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In conversation with Golden Voice Narrator Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

In today’s bonus edition of Behind the Mic, host Jo Reed interviews Soneela Nankani, who was named one of AudioFile’s 2021 Golden Voice narrators this June. Hear how Soneela’s training in acting and her family’s storytelling traditions have influenced her narration work, what surprised her about narrating audiobooks, and the fun of collaborating with other narrators in multicast projects.Soneela Nankani’s lively performances are a joy to listen to, and she helps listeners connect emotionally with an audiobook, whether it’s a rollicking fantasy adventure for young listeners or intense nonfiction for adults. Soneela’s skills with accents and her ability to narrate humor and drama alike make for compelling listening. Her narrations have garnered her numerous Earphones Awards, and she’s landed on AudioFile’s annual Best Audiobooks lists for titles including THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU and THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE.Learn more about Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani and read reviews of her audiobooks on AudioFile’s website.For the full list of AudioFile’s Golden Voice narrators, visit our website.Support for our podcast comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of Heavenly Mortal, a suspenseful story of the battle between light and darkness by Jack Cavanaugh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

18 Jun 2021

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Celebrating Soneela Nankani, 2021 Golden Voice Narrator

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss new Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani and her animated and lively storytelling style. Her clear connections with characters draw listeners into any story, helping listeners share all the feelings in roller-coaster romances like ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron. Her skills with accents mean audiobooks come alive with her narrations, and she has a special gift with the worldbuilding necessary for fantasy, especially for younger listeners. Robin shares her thoughts on Soneela’s narration of Roshani Chokshi’s middle-grade fantasy ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD, along with a clip. Read the full review on AudioFile’s website.Look for a longform interview with Soneela Nankani from Jo Reed on our podcast on June 18.Learn more about all of AudioFile’s Golden Voice narrators on our website.Support for our podcast comes from Oasis Audio, publisher of Heavenly Mortal, a suspenseful story of the battle between light and darkness by Jack Cavanaugh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7mins

3 Jun 2021

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THE SET UP by Falguni Kothari, read by Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam narrate an entertaining romance from Falguni Kothari. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this short novella that follows doctor Aditi and lawyer Krishna, two Indian American characters whose grandparents push them to explore dating one another. Both narrators capture Aditi and Krishna’s personalities, along with the chemistry between the initially unenthusiastic would-be-couple. A fun and quick listen for romance enthusiasts. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Audible, Inc.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7mins

18 May 2021

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AMINA'S SONG by Hena Khan, read by Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Narrator Soneela Nankani returns to voice seventh grader Amina, whom listeners met in Hena Kahn’s AMINA’S VOICE. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Nankani’s skill at bringing the characters to life and conveying all of Amina’s joy and delight in visiting family in Pakistan. When Amina returns home to the U.S., she’s surprised to find her friends aren’t as interested in hearing about her time in Pakistan, and her classmates are fearful after a presentation she gives on Malala Yousafzai’s life and activism. Listeners will enjoy hearing Amina’s creative ways to help others see beyond the stereotypes of her family and their country, and her growing confidence in herself. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comAudioFile is hosting a webinar at 12 ET on May 6th featuring children’s and teen audiobooks to inspire conversations around immigration in schools and at home. Join to hear live readings and discussions with narrators Priya Ayyar, Marisa Blake, and Anthony Rey Perez, and Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books. Sponsored by Dreamscape Audio. Register here.Support for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8mins

