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Listen Up: We’re Moving to PWxyz

Adam Boretz -- March 22nd, 2013

moving-dayAs of next week, Listen Up will be folding into Publishers Weekly’s official blog, PWxyz, in an effort to mainstream content and increase overall blog traffic.

“But what about all my audiobook news needs?” you ask. Fear not, audio enthusiasts.

We’ll still have you covered — with Q&As, news, reviews, contests, bestseller info, and a whole lot more. It’ll just be in a different place — and, because of the new location, our posts will be read by a much wider audience.

So, if you’re an audiobook fan, check us out at PWxyz.  And If you’re an audio publisher, feel free to pitch me stories as per usual.

Thanks everyone. We’ll see you next week, albeit in a slightly different location.

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Now Playing: The Castle

Adam Boretz -- March 19th, 2013

0004This week, I’m listening to the audio edition of Franz Kafka’s classic novel The Castle.

Available from Naxos, the audiobook — which makes the absurd village bureaucracy seem all the more galling — is narrated by Allan Corduner.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and get your copy today!

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Audio Bestsellers: Through 3/10/13

Adam Boretz -- March 18th, 2013

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Another week, another new #1. This week it’s Clive Cussler and Justin Scott’s The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure (narrated by Scott Brick for Penguin Audio) grabbing the top spot on PW’s audio bestseller list.

Coming in at #2 is James Patterson’s Alex Cross, Run, which is narrated by Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer for Hachette Audio. At #3 is Heart of Texas, Volume 1: Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step (Brilliance Audio) written by Debbie Macomber and narrated by Natalie Ross.

J.D. Robb’s Calculated in Death (narrated by Susan Ericksen for Brilliance Audio) takes the #4 spot and dropping all the way down to #5 is Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio).

For the complete list of audio bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.

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HarperAudio to Release Armistead Maupin Collection

Adam Boretz -- March 13th, 2013

This month, our pals over at HarperAudio are releasing six brand new audio editions — available for the first time unabridged — of books by Armistead Maupin.

The titles — which feature some amazing actors — coming out on March 26 are:

Tales of the City, read by Frances McDormand
More Tales of the City, read by Cynthia Nixon
Further Tales of the City, read by Frances McDormand
Babycakes, read by Alan Cumming
Sure of You, read by Eric McCormack
Significant Others, read by Cynthia Nixon

When asked about the project, Cumming said:

“Armistead Maupin is a hero of mine. He manages to be eloquent and witty but never shies away from pain and loss. Reading this audiobook was not only something fun and challenging to do (the bobbing back and forth between continents from an accent point of view was certainly both!) but also a way to reconnect with the spirit of Armistead. And true to form, it was as fun and trippy and soulful as the man himself.”

Check out the following audio excerpts from each of the forthcoming Maupin audiobooks:

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Free Audiobook Alert: Choose Joy

Adam Boretz -- March 12th, 2013

9781610454513What time is is?  Why it’s free audiobook time at christianaudio.

This month, the company’s free audio download is Kay Warren’s Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.

The audiobook is narrated by Warren herself, and teaches women what joy really is, where to find it, and how to choose it in the good times and the bad.

Get your free copy RIGHT HERE. And while you’re at it, check out the following author interview with Warren:

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Audio Bestsellers: Through 3/4/13

Adam Boretz -- March 11th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 5.10.53 PMThis week on PW’s audio bestseller list, James Patterson’s Alex Cross, Run (narrated by Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer for Hachette Audio) holds onto the top spot, with J.D. Robb’s Calculated in Death (narrated by Susan Ericksen for Brilliance Audio) coming in at #2.

Taking the #3 spot is Heart of Texas, Volume 1: Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step (Brilliance Audio) written by Debbie Macomber and narrated by Natalie Ross.

Dropping all the way down to #4 is Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio), while rounding out our top five is another Brilliance title: Heather Graham’s The Unseen, which is narrated by Luke Daniels.

For the complete list of audio bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with NPR and HighBridge Audio

Adam Boretz -- March 5th, 2013

9781611746723-204_2As you probably know by now, March is Women’s History Month — and what better way to mark the occasion than with NPR American Chronicles: Women’s Equality.

The audiobook — which is available from HighBridge Audio — explores the issues, struggles, and triumphs of the American women’s movement, from early pioneers to modern groundbreakers and leaders of today who fight to preserve hard-won rights. Profiles of Victoria Woodhull, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony provide insights into the origins of the movement, while reflections from Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Geraldine Ferraro, and others reveal the passion and dedication required to maintain progress in the continuing struggle for women’s equality.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt, and get your copy today!

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Audio Bestsellers: Through 2/24/13

Adam Boretz -- March 4th, 2013

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 11.23.43 AMThis week on PW’s audio bestseller list, James Patterson’s Alex Cross, Run (narrated by Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer for Hachette Audio) grabs the top spot, sending Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio) down to #2.

In at #3 is Patterson and Mark Sullivan’s Private Berlin (narrated by January LaVoy and Ari Fliakos for Hachette Audio), while Harlan Coben’s Play Dead — which is narrated by Scott Brick for Brilliance Audio — comes in at #4, and Debbie Macomber’s Love in Plain Sight (narrated by Amy McFadden for Brilliance) takes the #5 spot.

For the complete Audio Bestseller List from PW, CLICK HERE.

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And the Pulp and Paper Giveaway Winners Are…

Adam Boretz -- March 1st, 2013

51i9QMpvHbL._SL175_As promised, today we announce the winners of digital audio editions of Josh Rolnick’s debut story collection, Pulp and Paper.

But before we reveal the two lucky winners, we want to thank our pal Robert Fass — narrator of this independently-produced audiobook — for making this contest happen!

So, without further ado, the randomly-selected winners of the Pulp and Paper Audio Giveaway are:

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Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 12.20.56 PMMissy and Frank, we’ll be in touch soon with your prizes. And thanks to everyone for taking part in the Pulp and Paper Audio Giveaway.

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Behind The Audio: My Beloved Brontosaurus

Adam Boretz -- March 1st, 2013

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Today in Behind The Audio, we go into the recording booth with Brian Switek author of My Beloved Brontosaurus.

The audiobook, which is narrated by the author, will be available from Macmillan Audio in early Spring.

So, while you’re waiting, check out this Q&A that Publishers Weekly did with Switek.

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