Most of you will associate today’s Take 5 guest narrator with audiobooks set in imaginary worlds. To me, Michael Kramer’s name is especially linked to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; in fact, he’s narrated all of the books in that very popular series in collaboration with Kate Reading. Tens of thousands of fantasy fans have welcomed Michael into their lives via speakers, headphones, and earbuds as they listened to 14 audiobooks and well more than 400 hours of action, adventure, war, and politics set in an ancient world.
If you’re a fantasy fan, you may be surprised to learn that Michael is equally skilled at performing history, memoir, literary fiction, thrillers, children’s stories, science fiction, and more. The audiobooks I’m recommending today do indeed include fantasy—such as an exciting new production of a recently released Robert Jordan book—but I also feature a modern classic, a thriller, and history. I encourage you to get to know Michael’s work on stories set in the real world as well as fantastic ones. Read more…
Candace is a full-time freelance book editor as well as a book reviewer and journalist. When she’s not working, you'll inevitably find her listening to an audiobook while cooking, walking, making lace, or taking photographs. She was honored to be the 2016 Audio Publishers Association's Audiobook Blogger of the Year.
AudioFile: Tell us about how you came to be involved with directing your own audiobook. Was your film directing experience helpful?
Stephen Chbosky: I became involved in my audiobook because simply put, I love audiobooks. I live in Los Angeles. The reality of traffic there is that I have more time to listen than read. So, I’ve been on a steady diet of classic audiobooks for years. My movie directing experience was a natural fit. Read more…
I was delighted to speak with Nnedi Okorafor and hear firsthand about her writing, her narration, and her love of audiobooks. I first heard Okorafor’s work in AKATA WITCH, and have since devoured her audiobooks as well as her comics. Okorafor’s recently published memoir revealed many of the influences on her groundbreaking works, and her narration was personal and engaging. Read on for the interview, which also appears in the October/November 2019 issue of AudioFile Magazine.—Emily Connelly
Author Nnedi Okorafor is known for her award-winning Africanfuturist works, stories rooted in African culture and perspective that explore beyond the realm of what is currently possible. Okorafor’s writing examines the intersection of technology, the natural world, and magic, building a world in which a Himba mathematical genius rides an enormous living spaceship to an intergalactic university, for example. “I always feel like if I’m ever going to leave the planet, I would want to go in something that’s alive,” Okorafor says. “There’s a very thin line between the magical and the technological, and there are places where they intersect.” Her writing dances along that intersection. Read more…
As an Assistant Editor at AudioFile, library school student, and substitute librarian, Emily spends a lot of time surrounded by good literature. Emily enjoys working behind the scenes to help keep AudioFile’s blog and podcast platforms running and discovering new audiobooks to love.
This Golden Voice narrator has recorded more than 1,700 audiobooks
Join host Jo Reed as she speaks with one of the greats in the world of audiobooks, George Guidall. Hear what drew him to the world of audiobooks, highlights from his impressive career, and what he’s loved about narrating the series that listeners adore. George and I met near the very beginning of AudioFile in the 1990s. We honored George as one of the very first Golden Voices, and he has won multiple accolades including many AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audie Awards, and the Audio Publishers Association Special Achievement award.
Don’t wait! Listen to our interview with George on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.
“A painter uses colors and a palette to draw a certain scene. A narrator does the same thing, only his brush is his voice, and his palette is his emotional palette.”—Narrator George Guidall
Recently I had the absolute treat of listening to Nalini Singh’s WOLF RAIN, narrated by Angela Dawe. For those who don’t know Singh, she has several long-running paranormal series, one of which is the Psy-Changeling series. That series has spun off into the Trinity series, which only has 3 books, so it’s a great time to jump in. WOLF RAIN, part of the Trinity series, is just one of those perfect audiobooks where the listener will be fully immersed, fully enchanted, and never want to stop listening. (Be sure to check out AudioFile’s review of this Earphones Award-winning title.) It was a real pleasure corresponding with Angela to hear her personal perspective on Singh’s series and her work in the audiobook industry. Without further ado, let’s get to know narrator Angela Dawe! Read more…
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!
AudioFile Magazine was delighted to feature an interview with author Elizabeth Acevedo in our June issue of the magazine. Also in June, Acevedo was honored with the Carnegie Medal, the annual British honor for new English-language books for children and young adults. She was the first writer of color to be honored with the award. Read Susie Wilde’s interview with Elizabeth Acevedo below.
Last year Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel THE POET X garnered, among other awards, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Pura Belpré Award for outstanding Latinx literature, and the Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. The audiobook, narrated by Acevedo, was an Odyssey Honor, an Audie Awards finalist in two categories, and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. Her newest title, WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH, has already received three starred reviews. Read more…
Discover why we love listening to this compelling narrator
Golden Voice January LaVoy is a skilled narrator who draws listeners into whatever she’s performing, whether it’s a thrilling mystery or a compelling historical audiobook. We wanted to know more about January’s journey to becoming an audiobook narrator, the differences between narrating in the booth and acting on stage, and all of the work that she does to inhabit so many dynamic characters.
Listen to our exclusive interview with January on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.
“When I meet people who consume audiobooks, there’s such a deep joy, and it is a shared experience. I don’t know who I’m narrating for specifically when I’m narrating, but when someone consumes it and feels that it’s just for them, that is the best feeling.”
—Narrator January LaVoy
It’s been eight years since Kate Atkinson’s last audiobook featuring her semiretired, terminally lonely British P.I. Jackson Brodie. Actor Jason Isaacs, who starred in the BBC series “Case Histories,” based on Atkinson’s books, narrates the newest Brodie mystery, BIG SKY. In this video, author and narrator catch up in the recording studio and chat about bringing Jackson Brodie and the rest of the cast of characters to life.
“The job is to be a conduit for the writing, to trigger people’s imaginations . . . it’s about having a gentle touch and allowing the writing to flow through you.”—Narrator Jason Isaacs
Narrator Scott Brick is celebrating 20 years of audiobook recording this June. He was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2004, and whether he’s narrating science fiction, thrillers, or history, he helps listeners get to the heart of the story. Listen to our interview with Scott and hear about his start in audiobook narration, his love of science fiction, and the audiobooks that have had the greatest impact on his life.
“I’ve never lost the fanboy inside of me. I’m just thrilled by the fact that I get to do this for a living.”—Narrator Scott Brick
AudioFile spoke with Dreamscape Media publisher Tammy Faxel and Deyan Audio’s Khai Dattoli and Bryan Lincoln about adapting and producing Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin’s graphic novel ILLEGAL for audio.
AudioFile: What was it about ILLEGAL that made you interested in adapting it as an audiobook? Why is it an important title for young listeners?
Tammy Faxel: It was a powerful and moving graphic novel that uniquely told the difficult story faced by so many immigrants. This is such a huge issue in the world right, now and I felt an audiobook would help children understand the real plight that so many are facing every day–that an audiobook of this amazing novel would reach children in a way that would make the issue more relatable and real-life through the multi-voice narration. Read more…