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S&S Releases Complete Hemingway Audio Collection

Adam Boretz -- November 27th, 2012


Papa is coming to audio in a major way. Simon & Schuster Audio has just published The Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library, a complete collection of the author’s novels, nonfiction, and short stories. Weighing in at 133 hours on 15 MP3 CDs, the collection is narrated by an all-star cast that includes Donald Sutherland (reading The Old Man and the Sea); William Hurt (reading The Sun Also Rises); and John Slattery (reading A Farewell to Arms).

Since 2002, Simon & Schuster Audio has been producing new audio editions of Hemingway’s work. As the company started releasing titles, the idea of a definitive collection was almost inevitable. “Once the reviews were in and sales were strong, we immediately began to think about putting them all together in a collector’s edition,” said Chris Lynch, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio…

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Bestselling Authors Champion Audiobooks Via Social Media

Adam Boretz -- February 29th, 2012

The Audio Publishers Association is once again encouraging bestselling authors to share their enthusiasm for audiobooks with fans during June is Audiobook Month. On June 1, 2012, authors and narrators will take to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and e-newsletters to talk about their positive experiences with audiobooks.

Last June, authors came out in full force for the audio format, with audiobook messages reaching more than 7.5 million people. In 2012, the APA’s goal is to double that number, bringing more than 15 million people into a discussion about audiobooks.

More details are available at www.audiopub.org. To speak with an author about their support for audiobooks, please contact Kaitlin Friedmann at (609) 297-2215.

The following authors and narrators are confirmed to participate on June 1st: Jeff Abbott, Ayad Akhtar, Kevin J. Anderson, Mary Kay Andrews, Jeffrey Archer, David Baldacci, Holly Black, Judy Blume, Chris Bohjalian, David Browne, Chelsea Cain, Christian Cantrell, Lincoln Child, Marcia Clark, Ernie Cline, Michael Connelly, Andrea Cremer, Kenneth C. Davis, Ted Dekker, Emma Donoghue, Roger Ebert, Janet Evanovich, Joseph Finder, Kami Garcia, Daniel Handler, Thea Harrison, Diana Henriques, Marilyn Johnson, Darynda Jones, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Koryta,  Alan Lazar, Brad Meltzer, Michael Moore, Erin Morgenstern,  Alyson Noel, Laurie Notaro,  Michael Palmer, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Thomas Perry, Douglas Preston, Rick Riordan, “Shorty” Rossi, Michael Scott, Marc Seifer, Michael Showalter, Nalini Singh, Karin Slaughter, Nicholas Sparks, Dana Stabenow, Duane Swierczynski, Carrie Vaughn, Norb Vonnegut, and Daniel H. Wilson.

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Audible Goes Hollywood

Adam Boretz -- October 3rd, 2011

Our pals at Audible.com are up to something BIG. They’ve hired some of Hollywood’s brightest stars to narrate a new series of audiobooks. So far the lineup, which includes seven Academy Award winners, is as follows:

  • Kim Basinger  reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin)
  • Annette Bening reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Jennifer Connelly reading The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • Colin Firth reading The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Anne Hathaway reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Dustin Hoffman reading Being There by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Samuel L. Jackson reading A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
  • Nicole Kidman To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • Meg Ryan reading The Human Comedy by William Saroyan
  • Susan Sarandon reading The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  • Naomi Watts reading Summer by Edith Wharton
  • Kate Winslet reading Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

According to a statement, the actors starring in Audible’s new series actively participated in choosing which books to record,” embracing the chance to inhabit a character that has always fascinated them, show a different side of themselves from what audiences have seen on camera, or tell a personally beloved story.”

Audible plans to confirm additional productions through the remainder of 2011, and to announce and release more titles for distribution throughout 2012.

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Life Is Great!

Adam Boretz -- May 31st, 2011

By now, you already know that the audio version of Keith Richards’s fabulous memoir, Life, won Audiobook of the Year at this year’s Audies.

Well, PW and Listen Up caught up with Joe Hurley and Team Hachette. And here’s what they had to say about the project and their big win.

Narrator JOE HURLEY:

“I was in Paris, playing a festival, sound-checking with ‘Sing Me Back Home,’ when I got the exciting call. Ninety-eight percent of France was on strike. I caught the only flight back to NYC at 6 am, arms full of guitars and luggage, and arrived sleepless at JFK, where I was driven to the studio, had a cup of tea, and began recording an hour later.

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