Fans of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, rejoice! Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series is packed with fun-in-the-sun adventures…plus, there’s a monkey! The author shares how Bryan Kennedy perfectly captures the voice of P.T. Wilkie and the zany cast of characters in these laugh-out-loud audiobooks. Read more
Author Adrienne Kress explains why audiobooks are a gateway for reluctant readers. Plus, producer Nick Martorelli shares how they found the perfect voice for THE EXPLORERS: THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY, the first audio in this hilarious and action-packed new series! Read more
In this guest blog post, Cartaya brings listeners inside the recording studio, describing how he connected with his characters while reading his audiobook. Plus, he shares how audiobooks have made a difference in his family. Read more
Many Chaptersâ€¦Many Voices
Many chapters of the Will Wilder series were birthed in the corner of a coffee shop. The corner is the best place to work, since it can get loud at times. Once I travel to Perilous Falls, pounding away at the keyboard, I often hear the characterâ€™s voices in my imagination. Having been trained as an actor, I find myself involuntarily mouthing dialogue in the voice of the characters as I write.Â I literally play all the parts by the time I get to editing — doing my full â€śmultiple personalityâ€ť routine at the end of the day.
The Voice in My Head is No Longer My Own
By Billy Taylor
When Listening Library contacted me about turning my YA thriller, THIEVING WEASELS, into an audiobook I thought it would be harmless. Fun even.
I never thought it would drive me insane.
We’re thrilled to share this special author guest post!
By Adam Gidwitz
Last summer, as I was coming into the homestretch of composing my new novel, The Inquisitorâ€™s Tale, my wife took me to a concert. She and I have slightly different taste in concerts. I like concerts where I can sing at the top of my lungs and dance around like an idiot. This was not that kind of concert.
I never imagined that I would write How to Hang a Witch or that I would narrate it. In 2013 I broke my arm snowboarding â€“ two plates, 12 screws later and I was couch-bound for two months. This was a no bueno situation for me. Iâ€™m very active, always taking on new projects, and usually bossing someone around (my mother will vouch for this). When I could use my arm again, I found myself in a strange spot â€“ everything in my life was on hold and nothing was demanding my attention. For the first time in forever, I had open space before me.
April Genevieve Tucholke understood the thrill of listening to audiobooks from a young age. Here, this longtime audiobook fan shares her favorite listening activities, audiobook recommendations for every season, and her TBLT (To Be Listened To) list. Read more
Ashley Hope PĂ©rez sets her riveting story of love and tragedy in an East Texas oil town against the backdrop of the 1937 New London school explosion, one of the worst school disasters in American history. In this historical context, she explores racism and segregation, posing thought-provoking questions about these divisive forces. A must-listen Hear Diversity pick, OUT OF DARKNESS is a beautifully rendered, multi-layered story that demonstrates the power of bringing diverse voices alive on audiobook. Read more
â€”Author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES audiobook
Being a teenager in Alaska isn’t like growing up anywhere else. Transport listeners to America’s Last Frontier in this unique and spellbinding YA debut, perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Louise Erdrich, and Sherman Alexie. Read by Alaskan Native Erin Tripp and a full cast, the audio delivers an authentic representation of a young Inupiaq girl’s life—a perfect addition to your audio diversity shelf. Find out how this special production was cast and hear a clip from an audiobook that the author called “a first of its kind collaboration.” Read more