Gained in Translation: From Nordic Noir to South Korean Crime Fiction

Gained in Translation

Gained in Translation

With all that is going on in the world, the fact that August was Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) somehow didn’t make it onto my radar. Maybe it was that overwhelming sense of living in an isolated bubble. But what better way to get away when you can’t go anywhere than to bring in voices from around the globe?

The advantage of listening to a translation with a skilled narrator is that they parse the place names in the various languages, making it that much easier for the listener to glide into that country.

I am going to highlight below one of my favorite go-to genres—traditional Nordic Noir—and then what has been called the “new Nordic Noir”—crime fiction from South Korea. 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).

Why Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE Is a Must-Listen

On Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

On Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson’s powerful new work of nonfiction, CASTE: The Origins of Our Discontents, examines how caste, or a hereditary class system, underlies the oppression of Black people and other people of color in America. Racism certainly exists, she posits, but the country’s caste system, developed in Colonial Virginia to differentiate indentured immigrants from African slaves, is the root of the problem. A caste system permanently empowers those in the top group and permanently dehumanizes those at the bottom, setting them forever apart as “other.” It explains why President Andrew Jackson felt fine about his horse’s reins made from the flesh of American Indians. It explains why a white guest at a party full of liberals assumed that a Black man they didn’t know was a server who would get them a drink. The Black man was then Senator Barack Obama. 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.

Can Listening to These Fictional Contagions Distract Us from Our Real One?

Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

Can listening to these fictional contagions distract us from our real one

I have sewn a wardrobe of washable masks and discovered a heretofore unappreciated skill for following directional arrows along grocery store aisles. I don’t know what our post-COVID future will look like—better, worse, unrecognizable? The uncertainty makes me nervous, so I’m soothing my disquiet with fictional contagions. Some new; some classic; all guaranteed to divert you temporarily from the case counts in your neighborhood. 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.

Narrator Frankie Corzo on Mexican Gothic

Frankie Corzo

Narrator Frankie Corzo takes listeners behind the scenes of MEXICAN GOTHIC, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s newest horror audiobook. Set in the 1950s, it’s a story that transports listeners into the Mexican countryside, to a manor that quickly goes from unsettling to downright terrifying. Hear more from Frankie in her narrator video below.

“It contains all those classic gothic horror novel elements . . . but is also unapologetically Mexican and Latinx.”—Narrator Frankie Corzo

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5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

5 Audiobooks by Canadian Authors

Happy Canada Day! I hope your celebrations include time to relax, cook out, and see some fireworks. While your festivities will likely be tempered by current health concerns, I’m sure you’ll find ways to make the day special.

If you’re not familiar with this Canadian holiday, here’s the short take. Canada Day (or Dominion Day, as it used to be called) commemorates the day the Constitution Act of 1867 went into effect. Though Canada was still technically a British colony, the act united the provinces of what was then Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion under the name of Canada.

Here at AudioFile Magazine we’re celebrating by featuring five recent audiobooks by Canadian authors. Get to know the some of the diverse voices of Canada by queuing up these recommended titles. 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.

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 Arthur Morey

In Conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Arthur Morey

In Conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Arthur Morey

Today we are celebrating narrator Arthur Morey, who joined the ranks of AudioFile’s Golden Voice narrators this June. He is known for his exceptional narrations of histories, biographies, and memoirs, and his performances have been recognized on AudioFile’s annual Best Audiobooks lists, most recently  E.B. White’s ON DEMOCRACY and REPORTER by Seymour M. Hersh. 

In this episode, AudioFile’s Robin Whitten speaks with Arthur about his particular approach to narrating someone’s life story. They go in-depth on his new narration of a classic horse biography, THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation, by Elizabeth Letts.

“This horse turns out to be remarkable, and the connection between the two is remarkable.”—Narrator Arthur Morey

For more of Arthur Morey’s audiobooks, visit his narrator page

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Audiobook Lessons for These Times, and Edgar Award Winners

Audiobook Lessons For These Times

Audiobook Lessons For These Times

Part 1: Listen and Hear

Let me start by saying that my original plan for this week’s blog post was to focus on the Edgar Award winners (which you will find below). But what is going on outside my apartment window is permeating all of my thoughts. I live on the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge. And as I write this, there is a march of a totally diverse group of hundreds carrying signs and chanting the name George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Cars going up the roadway next to them are honking their horns to show support. It is all respectful and peaceful. 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 Julia Whelan

Robin’s Roundup June 12

All About Julia Whelan Golden Voice Narrator

All About Julia Whelan Golden Voice Narrator

Newly honored Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan is known to listeners of all ages for her performances in a broad range of subjects. For listeners of young adult audiobooks, Julia is a favorite for GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, and PLUS ONE  by Elizabeth Fama. Lovers of fantasy might know her for Nora Roberts’s Chronicle of One trilogy, or Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch Chronicles. Julia also stands out for her recordings of literary fiction like FLIGHTS by Olga Tokarczuk and MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION by Ottessa Moshfegh. And let’s pile on the wonderful romance titles Julia has brought to listeners—more Nora Roberts, and BEACH READ by Emily Henry. My personal favorite in recent months is Julia’s wonderful performance of THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes. Read more…

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

Celebrating Golden Voice Narrator Arthur Morey’s Audiobooks

Golden Voice narrator Arthur Morey

Golden Voice narrator Arthur Morey

In this happy month when we applaud the talents of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, let me forewarn you that Arthur Morey’s narrations are so diverting that while listening, you may walk right past friends without seeing them. And, like me, you may sit, mesmerized, long after the red light has turned green. The drivers behind me weren’t best pleased, but hey, I was in the midst of Emperor Nero’s bizarre rule of Rome, part of Barry’s Strauss’s terrific TEN CAESARS. As I listened to the inimitable Morey, I learned that while Nero was horrific, he also commissioned some of Rome’s most famous buildings. Go figure. 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.