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Golden Voice narrator Simon Vance is a rock star in audiobook narration, with 71 Earphones Awards and 16 Audie Awards. He is a master of rendering character and at maintaining narrative pace and momentum. His pacing is vigorous without being too fast, his voice is endlessly listenable, and his interpretations of characters both major and minor are imaginative. In today’s episode, host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss BOWIE’S BOOKSHELF, John O’Connell’s exploration of the books that changed the rockstar’s life. Simon Vance narrates with a professional tone as he introduces a wide-ranging stable of authors who affected Bowie’s evolution. Listeners learn more about Bowie and the connections between great literary works and his songs. The result is a literary mosaic that will satisfy Bowie devotees and possibly create new fans. Published by Tantor Media. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for Behind the Mic comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of the complete Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library and the all-new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Golden Voice narrator Grover Gardner has 40 years of audiobook narrating experience and more than 1,200 titles to his name, with numerous Earphones and Audie Awards. Grover’s voice has been described as “sandpaper and velvet,” and he is skilled with using pitch and tone variations to evoke rather than imitate regional accents in his work. He often conveys that he’s having a jolly time recording, narrating with a smile in his voice. AudioFile’s Michele Cobb and host Jo Reed journey to the Italian countryside with Grover’s narration of Andrea Camilleri’s THE SAFETY NET. In Commissario Montalbano’s latest adventure, listeners discover multiple mysteries, including one about the filming of a wall on the same day over years and an armed man in a middle school classroom. Gardner’s able narration brings out Montalbano’s droll sense of humor, dedicated work ethic, and humanity. Published by Blackstone Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for Behind the Mic comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of the complete Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library and the all-new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Golden Voice narrator Johnny Heller is known for his varied voice, energized delivery, seemingly breathless presentation, and nuanced accents. He has more than 30 AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for a dozen Audie Awards for his work. In his stories for young listeners, he combines childlike innocence and silliness with a debonair sophistication. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Johnny Heller’s narration of Jack Reid’s history of hitchhiking, ROADSIDE AMERICANS. He narrates engagingly with a sureness of tone and plainspoken style that suits the many interesting stories, personal histories, and critiques of hitching rides. The audiobook chronicles how hitchhiking mirrors the cultural trajectory of the country from the early clean-cut days to counterculture hitchhikers to the present decline. Published by Tantor Media Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for Behind the Mic comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of the complete Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library and the all-new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Golden Voice narrator Robin Miles can boast 46 Earphones Award-winning audiobooks and multiple Audie Awards for her narrations. She is skilled at finding the perfect performance level for a specific audiobook, narrating lyrically or intensely as the piece demands. She is well known for her work with accents, including her narration of Zora Neale Hurston’s BARRACOON, one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2018. She brought New York City to life in N.K. Jemisin’s THE CITY WE BECAME, and her narrations of the author’s Broken Earth trilogy are fan favorites. Robin is also a coach and director, giving many new narrators guidance and support. On today’s episode, host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING, read by Robin Miles with a flawless and emotional narration. In this Earphones Award-winning audiobook, listeners journey to Ethiopia in 1935 and 1974 through the eyes of a female resistance fighter. Mengiste’s beautiful writing draws fully formed characters, and Miles adds another dimension to their inner lives with strategic pacing to add suspense and fervor to their experiences. Published by Recorded Books. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for Behind the Mic comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of the complete Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library and the all-new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Episode Count
26
Podcast Count
7
Total Airtime
6 hours, 14 minutes
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