3 May 2021

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ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron, read by Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Soneela Nankani narrates Farah Heron’s delightful contemporary romance with her whole heart, drawing listeners in with her enthusiasm. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss her skill at embodying the main character, Reena Manji, who has a job she doesn’t love and anxieties about her meddling Indian Muslim family. When she bumps into her new across-the-hall neighbor Nadim Remtulla, she’s initially intrigued by his British accent and easy charm--and then appalled when she learns her parents have arranged their marriage! Nankani takes listeners on an emotional rollercoaster ride as Reena and Nadim navigate their growing attraction, a fake engagement scheme, a Canadian reality-TV cooking contest, and explosive family secrets. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Hachette Audio.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comObserve the birth of Henry James with The Spoils of Poynton, performed by Juliet Stevenson. "Juliet Stevenson's love of reading aloud is obvious to anyone lucky enough to hear her." (AudioFile)On April 15, join a live talk with celebrated narrators of David Copperfield — Martin Jarvis, Simon Vance, Derek Perkins, and Nicholas Boulton each talk about how they approach the memorable characters of Charles Dickens’s DAVID COPPERFIELD. Register for the live talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7mins

15 Apr 2021

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MAYA AND THE RISING DARK by Rena Barron, read by Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Looking for something to entertain younger listeners -- or the whole family? Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Rena Barron’s middle-grade fantasy audiobook that shines thanks to Soneela Nankani’s animated performance. Maya has loving parents, good friends, and a welcoming community in Chicago. She also has just discovered that everyone’s been hiding a huge secret -- they have magic! Maya and her friends find dangerous magical creatures lurking in their neighborhood, and a sinister Lord of Shadows visits her in her dreams. When Maya’s father, an Orisha, is stolen away into the Dark world, she decides to use her newfound powers to rescue him. Nankani’s emotional connection will delight listeners of all ages, and sound effects amplify the tension and excitement. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

6mins

26 Nov 2020

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THE WHITE COAT DIARIES by Madi Sinha, read by Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Soneela Nankani creates a memorable portrait of Norah Kapadia, a brilliant medical student who is slightly baffled by the human aspects of patient care. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb talk about this new audiobook from Madi Sinha that’s perfect for fans of medical TV shows. Nankani is fantastic as the narrator, capturing all of the characters perfectly. She seamlessly moves Norah from intern to resident and portrays a person listeners will laugh and cry with as her roller coaster life fills with complications. Published by Penguin Audio.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine comes from Blackstone Publishing, a 30-years plus strong independent audiobook publisher that is now also publishing print books and ebooks. This Fall, we are publishing an array of stellar titles -- Cecilia Aragon's memoir Flying Free which tells the odds-defying story of how she became the first Latina pilot on the US Aerobatic Team; the historical fiction novel Escaping Dreamland by NY Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett; the YA dystopian thriller The Key to Fear from NY Times bestselling author Kristin Cast, and Don't Move - a horror novel from Darren Wearmouth and television star James S. Murray. Learn about these and more titles from Blackstone's Fall 2020 list at BlackstonePublishing.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

6mins

15 Oct 2020

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THE MOTHER CODE by Carole Stivers, read by Soneela Nankani - audiobook extract

HodderPod - Hodder books podcast

What it means to be human - and a mother - is put to the test in Carole Stivers' debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever. It's 2049, and the survival of the human race is at risk. Earth's inhabitants must turn to their last resort: a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots-to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order-an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right - the Mother Code. Kai is born in America's desert southwest, his only companion his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too - in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known? In a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human - and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.

3mins

24 Apr 2020

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PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev, read by Soneela Nankani

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

For a story built on first impressions, perceptions, and secrets, tonal variety is key. Narrator Soneela Nankani does a beautiful job with the nuances in this fresh take on the Jane Austen classic. Chef DJ Caine is hospitable but steely to Dr. Trisha Raje after their disastrous initial meeting. The two are thrown together constantly by a series of circumstances, and there’s an underlying heat to their relationship that neither can deny. Nankani seamlessly transitions from an Indian-American accent to a posh British tone and a breezy Californian inflection. She takes care to give a distinct voice to each member of the Raje family, a tactic that illuminates the patriarch’s stony demeanor in particular. Published by Harper Audio.For more free audiobook recommendations, sign up for AudioFile Magazine’s newsletter.On today’s episode are host Jo Reed and AudioFile Magazine Assistant Editor Emily Connelly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

5mins

30 May 2019