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Audio books: Memoir, novel provide insight into diverse cultures

News from The Providence Journal: Two recent books, a memoir and a novel, offer fine prisms through which to look at life in our increasingly diverse nation. “My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story,” by Krista Bremer, read by Xe Sands. Unabridged, 6½ hours. HighBridge Audio, $ 29.95. If you’re a typical American, you probably think of a jihad in the Merriam-Webster main-definition sense: “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam.” If you know a little more about the religion, though, you might think of the word’s deeper, less pejorative meaning: “a personal struggle in devotion to Islam.” It’s in this sense that Bremer, once a California surfer, now a writer and publisher in North Carolina, writes “My Accidental Jihad,” the story of her own journey toward Islam after she met and married a … Read entire article »

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Renton digital studio making noise in the world of audio books

News from Renton Reporter: Matt Armstrong narrates a book in the Open Book Audio studio. — image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter An audio digital book production company has opened in Renton. Open Book Audio, created in 2009 by Matt Armstrong and Andrew Parker, was formerly based in Redmond, but because of Renton’s attractiveness as a place to live, Armstrong recently moved his part-time business to the city. “My favorite part about doing Open Book Audio is that it allows me the opportunity to get back to my performing roots from the comfort of my own home,” said Armstrong via email. “I can combine my love of reading with my performing background in order to put out a product I’m really proud of.” Open Book Audio has about 120 titles in their catalogue, which Armstrong said is … Read entire article »

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Got Audiobook? Audible CEO Katz on the Rewards of Listening to Literature

News from Forbes: >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” by Joshua Ferris places before the reader a singularly unhappy protagonist: A dentist named Paul J. O’Rourke, who has a successful practice on Park Avenue in Manhattan and lives in an apartment with a lovely view in Brooklyn, and yet is awash in ennui and misanthropism. O’Rourke is a cynic and a Luddite who decries everyone’s dependence on their iPads and “me machines,” which his entire staff and virtually all his clients seem to be barely able to pry their hands off regardless of what’s going on in the dental chair. He’s such a committed Red Sox fan that he records every game on a separate tape and is still suffering from the reverberations of … Read entire article »

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Summer Reading: Listening To Audiobooks While You Do Something Else Is …

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Now hear this! Celebs like Katy Perry, Oprah fuel audiobook ‘golden age’

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First Audiobook from Le French Book is Released

News from Broadway World: For mystery and thriller publisher Le French Book, “a book is a book is a book” no matter what format it comes in. The translation publisher began digital first, added print books and now has deals with Audible for audiobooks. The first audio title is now available. It’s The Bleiberg Project by David Khara, narrated by Graham Vick. This thriller kicks off the Consortium Thriller series, which dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II-death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare-still have today? Fighting massive destruction, the hero is a mixture of Highlander and James Bond, who is bent on justice. The series juggles with time and place in … Read entire article »

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Audioboom platform another audiobook sales driver

News from Gant Daily: Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Princeton Junction, NJ, United States (4E) – Digital publishers are attributing rising sales on downloadable audiobooks to lower pricing. Sales of digital downloads of audiobooks rose about 18 percent in 2013 based on preliminary sales estimates from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Audiobooks in digital download format represented nearly two-thirds of total audiobook units sold and more than half the industry’s revenue in 2012, according to the Audio Publishers Association, the first and only non-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry in the U.S. AAP said sales continue to grow in early 2014 with member Macmillan Audio’s president and publisher Mary Beth Roche describing the growth as tremendous and Hachette Audio vice president and publisher Anthony Goff labeling it as “fantastic.” Goff said … Read entire article »

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Audio books: Young-adult novels focus on teens affected by illness

News from The Providence Journal: A couple of fine young-adult novels focus on teenagers deeply affected by illness. But they’re far from the grim tales you might expect. “The Scar Boys,” by Len Vlahos, read by Lincoln Hoppe. Unabridged, 6½ hours. Listening Library, $ 40. Harry Jones is the Scar Boy of the title — a teenager who, years ago, was nearly struck by lightning in a moment that left him with hideous marks on his face, head and neck. But the Scar Boys also are a punk band, and therein hangs this excellent teen novel. After the lightning strike, Harry is the friendless target of bullies until Johnny McKenna, their school’s golden boy, inexplicably offers his friendship — and then proposes that the two of them start a band. There’s redemption in the … Read entire article »

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Download Free JULIUS CAESAR Audiobook Featuring Grammar, Dreyfuss …

News from Broadway World: A unique new audiobook experience showcasing William Shakespeare‘s revered historical tragedy JULIUS CAESAR and featuring an all-star cast is now available to download via digital audiobook distributor SYNC’s Overdrive media console. The cast for the L.A. Theatreworks’s production of JULIUS CAESAR now available through SYNC’s Overdrive is as follows: Stacy Keach as Marcus Brutus, John de Lancie as Cassius, Richard Dreyfuss as >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Publishers Weekly: To commemorate Audiobook Month, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) is orchestrating a blog tour as a part of its June Is Audiobook Month campaign (JIAM), during which 31 different websites will give away an Audie-winning audiobook each day in June. On social media, the organization and individual publishers have encouraged authors and narrators to spread enthusiasm for audiobooks … Read entire article »

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Try An Audible Free Trial And Claim Your Free Audiobook

News from Londonist: 5 June 2014 | Books & Poetry | By: Sponsor This is a sponsored article on behalf of Audible. Have you tried Audible yet? New users can try the service over a 30 day free trial and down……………. continues on Londonist >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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