Rise of The Rocket Girls: Women Who Made the American Space Program Possible

From missiles to the moon to Mars, listeners go behind the scenes with the women at JPL.

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Narrator Erin Bennett shares her fascination with the “rocket era” that intrigues many of us. Erin has a special connection to the space program through a childhood friend, now an astronaut, and lets AudioFile Magazine in on a very special “launch” of the RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS audiobook.

“Before there were computers, there were women who computed. The women at JPL.”—Erin Bennett

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by Nathalia Holt, read by Erin Bennett
Hachette Audio

The excitement of rocket launches and space exploration intrigues us—and makes for great listening. Most histories of the rocket era during and after WWII focus on the achievements of men. This audiobook corrects that bias by telling the stories of brilliant women, known as “human computers,” who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and made our space and missile defense programs possible. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE.

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Mystery Monday: End of Watch

Could your Mondays use a little suspense? AudioFile Magazine editors share their favorites each week.

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There are lots of thrillers out there, and Stephen King is a superstar, but our reviewer calls this “among King’s creepiest”—just how creepy is that?! I guess you’ll have to listen to find out.

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by Stephen King, read by Will Patton

Narrator Will Patton leads listeners along a dark path in the final book in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy. Listen to a sound clip and read the full review HERE.

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Everybody’s Fool: A Whole Lovely Mud-Pit of Flawed People

Hear what it was like to inhabit Richard Russo’s crazy—but oddly heroic—community in EVERYBODY’S FOOL.

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Narrator Mark Bramhall recently stepped into his dressing room between performances of Dancing at Lughnasa to give AudioFile Magazine an exclusive behind-the-mic perspective of reading Richard Russo’s EVERYBODY’S FOOL. Hear what it was like to encounter the crazy, wonderful, sad, bizarre community of North Bath, New York.

“I hope that he’s happy with what I did . . . because I’m now chief among Russo’s fans.” -Mark Bramhall

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by Richard Russo, read by Mark Bramhall
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Here at AudioFile we knew this audiobook would be an Editors’ Pick as soon as we pushed play! Mark Bramhall is superbly skilled and has a beautiful voice with amazing range, but what astonishes here is his humanity, not to mention sense of humor, as he brings Russo’s entire town of North Bath, New York, to madcap life. Russo has never been better than in this virtuoso revisit to the scene of his earlier book, NOBODY’S FOOL. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review of EVERYBODY’S FOOL HERE

Narrator Mark Bramhall
Photo: Daniel Reichert

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“I didn’t know Richard Russo’s work until I opened this fabulous book, so it was daunting to realize that it was essentially a small epic, and that I was to embody this whole lovely mud-pit of flawed people. It was a huge privilege, and a wonderful learning experience, to find Russo’s sweet irony and live for a while in his crazy–but oddly heroic–community.” -Mark Bramhall

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