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.

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…

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 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance Audiobooks

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Romance Audiobooks

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Romance Audiobooks

Whether you’re primarily a romance fan or a sci-fi and fantasy fan, these charmed romance audiobooks with fantastical elements all make for magical listening—so everyone wins! I know I’ll be sneaking some of these into my own listening queue. Enjoy!

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

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 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…

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

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.

Can Listening to These Fictional Contagions Distract Us from Our Real One?

Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

I have sewn a wardrobe of washable masks and discovered a heretofore unappreciated skill for following directional arrows along grocery store aisles. I don’t know what our post-COVID future will look like—better, worse, unrecognizable? The uncertainty makes me nervous, so I’m soothing my disquiet with fictional contagions. Some new; some classic; all guaranteed to divert you temporarily from the case counts in your neighborhood. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

9 Kids’ Audiobooks about Race and Justice

9 Kids' audiobooks about race and justice

9 Kids' audiobooks about race and justice

It should be obvious now that we ALL need to be having conversations with our children about antiracism and how unjustly Black people have been treated in America. This collection of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks from authors and/or narrators of color shows Black people as heroes of their own stories. These audiobooks are all perfect for family listening to spark important discussions about fairness in America, a concept which all children inherently understand. 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.

5 Audiobooks with Love in the Spotlight

5 Audiobooks with Love in the Spotlight

5 Audiobooks with Love in the Spotlight

The Kardashians, Will and Kate, Harry and Meghan, Will and Jada . . . what do they have in common? Being in the spotlight. As they say, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Being royal, going viral, or dodging paparazzi can be a painful tradeoff for fame and fortune. Let’s run the tape on five romance audiobooks with fame and celebrity themes.

Take A Hint, Dani BrownJump right in with hot title TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert, read by Ione Butler. Ph.D. student Danika Brown and security guard and former professional rugby player Zafir Ansari go viral thanks to a romantic photo of Zafir carrying Dani to the elevator. They make the best of it with a fake romance to benefit Zafir’s charity, but will a viral moment lead to a forever relationship? Narrator Ione Butler plays up the sarcasm and the genuine romance with a light English accent. Read more…

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

More New Additions to Favorite Mystery Series on Audio

More new additions to favorite mystery series

More new additions to favorite mystery series

When I posted the recent blog on audiobook series to indulge in during our continued state of captivity, I realized I had focused almost exclusively on male authors. Well, there are many female authors with new additions to their series recently out or about to be published. Below is a sampling. 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).