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Sci-Fi Encounters: Behind the scenes with 2 audiobook narrators

News from USA TODAY: “Escape From Zulaire” by Veronica Scott.(Photo: Veronica Scott) Tags 61 CONNECT >>> Read the full article Related News: News from All Access Music Group: Michael Jackson Comic Coming TRIBUTE: MICHAEL JACKSON, a brand-new audio comic book from BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS, will be available AUGUST 29th on what would have been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. In conjunction with the audiobook, an expanded edition of the original comic book, FAME; MICHAEL JACKSON, a 40-page graphic novel, will be available in print and digital formats. The newest addition to the publisher’s library features a cover and foreword by artist and friend of JACKSON, GIUSEPPE MAZZOLA. “The stories, and legends, behind the real people featured in BLUEWATER titles continue to grow. In order to keep the stories timely and current, the scripts had to be expanded. Longtime … Read entire article »

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Turn Any Kid’s Book Into an Audio Book

News from Re/code: Reading to children — even from infancy — is good for them, according to studies. But there’s something in it for us grownups, too. We get to glimpse a slow grin spreading across pudgy cheeks as a child anticipates yet another “I do not like green eggs and ham!” refrain. We get to watch a hyper toddler pause in mid-block-tower destruction to calmly sit and listen. We get to use our best bear, duck and lion voices and become kids again, ourselves. It should come as no surprise that technology companies keep trying to barge into the magical moment of reading aloud to a child. I’ve been testing Sparkup, one of the newer book-related gadgets, while reading with my almost-1-year-old son. He’s a little young for this, and Sparkup doesn’t replace … Read entire article »

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Audible Releases John Scalzi’s New Audiobook Lock In, Performed by Wil …

News from MarketWatch: HEADLINE2Two Versions, Two Actors, One Thrilling Story NEWARK, N.J., Aug 26, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the simultaneous release of two brilliant performances of New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi’s new thriller, Lock In. The story of Chris, an FBI agent and victim of a mass contagion resulting in a fully functioning mind locked in a non-functioning body, is a gender-bending tale in which Scalzi never identifies the character as male or female. To address this ambiguity, Audible Studios produced two entirely different recordings of the book. Listeners can enjoy the narration of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory star Wil Wheaton; of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and … Read entire article »

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Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels

News from Boing Boing: I’ve been haunted by Lewis Shiner’s World Fantasy Award winning novel Glimpses since I read it in 1994; I rate it as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin’s stupendous Armageddon Rag — so imagine my delight when I discovered that it was available as an audiobook! Last weekend, I sat down at the World Science Fiction Convention with Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki, the owners of Skyboat Media, the studio where Wil Wheaton recorded the audiobook of Homeland, to discuss the state of genre fiction in audio format. Rudnicki — a Grammy-award-winning producer who also took home a Hugo award that weekend along with his colleagues from Lightspeed Magazine — asked me for……………. … Read entire article »

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Encoding miracles and missing audiobook chapters

News from Macworld: It’s easy to forget that some of the technology we use is, to paraphrase a great author, nearly indistinguishable from voodoo. One reader wrote in asking for some clarification about lossless compression, and I explain the magic in this week’s column. I also look at a question about iOS device backups, and one about missing audiobook chapters in iOS. It must be magic Q: I read your column regularly, and really appreciated your recent explanation of AIFF, WAV, and Apple Lossless formats. But I don’t get it; how can the file size of Apple Lossless be half that of AIFF without some voodoo going on? I r……………. continues on Macworld >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Broadway World: SciFi Publishing is pleased to announce its newest scifi … Read entire article »

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Celebs Lend Voices to D&D Anniversary Audiobook

News from PC Magazine: From Wil Wheaton to Ice-T, several celebs have narrated a 40th anniversary Dungeons & Dragons audiobook. Once considered the ultimate stamp of geekdom, Dungeons & Dragons has emerged from a simple dice-rolling game into a cultural phenomenon, now celebrating 40 years with a collection of short stories penned by R.A. Salvatore. The audiobook anthology, The Legend of Drizzt, follows the beloved Drizzt Do’Urden, brought to life by an all-star lineup of narrators, including nerd favorites Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG), Felicia Day (The Guild), and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings). Joining them to tell the dark elf’s 12 tales are Michael Chiklis (The Shield), David Duchovny (X-Files), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Dan Harmon (Community), Ice-T,……………. continues on PC Magazine >>> Read the … Read entire article »

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Celebs narrate free audiobook for Dungeons & Dragons’ 40th anniversary

News from CNET: Geekerati like Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Weird Al, and more celebrate four decades of dice-rolling derring-do by lending their voices to a free Audible audiobook by R.A. Salvatore. facebook linkedin >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Metal Underground: posted Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM by xFiruath.  (0 Comments) The “Ephemera” audio book depicts the story of the new Aeon Zen album in a dramatic and moving 4 part epic tale of futuristic struggles, loss, and rebellion. The first part of the audio book has been posted online and can be heard below. You can also check out the band’s previously released music video for “Unite” at this location. “Ephemera” which is due for release on September 1st (Europe) and September 2……………. continues on Metal Underground >>> Read the full … Read entire article »

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Audio Books: Readers share why they enjoy listening to books – Winston-Salem Journal

News from Audio Books: Readers share why they enjoy listening to books – Winston-Salem Journal: Unlike reading a printed book, listening to audio books takes some planning. You can’t just grab an audio book and plunk yourself down on a chair in the sun and listen away. My primary audio book venue is the interior of my car, where I am cursed by the one major drawback: I can get anywhere way too fast. I developed my audio-book addiction in Los Angeles, where a freeway was always available to slow you down, reduce your progress to a snail’s pace — and vastly increase your listening time. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. >>> Read the full article Related News: News from LA Magazine: ➻ “Page one is the hardest part. … Read entire article »

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Book Buzz: Cumberbatch to record Golding audio book

News from USA TODAY: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, shown in 2013, will provide the voice for a new unabridged recording of William Golding’s ‘The Spire.’(Photo: Gero Breloer, AP) 47 CONNECT >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Amazon’s unlimited ebook and audiobook subscription service finally goes live …

News from 9 to 5 Google: Read freely from over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices, as well as free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more Listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible, or switch easily between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice Enjoy best sellers including the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hunger Games trilogy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and Flash Boys The most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Life of Pi, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century Start a free 30-day trial today SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 18, 2014– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all … Read entire article »

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