NEWS ROUND-UP

News, Blog Posts, and Audiobook Articles You May Have Missed (from Jun/Jul/Aug 2014)

GENERAL NEWS
A FORBES article touts the benefits of audiobooks while multitasking, exercising and traveling, and as a cure for insomnia. The article offers a wide range of audiobook recommendations, including selections from virtually every publisher in the audio industry, including Penguin Random House, Naxos, Blackstone, Recorded Books, Macmillan, Hachette, Audible, Harper Audio, Simon & Schuster, and Tantorhttp://onforb.es/1lSWRh3

BOOKLIST discusses trends in audiobooks: celebrity narrators, the increase on audiobook production, the wider variety of genres available, the continued reign of dystopian and paranormal YA and humor in children’s audio, the increase in full cast narration, and the use of sound effects. http://bit.ly/1nsQSw3

Amazon’s latest venture, Amazon Unlimited, is a monthly subscription service for books, including a catalog of audiobooks. THE WASHINGTON POST analyzes this service. http://wapo.st/Ug1Az3

MARY BURKEY’S BOOKLIST blog, Audiobooker, reports on audibook events at the annual ALA Conference in Los Vegas. http://bit.ly/1swgBsI

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reports on World Book Night’s suspension of operations. http://bit.ly/1qxGASj

An article by LIBRARY JOURNAL discusses growth and changes in the audiobook industry, and how these affect the listener. http://bit.ly/TQvbzm

GCNEWS.COM highlights the Garden City Public Library’s Audiobook Month festivities. http://bit.ly/1m3orIu

This PUBLISHERS WEEKLY article highlights Audiobook Month events by the APA, and publishers Simon & Schuster, Tantor, Random House, Macmillan, and Hachettehttp://bit.ly/1mO9WJe

Fortuna Calvo-Roth, co-founder of Nuevo Onda audiobooks, is named as a 2014 Woman of Achievement for her career in communications, reports OUR TOWN, NYPRESS.COM. http://bit.ly/1Bd3rWA

Author Chris Bohjalian selects daughter, actress Grace Blewer, to narrate his latest audiobook for Random House, THE WASHINGTON POST reports. http://wapo.st/1Bd3P7x

PARAJUNKEE lists Top 5 Narrators: Renee Raudman, Lorelei King, Amanda Ronconi, Jennifer Ikeda and Kristine Hvam. http://bit.ly/1p40mmg

THE HUFFINGTON POST discusses the Hispanic market, and the need for audiobooks in Spanish. http://huff.to/1sSVTo2

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS reports on Bangalore as a growing market for audiobooks. http://bit.ly/1Bd4uFY

The Audie Awards are the focus of this NATIONAL POST article. http://bit.ly/1uN28ZX

 

RECOMMENDATIONS & REVIEWS
PARADE MAGAZINE recommends celebrity-narrated audiobooks. http://bit.ly/1pNggAX

THE NATIONAL POST discusses listening to audiobooks for summer reading. http://bit.ly/1mHPqqi

THE NATIONAL POST highlights the benefits of audiobook narration for long drives. http://bit.ly/1q7FxTK

TEACHING AUTHORS recommends “fab” audiobooks and a poem for Poetry Friday. http://bit.ly/1vFLAr1

Two books that provide cultural insight are featured in PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer, narrated by Xe Sands (HighBridge), and The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, narrated by a full cast (Random House). http://bit.ly/1zUsBYC

The Christian Science Monitor lists 4 audiobooks by great writers, including books by Hachette, Random House, and Blackstonehttp://bit.ly/1sQA5HR

CLEVELAND.COM reviews audiobooks by Highbridge, Penguin, Random House, and Macmillan, including narration by APA members Scott Brick and Andi Arndthttp://bit.ly/1m9fI7F

THE WASHINGTON POST discusses the benefit of darker-themed books in audiboook format, including selections from Audible, Macmillan, Random House, and HighBridgehttp://wapo.st/1tXoQ48

CLEVELAND.COM reviews audiobooks by Hachette, Random House, Macmillan, and Blackstonehttp://bit.ly/1uqg1jo

THE HUB/YASLA celebrated Audiobook Month with criteria for their Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. They also gave YA audiobook recommendations for books by Brilliance, Listen and Live, Blackstone, Random House, Hachette, Recorded Books, Macmillan, and Scholastichttp://bit.ly/1z3pAWr

Alexander McCall Smith shares his love of audiobooks in this article for BOOKPAGE. http://bit.ly/1qbvWif

THE GUARDIAN lists the advantages of audiobook listening on road trips, and provides suggestions for family listening. http://bit.ly/1rvqBom

BOOK HOOKED BLOG recommends activities listeners can do while listening to audibooks. http://bit.ly/VhVxKQ

Lisa Gornick guest-blogs on READ HER LIKE AN OPEN BOOK, and writes about the “pleasures and perils of audiobooks.” http://bit.ly/1sQBlLh

BOOK RIOT explores the experience of an audiobook listener. http://bit.ly/1nsRstO

JOURNAL NOW asks readers to share why they enjoy listening to audiobooks. http://bit.ly/1sTW9n1

 

INTERVIEWS
Patrick Lawlor is interviewed by EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK blog about his audiobook narration. http://bit.ly/1mHPtT2

This month’s L.A. Archetype series from L.A. MAGAZINE features audiobook narrator Renee Raudmanhttp://bit.ly/XgqHDS

Narrator Renee Raudman is interviewed on THE RICK AMATO SHOW. http://bit.ly/1r83Bwb

DIRECT VOICES: VOICEOVER PLAZA interviews Carrington MacDuffie and Ilyana Kadushin about their crossover work in audiobook narration/voiceover and music. http://bit.ly/1Bd4q9q

VULTURE interviews actor Bronson Pinchot about his audiobook narration. http://vult.re/1rze3fq

OPPOSING VIEWS features audiobook narrator Jesse Bernstein, discussing his work as a writer with upcoming middle grade novel, The Bee Sting Effect. http://bit.ly/1swTf7k

VULTURE interviews actor Barbara Rosenblat about her hit show Orange is the New Black and her career as an audiobook narrator. http://vult.re/1kyXqic

“Lady of 1000 voices” – STAR NEWS ONLINE interviews actor Karen White about her career as an audiobook narrator. http://bit.ly/1orof2D

WIRED interviews actor Peter Berkrot on his role in Caddyshack and his work as an audiobook narrator. http://wrd.cm/1pcQiFG

EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK blog interviews actor Tavia Gilbert about her audiobook narration. http://bit.ly/1qNoQQy

USA TODAY interviews author Joshilyn Jackson on her narration of Lydia Netzer’s audiobook How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, a working relationship that developed out of their longtime friendship. http://usat.ly/X230iG

OPEDNEWS.COM interviews Barbara Rosenblat about her work on Orange Is The New Black, The Hear Now Festival, and audiobook narration. http://bit.ly/1qWowOa

USA TODAY interviews author Laura Harner about her audiobook, Honey House. http://usat.ly/1pqCeuz