2019 Best Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks

2019 Best Audiobooks Mystery & Suspense

2019 Best Audiobooks Mystery & Suspense

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Best Mystery & Suspense audiobooks! What I find most interesting about these audiobooks is the diversity of subgenres represented, from spy thriller to police procedural, private investigator, and domestic suspense. They unfold in very different locations—from bustling New York City to Berlin, London, the back country of Texas, and beyond. What they have in common is that they’re all powerful stories performed by super talented narrators. Audiobook mystery fans, this is your opportunity to expand your listening list. Read more…

Ellen Quint
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).

Author Kate Atkinson on Her Captivating Audiobook Mysteries

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s most recent Jackson Brodie mystery, BIG SKY, came out this summer, and I was so pleased to get to talk to her about her audiobooks in the August/September issue of AudioFile Magazine. Read my interview below.

Fans of the idiosyncratic private investigator Jackson Brodie should thank their lucky stars for Kate Atkinson, author of the Brodie novels. Not only did she create the character—world-weary yet hopeful, deeply moral, occasionally law-breaking, and, well, marvelous—she recommended actor Jason Isaacs for the role. Now he simply is Jackson Brodie on audio and in film, and she couldn’t be more pleased. Admittedly, they did have a “little friendly tussle” over Brodie’s accent, which in Isaac’s rendition is more generically Northern England than what the Yorkshire-born author hears when she writes. “But he has to do lots of other characters as well, and he does do them excellently. It’s definitely an art.” She acquiesced about Brodie’s accent. “Now,” she laughs, “he regards it as his. I regard it as mine. But he does really regard it as his.” She smiles, for it has worked out just as she intended. 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.

Listening on a Summer Day

Robin’s Roundup July 19

Juniper Listening

Summer is full of activities for many of us—summer work schedules, family trips and get togethers, travels and adventures, projects that require good weather. For me, summer is prime listening time. I do more traveling, so I have more audiobook time in the car, and I also love to keep a story going while I cook or garden. (My wireless headphones have made garden-time listening so much more satisfying because I don’t get tangled up with headset cords!) A lazy hammock for reading just never seems to materialize, but my summer pace does offer plenty of listening opportunities. Kate Atkinson and Jason Isaacs just introduced me to Jackson Brodie in the new BIG SKY. I also love to have a listening partner. Whether it’s a young companion like my grandson (his current favorite remains TROMBONE SHORTY), or sharing a retelling of Greek myths with husband, Rob (we recently enjoyed listening to GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED). 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.

P.I. Jackson Brodie is Back: Author Kate Atkinson & Narrator Jason Isaacs on BIG SKY

Jason Isaacs and Kate Atkinson

It’s been eight years since Kate Atkinson’s last audiobook featuring her semiretired, terminally lonely British P.I. Jackson Brodie. Actor Jason Isaacs, who starred in the BBC series “Case Histories,” based on Atkinson’s books, narrates the newest Brodie mystery, BIG SKY. In this video, author and narrator catch up in the recording studio and chat about bringing Jackson Brodie and the rest of the cast of characters to life.

“The job is to be a conduit for the writing, to trigger people’s imaginations . . . it’s about having a gentle touch and allowing the writing to flow through you.”—Narrator Jason Isaacs

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New Voices Join AudioFile’s Podcast

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine


As we worked on creating AudioFile’s new podcast, Behind the Mic, we planned to have as many “voices” as possible to amplify our audiobook conversations. In our early weeks, listeners have heard our host Jo Reed and me as well as AudioFile Publisher Michele Cobb recommending the titles. This week, AudioFile Assistant Editor & reviewer Emily Connelly joins in with five new audiobook picks. Next week, reviewer Jonathan Smith will join us to share recent favorites. We each take a slightly different approach as we talk about the highlights and why each audiobook will be a great listen.

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On the podcast this week, Emily discusses new and notable audiobooks, including some for younger listeners. 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.