Solve: Maisie Dobbs

One of my favorite mystery series just keeps getting better

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear narrator Orlagh Cassidy talk about Jacqueline Winspear’s enduring series. It’s a knack to keep a long-running series fresh, and Orlagh definitely has a lock on private investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs along with the portraits of her familiar friends and colleagues.

” My first audiobook was the first Maisie Dobbs. . . .and I’ve started work on the next one.” —Narrator Orlagh Cassidy

Journey to MunichJOURNEY TO MUNICH
Jacqueline Winspear, Read by Orlagh Cassidy
Harper Audio
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In JOURNEY TO MUNICH new circumstances challenge Maisie as she’s sent to Munich during Hitler’s early rise to power. A good deal of backstory is supplied to help listeners enter the series. It’s hard to have a favorite, but this 12th title in the series could be mine. Listen to a sound clip from JOURNEY TO MUNICH, and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Self: 32 Yolks

A young boy learns lessons about food and applies them to life.

Peter Ganim’s beautiful and moving narration of Eric Ripert’s 32 YOLKS reveals moments of horror, heartbreak, joy, and inspiration as a young boy learns lessons about food and applies them to life. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Peter Ganim.

“This was a highlight–it isn’t often you get to narrate a title by someone you hold in personal regard.”—Narrator Peter Ganim

32 Yolks32 YOLKS
Eric Ripert, read by Peter Ganim
Random House Audio /Books on Tape
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Celebrated in the memoir category in AudioFile’s  2016 BEST AUDIOBOOKS. The subtitle intrigues us, “From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line,” learn how Eric Ripert followed his passion, toiling amid the highly competitive world of cooking—his culinary and media lives emerge. Listen to a sound clip of Peter from 32 YOLKS and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Behind the Mic: The City of Mirrors

Light and dark will clash in Justin Cronin’s finale

Patient Zero: “So you want to know who I am. You want to know my story.” AudioFile goes behind the mic with narrator Scott Brick as he shares some of the artistic choices he made narrating Justin Cronin’s sweeping apocalyptic thriller trilogy that concludes with THE CITY OF MIRRORS.

“My choice for Zero’s voice—when we finally hear it—amps up the creepiness factor.”—Narrator Scott Brick

The City of MirrorsTHE CITY OF MIRRORS
Justin Cronin, Read by Scott Brick
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
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Long awaited—listeners first heard THE PASSAGE in 2010, then THE TWELVE published in 2012—now listeners can hear Scott’s performance of the entire trilogy. Dialogue and action are skillfully done, and our exclusive Behind the Mic video tells us about Scott’s “proximity effect.” Listen to a sound clip of Scott and read AudioFile’s full review here!

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Self: Take Pride

Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Coleen Marlo, narrator of TAKE PRIDE. Listeners get an eye-opening examination of the uniquely human emotion of pride from author Jessica Tracy.

“Great nonfiction opens up the mind and the intellect.” —Narrator Coleen Marlo

Take Pride
TAKE PRIDE
Jessica Tracy, read by Coleen Marlo
Brilliance Audio

We love this book because it deals with who we are and how pride drives us to care about our place in the world. Coleen Marlo combines a deft understanding of the author’s academic thinking with a practical grasp of why her ideas are relevant to everyday life. Listen to a sound clip of Coleen and read our full review here!

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Behind the Mic: The Last Days of Night

A battle to electrify America

It’s not hard to explain why the race to produce a workable lightbulb makes this audiobook a gripping historical novel. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Johnathan McClain and author Graham Moore to talk about THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT.

“It was the miracle of electric light that allowed this audiobook to be read for all of you.”—Johnathan McClain

Last Days of Night
 THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT
Graham Moore, read by Johnathan McClain
Random House Audio
Earphones Award Winner

We love to hear audiobooks that have real historical characters. Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla are a few that make an appearance here. Johnathan McClain was involved throughout the creation of the novel—even before he got in the recording booth. Listen to a sound clip of Johnathan and read our full review here!

