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!
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 MUNICH
Jacqueline Winspear, Read by Orlagh Cassidy
AudioFile Earphones Award
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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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
Eric Ripert, read by Peter Ganim
Random House Audio /Books on Tape
Earphones Award Winner
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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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.” AudioFilegoes 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
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!
Learn more about Golden Voice narrator Scott Brick on his narrator page, and find the Audiography listing of all Scott’s audiobooks.
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
Jessica Tracy, read by Coleen Marlo
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren
Earphones Award Winner
AudioFile Editors knew the combination of Karen Cushman and Katherine Kellgren would again create terrific listening. Celebrated Cushman titles ALCHEMY AND MEGGIE SWAN, WILL 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!