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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Bestselling author Chris Grabenstein on finding the perfect narrator for his Welcome to Wonderland series

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

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“I’m convinced that listening to storytelling is in our DNA.”–Adrienne Kress, author of THE EXPLORERS: THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY

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

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“I love audiobooks because they serve as a different entry point to literature.”–Pablo Cartaya, author of THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA

 
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

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WILL WILDER Author Raymond Arroyo On His Love of Spoken Stories

Many Chapters…Many Voices

By Raymond Arroyo

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 character’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. I literally play all the parts by the time I get to editing — doing my full “multiple personality” routine at the end of the day.

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Author Adam Gidwitz on narrating THE INQUISITOR’S TALE and how his “crazy idea” led to a very special musical guest on the audiobook

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 Inquisitor’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.

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How to Hang a Witch’s Adriana Mather: from researching to narrating her audiobook

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 – two plates, 12 screws later and I was couch-bound for two months. This was a no bueno situation for me. I’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 – 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.

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