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Solve: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

Flavia de Luce is home! Here she comes on Gladys, her trusty bicycle.

We want this Solve to have a bit of a light touch, and Flavia de Luce always makes us smile. AudioFile is Behind the Mic with narrator Jayne Entwistle. She knows 12-year-old Flavia, the terror of Buckshaw, better than the rest of us.

“From one Flavia fan to another, who’s with me?” —Narrator Jayne Entwistle

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW’D
by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle
Random House Audio

Audio is the perfect format to enjoy Flavia de Luce. Narrator Jayne Entwistle can capture all the characters who populate Alan Bradley’s entertaining series, as well as Flavia’s passions—poisons and graveyards. One more thing we love is how author Bradley describes her escapades: “Flavia brings to light mysteries that everyone else wishes had been left buried.” Listen to a sound clip of Jayne and read our full review here!

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Self: The Book of Human Emotions

An encyclopedia of feeling from anger to wanderlust

Can we find the words for all the emotions we feel? AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Suzanne Toren to hear about her experience narrating THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS.

“In the 21st century we tend to think of emotions as being fundamental to our humanness, cross-culturally.” —Narrator Suzanne Toren

The Book of Human Emotions
THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS

Tiffany Watt Smith, read by Suzanne Toren
Hachette Audio
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With a subtitle like this: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty—154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel, THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS is one audiobook everyone will want to give a listen. Narrator Suzanne Toren makes us curious from the get-go as we learn about the evolution of the words for emotions. Listen to a sound clip of Suzanne and read our full review here!

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Behind the Mic: Cruel Beautiful World

Nightmare consequences follow the rash act of a teenager running away.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Xe (pronounced “EK-see”) Sands to tell us about her experience narrating Caroline Leavitt’s CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

“What happens when beloved characters make choices that have tragic, even unforeseen consequences?”—Narrator Xe Sands

Cruel Beautiful World
CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD

by Caroline Leavitt, read by Xe Sands
HighBridge Audio
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When a high-profile book is brilliantly channeled through audiobook performance, it’s a gift for listeners. Our reviewer calls CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD “an audiobook lover’s dream.” Xe tells us how she invested in the emotions of Caroline Leavitt’s characters. Listeners will as well. Listen to a sound clip of Xe and read our full review here!

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Solve: Cry of Thunder

Narrator Johnny Heller has a ball with the characters in this Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak team-up

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Johnny Heller to hear about Kolchak: The Night Stalker doing a little time-travel and getting wrapped up with Sherlock Holmes. CRY OF THUNDER: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker piques our curiosity—before the X-Files there was Kolchak.

“Kolchak, the hardened newspaper reporter, investigates crimes and events that law enforcement doesn’t want because they have, at their heart, the supernatural.”—Narrator Johnny Heller

CRY OF THUNDER

CRY OF THUNDER: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker
Joe Gentile, Read by Johnny Heller
Blackstone Audio

Johnny Heller has a ball with the characters—from crime reporter Kolchak to Holmes and Watson and somehow looping in cowboys of the American West. Read our full review here!

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Behind the Mic: Grayling’s Song

Newbery medalist Karen Cushman brings us another magical story with Katherine Kellgren “at her best”

We know that narrator Katherine Kellgren can weave spells with her versatile voice and her prodigious narration talents. As AudioFile goes Behind the Mic, we learn about another of Katherine’s gifts when she recorded Karen Cushman’s GRAYLING’S SONG.

“Karen Cushman loves to have music in her books . . . We agreed that I would write all the melodies for Grayling’s songs.”—Narrator Katherine Kellgren

Grayling's Song
GRAYLING’S SONG

by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren
Recorded Books
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AudioFile Editors knew the combination of Karen Cushman and Katherine Kellgren would again create terrific listening. Celebrated Cushman titles ALCHEMY AND MEGGIE SWANWILL SPARROW’S ROAD and now GRAYLING’S SONG make a trifecta of song, history, magic, and memorable characters. Listen to a sound clip of Katherine and read our full review here!

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