Monthly Archives: November 2012

Audio Reviews Spotlight: Wherever I Wind Up

Adam Boretz -- November 30th, 2012

It’s non-fiction day for Audio Reviews Spotlight, and we’re highlighting our Starred Review of R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

The audiobook is narrated by Ben Hunter for Mission Audio.

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball
R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey, read by Ben Hunter. Mission Audio, unabridged, eight CDs, 9.5 hrs., $24.98 ISBN 978-1-61045-596-1

Major League All-Star and New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has led a remarkable life—and he’s only 38. While that’s considered elderly for a professional athlete, Dickey remains one of the top pitchers in baseball and indeed the only active pitcher capable of throwing the perfect knuckleball. Narrator Ben Hunter delivers a subdued but pitch-perfect (excuse the pun) performance in the audio edition of this memoir in which Dickey charts the course of his life, covering everything from the ups and downs of his career to the importance of his faith. Throughout, Hunter’s tone is sincere and engaging, his delivery exquisitely paced, and his timing spot-on. Listeners will be transfixed by this compelling and earnest audiobook. A Penguin/Blue Rider hardcover. (Aug.)

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Audio Reviews Spotlight: This Is How You Lose Her

Adam Boretz -- November 29th, 2012

Today, in Audio Reviews Spotlight, we take a look at our Starred Review of Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.

The audio edition is narrated by Díaz himself for Penguin Audio.

This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz, read by the author. Penguin Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5.25 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 978-1-61176-110-8

Pulitzer Prize–winner Díaz delivers a collection of linked short stories that focus on love and the challenges it brings Dominican men grappling with their heritage, socioeconomic status, the legacy of machismo, and modern women. As a reader, Díaz delivers a winning performance; his narration is clear, nuanced, and true to the text, his voice as engaging and confident as that of any professional narrator. Díaz’s reading ably captures the emotional states of his characters, his voice conveying all the humor, sorrow, and anger of the prose. Additionally, he lends his characters a host of subtle accents and dialects—each one distinct and appropriate to their background. This is a must listen for fans of the short story. A Riverhead hardcover. (Sept.)

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Audio Excerpt: Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

Adam Boretz -- November 28th, 2012

If you like your audiobooks with a healthy dose of BRAINS, then AudioGO has what you need.

Adapted from a graphic novel, the audio edition of Don Roff’s Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection is narrated by Stephen R. Thorne — but it’s more than your average zombie audiobook.

AudioGO worked closely with the author to incorporate the dialogue from his illustrations into a cohesive script. Then, the company’s senior sound engineer, Will Sibilia, went to work on the recording, creating an old-school finish with hisses, cracks, skips, and eerie background noises to evoke the feel of the Zombie Apocalypse.

But they weren’t done yet. Thorne also modulated his performance to include sighs, pauses, and heavy breathing — all to further the feeling of authenticity. The result is undeniably creepy:

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S&S Releases Complete Hemingway Audio Collection

Adam Boretz -- November 27th, 2012


Papa is coming to audio in a major way. Simon & Schuster Audio has just published The Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library, a complete collection of the author’s novels, nonfiction, and short stories. Weighing in at 133 hours on 15 MP3 CDs, the collection is narrated by an all-star cast that includes Donald Sutherland (reading The Old Man and the Sea); William Hurt (reading The Sun Also Rises); and John Slattery (reading A Farewell to Arms).

Since 2002, Simon & Schuster Audio has been producing new audio editions of Hemingway’s work. As the company started releasing titles, the idea of a definitive collection was almost inevitable. “Once the reviews were in and sales were strong, we immediately began to think about putting them all together in a collector’s edition,” said Chris Lynch, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio…

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Behind The Audio: Bruce

Adam Boretz -- November 26th, 2012

Author Peter Ames Carlin and narrator Bobby Cannavale.

Critics and fans are raving about Bruce, Peter Ames Carlin’s biography of Bruce Springsteen.

And for people who’d rather listen to The Boss’s story, the audio edition is narrated by Bobby Cannavale and available from Simon & Schuster Audio — which kindly provided us with the following behind-the-scenes videos of Carlin discussing all things Bruce.

