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January LaVoy

January LaVoy

Hear a clip of January in VERSION CONTROL

"As the narrator, I feel it’s my job to heighten the parts of the story that impacted me.”

January LaVoy
January LaVoy

January's Recent News

Eliza Hamilton   AudioFile Best of 2018 Biography
Hope Nation   AudioFile Best of 2018 Young Adult
My Life, My Love, My Legacy   AudioFile Best of 2017 Memoir
Camino Island   AudioFile Best of 2017 Mystery & Suspense
The Meaning of Michelle    AudioFile Best of 2017 NonFiction & Culture 
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World   Audie Winner 2017
Version Control    AudioFile Best of 2016 Science Fiction & Fantasy
Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel  AudioFile Best of 2015 Young Adult, Audie Winner 2016
The Competition   AudioFile Best of 2014 Mystery & Suspense
Missing You   AudioFile Best of 2014 Mystery & Suspense



More Accolades for January LaVoy

Before She was Harriet    Audie Award 2019 Young Listeners
The Diviners    AudioFile Best of 2012 Young Adult


Talking with January LaVoy

January LaVoy manages to straddle the worlds of stage, film, and television and somehow squeezes in recording 20 audiobooks a year, which is good news for audiobook fans.

LaVoy, named the 2013 Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly , is making quite a name for herself in the field. In the past five years she has recorded dozens of mainstream mystery books by many authors, including James Patterson and Harlan Coben.

LaVoy only recently realized how important audiobooks are. “I used to think audiobooks were for commuters,” she says. “Recently, a war photographer presented me with three flags that flew over his camp in Afghanistan. He said audiobooks allowed them to shut out the war for several hours.”

She also learned how important audiobooks are to America’s prisons. “An announcer at this year’s Audie Awards said that audiobooks are piped into entire cell blocks. Everyone just listens; the whole block is quiet. Many prisoners are illiterate, and this is the only way they can get access to great literature.”

Like many performers, LaVoy reads a book at least twice before recording it. “I read it once straight through. Then I go through and underline important parts, like when it says the character ‘spat’ the words. I play with the voices until they feel right to me. As the narrator, I feel it’s my job to heighten the parts of the story that impacted me.”

LaVoy recorded her first audiobook in 2008 under a pseudonym because she feared her association with a sexy vampire novel might affect her job as an actress on a soap opera. Her most popular work is THE DIVINERS, for which she won the Publishers Weekly award, a raucous novel by Libba Bray set in the Roaring ’20s in which she gave voice to a large number of characters. “They were all trying to make it in New York,” she says. “My favorite was called the Ziegfield girl, who talked like Mae West.”

Her next project will be LAIR OF DREAMS, the sequel to THE DIVINERS. As for what book she’d like to record someday, she says, “I’d love to record Jacqueline Susann’s second novel, ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH.”

What’s the attraction of a racy 1973 novel? “My mother named me after the main character in the novel, January Wayne. When I was old enough to understand such things, I asked my mother if I could read it. She said, ‘Absolutely not.’ I still think it would be fun to record.”--Michael Sangiacomo



Photo by Jordan Matter


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