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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.


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.”


Audio Bestsellers: Week of 10.01.12

Adam Boretz -- October 1st, 2012

After dropping to #2 last week, Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer’s No Easy Day (narrated by Holter Graham for Penguin Audio) reclaims the #1 spot this week on PW’s Audio Bestseller List.

In the #2 position is Lee Child’s A Wanted Man, (narrated by Dick Hill for Random House Audio).

The three titles rounding out our Top Five are all new to our list — and all from Penguin Audiobooks.

At #3 is Stuart Woods’s Severe Clear (narrated by Tony Roberts); at #4 is the abridged version of Ken Follett’s Winter of the World (narrated by John Lee); and at #5 is the unabridged version of Follett’s Winter of the World.

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


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.


BEA 2012 Wrap-Up: APAC, Audie Awards, and More!

Adam Boretz -- June 8th, 2012

Here at Listen Up, we had an amazing BEA — we were at APAC, we were at The Audie Awards, we were at the Audio Tea, we were even at Johnny Heller’s amazing Listening Lounge.

What’s that you say? You missed BEA? You couldn’t make it to the Audies? Have no fear. Publishers Weekly has you covered. Check out our coverage of All Things Audio at BEA:

BEA 2012: Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ Wins Big at 17th Annual Audie Awards

Tina Fey’s Bossypants was named Audiobook of the Year and Allan Wolf’s The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic won the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production last night at the 17th annual Audies Gala in New York City.

It was the third consecutive year that a Hachette Audio title grabbed the Audie Award’s top honor, with Fey’s self-narrated Bossypants also winning in the Biography/Memoir category. The Watch that Ends the Night — narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe — was one of three Brilliance Audio titles to take home awards.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.
BEA 2012: Audio All Day

With the growth of online sales and digital formats, the way consumers discover and create buzz about new audiobooks is changing, said Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler in his keynote address that kicked off a busy Audio Publishers Association Conference at the Javits Center on Monday.

With fewer bricks-and-mortar bookstores and more conversations about audiobooks taking place on the Internet and over social networks, audio publishers must leverage online tools to launch and market upcoming releases, asserted Chandler.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.
BEA 2012: Bestselling Authors Hold Court at Audiobook Tea

Lee Child, Debbie Macomber, and Daniel Handler joined narrator and host Dion Graham to celebrate the audiobook industry yesterday at the 12th Annual Audiobook and Author Tea at BookExpo America.

The event, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, featured a series of often-hilarious remarks from Child, Macomber, and Handler and concluded with an audience Q&A session.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.

And while BEA is over, June is Audiobook Month has only just begun. We’ll be back on Monday with all the latest #JIAM2012 news, giveaways, updates, and a whole lot more.