Behind the Mic: If Not for You

Debbie Macomber writes, “Spring is full of hope for me.” That seems just right as we talk with narrator Khristine Hvam about recording IF NOT FOR YOU.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Khristine Hvam about recording the latest in Debbie Macomber’s New Beginnings series, IF NOT FOR YOU. Khristine speaks with such heart and entices listeners to step into the unlikely friendship of Beth and Sam.

“We can all relate to getting to a point in our lives when we need to make our own choices . . . and finding love along the way. —Narrator Khristine Hvam

If Not For You

IF NOT FOR YOU
by Debbie Macomber, read by Khristine Hvam
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

Debbie Macomber’s books have legions of fans, and she uplifts her readers with stories of connection and hope. We love to hear that this newest audiobook, winner of our Earphones Award, follows through on that promise. Khristine brings keen intuition to her performance of Macomber’s new classic. Listen to a sound clip from IF NOT FOR YOU and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Behind the Mic: The Confident Parent

Care for Your Little One—Without Losing Your Joy, Your Mind, or Yourself.

The Confident Parent

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Susan Boyce, who appealingly delivers author Jane Scott’s calm wisdom and accessible ideas from THE CONFIDENT PARENT. 

“It’s always exciting when my assignment is a book that touches a chord in a listener—and in me.” —Narrator Susan Boyce

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THE CONFIDENT PARENT
by Jane Scott, read by Susan Boyce
Dreamscape
AudioFile Earphones Award

In our newest issue we’re focusing on families—with an ear to some great audiobooks that parents can listen to as well as those that families listen to together. Every generation has parenting experts, child psychologists, or pediatricians—think Benjamin Spock, Arnold Gesell, B.F. Skinner, and Penelope Leach. I swore by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. Young parents find their own gurus, and the options are copious.

In THE CONFIDENT PARENT, Dr. Jane Scott offers back-to-basics tools for helping parents relax and feel more confident about raising their children. Hear a sample and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Idaho

IDAHO will surprise you and tear at your heart. Narrator Justine Eyre shares her experience narrating Emily Ruskovich’s powerful debut.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Justine Eyre about a beautiful new novel. As Justine tells us, Emily Ruskovich’s IDAHO “flirts with poetry as she describes the bold western landscape, the slippery images of remembrances, and the tiniest natural details.”

“The poetry of the writing was an absolute gift to me as a narrator.”—Justine Eyre

Idaho

IDAHO
by Emily Ruskovich, read by Justine Eyre
Random House Audio/Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

When we saw this review from contributing editor S.J. Henschel, we knew we had to speak to Justine about her experience with this audiobook. We love bringing the really great under-the-radar sort of audiobook to your attention. To listen to a sound clip from IDAHO and find AudioFile’s full review, here’s the spot.

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Behind the Mic: Hoodoo

Hoodoo is the magic. Hoodoo is the hero.

AudioFile went Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Ron Butler about the ‘magic’ of his performance of HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith. Magic indeed, you’ll come under Ron’s spell to seek out this audiobook.

“Hoodoo, the 12-year-old boy has so much heart—a huge heart—the heart of a poet.”—Narrator Ron Butler

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by Ronald L. Smith, read by Ron Butler
Dreamscape
AudioFile Earphones Award
2016 Coretta Scott King Award

We loved the way the author weaves together the 1930’s small-town Alabama, Hoodoo’s magical family and the spooky Southern Gothic atmosphere. Narrator Ron Butler pulls in listeners immersing them in this great family listen. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

HOODOO is featured in our 20 Exceptional Audiobooks to Kickstart Your Family Listening, and is part of AudioFile’s comprehensive Kids & Teens Listening lists.

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Behind the Mic: Mockingbird

Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Nicole Poole. She filmed her comment in her hometown library . . . shhhh . . . adding a bit of eerie mystery to telling us about Walter Tevis’s post-apocalyptic world in MOCKINGBIRD.

