Conversations with Narrators of the 2019 Best Audiobooks

Robin’s Roundup December 6

2019 Best Audiobooks Behind the Mic

2019 Best Audiobooks Behind the Mic

Would you like to ask Jason Culp, Frankie Corzo, or Rupert Degas what was most memorable about recording one of the 2019 best audiobooks? We did just that for special episodes of AudioFile’s podcast, “Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.” While we are in the midst of releasing the Best Audiobooks lists, we like to bring you focused conversations with narrators specifically about their celebrated performances. After starting the week off with a conversation about how we make the choices for the audiobooks that make their way to the Best lists, our host Jo Reed turned the podcast over to Michele Cobb and me for episodes with the narrators. Read more…

Robin Whitten
Robin is the Founder & Editor of AudioFile Magazine. The AudioFile Blog is her newest project to offer new voices and recommendations for audiobooks.

Narrator Jason Culp on Emma Donoghue’s Literary Drama AKIN

Narrator Jason Culp

In this new literary drama from the author of ROOM, a retired professor finds himself responsible for an 11-year-old relative, and together they uncover family secrets in the French Riviera. Narrator Jason Culp calls the novel “a road movie that shows why Emma Donoghue is such an admired writer.” Watch the video below for more of Jason’s insights into AKIN.

“There are a few times in an actor’s life when a role comes along, and you think, this is mine. I have to do this. I’ve only had that a few times, and this was one of them.”—Narrator Jason Culp

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8 Wintry Kids’ Listens

Stay warm with cozy listening!

Snowy mittens

Snowy mittens

Where I live in New Jersey, kids go to sleep on winter nights hoping to wake up to a SNOW DAY— a snowy world of no school. Whether you love the snow, hate it, or live in a climate that never sees it, I have picked a bunch of cozy winter listens for your kids to snuggle down with this month and embrace the joys of winter.

Bear Snores On

by Karma Wilson, read by Karma Wilson
Weston Woods Studios, Ages 4-6

As Bear hibernates through the winter, Mouse and an ever increasing group of friends take advantage of the comforts in Bear’s cave by cooking a feast under his sleeping nose. This reading by the author allows young listeners to appreciate the rhyme and beat of the story, and to soak in the humor of the midwinter merriment. Read more…

Sonja Cole
As a former middle school librarian and author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14, Sonja’s mission is to get kids excited about books.

5 Questions With Khristine Hvam

5 Audiobooks and 5 Questions with One Skilled Narrator

Khristine Hvam

Khristine HvamPlease welcome Khristine Hvam to the Take 5 stage. When I tune in to one of Khristine’s audiobook performances, I’m always impressed with her skill at helping me forge a strong emotional bond with the characters. From fantasies to literary fiction, Khristine’s narrations immerse me in the story as I root for the heroes and boo the villains.

I’m most familiar with Khristine’s work in fantasy, but she’s won awards in historical fiction, literary fiction, romance, and more. The audiobooks I feature today reflect this range. 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.