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www.audiofilemagazine.com The magazine for discovering more about audiobooks, it reviews and recommends the best listening, most interesting performances, and what audiobooks are worth your listening time. AudioFile reviews about 50 audiobooks a week, features narrator profiles, and awards exceptional performances with AudioFile’s Earphones Awards. AudioFile publishes in print, newsletters, and a blog. And podcasts daily recommendations on Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine.

“Witchmark” Blends Magic, Romance and History

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C.L. Polk’s WITCHMARK (Recorded Books) is a fantasy debut that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance in an original world with a historical setting. Cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own. Dr. Miles Singer is a veteran from the deadly world war, and he’s a magical healer hiding away. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. Samuel Roukin gives listeners a dramatic British-accented narration. Read the full review of WITCHMARK at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode are Jo Reed and AudioFile…

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Audiobook Experts Reveal Top 2018 Nonfiction Picks

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AudioFile editors are proud to celebrate another year of exceptional audiobooks and audio artists. Below you’ll find their favorites from this year’s nonfiction genre.   BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN by Ben Fountain Read by Ron Butler (HarperAudio) Narrator Ron Butler puts forth a bronze-star-worthy effort in the face of this relentless barrage of facts and anecdotes describing the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Fountain’s disturbing yet salient distillation of that time, in the form of essays written more or less contemporary with the events, deserves an audience–but in print it could be a depressing read and easily set aside. Enter our heroic narrator, Butler, who takes up the charge for us, attacking the text with real skill and precision. In…

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Ruth Reichl: Audiobooks from a Gifted Food Writer

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As a run-up to the holidays, plug into food writer Ruth Reichl’s memoirs. We talk about MY KITCHEN YEAR: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, read by the author, in which she makes food sound decadent, luxurious, and a pleasure to be savored in both the preparation and the eating. In her earlier memoir GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES, narrator Bernadette Dunne takes Ruth’s role during her stint as the food critic for the New York Times when she often dined in disguise. Published by Penguin Random House Audio. Find full reviews of the audiobooks discussed on today’s episode and Ruth Reichl’s other audiobooks at audiofilemagazine.com  For free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode are Jo Reed and AudioFile Magazine…

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Listen Up: 2018’s Top Fiction Audiobooks Chosen By AudioFile

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AudioFile editors are proud to celebrate another year of exceptional audiobooks and audio artists. Below you’ll find their favorites from this year’s fiction genre. CIRCE by Madeline Miller Read by Perdita Weeks (Hachette Audio) Author Madeline Miller and narrator Perdita Weeks transform the ancient Greek drama of Circe, witch of Aeaea and daughter of Helios, into a fresh and vibrant tale for contemporary listeners. Long depicted as a villainous foil for male heroics, the witch is redeemed and enriched by Miller’s nuanced writing. Weeks’ cool British intonations and attuned performance capture Circe’s evolution from youthful uncertainty amid scorn from richly characterized fellow deities to a confidence earned from centuries of island exile. Her first-person perspective creates intimacy as she engages fabled…

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Behind the Scenes of David Grann’s The Old Man and the Gun

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Narrator Mark Deakins takes AudioFile listeners behind the scenes of David Grann’s THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN, a collection of three of Grann’s New Yorker articles. The title story, about a gentleman bank robber and prison escape artist who is still plying his craft in his 70s, inspired a movie of the same name, out now and starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. “I’ve had the pleasure of narrating Mr. Grann’s work on a number of occasions, and I have always found the stories that he recounts to be well worth the time reading or listening.”—Narrator Mark Deakins THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN: And Other Tales of True Crime by David Grann, read by Mark Deakins Random House Audio These three stories of…

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Susan Orlean Pays Tribute to Libraries in Newest Audiobook

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Could you burn a book? Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, contemplates the idea in her book that’s part memoir, part tribute to libraries and librarians. Intriguing and fascinating, the audiobook, read by the author, is full of bizarre factoids about the Los Angeles Public Library and the library’s catastrophic 1986 fire. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Read the full review of THE LIBRARY BOOK at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode are Jo Reed and AudioFile Magazine publisher Michele Cobb. Support for Behind the Mic comes from Grammy Award-winning publisher Hachette Audio, home to works by James Patterson, JK Rowling, Joel Osteen, David Sedaris, David Baldacci, Elin Hilderbrand, Michael Connelly,…

