Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bill O’Reilly: Narrating Audiobooks, Signing Audiobooks, Selling Audiobooks

Adam Boretz -- November 30th, 2011

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about political pundit Bill O’Reilly’s controversial new book, Killing Lincoln. But what you may not know is that O’Reilly also recorded the audio version of his history of the assassination of the 16th president — and it sits at the very top of PW’s Non-Fiction Audio Bestseller List.

The audio version of Killing Lincoln book is available from Macmillan Audio. And, if you’re a fan history on audio or O’Reilly, catch up with him at one of his promotional events.

Below is an exclusive photo of O’Reilly at an author event at Bookends in New Jersey, where he can be seen signing the audio edition of Killing Lincoln.


Tantor Audiobook Sale-A-Bration

Adam Boretz -- November 24th, 2011

With the Holiday Season almost upon us, our friends at Tantor Audio are having a massive sale.

All audiobooks are 50 percent off — and that includes MP3 downloads and is good for both consumer titles and library editions.

Check out Tantor’s New Titles, Bestsellers, and Classics today and consider your holiday shopping finished!


Classic Literature Pick Of The Week

Adam Boretz -- November 23rd, 2011

This week’s Classic Literature Audio Pick is Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

Narrated by Frances Barber, this unabridged audio production is available from AudioGO and should not be missed! Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt.


Audio Review Spotlight: Three Sisters

Adam Boretz -- November 22nd, 2011

While we at Listen Up HQ and Publishers Weekly are readying our next batch of audio reviews, let’s take a look at our recent Starred Review of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, performed by a full cast and available only from our pals over at L.A. Theatre Works.

Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov, performed by a full cast. L.A. Theatre Works, unabridged, two CDs, 2.5 hrs., $25.95 ISBN 978-1-58081-822-3

Chekhov’s complex drama about the fate of an aristocratic family in free fall is brought to life wonderfully by director Jenny Sullivan and an impressive cast that includes Tessa Thompson as Irina, Jennifer Westfeldt as Masha, and Sarah Zimmerman as Olga. The cast maintains its enthusiasm and energy throughout the production. Although listeners may initially find it challenging to distinguish voices and names without visual queues, this is easily overcome thanks to the quality of the performance and its distinctively rendered characters. Performed live, this audiobook includes audience laughter and sounds from the stage, which elevate the listening experience and highlight the theatrical nature of the production. The cast members are not standing in recording booths and reading into microphones—they have an audience engaged in their performance, and this sparks the listener’s imagination. (Aug.)

Now Playing: Shaq Uncut

Adam Boretz -- November 21st, 2011

This week my Case of the Mondays was much ameliorated by the delivery of the audio version of Shaq: Uncut from Hachette Audio.

The audiobook is narrated by Dion Graham, who listeners will likely remember from The Wire. Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and get your copy today.


Xe Sands Storybook: The Velveteen Rabbit

Adam Boretz -- November 17th, 2011

The other day, we at Listen Up came across audiobook narrator Xe Sands’s amazing audio/visual production of Margery Williams’s The Velveteen Rabbit.

Many of you may already know Sands from her weekly Going Public audio clips — check out THIS LINK for her reading excerpts from everything from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Lady Chatterley’s Lover — but if you haven’t seen and heard her Velveteen Rabbit Storybook, now is definitely the time.

Check out THIS LINK for the storybook, which basically allows you to turn the pages of The Velveteen Rabbit while Sands narrates, letting you listen while reading along.

The experience is not to be missed and is kind of like having someone read you a really, really, really good bedtime story.



Audio Review Spotlight: Happy Accidents

Adam Boretz -- November 16th, 2011

This time our review spotlight shines on the audio edition of Jane Lynch’s memoir, Happy Accidents.  Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and CLICK HERE for all PW’s latest audio reviews.

And without further ado, here’s our Starred Review of Happy Accidents:

Happy Accidents
Jane Lynch, read by the author, foreword read by Carol Burnett. Hyperion/Voice, unabridged, six CDs, 7 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4013-2613-5

Starting in the Midwestern town of Dolton, Ill., author and narrator Jane Lynch chronicles her life, detailing childhood, graduate school, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Shakespearean stage productions, commercials, television pilots, supporting roles in comedies, and Emmy Award nominations. Following her triumphs and struggles, listeners will find themselves rooting for Lynch as she works through self-loathing and sexual repression and humbly chalks up her fame to a series of “happy accidents.” Lynch’s signature dry and acidic delivery comes out at times—to seal a punch line or offer up a pithy one-liner to end a chapter—but overall, her voice takes on a softer tone. Her narration is intimate and her honesty, humor, and warmth come across perfectly. Lynch’s performance will leave listeners engaged, entertained, and wanting more. A Voice hardcover. (Sept.)


Audible’s Semi-Annual Sale is ON!!!!

Adam Boretz -- November 15th, 2011

Listen Up, Audio Fans: Over at Audible, the Semi-Annual Sale is going strong. And that means one thing: audio magic at discount prices.

Check out THIS LINK to get great deals on audio downloads, browse categories, and check out Semi-Annual Sale Bestsellers.

But hurry! The Semi-Annual Sale ends November 22.


Classic Literature Audio Pick of the Week

Adam Boretz -- November 15th, 2011

This week’s Classic Literature Audio pick is Tantor’s Audie Award-Winning, AudioFile Earphones Award-Winning production of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.

The audiobook is narrated by the great Simon Vance and includes a companion ebook. Here’s what AudioFile had to say about Vance’s performance: “Simon Vance brings a whole new dimension to the story as he imbues each character with a unique voice, and with exquisite diction provides listeners with a totally new experience.”

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and get your copy today!


Now Playing: The Malcolm Gladwell Box Set

Adam Boretz -- November 11th, 2011

We (read:me) here  at Listen Up are now safely and securely ensconced in our new Washington, D.C. Office and — upon unpacking all our boxes (so many boxes) of audiobooks — discovered an audio gem: Malcolm Gladwell: The Box Set from Hachette Audio.

The Box Set includes the audio versions of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers on 22 CDs — all narrated by Gladwell!

This one may take me a while to finish up and comes on the heels of another great Hachette title: Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which I listened to again during my drive from NYC to D.C.