Category Archives: Audio Excerpt

Live at B&N: Ann Leary’s The Good House

Adam Boretz -- January 23rd, 2013

The Good House reading at B&N.

Last week, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, held a book signing at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side in NYC.

And, her audiobook narrator, Mary Beth Hurt, read an excerpt from the book, giving the audience a preview of what the audio edition sounds like.

But, if you missed the event — which, a reliable source tells Listen Up, was attended by quite a few celebs — don’t despair.

You can check out an audio excerpt from the audiobook (available from Macmillan Audio) RIGHT HERE.


Audio Excerpt: Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

Adam Boretz -- November 28th, 2012

If you like your audiobooks with a healthy dose of BRAINS, then AudioGO has what you need.

Adapted from a graphic novel, the audio edition of Don Roff’s Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection is narrated by Stephen R. Thorne — but it’s more than your average zombie audiobook.

AudioGO worked closely with the author to incorporate the dialogue from his illustrations into a cohesive script. Then, the company’s senior sound engineer, Will Sibilia, went to work on the recording, creating an old-school finish with hisses, cracks, skips, and eerie background noises to evoke the feel of the Zombie Apocalypse.

But they weren’t done yet. Thorne also modulated his performance to include sighs, pauses, and heavy breathing — all to further the feeling of authenticity. The result is undeniably creepy:


Neil Patrick Harris to Narrate The Bro Code for Parents

Adam Boretz -- October 15th, 2012

Here at Listen Up, we love all things Neil Patrick Harris — so we were delighted to learn that he will be narrating the audio edition of Barney Stinson’s The Bro Code for Parents: What to Expect when You’re Awesome for Simon & Schuster Audio.

The Bro Code for Parents is the latest from Stinson, following the bestselling The Bro Code and The Playbook — both of which were also narrated by NPH.

The Bro Code for Parents aims teach prospective parents everything they need to know about having a kid by answering some of the toughest questions facing new parents: Will I ever be able to do awesome things again? Will I be able to afford this? Can I ever have sex again? Will I be a good parent? Am I able to love this child as much as I love my own life? Can I ever have sex again?

Stinson says the answer to all of these questions is a big NO.

But just because your life is now a “petrifying turd on the canvas of life” doesn’t mean your kid can’t turn out okay. And The Bro Code for Parents is here to help anyone become an “awesomommy” or “legendaddy.”

To get your copy of The Bro Code for Parents, CLICK HERE and check out the following audio excerpt:


Post-Debate Depression? Colbert Has The Cure

Adam Boretz -- October 12th, 2012

If you’re like most Americans, you may be starting to feel a bit fatigued by the Race for the White House: debates, stump speeches, Obama, opinion polls, Ryan, more debates, swing stages, Romney, Big Bird, robo-calls, Biden, more debates — and on and on it goes.

Who can make sense of it all?

Stephen Colbert, that’s who.

So, if you find yourself in need of clarity, check out this exclusive audio excerpt from Colbert’s America Again, courtesy of our pals over at Hachette Audio:


Audio Excerpt: The Cursing Mommy’s Book Of Days

Adam Boretz -- September 27th, 2012

Next month, Macmillan Audio is releasing the audio edition of Ian Frazier’s first novel, The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days.

And if that weren’t exciting enough, the audiobook is narrated by none other than Cynthia Nixon.

Check out the following for an audio excerpt from The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days (some of which might be a little NSFW):