Monthly Archives: September 2011

PW Audio Reviews: Now With 100% More Audio Clips

Adam Boretz -- September 29th, 2011

Now Hear This:

Publishers Weekly now supports the hosting of short clips from audiobooks, which will be accessible via a small player appearing beneath the online review of each corresponding audiobook. It will look a little like this:

PW’s created this FTP Site where publishers can upload MP3 files — the clips will automatically attach to the correct audio review as long as they are named properly, using the ISBN-13 of the book as the file name. Continue reading


Now Playing: Random House Audio Delivers The Goods

Adam Boretz -- September 28th, 2011

Here at the Listen Up Home Office, I just unpacked a shipment of audiobooks from Random House Audio and it’s chock full of amazing titles. I was going to pick one for a Now Playing post, but I actually don’t know which audiobook to listen to first.

On my desk are the following:

Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use To Manipulate Our Minda And Persuade Us To Buy by Martin Lindstrom; read by Dan Woren.

Aleph by Paulo Coelho; read by Mark Bramhall.

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier; read by Will Patton.

Last Man In Tower by Aravind Adiga; read by Sam Dastor.

Moneyball by Michael Lewis; read by Scott Brick.

Tension City by Jim Lehrer; read by the author.

Where to even begin? I’m leaning toward Moneyball, but Tension City — with its audio clips and interviews from every presidential debate since Kennedy-Nixon — looks so good too. Definitely check out these titles from Random House Audio and the above links for audio excerpts.


YA Audiobook Reviews From PW

Adam Boretz -- September 27th, 2011

Listen Up is happy to announce that Publishers Weekly will now be reviewing YA audiobooks.

So, if you’re a fan of YA audio, keep your eyes peeled — reviews of YA titles will be coming soon.

And if you’re an audio publisher and would like to submit YA titles for review, just check out our Submission Guidelines and mail those audios to The PW Home Office.


Audio Review Spotlight: The Graduate

Adam Boretz -- September 26th, 2011

Publishers Weekly’s latest batch of audio reviews is online, and this time around we’ve got a great mix of titles — everything from the audio edition of Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers to Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. Check out all of this month’s audio reviews RIGHT HERE, and take a look below for our review of the L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production of The Graduate.

The Graduate
Charles Webb, Buck Henry, Terry Johnson, and Calder Willingham, read by a full cast. L.A. Theatre Works, two CDs, 2 hrs., $25.95 ISBN 978-1-58081-820-9

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” Those words, uttered by naïve college graduate Benjamin Braddock, haven’t been so compelling since Dustin Hoffman spoke them in the 1967 film adaptation of Webb’s novel. Now, Braddock’s famous line takes on new life via this full cast production from L.A. Theatre Works that infuses the classic tale with raw emotion and perfect comedic timing. Matthew Rhys delivers a standout performance as Braddock, making the role his own through an understated performance replete with subtle shifts in tone that will have listeners in stitches. The legendary Kathleen Turner is solid and reliable as always, capturing the flare and tenacity of Mrs. Robinson with the greatest of ease. This top-notch production is a fabulous listening experience. (Sept.)


Now Playing: The Mating Season

Adam Boretz -- September 21st, 2011

I was going to ask The Twitterverse for listening suggestions — but then I got my hands on the audio edition of P. G. Wodehouse’s The Mating Season. The audiobook is available from AudioGO and narrated by Jonathan Cecil.

Let me just say this: this one’s an absolute must-listen for fans of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s personal gentleman, Jeeves. Order your copy today!


It’s All About You

Adam Boretz -- September 20th, 2011

Once again, we asked — this time a few questions about our readership — and you responded. And to summarize the results of our “Getting To Know You Poll,” you are (or at least the average of the collective you is) a 35- to 44-Year-Old Woman Who Lives In The Midwest And Does Not Work In The Audio Industry.

For a more detailed recap of our most recent survey, take a look at all the results after the jump. And thanks to everyone who voted!! Continue reading


Audio Alert: Free Audio Short Story

Adam Boretz -- September 19th, 2011

Now Hear This: Our pals over at Hachette Audio are giving away the audio version of bestselling author George Pelecanos’s short story “Chosen” — read by none other than Dion Graham of “The Wire.”

“Chosen,” is the short in which Pelecanos first explored the character of Iraq War veteran Spero Lucas, the hero of his latest novel, The Cut. “Chosen” was previously only been available to people who purchased The Cut as an ebook.

Get your copy HERE or on Hachette’s Facebook Page.


Poll: Who Are You?

Adam Boretz -- September 15th, 2011

At the risk of sounding like Big Brother, we at Listen Up want to know all about YOU. As such, we’ve concocted a little “Getting To Know You Poll.” Take a peek below and tell us all about yourself — well, within some pretty limited parameters and via some totally innocuous and impersonal questions.


My Week With Marilyn

Adam Boretz -- September 14th, 2011

Marilyn Monroe is coming to audio! On October 4, Dreamscape will release the audio edition of Colin Clark’s My Week with Marilyn — narrated by the always amazing Simon Prebble.

But that’s just the begging. The film adaptation of Clark’s memoir is set to hit theaters in early November and the film’s own Marilyn, Michelle Williams, will be gracing the cover of October’s Vogue. Check out THIS LINK for an excerpt from the audiobook and pre-order your copy today!


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.