Monthly Archives: October 2012

Think You Know Your Presidents?

Adam Boretz -- October 26th, 2012

With Election Day just around the corner, we thought it might be wise to take a look back at — and learn valuable lessons from — our many illustrious former American Presidents.

We’re talking Nixon, Clinton, Wilson, FDR. We’re talking Washington and JFK. And, we’re definitely talking TAFT.

But — as we quickly learned from watching the following videos from Random House Audio — we really don’t know what we’re talking about when it comes to presidential history.

Released to celebrate the audio edition of Kenneth C. Davis’s Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents, these three videos — titled “Think You Know Your Presidents?” — are guaranteed to test your knowledge of all things POTUS.


Audio Bestsellers: Week of 10.22.12

Adam Boretz -- October 25th, 2012

He’s back!

After a brief absence from PW’s Audio Bestseller List, Bill O’Reilly returns to the #1 spot with the audio edition of his new book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot from Macmillan Audio.

In the #2 spot is J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (read by Tom Hollander) from Hachette Audio, which also grabs the #3 and #4 spots with James Patterson and Marshall Karp’s NYPD Red  (read by Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder) and Joel Osteen’s I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life.

And rounding out the Top 5 is Lee Child’s The Affair (read by Dick Hill) from Random House Audio.

For the complete Audio Bestseller List from PW, CLICK HERE.


Duck Commander Family: The Audio Experience

Adam Boretz -- October 24th, 2012

If you’re a fan of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, then you’re going to want to check out the audio edition of Willie and Korie Robertson’s The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.

And you’re going to want to have a gander at this video from Simon & Schuster Audio in which Willie and Korie discuss what it was like to record the audiobook.


Coming Soon: In-Vehicle Streaming Audiobooks

Adam Boretz -- October 23rd, 2012

If you’re like most people, you probably listen to audiobooks while driving. And that means you’re going to want to check out this new, in-vehicle streaming audiobook service from Aha by Harman and Podiobooks:

Aha and Podiobooks to Deliver In-Vehicle Streaming Audiobooks

Drivers will soon be able to listen to streaming on-demand audiobooks in their vehicles thanks to a new partnership between Aha by Harman, the provider of audio and infotainment products, and, which has a large collection of free serialized online audiobooks.

As a result of the deal, after downloading the Aha app for iPhone or Android, users can connect their smart phone to the in-vehicle entertainment system, pick one or more audiobooks from the hundreds of available titles, and select them as “presets”—similar to the way one traditionally selects preset radio stations. After that, users can listen to the audiobook, controlling the volume, track number, etc. via the steering column interface.

For the rest of the story from PW, CLICK HERE.


Behind The Audio With Chief Inspector Gamache

Adam Boretz -- October 22nd, 2012

Today in Behind the Audio, we check in with Macmillan Audio, bestselling-author Louise Penny (center), her longtime audiobook narrator Ralph Cosham (right), and Nathaniel Parker (left), who is playing the beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in the upcoming CBC Film version of Still Life.

The above photo was taken on the film set after Cosham made his cameo in the movie.


Behind the Audio: Rage Against the Dying

Adam Boretz -- October 19th, 2012

Today, Behind the Audio goes into the studio with two-time Tony-Award-winning actress Judy Kaye and author Becky Masterman.

Kaye recently recorded the audio edition of Masterman’s Rage Against the Dying for Macmillan Audio.


October Audiobook Release Roundup

Adam Boretz -- October 18th, 2012

It’s time once again for our Audiobook Release Roundup. This month, we’ve got new and forthcoming titles from the likes of Tantor Media, Galaxy Press, Brilliance Audio, AudioGO — and everyone in between.

And in terms of new titles, check out the following links to find audio editions of books by everyone from P.G. Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to L. Ron Hubbard and Marcel Proust. All read by some of the best narrators in the game today.

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.


Blackstone Audio 

MacMillan Audio

Dog Ear Audio

Tantor Audio Continue reading


In the Studio with Jim Dale

Adam Boretz -- October 17th, 2012

If you’re a Jim Dale fan — and who isn’t after his amazing performances in the Harry Potter audiobooks — you’re going to want to check out this behind-the-scenes video from Random House Audio.

In the following clip, Dale is recording the audio edition of John Stephens’s YA fantasy novel The Fire Chronicle.

PW gave the book a Starred Review, saying: “Fans of The Emerald Atlas will find much to love: the adventure-driven plot, a scattering of deliciously scary moments, and Stephens’s offbeat take on Tolkienesque dragons, dwarves, and elves are sure to delight.”

If you enjoyed that, why not listen to a longer audio excerpt or order the audiobook RIGHT HERE.


And The Gun Seller Giveaway Winners Are…

Adam Boretz -- October 16th, 2012

As you probably know by now, the audio edition of Hugh Laurie’s debut novel, The Gun Seller — narrated by Mr. Simon Prebble! — comes out today.

And to celebrate, we teamed up with HighBridge Audio to give away two copies of the The Gun Seller audiobook, autographed by Hugh Laurie himself! It’s a contest we like to call The Gun Seller Giveaway — and it comes to end today!

So, without further ado, let’s announce our two winners — both of whom were selected randomly from the 400 contest entries.

Winner #1 is Jessie A:






And, Winner #2 is Julia:






Congratulations Jessie A and Julia — we’ll be emailing you later today about getting your prizes shipped out.

And big thanks to all the entrants and to HighBridge Audio for making this contest happen.


Neil Patrick Harris to Narrate The Bro Code for Parents

Adam Boretz -- October 15th, 2012

Here at Listen Up, we love all things Neil Patrick Harris — so we were delighted to learn that he will be narrating the audio edition of Barney Stinson’s The Bro Code for Parents: What to Expect when You’re Awesome for Simon & Schuster Audio.

The Bro Code for Parents is the latest from Stinson, following the bestselling The Bro Code and The Playbook — both of which were also narrated by NPH.

The Bro Code for Parents aims teach prospective parents everything they need to know about having a kid by answering some of the toughest questions facing new parents: Will I ever be able to do awesome things again? Will I be able to afford this? Can I ever have sex again? Will I be a good parent? Am I able to love this child as much as I love my own life? Can I ever have sex again?

Stinson says the answer to all of these questions is a big NO.

But just because your life is now a “petrifying turd on the canvas of life” doesn’t mean your kid can’t turn out okay. And The Bro Code for Parents is here to help anyone become an “awesomommy” or “legendaddy.”

To get your copy of The Bro Code for Parents, CLICK HERE and check out the following audio excerpt: