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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 • 107 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.

    SIREN QUEEN by Nghi Vo, read by Natalie Naudus

    SIREN QUEEN by Nghi Vo, read by Natalie Naudus

    Natalie Naudus’s skilled narration adds to the luminous and otherworldly qualities of Nghi Vo’s historical fantasy. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this absorbing story of ambition, glamor, and power in old Hollywood—except here, it’s full of magic. To succeed, actors must make dangerous pacts, trade away years of their lives for insider secrets, and fend off terrifying monsters. Naudus enlivens the ambitious and bold Luli Wei, the captivating women she falls for, and the roaring executives looking to own her, and her soul. There is so much magic woven into the story, but it’s not just an otherworldly threat that Luli faces—she also faces racism, sexism, and homophobia as she fights for stardom. It’s a surreal and spellbinding story of the Golden Age of Hollywood, one that’s steeped in ancient magic.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Macmillan Audio.
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    • 6 min
    THE HACIENDA by Isabel Cañas, read by Victoria Villarreal, Lee Osorio

    THE HACIENDA by Isabel Cañas, read by Victoria Villarreal, Lee Osorio

    Narrators Victoria Villarreal and Lee Osorio narrate Isabel Cañas’s Gothic horror story set in Mexico in 1823. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the many thrills of this story of a haunted house and the woman determined to make it her home. Beatriz, narrated by Villarreal with strength and sweetness, marries in an attempt to find a safe home for herself and her mother after her father was executed during the revolution. When she arrives, mysterious noises and disturbing discoveries lead her to believe the house is haunted—and out to kill her. Lee Osorio’s deep, gravelly voice suits Andreas, a young priest who falls for Beatriz while using his Indigenous knowledge to try and exorcize her home. A haunting listen.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Penguin Audio.
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    • 6 min
    KAMILA KNOWS BEST by Farah Heron, read by Soneela Nankani

    KAMILA KNOWS BEST by Farah Heron, read by Soneela Nankani

    The remarkably talented Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani performs Farah Heron’s feel-good romance flawlessly. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the fun of listening to Heron’s contemporary take on Austen’s EMMA, set in Toronto. Kamila Hussain is living the perfect life, with friends, family, a career she loves, Bollywood movie nights, and a longtime friend and brother-in-law, Rohan Nasser, who is always there by her side. She’s also a matchmaking whiz (or so she thinks) who hasn’t found her own ideal match and is fine with that. But why is she suddenly so aware of Rohan’s forearms? Nankani is a wizard at producing emotive character voices that sound authentic and distinct. This is the perfect pairing of author and narrator, and a friends-to-lovers romance not to miss.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Hachette Audio.
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    • 5 min
    YERBA BUENA by Nina LaCour, read by Julia Whelan

    YERBA BUENA by Nina LaCour, read by Julia Whelan

    Golden Voice Julia Whelan’s quiet, graceful narration is the perfect match for Nina LaCour’s flowing prose in her stunning, layered novel about two queer women who are slowly finding their way to each other—and themselves. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Whelan’s skilled narration of this beautiful book. Her light touch highlights its emotional complexity without drawing attention from LaCour’s immersive prose full of sensory details, vivid characters, and moments of gorgeously rendered ordinary life.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Macmillan Audio.
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    • 6 min
    LOVE MARRIAGE by Monica Ali, read by Ayesha Dharker

    LOVE MARRIAGE by Monica Ali, read by Ayesha Dharker

    Ayesha Dharker performs Monica Ali’s darkly comic audiobook smartly and sensitively, giving each character their due. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss this finely crafted novel, narrated with subtle and unique intonations for each character, whether British or Indian immigrants. Her portrayal of the conflicted heroine, Dr. Yasmin Ghorami, is apt and captures all of her angst. The plot traces the family’s intersections with Yasmin’s coming marriage to another young doctor, whose shrouded backstory initiates the action. Secrets are revealed and lives are altered in this finely tuned fiction.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio.
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    • 6 min
    WHAT THE ERMINE SAW by Eden Collinsworth, read by Cassandra Campbell

    WHAT THE ERMINE SAW by Eden Collinsworth, read by Cassandra Campbell

    The clarity, precision, and mellow grace of Golden Voice Cassandra Campbell’s narrations have made her a favorite for a wide range of audiobooks. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss how her clear and precise narration elevates this audiobook, with her lovely mastery of Italian on display. She reads with authority and enlivens Eden Collinsworth’s text that gives life to a da Vinci masterpiece, “The Lady with Ermine,” hidden from the world for more than two centuries.
    Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Random House Audio.
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    Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening.
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    • 6 min

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4.7 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

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