Monthly Archives: May 2012

Behind The Audio: Buzz Bissinger’s Father’s Day

Adam Boretz -- May 31st, 2012

In today’s installment of Behind The Audio, we take a look at the audio edition of Buzz Bissinger’s Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio, the audiobook is narrated by Bissinger — of Friday Night Lights fame — himself. For an audio excerpt from Father’s Day CLICK HERE, and for more from Bissinger about the recording of the audiobook, check out the following video:

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Behind The Audio: Peter Hermann

Adam Boretz -- May 30th, 2012

In today’s installment of Behind The Audio, we bring you an exclusive, in-the-studio photo of Peter Hermann recording the audio edition of the forthcoming Ben Coes novel, The Last Refuge, for Macmillan Audio.

Hermann previously recorded the audio edition of Coes’s Power Down, as well as audio editions of James Patterson’s Private and Hermann Hesse’s classic Steppenwolf.

If you’d like to submit a photo or video for Behind The Audio, please feel free to email me at aboretz@publishersweekly.com.

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Oasis Audio Announces “Living The Vow” Getaway Giveaway

Adam Boretz -- May 29th, 2012

Oasis Audio — publisher of the audio edition of The Vow — is partnering with B&H Publishing Group to launch a Romantic Getaway Giveaway that asks fans to share their real-life stories of exceptional love and commitment.

The Vow is the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter: when Krickitt suffered a severe head injury that left her without any memory of her marriage, Kim stayed true to his wife. Through the darkest times, he insisted, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

In celebration of the Carpenters’ faithfulness, participants will be encouraged to submit their own “vow” story. The contest is hosted at the Oasis Audio Facebook Page, but participants can also submit their stories to contest@oasisaudio.com.

The contest will accept submissions until June 30. Facebook fans will vote for their favorites throughout the month of July. The 10 entries that receive the most votes will be entered into a pool from which Oasis Audio will choose the grand prize winner. All winners will be named on the Oasis Audio Website on August 20, 2012.

The grand-prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway to Chicago for two, including round-trip airfare to Chicago, two nights deluxe hotel accommodations, limousine service to and from the airport, and dinner for two at a Chicago landmark restaurant, as well as a $200 Visa gift card for additional expenses. Five 2nd prize winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Twenty-five more entries will be chosen randomly to receive an autographed copy of The Vow audio book, signed by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

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Updated Submission Guidelines: Audio Review Copies

Adam Boretz -- May 28th, 2012

This is just a quick post to update everyone about the new shipping address for submitting Audio Review Copies.

The PW Audio Intern and I are moving back to New York City and, from this point forward, all Audio Review Copies must be shipped to Publishers Weekly’s NYC Office at the following address:

Publishers Weekly
71 West 23rd Street
Suite 1608
New York, NY 10010
212-377-5704

Please update your records. And if anyone has any Audio Review Copy submission questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at aboretz@publishersweekly.com. Thanks!!

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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?

 

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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:

 

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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.

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Behind The Audio: Augusten Burroughs

Adam Boretz -- May 22nd, 2012

Today, Listen Up is excited to launch a new feature — for which we post behind-the-scenes photos and videos from audiobook recording studios. We like to call it Behind The Audio. And to kick things off, we’re bringing out the Big Guns: check out this exclusive photo of Augusten Burroughs recording the audio edition of his latest book, This Is How, for Macmillan Audio.

And while you’re at it, check out an audio excerpt from This Is How, RIGHT HERE.

And if you’d like to submit a photo or video for Behind The Audio, please feel free to email me at aboretz@publishersweekly.com

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Audie Awards 2012: And The Winner Is… Part II

Adam Boretz -- May 22nd, 2012

In Part II of our Informal Audie Awards Poll, we’re taking a look at two categories — both of which are among my favorites — featuring audiobooks with more than one narrator: Multi-Voiced Performance and Audio Drama.

In the Multi-Voiced Narrator Category, the nominees are:

  • 1Q84, read by Alison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, and Mark Boyett (Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio)
  • A Raisin in the Sun, read by Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley, and Mirron E. Willis (L.A. Theatre Works)
  • Bruiser, read by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and Laura Hamilton (Brilliance 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 Graduate, read by Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

And in the Audio Drama Category, the nominees are:

  • The Graduate, read by Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
  • I, Claudius, read by A Full Cast (AudioGO)
  • The Mark of Zorro, read by Val Kilmer and a Full Cast (Blackstone Audiobooks)
  • We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The First Season, read by A Full Cast(Blackstone Audiobooks)
  • The Arthur Miller Collection, read by A Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Well, Gentle Readers, the choice is yours. To whom do the Audie Awards Go?



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Audie Awards 2012: And The Winner Is… Part I

Adam Boretz -- May 21st, 2012

With the Audie Awards fast approaching, we thought it might be fun to highlight some of the great nominees with an Informal Audie Awards Poll — voted on by you, the readers of Listen Up and PW.

To kick things off, we’ll take a look at two very competitive categories: Solo Narration – Male and Solo Narration – Female.

For Solo Narration – Male, the nominees are:

  • Simon Vance for The King’s Speech (Tantor Media)
  • Dion Graham for Going to Meet the Man (AudioGO)
  • Charlton Griffin for The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes: Volume III (Audio Connoisseur)
  • Kenneth Branagh for Heart of Darkness (Audible)
  • Bronson Pinchot for Hard Magic: Grimnoir Chronicles, Book 1 (Audible)

And for Solo Narration – Female, the nominees are:

  • Sissy Spacek for Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter (Random House Audio)
  • Katherine Kellgren for Ashes (Audible/Brilliance Audio)
  • Katherine Kellgren for The Wake of the Lorelei Lee (Listen & Live Audio)
  • Lorelei King for First Grave on the Right (Macmillan Audio)
  • Rosalyn Landor for The Winter Sea (Audible)

Who do YOU think will win?  The polls are NOW OPEN:

 

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