Editors’ Pick: The Crystal Cave

Mary Stewart’s classic story of Merlin and Arthur-first time as an audiobook

Tales of Camelot of King Arthur and Merlin are perennial favorites for readers and listeners of all ages. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Derek Perkins to hear what his special connection is to his recording of Mary Stewart’s classic THE CRYSTAL CAVE

“Maybe some of Merlin’s magic rubbed off.”—Narrator Derek Perkins


Mary Stewart, read by Derek Perkins
Blackstone Audio
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Hard to believe this classic of Arthurian literature had never have been recorded before, but now we can entertained by the combination of Mary Stewart’s storytelling and Derek’s keen ability to spin the tale for audiobook listeners.  Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review.

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Editors’ Picks: Mister Monkey

A sweet spot between satirical and sympathetic—consistently funny and heartbreaking.

An off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical about a pet chimpanzee sets the stage for some great listening. AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Kirby Heyborne as he tells us his take-away on MISTER MONKEY by Francine Prose.

“You need to enjoy where you are at. No matter the situation you are in. You are there for a reason.” —Narrator Kirby Heyborne|

Francine Prose
read by Kirby Heyborne, Nan McNamara
Harper Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

The balance and dynamic of two narrators in this smart, funny audiobook got our attention. And Kirby Heyborne–who is smart and funny in real life seemed the perfect casting. Teamed with Nan McNamara, listeners have a treat ahead. Listen to a sound clip of Kirby and read AudioFile’s full review HERE.

Kirby has also performed many audiobooks for teens and families–Explore them from his audiography of titles.

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The City of Mirrors: An Ending or a Beginning?

Light and dark will clash in Justin Cronin’s finale.

Patient Zero: “So you want to know who I am. You want to know my story.”  AudioFile goes behind the mic with narrator Scott Brick as he shares some of the artistic choices he made narrating Justin Cronin’s sweeping apocalyptic thriller trilogy that concludes with THE CITY OF MIRRORS. 

“My choice for Zero’s voice—when we finally hear it—amps up the creepiness factor.”—Narrator Scott Brick

Justin Cronin, Read by Scott Brick
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile 2016 Best Audiobooks

Long awaited–listeners first heard THE PASSAGE in 2010, then THE TWELVE published in 2012–now listeners can hear Scott’s performance of the entire trilogy. Dialogue and action are skillfully done, and our exclusive Behind the Mic video tells us about Scott’s “proximity effect.” Listen to a sound clip of Scott and read AudioFile’s full review here!

More about Golden Voice narrator Scott Brick, and find the Audiography listing of all Scott’s audiobooks.


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Golden Voice Narrator Scott Brick

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