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.
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.)
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.)
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!