October/November 2019

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Fall always seems to arrive in a flurry. New audiobook releases of many of the year's biggest books flood in, and our reviewing team works to keep pace with all of the new and exciting titles. Margaret Atwood, Jacqueline Woodson, Stephen King, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Philip Pullman, Michael Connelly, John le Carré, and Jason Reynolds are just some of the authors whose new audiobooks are in our sights. And, of course there are plenty of great audio performances we "discover" once a review comes in. The process of selecting the audiobooks we review is a multi-step one that starts early as publishers announce their lists, and then is amplified when the narrator casting is announced. The upcoming titles are sorted by subject, and lists of title options are offered to each reviewer for assignment. Our review team is made up of nearly 100 individuals—around the U.S. and a few international— who work tirelessly listening to new audiobooks. In August, we published nearly 300 audiobook reviews—a milestone. And a shout-out to editor Emily Connelly, who coordinates and schedules the review process. One of the exciting aspects of publishing on multiple platforms— print, email newsletter, web, podcast, video—is that we can recommend more titles and highlight them with the unique properties of the medium. Don't miss the videos of narrators Imogen Church (The Turn of the Key) and Jason Culp (Akin) talking about their recent performances on AudioFile's blog. We are enjoying hearing the audiobooks talked about, and we continue to be excited about AudioFile's Behind the Mic podcast. Do try listening to one of these short (4-5 minutes) conversa- tions between podcast host Jo Reed and one of the four contributors: Michele Cobb, Emily Connelly, Jonathan Smith, or me. They are avail- able right on the AudioFile website,, or from any podcast source. We celebrated the first year of the podcast last month with two weeks of special AudioFile Favorites episodes. Michele and I picked 10 audiobooks that are our go-to recommenda- tions—including The Golden Compass, which goes back 20 years! We totally enjoy talking about audiobooks, whether they're brand new, longtime favorites, or older titles that coincide with contemporary events—think Good Omens and Downton Abbey. The podcast and our narrator videos are examples of the variety of how we recommend great listening. I encourage you to explore them all! So Many Audiobooks! How Do We Choose? Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder Inside Track Narrator Videos category/behind-the-mic Behind the Mic Podcast October/November 2019 n 5

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