Category Archives: Now Playing

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!


Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Adam Boretz -- January 25th, 2013


Here at Audio HQ in NYC, the temperature is hovering around 19°F — in fact, it’s so cold, the pond in our courtyard is frozen solid — so there’s only one thing to do: stay inside with a good audiobook.

My first impulse was to listen to something about the great Ernest Shackleton — perhaps the audio edition of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science.

But, I soon discovered a bevy of great audiobooks on Audible perfect for cold weather listening. Among some of the highlights are:

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

Freezing Point

Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Ice Princess

Cold Vengeance

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption – from South Central to Hollywood

The Cold War: A New History

The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene

Cold Mountain

Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

And, believe me when I say: this is just the tip of the audio iceberg.

So, stay inside, stay warm, and curl up with a good audiobook.


Now Playing: Death of a Cozy Writer

Adam Boretz -- January 10th, 2013

This week, I’m listening to G.M. Malliet’s Death of a Cozy Writer from Dreamscape Media.

The audio edition of the novel — which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and is the first book in Malliet’s St. Just series — is narrated by the great Davina Porter.

And if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, this one’s for you. Here’s a quick rundown on the story from Dreamscape:

From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow – a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk – an ornate knife thrust into his heart. Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn, can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends up dead?

Get your copy RIGHT HERE.


Now Playing: Redirect

Adam Boretz -- December 3rd, 2012

This week, I’m listening to Timothy D. Wilson’s Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change.

The audiobook — about how people can reinvent themselves, transform their children, improve communities, and even change the world — is narrated by the great Grover Gardener and available from HighBridge Audio.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt.


Now Playing: Narcopolis

Adam Boretz -- November 12th, 2012

Today, I’m listening to the audio edition of Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis.

The book — which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and received a Starred Review from PW — is set in late-1970s Bombay and follows a New Yorker as he discovers the underworld of an opium den and a brothel, where he encounters a host of odd characters.

The audiobook is narrated by Robertson Dean and available from Tantor Media. Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt.


Now Playing: Post-Hurricane Edition

Adam Boretz -- November 1st, 2012

Here at Audio HQ, we survived Hurricane Sandy — we have power, but little or no Internet; unfortunately, the PW Office is without power — and are safe and dry as NYC attempts to restore power and public transportation.

In the meantime, we are — as you probably guessed — listening to audiobooks. Audible recently added unabridged versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. We’re pretty sure that will last us for the for a while.

We hope everyone in NYC and the surrounding areas is safe and sound. Hopefully we’ll be back and firing on all cylinders very soon.


Now Playing: The Charles Dickens Classic Radio Dramas

Adam Boretz -- October 3rd, 2012

Today, I’m listening to Charles Dickens: The Classic Radio Dramas from BBC Radio and AudioGO.

The collection includes audio editions of Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

Among the actors performing these great radio dramas are Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Kitchen, Tim McInnerny, Pam Ferris, John Woodvine, and Geraldine McWean — just to name a few!

If you’re a Dickens fan or just love old-time radio dramas, this one is definitely worth checking out.


Now Playing: Galahad At Blandings

Adam Boretz -- September 19th, 2012

Today, I’m listening to the audio edition of P.G. Wodehouse’s classic Galahad At Blandings.

The audiobook is available from CSA Word and read by my all-time favorite narrator, the great Martin Jarvis.

Check out THIS LINK to read the PW review of Galahad at Blandings.


Now Playing: Silver

Adam Boretz -- August 16th, 2012

This week, I’m incredibly excited to be listening to the audio edition of Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s Silver: Return to Treasure Island.

The audiobook is narrated by David Tennant and available from Dreamscape Media.

What are YOU listening to today?


Now Playing: The Remains of the Day

Adam Boretz -- July 19th, 2012

Today, I’m listening to Kazuo Ishiguro’s classic The Remains of the Day.

The audiobook is narrated by the great Simon Prebble and available from Tantor Media. And this production of The Remains of the Day won an Earphones Award from our pals at AudioFile.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and get your copy RIGHT HERE.