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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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    • 4.7 • 99 Ratings

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.

    TWINS by Varian Johnson, read by Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, and a Full Cast

    TWINS by Varian Johnson, read by Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, and a Full Cast

    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly talk about the lively and fun full-cast production that brings Varian Johnson’s Eisner-nominated middle-grade graphic novel to life. Maureen and Francine are Black twin sisters forever being mistaken for one another until they start middle school and outgoing Francine, voiced with confidence by Grace Capeless, decides to run for class president. But the story is told from Maureen’s point of view, and Ahnya O’Riordan’s youthful voice captures her anxieties about change and her frustration at her sister--which manifest in her also running for class president! Sound effects and upbeat music set the scene as O’Riordan and Capeless convey the twins’ growing conflict over the election--and the strength of their bond when secrets come to light. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Scholastic Audiobooks.
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    • 8 min
    STAMPED (FOR KIDS) by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul [Adapt.], read by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

    STAMPED (FOR KIDS) by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul [Adapt.], read by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

    How better to communicate this vital history of racism in America to young readers than to have the audiobook narrated by a peer? Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this STAMPED adaptation by Sonja Cherry-Paul, narrated by 9-year-old Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson with a lively and engaging voice that appeals to younger listeners. Her voice and delivery are unmistakably that of a kid, and she narrates short chapters that are ideal for listening to one at a time followed by time for discussion and reflection. The audiobook connects the history of racist ideas with what is still happening in America today. Jackson’s relatable performance increases the accessibility of this important, sobering, and inspiring work for young listeners. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Hachette Audio.
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    • 8 min
    THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, read by Bahni Turpin

    THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, read by Bahni Turpin

    Golden Voice narrator Bahni Turpin’s versatile narration pulls together the many threads in Nicole Glover’s debut novel, a heady mix of historical fantasy, magic, and mystery set in Reconstruction-era Philadelphia. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Bahni’s many skills used to bring this audiobook to life -- and so many other memorable listens. Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, once conductors on the Underground Railroad, now use their magic to investigate crimes in Philadelphia’s Black community. When a friend is found murdered, they realize with horror that the murderer may be someone from within that community. An excellent and engrossing listen for fans of genre-blended books. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    • 9 min
    PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry, read by Julia Whelan

    PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry, read by Julia Whelan

    Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan’s immersive narration and Emily Henry’s rich prose draw listeners into this slow-burn romance. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Julia’s many narrating talents at play in this audiobook. Poppy is uninspired by her work as a travel writer and missing Alex, her best friend, after a falling out. She texts to see if he’ll revive their summer trip tradition, and Julia’s narration makes Poppy’s jumbled hope, anxiety, and joy palpable when he agrees. Too bad nothing goes according to plan! Alternating chapters jump back in time to trace their friendship from college to the present. Julia wrings out all the emotions as Poppy and Alex inch ever closer to giving into their shared longing for each other. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Penguin Audio.
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    • 7 min
    In conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Michael Crouch

    In conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Michael Crouch

    In today’s special bonus edition of Behind the Mic, host Jo Reed interviews Michael Crouch, who was inducted as one of AudioFile’s 2021 Golden Voice narrators this June. Michael discusses his entry into audiobook narration, the joys of narrating audiobooks for listeners of all ages, and what he finds most special about the profession.
    Michael Crouch has versatility and impressive skills with bringing characters to life on audio, and he has won numerous awards for his work in contemporary fiction and young adult and middle-grade novels. His performances have landed him on AudioFile’s Best of the Year lists for titles including Stefan Merrill Block’s OLIVER LOVING, Gayle Forman’s I HAVE LOST MY WAY, and Ruta Sepetys’s SALT TO THE SEA, which was also a 2017 Audie Award winner for Young Adults.
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    • 31 min
    SLEEPING BEAUTY by Charles Perrault, read by Barbara Rosenblat, Georgia Lee Schultz and a Full Cast

    SLEEPING BEAUTY by Charles Perrault, read by Barbara Rosenblat, Georgia Lee Schultz and a Full Cast

    Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat brings her inimitable vocal energy and joy to every project, and this crisp production with original music is no exception. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this fairy tale that stars the fairies of SLEEPING BEAUTY,, with Rosenblat going full New Yorker for the good fairy Hazel and dripping with evil for the bad fairy Tormaleen. A curse is cast, a handsome prince is involved, and listeners can be assured that there will be a happily ever after. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Design Sound Productions.
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    • 8 min

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