Getting an Earful at Thrillerfest XIV

The Expanding Audiobook Industry and the Power of Narration

Thrillerfest 2019

Thrillerfest 2019Did you know that while traditional publishing markets are static or declining, the audiobook industry has been seeing double-digit growth for each of the last seven years? So reported AudioFile publisher Michele Cobb at the session titled The World of Audiobooks at this year’s Thrillerfest.  Besides Michele, AudioFile was well represented on the panel by Founder and Editor Robin Whitten. Audible’s Stacy Creamer, award-winning narrators Richard Ferrone and Thérèse Plummer, and author David Hewson joined them. Moderated by author Jon Land, the panel addressed the growth and changes in the industry, the process and challenges of narrating, and the future of the audiobook industry 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).

Accent-uate the Positive: 5 Audio Romances with Awesome Accents

International Flags

International FlagsIf you were to bring together a group of audiophiles, you would soon hear a literal cacophony of impassioned recommendations for “must listen” narrators and memorable performances. At some point, everyone would be pulling out their phones and scraps of paper to take down suggestions for future listening. Laughter and mock swoons emerge as well as the inevitable professions of audio love: “I would listen to that narrator read the dictionary!” As the lovefest dies down, talk will eventually drift to the dark side of audiobooks—that is to say, the recording missteps that cause eye rolls that take your eyebrows along with them. Chief among these is the accent-gone-wrong. You know this problem well: The character is Scottish/French/Southern/Japanese, but the accent is something, um . . . indescribably not right. And so, it is my great pleasure to present to you five romance audiobooks with notably wonderful accents. Journey around the globe with these characters who are authentically presented by narrators who have done their homework. 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!

Author Elizabeth Acevedo on the Power of Writing and the Magic of Narration

Elizabeth Acevedo by Stephanie Ifendu

Elizabeth Acevedo by Stephanie IfenduAudioFile Magazine was delighted to feature an interview with author Elizabeth Acevedo in our June issue of the magazine. Also in June, Acevedo was honored with the Carnegie Medal, the annual British honor for new English-language books for children and young adults. She was the first writer of color to be honored with the award. Read Susie Wilde’s interview with Elizabeth Acevedo below.

Last year Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel THE POET X garnered, among other awards, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Pura Belpré Award for outstanding Latinx literature, and the Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. The audiobook, narrated by Acevedo, was an Odyssey Honor, an Audie Awards finalist in two categories, and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. Her newest title, WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH, has already received three starred reviews. Read more…

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Podcast Interview with Golden Voice Narrator January LaVoy

Discover why we love listening to this compelling narrator

January LaVoy

January LaVoyGolden Voice January LaVoy is a skilled narrator who draws listeners into whatever she’s performing, whether it’s a thrilling mystery or a compelling historical audiobook. We wanted to know more about January’s journey to becoming an audiobook narrator, the differences between narrating in the booth and acting on stage, and all of the work that she does to inhabit so many dynamic characters.

Listen to our exclusive interview with January on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.

“When I meet people who consume audiobooks, there’s such a deep joy, and it is a shared experience. I don’t know who I’m narrating for specifically when I’m narrating, but when someone consumes it and feels that it’s just for them, that is the best feeling.”
—Narrator January LaVoy

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Interview with Golden Voice narrator Scott Brick

Celebrating 20 Years of Audio Excellence

Scott Brick

Scott BrickNarrator Scott Brick is celebrating 20 years of audiobook recording this June. He was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2004, and whether he’s narrating science fiction, thrillers, or history, he helps listeners get to the heart of the story. Listen to our interview with Scott and hear about his start in audiobook narration, his love of science fiction, and the audiobooks that have had the greatest impact on his life.

“I’ve never lost the fanboy inside of me. I’m just thrilled by the fact that I get to do this for a living.”—Narrator Scott Brick

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5 Audiobooks by Golden Voice Narrator Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin and Johnny Heller
Bahni Turpin and Johnny Heller
Bahni Turpin (l) and Johnny Heller

I love June: not only does it bring us the first days of summer but it’s also officially Audiobook Month. This year, June is extra special because here at AudioFile, we’re celebrating the narrators whom we’ve honored as Golden Voices, a lifetime achievement award given to voice actors who have demonstrated excellence in the art of transporting stories from the printed page to headphones and car speakers for grateful listeners like me.

