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What it’s like to record an audiobook with Jesse Eisenberg

News from Entertainment Weekly: Jesse Eisenberg has a dilemma. He’s in the studio recording the audiobook for his short-story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, and a particularly footnote-laden story isn’t quite working. “My Roommate Stole My Ramen,” which makes up a significant chunk of the book, follows college freshman Harper Jablonski as she writes effusive—and unwanted—letters to her high school guidance counselor. “Do you think it would work better if we didn’t say ‘footnote’ every time?” Eisenberg asks from the glass-walled booth. Darren Vermaas, the audiobook’s director, weighs in: “To me, the repetitiveness of that is funny. But that’s one man’s opinion.” [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »


Friday Freebies: Audio book, ad-free Pandora, WI badger window cling

News from KARE:7:48 a.m. EDT September 4, 2015 Friday Freebies(Photo: KARE) CONNECT >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Macworld: A grab bag of iTunes questions from Macworld readers. Kirk McElhearn | @mcelhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld In this week’s column, I look at a grab bag of questions. Readers have asked how to check or uncheck all the songs in their iTunes library. Will Apple Music music ever disappear? Why can’t they enter a year for their audiobooks in iTunes? And how can they keep their daughter from spending too much money on the iTunes Store? >>> Read the [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

Scribd Changes Audiobook Model

News from GalleyCat: Scribd has updated its e-book subscription service for audiobooks. Beginning on September 20, the company will begin offering a rotating catalog of audiobooks available for unlimited listening made available through special publishing partnerships. These titles will be updated on a monthly basis. In addition, Scribd is moving to a credit-based system that offers monthly subscribers access to one free audiobook a month to access audiobooks that are not part of these promotions. “This change will not only allow us to continue to grow our audiobook catalog in a sustainable way, but will also allow us to focus on even [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

Bringing the jungle audiobook to life

News from Richard E Grant is just one of the famous names who lends his distinctive voice to the Audible audiobook version of The Jungle Book Credit: Disney/ audible Sound designer Matt Thompson explains how he overcame some beastly problems in adapting The Jungle Book for radio Celia Imrie leans into the microphone, her voice soft and maternal as she offers consoling words to the lost child Mowgli. “Is that a man cub?” she says. “How bold! Lie still, lie still little furless one.” I knew, as I listened to Imrie perform, that we’d found the right person to play Mother [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

GraphicAudio brings Kamala Khan to life in Ms. Marvel: No Normal

News from Entertainment Weekly: Meet Kamala Khan, a Jersey City teenager who hangs out with her friends, gets in trouble with her parents…and on occasion, saves the world. The story of Ms. Marvel’s success is something of a superhero journey in of itself. Debuting in 2014, the series, written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) was the brainchild of Wilson, Alphona, Marvel editor Stephen Wacker and Marvel Director of Content and Character Development Sana Amanat. As the company’s first Muslim American superhero — and a female one, at that — Kamala represented a new level [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

David Oyelowo narrates new James Bond audiobook ‘Trigger Mortis’

News from LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — British actor and filmmaker David Oyelowo is to narrate the audiobook edition of the forthcoming official James Bond novel Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. Other U.K. acting talents who have narrated 007 adventures include Dominic West, Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike. Oyelowo is best known for his work in the films The Last King of Scotland, Lincoln, Jack Reacher, The Butler and Selma. “I consider it a huge honor to be asked to narrate this wonderful book. Anthony Horowitz has crafted a taut thriller with a fascinating cast of characters and [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

Ms. Marvel speaks: Marvel’s first audiobook is Kamala Khan’s story

News from Mashable: What’s This? Ms. Marvel No. 1 is the publisher’s first audio-book adapted straight from the comics. Image: Marvel By Josh Dickey2015-08-14 17:52:25 UTC LOS ANGELES — We first met Kamala Khan a year and a half ago, when Marvel Comics debuted Ms. Marvel, introducing a new superhero who possessed incredible powers, pluck and teenage street smarts. Now, she has a voice, too. SEE ALSO: Marvel Comics’ reboot will bring all-new characters, No. 1s across the board Marvel’s hugely popular new character is also its first published title to be adapted into an audiobook, making her origin story available to commuters, road trippers, people on [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

David Oyelowo will be the first black James Bond in the next 007 audiobook

News from The Verge: Acclaimed actor David Oyelowo will soon one of the few black actors to play James Bond — in audiobook form at least. The Guardian reports that the English actor has been tapped to play 007 in Trigger Mortis, the next official book in the series. Oyelowo received a personal invitation from the estate of Ian Fleming, the author of the original Bond spy novels, and claimed he was “very honored” at the opportunity, telling The Guardian, “I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: ‘I am the new James Bond.’” The actor is [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

DRM-free audiobook of Rapture of the Nerds

News from Boing Boing: Blackstone has produced a new audiobook edition of Rapture of the Nerds, the gonzo post-Singularity novel Charlie Stross and I published in 2012, read by John Lee — as with all my Downpour audio titles, it’s DRM-free and available without territorial restrictions (tell your friends!). Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »

Audio Books: Full cast readings bring out best in collections

News from The Providence Journal: By Alan Rosenberg
Journal Staff Writer Posted Apr. 12, 2015 @ 12:01 am A pair of short-story collections offer surprising delights — not least the talents of the full casts that read them. “Get in Trouble: Stories,” by Kelly Link, read by Grace Blewer, Kirby Heyborne, Tara Sands, Robbie Daymond, Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Ish Klein, Susan Duerden and Kirsten Potter. Unabridged, 10 hours. Random House Audio, $ 40. “Get in Trouble” is Link’s first collection of stories for adults in a decade, and it’s a treat. Her off-center characters — drunken superheroes and ghost-loving teens, has-been movie stars and [...] Continue Reading… … Read entire article »