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Find your next great audiobook on our podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine. Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile Editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. All in 6 minutes or less. It’s short, sweet, and just what your ears need. Got a bit more time? Listen to the bonus episode featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.
 
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Poet Elizabeth Acevedo’s narration of her groundbreaking spoken-word poem resonates with love, understanding, and heartbreak. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Acevedo’s breathtaking narration of INHERITANCE, her poem originally titled “Hair” that achieved viral fame during her 2014 slam poetry circuit. With a thrumming rhythm and…
 
Amani Minter’s quiet and heartfelt narration grounds the listener in the story of an all-consuming friendship and fierce first love. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Ashley Woodfolk’s novel in verse centered around the relationship between two unnamed Black girls. Minter’s pleasantly husky voice recounts a tense and emotional day…
 
Frank Bruni narrates his audiobook in a tone of calm wisdom. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss how Bruni, a columnist and critic for THE NEW YORK TIMES, became partially blind after a stroke. As the medical establishment struggled to discover what exactly happened, Bruni learned to adapt to his new reality. He expands the…
 
Nicola Barber’s expressive narration captures the inner life and scientific mindset of Rosalind Franklin, the great English biophysicist. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss how Barber is a wonderfully expressive reader of Marie Benedict’s historical novel. The plot follows the real-life Franklin on her epoch-making researc…
 
Dion Graham gives a virtuoso performance of fictional bluesman Manfred (Man) Banks. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss Graham’s interpretation of this 25th anniversary edition of Clarence Major’s novel. Graham sings, riffs, wails, and weeps as he takes listeners into the soul of the protagonist, a bluesman with the can’t-win-for-los…
 
Pete Cross reads Brian Kateman’s polemical audiobook thoughtfully and with good pace and a sure sense of its complexity and meaning. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss how Cross delivers the arguments and manages to balance the audiobook’s informal tone and informational content. Kateman shares his own story and takes on the issues …
 
Erin Bennett narrates the late Lori Zabar’s insider history of a New York institution with the right blend of appreciation and conviction. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss this fascinating history of the famed Jewish deli Zabar’s—and its recipes. Lori Zabar, who was the granddaughter of immigrant founders Lou and Lilly, …
 
Mike is getting out of the country for about two weeks for work and play! Unfortunately that means no new Remake Rewind. Fret not! Here is one of our favorite episodes for you to enjoy again (or for the first time). We hope you enjoy this classic episode! On our first topic episode we asked our listeners what movies should never be remade and then …
 
With the talents of narrator Angela Dawe, the author’s extensive research and strong writing propel listeners through an account of the 1924 murder committed by teenagers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this YA true crime audiobook that explores the lives, relationships, and motives of the two teen…
 
Chloé Cooper Jones’s memoir is made even more personal with her narration of the audiobook. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this exploration of the author’s physical disability and her fight to thrive in spite of the constant judgment, pity, and prejudice of others. Jones offers a profoundly honest examination of society’s standar…
 
Michael Schur and the cast of “The Good Place” collaborate once more, this time to ponder today’s toughest moral questions. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the fun of listening to the audiobook, hearing the author’s own words along with the many actors who join for the performance. Schur delivers hilarious sarcasm as he tackles et…
 
Viola Davis’s audiobook captures the voice of a woman with a fascinating, heartbreaking lived experience. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the power of hearing Davis perform for listeners, telling her story honestly and emotionally. Davis describes her childhood growing up in a family struggling with poverty, her hard work and tale…
 
Australian stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby narrates her memoir wonderfully. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this excellent memoir from the woman who shot to fame with her Netflix special “Nanette.” Her work combines humor with personal accounts of the brutal realities of her life as a queer autistic woman, and how her experiences …
 
Sura Siu captivates as she narrates Christina Soontornvat’s breathtaking seafaring adventure. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed about listening to this exciting audiobook with her children—multiple times! Sai is a bright-voiced and bold 12-year-old girl hoping to set a new course for her life and leave her past behind. She’s thrilled wh…
 
Narrators Amanda Ronconi and Zachary Webber are utterly convincing as two seatmates who hit it off on a crowded and eventful bus ride. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the fun of listening to this audiobook-first romance packed with a full cast of narrators, believable sound effects, and audible chemistry between the two leads. R…
 
Five talented narrators continue an epic fantasy story of political upheaval, magic, and destiny in the Meridian. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the audiobook that takes listeners into the tense weeks after the explosive ending of BLACK SUN. Serapio, narrated with intensity and vulnerability by Shaun Taylor-Corbett, is struggli…
 
