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.

Turning to Historical Mystery Audiobooks to Help Us Keep Perspective in These Historic Times

Historical Mystery Audiobooks for These Historic Times

Historical Mystery Audiobooks for These Historic Times

We are living in historic times. That’s what we keep hearing. Well, there are many moments these days when I would prefer to live in some other historic times, and that is when I turn to the expansive library of historical mystery audiobooks. Recent releases provide us with the choice of many different time periods and locations. 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).

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!

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre

I call to your attention the contributions of Black authors to the mystery/thriller genre.

To go deeper than some of the better-known Black mystery authors I have mentioned often on the Solve blog, I turned to two online resources: The first is Frankie’s List, sponsored by Sisters in Crime, an organization I am proud to be a member of. The list was initially compiled by Frankie Y. Bailey (a mystery author in her own right) to provide a list of published African American Crime writers (all genders). It has since been expanded to include other Women of Color and LGBT writers. 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).

Double your Listening Pleasure: Audiobook Mysteries with Two Narrators

Audiobook Mysteries with Two Narrators

Audiobook Mysteries with Two Narrators

If you haven’t already taken up AudioFile’s Listening Challenge 2020, please allow me to call your attention to the initiative. Throughout the new year, AudioFile is suggesting a dozen listening challenges to help listeners develop their audiobook reading interests and awareness. All 12 challenges were posted on Twitter during the first days of 2020, and the AudioFile Twitter feed is reminding us of a challenge each month throughout the year.

You can join in the fun any time! To encourage you do so, I have some suggestions for Listening Challenge #3: Listen to an audiobook performed by two narrators. 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).

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).

4 New Summer Romances: Hot Audiobooks for July

4 New Summer Romances - Hot Audiobooks for July

4 New Summer Romances - Hot Audiobooks for July

Has your vacation been canceled, or turned into s’mores and a wading pool in the backyard? Never fear—AudioFile has four new audiobook romances with delicious summer themes to recommend. So turn on the fan, crank up the A/C, and get ready for these hot summer listens.

First, let’s head to the beach with Mary Kay Andrews’s HELLO SUMMER, read by Kathleen McInerney. Andrews has a talent for creating small-town Southern beach-capades complete with gales of laughter and fun personalities. Enter narrator Kathleen McInerney. She voices newshound Sarah Conley Hawkins as she resettles in a small town in Florida and uncovers an untimely death. With a slight Southern accent, McInerney welcomes listeners to Silver Bay using a sweet, appealing tone for Sarah. 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!

Beyond Reviews: Favorite Mystery Narrators and Authors Talk about Their Craft

Listening to our Favorite Narrators and Authors Talk About Their Craft

Listening to our Favorite Narrators and Authors Talk About Their Craft

In these turbulent times, I find comfort in focusing on the silver linings—the positive, unanticipated benefits. For me this has included connecting with family and friends more often (even if it’s virtual); the quiet of Brooklyn due to the extreme drop in traffic; the amazing streamed entertainment, interviews, and educational programs available; and the time to actually listen.

If you are a fan of audiobook mysteries and thrillers, you might really enjoy hearing and (in many cases) seeing your favorite narrators and authors discuss their craft. The interviews and discussions are enlightening and will connect you to these talented folks on a whole different level. 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).

In Conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Ramón de Ocampo

In Conversation with Ramon de Ocampo

In Conversation with Ramon de Ocampo

Ramón de Ocampo is one of AudioFile’s 2020 Golden Voices. He skillfully narrates a range of titles, including bestselling series for children, powerful works of historical fiction, and meaningful coming-of-age stories. Ramón’s recent accolades include a 2019 Audie Award nomination for Casey McQuiston’s romance RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE and numerous Earphones Awards and Best of the Year audiobooks. 

Listen to Ramón’s conversation with host Jo Reed about getting his start in the world of audiobooks, his emotional connections to the audiobooks he narrates, and the acting skills he uses to deconstruct the text and help listeners engage with the story.

“If you do it right, the joy that you’re getting from it, you should be trying to record.” —Narrator Ramón de Ocampo

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5 Young Adult Audiobooks That Center Black Lives

5 Young Adult Audiobooks To Center Black Lives

5 Young Adult Audiobooks That Center Black Lives

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, we are reminded that the Civil Rights movement was only a beginning here in the United States. We may have elected a Black man as president (twice), but the work for an anti-racist country cannot and should not stop there.

Audiobooks can help build bridges, understanding, and empathy while at the same time empowering and supporting Black authors and narrators. The following list of audiobooks can be used as starting point for talking to young listeners of all skin colors about a range of tough issues faced by those who grow up Black in America. 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.