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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.


Audio Review Spotlight: In My Time

Adam Boretz -- January 3rd, 2012

PW’s latest batch of audio reviews is online and in print, and this time around we’ve got everything from celebrity memoirs and thrillers to classics and YA titles. Be sure to check out all the latest reviews HERE. And in the meantime, let’s take a look at our Starred Review of Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, read by Cheney and Edward Herrmann and available from Simon & Schuster Audio.

In My Time
Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney, read by Dick Cheney and Edward Herrmann. Simon & Schuster Audio, abridged, seven CDs, 7.5 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-3808-1

The 46th and perhaps most contentious vice president of the United States speaks his mind in this sprawling firsthand account of his political life. Naturally, the author’s slant is quite noticeable, particularly when he explains his role in the decision to invade Iraq following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Narrator Edward Herrmann delivers a compelling, straightforward performance with a journalistic tone. He gives the material the respect it deserves without editorializing. Cheney—who also provides narration—proves to be an excellent storyteller, ably reading his story with great respect for those who have lost their lives in America’s war against terror. While this memoir is unlikely to change Cheney’s hardened and callous image, it does offer a unique look at one of the most painful and controversial times in American history—and for that this audio is certainly worth a listen. A Threshold hardcover. (Aug.)

Tintin Audiobook? Yes, Please!!

Adam Boretz -- October 28th, 2011

We might be jumping the gun a little on this one, but when we saw that Hachette Audio is releasing a Tintin Audiobook, we couldn’t contain ourselves.

The audiobook is based on the novelization of the soon-to-be-released film The Adventures of Tintin based on the famous characters created by Hergé. The audio will be available on November 1 and is narrated by Nick Sullivan.

In lieu of an audio excerpt, check out the following official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin:


Audible Launches Neil Gaiman Presents

Adam Boretz -- October 26th, 2011

Audible yesterday announced the launch of Neil Gaiman Presents, a bespoke line of audiobooks personally selected by author and audiobook buff Neil Gaiman and produced on the Audiobook Creation Exchange.

Gaiman has chosen some of his favorite works of fiction and nonfiction and — keeping their specific attributes for audio in mind — personally supervised the casting for each audiobook to ensure that the author’s work is performed by that ideal narrator.

The full list of titles comprising the Neil Gaiman Presents label at launch is listed as follows: Continue reading


Audio Alert: New Simon Vance Video Blog!

Adam Boretz -- September 12th, 2011

Audiobook narrator extraordinaire Simon Vance has a new video blog up — this one’s filmed filmed in Paris and brings us up to speed on Vance’s  favorite parts of the city and what he’s working on next. Let’s go to the videotape:

Paris Vlog 2011 from Simon Vance on Vimeo.


Elementary, My Dear Watson?

Adam Boretz -- August 31st, 2011

We asked you to pick your Favorite Sherlock Holmes Narrator — and you certainly responded! The polls are now closed, the results are in, and I have to say they’re a bit surprising.

After a relatively weak start, David Timson fans rallied, propelling him to the top spot with 39 percent of all votes cast in a flurry of last minute ballot-box stuffing.

This pushed the late great Edward Hardwicke — who listeners will remember as Dr. Watson from the Granada television adaptations of the Holmes stories — into the number two spot with 25 percent of votes cast.

And in a tie for third place with 9 percent of the votes were Simon Prebble and the trio of John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Orson Welles. After that, Ralph Cosham, Charlton Griffin, and Benedict Cumberbatch (a write-in candidate! and star of Masterpiece Mystery’s “Sherlock” television series) each had 3 percent of all ballots cast.

If you want to listen to any or all of these fine Sherlock Holmes audiobooks, check out Naxos Audio for recordings by David Timson; CSA Word for audiobooks featuring Edward Hardwicke; Tantor Audio for Simon Prebble; HighBridge Audio for the radio dramas starring John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Orson Welles; Blackstone Audio for Ralph Cosham; Audio Connoisseur for Charlton Griffin; and AudioGo for Benedict Cumberbatch reading a selection of new Sherlock Holmes stories.

Thanks to everyone who voted! And if you disagree with the results, feel free to let us know in the comments section or on Twitter!