Carlin On Cannavale:

Carlin On Clarence Clemens:

Carlin On Sprintsteen’s Dad:

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Behind The Audio: Sinatra and Me

Adam Boretz -- November 21st, 2012

Mary Consiglio, Franz Douskey, Anthony Consiglio, and Christopher Consiglio at the Sinatra and Me publication party at Sally’s Apizza in New Haven, Conn.

Today in Behind the Audio, we take a look at Tony Consiglio and Franz Douskey’s Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years.

The audiobook — an intimate look at the legendary Frank Sinatra by one of his closest friends — is narrated by Norman Dietz and available from Tantor Media.

In fact, Tantor is also publishing the print and e-book editions of Sinatra and Me. Check out THIS LINK for an audio excerpt and THIS LINK for a free download of the first chapter!

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Audiobook Q&A: Laural Merlington

Adam Boretz -- November 20th, 2012

Listen Up’s Audiobook Q&A is back — and we’re delighted to return with a conversation with Audie Award-winning narrator Laural Merlington.

Listen Up: The APA recently released its call for entries for the Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production. You were part of the cast of last year’s winner, The Watch that Ends the Night. What was it like to be a part of that production?

Laural Merlington: The Watch that Ends the Night was different from my usual assignments in that it is a multi-voice work. Also because the book is written in a poetic format it afforded the voice talent and director some creativity in terms of doubling voices, layering them, and also adding sound prompts to add to the drama. I have played many different characters in my career as talent, but this was my first ICE BERG!

LU: On a very similar note, what was it like winning the Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production? Is this up there among the highlights of your career as an audiobook narrator?

LM: It is a privilege to have won the Audie especially sharing it with the very talented cast that performed this work. I don’t know if it is the height of my career, I would love to win on my own, but it certainly is a high moment for me.

LU: Do you think an award for Distinguished Achievement in Production can put an audiobook “on the map” in a similar way to the Audiobook of the Year award?

LM: I honestly don’t know if an award for Distinguished Achievement in Production holds any sway, but winning an Audie of any kind should certainly bring some attention to this piece. I hope it does, as it is well worth listening to.

LU: The Watch that Ends the Night was an ensemble cast. Tell us about the recording process. Did you record your sessions separately or with other actors?

LM: Yes, The Watch that Ends the Night is an ensemble cast, however because the way the piece in written, in long first-person narratives, it did not allow for the various narrators to work together. Each of our individual sections were recorded independent of the others.

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Audio Bestsellers: Through 11.11.12

Adam Boretz -- November 19th, 2012

After two weeks of stagnancy, some new titles finally cracked the Top 5 in PW’s Audio Bestseller List.

And while Bill O’Reilly is still at #1 with Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio), the next two spots go to debut titles: At #2 is Clive and Dirk Cussler’s Poseidon’s Arrow (narrated by Scott Brick for Penguin Audiobooks); at #3 is the Nora Roberts’s The Perfect Hope, which is narrated by MacLeod Andrews and available from Brilliance Audio.

In at #4 is Patricia D. Cornwell’s The Bone Bed (narrated by Kate Reading) from Penguin Audiobooks.

And dropping to #5 is the abridged audio version of John Grisham’s The Racketeer (read by J.D. Jackson for Random House Audio).

For the complete list of Audio Bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.

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AudioGO Groupon Alert

Adam Boretz -- November 16th, 2012

This weekend, Groupon will be offering a great deal on audiobooks from AudioGO.

To take advantage of this offer, simply get the Groupon and then head over to AudioGO.

Once you’re there, browse from the company’s amazing selection of audiobooks — I’m partial to the P.G. Wodehouse titles myself, but AudioGO has a little something for everybody.

Once you’ve decided which audiobooks you want, add them to your basket and — when you’re ready to checkout — use the Redemption Code to get either $30 dollars worth of audiobooks when you spend $15, or $50 worth when you spend $25.

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PW’s Spring Audio Announcement Listings

Adam Boretz -- November 15th, 2012

It’s Audio Announcement Time Again!

Publishers Weekly is currently putting together its Spring 2013 Audio Announcement Listing. And, naturally, we don’t want to leave anyone out.

So, if you’re an audio publisher, please let us know about about Spring Announcements ASAP.

Check out all the details, after the jump!

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