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Dune - Making the Audiobooks

Macmillan Audio has created a video about the making of the Dune audiobooks, to coincide with the upcoming publication of Chapterhouse Dune, the final audio installment of Herbert's original series. Focusing on the work of narrators and engineers, it's a rare behind-the-scenes look at turning a classic work into audio format.


Doctor Who Is 45 years old today!!

Doctor Who premiered on British TV 45 years ago today. I can't believe it's been that long! I really haven't had much of a chance to see the episodes on TV (or DVD) but I've enjoyed listening to a number of the audiobooks. My favorite? Doctor Who and the Evil of the Daleks - of course. Have to love those Daleks! To read a summary of these titles go to BBC Audiobooks America and search on Doctor Who. Enjoy!



New SF/F Audiobooks For November 08

New Science Fiction and Fantasy titles released in November. There's a good crop of titles this month. Good Listening!






A Lion Among Men - Preview


I've been waiting for this one.  Click the cover for a preview. It will give you a good idea of Maguire's wonderful and slightly tilted sense of humor.




The Graveyard Book Tour

Now, this is a different idea  -- Neil Gaiman's new book, The Graveyard Book, was released last week and Neil's on a U.S. book tour. At each stop he reads a different chapter of his book in front of an audience, which is recorded – both audio and video – and posted on the web. At the end of the tour, those following each video installment will have had the opportunity to hear the entire book. This approach has the potential to do a number of things, not least of which is to make Neil's fans happy. (I'm a fan and it makes me happy!) But it also shows potential buyers of the audiobook (which Neil narrates) that Neil can indeed do a wonderful job reading his own material. And I guess the thinking is that if listeners like his public reading, then they might consider purchasing the audiobook version – recorded in studio conditions instead of less-than-perfect sound environments in front of audiences. If you prefer the print version, I suppose it publicizes that as well.

One thing that surprised me is how much I enjoy the audience's reaction to the story and also enjoy watching Neil read - his mannerisms and expressions help supplement the vocal interpretation of the reading. And, for those of us that will not be anywhere near any of the tour stops - it helps create a feeling of community, especially when you can also read the LJ comments from both Neil and the fans that were there. It's a weird juxtaposition of media that gives a feeling of connectedness with a book, an author, and a fan base that you just don't get with a bland print description of the book tour. 

Harper Collins has been doing some interesting stuff with Neil's work. They've posted free copies of some of his books to see if it increases sales. Will this "video" tour help increase awareness and sales of the audiobook? It should be interesting to find out. You can check out the videos at or at Neil's site  As of today, six chapters are posted. Cool!


Library Curse

Librarians get disagreeable when you don't return library books. If you "steal" our books, there's big trouble ahead, bucko.

“For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no sur-cease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye."
~Curse Against Book Stealers, Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona

A Great VO Talent is Gone

I'm a little slow on the news, but earlier this week Don LaFontaine passed away. This video shares a little about his work.






Dewey the Cat Has A New Book Out

Cuteness Overload.


It's going to be difficult for many of the librarians I know to pass this book up. I'll probably have to break down and check it out, myself.  I believe I reported earlier in my journal about Dewey's demise, so you know this is going to be a 5 tissue read toward the end. No matter, that mug shot is impossible to ignore!


Scott Brick's A Vampire!

An interesting take on the vampire myth, this is the story of a hard luck, street-wise vampire who refuses to  join  any of the  vampire clans stalking Manhattan.  It's tough being a rogue vampire and Joe Pitt seems to get beaten up a lot in his quasi-detective/tough guy assignments. The streets are rough and so is Joe.  The action and the language are hard and gritty.  Joe is no "pretty-boy" vampire,  but he does have a soft side when it comes to helping kids and the love of his life, a sensitive bar-girl who has no idea he's a vampire.

Huston provides an action-packed tale of vampires in the big city (no dark castles or crypts here) and throws in a few zombies at no extra charge. And Brick's interpretation of the vampire is engaging and, well, exactly right for this character. No matter that Joe really should work on his bad attitude and happens to drink  people's blood, you can't help but like the guy. Maybe it's the fact that he uses all the equipment you've ever seen at your local Red Cross to "politely" extract only a pint or so of his victim's blood, or maybe it's his humanity trying to overcome the craving of the "virus" that has infected his body. Whatever it is, Brick brings the dead to life in this audio production. If you like vampires (and maybe even if you don't) you'll want to hear Joe's story - reading it simply won't do it justice.

July Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks!

It's time for the July wrap-up of Science Fiction and Fantasy audiobooks. If this had been around when I was a kid, instead of keeping my head stuck in a book, I would have had it stuck between a set of headphones!