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!
Matthew Quick offers a brash, opinionated character, and R.C. Bray gives listeners a remarkable performance
AudioFile is Behind the Mic again with narrator R.C. Bray as he gives us some motivation to listen to THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE by Matthew Quick. Think Jack Nicholson in “As Good As it Gets” . . . what does he mean? That’s worth checking out!
“It’s hysterical, honest, blunt, heart-wrenching, endearing . . . a roller coaster ride of all the emotions.”—Narrator R.C. Bray
Get the inside scoop on the Hidden Legacy series from romance team Ilona Andrews
Hot off bestseller lists and fan raves, Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy series is a *must listen* experience, and WILDFIRE is the latest addition to this fiery series. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Renée Raudman as she shares her thoughts on creating this magical audiobook experience.
“They’re known for their amazing characters and the rich world building that they create… their worlds are so real, and you feel like you are in them in that book, you just live through it.”—Narrator Renée Raudman
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!
What a combination—the Wild West & dinosaurs! Scott Brick loved narrating Michael Crichton’s re-discovered audiobook
AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with Golden Voice narrator Scott Brickto hear his excitement for recording DRAGON TEETH, by Michael Crichton. Scott knows Crichton’s dinosaur territory from his recordings of JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD. The setting of the Wild West and the golden age of fossil hunting adds to the fun.
“It’s a rollicking good time, and I think in many ways it’s the book he always wanted to write.”—Narrator Scott Brick
DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton, read by Scott Brick Harper Audio
The dawn of paleontology and rival scientists set a great stage for Crichton’s adventure. The book was recently discovered in the estate of this blockbuster author, and with Scott Brick at the helm of the audiobook, listeners get an exciting ride. There’s plenty to learn from Crichton’s meticulous research, and Scott’s narration clearly shows why he’s a narrator at the top of his game. Listen to a sound clip, and read AudioFile’s full review here.
However you look up the definition of words, this audiobook on the creation of a dictionary will fascinate listeners
AudioFile Magazine goes Behind the Mic with Brian Nishii to hear more about his narration of THE GREAT PASSAGE by Shion Miura. Brian gives a delightful entrée to listeners to delve into this Japanese story of the creation of a dictionary. Did you ever stop to think about what goes into the making of a dictionary?
“How do you decide what words make it into the dictionary and what words don’t? What words are relevant? What words are changing?”—Narrator Brian Nishii
THE GREAT PASSAGE by Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter [Trans.], read by Brian Nishii Brilliance Audio AudioFile Earphones Award
Brian was born and raised in Tokyo and grew up in a fully bilingual environment. He’s a perfect choice for this audiobook as his facility with Japanese names and words keeps listeners from getting hung up on unfamiliar phrases or word choices. We can really get the Japanese spirit of the work and of the Japanese business environment. Come on, word-lovers, this one’s for you! Listen to a sound clip, and read AudioFile’s full review here.
THE GREAT PASSAGE garners Brian’s first Earphones Award, but listeners can explore Brian’s other audiobooks, including a YA title that chronicles samurai warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune in SAMURAI RISING.
A funny, complicated, and moving tale about growing up from Bill Konigsberg
AudioFile Magazine goes Behind the Mic with Dan Bittner to hear about his narration of HONESTLY BEN, an Earphones Award winner. Bill Konigsberg’s novel is a complex portrait of Ben, a scholarship student and baseball team captain at an elite East-coast boarding school. Ben is confused about his sexuality, namely his feelings for his ex-best friend, Rafe, and a cute girl at the neighboring school. Rafe and Ben briefly became more than just friends in the first novel in the series, OPENLY STRAIGHT, which was told from Rafe’s point of view.
“Growing up is messy and it’s complicated, and Bill nails it in his writing”—Narrator Dan Bittner
HONESTLY BEN and OPENLY STRAIGHT are both about growing up and developing a sense of identity in the petri dish that is high school. Dan thoughtfully portrays Ben in all of his complicated emotions and sensitivities, along with the other jocks and wealthy classmates surrounding him at his high school. This novel will engage teen and adult listeners alike for its humor and its empathetic portrayal of learning about who you are.
