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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: A look into a possible future

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: One of my all-time favorite books is David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas,” in which multiple stories across time and space interlock to create a single, tremendous narrative. Echoes of that can be found in Chang-Rae Lee’s new book, “On Such a Full Sea,” where the multiple stories are tied together through the character of a single 16-year-old girl named Fan. Set perhaps a couple of hundred years in the future, “On Such a Full Sea” chronicles life on the Eastern Seaboard of the former United States, now called the Association, which has been literally stratified into three distinct classes. An ecological disaster has caused the great economies to collapse, and what’s left in North America are the Charters, walled villages of the remnants of the upper class; service communities carved … Read entire article »

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In Brief: Audiobook trivia app entertains, helps nonprofit

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Giving Up: The Audiobook Will Change Your Life

News from Huffington Post (satire): If you find yourself constantly struggling to achieve success, maybe it’s time you tried giving up. Thanks, Pleated Jeans! Also on HuffPost: “; var coords = [-5, -72]; // display fb-bubble FloatingPrompt.embed(this, html, undefined, ‘top’, {fp_intersects:1, timeout_remove:2000,ignore_arrow: true, width:236, add_xy:coords, class_name:……………. continues on Huffington Post (satire) >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Boing Boing: Cory Doctorow at 4:00 pm Fri, Jan 24, 2014 Jeff VanderMeer sez, “Want a copy of the awesome Blackstone audiobook for Annihilation, the first book in my Southern Reach trilogy? If yo……………. continues on Boing Boing >>> Read the full article … Read entire article »

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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Two lives, defined by grief

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Two women, their lives separated by 40 years and an entire continent, form the heart of “The Obituary Writer,” an unusually sensitive portrayal of the changes in women’s lives in the first half (more or less) of the 20th century in America. The book’s overarching theme, however, is that of grief and loss, as experienced by the two women. Claire, an unhappy housewife in the suburbs of Virginia as John F. Kennedy is about to be elected president, finds herself in a loveless marriage to a successful but uninspiring man, mother to a rambunctious toddler and pregnant, she suspects with the child of her lover, a man she met while campaigning for Kennedy and with whom she has been caught in flagrante delicto by her husband. Across the continent … Read entire article »

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Tales2Go nabs $750K to bring its library of audio books to schools nationwide

News from VentureBeat: Tales2Go’s founders William Weil and wife Tracey Weil Research has shown that children need to be good listeners before they can be good readers. The founders of a startup called Tales2Go believe audio books can boost kids’ listening comprehension skills in their formative early years. The education technology company offers a large online selection of audio books for teachers, parents, and children. Today, Tales2Go received a $ 750,000 seed round of funding from Maryland Venture Fund and NewSchools Venture Fund. The Maryland-based company has raised a total of $ 1.37 million since it was founded in 2009. The company is run by husband and wife en……………. continues on VentureBeat >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Homer’s hot: Broad Stage drama now, Dan Stevens audio book later

News from Los Angeles Times: Homer, whose epic poems rank with King David’s psalms among the longest-running items in heavy rotation on Western civilization’s hit parade, keeps making news 2,600-plus years after his initial fame. First up is word that actor Dan Stevens recently has immersed himself in the ancient Greek bard since leaving “Downton Abbey” after his character, heir-to-the-manor Matthew Crawley, had a fatal car wreck in a 2013 episode of the PBS series. It was no tragedy for Stevens, who pretty much forced that plot turn by declaring he was leaving the show. Macmillan Audio has announced that Stevens’ audio book recording of Robert Fitzgerald’s early 1960s English translations of the “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” is in the can and set for an August release.  CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where … Read entire article »

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Audio Books 2014: The Year Ahead

News from Publishers Weekly: The audiobook industry sails into 2014 on a high note. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey of member publishers in late November, and the findings show a segment of publishing in the midst of a huge growth spurt. Both net revenue and units sold increased by double digits in 2012. And the number of titles produced grew from 7,237 in 2011 to 13,255 titles in 2012—nearly doubling. We talked to several audio publishers about the trends and challenges they see in the near future. Trend: More, More, More Overwhelmingly, the publishers we spoke with believe the industry’s explosive increase in title output last year was no fluke. “We’re going to continue to see more and more titles being published,” says Chris Lynch, … Read entire article »

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Audio Books 2014: The Year Ahead

News from Publishers Weekly: The audiobook industry sails into 2014 on a high note. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey of member publishers in late November, and the findings show a segment of publishing in the midst of a huge growth spurt. Both net revenue and units sold increased by double digits in 2012. And the number of titles produced grew from 7,237 in 2011 to 13,255 titles in 2012—nearly doubling. We talked to several audio publishers about the trends and challenges they see in the near future. Trend: More, More, More Overwhelmingly, the publishers we spoke with believe the industry’s explosive increase in title output last year was no fluke. “We’re going to continue to see more and more titles being published,” says Chris Lynch, … Read entire article »

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This Year’s National Book Award Winner Is a Farcical Cross-Dressing Comedy …

News from Slate Magazine: This month, Dan Kois, David Haglund, and Emily Bazelon discuss James McBride’s National Book Award winner for fiction, The Good Lord Bird. The novel makes a farcical cross-dressing comedy of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, paints Frederick Douglass as a drunken letch, and generally takes an irreverent view of the entire pre–Civil War era. Dan wondered how McBride kept up that kind of verbal energy for 350 pages; Emily thought the novel had remarkable things to say about manhood in the slave era; and David wondered whether the novel suffered from an incomplete portrait of Old John Brown himself. Listen along! Next month’s Audio Book Club will discuss Mary McCarthy’s classic The Group. Read the book (or listen to it!) and join us for our discussion on … Read entire article »

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Findaway World’s Redesigned Playaway All-in-One Audiobook Just Released

News from Broadway World: Related: Press Release, News For the first time since its launch, the Playaway all-in-one audiobook has been redesigned, giving listeners the simple, pre-loaded experience they already love with new features that will allow them to go more places – even into the dark. The updated product is the result of extensive customer feedback and user testing, and includes many notable enhancements, such as a backlit LCD screen that is three times larger than the current version. This change serves as the inspiration for the “LIGHT” launch campaign and will help listeners more easily access content day and night, regardless of surrounding light levels. The updated screen also provides key listener information including a book progress bar, chapter status and a battery life indicator – i……………. … Read entire article »

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