October/November 2020

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As the days get shorter and the shadows lengthen, the season seems perfect for mysterious stories. In this issue we have many to consider. Maybe you favor something that keeps you up at night— like the dark fantasy of The Sandman. Neil Gaiman's graphic novel that has been brilliantly adapted by British audio dramatist Dirk Maggs into a stunning listening experience. (And don't miss our interview with Dirk on page 26.) Another choice might be Mexican Gothic with a knockout performance by Frankie Corzo. If a more traditional mystery is up your dark alley, we review James Lee Burke's latest Dave Robicheaux, A Private Cathedral, and Daniel Silva's The Order, another Gabriel Allon escapade. Even in Paris there's a lot of intrigue as Inspector Armand Gamache contemplates The Gates of Hell in All the Devils Are Here, Louise Penny's terrific new thriller narrated by Robert Bathurst. It doesn't have to be fall to get me to listen to mysteries. My recent episodes on the Behind the Mic podcast have given me an excuse to get absorbed in Gamache's Paris case (above); Until It's Over, the newest from Nicci French; and Paper Girls by Alex Smith—where I discovered a new author to follow. Readers who have tuned into the podcast know that each of the four AudioFile contributors—Emily Connelly, Michele Cobb, Alan Minskoff and me—talk about audiobooks that capture our individual interest. Ranging from mysteries to food to fantasy to mem- oirs to titles for kids and teens, there's plenty of variety. And in just four minutes, you get a taste of whether it's an audiobook worth your listen- ing time. The longer bonus episodes like the newest with Dirk Maggs are once-a-month additions. Don't forget that we have an archive of some dynamic conversations—with Jim Dale, George Guidall, and our very first one two years ago with LeVar Burton. The real world has been so present for the last six months, and while we welcome some escape, it's equally valuable that audiobooks are illuminating many of today's important topics and cultural conversations. Reviewed in this issue are Isabel Wilkerson's Caste and poet Natasha Trethewey's memoir Memorial Drive. A frightening history of the Black Death, John Kelly's The Great Mortality has new relevance, and we also hear narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies talk about recording the book during the COVID-19 lockdown. As fires rage in California, Fire in Paradise gives a remarkable look at individual heroism, fire science, and climate change. Queue up whatever listening interest you. As ever, we're grateful for so many choices of great audiobooks. Wherever Your Listening Takes You Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder Inside Track Behind the Mic October/November 2020 n 5

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