Julia Whelan’s dynamic performance will have listeners savoring every word of Emily Henry’s newest romance audiobook. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the latest audiobook from the duo who brought BEACH READ and PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION to listeners. Nora is unlucky in romantic love but adores her work as a book agent, her life…
 
The four narrators who deliver Emily St. John Mandel’s newest novel create a mesmerizing listening experience full of time shifts. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the audiobook full of interlocking storylines that call back to the author’s STATION ELEVEN and THE GLASS HOTEL. John Lee effortlessly transports listeners to 1918 Bri…
 
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness is out next week! We figured now would be a good time to revisit the first appearance of Doctor Strange in the MCU and compare it to the little known CBS TV movie version from 1978.. We are now on YouTube! Listen to our other great podcast, Ruin My Childhood, starring Mike and Kat! Available every other F…
 
AudioFile’s Robin Whitten and host Jo Reed discuss a new initiative to help I’m Your Neighbor Books grow their signature project, The Welcoming Library. The Welcoming Library is a touring collection of 30 picture books that connects readers with stories of immigrant families. Robin and Jo discuss the need for incorporating authentically-voiced audi…
 
Khristine Hvam brings energy to her narration of Amber and Andy Ankowski’s audiobook of tips and tricks for parents hoping to raise children with an appetite for reading. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the playful and practical advice that will resonate with young parents—and possibly grandparents. Hvam’s bright and encouraging …
 
Tune in as host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten celebrate 1,000 episodes of Behind the Mic! Listen to hear why we decided to create a podcast to recommend the best audiobooks to listeners. Jo and Robin also share thoughts and highlights from favorite author and narrator interviews from over the years. Find thousands of audiobook recommendatio…
 
Kate Robinson, daughter of the late Sir Ken Robinson, narrates this concise version of their strategy to revolutionize education. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Robinson’s vision to unlock creative energy and human potential. Kate speaks precisely in a standard English accent, but despite the academic nature of the topic, her ad…
 
In a warm voice filled with wonder, poet Kevin Young reads his ode to finding peace and belonging in nature. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the special gift of sharing an audiobook with children. Kevin Young is a celebrated poet, the New Yorker’s poetry editor, and now director of the National Museum of African American Culture …
 
A gifted mimic and clever narrator, Rupert Degas brings Orwell’s classic satire vividly to life. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss Degas’s marvelous narration. What stays with the listener is his ability to endow Orwell’s animal characters with their own distinct sounds and accents — their individuality elevates the narra…
 
A quartet of narrators excels in delivering Gish Jen’s linked stories, which chronicle the years since Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss how each narrator inhabits their characters well, bringing the interwoven stories to life for listeners. Their deliveries of these immersive and clever works…
 
Cynthia Farrell’s crisp voice suits Megan Kate Nelson’s fascinating history of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss Farrell’s intelligent narration of this history of the Reconstruction era. It is told through three central figures: the financier Jay Cooke, the geologist Ferdinand Hayes, a…
 
Former ambassador and long-term Foreign Service officer Marie Yovanovitch narrates with a clear purpose and a sure sense of pacing and timing. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss Yovanovitch’s narration of her memoir on her 33 year career in the foreign service. He explains that it acts as a kind of primer for recent histor…
 
The performance of Jennifer Egan’s new novel is exceptional. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Alan Minskoff discuss this unusual and absorbing audiobook full of interwoven stories. Michael Boatman narrates the opening chapter, capturing the interior life of the enigmatic Bix Boughton who invents a world-altering technology central to the plot…
 
It is time to take a stand! We refused to watch Morbius, because it looks terrible and Jared Leto is a bad bloke! TO celebrate not watching Morbius we decided to cover the king of vampires, Dracula! We are now on YouTube! Listen to our other great podcast, Ruin My Childhood, starring Mike and Kat! Available every other Friday! Get a free audio book…
 
Narrators Kimberly Farr and Cassandra Campbell perform most of Kim Fay’s epistolary novel, and they couldn’t be better. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss this story filled with friendship, love, and deep emotions. Imogen’s column in Seattle’s NORTHWEST HOME & LIFE inspires Joan in L.A. to send a fan letter and a packet o…
 
Lee Kravetz’s fictional account of Sylvia Plath and her circle of confessional poets is wonderfully performed. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss a story of three notebooks containing handwritten notes of Plath’s THE BELL JAR. Points of view shift between Estee, curator of a contemporary auction house; Boston Rhodes, Slyv…
 