“Tevis creates a world where books are used as building materials—they are just strange hieroglyphics.”—Narrator Nicole Poole

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MOCKINGBIRD
by Walter Tevis, read by Robert Fass, Nicole Poole
Tantor Media
AudioFile Earphones Award

In a dual narration with Robert Fass, Nicole beautifully portrays Mary Lou, the last mother on a dying Earth. Robots and the last surviving humans make for fascinating listening. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Narrator Nicole Poole
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Narrator Robert Fass

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Behind the Mic: The Risen

Two young lives are irrevocably altered. Richard Ferrone takes listeners through Ron Rash’s dark tale.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Richard Ferrone. We knew that Richard’s gravelly voice and keen sense for haunting suspense would be perfect for Ron Rash’s THE RISEN.

“An author who can combine the lyricism of a poet with the ominousness of an Edgar Allan Poe.”—Narrator Richard Ferrone

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THE RISEN
by Ron Rash, read by Richard Ferrone
Harper Audio/ Blackstone Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Richard’s performance of Ron Rash’s lyrical storytelling is a treat for listeners.The tightly written mystery, set in a North Carolina backwoods, looks back forty years when the lives of two brothers were changed by a free-spirited girl. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s complete review here.

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Richard Ferrone

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Behind the Mic: Expiration Day

It’s rare to find an audiobook that expands one’s mind and breaks one’s heart at the same time.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Gabrielle de Cuirand we hear how this powerful audiobook has the potential to strike chords within us all. William Campbell Powell’s debut novel, EXPIRATION DAY, is not just for teens, and Gabrielle tells us why.

“The book deals with the issue of what it means to be human, and I don’t think there’s anything quite as powerful as that.” —Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir

Expiration Day

EXPIRATION DAY
by William Campbell Powell, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media
Earphones Award Winner

Listeners follow Tania Deeley from age 11 to age 18 through her diary entries. She lives in a future world where most children are androids—teknoids—and exist only until their eighteenth birthday. Gabrielle’s narration makes this eerie future come alive and feel real. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Gabrielle de Cuir

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Tease: Lord of the Privateers

Narrator Steve West completes Stephanie Laurens’s Frobisher stories with his best performance yet. A great audio love affair!

AudioFile went Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Steve West just after he completed the 4th audiobook in Stephanie Laurens’s The Adventurers Quartet, LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS. Steve is nominated for RT’s Best Romance Audiobook Narrator, and listeners will understand why.

“I love the female leads in the Adventurers series. They are brilliantly written.”—Narrator Steve West

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LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS, Adventurers Quartet, Book 4
by Stephanie Laurens, read by Steve West
Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Listeners will enjoy this passionate Regency-era drama played out on the high seas, in the sweltering jungle, and in the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair. Steve delivers it all, from hand-to-hand combat to 19th-century British formality. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Behind the Mic: Blood for Blood

Travel with a shape-shifter in this WWII alt-history from Ryan Graudin

We’re tempted by the emotional roller coaster of this teen title, BLOOD FOR BLOODAudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Christa Lewis to hear more about the sequel to WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin.

“I had no idea how gripping a young adult book could be.”—Narrator Christa Lewis

Blood for Blood

BLOOD FOR BLOOD
Ryan Graudin, read by Christa Lewis
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

The dramatic intensity of Graudin’s story is matched by Christa’s performance. Suspense, intrigue, and plot twists are all part of the game with this terrific alt-history audiobook. Read AudioFile’s full review and listen to a sound clip here.

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Behind the Mic: The Case Against Sugar

With a command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar.

Before you are halfway through that super-sized box of Valentine’s candy you might check out AudioFile’s Behind the Mic chat with Mike Chamberlain. You’ll be surprised to hear some of author Gary Taubes’s controversial arguments in THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR.

“I took a moment from time to time with my director to just talk about the facts.” —Narrator Mike Chamberlain

The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar
Gary Taubes, Read by Mike Chamberlain
Random House Audio
Earphones Award Winner

We love the way that Mike Chamberlain brings a directness along with his engagement with each audiobook. Delivering many sobering and eye-opening facts about sugar, Mike compels us to listen. Read our full review and listen to a sound clip here.

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