Narrator Frankie Corzo on Mexican Gothic

Frankie Corzo

Narrator Frankie Corzo takes listeners behind the scenes of MEXICAN GOTHIC, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s newest horror audiobook. Set in the 1950s, it’s a story that transports listeners into the Mexican countryside, to a manor that quickly goes from unsettling to downright terrifying. Hear more from Frankie in her narrator video below.

“It contains all those classic gothic horror novel elements . . . but is also unapologetically Mexican and Latinx.”—Narrator Frankie Corzo

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Audiobook Lessons for These Times, and Edgar Award Winners

Audiobook Lessons For These Times

Audiobook Lessons For These Times

Part 1: Listen and Hear

Let me start by saying that my original plan for this week’s blog post was to focus on the Edgar Award winners (which you will find below). But what is going on outside my apartment window is permeating all of my thoughts. I live on the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge. And as I write this, there is a march of a totally diverse group of hundreds carrying signs and chanting the name George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Cars going up the roadway next to them are honking their horns to show support. It is all respectful and peaceful. Read more…

A mystery writer, audiobook reviewer and Audies judge. Ellen is currently the program chair of Sisters in Crime-NY and has published two crime short stories: Crossing the Line (Family Matters); Taking the Brooklyn Bridge Back (Where Crime Never Sleeps).

Golden Voice Ramón de Ocampo’s Audiobooks for Kids

Golden Voice narrator Ramon de Ocampo's audiobooks for kids

Golden Voice narrator Ramon de Ocampo's audiobooks for kids

Born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia, Ramón de Ocampo has recorded well over 100 audiobooks—but kids most likely know him as the voice of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. His audiobook narration has garnered many awards, including 11 Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2018 for his work on the full cast recording of RESTART by Gordan Korman. These audiobooks, all very different from each other, show the wide range of Ramón’s narration talents for kids and young adults. Read more…

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.

Listen to These Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks with Your Kids and Teens

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

Mystery Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

What’s a grandmother to do? My 6-year-old grandson has become so enraptured with listening to Jim Dale’s reading of the HARRY POTTER series that he drew a lightning bolt on his forehead. He did a good job of it—and he did it with a permanent ink marker. Needless to say, his parents weren’t happy, and I had to try very hard not to laugh when this was revealed on our FaceTime call this week. I was just glad he didn’t decide to do it on his 4-year-old sister’s forehead as well. Ah, the power of audiobooks and children’s imaginations!

One of the greatest challenges I see parents facing with children home and in their care 24/7 is how to educate, engage, and entertain without having them glued to a screen. Audiobooks are a great solution, and the Harry Potter series is a great place to start. They can be downloaded for free from most public libraries now through their library apps, such as Overdrive or Libby. (For Harry Potter fans, you can now listen to J.K. Rowling’s THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. This is a novella (a collection of five fairy tales) that grew out of the Harry Potter world of wizardry. The audiobook is narrated by a talented full cast.) Read more…

A mystery writer, audiobook reviewer and Audies judge. Ellen is currently the program chair of Sisters in Crime-NY and has published two crime short stories: Crossing the Line (Family Matters); Taking the Brooklyn Bridge Back (Where Crime Never Sleeps).

16 Amazing Middle Grade Listen-Alikes

Middle Grade Listen Alikes

Middle Grade Listen Alikes

What do you listen to when you’ve heard all of the Harry Potter and Rick Riordan audiobooks multiple times? We’ve paired up 16 excellent audiobooks for ages 8-12+, titles that share a theme, subject matter, or narrative style. Each of these “listen-alikes” is a great choice for middle graders looking for fresh listening. Read more…

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

Love for the ALA Media Awards

Robin’s Roundup February 1

Sadie

Odyssey Award SealFor more than 80 years, the awards given by the American Library Association have set a high bar in children’s literature. The Caldecott and Newbery medals are the best known among the multiple awards that honor excellence in books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—collectively the Youth Media Awards. Of course, our favorite is the Odyssey Award, given to the best audiobook for this essential audience of listeners. This year the Odyssey Award goes to SADIE. AudioFile reviewer Sharon Grover said in her review, “Courtney Summers’s powerful story of love, neglect, abuse, and revenge is narrated with irresistible urgency by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner, along with an ensemble of supporting narrators.” Sharon’s praise and Earphones Award were prophetic—and no wonder, as Sharon was one of the founding librarians who helped establish the award in 2008. Read more…

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

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…

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.

Frankie Corzo on Merci Suárez Changes Gears

The Importance of Seeing Oneself Reflected in Stories

Frankie Corzo

Frankie Corzo takes AudioFile’s listeners Behind the Mic to share her connection to Meg Medina’s middle-grade novel MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS and what it meant for her to record it.

“As a little girl, I didn’t have these kinds of books to look up to . . .  Even as a woman in my 30s, I very much saw my family reflected in the story of this little girl.”—Narrator Frankie Corzo

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Children’s Audiobooks to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

9 Picks for Young and Middle-Grade Listeners

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos

Audiobooks are a great way to expose kids to a diverse range of people, experiences, and settings. Listening can expand their understanding of the multicultural world they live in, help them develop empathy for others, and present authentic stories that reflect and validate their own and their friends’ voices. These are some of my all-time favorite audiobooks with Latinx characters and/or narrators to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos

FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS
by Monica Brown, read by Adriana Sananes
Dreamscape, Ages 6+

Lively animal sounds and the soothing voice of Adriana Sananes make this a joyful listen for kids, highlighting the influential Mexican painter’s spirit, curiosity, and imagination. Pair this audiobook with images of Kahlo’s paintings so kids can see the actual animalitos that Frida loved. Read more…

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.