Scott Brick
LISTEN IN: New Jack Reacher narrator Scott Brick discusses taking on Lee Child’s bestselling series

There’s a new Reacher in town. But fear not, longtime Lee Child audio fans: while the great Dick Hill may have retired, there’s a new pro behind the mic to take on the Jack Reacher series when it returns on November 5th with PAST TENSE. Read more

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Staff Picks
What We’re Listening To – August 2018 Picks

Let’s just say it had been awhile.

Corduroy? Check! A Pocket for Corduroy? Check! Goodnight Moon? Nightly. But taking the time as a newish mom to read a book just for my bookish self? Well…Goodnight goodreads goal has been more like it.

But over a year after having my first baby, in a world (aka: my small apartment) where board books rule, and Sesame Street is sweepin’ the countless cable series away (although no complaints there—that show is amazing), I couldn’t help but feel like singing: Can you tell me how to get, how to get to…reading again? Read more

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Winter Listens Cozy
Kimberly Farr & Girls In The Picture audiobook cover
Hello, Hollywood history! Voicing THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE: an interview with narrator Kimberly Farr

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning narrator Kimberly Farr to the PRHA blog to tell us about how she approaches an audiobook project, and why she was particularly drawn to Melanie Benjamin’s most recent historical fiction treat, THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, which introduces listeners to two Hollywood legends: screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Read more

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Traci Chee on why her Sea of Ink and Gold series is a “love letter to books” that’s perfect for audio

Traci Chee is a self-described “word geek” who, according to her author bio “loves book arts and art books.” So it should be no surprise to anyone that she had plenty to say about the art of audiobooks; her second book is called The Speaker, after all! Keep reading to hear what it was like for Chee to experience her own bestselling series in the audio format, how listening alters the way her words affect her, and why she thinks the audio editions shine a light on the heart of her series in a particularly poignant way. Read more

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Rob Buyea
How his job as a classroom teacher helped THE PERFECT SCORE author Rob Buyea discover the power of audiobooks.

From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes THE PERFECT SCORE, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score—both on the test and in life—is perhaps not so perfect after all. We’re thrilled to welcome author Rob Buyea to the Listening Library blog to share his own personal experience with audiobooks and why they are perfect for teachers and students. Read more

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Jake Burt
Author Jake Burt was terrified about who would read his audiobook. “And then I heard Tara Sands.”

Pssst…greetings, listeners! We just can’t keep author Jake Burt’s hilarious essay recounting his audiobook experience all to ourselves. His debut middle-grade listen, GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION! (on sale now), about a family on the run (plus, one streetwise girl pretending to be a family member—to throw the bad guys off, of course. But don’t tell anyone!) is brought to life on audio by four terrific narrators. But what is it really like to be an author about to meet the voices of your fictional creations for the first time? Terrifying, apparently. Read more

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Karissa Vacker Bonfire audiobook
This girl is on fire! Karissa Vacker on narrating the “triumphant fiction debut” by actress Krysten Ritter

Check out this guest post from audiobook narrator and multi-Earphones Award winner Karissa Vacker. She reads the psychological suspense thriller BONFIRE (on sale Nov. 7th) by Jessica Jones actress-turned-fiction-writer, Krysten Ritter. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises this “triumphant fiction debut” as a “pulse-pounding thriller.” Hear what it’s like to bring fall’s hottest book to life on audio… Read more

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