51: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty joined me to discuss her experiences as an editor, author, and narrator of audiobooks and audio fiction. Our discussions include Podcastle and Escape Artists, her self-narration of Six Wakes, and writing for the Star War Wars Universe.

Mur Lafferty is a co-editor of Escape Pod, a finalist for the 2018 Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. As an author, she is a winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer; and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards for her novel Six Wakes which she self-narrated. She is also a hall of fame podcaster including the Hugo award winning Best Fancast: Ditch Diggers


Escape Pod

Solo: A Star Wars Story [Audible] / [OverDrive]

Six Wakes [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

I Should be Writing [Amazon] / [Indiebound]

Minecraft: The Lost Journals [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

Other Referenced Works:

Harry Potter: A History of Magic [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]


The Dispatcher

50: News & Updates

In celebration of episode 50 of Narrated, Mark Siegal joins me to check in on our audiobook listening habits, catch up on recent audiobook news, provide updates to previous episodes, and to look ahead to a few upcoming audiobook releases that we’re excited for.

Audiobook News:

Publisher limitations for library audiobooks

Audible Captions lawsuit

In-App Purchasing (with credits)


Audiobook Tech (Apple Watch series 5)

Watches [xkcd]

Mark's Tidying Up

A few upcoming audiobooks that we're exceted to listen to:

The Toll [Arc of a Scythe - Book 3]

The Starless Sea [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

Auberon [Expanse Novella]

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

49: Libro.fm

Discussion and review of Libro.fm, an audiobook service that allows you to buy digital audiobooks from your local bookstore. I am joined by Shachi Bhatt.

Libro.fm [Refferal Link]

Related Episodes on Audiobook Services:

8: Intro to Audiobooks (Audible)

21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library (Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla)

31: Scribd ('Unlimited' audiobook borrowing)

41: Kobo & Walmart Audiobooks

47: Boston Public Library (including RBdigital)

What are we listening to?

The Phantom Tollbooth


Storm of Locusts

48: How To

In How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, narrated by Wil Wheaton, xkcd creator Randall Munroe explores increasingly absurd approaches to routine tasks. How To is an enjoyable and educational listen, though the audiobook edition falls short of the high bar set by predecessor What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

How To [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive] / [Amazon]

Other Referenced Works:

What If? [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth [Audible] / [Libro.fm] / [OverDrive]

How To Throw Things (xkcd)

Related Episodes:

43: Road Trip Audiobook Draft

47: Boston Public Library

I am joined by Melissa Andrews, the Collection Development Manager at the Boston Public Library (BPL) to discuss the wide range of audiobook services offered by the library. We also explore the behind the scenes on how libraries provide audiobooks and other digital services to their patrons including impacts from a shifting publishing landscape.

Boston Public Library Audiobook Resources:

BPL Audiobooks

Shelf Service - Request a personalized reading list

BPL Suggest a Purchase

NoveList Plus - Fiction and nonfiction recommendations for adults

BPL Stream & Download Options

Boston Public Library Social Media: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // YouTube

Related Episodes:

21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library

46: Thrawn: Treason and Star Wars Myths & Fables

A review of two very different recent Stars Wars audiobooks. Thrawn: Treason, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson, is the third in the new canon series featuring the Chiss Grand Admiral. Star Wars Myths and Fables, written by George Mann and narrated by James Monroe Iglehart, is a short story collection of mostly stand alone stories that works well for younger (though not too young) listeners or as brief glimpses at the stories within the Star Wars Universe.

Thrawn: Treason

Star Wars Myths & Fables

Other Referenced Works:

Star Wars: Thrawn (Series) // [Ep 19]

A to Z Mysteries // [Ep 15]

Judy Moody // [Ep 15]

45: Wayfarers

Wayfarers, a science fiction series written by Becky Chambers and narrated by Rachel Dulude; explores a diverse multi-species universe where Humanity is a minor player. The series stands out for its world building depth and diversity; while Rachel Delude's nuanced narration expertly brings a multi-species cast of characters to life. Guest: Mark Siegal and the majority of our discussion is spoiler free.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Book 1)

A Closed and Common Orbit (Book 2)

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Book 3)

Other referenced works:

Space Opera

The Expanse (series) // [Episode 4]

44: Star Wars Audiobooks with Nick Martorelli

Audiobook producer Nick Martorelli joins me to discuss Star Wars audiobook production including the recently released full cast Dooku: Jedi Lost, and the narrators and soundscapes that help bring the Star Wars novels to life. We also discuss upcoming Star Wars releases including Thrawn: Treason and Galaxy's Edge novels.

