Monthly Archives: September 2012

Win A Signed Copy of Hugh Laurie’s The Gun Seller Audiobook

Adam Boretz -- September 28th, 2012

You probably know him best as Dr. House — to me, he’ll always be Bertie Wooster — but Hugh Laurie is more than just an actor, director, comedian, and musician. He’s also an author.

And to celebrate the release of the audio edition of his debut novel, The Gun Seller — narrated by Simon Prebble! — we’ve teamed up with HighBridge Audio to bring you The Gun Seller Giveaway!

From now until its release on October 16, you can enter to win a copy of the audio edition of The Gun Seller — signed by Hugh Laurie himself!!

Here’s how to enter: Simply leave a comment on this post — tell us about your favorite Hugh Laurie movie, show, role. Once you comment, you’re registered for the giveaway. Want to up your chances of winning? Leave another comment. Or, leave another five comments. There’s no limit to the number of times you can enter to win.

We’ll announce the TWO WINNERS on August Oct 16. Good Luck! And after you enter, don’t forget to check out this audio excerpt from The Gun Seller.

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Audio Excerpt: The Cursing Mommy’s Book Of Days

Adam Boretz -- September 27th, 2012

Next month, Macmillan Audio is releasing the audio edition of Ian Frazier’s first novel, The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days.

And if that weren’t exciting enough, the audiobook is narrated by none other than Cynthia Nixon.

Check out the following for an audio excerpt from The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days (some of which might be a little NSFW):

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Audio Reviews Spotlight: Dan Gets a Minivan

Adam Boretz -- September 26th, 2012

Today in Audio Reviews Spotlight, we take a peek at the nonfiction side and the audio edition of Dan Zevin’s Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad.

The audiobook — which chronicles Zevin’s transformation from hipster to husband and father — is narrated by the author and available from from AudioGO.

Check out PW’s Starred Review below, and CLICK HERE for all of this month’s audio reviews.

Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
Dan Zevin, read by the author. AudioGO, library edition, unabridged, five CDs, 5 hrs., $54.95 ISBN 978-1-62064-060-9

Dan Zevin, whose humorous essays trace his evolution from urban hipster to suburban dad and husband and chronicle the mini-dramas of daily domestic life, delivers engaging narration in this audio edition. Among the highlights of Zevin’s performance is his irreverent and empathic rendition of his own colorful parents—long divorced from each other, but both still actively involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren. The narrator also effectively captures the disdainful tones of urbanites, as friends pronounce the word “suburb” with a hard-edged emphasis on the first syllable—as in “subpar” or “subtract.” Especially entertaining is Zevin’s performance of a scene in which his longtime Brooklyn neighbor rails against the domestic conformity of “adult swim” sessions at a suburban pool. The personal touches Zevin brings to his narration help keep the listening fresh even when the audiobook’s themes are rather familiar. A Scribner hardcover. (July)

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Audio Bestsellers: Week of 09.24.12

Adam Boretz -- September 25th, 2012

This week on Publishers Weekly’s Audio Bestseller list, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher thriller, A Wanted Man, (narrated by Dick Hill for Random House Audio) claims the #1 spot.

Dropping a spot to #2 is No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (narrated by Holter Graham) from Penguin Audio, while Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry’s The Tombs (narrated by Scott Brick) drops to #3.

Holding steady in the #4 spot is The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (narrated by Dan Stevens for Hyperion.)

And rounding out our Top 5 is James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s Zoo (narrated by Jay Snyder) from Hachette Audio.

AND: It should be noted that for the first time in almost two years, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln  has dropped out of our Top 10.

For the complete Audio Bestseller List, CLICK HERE.

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Audio Reviews Spotlight: Shine Shine Shine

Adam Boretz -- September 24th, 2012

The latest batch of audio reviews from Publishers Weekly is in print and online, and that means it’s time for our Audio Reviews Spotlight.

Today, we highlight the fiction side and the audio edition of Lydia Netzer’s Shine Shine Shine. The audiobook is narrated by Joshilyn Jackson and available from Macmillan Audio.

Check out PW’s Starred Review below, and all of this month’s audio reviews RIGHT HERE.

