Jill Santopolo
Author Jill Santopolo on Why Narrating an Audiobook is “More Than Words”

I try not to read customer reviews of my books—it was a suggestion a writer friend made to me years ago, and I mostly try to stick with it. But somehow, when I was searching for something else on Amazon, I ended up on the page of the audiobook of my first novel, The Light We Lost, which I also narrated. And before I could click away, my eye caught a review. It said: I loved the narration, which made me especially happy. I had been a little concerned about doing the reading, since I’m not a professional audiobook narrator or actress, and that reassurance that a listener enjoyed my audio interpretation meant a lot to me. Read more

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Greg Howard The Whispers
The Whispers Author Greg Howard on the Magical Act of Listening to Audiobooks

I listen to audiobooks quite a bit—on the commute to and from work, on long weekend walks, while shopping and training at the gym, etc. And for me, a narrator can make or break the experience and determine whether or not I’m willing to commit several hours to the production. On the other hand, a great narrator can illuminate, even elevate the text, holding my attention for hours with no problem. Read more

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The Bridge Home Padma Venkatraman
Author Padma Venkatraman on the Interplay of Sound and Silence in The Bridge Home

Growing up in India in a Hindu family, I celebrated many festivals throughout the year. The only festival that I dreaded as a child (although I also found it beautiful and profound) was Saraswathi Pooja, the day dedicated to the goddess of learning. Why? Because on that day, I wasn’t allowed to read or write. Read more

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