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Listen to an audiobook chapter by chapter. In collaboration with audio publishers and professional narrators, AudioFile serializes extraordinary audiobooks. Twice a week, we bring you a new chapter; listen throughout the week or binge them on the weekend. Hear great books brought to life with brilliant performances and produced with the highest audio standards. It's a wonderful way to take a break—an audiobook break.
 
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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Robin Whitten is the Editor and Founder of AudioFile Magazine, the premier publication for the audiobook industry.Audiobooks is the fastest-growing segment in the book publishing industry which fact makes having Robin as a guest so special.I don’t know that anyone knows audiobooks better than her and in this interview, we will discuss the history o…
 
Ruth Scurr, one of our most original and engaging historians, reconstructs Napoleon’s life from the perspective of the gardens he kept, first as a military cadet and later on Elba and St. Helena. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this refreshing look at Napoleon. Narrator Tanya Cubric’s clear, light voice captures with particular s…
 
Listen to “The Armies Clash,” Book 4 of Homer’s epic poem. THE ILIAD is one of the earliest and greatest poems in the Western world and the story of the fifty critical days at the end of the Trojan war. Narrator Anton Lesser gives an engaging presentation of Ian Johnston’s translation, smoothly moving from narrating the action to voicing the differ…
 
With this final title in his Greek trilogy, Stephen Fry himself narrates “Troy” with unbounded enthusiasm and high energy. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how Fry’s deep voice and rich accent are perfect for these conversational retellings of classical tales. The audiobook makes an ideal companion for listeners of classical works…
 
Narrator George Guidall performs Book 17 in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series with all of his masterful storytelling talent on display. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how George’s familiarity with all of the characters helps listeners feel like they know them, too. The sheriff and his partner-in-justice, Henry Standing Bear, are …
 
Listen to “Paris, Menelaus, and Helen,” Book 3 of Homer’s epic poem. THE ILIAD is one of the earliest and greatest poems in the Western world and the story of the fifty critical days at the end of the Trojan war. Narrator Anton Lesser gives an engaging presentation of Ian Johnston’s translation, smoothly moving from narrating the action to voicing …
 
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss a new mystery from Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera mysteries. The violent murder of an all-around good citizen brings DI Matthew Venn and his team in to investigate, and soon they have two murders on their hands. Jack Holden demonstrates his full talents, bringing the extensive cast of…
 
S.M. Sterling, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin J. Anderson with moderator John Goodwin discuss how to become one of the 12 winners to be published in the annual anthology? Writers of the Future judges and bestselling authors discuss the Contest, tips on story prompts, and short fiction. Then in the 2nd half, enjoy Q&A.…
 
Author Larissa Zimberoff’s narration works in this food-centric listen because she has a pleasing voice and good reportorial skills. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff dig into Zimberoff’s audiobook exploring food engineering; she covers everything from vertical farms to plant-based and cell-based meats. Her decision to let food experts pre…
 
A full cast narrates J. Michael Straczynski’s novel of 12 strangers who embark upon a cross-country road trip, brought together by their mutual desire to die by suicide. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this haunting audiobook performed by a gifted cast of professional narrators who capture the depth of the passengers’ personaliti…
 
Listen to “Agamemnon’s Dream and the Catalogue of Ships,” Book 2 of Homer’s epic poem. THE ILIAD is one of the earliest and greatest poems in the Western world and the story of the fifty critical days at the end of the Trojan war. Narrator Anton Lesser gives an engaging presentation of Ian Johnston’s translation, smoothly moving from narrating the …
 
The talented Jonathan Yen brings warmth, intelligence, and a storytelling style to his narration of Scott Borchert’s fine cultural history of the 1930s Federal Writers Project (FWP). Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss how this well researched and well narrated audiobook pulls listeners into the 1930s. His folksy voice and well-paced…
 
Start your listening adventure with “The Quarrel by the Ships,” Book 1 of Homer’s epic poem. THE ILIAD is one of the earliest and greatest poems in the Western world and the story of the fifty critical days at the end of the Trojan war. Narrator Anton Lesser gives an engaging presentation of Ian Johnston’s translation, smoothly moving from narratin…
 
David Pittu unpacks his full valise of vocalizations in this exceptional story of encountering one of the planet's least seen animals—the snow leopard. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this immersive audiobook by Sylvain Tesson, read by Pittu with a careful pace and style that reveal the workings of the famous French travel writer…
 
