5 Questions with Narrator Soneela Nankani

5 Questions with Soneela Nankani

5 Questions with Soneela Nankani

If you listen to audiobooks that explore the South Asian experience, then you’re bound to be familiar with today’s guest narrator, Soneela Nankani. What you might not know is that Soneela is not easily pigeonholed; she has performed a wide variety of genres, including fantasy, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s titles.

I discovered Soneela through my love of non-Western fantasy, such as S.A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy (start with THE CITY OF BRASS) and Roshani Chokshi’s middle-grade Pandava series (start with ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME), and have become a true fan over the years after listening to a wide range of her titles.

Soneela draws on her acting experience, love of travel, and multicultural background to enrich her work as a voice performer. The audiobooks featured today underscore her impressive talent. 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.

5 Audiobooks Set in Other Worlds

5 Audiobooks Set In Other Worlds

5 Audiobooks Set In Other Worlds

Do your listening tastes change as we head into the fall season? Mine do. As the temperatures drop, I find myself drawn to speculative fiction, especially fantasy, dystopian fiction, and science fiction. There’s something about the longer evenings that makes me think of alternative worlds.

If you, too, like these kinds of audiobooks, then you’re in luck, because 2020 has given us many stellar productions. Today’s Take 5 introduces you to some of the season’s best listens; each featured title is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

Light that pumpkin-scented candle, put on a cozy sweater, and get ready to be transported to a different reality. 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.

5 Questions with Narrator Johnny Heller

5 Questions with Johny Heller

5 Questions with Johny Heller

As they say on TV, my next guest needs no introduction. Give a great big welcome to audiobook narrator extraordinaire Johnny Heller. Johnny was honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice in 2019, and I truly think it’d be hard to find an audiobook fan who hasn’t listened to at least one of Johnny’s many performances, which span the genres from kids’ stories to serious nonfiction.

I know I’m not alone when I praise Johnny’s ability to perfectly establish the mood and setting of an audiobook, and I love the way he distinguishes characters through vocal tics and pacing. Finally, he’s a master at delivering humor and seems to know just when to punch it up or let it slide just under the surface for a slow impact.

The following audiobook recommendations highlight Johnny’s versatility as a voice actor. Let me know which ones speak to you. 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.

5 Audiobooks for Library Card Sign-Up Month

5 Audiobooks for library card sign up month

5 Audiobooks for library card sign up month

In these days of home-based and virtual schooling and weekends staying at home, we rely more and more on the resources offered by our local libraries. Besides free access to audiobooks and ebooks, most libraries also provide language courses, movies, and even digital newspapers and magazines. Many libraries offer curbside pickup for non-digitized materials, including puzzles and games.

September is officially Library Card Sign-Up month, and if you don’t already have a card, now’s the perfect time to get one. Librarians will help you find your next audiobook (and will explain the entire process, from downloading to listening) and can also suggest resources for homeschooling and for lifelong learning.

Today’s recommended audiobooks celebrate public libraries through novels and true stories. Take a moment to discover all the programs and materials offered by your local library, sign up for a free card if you don’t already have one, and then queue up one of the following audiobooks. 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.

5 Audiobooks for National Dog Day

5 Audiobooks for National Dog Day

5 Audiobooks for National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day! Today’s holiday is all about celebrating our furry friends in all their varied splendor. More than giving us an excuse to shower our pets with extra love and treats, today is also a time to honor how important dogs are to our lives, both as home companions and as assistants to help us work and get through everyday life. 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.

5 Questions with Narrator Phoebe Strole

5 Questions with Phoebe Strole

5 Questions with Phoebe Strole

I’m thrilled to welcome Phoebe Strole to this month’s Take 5 audiobook narrator spotlight. I’ve been a fan of Phoebe’s work for a few years now, and though she has adult fiction and nonfiction titles on her résumé, I think of her as one of my go-to narrators for middle grade and young adult audiobooks.

Her youthful, but not childish, inflections enrich stories about children and teens. At the same time, Phoebe conveys the full emotional intensity of the action or issues at hand. The following recommended audiobooks include some of my favorite examples of her vocal skills. 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.

5 Audiobooks to Travel the World — From Home

5 Audiobooks to Travel the World - At Home

5 Audiobooks to Travel the World - At Home

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which normally means spending a week at the beach, taking a family road trip or train trip, or booking a vacation to a foreign country. This year, most of us will be doing our traveling from the safety of our armchair or garden—and with the help of an absorbing audiobook.

The most travel I’ve done over the last several months is a quick walk around the neighborhood. Still, I haven’t stopped dreaming of new adventures, though I’m not sure where my wanderlust will take me in the years to come.

In the meantime, as I wait for the pandemic to run its course, I’ve indulged in some virtual vacations by listening to audiobooks that transport me far from home. This summer’s motto is, Have earbuds, will travel! 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.

5 Questions with Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana

 Santino Fontana

Today’s guest voice performer may be relatively new to audiobooks, but in just a few years his work has already won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2020 Audie Award for Best Thriller/Suspense.

Even if you haven’t yet listened to Santino as an audiobook narrator, I bet you’re already familiar with his skills because he’s the voice behind FROZEN’s Prince Hans. Santino brings his impressive stage and film talents to our earbuds and seems equally at home with fiction and nonfiction. I am always taken with his characterizations, which move beyond simply giving each individual a unique voice. Santino digs deeper to signal, for example, temperament, feelings, and maturation, giving each character extra dimensions.

When you listen to the following audiobook recommendations, you’ll note Santino’s impressive sense of pacing, which provides us the time to absorb the nuances of the author’s intent or to react emotionally to the plot. 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.

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

Happy Canada Day! I hope your celebrations include time to relax, cook out, and see some fireworks. While your festivities will likely be tempered by current health concerns, I’m sure you’ll find ways to make the day special.

If you’re not familiar with this Canadian holiday, here’s the short take. Canada Day (or Dominion Day, as it used to be called) commemorates the day the Constitution Act of 1867 went into effect. Though Canada was still technically a British colony, the act united the provinces of what was then Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion under the name of Canada.

Here at AudioFile Magazine we’re celebrating by featuring five recent audiobooks by Canadian authors. Get to know the some of the diverse voices of Canada by queuing up these recommended titles. 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.

5 Young Adult Audiobooks That Center Black Lives

5 Young Adult Audiobooks To Center Black Lives

5 Young Adult Audiobooks That Center Black Lives

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, we are reminded that the Civil Rights movement was only a beginning here in the United States. We may have elected a Black man as president (twice), but the work for an anti-racist country cannot and should not stop there.

Audiobooks can help build bridges, understanding, and empathy while at the same time empowering and supporting Black authors and narrators. The following list of audiobooks can be used as starting point for talking to young listeners of all skin colors about a range of tough issues faced by those who grow up Black in America. 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.