Best Romance Audiobooks of 2018

Plus a Bonus Narrator Video with Saskia Maarleveld

2018 Best Romance Audiobooks

2018 Best Romance AudiobooksAudioFile is excited to share the Best Romance Audiobooks of 2018! Explore the list below, and watch our video with Saskia Maarleveld video on narrating IT HAPPENED IN THE HIGHLANDS, which will make you even more excited to dive into this mysterious historical romance. Narrator Brittany Pressley also joined us for an interview on AudioFile’s Behind the Mic podcast — she earned a spot on the list for her narration of THE SOMETIMES SISTERS by Carolyn Brown. Listen to the episodes below for insights into why we chose these to be the best of the year.

Read more…

Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks of 2018

Jacqueline Woodson, Rebel Girls, and More

2018 Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks

2018 Best Children & Family Listening AudiobooksAudioFile’s 2018 Best Audiobooks list is out, and I am so excited to be talking about the Children’s category. I always love reading everyone’s “Best Of” lists at this time of year because 1) I love to see my favorites get some love, and 2) it introduces me to gems that I missed over the year. I hope this list does both for you as well. And I’m curious, what would be on your Best Children’s Audiobooks of 2018? Please leave a comment below to share your family’s favorites this year so I can discover even more gems! Read more…

Sunil Malhotra on I HAVE LOST MY WAY

AudioFile’s Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2018

Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur
Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur
Sunil Malhotra by Sumun Pendakur

Sunil Malhotra’s narration for I HAVE LOST MY WAY earned him a spot on our Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2018 list, along with his co-narrators Michael Crouch and Nicole Lewis. Three strangers collide in Central Park, and the story is told from each of their points of view. Sunil narrates from the perspective of Harun, a closeted Muslim teen who’s desperate to win back his boyfriend. Listen to our interview as Sunil talks about how he works to find the emotional truth of the story.

“One of the great things about a story like this is that it reminds us that there are other perspectives than our own.”—Narrator Sunil Malhotra

Read more…

Podcasting the Best Audiobooks

Robin’s Roundup December 7

HarperPresents Recording

HarperPresents Recording

We’re in the thick of celebrating the 2018 Best Audiobooks and finding new ways to get the word out. In addition to our own podcasts, this week I was a guest at the HarperAudio studios in New York to record a podcast episode of Harper Presents. See above—I’m chatting with host Andrew Kaberline and engineer Nathan Rosborough. Also, I was delighted to be Roxanne Cody’s guest on the Just the Right Book! podcast. Roxanne is a real pioneer and leader in book podcasts, and she’s the founder of RJ Julia Booksellers and JustTheRightBook.com. We have both been talking books/audiobooks for more than 25 years! For followers of Overdrive’s Professional Book Nerds podcast, I also got a chance to talk about our process for selecting the daily choices for Behind the Mic.

In case you missed any of this week’s BEST lists or the narrator interviews with January LaVoy and Fiona Hardingham—here you go.

Read more…

5 Best Young Adult Audiobooks 2018

2018 Best Young Adult Audiobooks

2018 Best Young Adult AudiobooksWelcome to December and the winter holiday season. One of my favorite things about the end of the year is reading all the best-of lists, especially those that focus on audiobooks. I love adding to my wish list and discovering great books I might have missed.

Get ready to find your next outstanding listen: Today’s Take 5 post is all about AudioFile’s Best Young Adult audiobooks for 2018. All the titles that made our list deserve the spotlight not only for their great stories but also for the fantastic narrators whose performances made the audiobooks unforgettable.

Here, I give you a hint of what each audiobook is all about, but don’t forget to click through to our full reviews. To see all the winners in all the categories, check out AudioFile’s 2018 Best Audiobooks E-Zine.

