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Narrator Scott Brick interviews author Nelson DeMille

Listen to author Nelson DeMille and his long time narrator, Scott Brick (pictured) in an interview about their latest audiobook, The Cuban Affair!

Just last month was the release of Nelson DeMille‘s latest suspense novel, The Cuban Affair. The story follows US Army combat veteran Mac, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. In this interview, DeMille speaks with Scott Brick about inspiration, research, character development and more. To listen to an excerpt or to download the full story, click here!

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Maximizing your audiobook experience

“WOW I’m so glad I know about these great features!” – You, after reading this article.

Sometimes our customers ask for tips on the best ways to enjoy Audiobooks.com. Sometimes we even get requests for features we already have. So here’s a feature overview that covers what our player is capable of, including some “hidden” gems you may have missed!

The Basics: 

You probably know all about this, but as I’m here I might as well be thorough.

Nav bar:
This displays your progress in the audiobook – how much time has elapsed and how much time remains. You can scrub through the audio using the orange bar, but know that your last point is what is remembered – not you furthest point in the book.

Track navigation:
Here you can skip between audio tracks. While tracks don’t correlate to chapters in the book, they’re still a handy way to navigate around. Hit the black oval to view all tracks and skip to a different section of the book.

Play/pause, skip forward or reverse:
This is your typical play/pause button with navigation arrows to go forward or backwards in the audio. In this image, you move 30 seconds forwards or backwards, but the number of seconds can be adjusted in the settings.


Fine Tuning:


The bottom of our player has four icons, each of which is a very helpful listening tool!

1x (or 1.25x or 1.5x or 1.75x or 2x):
This is where you can adjust playback speed. If you’re the type of listener that uses audiobooks to maximize your day, the narrator may not be relaying information fast enough for you. Tap this icon to change the narration speed and get through your book in record time.

Sleep Timer:
Hit the moon to open our sleep timer. Before settling in for the night, select an amount of time you’d like the audiobook to continue playing. After that time has elapsed, your audiobook will pause and you can nod off without worrying that your book is going to play all night while you snore too loudly to notice.

Ratings ⭐:
Do you love the book? Selecting this star icon will bring you straight to the review page where you can share all your thoughts with the rest of the Audiobooks.com community.

Bookmarks and Notes:
If there’s a section of the book you’d like to recall or make note of, hit the orange flag icon. You can leave your thoughts about the time you’re on, which gets saved to My Notes. You can navigate to the My Notes section from the main menu.


“Hidden” Gems:


Here are some lesser-known features of our app:

Skip Time:
In the Settings menu, there is a section of “Playback Settings.” Here, you can adjust how much you’d like to skip forward and backwards in your audiobook when you hit the arrows on the player screen.

Playback Gestures:
There is also the option to toggle “Playback Gestures” on or off. These playback gestures refer to using the cover of the audiobook as the control. You can tap the cover or swipe it left and right to pause/play and navigate through the book. These are SUPER useful in the car, so you don’t really have to look at the screen!

And that’s that! A rundown of all the Audiobooks.com player features that can bring your audiobook experience from good to magnificent. Happy listening!

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STAFF PICK: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Narrators: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, and Octavia Spencer

Hey audiobook lovers! I must share my latest listen with you all. I just finished The Help, which I finally downloaded thanks to my sister’s recommendation. It had been idling on my wishlist before that nudge I needed to start. The novel follows three ladies in Mississippi during the 1960’s as they embark on a risky plan to have the voices of colored maids heard. The book is set during the time of segregation in the US, and we are reminded of how much progress has been made, as well as how much has stayed stagnant. Secrets and motivations of the characters are revealed as the book unravels and it truly was hard to stop listening. I loved the three main characters; they were well developed and layered with wit, sass and smarts. 

I loved it even more as an audiobook. The narrators portray each character’s accent, background and personality to a tee. Minny, my favorite character is bold and hot-headed, and her volatile, no-nonsense attitude spills through your ears. This contrasts Aibileen, the other maid in the tale who makes decisions with level-headed calculation. The third main character, Skeeter, is a white lady from the town who uses what advantages and smarts she has to give a voice to the other ladies. Whether you’re determined with Aibileen or tense and worked-up with Minny, the narrators keep you submerged in the story. By the end of the book I was sad to see them go, but very satisfied by a good listen.

The Help is similarly adored by our listeners, with 4.5 stars for the story and a 5-star narration. If you’ve been looking for a new story to dive into, please give this one a listen and let me know what you think!

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10 of Our Favorite Celebrity-Read Audiobooks

The best audiobooks have the best narrators, and a quick way to find them is to look for Hollywood stars that you love to watch perform. Of course, professional narrators are fantastic but chances are if you love an actor’s voice on screen you’ll love to hear her narrate, too. Here are 10 audiobooks narrated by some of our favorite celebs!

 

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: talented and successful but slowly going under. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that the insanity becomes real and even rational. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s narration captures and even enhances the haunting mood. Such penetration into the dark corners of the psyche is extraordinary and has made The Bell Jar an American classic.

 

Heartburn, by Nora Ephron
Narrated by Meryl Streep
Nora Ephron shows it’s possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage. During her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has ‘a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb’ is no consolation. Heartburn is a delightfully performed by the lady considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep.

 

The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
Narrated by James Franco
This #1 national bestseller was recently released in audio, read by King fan and actor James Franco. Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. When he has a disturbing vision, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

 

 

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
Narrated by Reese Witherspoon
This was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Performed by Hollywood star and book lover, Reese Witherspoon.

 

What Pet Should I Get, by Dr. Seuss
Narrated by Rainn Wilson
Fans of The Office television series will fully enjoy listening to the contrast of Dwight Schrute’s voice taking on a mild mannered persona as he reads about kids in a pet store. While this audiobook is for children, all lovers of Dr. Seuss will appreciate how he captures the classic moment of choosing a pet.

 

 

Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Narrated by Kate Winslet
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. Kate Winslet’s narration is calm while her characterizations are full of life, bringing attitude and punch to this classic tale.

 

Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick
Narrated by Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture. Each word is executed with the fast sarcasm and charming quirkiness typical to the roles she plays. Self-described as a “very, very small weirdo,” Kendrick entertains listeners with her tales of early friendships and discovering her calling as an actress.

 

 

A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston
Narrated by Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston’s deep, resonant voice is captivating as he discusses his failures as few men do, and describes his work as few actors can. He explains how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help create one of the most riveting on-screen performances: Walter White on Breaking Bad. In A Life in Parts, Cranston traces his journey from his chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany, and beyond.

 


Yes Please
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by Amy Poehler
Narrated by Amy Poehler
While listening, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Offering Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood to her early days in New York City, Yes Please is chock-full of wisdom to live by. Alongside Poehler’s genuine and entertaining narration, Yes Please includes guest narration by Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents.

 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
Narrated by Mindy Kaling
In her sarcastic and sassy tone, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

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