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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

This Is the Author Penguin Random House Audio

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    • 4.8, 16 Ratings

A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

    S5 E29: Torrey Maldonado and M. Evan Wolkenstein

    S5 E29: Torrey Maldonado and M. Evan Wolkenstein

    S5 E29: In this episode meet children’s book authors and educators Torrey Maldonado and M. Evan Wolkenstein. Using their own personal experiences of growing up, both writers create heartfelt, relatable tales that touch on universal issues of self-image and belonging. Each of the audiobooks will bring joy to young listeners, and provide opportunities for families to talk about empathy, connection, and what it means to be understood. Listen in to hear how each author felt stepping into the studio….one for the second time! And find out who one author turned to for listening inspiration as he prepared.

    What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/588591/what-lane/

    Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/610884/turtle-boy/

    • 18 min
    S5 E28: Erik Larson and Lisa Wingate

    S5 E28: Erik Larson and Lisa Wingate

    S5 Ep 25: In this special episode of This Is the Author, we meet bestselling authors Erik Larson and Lisa Wingate. You can hear them narrate an author’s note on their respective audiobook productions. Both authors used history as the basis for their books although one is fiction and one is non-fiction. In Erik Larson’s riveting narrative nonfiction work, The Splendid and the Vile, he explores Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz of WWII. Lisa Wingate’s historical fiction bestseller The Book of Lost Friends, was inspired by real advertisements for “Lost Friends” from the post-Civil War era.
    Listen as they each share special memories about reading and libraries as well as why they each love audiobooks.

    The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/606795/the-book-of-lost-friends/

    Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/98112/isaacs-storm/

    • 11 min
    S5 E26: Teju Cole, Nina Renata Aron, and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

    S5 E26: Teju Cole, Nina Renata Aron, and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

    S5 E26: In this episode, meet authors Teju Cole, Nina Renata Aron, and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Step into the studio to hear each of them reflect on recording their audiobook, and particularly their thoughts on revisiting difficult or intimate scenes on the page and how voicing those scenes affected their narration. Plus, find out who once listened to an audiobook on a road trip while the sun was coming up.

    Open City by Teju Cole: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/29908/open-city/

    Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls by Nina Renata Aron: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/586540/good-morning-destroyer-of-mens-souls/

    The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/558229/the-undocumented-americans/

    • 22 min
    S5 E27: Bethany Saltman, Sarah Menkedick, and Kelsey Patel

    S5 E27: Bethany Saltman, Sarah Menkedick, and Kelsey Patel

    S5 E27: In this episode, meet Bethany Saltman, Sarah Menkedick, and Kelsey Patel. In each of these authors’ audiobooks, they guide listeners through tricky life moments, whether it’s the anxiety of new motherhood or struggling with personal burnout. Discover what each woman learned about herself in their respective recording sessions -- and hear which author listens to audiobooks to help her get through 10 mile runs.

    Strange Situation by Bethany Saltman: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/553712/strange-situation/

    Ordinary Insanity by Sarah Menkedick: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/589989/ordinary-insanity/

    Burning Bright by Kelsey J. Patel: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/622572/burning-bright/

    • 15 min
    S5 E23: Tony Wagner, Casey Schwartz, and Rana el Kaliouby

    S5 E23: Tony Wagner, Casey Schwartz, and Rana el Kaliouby

    S5 E23: In this episode, meet Tony Wagner, Casey Schwartz, and Rana el Kaliouby. Go behind the mic with these authors and discover what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.

    Learning by Heart by Tony Wagner: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/600078/learning-by-heart/

    Attention: A Love Story by Casey Schwartz: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/562183/attention-a-love-story/

    Girl Decoded by Rana el Kaliouby and Carol Colman: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/603999/girl-decoded/

    • 10 min
    S5 E22: In Conversation with Emily Neuberger and Jennifer Rubins

    S5 E22: In Conversation with Emily Neuberger and Jennifer Rubins

    S5 E22: Welcome to another episode of This is the Author in Conversation, a more intimate behind-the-mic chat with our authors in the audiobook studio. This is Jennifer Rubins from Penguin Random House Audio, and I’m thrilled to invite you into my conversation with Emily Neuberger, the author of A Tender Thing, a beautiful debut novel set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway. I should mention this was recorded right before Broadway went dark due to the COVID-19 crisis, and before we were quarantined to our respective homes, so Emily and I were able to be together in a studio to talk about what it means to be a theatre person, the unique challenge of writing and then recording lyrics from a fictional musical, and of course learn more about her debut novel and why she wanted to narrate it. Her book has since been named by Playbill.com as one of 11 Books for Theatre Lovers to Read in Spring 2020 and it’s definitely a way for us all to be able to experience a bit of Broadway magic at home right now.
    I should also add – as you’ll learn - that not only is Emily an MFA graduate and grant recipient at Brooklyn College's fiction program but she’s also a talented performer and trained vocalist. She’s even performed at Carnegie Hall in Stephen Schwartz's birthday celebration and she once sang for Stephen Sondheim at the Music Institute of Chicago. Wow.
    So listen in as Emily and I discuss A TENDER THING…

    A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/611242/a-tender-thing/

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

nmcnallen ,

Insightful View Into The Creative Process

I’ve always wondered what exactly goes into the recording of an audiobook (especially when the author is given the opportunity to read their own work, how they intended it). This podcast provides an interesting glimpse into the types of creative decisions authors make when reading their work, as well as what goes through their minds when they set out to record. Lots of cool behind-the-scenes info!

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Fun idea for a book podcast!

So interesting to think about author's telling their stories out loud and all that goes into recording an audiobook! Also a clever way of getting authors to talk about their personal stories and not just what the book is about. Lots of great "behind the scenes" moments!

FilmFoley ,

Hear what it's like to record an audiobook

It's easy to forget that recording an audiobook is a performance; yet, we can always say when we love a narrator or not. With This is The Author, we get a behind-the-scenes close-up at the audiobook production process. Love that it's from the perspective of authors who decide to narrate their books!

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