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The podcast that celebrates all-things Audiobooks – Whether we're chatting with authors and narrators, playing games and giving away prizes, or sharing clips of the best new audiobooks, HarperAudio Presents aims to highlight the fun in the world of audiobooks. New episodes every other Wednesday.

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The podcast that celebrates all-things Audiobooks – Whether we're chatting with authors and narrators, playing games and giving away prizes, or sharing clips of the best new audiobooks, HarperAudio Presents aims to highlight the fun in the world of audiobooks. New episodes every other Wednesday.

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Amazing!

By cats in tuxedos - Apr 23 2019
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Such great content and I love the host’s voice 😊

Bravo!

By bkrunner2014 - Apr 11 2019
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Love this podcast. Some of my favorite authors and the audiobook angle is fresh and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

28 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
2
2
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1

Amazing!

By cats in tuxedos - Apr 23 2019
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Such great content and I love the host’s voice 😊

Bravo!

By bkrunner2014 - Apr 11 2019
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Love this podcast. Some of my favorite authors and the audiobook angle is fresh and interesting!
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Harper Audio Presents

Latest release on Dec 18, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Discussing NORSE MYTHOLOGY with Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman, arguably the most embracing author of audiobooks, takes a break while recording his new book NORSE MYTHOLOGY to discuss his twenty-five year love affair with spoken word recording, as well as his lifelong fascination with myth and folklore.

Feb 06 2017

37mins

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Rank #2: Matt Damon reads Howard Zinn

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Since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools–with its emphasis on great men in high places–to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace. In this recording you’ll hear from Zinn reading from his introduction to the book, and you’ll hear Matt Damon, an American actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter for his work on Good Will Hunting, read passages that span the Summer of 1966, the 1967 Urban Riots in Newark and Detroit, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, to name a few highlights.

Mar 02 2015

23mins

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Rank #3: Dylan Thomas reads A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

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Complete with merrily drunken Aunties and sleeping Uncles, Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” evokes the snowy, cozy Christmas of everybody’s memory or fantasy. Hear the narrative brought to life by its author in this classic recording.

Dec 19 2016

25mins

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Rank #4: Angie Thomas and THE HATE U GIVE

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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s YA debut addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence and heart. Listen to discover why her editor’s letter made her cry and how she found her literary agent on Twitter.

Feb 27 2017

23mins

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Rank #5: Thanksgiving with Laura Ingalls Wilder

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It is harvest season 1881 in a Little Town on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls is 15, and in the midst of what Ma describes as “a whirl of gaiety.” In celebration of Thanksgiving, Harper Audio presents the award-winning actress Cherry Jones narrating a holiday scene from the 7th book of the classic Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Nov 22 2016

24mins

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Rank #6: S2E8: One For the Fans (with Dorothea Benton Frank & Susan Mallery)

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We interview two authors who know how to treat their fans, Dorothea Benton Frank and Susan Mallery!

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Dorothea Benton Frank chats with us from the “Dorothea Benton Frank Fanfest 2019,” about Low Country living and her latest novel Queen Bee.

Then we chat with Susan Mallery about which pet is her favorite and her latest novel The Summer of Sunshine and Margot.

Finally, we give you the first few minutes of the audiobook for both of our guest’s latest works.

Jun 05 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: Bassem Youssef's REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES

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Over the past six years, Bassem Youssef went from being a cardiothoracic surgeon who helped protesters during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution to becoming Egypt's most popular political satirist and TV host. After being exiled from Egypt, Bassem moved to America, where he has continued to produce television and practice medicine. He also penned his first book, REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES, which he speaks about with Ana Maria Allessi in this episode of HarperAudio Presents.

Apr 02 2017

20mins

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Rank #8: Be Frank With Me

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This week we have two very special guests from the novel BE FRANK WITH ME: Julia Claiborne Johnson (the author), and voice actress Tavia Gilbert (the audiobook narrator). Tavia reveals her process for finding each character’s unique voice and Julia shares how her dapper husband and son introduced her to an unexpected outlet of genius.

Jan 31 2016

11mins

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Rank #9: S2E2: Romance (with Lisa Kleypas and Mary Jane Wells)

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Love is in the air as we chat with romance author Lisa Kleypas and romance narrator Mary Jane Wells!

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First, Andrew chats with Lisa Kleypas, the author of DEVIL's DAUGHTER. Lisa talks about being published at 21 years old, what she's learned over the course of her career, and more. She also plays a hunger-inducing version of the Self-Awareness Game.

Then, narrator Mary Jane Wells talks about breaking into the business, and how to play the accordion poorly but with gusto! Finally, Mary takes a quiz about obscure Regency Romance Vocabulary.