Now for this year’s best audiobooks for young adults: Read more…

Best Mystery Audiobooks of 2018

6 Must-Listen Titles for Mystery Lovers

Best Mystery Audiobooks 2018Congratulations to the authors and narrators of the 2018 Best Audiobooks in the Mystery category. The competition is tough—AudioFile’s editors start with 2000 audiobooks in 9 categories that eventually get sorted down to 50 honorees (including the 6 in the Mystery category listed below).

What do all of these audiobooks have in common—what makes them rise to the top? They are all masterfully written by talented authors and read for us by narrators who manage to convincingly convey multiple characters while leaving room for our imaginations. Robin Whitten puts it so beautifully in the podcast about the Best Mystery Audiobooks, saying that the best narrators disappear into the story, becoming the voice that provides all the details while also inhabiting all of the characters. Read more…

Michael Crouch on OLIVER LOVING

AudioFile’s Best Fiction Audiobooks of 2018

Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography
Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography
Michael Crouch by Dennis J Photography

Michael Crouch’s narration earned him a spot on AudioFile’s 2018 Best Fiction Audiobooks list. OLIVER LOVING is a brilliant, propulsive novel about a life-changing moment in a family, the traumas and secrets that test us, and the stories that hold us together. Listen to our interview below to get a special peek inside the work that went into recording this moving audiobook.

“One of my most important jobs is to tap into the emotional energy of the text. With this book, it’s just there, and it didn’t take much effort to tap into that.” —Narrator Michael Crouch

Read more…

Fun with Podcasting—with 2018 Best Audiobooks Episodes

Robin’s Roundup November 30

Robin at the mic

After 26 years of reviewing audiobooks, who knew that recommending audiobooks in a podcast would be so much fun! When we started Behind the Mic in September, we had so much to learn—and still do. And as we begin start to settle in, I’m finding it so rewarding to “book talk” our recommendations.

In revealing the 50 Best Audiobooks of 2018 this week, we changed up the format of the Behind the Mic podcasts a bit. Michele Cobb, AudioFile’s publisher, and I are doing episodes on each subject group in the Best 2018, and we’re also chatting with some of the narrators honored for these 2018 accolades. I could keep on writing about them, but really, just click below and listen! Read more…

The 5 Best Memoirs of 2018

Inspiring Peeps to Hang Out With

Becoming

BecomingIn my next life, I will be mathematically gifted, a natural athlete, pale with copper hair or mocha with corkscrew curls, able to carry a tune and tell a joke without ruining the punchline, and unafraid of roller-coasters. Until then, I’m spending time with folks who inspire me in this life, finding them in AudioFile’s picks for the five best memoirs of 2018. (Check out all of our 2018 Best Audiobooks in our media-rich E-Zine.)

Let’s begin with Michelle Obama, whose new memoir, BECOMING, lifts the spirits as it heartens. As I listened to her Earphones Award-winning performance, I admired her more than ever and felt I’d gained a new best friend. This is an audiobook that I’ll keep coming back to in order to savor Obama’s embracing voice and thoughtful, fierce, funny reminiscences about real life, both grand and humble.

Read more…

Holiday Romance is in the Air

4 New Holiday Audiobooks

A Very Merry Romance

A Very Merry RomanceApplaud my restraint. I have waited until November to post holiday audiobook reviews. Just ask my coworkers—it was June when I announced the schedule for a certain “Countdown to Christmas” holiday movie festival that I plan my weekends around. So for my fellow Christmas-philes, these audiobooks should add to your festive spirit.

A VERY MERRY ROMANCE
by Brenda Jackson, read by Ron Butler
Harlequin Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Narrator Ron Butler doesn’t take sides as he presents the romantic journey of Marilyn Bannister and Jonathan Madaris. A Houston principal, Jonathan can’t date his new teacher, so he secretly transfers her to begin his courtship. Butler embodies the suave confidence Jonathan uses to attract Marilyn’s attention and overcome her misgivings while subtly differentiating Marilyn’s dialogue. The holiday warmth comes near the end of the recording, so this is a good warm-up to the holiday season.    Read more…