Nick Martorelli spent a decade as a professional actor before switching to a career in book publishing. He started in ebook production before becoming an audiobook producer with Penguin Random House, where he works on a wide variety of books, including the Star Wars programs. Originally from Philadelphia, Nick considers himself a Trekkie, a Sherlockian, and whatever fans of Superman call themselves.

Referenced Star Wars Works:

Thrawn Trilogy (Legends)

Complete Star Wars Trilogy (NPR audio drama)

Dooku: Jedi Lost

Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear

Alphabet Squadron

Thrawn: Treason

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate

Other referenced works:


The Shadow (1994 Movie)

The Shadow (Radio drama)

Sherlock Holmes (Radio drama)

Dick Tracy (Radio drama)

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (Radio drama)

Aurora Rising

Related Episodes:

38: Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

19: Star Wars: Thrawn Series

43: Road Trip Audiobook Draft

With summer upon us, we are taking a virtual road trip with another Audiobook draft. Panelists Shachi Bhatt, Gilbert Tang, and Mark Siegal join me to discuss what makes a good road trip audiobook and to share our favorite audiobooks for listening with friends, family, or solo on road trips and long car rides.

Round 1:

Shachi: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend written and narrated by Martin Short [8:40]

Mark: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions written by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton [6:36]

Gilbert: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! written by Richard P. Feyman; narrated by Raymond Todd [11:31]

Scott: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride written by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden; narrated by Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and Billy Crystal [7:01]

Round 2:

Shachi: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin written by Erik Larson; narrated by Stephen Hoye [12:52]

Mark: Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self written and narrated by Manoush Zomorodi [6:58] // [Episode 10]

Gilbert: Born a Crime written and narrated by Trevor Noah [8:44] // [Episode 16]

Scott: Good Omens written by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett; narrated by Martin Jarvis [12:32]

Round 3:

Shachi: James and the Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl; narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt [3:18]

Mark: The Tale of Despereaux written by Kate DiCamillo; narrated by Graeme Malcolm [3:30]

Gilbert: The Golden Compass written by Philip Pullman; narrated by Philip Pullman & a full cast // His Dark Materials (series)

Scott: One Summer: America, 1927 written and narrated by Bill Bryson [17:03]

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Namesake [10:10]

Mark: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [5:51]; On the Road [11:08]

Gilbert: Calypso [6:39]; Scythe [10:32] // [Episode 12]

Scott: Harry Potter (series); The Hobbit [11:05]; Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void [10:27]

Other Drafts:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Episode 35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners

41: Kobo & Walmart Audiobooks

Discussion and review of Rakuten Kobo and its partnership with Walmart Audiobooks with guest: Mark Siegal


Walmart Audiobooks

Walmart ebooks and audiobooks display (audiobooks in green)

Walmart ebooks and audiobooks display (audiobooks in green)

Related Narrated Episodes on Audiobook Services:

8: Intro to Audiobooks (Audible)

21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library (Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla)

31: Scribd ('Unlimited' audiobook borrowing)

What are we listening to?

Tiamat's Wrath (Expanse #8)

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Fortunately, The Milk

Trail of Lightning

40: Robin & Born Standing Up

This time we discuss the lives and careers of two iconic comedians based on their audiobooks: Robin, the biography of Robin Williams, written by Dave Itzkoff and narrated by Fred Berman; and Born Standing Up, a memoir written and narrated by Steve Martin about his time as a standup comedian. Guest: Gilbert Tang.


