Talking with George Guidall

This Golden Voice narrator has recorded more than 1,700 audiobooks

Podcast Interview with George Guidall

Podcast Interview with George Guidall

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

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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…

Fiction and Nonfiction Audiobooks for Science-Minded Kids

Fiction and non-fiction science audiobooks for kids

Fiction and non-fiction science audiobooks for kids

Observing the physical and natural world has led to incredible discoveries that have changed humanity forever. The fiction and nonfiction audiobooks in this list celebrate scientific investigation of all kinds. Topics that might seem dry and boring in a textbook—like the water cycle, or the history of microbiology—are rendered as thrilling, true-life adventures. And the fictional stories help kids imagine themselves as future medical researchers or architects of artificial intelligence. Perfect for family listening, these audiobooks will have curious kids and their parents eager to find out more. Read more…

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…

Gained in Translation: From Nordic Noir to South Korean Crime Fiction

Gained in Translation

Gained in Translation

With all that is going on in the world, the fact that August was Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) somehow didn’t make it onto my radar. Maybe it was that overwhelming sense of living in an isolated bubble. But what better way to get away when you can’t go anywhere than to bring in voices from around the globe?

The advantage of listening to a translation with a skilled narrator is that they parse the place names in the various languages, making it that much easier for the listener to glide into that country.

I am going to highlight below one of my favorite go-to genres—traditional Nordic Noir—and then what has been called the “new Nordic Noir”—crime fiction from South Korea. Read more…

Why Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE Is a Must-Listen

On Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

On Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson’s powerful new work of nonfiction, CASTE: The Origins of Our Discontents, examines how caste, or a hereditary class system, underlies the oppression of Black people and other people of color in America. Racism certainly exists, she posits, but the country’s caste system, developed in Colonial Virginia to differentiate indentured immigrants from African slaves, is the root of the problem. A caste system permanently empowers those in the top group and permanently dehumanizes those at the bottom, setting them forever apart as “other.” It explains why President Andrew Jackson felt fine about his horse’s reins made from the flesh of American Indians. It explains why a white guest at a party full of liberals assumed that a Black man they didn’t know was a server who would get them a drink. The Black man was then Senator Barack Obama. Read more…

5 New Enemies-to-Lovers Romances on Audio

5 New Enemies-to-Lovers Romances on Audio

5 New Enemies-to-Lovers Romances on Audio

An entire industry of rom-com films has taught us that often, first impressions don’t tell the whole story. Put another way, sometimes you hate someone—or think you do—and later discover that you really (really) don’t. In Romancelandia, we call that the “Enemies to Lovers” trope. It makes for excellent conflict and snappy dialogue, sometimes tinged with humor and even hilarity. And, as you might imagine, the audio format was made for this kind of volley and riposte conflict—it lifts it off the page and into your ears in the most delightful way. So enjoy these five new enemies-to-lovers romances. Read more…

In Conversation with SANDMAN Producer Dirk Maggs

Neil Gaiman (l) and Dirk Maggs
Neil Gaiman (l) and Dirk Maggs
Neil Gaiman (l) and Dirk Maggs

On today’s bonus episode of Behind the Mic, we’re featuring a conversation between host Jo Reed and Dirk Maggs. If you love audio theater, then you know the work of Dirk Maggs. As a producer, director, and writer, his productions immerse listeners in the worlds that he creates. He uses rich sound effects to bring the language and feel of moviemaking to his audio productions, yet he never loses focus on the words at the heart of the story. In a career spanning 30 years, he’s won many national and international awards. Dirk first made a name for himself turning DC comics into audio productions, and when Douglas Adams heard those adaptations, he pulled Dirk in to bring his HITCHHIKERS’ GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series back to audio. Dirk has also had a longtime collaboration with Neil Gaiman, which most recently has resulted in an audio adaptation of THE SANDMAN, Gaiman’s beloved classic comic book series.

Listen in as they discuss his decades of work bringing audio dramas to life.


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