Tartan Noir: Discovering the Rich Offerings of Scottish Crime Audiobooks

Tartan Noir

Tartan Noir

Having just spent several days with a wonderful colleague from Scotland, I find myself drawn into the world of Tartan Noir. It’s not just the lovely accent, but also the complexity and grit of Glasgow and Edinburgh contrasted with the misty, mysterious Highlands that makes this part of the world a perfect setting for mysteries. 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).

Travel the World with These 5 Light Audiobook Mysteries

Light Mysteries For Hot Days

Light Mysteries For Hot Days

Summer is here with a vengeance, and that puts everyone in a vacation or lazy weekend frame of mind. The higher the thermometer climbs, the more readily I turn to light, fun listening. For me, nothing’s better than a good cozy mystery to take my mind off the heat or to keep me company when traveling, both in reality and from my armchair.

Today’s audiobook recommendations take you around the world and introduce you a diverse group of women, all of whom have a knack for getting involved in murder or other criminal investigations. As with all cozies, the following auidobooks tend to focus more on the characters and the puzzle than they do on the gory details of the crime.

Crank up the A/C, turn on the fans, and pour your favorite ice-cold drink. Then get ready to try to figure out who the villain is before the audiobook ends. 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.

Escape into Other Worlds with Science Fiction & Fantasy Listening

5 Audiobook Worlds to Explore

Milky Way

Milky Way

A company named Deep Space Industries is working on a plan to harvest minerals from asteroids. Not immediately, but as soon as they can configure “high performance propulsion systems, deep space buses and precision control systems.” Once they’ve done it, the asteroid mining subplot in Martha Wells’s marvelous MURDERBOT series (read by Kevin R. Free) won’t be fictional science anymore. Rocket trips aren’t for me, but a deep-space bus? That I could do. Today’s Audio Adventures leave today behind. 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.

It’s Time for an Adventure! Travel Afar with These Audiobooks

Binoculars during Sunset

Binoculars during SunsetYou’re stuck behind the lawn mower this glorious July week, or worse yet, behind a desk piled high with past-due deadlines while everyone you know on social media is vacationing. Would it help if I told you that my mother referred to mowing as “vacuuming the lawn”? No? Not even a chuckle? Well, I do care. So, in this week’s Audio Adventures, some wild, funny, scary, amazing trips guaranteed to set your audacious spirit free even if your body is inching along in summer suburban traffic. 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.

7 Audiobooks for Summer Vacation!

Summer Reading for Kids and Families

Kids Audiobooks for Summer Vacation

Kids Audiobooks for Summer VacationI have always said that the best thing about summer vacation is the unlimited time to get lost in books, and these audiobooks will help kids do just that. They are wonderful, immersive stories, perfect for family listening in the car on a long trip, a chapter a night before bed, or a rainy day with nothing to do. P.S. If your child struggles with summer reading assignments, I recommend grabbing the audiobook and listening together as a family. It’s not cheating, and your child will have the added advantage of being able to talk to you about the book. Win-win! Read more…

Sonja Cole
As a former middle school librarian and author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14, Sonja’s mission is to get kids excited about books.

Discover Faraway Places with Golden Voice Narrator Davina Porter

Davina Porter

Davina PorterWhen considering a substantial career in narration like Davina Porter’s, one searches for patterns. And with nearly 200 titles to her credit, where to begin? Digging into the audiography of this Golden Voice Narrator, I chose to focus on Porter’s many award-winning and notable titles. As the result of my deep dive, I do have one small revelation to share with fellow listeners: Porter specializes in—indeed she excels at—bringing faraway places both real and imaginary to her listener’s front door. 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!

It’s No Mystery Why We Love Listening to Golden Voice Narrator George Guidall

George Guidall

George GuidallGolden Voice George Guidall has recorded more than 1,300 audiobooks. Just contemplate that for a moment! His audiography includes classics such as Cervantes’s DON QUIXOTE (almost 40 hours) and fiction such as Wally Lamb’s I’LL TAKE YOU THERE as well as biographies, memoirs, and nonfiction. For a full list, check out George Guidall’s website.

Most importantly, for readers of this blog, he is the voice of many of our favorite mystery/suspense series: Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series; Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford series; and Craig Johnson’s Sheriff Walt Longmire series. 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).

A Golden Voice of Romance: Narrator Simon Prebble

Simon Prebble
Simon Prebble
Simon Prebble (r) and Gerard Doyle

At our recent Golden Voices narrator celebration in May in New York City, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting veteran Golden Voice narrator Simon Prebble and his wife. As a result, I can categorically share that Prebble sounds as distinctive and compelling in person as he does on audio. He also has the trick of a sidelong smile that had his wife laughing and turning her head in his direction — she must know when he’s about to throw out a zinger of a joke!

Simon Prebble is a remarkable chameleon of a narrator — with more than 700 audiobooks to his credit, he is never boxed in to one genre, one type of character, or one style. During our short, lively conversation, he mentioned his enduring love of the Ian Rutledge mysteries and another of his favorites, the Alex Ryder adventure series for tweens and teens. And he’s no stranger to the classics — I may need to add Henry James’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW, narrated by Prebble and Rosalyn Landor, to my listening list, if only because of that auspicious narrator pairing. 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!

30 Days of Golden Voice Narrators

Robin’s Roundup June 7

George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat, Scott Brick

30 Days of Golden Voices

AudioFile is aligning the stars this June. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been seeing that we’re going all out this month to celebrate the narrators who have been honored with our lifetime achievement award, Golden Voice. We kicked off the celebration with a party—of course—and AudioFile editors welcomed Golden Voice narrators at NYC’s John Marshall Media studios. We were dazzled by so many audiobook stars that night, but our five new Golden Voice narrators—January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini, Bahni Turpin, Johnny Heller, and Suzanne Toren—got special love. They even “signed in” by autographing our Stars of the Audiobook Universe poster. 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.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: 4 New Wedding-Themed Audio Romances

Wedding photo

Wedding photo

Wedding romances exist under a particular set of rules that make them even more carefully crafted than your usual happily-ever-after romance. Not only do we (usually) know in advance that the characters have a stable, defined future ahead of them, but now we know that they are going to end up married—or are already married! Making this type of story fresh and appealing involves a lot of creativity from the author as well as a compelling narration. We already know the ending, so the author and narrator need to seduce us, shock us, crack us up, or simply tell us a story we can’t resist hearing. You have to bring your A game to make a wedding romance stand out.

On the other hand, many romance readers are suckers for the dress selection, the inevitable fights among members of the bridal party, and the misty-eyed promises of forever that give wedding romances a hushed respect, even from the most hardened pragmatists. Let’s get the show on the road with four new wedding themed (if sometimes unconventional!) audiobooks.

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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!