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Audiobook DJ

Fragile Things - Audiobook Review


Alice Cooper, Golf Monster - Audiobook Review


Amazon is Brilliant announced Wednesday its acquisition of audio-book publisher Brilliance Audio, in a move to tighten its tie with book publishers and expand the number of audio-book titles. Amazon is seeking to expand beyond offering only best-sellers under an audio-book format. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In making its announcement, Amazon's CustomFix subsidiary also noted it now supports standard CD and MP3-CD audio-book formats through its Disc on Demand service. The Disc on Demand service aims to provide authors and publishers an inexpensive and simple method to introduce new titles without being required to maintain a physical inventory. Thanks to ZD Net News for the info above.  I'm not even sure what the ramifications are for this venture, but if Amazon's jumping on the Audiobook bandwagon, the enhanced PR couldn't hurt.  I don't know what it means for the industry, but for helping improve the public's awareness of audiobooks, it's got to be a winner. 


Narrating - Caught in the Act!

It's not often that you actually get to see a narrator narrating!  Scott%20Brick.jpg

Check out this video of Scott Brick narrating the prologue to The Woods, by Harlan Coben. 

Scott makes it look sooooo easy.  (Not to mention, he makes you want to hear the book!)  This is a GREAT idea for promoting audiobooks!  Maybe more publishers will provide clips of their narrators hard at work creating the books we love to hear.


Indie Audiobooks


The New York Times writes about authors who record their books to gain a fanbase - with the intent of gaining a publisher's attention.  This model is similiar to musicians who work with an obscure Indie label, hoping one of the big boys will eventually hear them and sign them on.  It's an interesting switch for audiobooks - and guess what?  Sometimes it actually works!  Go to the New York Times article to learn more - and to check out the larger photo which shows the narrator recording in his walk-in closet.  Why?  All the "stuff" in his closet lessens reverb effects and it's quiet in there.  Not a bad idea - if you can fit in your closet! 

Digital Ethnography

Check out this YouTube video, which visually demonstrates the morphing of the Internet - from a place using digital text to link users to information, to a place using digital media to link people with people - a social organism as well as an informational one. 

So, how do we link people who enjoy audiobooks?  How do we link people who've never tried audiobooks to those of us who love them, so they can be encouraged to give audiobooks a try?


Who knew?


Ok, I must admit I've never thought of Dean Koontz as funny.  Creepy yes - funny no.  But just to show the power of audio in so many venues, you've got to listen to Dean's podcast about one of his vacations that seems to have come right out of one of his books.  This is hilariously told and is much more effective spoken than written down.  It's streaming audio, so go to Dean's podcast page and listen to episode 11.  It's very entertaining!

They're Starting Them Out Young These Days


The Dead Father's Club is a new title from HighBridge.  The story sounds just weird enough to be andrew.jpgreally good - a deceased father appears to his 11-year-old son to tell the son his death was not an accident - but murder by Uncle Alan - and the crime requires retribution.  If this sounds like a quirky take on Hamlet, it is.  But the most interesting part of this audiobook may be the narrator - an 11-year old boy from England, who was given the nod by producer Paul Ruben to narrate the book.  Can you imagine narrating a book at the ripe old age of 11?  You can hear a clip or go to the HighBridge site and see a video interveiw with the author, Matt Haig

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!


Check out this article about audiobooks.  It appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of the New York Times.  It makes some interesting comparisions between the demand for downloadable audiobooks and physical CDs and the popularity of downloading sexier titles (no brown paper wrappers or blacked-out plastic wrapping required). 

No Pressure


It's always fun to run across authors' blogs and get their perspective on things. Brad Meltzer,  author of The Book of Fate, discusses Scott Brick's narration of his book and winning an Earphones Award.  But the best entry is Brad's reaction as he prepares to do a reading during his recent book tour, only to see Scott sitting on the front row ready to hear Brad's performance!  No pressure there!