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Narrator Opens Up On Finding Emotional Truth in Portrayal

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Sunil Malhotra’s narration for I Have Lost My Way (Listening Library) earned him a spot on our Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2018 list, along with his co-narrators Michael Crouch and Nicole Lewis. Three strangers collide in Central Park, and the story is told from each of their points of view. Sunil narrates from the perspective of Harun, a closeted Muslim teen who’s desperate to win back his boyfriend. Listen to our interview as Sunil talks about how he works to find the emotional truth of the story. “One of the great things about a story like this is that it reminds us that there are other perspectives than our own.”—Narrator Sunil Malhotra I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, read by Sunil Malhotra,…

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6 Incredible Audiobooks Perfect for Multitasking

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In our crazy-busy world, finding time to read is not always easy. Thankfully, these incredible audiobooks offer a handy way to dive into your favorite bestseller while you commute, exercise or even cook! Robin Whitten, the founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine started the magazine in 1992 to give listeners more information about the gratification of audiobooks. She recently joined Roxanne to talk about some of the best audio books of 2018! Audiobooks in this episode: Circe by Madeline Miller, read by Perdita Weeks Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, read by Dion Graham Becoming by Michelle Obama, read by Michelle Obama Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant [Ed.], read by Robin Miles Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, read by…

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Get Ready to Swoon: This Year’s Best Audiobook Romances

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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 romance genre. As You Wish by Jude Deveraux, Read by Susan Bennett (Recorded Books) Narrator Susan Bennett maintains the fine line between realism and magical realism in Jude Deveraux’s romantic novel. Three women of different ages—Olivia, Kathy, and Elise—meet in a Virginia summerhouse to discuss their failed romances. Separation, indifference, and cruelty evoke regret and longing in the women. Bennett speaks with the savoir faire of a seasoned narrator. She brings experience to Olivia’s recollections, sardonic understanding to Kathy’s, and a growing self-awareness to Elise’s, always matching Deveraux’s tone of yarn-spinning enchantment. It’s a treat to hear a romance that…

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“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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“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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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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Four Witty Audiobooks About Family Togetherness

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I love my family, in all its born-into, married-into, blended, extended exuberance. Yet it’s around now in the family-togetherness season—generally while navigating a gluten-free, paleo, plant-based meal—that I want to shout, Enough already! Trusting that you might feel the same, I recommend comforting yourself with the following audiobooks about family life in its entire messy embrace. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! Stephen McCauley’s new novel My Ex-Life (Flatiron Books), engagingly read by George Newbern, introduces us to David, who is gay; his ex-wife; and their college-bound child. When his ex-wife needs advice about her upcoming divorce, she turns to David. It’s very funny, totally real, and, for me, recognizable. When my married-into family gathers at public events, we…

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Recommendations of Audiobooks Tied to Extreme Weather

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What’s a body to do that’s any more cooling than tucking into some extreme weather audiobooks—and a supply of rotating beverage choices? Here are some suggestions courtesy of AudioFile Magazine. Eliot Kleinberg’s Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 (The Florida Historical Society Press), narrated effectively and affectingly by Lee Ann Howlett, restores dignity to the thousands who suffered through the Caribbean storm. Among a welcome crop of 21st-century histories that give voice to the poor and downtrodden of society as well as the traditional accounts of those with more political capital, the combined compassion of author and performer give contemporary listeners pause to reflect on how even massive natural events lead to widely ranging experiences. Pair this with Zora Neal…

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Eight Portraits of Nelson Mandela in Audiobooks

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Earlier this summer marked the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. With celebrations and tributes happening around the world, I wanted to share eight audiobooks that offer unique portraits of the South African leader. In the audio medium, we cannot only hear Mandela’s voice in speeches and interviews, but also experience his memoirs and other writing. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! In the engaging new audiobook Going to the Mountain (Hachette), Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, shares his “Life Lessons from My Grandfather.” Ndaba presents the introduction, and then narrator Michael Boatman takes over. With keen professional skill, Boatman brings listeners intimately to the memoir. For listeners, this casting is serendipitous, since Boatman narrated Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to…

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Picking Four Audiobooks For Your Long Summer Drives

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June is Audiobook Appreciation Month so we enlisted the help of Sharifah Williams from Book Riot to help pick out your next audiobook for those long summer drives! To purchase any of the audiobooks in this episode just go to Libro.fm or R.J. Julia. Where’d you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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Roxanne Gay and Janet Evanovich Headline Our Fave June Audiobooks

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These days we have a virtual library in our pockets, with books, movies, shows and music all available at the touch of a button. For a rapid reader, this can be extremely handy, allowing you to always have a new book to read while you wait for the bus, or find yourself stuck at the DMV. It’s in those moments that audiobooks truly shine. Instead of trying to squint down at the tiny print on your phone, you can sit back and listen as new and exciting stories are told directly to you. It’s like the grownup version of story time. Sometimes narrated by the author, sometimes by a professional (and, if you’re lucky, even a celebrity!), it’s always fun…

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9 Enthralling Audiobooks to Get You Through Spring Cleaning — WIN a FREE Subscription from Audiobooks.com!

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Our friends over at Audiobooks.com have compiled a list of essential audiobooks that are sure to keep you company as you make your way through the daunting task of spring cleaning this April. While we know we all have to do it, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? Take a look at the list, throw some of the titles in your wish list and then enter to win a 3-month subscription from Audiobooks.com! How much easier could it get?! Good luck!                                             We have 3 FREE 3-month subscriptions to giveaway (A $45 Savings!!) — so if you’re planning on some serious…

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WINNER ANNOUNCED! Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Challenge

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We have come to the conclusion of our epic 10-week Fool’s Gold Challenge, where all of you eagerly answered questions based around the wonderful world Susan Mallery has created within her Fool’s Gold series. We were excited to bring you this virtual scavenger hunt and even more excited to highlight this year’s Fool’s Gold trilogy series. Listen to the podcast below to hear Susan announce the winner of the challenge, as well as discuss the recent release of THRILL ME.   This podcast is sponsored by Audiobooks.com, let us tell you a story. We’ve got more than 60,000 incredible audiobooks that will take you anywhere you want to go. We have it all! Bestsellers, classics, award-winners and more. What do you want to…

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5 Audiobooks Perfect for Your Long Summer Drives

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As you pull out of the driveway, everyone is excited. You’re heading out for one of those meticulously planned, ideally memorable vacations that you’ll talk about for years. You will return refreshed and energized, carrying smartphones and digital cameras chock full of memories. This vacation will go down in history as one of the greatest ever! But you have to get there first. Once you hit the highway, everyone in the car starts to realize that many hours must pass before the memories can begin. Well, good memories, at any rate. Who enjoys memories from an eight-hour car ride? Amidst all the planning, you’ve overlooked the critical travel element, which is all too common. Don’t despair, though; there’s a cure for the…

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6 Audiobooks that will be your instant companion

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One of the many great things about books is that they’re there for us when we’re by ourselves. They entertain us, they keep us company, they keep us occupied when we’re all alone. This is one of the great allures of audiobooks. Are you all alone in your car, stuck in traffic or making a painfully long journey? Just press play, and you have an instant companion. Are you on the treadmill and you need something to distract you from the burn in your muscles? Pop on the headphones, and you can be transported to another place and time while the bulge in your hips that you got from that extra helping of ice cream over the weekend melts away.…

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