June/July 2020

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The human voice has become more precious in the last months, as so many of us have been isolated in numerous ways from family, friends, and colleagues—not to mention the small interactions of daily life. Even more people are reaching for their earbuds and turn- ing on an audiobook. We thrive on the human voice—the teller of stories or a voice of comfort. Audiobooks take us away into worlds of fantasy, history, romance, or the subject of your choice. During the recent uncertainty and constantly changing weeks, AudioFile has been able to stay on course with our publishing schedules. We are pleased that so many of our reviewers around the country already work remotely with us and in many cases have had even more listening time. June, the official Audiobook Month, has a special focus for us. Our June/July issue celebrates the best of the best in audiobook narra- tion. This Golden Voices issue announces five new narrators to receive this career accolade: Julia Whelan, Ramon de Ocampo, JD Jackson, Emily Woo Zeller, and Arthur Morey. Are they familiar to you? If not, we hope they will be soon and that you have a chance to listen to one of their "Essential Listening" titles on their feature pages. (See pages 23-29.) You can check out all the Golden Voice narrators—the newcomers and favorites like Scott Brick, George Guidall, Bahni Turpin, and Barbara Rosenblat—at the AudioFile Web site. Our AudioFile social chan- nels will be buzzing during the month ahead with "30 Days of Golden Voices," including "Behind the Mic" podcast episodes focused on titles by Golden Voice narrators as well as new bonus extended interviews. We celebrate great performances and storytelling throughout the year, but we're especially glad to shine the spotlight on narrators who have achieved so much and given countless hours of pleasure to listeners. Tellers of Stories and Voices of Comfort Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder Inside Track Golden Voices Podcast Twitter June/July 2020 n 7

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