Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jack Gantos Talks Audiobooks

Adam Boretz -- January 31st, 2012

Jack Gantos, who won the Newbery Medal for Dead End in Norvelt, also narrated the book’s audio edition, which is available from Macmillan Audio.

Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and the following short video of Jack talking about the recording process and what he learned from narrating his own work:


Audio Reviews Spotlight: The House of Silk

Adam Boretz -- January 30th, 2012

Our latest batch of audio reviews is online and in print. Take a look below at our Starred Review of the audio edition of Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk. The audio is narrated by Derek Jacobi and available from Hachette Audio. Click HERE for an audio excerpt and HERE for a related video. And don’t forget to check out THIS LINK for all PW’s latest audio reviews.

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
Anthony Horowitz, read by Derek Jacobi. Hachette Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 10.5 hrs., $29.98 ISBN 978-1-61113-689-0
 Jacobi, whose readings of many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories have been impressive, more than does justice to Horowitz’s standout pastiche, easily one of the best ever attempted. The dark and somber plot plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the dark underbelly of Victorian London in search of the titular house, the mere mention of which sparks fear at the highest levels of the British government. The detective’s probe overlaps with a murder case linked to the stalking of an art dealer, apparently by an old nemesis from America. Jacobi is unparalleled at making his vocal characterizations distinct: his Watson has an inherent warmth and humanity and is a sharp contrast from his rendition of the doctor’s higher-pitched and higher-energy companion. Even minor parts, such as Holmes’s smarter older brother, Mycroft, a pawnbroker, and members of Holmes’s young assistants, the Baker Street Irregulars, benefit from Jacobi’s considerable gifts. Fans of Doyle’s original stories are in for a real treat, both from the compelling story itself, and this memorable and gripping performance from Jacobi. A Little, Brown/Mulholland hardcover. (Nov.)

Rotters Wins 2012 Odyssey Award

Adam Boretz -- January 25th, 2012

The audio edition of Daniel Kraus’ Rotters, produced by Listening Library and Random House Audio, and read by Kirby Heyborne, was awarded the 2012 Odyssey Award.

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States and is presented by the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Four other audiobooks also received Odyssey Honors:

  • Ghetto Cowboy, by G. Neri, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson, produced by Brilliance Audio and narrated by JD Jackson.
  • Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, produced by Listening Library and Random House Audio, and narrated by Lincoln Hoppe.
  • Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, produced by Scholastic Audiobooks and narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham.
  • Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Louise Yates, produced by Listening Library and Random House Audio, and narrated by Wendy Carter.

Now Playing: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Adam Boretz -- January 24th, 2012

This week, I’m heading to the frozen tundra of Antarctica with the audio edition of Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage from Blackstone Audio.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Shackleton, and when I learned that this audiobook was narrated by the great Simon Prebble, I couldn’t resist. If you’re a fan of history or survival stories, definitely check this one out — you won’t be disappointed.

But don’t take my word for it: Check out THIS LINK for a review from AudioFile and an audio excerpt.


Audiobook Apps For Cars?

Adam Boretz -- January 19th, 2012

According to this piece from Galleycat, publishers are developing apps for automobiles. In an interview, Joe Ciarallo of Buddy Media explained that NPR has already created an app for Ford vehicles.

And while these sort of early apps won’t let you download audiobooks directly into your car, this may soon be a reality — something that could allow audio publishers to reach a whole new breed of listeners.


Pulp Fiction: Audio Edition

Adam Boretz -- January 17th, 2012

If you love pulp fiction and radio dramas, then you have to check out this amazing video from Galaxy Press about the making of their Golden Age Audiobooks — which include great science fiction, western, mystery, fantasy, and adventure titles written by L. Ron Hubbard. Check out THIS LINK for more videos from Golden Age, and let’s go to the videotape:


Celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday with Naxos Audio

Adam Boretz -- January 10th, 2012

In celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday, Naxos AudioBooks will — by May of 2012 — be releasing all 16 of the author’s major novels (in both unabridged and abridged forms) read by the likes of Anton Lesser and David Horovitch.

To meet all the narrators, click HERE. And be sure to check out Naxos’ Charles Dickens Podcasts, which include introductions to and excerpts from all the audiobooks.