5 Young Adult Audiobooks for Teens AND Adults

Teen Audiobook Roundup

Teen Audiobook Roundup

Despite a reputation for being angsty, featuring love triangles, and always being set in a make-believe world, much of today’s young adult fiction focuses on the here and now. So before I get to today’s roundup, let me address some common YA myths and highlight the strengths of the genre. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Questions with Narrator Robert Petkoff

5 Questions With Robert Petkoff

5 Questions With Robert Petkoff

Say hello to today’s featured audiobook narrator, Robert Petkoff, who has performed some of my all-time favorite listens, one of which I feature here. He has an impressive roster of audiobooks that spans a wide range of genres from contemporary culture to romance to literary fiction to children’s titles. His work shines, no matter the subject.

When listening to nonfiction, I appreciate Robert’s thoughtful performances, which help me connect to important and complex topics like politics and mental health. I’m also a fan of the way Robert can create a deep emotional atmosphere when performing literary fiction. He avoids melodrama and is a master at portraying characters in a way that lets us come to our own conclusions about the characters’ choices and behavior.

The following recommended audiobooks give you a taste of Robert’s diverse skills. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Audiobooks to Help You Find Your Inner Italian

5 Audiobooks To Find Your Inner Italian

5 Audiobooks To Find Your Inner Italian

Who doesn’t like to celebrate a wacky holiday, especially when it involves food? October may be all about pumpkin lattes to some of you, but the rest of us happily turn our focus to pasta. Why? October is National Pasta Month. Not that you needed an excuse to eat tortellini or macaroni, gluten-free noodles, or even zoodles, but isn’t it nice to know you have one?

Today’s Take 5 helps you find your inner Italian. Push play on one of the following recommended audiobooks, and then put a big pot of water on to boil and mix up your favorite sauce. Buon appetito and happy listening. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Questions with Narrator Nancy Wu

5 Questions With Nancy Wu

5 Questions With Nancy Wu

I’ve been listening to Nancy Wu’s audiobook performances since the very beginnings of her career as a narrator. Many of you may be most familiar with her work on audiobooks with Asian themes, settings, or characters. Nancy’s performances always engage, whether she’s narrating fiction, thrillers, contemporary culture, or young adult audiobooks.

Nancy’s impeccable sense of timing keeps me glued to whatever audiobook she’s performing. I know she’ll keep the dialogue flowing and the action zooming along. What’s more, she can deliver comedy as easily as she can build suspense, making me laugh out loud (#EmbarrassingPublicListenerMoment) or keep me glued to my earbuds for just one more scene.

Of course, I also appreciate Nancy’s thoughtful and believable characterizations, which never stray to stereotypes, even when she’s performing dialogue from individuals whose first language is not English.

So which of Nancy Wu’s audiobooks do I recommend? Here are five titles to get you started. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Audiobooks about California Wine

Raise a Glass for California Wine Month

California Wine Month

California Wine Month

Did you know that September is California Wine Month? If you’re lucky enough to live in California or have vacation time, you’ll be able to participate in special festivals, tastings, and tours hosted by the state’s vintners and growers. Late summer into early fall is also harvest time, so there’s lots of activity in the vineyards and wineries, and local restaurants and towns will be celebrating all things wine.

Can’t hop on a plane to California? Neither can I, but we can still participate in the celebrations wherever we live. My plan is to listen to a good audiobook set in the California wine world. I may, however, have to pour a glass of Napa Valley Cab to enhance the mood. Cheers and enjoy! Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Audiobook Faceoff

Dig into the facts or delight in the dialogue?

Nonfiction Vs Fiction

Nonfiction Vs Fiction

What’s your favorite way to learn about people, places, and events? I’m a fairly eclectic listener, and I pick fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction in equal measure. However, if I become interested in a subject, I’ll cross genres to gain new perspectives and a better appreciation of history and the world around me.

Today’s Take 5 presents three fiction–nonfiction pairings, so whether you’re a just-the-facts audiobook lover or like your history inhabited with fictional characters and imagined dialogue, I’ve got you covered. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Questions with Narrator Mark Deakins

Mark Deakins

Mark DeakinsHelp me welcome narrator Mark Deakins to today’s Take 5 interview. My personal journey with Mark’s work started with the dystopian young adult series Maze Runner and then quickly veered off onto other paths, especially literary fiction, nonfiction, and thrillers.

I depend on Mark to honor a fiction author’s style while adding an under-layer of drama, whether that means careful pacing to pump up an action scene or a change in pitch or tone to highlight a character’s emotional reactions. He gives his nonfiction performances a conversational, natural feel, which makes history and biography more accessible, erasing any hint of classroom lecture. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

Travel the World with These 5 Light Audiobook Mysteries

Light Mysteries For Hot Days

Light Mysteries For Hot Days

Summer is here with a vengeance, and that puts everyone in a vacation or lazy weekend frame of mind. The higher the thermometer climbs, the more readily I turn to light, fun listening. For me, nothing’s better than a good cozy mystery to take my mind off the heat or to keep me company when traveling, both in reality and from my armchair.

Today’s audiobook recommendations take you around the world and introduce you a diverse group of women, all of whom have a knack for getting involved in murder or other criminal investigations. As with all cozies, the following auidobooks tend to focus more on the characters and the puzzle than they do on the gory details of the crime.

Crank up the A/C, turn on the fans, and pour your favorite ice-cold drink. Then get ready to try to figure out who the villain is before the audiobook ends. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Questions with Narrator Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter

Kirsten PotterSay hello to Kirsten Potter, a narrator I count on to enhance the mood of whatever audiobook I’m listening to, from fun romance to creepy thriller to serious science. I always appreciate her well-thought-out characterizations and attention to the pacing of the story.

Kirsten has performed dozens of standalone audiobooks over her career and has also been tapped for returning roles. For example, she is the voice for Dianne Duvall’s very popular Immortal Guardians series; these paranormal, action-packed romances have garnered her many loyal fans.

If you’re looking for something a little tamer, don’t worry. Kirsten has performed young adult fiction, classics, thrillers, literary fiction, and a variety of nonfiction. Let’s take a closer look at some of her work. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

5 Audiobooks Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. Flag on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. Flag on the MoonWhether you remember that almost unbelievable July day 50 years ago when the United States successfully landed a man on the moon—and even aired the landing on television—or you’ve grown up with that feat as part of history, it’s hard to deny that humankind’s view of our solar system and space in general was unquestionably and forever altered when astronaut Neil Armstrong took his “one giant leap.”

This golden anniversary year is about all things moon landing and is a great time to learn more about the people and the missions that made the 1960s such an exciting decade for space travel and NASA research. In today’s Take 5 round-up, you’ll be re-inspired and impressed by President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon, you’ll meet some of the astronauts who walked the lunar surface, and you’ll get a sense of the history of the U.S. space program.

One audiobook featured here is geared specifically for younger readers. It focuses on the all-important Apollo 8 mission, which put a manned space craft in orbit around the moon, opening the door for the Apollo 11 landing. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.