English-Australian narrator Rupert Degas has a grand time giving voice to Saki’s many tales of blustering, tyrannical aunts; mischievous children; and that most important of all English inventions—the twit. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss the stories of Saki (Hector Hugh Munro, 1870-1916), whose work is especially fun on audio. D…
 
In this episode, we tackle a very sensitive subject, often used, and more often misused in science fiction – politics.And to talk about it is Joe Montaldo -- the host of multiple award-winning shows: UFO Paranormal, News on the Flip Side, and the Centralist Radio Show. Science fiction is an inherently political genre, in that any future or alternat…
 
We’re celebrating the launch of Season 2 of Audiobook Break, where you get to hear classic works chapter by chapter. In collaboration with audio publishers and professional narrators, we’re serializing extraordinary audiobooks. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the first excellent season of Audiobook Break, and tease where we’re go…
 
Saskia Maarleveld narrates Charlotte McConaghy’s novel, a paean to the majesty of wolves. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Saskia’s skills with enlivening the characters, Scottish and Australian both, who inhabit this emotionally heavy and intriguing tale. Head biologist Inti Flynn is an Australian scientist with touch synesthesia,…
 
Kim Hooper’s ripped-from-the-headlines novel is brought to life by a stellar team of narrators. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this surprisingly hopeful audiobook that deals with the repercussions of a mass shooting in a Boise, Idaho, bar. Hillary Huber portrays a wide range of emotions as a mother whose son has committed a horri…
 
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Jeff Zentner’s story of two teens making their way in the world. Michael Crouch’s Southern accent depicts the East Tennessee origins of Crash Pruitt and stresses the gentleness and sensitivity at the core of his character. He also portrays the headstrong certainty of his brilliant friend Delaney Doy…
 
Narrator Steven Weber keeps the tension high in this debut thriller written by T.J. Newman, a former flight attendant. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the twists and turns of this high-tension listen that may appeal to those looking for an entertaining thriller--perhaps even frequent fliers. A plane has been hijacked and the pilot…
 
Stephen King built a career on horror, but his latest is a crime drama--and it’s scary good. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss BILLY SUMMERS. The titular character is a hit man with a conscience--he only goes after “bad men,” though he also has no compunction about being paid to kill. Narrator Paul Sparks’s performance will draw lis…
 
Todd McCaffrey is a multiple New York Times and indie bestselling author. His mother, Anne McCaffrey, turned over the Dragon Riders of Pern series to Todd and we have fun discussing the passing of that torch.As a successful indie author, we cover the pros and cons of traditional versus independent publishing and some tips on how to be a success as …
 
With her easy to listen to voice, and her subtly changing accents and rhythm for the Indian and British characters, Mathan performs the third in the Perveen Mistry series. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this series that evokes the feel of the heat of Bombay. Mistry, the only female lawyer in India, seeks justice for a female Par…
 
It’s a joy to spend time with famed English horticulturalist Monty Don as he watches wildlife, tends to his garden, and generally appreciates the natural world. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Monty’s smooth narration of his year in the garden, giving listeners chronological observations of his time outdoors in Wales. Don, who re…
 
A short but powerful audiobook collects the wisdom of the late Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this collection that touches on empathy, friendship, courage, and of course, voting. Don Cheadle narrates with a warm, approachable voice and delivers Lewis’s observations with smooth, c…
 
In the Périgord region of France, Bruno, chief of police, uses his investigative skills to solve a murder that took place 30 years earlier during the Cold War era. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie does a wonderful job bringing Bruno and his friends to life. Using authentic-sounding pronunciations …
 
Narrator Robert Bathurst returns listeners to the fictional Canadian village of Three Pines in the 17th title in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss the return to the compelling narrator-author duo, and all the favorite characters Bathurst voices so well. Gamache’s Christmas holid…
 
Narrator Rosalyn Landor beautifully portrays Katharine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss Alison Weir’s historical fiction audiobook that Sandi calls superb listening. Katharine plans to marry Tom Seymour, but after Henry beheads his most recent wife for adultery and treason, Henry fancies Katharine. W…
 
Kate Moore delivers her compelling biography of Elizabeth Packard, an advocate for the rights of women and patients unjustly committed to insane asylums. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss how Elizabeth’s vindictive husband had her forcefully committed because he feared her intelligence, opposed her defense of women’s rights, and l…
 
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