Shine Shine Shine
Lydia Netzer, read by Joshilyn Jackson. Macmillan Audio, unabridged, nine CDs, 11 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-2139-1

This unusual, imaginative novel tells the story of Sunny, a woman dealing with lifelong baldness, and Maxon, her childhood friend and later husband, who is a genius who designs robots, is about to embark on a dangerous mission to space, and is unable to understand social cues. Narrator Joshilyn Jackson creates spot-on voices for the characters. For example, Sunny and Maxon’s autistic son, Bubber, has a voice described as “like a duck’s… if a duck sounded like a robot” — and that is exactly the voice Jackson lends him. Similarly, neighbor and television anchorman Les has a voice like that of Superman’s — and, obligingly, Jackson performs his dialogue in booming, larger-than-life tones. But despite these quirky character voices, Jackson never reduces the characters to caricatures. While she conveys all the book’s humor, her reading is also full of empathy, and she brings out the characters’ underlying humanity. For Maxon, Jackson reads in an even, logical, unemotional tone, but beneath that, listeners will hear his vulnerability. This masterful, flawless narration of a imaginative novel is something special and not to be missed. A St. Martin’s hardcover. (July)
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The Moby-Dick Big Read

Adam Boretz -- September 20th, 2012

If you’re a fan of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and audiobooks, then you’re going to want to check out The Moby-Dick Big Read.

Ever day for the next four months, listeners can download a new chapter of Moby-Dick, read by a different narrator and featuring White Whale-related artwork. Thus far, we’re just five days in and already there’s narration provided by the likes of Tilda Swinton.

The project is also garnering some pretty significant media attention and was even featured in The New York Times.

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Now Playing: Galahad At Blandings

Adam Boretz -- September 19th, 2012

Today, I’m listening to the audio edition of P.G. Wodehouse’s classic Galahad At Blandings.

The audiobook is available from CSA Word and read by my all-time favorite narrator, the great Martin Jarvis.

Check out THIS LINK to read the PW review of Galahad at Blandings.

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Audio Bestsellers: Week of 09.17.12

Adam Boretz -- September 18th, 2012

This week, Publishers Weekly’s Audio Bestseller list features four new titles claiming the top four spots.

At #1 is No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (narrated by Holter Graham) from Penguin Audio.

Coming in at #2 is another Penguin Audio titles, Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry’s The Tombs (narrated by Scott Brick).

This week’s #3 is James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s Zoo (narrated by Jay Snyder) from Hachette Audio, while the new #4 is The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (narrated by Dan Stevens for Hyperion.)

And finally, coming in at #5 is Kenneth C. Davis’s Don’t Know Much About Anything (narrated by Jeff Woodman with Quincy Tyler Bernstein and Oliver Wyman) from Random House Audio.

And for those of you keeping score at home, both Fifty Shades of Grey and Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln are still in out Top 10, coming in at the #6 and #8 positions respectively.

For the complete Audio Bestseller List, CLICK HERE.

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Audio Bestsellers: Week of 09.10.12

Adam Boretz -- September 13th, 2012

Shaking up this week’s Audio Bestseller List from Publishers Weekly, Kathy Reichs’s newly released Bones Are Forever (narrated by Linda Emond) grabbed the #1 spot.

Dropping to #2 is Kenneth C. Davis’s Don’t Know Much About Anything (narrated by Jeff Woodman with Quincy Tyler Bernstein and Oliver Wyman), while the #3 and #4 spots are occupied by Kill Alex Cross (narrated by Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier) and E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey (narrated by Becca Battoe) respectively.

And coming in at #5 is Michael Connelly’s The Drop (narrated by Len Cariou).

For the complete Audio Bestseller List, CLICK HERE.

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September Audiobook Release Roundup

Adam Boretz -- September 12th, 2012

 

Here at Audio HQ, there’s a chill in the air — and that means Fall has arrived and it’s time for the September Edition of our Audiobook Release Roundup.

Let’s take a look at the latest releases from some of the industry’s major audio publishers.

And, as always, if you are an audio publisher, and we left you off the list, just let us know — we’ll add you to our roster right away.

AudioGO

Blackstone Audio

MacMillan Audio

Dog Ear Audio

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