Talking to Brian Nishii About the 2022 Best Children and Family Listening
On the Newly Translated How Do You Live?
Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile’s editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. We keep our daily episodes short and sweet, with audiobook clips to give you a sample of our featured listens.
Narrator Brian Nishii joins AudioFile’s Robin Whitten to discuss Genzaburo Yoshino’s How Do You Live?, a Japanese classic from 1937 with a new translation by Bruno Navasky. Named one of AudioFile’s Best Children & Family Listening audiobooks, How Do You Live? remains surprisingly relevant today, intertwining the adventures of a young teenager with philosophical conversations with his beloved uncle. Nishii tells listeners about the challenges of bringing this title to a contemporary audience, his approach to narrating audiobooks for younger listeners, and more.
AudioFile’s 2022 Best Children’ & Family Listening:
A is for Oboe: The Orchestra’s Alphabet by Lera Auerbach, Marilyn Nelson, read by Thomas Quasthoff
A Different Pond by Bao Phi, read by Bao Phi
Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho, read by Justin Chien
How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky [Trans.], Neil Gaiman [Fore.], read by Brian Nishii
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat, read by Sura Siu
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, read by Barbara Rosenblat
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