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Truckies and others reading on the job as audio book market booming for libraries

News from Sydney Morning Herald: Stocking up: Long-distance truck driver Rod Hannifey is a lover of audio books. Photo: Peter Rae Trucker Rod Hannifey says he is a huge reader on the road, which terrifies the pants off people who don’t know the road train driver is referring to audio books.  On a return trip between Melbourne and Dubbo a week ago, he had “read” Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, which was “good,” Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave, only “all right”, and fantasy/science fiction Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. “I didn’t really get into that,” he said. Across NSW, particularly in rural areas, the audience for audio or talking books is booming. Happy customer: Truck drivers like Hannifey are some of the most loyal audio book customers. Photo: Peter Rae Farmers on tractors are listening d……………. … Read entire article »

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Audiobook roundup: ‘Vanessa and Her Sister,’ more

News from Chicago Tribune: By Jenni Laidman Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar, narrated by Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Daniel Pirrie, Anthony Calf, Random House Audio, 10:52, $ 20 Priya Parmar spins a vivid novel about a singular relationship in “Vanessa and Her Sister,” the story of the painter Vanessa Bell and her sister, the author Virginia Woolf. Parmar immersed herself in the correspondence and diaries of the Bloomsbury circle, in which the sisters traveled, before reimagining their story from Vanessa’s point of view. And from that vantage, Vanessa’s sister is a handful. By turns delightful and trying, Virginia suffers from alarming nervous ailments an……………. continues on Chicago Tribune >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Interviews: Audiobook narrators Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer

News from USA TODAY: Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter.(Photo: Thomas Dunne Books) Tags Amanda Hocking Taylor Swift Kendall Jenner >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Lewisboro Ledger: By Liz Gabriele on February 22, 2015 in Library News · 0 Comments The library is currently located at the South Salem Presbyterian Church. (Matt Spillane) </……………. continues on Lewisboro Ledger >>> Read the full article … Read entire article »

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Kim Gordon Describes Final Sonic Youth Show in Audiobook Excerpt, Shares …

News from Pitchfork Media: Kim Gordon‘s memoir, Girl in a Band, is out next week on February 24. In previously released excerpts, we’ve read Gordon’s thoughts on ex-husband Thurston Moore, the split of Sonic Youth, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Anglophenia: Tom Hiddleston in character as Dr. Robert Laing in High-Rise. (BFI) High-Rise is the gift that keeps on giving. The film adaptation of the novel by the same name, starring Tom Hiddleston, is now being made into an audiobook. If a book is being made into a film, it must be pretty good … right?  Some people like to read the book first, get all the details, and then go see the film to see if it matches up to how they pictured the story and its characters. On the … Read entire article »

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Learn about library’s new audiobook program

News from Kearney Hub: KEARNEY — Kearney Public Library will offer an OneClick Digital Overview class from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 18. This class is an informational session on how to use the library’s new downloadable audiobook platform. Patrons are invited to bring their own tablet or mobile device to the session. Register by calling the TLC Desk at 233-3612 or by signing up in the computer lab. Patrons must have a library card in good standing to attend computer classes. There is a limit of 15 participants for the class. ……………. continues on Kearney Hub >>> Read the full article Related News: News from The Hindu: The Manipal University Press (MUP) is all set to release its 36th publication, an audiobook ‘Vaidehi dhvani’ at the Madhava Vihar Amphitheatre at 5.45 p.m. on February … Read entire article »

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Audio Book By Malala Wins Grammy For Best Children’s Album

News from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has added another prestigious award to her collection of honors – a Grammy Award. The children’s audio version of her book: “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World” was named Best Children’s Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The audio book was narrated by Neela Vaswani, a literature professor who accepted the award on February 8 in Los Angeles. Malala wrote the book together with Christina Lamb, a British war correspondent who has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1980s. It describes Malala’s struggle for girls’ education rights – including a failed 2012 assassination attempt against her by a Taliban militant shot her in the head as she rode … Read entire article »

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Malala’s audio book wins Grammy

News from The News International: February 09, 2015 – Updated 1032 PKTFrom Web Edition LOS ANGELES: The Grammy for the Best Children’s Album was awarded to the audio version of the book ‘I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World’, written the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.   The book was narrated by Neel Vaswani who is a professor of creative writing, literature and cultural studies.   The Grammy adds to the list of awards that Malala Yousafzai has received since she surviv……………. continues on The News International >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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DRM-free audiobook of Eastern Standard Tribe

News from Boing Boing: Blackstone audio has produced a professional, DRM-free audiobook of my 2003 novel EST, a novel about jet-lag, conspiracies, management consultants, crypto-contracts and P2P that William Gibson called “Utterly contemporary and deeply peculiar — a hard combination to beat (or, these days, to find).” Warren Ellis called it “just far enough ahead of the game to give you that authentic chill of the future, and close enough to home for us to know that he’s talking about where we live as well as where we’re going to live; a connected world full of disconnected people. One of whom is about to lobotomise himself through the nostril with a pencil. Funny as hell and sharp as steel.” As with my other books, Audible refuses to carry this title because … Read entire article »

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