Category Archives: Audio Events

AudioGO Hosts Kitchen Round Table Lunch

Adam Boretz -- December 14th, 2012

A place setting from the Kitchen Round Table Lunch.

AudioGO yesterday hosted an intimate lunch to celebrate the release of Kitchen Round Table — an audiobook featuring conversations with food luminaries such as Lidia Bastianich, Madhur Jaffrey, Judith Jones, Betty Fussell, and Deb Perelman.

At Felidia in New York City, Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and chef/restaurateur Marja Samsom met with members of the press to discuss Kitchen Round Table.

Up for discussion was everything from earliest food memories and how complicated recipes can be simplified to stories about memorable gourmet feasts and unforgettable meals.

Marja Samsom at the Kitchen Round Table Lunch.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and to get your copy of Kitchen Round Table today.


S&S Audio Celebrates The Blessed

Adam Boretz -- October 5th, 2012

Audiobook Narrator Kara Hayward at The Blessed book party.

Wednesday night at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, YA author Tonya Hurley celebrated the release of her new series, The Blessed. With her was the narrator of Simon & Schuster’s audio edition, Kara Hayward, whom listeners will remember playing “Suzy” opposite Billy Murray and Frances McDormand in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

Hayward read two passages from the book for guests, the second of which was paired with original music composed by Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode and Erasure fame. Other performances of the night included Gus and Scout duo Gus Wenner and Scout Willis as well as the Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt.

After the jump, check out another picture of Hayward at the event, and give a listen to the following audio excerpt from The Blessed.

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The Heroes of Olympus: New Rick Riordan Audiobook Excerpts

Adam Boretz -- August 22nd, 2012

To celebrate the release of Rick Riordan’s new audiobook, The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diariess — a collection of short stories featuring characters from the author’s Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus universes — Random House Audio and Listening Library have released two audio excerpts.

Check out the book’s introduction from Riordan:

And give a listen the beginning of the first story, “The Diary of Luke Castellan:”

The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries is narrated by Jesse Bernstein, Joshua Swanson, Nick Chamian, and Aaron Groben.


Audiobook Week Is Nigh

Adam Boretz -- June 22nd, 2012

AudiobookWeek2012 picture With June Is Audiobook Month winding down, that means only one thing: it’s almost Audiobook Week 2012 — an annual event hosted by Devourer of Books.

This year, Audiobook Week is from June 25th to June 29th — and it is definitely not to be missed.

For all the details and discussion topics, check out THIS LINK. And we’ll be back on Monday to join in the start of Audiobook Week.


Now Hear This: June Is Audiobook Month!

Adam Boretz -- June 11th, 2012

June is Audiobook Month is in full swing — with everyone getting in on the act with giveaways, interviews, awards, tributes, deals, and much, much more.

Maybe you’ve seen this #JIAM2012 post from Emily’s Reading Room. Or this Ode to the Audiobook. Or this interview on Home Cooked Books with our pal Michele Cobb about The Audiobook as a Shared Experience and all the great #JIAM2012 deals at Tantor Media.

And, of course, there’s the Daily #JIAM2012 Video, from StudioRFM featuring Robert Fass and the likes of Johnny Heller, Simon Vance, Dion Graham, Simon Prebble — just to name a few.

Here’s Video Number 1 to get you started — you’re going to want to watch them all!

What are you doing for #JIAM2012? Let us know is our Comments Section.


BEA 2012 Wrap-Up: APAC, Audie Awards, and More!

Adam Boretz -- June 8th, 2012

Here at Listen Up, we had an amazing BEA — we were at APAC, we were at The Audie Awards, we were at the Audio Tea, we were even at Johnny Heller’s amazing Listening Lounge.

What’s that you say? You missed BEA? You couldn’t make it to the Audies? Have no fear. Publishers Weekly has you covered. Check out our coverage of All Things Audio at BEA:

BEA 2012: Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ Wins Big at 17th Annual Audie Awards

Tina Fey’s Bossypants was named Audiobook of the Year and Allan Wolf’s The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic won the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production last night at the 17th annual Audies Gala in New York City.

It was the third consecutive year that a Hachette Audio title grabbed the Audie Award’s top honor, with Fey’s self-narrated Bossypants also winning in the Biography/Memoir category. The Watch that Ends the Night — narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe — was one of three Brilliance Audio titles to take home awards.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.
BEA 2012: Audio All Day

With the growth of online sales and digital formats, the way consumers discover and create buzz about new audiobooks is changing, said Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler in his keynote address that kicked off a busy Audio Publishers Association Conference at the Javits Center on Monday.