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“Running into the Dark:” Marathoner’s Motivational Memoir

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Were you following the New York City Marathon this weekend? Author Jason Romero and narrator Gary Galone share the story behind RUNNING INTO THE DARK, a motivational listen that just might get you to tie on your running shoes. Romero, who is legally blind, had a pretty extreme requirement for the narrator of his audiobook memoir—run the Boston Marathon along with him as his guide. “I had to stop more than a few times to gather myself while reading this amazing story of perseverance.”—Narrator Gary Galone RUNNING INTO THE DARK by Jason Romero, read by Gary Galone Jason Romero, an experienced lawyer, finds himself unemployed and losing his sight from an incurable degenerative retinal disease. He learns to run distances that…

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Stephen King’s Latest Audiobook – Read By The Author Himself

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Listeners expecting another macabre tale from Stephen King may be surprised by this audiobook—but pleasantly so. A timely tale about finding common ground, the story is set in the familiar town of Castle Rock, a place where, as in all small towns, people have deep-rooted differences. It’s narrated by the author, who has a keen sense of pacing and fun accents for his Maine characters. And for readers who appreciate King’s short stories, a bonus included in the audiobook is “Laurie,” a tender short story about a man and his dog. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio. Read the full review of ELEVATION at audiofilemagazine.com For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter. On today’s episode are Jo…

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10 October Earphones Award Winners

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Every month, AudioFile Magazine reviewers and editors give “Earphones Awards” to the best new audiobooks — the listens that combine blow-you-away narrations with standout writing. BookTrib, thanks to our new partnership with AudioFile, offers this month’s picks of the newest do-not-miss titles – memoirs and bios first, some fiction, and a history book that reads like the best thriller. Don’t forget your earbuds. WILD FIRE By Ann Cleeves, read by Kenny Blyth (Macmillan Audio) Narrator Kenny Blyth’s peat-warm voice lures listeners to northern Scotland as DI Jimmy Perez investigates the murder of a young nanny in Cleeves’ latest Shetland Islands mystery.  Blyth offers excellent characterization and fine control of English and Scottish accents in this fine tale of a village changed by…

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10 Editors’ Picks from “Earphones” Award Winners

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Every month, AudioFile Magazine reviewers and editors give “Earphones Awards” to the best new audiobooks — the listens that combine blow-you-away narrations with standout writing. BookTrib, thanks to our new partnership with AudioFile, offers this month’s picks of the newest do-not-miss titles – fiction first, then non-fiction. Don’t forget your earbuds. My Year of Rest and Relaxation  (Penguin Press) By Ottessa Moshfegh, read by Julia Whelan Narrator Julia Whelan lures listeners into the prescription drug-enhanced fog in which the protagonist seeks temporary refuge from oh-so-contemporary alienation.  Whelan’s characterizations are spot-on, nailing everyone from the detached protagonist to hip bodega clerks to the world’s least attentive psychiatrist. Clock Dance (Knopf) by Anne Tyler, read by Kimberly Farr Narrator Kimberly Farr delivers…

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Top Ten: September Earphones Award Winners

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Every month, AudioFile Magazine reviewers and editors give “Earphones Awards” to the best new audiobooks — the listens that combine blow-you-away narrations with standout writing. BookTrib, thanks to our new partnership with AudioFile, offers this month’s picks of the newest do-not-miss titles – memoirs and bios first, some fiction, and a history book that reads like the best thriller. Don’t forget your earbuds. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! THE ANGRY CHEF’S GUIDE TO SPOTTING BULLSH*T IN THE WORLD OF FOOD (Tantor Audio) By Anthony Warner, read by Jonathan Cowley This is like having a great evening in a British pub with a very smart, wickedly funny, story-telling health-scientist. The one who cannot abide fools and wants us to think…

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