Behind the Mic: The Assistants

Bridget Jones Meets Working Girl and Holy Moly, Is It Fun

Narrator Jorjeana Marie goes behind the mic for AudioFile Magazine to tell us why it was fun to get to know the hilarious cast in Camille Perri’s THE ASSISTANTS. She shares the secrets of her balancing act of humor, perfect pacing, and the multi-accented New York characters. Just think what might happen when underpaid assistants take a Robin Hood approach to the distribution of wealth.

“I loved that this book was set in New York, and the cast of characters was amazing. It’s kind of an anti-hero story.” -Jorjeana Marie

The AssistantsTHE ASSISTANTS
by Camille Perri, read by Jorjeana Marie
Penguin Audio
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We first spotted this title because of its setting within a New York media empire and the rich possibilities for satire. Jorjeana Marie dives into the performance much as any executive assistant would—savvy and smart, and willing to take risks. In a world of underpaid assistants with crushing debt among the richest executives, there are always opportunities. Have fun listening to this one! To hear a sound clip and read our full review, click HERE.

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Behind the Mic: Version Control

Time travel in the 21st century. What version will you accept? January LaVoy tells us about Dexter Palmer’s new sci-fi novel.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk to January LaVoy about VERSION CONTROL. January’s enthusiasm for this story of science and science fiction draws us in. Listen to hear more about this blending of science and society.

“What surprised me the most about this book was that it is classified as science fiction but I would say that it is the definition of diversity.” Narrator January LaVoy

Version Control

VERSION CONTROL
by Dexter Palmer, read by January LaVoy
AudioFile Earphones Award
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Time travel has a powerful allure. January LaVoy propels the narrative drive and delivers all the subtle nuance of Dexter Palmer’s take that’s full of our modern technology. Phillip and Rebecca have survived personal tragedy. Phillip, a physicist, directs  a project creating a “causality violation” device—for most of us, that’s a time machine. Rebecca, who works for an online dating site, has a pervasive feeling that something is not right. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE.

January LaVoy by Jordan Matter
January Lavoy by Jordan Matter

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Behind the Mic: Rise of The Rocket Girls

From missiles to the moon to Mars, listeners go behind the scenes with the women at JPL

Narrator Erin Bennett shares her fascination with the “rocket era” that intrigues many of us. Erin has a special connection to the space program through a childhood friend, now an astronaut, and lets AudioFile Magazine in on a very special “launch” of the RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS audiobook in this Behind the Mic video.

“Before there were computers, there were women who computed. The women at JPL.”—Narrator Erin Bennett

Rise of the Rocket Girls

RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS
by Nathalia Holt, read by Erin Bennett
Hachette Audio

The excitement of rocket launches and space exploration intrigues us—and makes for great listening. Most histories of the rocket era during and after WWII focus on the achievements of men. This audiobook corrects that bias by telling the stories of brilliant women, known as “human computers,” who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and made our space and missile defense programs possible. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Everybody’s Fool

A whole lovely mud-pit of flawed people

Narrator Mark Bramhall recently stepped into his dressing room between performances of Dancing at Lughnasa to give AudioFile Magazine a Behind the Mic perspective of reading Richard Russo’s EVERYBODY’S FOOL. Hear what it was like to encounter the crazy, wonderful, sad, bizarre community of North Bath, New York.

It was a huge privilege, and a wonderful learning experience, to find Russo’s sweet irony and live for a while in his crazy—but oddly heroic—community.” -Mark Bramhall

Everybody's Fool
EVERYBODY’S FOOL

by Richard Russo, read by Mark Bramhall
Random House Audio
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Here at AudioFile we knew this audiobook would be an Editors’ Pick as soon as we pushed play! Mark Bramhall is superbly skilled and has a beautiful voice with amazing range, but what astonishes here is his humanity, not to mention sense of humor, as he brings Russo’s entire town of North Bath, New York, to madcap life. Russo has never been better than in this virtuoso revisit to the scene of his earlier book, NOBODY’S FOOL. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review of EVERYBODY’S FOOL here.

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Behind the Mic: As Close to Us as Breathing

An amazing, heartbreaking family story

Behind the Mic for AudioFile Magazine today, narrator Janet Metzger entices us into wanting to know more about AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING and to soak up the atmosphere of a beach cottage in 1948.

“Elizabeth Poliner’s genius is the way that she delivers throughout the book tiny bits of information. I could, through her descriptions, taste and smell the salt air and feel the warm sun of those lazy days.” —Narrator Janet Metzger

As Close To Us As BreathingAS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING
by Elizabeth Poliner, read by Janet Metzger
Hachette Audio
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We are delighted to discover this great summer listen, and we recommend it as an audiobook that will stay with you. Janet Metzger masterfully narrates Elizabeth Poliner’s captivating, nuanced story of a tragedy that strikes at the heart of a close-knit Jewish family. Metzger adopts the perfect tone of reflective meditation from the novel’s portentous first sentence: “The summer of 1948 my brother Davy was killed in an accident with a man who would have given his own life rather than have it happen.” Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Miller’s Valley

A master’s story of family, memory, loss, and finding home

Narrator Brittany Pressley shares her appreciation of Anna Quindlen’s involving story, MILLER’S VALLEY, with AudioFile Magazine.

“For me it was the kind of book that as soon as I was finished reading it, I immediately wanted to read it again.”—Narrator Brittany Pressley

Millers ValleyMILLER’S VALLEY
by Anna Quindlen, read by Brittany Pressley
Brilliance Audio

We always admire the outward simplicity and underlying resonance of Anna Quindlen’s novels. In a quiet, unaffected performance, narrator Brittany Pressley makes 1960s Miller’s Valley, Pennsylvania, incredibly real. The government is pressuring residents to move because of a plan to flood the town and make it a reservoir. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen’s eighth novel is engrossing listening. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Behind the Mic: In the Land of Armadillos

Magical realism meets grim reality in this superb collection of short stories

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley goes Behind the Mic for AudioFile this week. Elizabeth draws us to the magic that Helen Maryles Shankman brings to listeners in IN THE LAND OF ARMADILLOS, weaving Jewish folklore into rich stories of Holocaust survival.

“It’s a brilliant title. It holds all the significance and layers of meaning that I came to find while I was narrating it.” —Narrator Elizabeth Wiley

In the Land of ArmadillosIN THE LAND OF ARMADILLOS
by Helen Maryles Shankman, read by Elizabeth Wiley
Tantor Media
Earphones Award Winner

Don’t let the cute cover divert you—this unique addition to the canon of Holocaust literature is must listening. Magical realism meets grim reality in this superb collection of short stories. Each lyrical story merges the ordinary with the horrific, and narrator Elizabeth Wiley makes each one poignant without sentimentality. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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