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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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LETTERS READ

Nancy Sharon Collins

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Now in its fifth consecutive season, LETTERS READ is the series of usually live events in which local performance artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities and is an ongoing series presented by stationer Nancy Sharon Collins and Antenna. Due to COVID-19, events are podcast.
 
Refurbished from the 2006-07 SPEED Channel television series, Back In The Day is your NASCAR time machine that revisits auto racing’s milestone moments, influential figures, and historical highlights. Ron Lemasters and Steve Richard provide this boost of high-octane nostalgia, while NASCAR historian Buzz McKim answers questions submitted by passionate race fans via social media.
 
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Gaincast

Gain Records

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Sisko Electrofanatik presents: "Gaincast". The Gain Records podcast series, featured an exclusive mix of techno music from Gain Records producers and DJs! // Gain Records is a label founded by Sisko Electrofanatik, based on a music project techno/tech house and everything that's underground music. "We Are What We Play" // Listen Gaincast on • ITUNES: http://apple.co/2rVZO7a • Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/2qllGrE • Weekly Show on TechnoLiveSets: http://www.techno-livesets.com 06 AM Ibiza Undergr ...
 
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Sirhan Sirhan is finally going to be released, so we briefly discuss his early foray into patsy hypno, then Nick falls asleep, Chris takes all your favorite video game vixens to Target, and Felix downloads a French dub of Prison Break before Nicolas wakes up just long enough to have Breaking Bad spoiled for him. Support the show (https://www.patreo…
 
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…
 
This adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie whodunit to a vintage radio drama format is absolutely delicious. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how this totally diverting Golden Age mystery comes to life on audio, complete with sound effects and perfectly balanced music. Alfred Molina’s Poirot is punctilious and obsessive, but als…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
The boys are back in town and back to school as we warm up the new studio with a longer episode to make up for our unplanned absence. We try to summon the new Candyman but only end up saying his name like three times, so Big Shawn the Raconteur comes back from the dead instead. Then Felix takes so long to order some chicken tenders that Chris shave…
 
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…
 
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…
 
One hundred years ago, the first all-Black musical, SHUFFLE ALONG, helped change the face of Broadway. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss author and narrator Caseen Gaines’s fascinating and well-researched history of the struggles of Black actors. Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, Flournoy Miller, and Aubrey Lyels combined their talents t…
 
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