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!
Narrator Kevin R. Free has convinced us to listen to ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells, a Nebula & Hugo Awards finalist told by “Murderbot,” a depressed rogue security unit. Let’s interface with Kevin for our latest Behind the Mic.
“It was really one of the coolest experiences of my career, narrating a coming-of-age story about someone who was not a person.”—Narrator Kevin R. Free
What’s on your shelf of classic books? Revisit them as audiobooks with a favorite narrator
Simon Vance narrates many of our favorite children’s classics, including Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, which he also fondly remembers performing as a kid. Listen as he shares his delight in narrating these well-loved classics.
“They may be the classics that children start reading with, but I think they can stand alongside the best.”—Narrator Simon Vance
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