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!
With the breaking news that the police in California have arrested a suspect in the cases detailed by Michelle McNamara in I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, the book is suddenly even more relevant. It’s a terrifying account of the “Golden State Killer,” published posthumously, and the audiobook is narrated with Gabra Zackman’s calm and objective voice. Gabra shares with AudioFile what it was like narrating this true crime story.
“I do think that Michelle speaks in this book like she’s speaking from beyond the grave, guiding us to perhaps solve these unsolved crimes.”—Narrator Gabra Zackman
Narrator Feodor Chin takes AudioFile listeners Behind the Mic to learn about THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY — and much like Feodor, we don’t remember much of high school physics, but are glad to hear that Michio Kaku’s audiobook is accessible for all levels of interested listeners.
“Dr. Kaku takes complex, scientific ideas and makes them totally accessible, easily understandable, and even pretty exciting.”—Narrator Feodor Chin
There is NOTHING I love as much as ANY book that has an animal as one of the characters. Especially an animal with so much personality that they hog center stage away from the people. A couple of past favorites that immediately come to mind are Linda Howard’s TROUBLEMAKER and Susan Mallery’s SECOND CHANCE GIRL. When the first thought that comes to your mind as you are entering a new scene of the story is, “Well, what does the dog think of this development?” you know you’re in dog heaven.
We are fortunate enough to have some Behind the Mic thoughts from narrator Stina Nielsen and her puppy Phoebe! After watching this video, I predict that you’ll be in love with Stina Nielsen and Debbie Burns AND convinced that audiobooks are a force for good in the world. On the off chance you haven’t yet listened to one of Nielsen’s titles, do so immediately. She’s fun, she’s lively, and she brings a warmth to everything she does that keeps you connected to the story.
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!
Listen in as narrator Graham Halstead goes Behind the Mic to tell us about narrating A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, a contemporary mystery about Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, the great-great-great-grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
“If you like Sherlockian mystery with a twist, or if cleverly plotted YA is your thing, then this is the series for you!”—Narrator Graham Halstead
Adam Grupper takes listeners Behind the Mic to talk about his narration of THE COLOR OF LAW, Richard Rothstein’s examination of discriminatory laws limiting housing for African-Americans. A former New York Times columnist and research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, Rothstein details disturbing evidence.
“For me, this was a deeply infuriating and deeply disturbing book. I hope it will have as profound an impact on you as it had on me.”—Narrator Adam Grupper
Behind the Mic: Ann Marie Lee on narrating this suspenseful audiobook
Ann Marie Lee is the narrator behind the audiobook thriller THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, written by A.J. Finn. It’s an intense story full of twists and surprises—listeners won’t be able to relax for a second! What was it like narrating such a suspenseful audiobook?
“It’s a great gift to be able to tell the story through the eyes of such a beautifully flawed protagonist.”—Narrator Ann Marie Lee
Stephen Shanahan has another winner with Jane Harper’s vivid Australian noir
Go with us Behind the Mic to speak with Australian narrator Stephen Shanahan. Stephen is the voice behind FORCE OF NATURE, Jane Harper’s intense mystery audiobook. Stephen’s Australian accent brings listeners right into the Australian bush, where five women enter the wilderness in a corporate retreat . . . and only four return.
“One of the key characters in Jane’s novel is the Australian landscape, which in this case is dense bushland, the kind of country which is famous for inexperienced hikers becoming hopelessly lost.”—Narrator Stephen Shanahan
Narrator Pete Cross brings humor and empathy to Bill Konigsberg’s LGBTQ teen novel
Narrator Pete Cross takes AudioFile readers Behind the Mic to share his narration of Bill Konigsberg’s funny and sweet audiobook for teens, OPENLY STRAIGHT.
“I was happy, really happy, to be a part of it because I thought it was important . . . I’m gay, and when I was a teenager, there weren’t books with main characters my age who were gay and that had these positive images of gay people.”—Narrator Pete Cross