Helen Laser and AudioFile’s 2023 Best Fiction Audiobooks
In Conversation with Michele Cobb on Behind the Mic
Narrator Helen Laser joins AudioFile’s Michele Cobb to discuss her narration of Yellowface, R.F. Kuang’s novel with a sharp look at the publishing world and one of AudioFile’s 2023 Best Fiction Audiobooks. Laser gives a mesmerizing performance as June Hayward, a struggling author who steals her dead friend’s manuscript, passing it off as her own, and publishing it while pretending she is Asian. It’s a riveting production of a thrilling and thought-provoking story. Laser shares the challenges of narrating Yellowface, and what has stayed with her about this audiobook.
Read AudioFile’s review of the audiobook, published by Harper Audio.
AudioFile’s 2023 Best Fiction Audiobooks:
Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, read by Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch, Lee Osorio
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride, read by Dominic Hoffman
I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai, read by Julia Whelan, JD Jackson
The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor, read by Kevin R. Free
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, read by Meryl Streep
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang, read by Helen Laser
Find the full list of 2023 Best Audiobooks on our website: https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/best-audiobooks-2023/
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Photo of Helen Laser by John DeAmara.