October/November 2017

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Emily Connelly photo by Martin Connelly Contributors Emily E. Connelly Emily is excited to have jumped into the world of litera- ture and to be working with AudioFile's wonderful team of reviewers. A former wildlife biologist, an avid reader, and a parent to two book-loving little kids, Emily first fell in love with audiobooks through listening at her local library. She is balancing her work coordinating reviewers and editing AudioFile's blog with working toward an MLS degree. Jessie C. Grearson Jessie Grearson (Gretchen Rubin profile, page 50) is a free- lance writer and a writing teacher living in Falmouth, ME. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has co-authored two essay collections (Swaying: Essays on Intercultural Love and Love in a Global Village: A Celebration of Intercultural Families) published by the University of Iowa Press. She is currently at work on a practical handbook on college essay writing tentatively titled Irresistible You. When not writing, teaching, or coaching her high school speech team, she can be found visiting lighthouses, searching for sea glass, or in her kitchen garden, dreaming up new recipes. S.J. Henschel Contributing Editor S.J. (Sandi) Henschel begins her 17th year with AudioFile magazine. She has been a judge for the Audie Awards, interviewed some of her favorite narrators and authors (including actor Alan Alda, page 42, and nar- rator Ron Butler, page 46), and listened to and reviewed a staggering number of audiobooks in that time. An NYC- trained actor, director, published poet (as Sandi Piccione), and playwright, Sandi reads selections from AudioFile mag- azine on Reachout Radio, a service for the blind and visually impaired. Her award-winning program is podcast and airs three times weekly on WXXI Public Radio in Rochester, NY. Aurelia C. Scott Aurelia C. Scott ("My Man Sherlock," page 22) loves being an AudioFile Contributing Editor because she is able to hear a wanton number of audiobooks and interview occasion- ally wanton authors and narrators. Herself the author of an award-winning nonfiction book about competitive rose gardeners, she is writing the first in a series of novels about a 19th-century scientist's adventures among the world's leg- endary and mythical creatures. In between, she is writing a memoir of women and lingerie. Thomas Walken Contributing Editor Tom Walken ("Learning By Ear," page 54) began writing reviews for AudioFile in the mid- 1990s while he was still practicing clinical psychology. His "Learning By Ear" column started a short time later with a set of parenting audio reviews. He says the 2000-plus audios he's heard on personal growth and business topics have kept him current on how people get stuck in life and how they move forward. Working from his home office in Raleigh, NC, he now evaluates executives being placed in leadership roles and spends his free time cooking, playing music, and enjoying his friends and family. Emily Connelly Jessie Grearson Tom Walken Sandi Henschel 8 n AudioFile/ Aurelia Scott

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