As Close to Us as Breathing: An Amazing, Heartbreaking Family Story

AudioFile reviewer Jessie Grearson adored Janet Metzger’s narration of AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING and kept re-listening.

Behind the mic for AudioFile Magazine today, narrator Janet Metzger entices us into wanting to know more about AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING and to soak up the atmosphere of a beach cottage in 1948.

“Elizabeth Poliner’s genius is the way that she delivers throughout the book tiny bits of information. I could, through her descriptions, taste and smell the salt air and feel the warm sun of those lazy days.” -Janet Metzger

by Elizabeth Poliner, read by Janet Metzger
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

We are delighted to discover this great summer listen, and we recommend it as an audiobook that will stay with you. Janet Metzger masterfully narrates Elizabeth Poliner’s captivating, nuanced story of a tragedy that strikes at the heart of a close-knit Jewish family. Metzger adopts the perfect tone of reflective meditation from the novel’s portentous first sentence: “The summer of 1948 my brother Davy was killed in an accident with a man who would have given his own life rather than have it happen.” Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE. To find more audiobooks narrated by Janet, click HERE.

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Mystery Monday: Charcoal Joe

Could your Mondays use a little mystery? AudioFile Magazine editors share their favorites each week.

2016 Best Audiobooks
Award Winner

From DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS to CHARCOAL JOE, Walter Mosley just keeps writing mysteries that are great to listen to. Longtime Mosley fans and new ones alike will take another drive or walk around the block just to listen a little longer.

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by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman

Easy Rawlins is back, and Michael Boatman knows his swagger. Easy knows from the start that the case will be an uphill battle, but he’s not prepared for the level of danger he steps into. Read the full review and listen to a sound clip  HERE.

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Miller’s Valley: A Master’s Story of Family, Memory, Loss, and Finding Home

Hear why readers and listeners relate and engage in Anna Quindlen’s novels.

Narrator Brittany Pressley shares her appreciation of Anna Quindlen’s involving story, MILLER’S VALLEY, with AudioFile Magazine.

“For me it was the kind of book that as soon as I was finished reading it, I immediately wanted to read it again.” -Brittany Pressley

by Anna Quindlen, read by Brittany Pressley

We always admire the outward simplicity and underlying resonance of Anna Quindlen’s novels. In a quiet, unaffected performance, narrator Brittany Pressley makes 1960s Miller’s Valley, Pennsylvania, incredibly real. The government is pressuring residents to move because of a plan to flood the town and make it a reservoir. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen’s eighth novel is engrossing listening. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE

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“I was truly honored when I learned Anna Quindlen had selected me to narrate Miller’s Valley. The challenge for narrating this book was in accurately and sincerely portraying Mimi Miller from age 11 to 60. The story jumps back and forth in time, so I needed to depict both young Mimi’s charm and optimism as well as present-day Mimi’s grounded maturity in a voice that would not be too jarring for the listener.” -Brittany Pressley

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