Narrator Jason Culp on John Updike’s In The Beauty of the Lilies

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In this video, narrator Jason Culp tells AudioFile listeners about IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES, Updike’s novel in which Clarence Wilmot, a thoughtful clergyman in 1910 Paterson, New Jersey, loses his faith but finds solace in movies.

“Being a Hollywood kid myself, I really connected with this book, especially in the ways in which it illustrates how a particular family’s wounds and issues are unconsciously handed down.” — Narrator Jason Culp

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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…

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

6 Audiobooks on Your Money and Your Life

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6 Audiobooks on Your Money And Your Life

6 Audiobooks on Your Money And Your Life

In the Zen-inspired audiobook HAPPY MONEY, Japanese personal growth expert Ken Honda has an interesting take on personal finance. He says money has positive or negative energy, depending on what that money is doing and how it impacts us. All of us have had the experience of having a bad feeling about money we’ve spent or received. That’s unhappy money. Though smart people can try to evaluate these situations with their analytical skills, Honda’s refreshing alternative is to look at them through the prism of a simple litmus test—just pay attention to the energy. Another audio that looks at financial management as an emotional affair is the smoothly narrated YOUR NEW MONEY STORY, by business coach David Kreuger. His focus is on how money decisions can be contaminated by self-defeating life scripts, compulsive optimism, and other psychosocial dynamics that sabotage our efforts to create financial stability. Read more…

Tom Walken has spent most of his professional life in clinical psychology, primarily as a psychotherapist and now as a management consultant. Reviewing audio programs for more than two decades has exposed him to some great thinkers and helped him become more effective in his work. But the biggest gift has been how listening helps him grow personally, look at himself with calmer eyes, and connect with others with a kinder heart.

8 Audiobooks about Inspiring Lives of Service

Robin’s Roundup November 8

Audiobooks About Service

Audiobooks About Service

Each month, AudioFile editors Jennifer Dowell, Emily Connelly, Francisca Goldsmith, and I decide on topics which we can explore with both new titles and older audiobooks mined from our AudioFile archives. We feature them on our social media and in articles here on the blog. We try to find a twist on holiday themes—which we can all agree get a little repetitive—and look at whether there’s any fun to be had with holidays like Pi/Pie Day. One that we chose this month is “service” as we think about veterans and humanitarians alike, like Chef José Andrés (above) and his service to Puerto Rico, which he recounts in WE FED AN ISLAND. 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

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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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