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Pulp and Paper Audiobook Giveaway

Adam Boretz -- February 14th, 2013

51i9QMpvHbL._SL175_It’s free audiobook time again — and this time, we’re teaming up with Robert Fass to give away two copies of the digital audio edition of Josh Rolnick’s debut story collection, Pulp and Paper.

The independently-produced audiobook — which is narrated by none other than Fass himself — has been a Staff Pick at Audible, while the print edition won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2011.

The book’s eight stories are set in New Jersey or New York and — according to the publisher — “span the wide geographic tapestry of the area and demonstrate the interconnectedness of both the neighboring states and the residents who inhabit them.”

Fass — who is a big fan of the author’s work — had this to say about the audiobook and giveaway:

“I was thrilled to note that my narration of Josh Rolnick’s gorgeous, prize-winning collection of short stories, Pulp and Paper, has been featured as staff pick on the Audible home page for the last couple of weeks. In celebration of this honor, and to help spread the word about this wonderful, independently-produced audiobook, I am giving away two copies in digital download format from Audible.”

So, you know the drill: To enter, Simply leave a comment on this post. 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 March 1. Good Luck! And after you enter, check out the following audio excerpt from the final story in Pulp and Paper, “The Carousel.”


Now Playing: Post-Hurricane Edition

Adam Boretz -- November 1st, 2012

Here at Audio HQ, we survived Hurricane Sandy — we have power, but little or no Internet; unfortunately, the PW Office is without power — and are safe and dry as NYC attempts to restore power and public transportation.

In the meantime, we are — as you probably guessed — listening to audiobooks. Audible recently added unabridged versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. We’re pretty sure that will last us for the for a while.

We hope everyone in NYC and the surrounding areas is safe and sound. Hopefully we’ll be back and firing on all cylinders very soon.


Audiobook Self-Publishing: A Brief Primer

Adam Boretz -- October 4th, 2012

If you love audiobooks and have ever thought about self-publishing one yourself, then you need to check out “If You Build it, Will They Listen?” — a feature story from Publishers Weekly’s self-publishing supplement, PW Select.

The story is full of tips and advice on what’s required to successfully self-publish an audiobook, as well as some of the common pitfalls and challenges inherent to the process.

Below, you’ll find a preview of “If You Build it, Will they Listen.” And for the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.

The improbable idea was this: Jack Reacher in sex therapy. The notion that the towering and tacit ex-MP, the creation of crime writer Lee Child, would submit to such an exhibition is at best completely out of character.

But during the summer of 2011, novelist M.J. Rose wrote a short story in which Reacher sought counsel from Rose’s recurring protagonist, Dr. Morgan Snow.

“Lee said if I could figure out a way to get Jack Reacher into sex therapy, I could do it,” Rose recalls. She wrote two additional short stories of hardened men in sex therapy—Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone and Barry Eisler’s John Rain—to round out the self-published collection, In Session.

But the audiobook version of In Session is where the project got truly audacious. Rose used a service called the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), a networking service created by Audible, that connects the rights holders of books—usually but not always the author—with producers, voice talent, and studios who could help the rights holder create and distribute an audiobook independent of the major publishing houses.

Through ACX, Rose and her producing partners assembled the same actors who had previously created the voices of Morgan Stone, Jack Reacher, Cotton Malone, and John Rain, to contribute to a multicast performance. “[Self-publishing] opens up the avenue of things you can do,” Rose says. “If a publisher went to another publisher to use those characters, it would take years. The lawyers would come in and they’d have to decide who would get paid. I started writing in June and [the audiobook] went live in October.”


Audible and Amazon Introduce Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice

Adam Boretz -- September 7th, 2012
Audible and Amazon yesterday launched two new features exclusive to Kindle: “Immersion Reading” and “Whispersync for Voice.”

Whispersync for Voice builds on Amazon’s current Whispersync technology that enables customers to switch — without losing their place — between different devices while reading a Kindle book or to start watching a video on a Kindle Fire and pick up where they left off on a TV.

