William Shakespeare, read by Alan Cumming. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, 2 CDs, 2 hrs., $14.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-5593-4
Here at Listen Up, people are always asking us for audiobook recommendations. And while we love discussing the latest releases and upcoming titles, we decided to go straight to the source: PW’s Audiobook Reviews — and the latest titles to earn Starred Reviews.
And so, for your consideration, we bring you our new Monthly Starred Review Roundup. Just click the link for the corresponding review.
Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Warren Littlefield with T.R. Pearson, read by Bob Balaban. Random House Audio, unabridged, seven CDs, 9 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-449-00941-3
Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States
Kevin Bleyer, read by the author. Random House Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-449-00913-0
The Schernoff Discoveries
Gary Paulsen, read by MacLeod Andrews. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, two CDs, 2.25 hrs., $14.99 ISBN 978-1-4558-0814-4
Guilt by Degrees
Marcia Clark, read by January LaVoy. Hachette Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $29.98 ISBN 978-1-61113-390-5
They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?
Christopher Buckley, read by Robert Petkoff. Hachette Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 10.75 hrs., $29.98 ISBN 978-1-61113-426-1
Agatha Christie, read by a full cast. AudioGO, library edition, unabridged, two CDs, 1.5 hrs., $24.95 ISBN 978-0-7927-8912-3
Today, our Audio Reviews Spotlight shines on the nonfiction side and Kevin Bleyer’s Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States. The audiobook is narrated by Bleyer — a writer for The Daily Show — and available from Random House Audio.
Our Starred Review is below, and don’t forget to check out all of the latest audio reviews from PW RIGHT HERE.
Taking a peek at the nonfiction side, our Audio Reviews Spotlight shines on Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir). The audiobook is narrated by The Bloggess herself and available from Penguin Audio.
Today in Audio Reviews Spotlight, we head over to the nonfiction side and Robert L. Wolke’s What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained, narrated by Sean Runnette and available from Tantor Media.
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
Robert L. Wolke, read by Sean Runnette. Tantor Media, unabridged, eight CDs, 9.5 hrs., $44.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-0636-1
Chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning food columnist Wolke offers a reference guide to the science of food, everything from the truth about raw sugar and cream of tartar to how microwaves and “instant-read” thermometers actually function, explaining it all in a clear, accessible, and fun fashion. Sean Runnette turns in a subtle, winning performance in this audio edition, capturing the spirit of the text—his reading both informs and entertains—and delivering friendly, clear, and steady narration. Additionally, Runnette is restrained and wry—and vaguely reminiscent of Niles Crane from TV’s Frasier—nailing the book’s many moments of humor. This delightful audiobook—which includes a PDF with more than 30 recipes from the author’s wife, Marlene Parrish—is a must for foodies and science fans. A W.W. Norton paperback. (Feb.)
As we take a look at our latest batch of audio reviews, it’s time to highlight the nonfiction side, this time with the audio edition of Diane Keaton’s Then Again. The audiobook is narrated by the author and available from Random House Audio. Check out our Starred Review (below), THIS LINK for an audio excerpt, and all of this month’s audio reviews from PW RIGHT HERE.
This month our Audio Fiction Reviews Spotlight shines on radio dramas and the works of P.G. Wodehouse.
Jeeves & Wooster: The Collected Radio Dramas
P.G. Wodehouse, read by a full cast. AudioGO, unabridged, 17 CDs, 17 hrs., $124.95 ISBN 978-1-4084-2679-1
This week our reviews spotlight shines on the nonfiction side: the audio edition of From Pearl Harbor to Calvary: The Story of the Lead Pilot of the Pearl Harbor Attack and His Conversion to Christianity. The audiobook is available from christianaudio and narrated by Karl Choi. Our Starred Review is below and don’t forget to check out all this month’s audio reviews HERE.