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Behind the Audio: Truth In Advertising

Adam Boretz -- January 31st, 2013

Today in Behind the Audio, award-winning actor and narrator Robert Petkoff discusses narrating the audio edition of John Kenney’s Truth in Advertising from Simon & Schuster Audio.


Audio Reviews Spotlight: They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

Adam Boretz -- July 30th, 2012

The latest batch of PW Audio Reviews is online and in print, and that means it’s time to turn to our Audio Reviews Spotlight and Christopher Buckley’s They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

The audiobook — which received a Starred Review — is narrated by Robert Petkoff and available from Hachette Audio.

Check out our review is below, and be sure to read all the latest PW Audio Reviews HERE.

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

 In Buckley’s novel and political satire, to win approval for a new weapons system, lobbyist Bird McIntyre partners with a beautiful, right-minded radical named—of all things—Angel to turn the American public against the Chinese. But when their efforts fail, the duo concocts a story so outrageous that it just might end up becoming the truth. Narrator Robert Petkoff’s straightforward yet inspired reading brings this audio edition of Buckley’s novel to life. Petkoff’s narration is relaxed and steady, and his interpretations of the characters feature slight shifts in dialect and pitch—making them all the more realistic. Ably capturing the spirit of Buckley’s prose, Petkoff provides a reading that is sure to entertain. A Hachette/Twelve hardcover. (May)

June Audiobook Release Roundup

Adam Boretz -- June 7th, 2011

Here at the Audio Ranch, it’s time to gather around the old campfire, kick off our boots, and take a peek at some of the great audiobooks slated for release in June — which also happens to be Audiobook Month. And it sure looks like a great month for audio. There’s releases by Karin Slaughter, David Baldacci, and Neil Gaiman. There’s narration by the likes of Bronson Pinchot, Lorelei King, and Robert Petkoff.

Check out the links below for this month’s offerings from some of the major audio publishers. And Happy Listening!


Blackstone Audio

Macmillan Audio

Tantor Audio


Brilliance Audio

Random House Audio



Hachette Audio

HighBridge Audio

Oasis Audio


Focus On Audio: The Pale King

Adam Boretz -- May 18th, 2011

In this week’s issue of Publishers Weekly, we take a no-holds-barred, in-depth look at the audio industry, with features on latest innovations in audio marketing, an intimate chat with an acclaimed narrator, and a look behind the scenes at the making of the audio version of David Foster Wallace’s posthumously published masterpiece The Pale King.

I sit down with all the major players — the directors, the producers, and the actors — at Hachette Audio and talks about what it took to bring DFW to audio.

Here’s a little sample from the feature:

Converting any book to audio is an exacting endeavor. When the book is written by a celebrated author known for his expansive, experimental style (think: footnotes, endnotes, digressions, jargon, acronyms) the process is that much more challenging. And when the book is an unfinished, fragmentary, posthumously published novel, the task looks almost impossible.

The decision to publish the unfinished work at all was not taken lightly. “There were months between when [Wallace's wife] Karen Green and I found the manuscript on David’s desk in his office to when [Wallace's editor] Michael Pietsch came out to Claremont, where Wallace lived, to when we made the decision to publish,” says Bonnie Nadell, Wallace’s longtime agent. “We felt that David wanted to see the book published.”

Check out the rest of the story here: Case Study: The Pale King.