With fewer bricks-and-mortar bookstores and more conversations about audiobooks taking place on the Internet and over social networks, audio publishers must leverage online tools to launch and market upcoming releases, asserted Chandler.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.
BEA 2012: Bestselling Authors Hold Court at Audiobook Tea

Lee Child, Debbie Macomber, and Daniel Handler joined narrator and host Dion Graham to celebrate the audiobook industry yesterday at the 12th Annual Audiobook and Author Tea at BookExpo America.

The event, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, featured a series of often-hilarious remarks from Child, Macomber, and Handler and concluded with an audience Q&A session.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.

And while BEA is over, June is Audiobook Month has only just begun. We’ll be back on Monday with all the latest #JIAM2012 news, giveaways, updates, and a whole lot more.

Audie Awards Fever!

Adam Boretz -- June 5th, 2012

With the Audie Awards kicking off in a few short hours, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you the results of our Informal Audie Awards Polls.

As you dust off your tux or gown and prepare for tonight’s festivities, take a peek at the titles and narrators YOU voted for — and who knows, maybe your predictions will be correct. We’ll find out tonight.

In the Narration by the Author/Authors Category, Tina Fey — with 70 percent of the votes –was the clear winner for her narration of Bossypants. Fey’s closest competitor was Libba Bray for Beauty Queens; she received 13 percent of votes cast.

In the Audio Drama Category, The Mark of Zorro (featuring none other than Val Kilmer) came out on top with 52 percent of the votes. In a tie for second place were The Graduate and I, Claudius — each with 15 percent of all ballots cast.

In the Multi-Voiced Performance Category, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic lead the way with 69 percent of the vote, while The Graduate again came in second — this time with 17 percent of votes cast.

In the Solo Narration – Male Category, Simon Vance garnered 49 percent of ballots cast for his reading of The King’s Speech. In second place was Bronson Pinchot — 17 percent of the vote — for Hard Magic.

In the Solo Narration – Female Category, Lorelei King received 46 percent of all votes for her performance of First Grave on the Right, while Rosalyn Landor finished in second place with 25 percent of the ballots for The Winter Sea.

In the prestigious Distinguished Achievement in Production Category, The Mark of Zorro won again — it received 62 percent of all votes — while The Watch that Ends he Night: Voices from the Titanic landed in the number two spot with 24 percent of the vote.

And, finally, in the all-important Audiobook of the Year Category, Bossypants and Tina Fey once again came out on top — this time with 63 percent of the vote — while Neil Gaiman’s American Gods placed second with 20 percent of all votes cast.


Audie Awards 2012: And The Winner Is… Part V

Adam Boretz -- May 25th, 2012

Today, our Informal Audie Awards Poll goes out with a bang: this is the Big One, the Highest Honor, the Superbowl of Audio Awards. Today we bring you, Audiobook of the Year.

And, as you might expect, the audiobooks in this category are nothing short of spectacular. The nominees for Audiobook of the Year are:

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, read by Dennis Boutsikaris and a Full Cast (Harper Audio)
  • Bossypants, read by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)
  • Go the F–k to Sleep, read by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible, Inc./ Brilliance)
  • Steve Jobs, read by Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Well, which title should be crowned Audiobook of the Year?



Audie Awards 2012: And The Winner Is… Part IV

Adam Boretz -- May 24th, 2012

The penultimate installment in our Informal Audie Awards Poll looks at a category that seems to get more and more popular every year: audiobooks read by the author.

The nominees for Narration by the Author or Authors are:

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends, written and read by Rob Lowe (Macmillan Audio)
  • Beauty Queens, written and read by Libba Bray (Scholastic Audiobooks)
  • Drama, written and read by John Lithgow (Harper Audio)
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding, written and read by Ellen DeGeneres (Hachette Audio)
  • Bossypants, written and read by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

Which author deserves to win the Audie for Narration by the Author or Authors in 2012:



Audie Awards 2012: And The Winner Is… Part III

Adam Boretz -- May 23rd, 2012

Today — in the third installment of our Informal Audie Awards Poll — we turn to one of the most prestigious prizes up for grabs at this years Audies: Distinguished Achievement in Production.

This one boasts some heavy hitters, some big names, and, of course, some great audiobooks. The Nominees for Distinguished Achievement in Production are:

  • The Mark of Zorro, read by Val Kilmer and a Full Cast (Blackstone Audiobooks)
  • She Walks in Beauty, read by Caroline Kennedy, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, Hope Davis, and Campbell Scott (Hyperion Audio)
  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe(Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick)
  • The Witches of Lublin, read by Tovah Feldshuh, Simon Jones, Barbara Rosenblat, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Boskey, Joanne Borts, Yelena Shmulenson, Joyce Feurring, Tim Jerome, et al. (SueMedia Productions)

Who should be going home with the Hardware? It’s up to YOU.