Narrator Patricia R. Floyd’s honeyed voice offers exactly the right warmth for this family saga about siblings with secrets and the powerful woman who raised them. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s novel of a family’s estrangement. Something more sinister than the usual family resentments are …
 
A superb cast of narrators animates Peng Shepherd’s exciting tale of friendships and betrayals, a cartographer’s cabal, maps, murder, and towns that may not be there. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss this thrilling literary and cartographic mystery. Emily Woo Zeller narrates as the main character, Nell, a cartographer w…
 
This wonderful audiobook is a special treat for those who know and love actor, writer, and director Harvey Fierstein. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss his narration, his distinctive voice, and his singular perspective. Fierstein’s writing is frequently poetic, always awake and aware, smoothly blending with the coarser s…
 
When she was only four, actor and comedian Molly Shannon lost her mother and baby sister in a tragic auto accident that would change her life forever. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the powerful, natural narration Shannon brings to her memoir right from the start. Shannon describes her father’s unique approach to parenting, her c…
 
Narrator Marnye Young inhabits J.C. Bidone’s twisted thriller with flawless pacing and a compassionate tone. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this tense coming-of-age listen. Alexa leaves the claustrophobic care of her parents to take a job and move to New York City. But something’s wrong, and there’s an ominous feeling suggested b…
 
Actor Valerie Bertinelli gives an affecting narration of her heartfelt memoir about love, family, grief, and food. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the impact of hearing Bertinelli sharing her story on audio. Bertinelli reveals her relationships to food, to her son, and to her late ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen. She is a delightful s…
 
Journalist Florence Williams intertwines journal entries, conversations with experts and friends, therapy sessions, and nature sounds to provide an honest and intriguing description of the phenomenon of heartbreak. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the many approaches Williams took to heal from the physical and psychological impacts…
 
Narrators Marin Ireland and Karissa Vacker dazzle as they deliver this twisted domestic thriller from literary duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb talk about the fantastic narrations that make the thriller even better on audio. Ireland expertly embodies Avery, a razor-sharp therapist who has lost her li…
 
Celebrated Australian author and narrator Morris Gleitzman spoke with host Jo Reed for today’s bonus episode of Behind the Mic. The Australian Children’s Laureate from 2018-2019 is perhaps best known for his series of books that begins with ONCE, which concluded last year with the heartfelt ALWAYS. Listen to the conversation to gain insights into h…
 
Its time to cover one of the most influential Sci-Fi movies of all time. A movie that pave the way for Roland Emmerich. Without this movie we wouldn't have Independence Day, Mars Attacks, or modern disaster films. We watched the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg. We are now on YouTube! Listen to…
 
Nile Bullock captures the goofy energy of Justin A. Reynolds’s hilarious middle-grade audiobook. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the charming Eddie, a 12-year-old who tells listeners all about his perfect plan to escape his chores this summer—and how it goes horribly wrong. Listeners will be laughing as he describes the horrors …
 
Amanda Alcántara’s vivacious narration embodies the sarcastic voice of 12-year-old Pilar Ramirez in an audiobook that blends the poetry of images and the music of language. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the fun of listening to Julian Randall’s middle-grade debut packed full of adventure. Pilar dreams of finding her missing cou…
 
A stellar trio of narrators delivers the alternating viewpoints in Sabaa Tahir’s contemporary young adult novel. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this moving story from the author of the EMBER IN THE ASHES series. Narrator Kamran R. Khan portrays Salahudin, whose vulnerability and poet’s soul shine as he tries to handle his fathe…
 
Narrator Grace Rolek draws listeners into Traci Chee’s Japanese-inspired fantasy for teens packed with spirits, adventures, and danger. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the fun and thrills of this audiobook. Otori Miuko has never lived up to her father’s expectations, or those of the restrictive patriarchal society of Awara. Role…
 
Kristen DiMercurio gives a spirited performance of Ashley Herring Blake’s funny, sexy, and heartwarming queer rom-com. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this story of coming back to a dreaded hometown, and finding love—while also causing a fair amount of chaos. Photographer Delilah Green fled her hometown as soon as she could, des…
 
Rosalyn Landor is a prolific and accomplished narrator with an astounding scope—but she is perhaps best known for her narration of historical fiction and historical romance. Rosalyn sat down with host Jo Reed to discuss narrating Julia Quinn’s beloved BRIDGERTONS series, now in its second season on Netflix, and she speaks about “catching the flavor…
 
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