With Whispersync for Voice, Kindle and Kindle Fire users can now switch seamlessly between reading a book and listening to the Audible audio edition on any iOS or Android phone — all without losing their place.

“The ability to seamlessly switch back and forth between reading text on any Kindle and listening to the same title in audio on your smartphone — and always pick up where you left off — means that the story can continue during those times of the day when you cannot look at a screen,” said Audible Founder and CEO Donald Katz in a statement. ”We think that Whispersync for Voice can help us all enjoy more books, which is good news indeed.”

With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD owners can synchronize Kindle text with the corresponding Audible audio edition. As customers read their books on Kindle Fire, text is highlighted while it is narrated via the Audible audiobook.

“We’re excited today to unveil our latest innovations that will help people read more and retain more of what they read,” said Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. “Anyone who wants more time to read, or never wants to put a great book down because it’s time to drive to work or exercise, will love Whispersync for Voice — it offers our customers the profound gift of more time to read.”

Nearly 15,000 Kindle books and Audible audiobooks are available for Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice. Plus, Amazon and Audible are inviting customers to try both products for free for a limited time with 20 Kindle and Audible tiles, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (narrated by Elijah Wood) and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (narrated by Anne Hathaway).

To see a video demonstration of Whispersync for Voice, click HERE. For a demonstration of Immersion Reading, click HERE.

Casting Call: Sex and the Single Girl

Adam Boretz -- August 23rd, 2012

Attention All Audiobook Narrators:

Audible is producing an audio edition of Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl — and holding open auditions to cast the perfect narrator.

Check out THIS LINK for all the details and take a peek at these notes from the director:

“Helen Gurley Brown had a remarkably sexy voice — see her interviews on Youtube! Part Southern girl, part uptown Manhattan. No wonder she was famous for getting her conquests to agree to anything over the phone! She had heart, wit, eccentricity, and some definite camp. Imagine RuPaul crossed with Kathleen Turner in Body Heat! What we need is a reader who will know when to be in on the joke, who can narrate the edgier sections…with a wink and a nudge, a little arch.”


Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman Latest Additions to Audible’s A-List Collection

Adam Boretz -- July 9th, 2012

Audible just added two new audiobooks – Nicole Kidman’s performance of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Dustin Hoffman’s performance of Being There by Jerzy Kosinsk — in its A-List Collection.

As narrators for the A-List Collection, Kidman and Hoffman join the ranks of  Colin Firth (The End of the Affair by Graham Greene), Anne Hathaway (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum), Kate Winslet (Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola), Samuel L. Jackson (A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes), Jennifer Connelly (The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles), and Susan Sarandon (The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers).

If you haven’t checked out the A-List Collection yet, Audible is, for a limited time, offering a free audiobook download from “The A-List Collection” with its 30-day free Audible.com trial membership. Check out THIS LINK for more information and take a peek at these behind-the-scenes videos with Kidman and Hoffman:


Audible Launches App for Windows Phone

Adam Boretz -- June 26th, 2012

If you love audiobooks and own a Windows Phone, then you’re going to want to check out the new Audible for Windows Phone App.

Audible last week announced the release of a mobile app for Windows Phone that would enable users to browse, sample, and purchase from a collection of more than 100,000 audiobooks.

“Our customers love the convenience of having their Audible content accessible on any device they choose,” Ajay Arora, Vice President of Mobile Applications at Audible, said in a statement. “Now, with the launch of our new Windows Phone app, the complete Audible experience can be enjoyed by millions of devoted Windows Phone customers, all of whom will now be able to find and listen to their books anytime and anywhere.”

In addition to audiobook playback features, Audible for Windows Phone includes a host of features, including:

  • Wireless transfer from your Audible library to your phone;
  • Background audio support enabling listening while using other apps;
  • Ability to keep track of personal listening stats and earn badges;
  • Share bookmarks and favorite titles with friends via Facebook and Twitter;
  • Pin Audible titles to your Start screen using Live Tiles.

The Audible for Windows Phone App is available for free download from Windows Phone Marketplace and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and higher.


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?



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?


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: