News, Blog Posts, and Audiobook Articles You May Have Missed (mid June)

Audio is everywhere, Rachel Smalter Hall exalts, in a LIBRARY JOURNAL feature exploring the rapidly expanding audiobook industry.

Audiobook SYNC, an annual program drawing in young listeners with contemporary and classic audiobooks, is off to a strong start, widely distributing free audio for the third year summer in a row.

The RIVERDALE PRESS celebrates narrator member Robert Fass’s verbal calisthenics and ability to create more than 150 distinct voices in one of the most challenging audiobook projects of his career.

WIRED writer Joel Warner interviews his audiobook doppelganger, narrator Peter Berkrot, on the art and business of audiobook narration.

Academician Lauren Rosewarne considers the audio edition of several books, including David Pittu’s performance of The Goldfinch (Hachette), and concludes that, “like surgery and haircuts, audio narration really is best left to the professionals.”

Sarah Wendell, co-creator, editor and mastermind of the popular romance blog SMART BITCHES, TRASHY BOOKS, contemplates the discovery of audiobooks, asking, “how did I live without this magical wonderment in my life?!”

Jane Green, writer of Tempting Fate (Macmillan), talks to USA TODAY about her transition from author to narrator, and how she loved voicing her own work.

Kate Winslet has said, in praise of audiobooks, that it is “magical” to have an atmosphere and environment “created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice.”

Four great celebrity written and read memoirs from Random House and Simon & Schuster captivate NEW YORK TIMES’ writer and listener John Schwartz.

Eight great audios about World War I (from members Blackstone Audio, Random House, Simon Vance, and Audible) keep the NEW YORK TIMES’ Adam Hochschild captivated on long LA commutes.

Gearing up for summer travel? ALL VOICES contributor Punditty says that “the right audiobook can – miracle of miracles – make everyone happy just to be in the car.”

What are the best audiobooks for your family road trip? COMPASS BOOKS ratings editor Cindy offers eight great picks for elementary school age to adult listeners.

Want to maximize the driving/listening immersion? Sue Katz and BEYOND THE MARGINS offer a five-step plan to get the most out of your audio experience.

Teen librarian Cari Rerat lists her favorite picks for summer family road-trip listening.

The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR offers four audio experiences that will keep you in stitches, including Billy Crystal’s Audie-winning Still Foolin’ Em (Macmillan).

NOVELIST adds audiobook recommendations to its new NoveList service.

Audiobooks spread to the Arab world.

When YA novelist Eden Unger Bowditch’s The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black was produced in audio, she came to believe that “a good reader is SOooOOoo important!”`

Tom Alderman, writing for THE HUFFINGTON POST, says that the secret to audiobook success is always in the casting.

Audiobooks have become big business, writes Simon Usborne for the UK’s INDEPENDENT, in an article detailing the history of Don Katz and Audible.

BOOKRIOT bloggers and audio lovers discuss the inclusion of big celebrities in the annual Audie Award nominations.

Writer David Hewson describes the process of turning manuscripts into audiobooks, and what it’s like working with acting luminaries, including Richard Armitage and Alan Cumming.