Find more audiobooks narrated by Dan on our website!
Kevin Wilson’s newest offbeat novel about a social experiment to raise a child
AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear from Thérèse Plummer on her narration of PERFECT LITTLE WORLD by Kevin Wilson, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. We’re introduced to this offbeat audiobook about a pregnant high school graduate invited to join a collective child-rearing social experiment called The Infinite Family Project.
“Izzy Poole, 18 years old, a child raising a child in a social experiment just blew my mind.”—Narrator Thérèse Plummer
PERFECT LITTLE WORLD
by Kevin Wilson,
read by Thérèse Plummer
AudioFile Earphones Award
Listeners get a chance to consider what it means to be a family through a large cast of characters. Thérèse allows us to dive into this strange, experimental world and witness as the cracks in the collective family begin to form and threaten the “perfect little world.” Thérèse’s intimate narration invites listeners to reflect on the poignant imperfections inherent in families of all kinds.
Try a dose of Stephen King’s fireworks laced with Maine humor from Tim Sample
AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Tim Sample. Here in Maine, we know Tim for his special brand of Maine humor. If you want to see what I mean, watch what Tim has to say about Stephen King and narrating his short story, DRUNKEN FIREWORKS.
“Steve King has a fine sense of the nuance of Maine dialect, Maine language, and Maine people. Ayuh, very fine.”—Narrator Tim Sample
Stephen King, read by Tim Sample
Simon & Schuster Audio
Combining Stephen King’s masterful storytelling with humor, bizarre characters, and fireworks, narrator Tim Sample unfurls the story. Enjoy Tim’s keen sense of timing and style in this great confluence of Maine storytellers. Listen to a soundclip and read AudioFile’s full review HERE.
“These stories pull you in and take you on a complicated, fascinating, emotionally-charged journey through the recesses of the human soul.”—Narrator Kimberly Farr
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
by Elizabeth Strout,
read by Kimberly Farr
Random House Audio/
Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award
Through a series of linked stories, Strout revisits the small-town world she introduced in MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. The citizens, now older but not necessarily wiser, face life’s uncertainties as best they can. Kimberly Farr successfully mines the essence of each flawed character, giving hope and pain equal billing. This is an audiobook to get lost in.
Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.
Explore more audiobook titles narrated by Kimberly Farr here.
Andi Arndt on an Audie Award winner and a fun, smart contemporary romance
AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear from narrator Andi Arndt about recording the Audie Award-winning title DIRTY by Kylie Scott. Andi has recorded eleven audiobooks with Kylie, and says she “feels like we’re like peanut butter and jelly – I love narrating for her!” Listen for Andi’s take on Kylie’s smart, relatable characters and their escapades.
“No matter what script comes in from her, I always know I’m going to have smart characters that I can relate to.”—Narrator Andi Arndt
Andi narrates this story of a rebound romance between Lydia, who is left at the altar, and Vaughan, a guitarist taking a break and bartending, using distinct voices that match their genders and personalities well. Andi says the beginning of DIRTY was one of her favorites—we suggest you may want to listen with a dirty martini (or your favorite beverage of choice) in hand.
Richard Ford’s new memoir illuminates some origins of his storytelling
AudioFilegoes Behind the Mic to talk with Christian Baskous about his narration of Richard Ford’s narrative memoir, BETWEEN THEM. Chris tells us about his unique preparations for recording the audiobook.
“Ford bears witness to his parents’ lives . . . their son is a master writer with formidable craft who has preserved their memory.”—Narrator Chris Baskous
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford’s remembrance of growing up in the 1950s is insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative. The memoir offers some insight into the origins of Ford’s storytelling and of Frank Bascombe, protagonist of Ford’s celebrated THE SPORTSWRITER, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE LAY OF THE LAND, and LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU.
Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review of BETWEEN THEM here.
Discover more audiobooks by Richard Ford, or you might enjoy AudioFile’s interview, “Talking with Richard Ford.” Find more narrations by Christian Baskous here.