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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. Want more? Listen to our bonus episodes featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.

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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. Want more? Listen to our bonus episodes featuring conversations with the best voices in the audiobook industry.

    CROSSROAD BLUES by Ace Atkins, read by Dion Graham

    CROSSROAD BLUES by Ace Atkins, read by Dion Graham

    Narrator Dion Graham, with his ability to tap into a wide variety of voices, is the right pick for Ace Atkins’s blues-heavy novel first published in 1998. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Dion’s skill at voicing this blues-infused noir mystery. Nick Travers is a former pro football player turned blues historian at Tulane University in Louisiana. He’s sent to find a missing music professor, and the mission gets messy. Graham’s stellar narration helps listeners keep the many characters straight, going beyond different voices and pacing to vary entire dialects. A first-rate performance by a first-rate narrator.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Recorded Books.
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    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min
    CHASING BEAUTY by Natalie Dykstra, read by Maggi-Meg Reed

    CHASING BEAUTY by Natalie Dykstra, read by Maggi-Meg Reed

    The privileged world of the spirited Isabella Stewart Gardner is aptly captured by the patrician voice of narrator Maggie-Meg Reed. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this fascinating biography by Natalie Dykstra. Reed’s careful pacing and expression elicit genuine admiration for the eccentric and sometimes scandalous Isabella. Gardner leaves as her legacy the Fenway Court building, now the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, famous for its interior Venetian palazzo, eclectic collections, and of course, the still unsolved art heist.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Harper Audio.
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    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min
    THE HUNTER by Tana French, read by Roger Clark

    THE HUNTER by Tana French, read by Roger Clark

    Roger Clark gives a thrilling performance of Tana French’s newest novel set in a ferociously insular Irish village. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this sequel to THE SEARCHER, continuing the story of Cal Hooper, a retired Chicago police detective in a town that makes its own law. Clark’s Irish dialogue is so rich and musical it’s addictive, but his American voice for Hooper is flawless as well, and his pacing, attention, and sympathy do splendid justice to this riveting story.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Penguin Audio.
    Discover thousands of audiobook reviews and more at AudioFile’s website.
    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min
    THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, read by Lynnette R. Freeman

    THE AMERICAN DAUGHTERS by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, read by Lynnette R. Freeman

    An inspiring original story gets a five-star narration from Lynnette R. Freeman. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss how Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s Civil War-era novel shines with Freeman’s narration. Sanite and her daughter, Ady, run from the brutality of John du Marche’s slave labor camp—also known as a plantation. Separated when Sanite is recaptured, Ady endures hardship alone in the woods until she’s eventually befriended by a free woman who runs a secret organization called “The Daughters.” Freeman delivers the tension, relief, dangers, and hope felt by these remarkable women.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Random House Audio.
    Discover thousands of audiobook reviews and more at AudioFile’s website.
    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min
    TABLE FOR TWO by Amor Towles, read by Edoardo Ballerini, J. Smith-Cameron

    TABLE FOR TWO by Amor Towles, read by Edoardo Ballerini, J. Smith-Cameron

    Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss Edoardo Ballerini’s narration of Amor Towles’s newest short story collection. By turns nuanced and dramatic, Golden Voice Ballerini uses his full range of techniques always in service of the author’s fine prose. His smart pace and rich tone work particularly well for the noir novella set in late 1930s Hollywood. Ballerini shines in the opening work, “New York: The Line,” about an average Russian, named Pushkin, who has a gift for helping others with Russia’s long food lines. These stories have Towles’s touch: finely detailed characters, distinct settings, and deserved comeuppances.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Penguin Audio.
    Discover thousands of audiobook reviews and more at AudioFile’s website.
    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min
    PARASOL AGAINST THE AXE by Helen Oyeyemi, read by Dorje Swallow

    PARASOL AGAINST THE AXE by Helen Oyeyemi, read by Dorje Swallow

    Dorje Swallow’s performance of Helen Oyeyemi’s metafiction centers this whirligig of a novel in which story begets story. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss how Swallow’s assured narration—in particular, his ability to do voices and accents and adapt his tone to whatever the scene—makes this audiobook marvelous to listen to. Hero Tojosoa ostensibly comes to Prague to join her friend, Sophie, for a weekend. When Dorothea arrives as well, the plot thickens, spatters, and all manner of mayhem ensues.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Penguin Audio.
    Discover thousands of audiobook reviews and more at AudioFile’s website.
    This episode of Behind the Mic is brought to you by Brilliance Publishing. Revisit beloved characters and discover new original short stories. Visions of Flesh and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout with Rayvn Salvador is a must-add addition to the series that any fan will enjoy. Audible.com/VisionsofFleshandBlood
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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

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Fantastic!

Great way to find new books I might not read otherwise.

spcummings ,

Make it part of your morning routine!

I’ve been listening to his show since it’s started. While I continue to enjoy it, I’m beginning to detect an air of elitism, particularly with the host. She will often dismiss non-professional narrators (often the authors themselves) as “annoying” or some variation of that. I think it’s important to embrace the human qualities of the diverse voices we hear before the publishers decide the only “perfect” performance is AI-generated.

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Sound meter issues

Love the show, but the volume of the speakers is irratic. Not only do the different speakers seem to be set at different sound levels; the same speaker can fade from quiet to loud, as though the speaker is moving her head away from and toward the microphone. Given the title of the podcast, I find the sound production especially annoying.

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