Today I’m happy to feature one of the newest AudioFile Golden Voices: Bahni Turpin. Bahni has narrated more than 200 audiobooks, spanning the entire range of genres from sweet children’s stories to intense thrillers to thought-provoking nonfiction. Read more…

Candace Levy
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.

Audiobook Fan Goes Gaga for Golden Voices: Narrator January LaVoy’s Audiobook Mysteries

January LaVoy and Ellen Quint
January LaVoy and Ellen Quint
January LaVoy (l) and Ellen Quint

One of the privileges of being part of the AudioFile team is the opportunity to rub elbows on special occasions with stars of the audiobook universe. Imagine being in a New York recording studio surrounded by the people who have thrilled you with their performances again and again. That was me this week at the reception in honor of our five new Golden Voice recipients who have joined this very special class of narrators. A full cadre of Golden Voices was there to welcome their fellow narrators.

Let me focus on new Golden Voice honoree January LaVoy. You can read more about January in the latest issue of AudioFile Magazine and in her narrator profile. January has recorded more than 200 audiobooks: biographies as diverse as ELIZA HAMILTON and QUEEN BEY (about Beyoncé and Jay Z); science fiction, including VERSION CONTROL; and, of course, mysteries. January has one of those voices you would follow anywhere. As with her Golden Voices colleagues, she can make any genre come alive for the listener. That takes true talent. 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).

Thoroughly Satisfying Summer Listening

6 Audiobooks for Long Weekends and Beyond

Summer Listening

Summer Listening

Memorial Day signals the start of the summer season—gardening, picnics, barbecue grills, swatting mosquitoes, splashing in the pool, fireworks, beaches, bike rides, sunburns, baseball, mowing the lawn. And, ahh—sipping lemonade while lying in a hammock listening to an audiobook. Today’s Audio Adventures celebrate summer listening experiences to sink into with your ears. 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.

Sharing Our Whole Truth: Audiobooks that Explore Gender Identity

Trans Flag

Trans FlagAt lunch one day when he was four years old, my nephew asked when he would turn into a girl. After a microsecond of silence, his father replied that unless he thought that he should be a girl, he would stay a boy. “Oh,” said my nephew, clearly surprised. “But I thought everyone becomes a girl for awhile, even if you start as a boy. Are you sure?”  His father was sure. My nephew considered for moment, then through a bite of his grilled cheese sandwich, announced, “Oh well then, if it doesn’t just happen, I guess I’ll stay a boy.”

I love that a little boy could believe that the natural order of life was that everyone spends time as a girl. And I cherish his freedom to ask the question; to talk about variation and difference. What a fine thing it is to be able to be our true selves. How life-affirming to be able to embrace our sexuality, and the gender identities for ourselves that we know are right. Today’s Audio Adventures celebrate that opportunity. 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.

Mothers & Others: Recent Audiobook Biography and History

Robin’s Roundup May 10

The Moment Of Lift

With events and awards taking the limelight for the last few months, I haven’t had a chance to simply highlight some of the most interesting audiobooks we’ve recently reviewed. A classic “Robin picks a quirky group of audiobooks” roundup follows.

The Matriarch
America's Jewish Women
The Moment Of Lift

Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, so “mothers” seems like a good theme to start with. Three recent Earphones Award-winning audiobooks give us some different ways of thinking about one iconic mother, Former First Lady Barbara Bush—THE MATRIARCH—and the many Jewish mothers who are portrayed in AMERICA’S JEWISH WOMEN. My third choice in the group is Melinda Gates’s new memoir THE MOMENT OF LIFT, not just because this audiobook inspires, but also particularly because of her views on service and giving back—see the video below. That’s certainly a purpose wholly shared by Mrs. Bush as well as by 19th-century philanthropist Rebecca Gratz, who is profiled in AMERICA’S JEWISH WOMEN. 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.