read by Adenrele Ojo
Penguin Audio
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Adenrele delivers the beautiful, powerful language and the memorable, real-life characters. The Mothers, those church ladies who see all and think they know all, will be just one part of this great listen. Listen to a sound clip of Adenrele and read our full review here!

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Behind the Mic: Eileen

Creepy and mesmerizing

Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan takes listeners straight into EILEEN, the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award-winning debut novel by Ottessa Moshfegh: “This is the story of how I disappeared.” AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear Alyssa’s comments.

“Because of the humanity of the writing, it was beautiful. Painful and beautiful.”—Alyssa Bresnahan

Eileen
EILEEN

Ottessa Moshfegh, read by Alyssa Bresnahan
Recorded Books

Choosing this Editors’ Pick audiobook, we celebrate how Golden Voice narrator Alyssa Bresnahan can always connect to complicated emotional characters. She makes them fully believable—the good and the evil. Listen to a sound clip of Alyssa and read the full review here!

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Solve: Those Who Wish Me Dead

Start the week with this “watch out” thriller—and remember to look over your shoulder!

Robert Petkoff knows the territory well—Michael Koryta territory that is.  And, he knows the characters. Listen to Robert Behind the Mic with AudioFile as he tells us about narrating THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD set in the wilderness of Montana.

“Koryta sits right on the razor’s edge of supernatural. Is it in the character’s head, or is it real?”—Robert Petkoff

Those Who Wish Me Dead
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD

Michael Koryta, read by Robert Petkoff
Hachette Audio
2015 Audie Award Winner

“The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.” Is your heart pounding yet? Wait until you meet the killers. Robert Petkoff draws listeners in with Michael Koryta’s relentless suspense.

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Listeners can also hear Robert in Koryta’s THE PROPHET, and THE RIDGE, and the new RISE THE DARK!

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Self: The Mind Club

Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters . . . with jokes

How do we, as individuals and in groups, communicate thoughts and feelings? How do we arouse empathy from others? Narrator David Marantz went Behind The Mic with AudioFile to tell us about his experience narrating THE MIND CLUB. And, we’re surprised and delighted to hear about the humor of this audiobook. David even includes his own “outtake” when he laughed so hard he had to stop recording.

“It’s not just dry philosophy—it’s philosophy filled with humanity and philosophy filled with humor.”—Narrator David Marantz

The Mind Club
THE MIND CLUB

Daniel M. Wegner & Kurt Gray, read by David Marantz
Audible, Inc/Brilliance Audio

We love when audiobooks surprise you. Here the authors discuss many very human, very serious topics about our emotions, but as narrator David Marantz shows us, there’s a lot to learn, to ponder, and even to laugh about in THE MIND CLUB.

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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
Earphones Award Winner

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
Earphones Award Winner

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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