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Behind the Audio: Ender’s Game Alive

Adam Boretz -- July 31st, 2013

If you’re a fan of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, then check out Ender’s Game Alive, a new, full-cast audiobook from Skyboat Media and Audible.

The six-hour audioplay was written by Card himself and features more than 30 narrators (many of them winners of Audie, Grammy, and Tony Awards), an original score, and sound effects.

For more information on the production, check out the following behind-the-scenes videos from Skyboat.

Orson Scott Card:

Producer Stefan Rudnicki:

Director Gabrielle de Cuir:

Skyboat will also been posting a daily blog on its website, which is filled with photos, clips, and more details.

Audio Casting Contest: Veronica Roth’s Allegiant

Adam Boretz -- July 30th, 2013

AllegiantAudio_Graphics_1HarperAudio wants you to decide who will voice Four in the forthcoming audio edition of Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, the third and final volume in her Divergent series.

Allegiant is written from the point of view of Tris and Four, with narrator Emma Galvin returning to perform the part of Tris.

HarperAudio selected four narrators as finalists for the part of Four — they will remain anonymous until the contest is over — and fans can vote for their favorite until 12pm on August 2.

After voting, fans can enter to win “The Ultimate Divergent Series Audiobook Prize Pack,” which includes a Kindle Fire loaded with the audio editions of Insurgent and Divergent; a pair of Skullcandy Crusher headphones; 12 Audible credits; and an author-signed copy of Allegiant upon its publication in October.

Check out THIS LINK for all the contest details and to cast your vote.

Behind the Audio: The Auschwitz Volunteer

Adam Boretz -- July 18th, 2013

51qzrWpAxkL._SL300_Today in Behind the Audio, we take a look at Audible’s recording of The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, Witold Pilecki’s account of his nearly three-year incarceration in Auschwitz.

In 1940, the Polish Underground wanted to learn more about the recently opened Auschwitz. A Polish army officer, Pilecki volunteered to be arrested by the Germans and report back from inside the camp. His subsequent intelligence reports were among the first eyewitness accounts of Auschwitz atrocities.

The audio edition of The Auschwitz Volunteer will be narrated by the Marek Probosz, who also played the Pilecki in the recent television film, The Death of Captain Pilecki.

Check out the following behind-the-scenes interview in which Probosz talks about Pilecki, his experiences at Auschwitz, and this important audiobook.

Billy Crystal Delivers Live Recording for Macmillan Audio

Adam Boretz -- July 11th, 2013

9780805098204If you missed Billy Crystal’s hugely successful reading from his new memoir, Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?, last month at New York University, don’t despair. Fans of the comedian and actor will be able to listen to the performance when it’s incorporated into the audio edition of the book for Macmillan Audio.

At NYU’s Cantor Auditorium, Crystal read 7 chapters — covering everything from the buying a burial plot to sex at age 25 versus sex at age 65 and playing with the New York Yankees for a day — to a full (and very enthusiastic) house.

According to Macmillan, Crystal’s performance and the audience responses — laughter, applause, and even shock — will all be featured in the audio edition of Still Foolin’ ‘Em.

For more on Crystal’s performance at NYU, check out John Schwartz’s write-up in The New York Times. And check out THIS LINK for more on the audio and print editions of Still Foolin’ ‘Em from Macmillan.

Kennedy’s Last Days Comes to Audio

Adam Boretz -- May 6th, 2013

Following up on the huge success of the audio editions of conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, and Killing Lincoln: The Assassination that Changed America Forever, Macmillan Audio is set to release another offering from the O’Reilly Factor host — this time a children’s title.

On June 10, Macmillan will publish the audiobook of Kennedy’s Last Days, the children’s adaptation O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy.

This time around, veteran narrator Edward Herrmann reads the book, with O’Reilly narrating the prologue. Check out this video from Macmillan for an early audio excerpt:

PW’s Fall Audio Announcement Listing

Adam Boretz -- April 30th, 2013

Attention Audio Publishers:

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to prepare Publishers Weekly’s listing of your audio offerings for Fall.

While we’ve had a great response thus far, there’s always a chance we’ve missed someone. So, if you’ve yet to get in touch about your upcoming audio titles, NOW is the time. Please contact our own Shannon Maughan at maughanse@verizon.net. And be sure to check out all the pertinent details after the jump. Continue reading

Behind the Audio: Eve Ensler

Adam Boretz -- April 23rd, 2013

This week in Behind the Audio, we travel to the studios of Macmillan Audio, where Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler recorded the audio edition of her memoir In the Body of the World.

The audiobook is available April 30, but you can pre-order your copy today from Macmillan.

Behind the Audio with Simon & Schuster

Adam Boretz -- April 16th, 2013

Today in Behind the Audio, we take an inside look at a trio of titles from Simon & Schuster Audio.

Up first is narrator Holter Graham talking about Owen King’s Double Feature:

Next, Cassandra Clare and narrator Daniel Sharman discuss Clockwork Princess:

And finally, Andrew Solomon gives us the inside scoop on the audio edition of Far from the Tree:

America’s Favorite Librarian Records First Audiobook

Adam Boretz -- April 3rd, 2013

Award-winning librarian, bestselling author, and host of Book Lust Nancy Pearl has recorded her first audiobook, the children’s title Isabella: Star of the Story, by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Fosberry and illustrator Mike Litwin.

“Doing the taping was great fun for me,” Pearl said in a statement. “I adore Isabella not least because she and I share a love of the same books.”

According to publisher Sourcebooks, Isabella’s latest adventure celebrates a love of books and libraries, making Pearl an ideal narrator for the audio edition

For more on Isabella, CLICK HERE — and check out the following book trailer, which features Pearl’s reading of Isabella: Star of the Story.

Audio Bestseller Watch: Cussler Reigns, Sandberg Debuts, O’Reilly Stumbles

Adam Boretz -- March 27th, 2013

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For the second consecutive week, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott’s The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure (narrated by Scott Brick for Penguin Audio) grabs the top spot on PW’s list of audio bestsellers.

In at #2 is David Baldacci’s The Innocent (Hachette Audio), which is read by long-time narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, while taking the #3 spot is The Litigators (Random House Audio), written by John Grisham and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris.

Coming in at #4 is James Patterson’s Alex Cross, Run (narrated by Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer for Hachette Audio), and debuting on our list at #5 is Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which is narrated by Elisa Donovan for Random House Audio.

And, for those of you keeping score at home, Bill O’Reilly’s mega-selling Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Macmillan Audio) drops all the way down to #8.

For the complete list of audio bestsellers from PW, CLICK HERE.