Click here for more information about Mary Jane Wells and her one-woman show: https://www.heroinetheplay.com/

Mar 09 2019

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Rank #10: Katy Tur on UNBELIEVABLE

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Katy Tur is a broadcast journalist and the NBC News correspondent who was tasked with following Donald Trump's presidential campaign. In her new book, UNBELIEVABLE, Tur recounts her experience on the campaign trail.

From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump’s inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car.

Tur sits down for an interview with Ana Maria Allessi to discuss the difficulty of reading Trump’s tweets for the audiobook, why political reporters don’t vote, her decision not to use a ghostwriter, and much more.

Sep 10 2017

19mins

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Rank #11: Kim Gordon, guitarist with Sonic Youth, talks about her memoir, Girl in a Band

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KIM GORDON is an artist, musician, producer, fashion designer, writer and actress. She is a founding member of the experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth and she’s written a fierce, honest story of her life, Girl in a Band.
Hear Kim discuss her writing process and influences on her work.

Feb 24 2015

14mins

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Rank #12: Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie

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Author, journalist and letterpress printer Alix Christie discusses her debut novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice (on-sale: September 23, 2014), with @HarperAudio_US producer Erin Wicks. This episode also includes an excerpt from the audio edition read by Robert Petkoff.

ABOUT GUTENBERG'S APPRENTICE

An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal.

Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corruption- riddled, feud-plagued Mainz to meet "a most amazing man."

Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and, to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg's workshop, and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg's apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the "darkest art."

As his skill grows, so too does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: printing copies of the Holy Bible. But when outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures—the generous Fust and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.

Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles in a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them all.

Sep 20 2014

33mins

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Rank #13: Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver, author of New York Times bestselling novels BEFORE I FALL, PANIC, and the DELIRIUM trilogy, talks to us about her new novel, VANISHING GIRLS, a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident. Lauren shares how she approaches writing for different audiences, why she chooses a central question for each of her books, how good books can explore scary topics in a safe way, the differences between writing a novel and screenplay and how screenwriting stretched her as a novelist.

Mar 09 2015

23mins

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Rank #14: THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA by Katy Simpson Smith

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Katy Simpson Smith discusses her debut novel THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA (on-sale: 8-26-14) with @HarperAudio_US Producer Erin Wicks. This episode also includes an excerpt from the audio edition performed by Edoardo Ballerini.

ABOUT THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA

Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.

Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father’s stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.

Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely on their own, Helen and Moll develop a close but uneasy companionship. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation as the girls grow up, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention and her father’s wishes by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.

In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.

Aug 25 2014

17mins

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Rank #15: City Love

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Hear bestselling author Susane Colasanti talk about her new book City Love, the story of sisterhood in NYC –three girls move in together for a summer of adventure, romantic love, and self-discovery. Susane tells us what a soulmate is – and isn’t, how the hope for a happy life got her through miserable years in high school, and the power of being exactly who you are.

Jun 03 2015

24mins

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Rank #16: S2E15: The Narrator Super Friends

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Three fantastic audiobook narrators and real life friends, Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld, and Brittany Pressley share their insight on getting into the world of professional audiobook narration. The Super Friends talk about tips and tricks to a good performance, how they broke into the business, and more!

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Sep 25 2019

37mins

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Rank #17: An Excerpt of SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

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Rounding out our Summer of Excerpts is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and read by Derek Perkins

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

You can buy the audiobook of Sapiens now at audible http://adbl.co/2gCHmwp

Sep 04 2017

27mins

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Rank #18: Kim Scott Discusses RADICAL CANDOR

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In Radical Candor, Kim Scott explains how to be a kickass boss without losing your humanity. Scott was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Twitter, and other Silicon Valley companies. A previously unpublished novelist, she wrote her latest book in Google Docs with ongoing input from 100 invited editors.

Apr 10 2017

25mins

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Rank #19: Lisa Ko talks about THE LEAVERS

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Lisa Ko’s debut novel THE LEAVERS takes a poignant look at the detainment of undocumented immigrants and the devastating emotional effects it has on their American-born children, who often end up being adopted by families outside of their background. Lisa discusses the novel, her background as a storyteller, and the need for more diverse writers in American literature of today’s episode, recorded at the ABA Winter Institute in January 2017.

May 15 2017

17mins

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Rank #20: Elizabeth Acevedo on THE POET X

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Elizabeth Acevedo joins the podcast to chat about her new novel-in-verse, The Poet X

Elizabeth discusses a range of topics including how The Poet X is both her story and a universal coming of age for young girls, her experience of discovering poetry at a young age, the process of going from writing poems to a novel, and so much more.

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Jan 23 2018

26mins

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