AudioShelf A Podcast for AudioBookWorms


Episode Fifty

To Die For

by Alice Clark-Platts
Narrated by Rachel Bavidge
Have you heard of the Massachusetts court case where a teen girl is charged with manslaughter because she texted her boyfriend encouragements to kill himself? If you haven't, that's okay, because Alice Clark-Platts has and she has written an "original" story that pulls right from those same headlines! Join Britney and Brad as they constructively critique Platts' short story. You can't miss this's TO DIE FOR.

August 07, 2017

Episode Forty-Nine

This Is Where It Ends

by Marieke Nijkamp
Narrated by Nick Podehl, Whitney Dykhouse, Kate Rudd, Lauren Ezzo, Amy McFadden, Brittany Pressley, and Scott Merriman
Two words: Mass Shooting. These events are difficult for many to think about. Shootings are scary, horrifying, and downright tragic and they impact everyone in some way, shape, or form. Join Britney and Brad as they discuss Marieke Nijkamp's This is Where It Ends, a novel that mentally and emotionally transports you into a situation where a gunmen sets loose in a high school auditorium. This audiobook does more than provoke fear. It also challenges it's listeners to face what victims and survivors of mass shootings might possibly experience during such a chaotic time. Will this audiobook be an effective PSA for gun violence within the school setting or will it fail at comparison when you measure the similarities and differences between the audiobook and actual real mass shootings that most likely affected you and us.

July 31, 2017

Episode Forty-Eight

My Soul to Lose

by Rachel Vincent
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Waking up in a psychiatric unit sounds exhilarating, don'tcha think? For Kaylee Cavanaugh, the hospital may not be the safest place for her to be, especially when she finds out a dark secret that she's been in the dark for her entire life. Join Britney and Brad has they scream their heads off, literally and figuratively, as they talk about the prequel to Rachel Vincent's soul-escaping Banshee series.

July 24, 2017

Episode Forty-Seven

The Marriage Lie

by Kimberly Belle
Narrated by Johanna Parker
There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, especially for Iris and Will. After Will's plane crashes, Iris is left with many questions and doubts about who the man she married. With heartbreak, confusion, and anger, Iris sets off to find out answers to her questions. Join Britney and Brad as they delve into Iris' twisted and mysterious hunt for answers. Written by Kimberly Belle and narrated by Johanna Parker, The Marriage Lie is a fantastic and mesmerizing account of betrayal that gives a whole new meaning to "till death do us part."

July 17, 2017

Episode Forty-Six

Truly Madly Guilty

by Liane Moriarty
Narrated by Caroline Lee
We're having a BBQ!! That's right, ladies and gents, we're going to have a full out BBQ Cookout today with special guests: a narcissistic hoarder, a cellist, an infertile couple, and some bratty children! Join Britney and Brad as they hash out their personal issues with Liane Moriarty's latest novel, Truly, Madly, Guilty. From being one of their most anticipated reads for the new year to ending up being an unfortunate let down, AudioShelf will discuss how damaging an overdone and somewhat contrived formula can be for an established and well-respected author. Sound harsh? Ehh, we're not so bad. Just give us a listen and find out for yourself.

July 10, 2017

Episode Forty-Five

Interview With Rebecca Soler

Beyond the Headphones
After falling in absolute love with her in Heartless, we are very excited to have the opportunity to interview Rebecca Soler in our virtual tea party. An Audiofile Earphone Award winning narrator, Rebecca has worked with Marissa Meyer, James Patterson, Judy Blume, and Sarah Dessen. Join us as we talk about what it's like to be a voice actor dealing with authors, Rebecca's experiences with Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, and what to say to those who think audiobooks don't count for reading. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this amazing conversation! Be sure to check out our website for a full transcript, with links to all the books mentioned.

July 03, 2017

Episode Forty-Four

The Dispatcher

by John Scalzi
Narrated by Zachary Quinto
What if we lived in a world where those who are murdered get a second chance at life and the only person to bring that victim back was called a Dispatcher? Well guess what...we don't. Join Britney and Brad as they discuss how an audiobook with a famous actor doesn't always make it a blockbuster success. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode. If you don't, you may be murdered, but hey, don't fret, you may be brought back to life!

June 26, 2017

Episode Forty-Three

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver
Narrated by Sarah Drew
Imagine reliving the day you died over and over again until you were able to change your entire outlook on life and become a better person in the process...or you don't have to imagine that, because that's really morbid for this fine Monday afternoon. Oops! Anyway, in this episode we feature the audiobook, Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Sarah Drew. Join us as we discuss how Sarah Drew's performance is better in this audiobook than she has ever been in Grey's Anatomy as April Kepner, the powerful content of the choices we make in our lives to be better people, and the theme of grief that is displayed throughout this audiobook. Will you shelf this audiobook for all of eternity? Or will you fatally shove it and hope it doesn't "ground hog day" itself back into your life?

June 19, 2017

Episode Forty-Two

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson
Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
1962. A time when horror novels didn't push "jump scares," gore, and cheesy psychological tropes down your throats. Instead, the twists came in more of a slow burn fashion and established a menacing revelation during it's climax that would leave you breathless. Today, we travel through the wickedly creepy mind of Shirley Jackson via her most admired horror novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. What makes this episode so creep-tastic is that Britney and Brad recorded it while sitting in the dark, in front of a row of sinister battery operated candles, and hearing disturbing noises coming from the floors and walls that surrounded them. Will this classic literary story be scary enough to give Britney and Brad shelving nightmares? Or should we bury this audiobook for good and shove it forever?

June 12, 2017

The Audiobookworm Tour Special

Understanding the Stars

by Xela Culletto
Narrated by Lori Prince
Imagine one day you are minding your business and then all of the sudden you are sucked into a war between two very different species of alien. If you're not able to imagine that, take some time to enjoy our newest special episode featuring the novel, Understanding the Stars, by X. Culletto. Join us as we take an extraterrestrial adventure following Alexandra Blackwood and Ronan through an entangled web of alien rivalries, secrecy, and abduction. We are so excited for you all to hear our first ever Book Tour review! Sit back, relax, and "phone home" (to tell your friends and family about Understanding the Stars and AudioShelf, of course!)

June 07, 2017