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Robin Whitten is the founder and editor of AudioFile. Started as a monthly print newsletter in 1992—wow, 25 years!—AudioFile now publishes audiobook reviews and recommendations in print, e-newsletters, and on the AudioFileMagazine.com web site. Creating AudioFile’s blog is the current project receiving Robin’s passion for all things audiobook.
Assistant Editor Emily Connelly has listened to audiobooks in a penguin colony in Patagonia, in the middle of the Atlantic on a ship sailing from Ireland to Newfoundland and back again, while walking the dog, and everywhere in between. A former wildlife biologist, Emily is excited to be jumping into the world of literature, and happy to be working with AudioFile’s wonderful team of reviewers.
Contributing Editor Caitlin Augusta is a librarian at the Stratford Library in Connecticut. She has reviewed for AudioFile since 2006 and judged for The Audies since 2010. She is a longtime Jane Austen fan and romance reader who loves the variety of memorable characters, talented narrators, and happy endings found in romance audio.
AudioFile reviewer Jen Forbus is a former English teacher turned freelance writer, webmaven, and aspiring photographer. Her dedication to the value of story led her on an unusual career path after leaving the classroom. She founded the influential book blog, Jen’s Book Thoughts, interviews authors and narrators for a variety of publications, and regularly reviews both print and audiobooks. More about Jen and her work can be found at jenniferforbus.com.
Contributing Editor Tom Walken began writing reviews for AudioFile in the mid-1990s while he was still practicing clinical psychology. His “Learning By Ear” column started a short time later with a set of parenting audio reviews. He says the 2000-plus audios he’s heard on personal and business topics have kept him current on how people get stuck in life and how they move forward. Working from his home office in Raleigh, NC, he now evaluates executives being placed in leadership roles and spends his free time cooking, playing music, and enjoying his friends and family.
Robert Fass is an actor who has recorded more than 100 audiobooks across a wide variety of genres including History, Sci-Fi, Journalism, Young Adult, Mystery, and Literary Fiction. Along the way he has received two Audie awards and multiple Earphones Awards and was listed among AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also a writer and photographer. He lives in the Bronx.
Beth Gutcheon is a novelist with ten novels in print, six of which have been recorded. She has reviewed hundreds of audiobooks, consumed many hundreds more as a civilian, and serves as a judge for the Audie Awards. Her most recent novel and first murder mystery, Death at Breakfast, appeared in 2016.
Paul Alan Ruben
Paul Alan Ruben has amassed countless industry awards during his two-decade career as an audiobook producer/director, including two Best Spoken Word Grammy Awards. He teaches and coaches emerging and professional narrators in New York and around the country. His blog focuses on craft and related issues that concern audiobook narrators. He is also a writer of literary fiction whose latest published short story will be recorded by George Guidall.
Simon Vance, an AudioFile Golden Voice, is the critically acclaimed narrator of more than 800 audiobooks, winner of 59 AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a thirteen-time Audie Award recipient.