Born Standing Up

The Great American Laugh Off 1977 (Robin Williams)

Steve Martin on The Smothers Brothers (1968)

Steve Martin on The Tonight Show (1974)

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39: Triggers

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be, written and narrated by Marshall Goldsmith explores approaches to the challanges of adult behavioral change. Guest Mark Siegal joins me to discuss the audiobook and some of its techniques.

Triggers: Audiobook // Ebook (with whispersync)

Cortex #66

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up [Revisit] [Episode 25]

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done [Episode 32]

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38: Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars), written by Cavan Scott, and narrated by a full cast is an audio only Star Wars novel that explores Count Dooku's past from his beginnings as a youngling through his departure from the Jedi order. Published by Penguin Random House Audio.

Narrated by a full cast:

  • Orlagh Cassidy as Asajj Ventress
  • Euan Morton as Dooku
  • Pete Bradbury as Gretz Droom
  • Jonathan Davis as Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Neil Hellegers as Ramil
  • Sean Kenin as Sifo-Dyas
  • January LaVoy as Jor Aerith
  • Saskia Maarleveld as Jenza
  • Carol Monda as Lene Kostana
  • Robert Petkoff as Ky Narec
  • Rebecca Soler as Yula Braylon
  • Marc Thompson as Yoda

Advanced copy received for review purposes.

Recording Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost audiobook (YouTube)

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

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37: The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, written by Maxwell King, is a compelling biography of the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and earlier programs. LeVar Burton's Audie nominated narration provides the perfect pairing for this excellent audiobook.

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

Reading Rainbow

The Children's Corner

Fred Rogers on Late Night with David Letterman [YouTube]

Mad Feelings (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood #1691-1695) [Amazon]

Won't You Be My Neighbor

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Fred Rogers before 1969 Senate Subcommittee on Communications [YouTube]

LeVar Burton on visits Mister Rogers' Neighborhood [YouTube]

LeVar Burton reading The Good Neighbor [YouTube]

Contact the Show: Twitter: _narrated // Website: Narrated

36: Narrator Anneliese Rennie

Anneliese Rennie joins me to discuss her experiences as an audiobook narrator and publisher, including how she got started and how she prepares to narrate a new audiobook.

Future's Orphans

The Widow’s Maestro

Analyze People

Indie Audiobook (ACX and Others) Narrators and Producers [Facebook Group]

Why you don't like the sound of your own voice [TED]

Audiobook Reads [Discord]

Radioactive Evolution

The Well Beloved

Anneliese Rennie:

Spectrum Audiobooks



Reddit AMA

Contact the Show: Twitter: _narrated // Website: Narrated


"Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, excerpts from original


35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners

We are back for another Audiobook draft. This time we are selecting audiobooks that we recommend for new audiobook listeners. Panelists include Linus Edwards, Shachi Bhatt, and Mark Siegal.

Round 1:

Linus: Born Standing Up

Shachi: Matilda // [Episode 5]

Mark: The Night Circus // [Episode 1]

Scott: The Graveyard Book

Round 2:

Linus: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

Shachi: I’m Judging You

Mark: The Time Traveler's Wife

Scott: The Good Neighbor

Round 3:

Linus: Sapiens

Shachi: Becoming

Mark: On Writing

Scott: The Martian

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe// [Episode 17]

Mark: Matilda; Stardust; Ready Player One // [Episode 7]; The Help

Scott: Penric's Demon; Harry Potter (series); We Are Legion (We Are Bob), Ready Player One; Born A Crime // [Episode 16]; Spinning Silver // [Episode 30]; The Golem and the Jinni // [Episode 14]

Other References:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft


"Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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34: The Bayern Agenda with Dan Moren

Dan Moren joins me to discuss his latest novel The Bayern Agenda, audiobooks, and to play a quick game of movie mashups. The Bayern Agenda is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats on March 5th. Audiobook edition narrated by Victor Bevine and published by Audible Studios.

The Bayern Agenda

The Caledonian Gambit

Signing/Reading/Q&A at Porter Square Books on March 5 at 7pm

Dan Moren:

Twitter (@dmoren)


The Incomperable

Clockwise (Relay FM)

The Rebound