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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 evil twins — inhabit her stories as though they were real, and almost always in a way that makes you wish for more. One specialty of Link’s is the slow reveal. The leadoff … Read entire article »

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‘Audio Books’ App Updated With CarPlay Support and Refreshed Interface

News from Mac Rumors: The iOS app for Audiobooks.com today received an update to overhaul the browsing experience, dedicated audio player, and even allow full integration with CarPlay “and select in-car infotainment systems”, to allow its users to listen to audiobooks while driving. The company didn’t release much information on the update outside of the release notes, so there isn’t any word yet on how easy and fluid the experience is when pairing with CarPlay. It does, however, appear to be the first dedicated audiobook app to announce compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay system. Elsewhere in the update, Audiobooks.com introduced a more “minimalist look and feel” to the app, tweaked the controls and experience of the audio player, and re-shuffled the settings page to make more critical information easier to navigate through. Considering the … Read entire article »

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From CBs to CDs: Audio books keep truckers, commuters company

News from nwitimes.com: Gas station, corn field, passing semi. Gas station, corn field, passing semi. Gas station, field with grazing cows, passing semi. The scenery along America’s highways and byways, especially in the country’s bread basket, can get repetitive. Add some assassinations and legal thrills to the background, and the trip gets a little more interesting. People who drive for a living or endure long commutes often turn to audio books for an escape. St. John resident Bob Huisman, who drives a chemical tanker truck, recently tuned in to audio versions of the written word to pass time as he covers the miles. He listens when he gets tired of the radio and when he’s not listening to praise and worship music, which he does as a church music director. “When I drive, at the most, … Read entire article »

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Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

News from NPR: Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. DAVID GREENE, HOST: There were 36,000 audiobooks recorded last year. And somebody’s got to record all of them. NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates learned how it’s done when she visited the West Coast studios of one of the nation’s largest audio publishers. Take a listen. KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: The studios for Penguin Random House Audio are about an hour outside of Los Angeles. On this day they’re hosting an open house for industry-related visitors. Booksellers, librarians, reviewers and others are eyeballing photos of famous readers that line … Read entire article »

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Audio books: Two celebs dish on their own lives and foibles

News from The Providence Journal: Two celebrity autobiographies, both of which center on the star’s approach to sex, make for good listening in an adult vein. “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” written and read by Harris. Adapted for audio, 7½ hours, with a bonus PDF with recipes and a crossword puzzle. Random House Audio, $ 35. Harris — star of TV’s “Doogie Howser” and “How I Met Your Mother,” Tony winner for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and award-show host extraordinaire — this year published a memoir in the style of a kids’ “choose your own ending” book. That’s the kind where readers get to direct the course of the adventure at key points, leading to numerous stories that “you” live out within one book. I was curious about how the … Read entire article »

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Caller Wants to Know: How Do You Read the Rush Revere Audio Books Without …

News from RushLimbaugh.com (subscription): October 31, 2014 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: continues on RushLimbaugh.com (subscription) >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Audio books: Deception and intrigue, real and imagined

News from The Providence Journal: Two very different stories of intrigue and deception — one fiction, one factual — make up this month’s audio column. “The Farm,” by Tom Rob Smith, read by James Langton and Suzanne Toren. Unabridged, 9½ hours. Hachette Audio, $ 30. Daniel is living in London, the central fact of his life a secret from his parents, who don’t know he’s gay. But it turns out that they have been keeping a secret from him, too — the fact that their retirement on a farm in a remote part of Sweden has gone terribly wrong. That news comes crashing over the phone to him in a pair of phone calls. The first is from his father, telling him that his mother has had a mental breakdown, and is imagining awful … Read entire article »

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October 2014 Audio Books: In the Studio

News from Publishers Weekly: NPH Chooses Random House Neil Patrick Harris was in the studio for Random House reading his new book, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. The Emmy and Tony award winner, best known for his roles on How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser, M.D., “takes readers on adventure through his life and career,” according to the publisher, “drawing on his experiences—from being a child star to coming out, acting on Broadway, and becoming a father.” In the book, which is out October 14 in print and audio, Harris, has, per Random House, created a “reading experience for his fans that is nontraditional, imaginative, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Palmer Explores the ‘Art of Asking’ at Hachette Musician and performance artist Amanda Palmer read the audiobook for her own title, The … Read entire article »

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Audio Books: Oprah’s book has a clear target in mind – Winston-Salem Journal

News from Audio Books: Oprah’s book has a clear target in mind – Winston-Salem Journal: A recent survey showed that women read far more than men, especially novels. For every five books a man reads in an average year, a woman reads nine. Yet more books are still written by men, and yes, reviewed by men — guilty as charged. But a woman’s voice in literature is meaningful to readers of both sexes. Here are a few recent examples: An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Audio books: Two wildly different, mysterious tales follow visions

News from The Providence Journal: A pair of New York City men who see visions are at the center of these two wildly different novels. “The Book of Jonah,” by Joshua Max Feldman, read by David Pittu. Unabridged, 14 hours. Macmillan Audio, $ 39.99. The biblical Jonah fled from God, seeking to evade becoming a prophet by taking a ship in the opposite direction from God’s commanded destination. But the joke was on Jonah: God sent a storm, the ship’s sailors heaved Jonah overboard to appease the angered deity, and the reluctant oracle served time in the belly of a huge fish. Jonah Jacobstein, like his biblical namesake, is just an average guy — all right, an ethically challenged thirtysomething Wall Street lawyer juggling two girlfriends — when he begins to see visions. … Read entire article »

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