Listen While You Cook: 5 New Audiobooks

Listen While You Cook

Listen While You Cook

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Happy cooking, cleaning, traveling, laughing, stressing-out, hanging-out, gossiping, tippling, eating. My advice — forget politics for the day or weekend, and agree to disagree about pumpkin pie. In between and during — well, maybe not while carving the turkey or tofu, there’s nothing like an audiobook to calm, divert, and amuse. I’ve found five listens that are perfect for dipping in and out of as time permits. 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.

Tease Holiday Roundup: 5 Romance Audiobooks with Festive Flair

Five Romance Audiobooks with Festive Flair

Five Romance Audiobooks with Festive Flair

As I may have revealed in former holiday roundups, I revel in all things Christmas. I watch holiday movies (and upgraded to an app this year to track my progress — 11 so far). My reindeer-in-a-winter-forest shower curtain is up, my wreath is on the door, and I have already baked pumpkin bread and scones as my warm-up to cookie baking. (Happy to share the recipes!) So it is no understatement to say I have been preparing for this roundup with a hint of festive sparkle since July.  Here are five holiday romance audiobooks that will warm your heart, have you humming carols, and make you smile despite holiday traffic and busy schedules. Love your holiday listening, with my best wishes to you and your family. 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!

Giving Thanks: 5 New Audiobooks from Favorite Women Novelists

Giving Thanks New Audiobooks from 5 Favorite Women Novelists

Giving Thanks New Audiobooks from 5 Favorite Women Novelists

In this month of gratitude, I am celebrating new novels by five of my favorite female authors. Plus I’m giving some of their previous books a shout-out because the only thing better than five wonderful new books is five new books and  five newish books. For the record, I’ll be starting at the end of the alphabet because, having spent several lifetimes waiting for Scott to be called, I feel like turning the tables. 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.

Lakeside Love: 4 Romance Audiobooks with a Water View

Lakeside Love

Lakeside Love

By the time you read this, we may have had our first November snowfall here in the Northeast. Saying goodbye to the warm weather is easier for some of us than others. I’m a true New Englander — by August or September, I am so sick of heat and humidity, I am more than happy to say hello to sweaters, cocoa, and falling leaves. It’s the same with every season — by the time one is ending, I am more than ready to move to the next one with all of its unique joys and tribulations.

But for those of you who may be having a hard time tucking away your sandals and tank tops in favor of boots and hats, here are two absolutely charming audiobooks about lakeside love. Plus, one set on an alien tropical island (yes, I said alien), and another that just might have you trying out the rowing machine at the gym . . .   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!

6 Audiobooks on Your Money and Your Life

Learning By Ear

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.

Let’s Get Scared: 6 Frightening Audiobooks for Halloween

Lets Get Scared

Lets Get Scared

When I go on haunted house rides with the children in my life, I’m the one who screams most often. I also close my eyes when ominous movie music begins.  And if I’m startled, I jump and screech. So I deserve extra credit for listening to the following scary audiobooks. I did it for you, dear listener. I will not do such a thing again for you until next October. 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.

Audiobook Casting: Beyond the Single Voice

Robin’s Roundup October 25

Audiobook Casting Puss in Boots
Audiobook Casting Puss in Boots
PUSS IN BOOTS cast in action!

Audiobook publishers have been trying out new ideas in casting voices for several years. Some recent new releases showcase the creative ways producers are taking audiobooks beyond the single voice. A new full-cast production that pulls out all the stops—and in addition, wows listeners with original music and songs—is PUSS IN BOOTS. It’s headlined by none other that the marvelous Jim Dale, with nearly a dozen other narrators making the most of the reimagined, fractured fairy tale. PUSS has the same creative team as SPIN: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical, which was a 2019 Audie Finalist. 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.

5 Questions with Narrator Robert Petkoff

5 Questions With Robert Petkoff

5 Questions With Robert Petkoff

Say hello to today’s featured audiobook narrator, Robert Petkoff, who has performed some of my all-time favorite listens, one of which I feature here. He has an impressive roster of audiobooks that spans a wide range of genres from contemporary culture to romance to literary fiction to children’s titles. His work shines, no matter the subject.

When listening to nonfiction, I appreciate Robert’s thoughtful performances, which help me connect to important and complex topics like politics and mental health. I’m also a fan of the way Robert can create a deep emotional atmosphere when performing literary fiction. He avoids melodrama and is a master at portraying characters in a way that lets us come to our own conclusions about the characters’ choices and behavior.

The following recommended audiobooks give you a taste of Robert’s diverse skills. 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.

5 Audiobooks Exploring Nature While It Lasts

Nature While It Lasts

Nature While It Lasts

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is touring America this month to fight for climate justice and a living planet. October is also Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday month. While still a teenager, Thunberg is one of the young activists leading movements around the world and in their own communities to save the planet for future generations. President Roosevelt established 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks, and 18 national monuments on more than 230 million acres of public land. In honor of them both, I offer a selection of new and classic audiobooks about our precious globe and its natural inhabitants. 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.

Keep Your Ears Open for Private Eyes!

Audiobooks Featuring Private Investigators

Private Investigators on Audio

Private Investigators on Audio

What comes to mind when you think of a “private investigator,” also known as a P.I., a shamus, a private eye, a dick, a gumshoe?

For many of us, the image evoked is that of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot—the very clever, observant man, always two steps ahead. Or perhaps it’s the noir Philip Marlowe type just hanging out in his office when the beautiful woman walks in.

Today’s private investigator protagonists have expanded way beyond their ancestors, often while paying homage to them. 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).