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

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 Tantor

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.

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

MARY BURKEY’S BOOKLIST blog, Audiobooker, reports on audibook events at the annual ALA Conference in Los Vegas.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reports on World Book Night’s suspension of operations.

An article by LIBRARY JOURNAL discusses growth and changes in the audiobook industry, and how these affect the listener.

GCNEWS.COM highlights the Garden City Public Library’s Audiobook Month festivities.

This PUBLISHERS WEEKLY article highlights Audiobook Month events by the APA, and publishers Simon & Schuster, Tantor, Random House, Macmillan, and Hachette

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.

Author Chris Bohjalian selects daughter, actress Grace Blewer, to narrate his latest audiobook for Random House, THE WASHINGTON POST reports.

PARAJUNKEE lists Top 5 Narrators: Renee Raudman, Lorelei King, Amanda Ronconi, Jennifer Ikeda and Kristine Hvam.

THE HUFFINGTON POST discusses the Hispanic market, and the need for audiobooks in Spanish.

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS reports on Bangalore as a growing market for audiobooks.

The Audie Awards are the focus of this NATIONAL POST article.


PARADE MAGAZINE recommends celebrity-narrated audiobooks.

THE NATIONAL POST discusses listening to audiobooks for summer reading.

THE NATIONAL POST highlights the benefits of audiobook narration for long drives.

TEACHING AUTHORS recommends “fab” audiobooks and a poem for Poetry Friday.

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).

The Christian Science Monitor lists 4 audiobooks by great writers, including books by Hachette, Random House, and Blackstone

CLEVELAND.COM reviews audiobooks by Highbridge, Penguin, Random House, and Macmillan, including narration by APA members Scott Brick and Andi Arndt

THE WASHINGTON POST discusses the benefit of darker-themed books in audiboook format, including selections from Audible, Macmillan, Random House, and HighBridge

CLEVELAND.COM reviews audiobooks by Hachette, Random House, Macmillan, and Blackstone

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 Scholastic

Alexander McCall Smith shares his love of audiobooks in this article for BOOKPAGE.

THE GUARDIAN lists the advantages of audiobook listening on road trips, and provides suggestions for family listening.

BOOK HOOKED BLOG recommends activities listeners can do while listening to audibooks.

Lisa Gornick guest-blogs on READ HER LIKE AN OPEN BOOK, and writes about the “pleasures and perils of audiobooks.”

BOOK RIOT explores the experience of an audiobook listener.

JOURNAL NOW asks readers to share why they enjoy listening to audiobooks.


Patrick Lawlor is interviewed by EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK blog about his audiobook narration.

This month’s L.A. Archetype series from L.A. MAGAZINE features audiobook narrator Renee Raudman

Narrator Renee Raudman is interviewed on THE RICK AMATO SHOW.

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

VULTURE interviews actor Bronson Pinchot about his audiobook narration.

OPPOSING VIEWS features audiobook narrator Jesse Bernstein, discussing his work as a writer with upcoming middle grade novel, The Bee Sting Effect.

VULTURE interviews actor Barbara Rosenblat about her hit show Orange is the New Black and her career as an audiobook narrator.

“Lady of 1000 voices” – STAR NEWS ONLINE interviews actor Karen White about her career as an audiobook narrator.

WIRED interviews actor Peter Berkrot on his role in Caddyshack and his work as an audiobook narrator.

EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK blog interviews actor Tavia Gilbert about her audiobook narration.

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.

OPEDNEWS.COM interviews Barbara Rosenblat about her work on Orange Is The New Black, The Hear Now Festival, and audiobook narration.

USA TODAY interviews author Laura Harner about her audiobook, Honey House.