Archive for the ‘Audio’ Category

Hamilton, Carter Win Grammys

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Hamilton, ChernowThe Grammy Awards are not known for celebrating books, but this year’s opening number has its roots in Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton (Penguin, 2005), the inspiration for the hip hop musical Hamilton.

As a result, the book rose to #49 on Amazon’s sales rankings. Holds are growing in many libraries.

The cast recording went on to win Best Musical Theater Album, a category that included another musical adapted from a book Fun Home, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

Hamilton‘s composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the award in rhyme:

This gives Miranda another footnote to add to his book, coming in April, about the musical’s improbable path to success, Hamilton: The Revolution (Hachette/Grand Central Publishing; Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio)

9781442391055_17ee8The winner for Best Spoken Word Album is A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter (S&S Audio). This is Carter’s second Grammy. He won in 2007 for Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis (S&S Audio).

The other nominees were:

Blood On Snow, Jo Nesbø, narrator, Patti Smith (Random House Audio)

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted HijinksDick Cavett (Macmillan Audio)

Patience And Sarah, by Isabel Miller; narrators, Janis Ian & Jean Smart (Audible/Brilliance)

Yes Please, Amy Poehler (HarperAudio)

World War Z, New Trailer

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new trailer for the film adaptation of Max Brook’s zombie apocalypse novel, World War Z (RH/Crown, 2006), was released today. The movie was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters last December, but was pulled to re-shoot some scenes and is now scheduled for June 21.

The movie tie-ins include an entirely new audio with an enormous cast, featuring Martin Scorsese (yes, the director), Alfred Molina (Spiderman), Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead), the author’s father, Mel Brooks, David Ogden Stiers, and John Turturro. Max Brooks returns as The Interviewer.

The novel is written in the form of first-person stories about the Zombie War. Unlike the movie, which is entirely from the point of view of Brad Pitt’s character, the audio stays true to the original. Many fans, who are already raising concerns about changes from the book, may find this a preferable take.

World War ZWorld War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks, RH Audio/BOT, 9780449806951, 0449806952

World War Z (Mass Market Movie Tie-In Edition) : An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks, RH/Broadway, May 21, 2013, Mass market paperback

Betty White Wins Grammy

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Betty White has another Grammy Award to add to her large trophy case (her first was in 1975 for her supporting role on The Mary Tyler Moore). She won best Spoken Word Album last night for If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), Penguin Audio.



The other nominees were:

Bossypants, Tina Fey, Hachette Audio

Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond; Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott & David Toledo, producers, WannaBeats Records

Hamlet, William Shakespeare; Dan Donohue & Various Artists – Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Blackstone Audio

The Mark Of Zorro, Val Kilmer & Cast, Blackstone Audio

Spoken Word Grammy Nominees

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Tina Fey may add a Grammy to her many awards. Her best selling audio recording of Bossypants (Hachette Audio) was announced as a nominee in the Best Spoken Word category at last night’s Grammy Nomination Concert (full list of nominees here). Winners will be named on Feb. 12.

It has already been selected as one of the year’s best audios by AudioFile magazine. For our money, it’s already won the Most Disturbing Cover of the year.

The other nominees are:

Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond; Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott & David Toledo, producers, WannaBeats Records

Hamlet, William Shakespeare; Dan Donohue & Various Artists – Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Blackstone Audio

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)Betty White, Penguin Audio

The Mark Of Zorro, Val Kilmer & Cast, Blackstone Audio


Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The L.A Times calls the movie The King’s Speech, “perhaps the award season’s most extraordinary box-office tale,” overturning conventional Hollywood wisdom about American audiences (for instance, that, in some areas of the country, “James Bond is still considered too much of a foreigner.”)

The tie-in book continues on the NYT Trade Paperback Best Seller List after four weeks. It was released in audio this week from Tantor, narrated by Simon Vance (listen to a sample here). It also includes King George VI’s original speech (listen here).

The King’s Speech
How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
Narrated by Simon Vance

6 Audio CDs: $23.99

1 Mp3-CD: $15.99

ONE DAY Now on Audio

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Libraries are still struggling to fill holds for the summer’s surprise British hit, One Day by David Nicholls.

Random House has just released the audio.

Meanwhile, the Scottish tabloid press reports that Anne Hathaway, on the set of the movie version, currently filming in Edinburgh, is “sporting the bookish look” (i.e., she’s wearing glasses).

One Day
David Nicholls
Retail Price: $35.00
Publisher: Random House Audio – (2010-07-29)
ISBN / EAN: 0307912957 / 9780307912954


Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Many of you heard Marilyn Johnson speak at MidWinter about her book on the importance of librarians in the digital age.

Good news; the book will also be avaiable in audio from Tantor. Link here to a PDF of the sell sheet. Release date is set for 2/22.

Publisher: Tantor
Read by: Hillary Huber
Running Time: 8 hrs – Unabridged
Trade: 9781400116348; 7 CD’s; $34.99
Library: 9781400146345; 7  CD’s; $69.99
MP3: 9781400166343; 1 MP3-CD; $24.99

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Marilyn Johnson
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061431605 / 9780061431609

David Sedaris Audio Drop-in

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

A new Sedaris audio-only title will be released Nov. 24, called Live for Your Listening Pleasure. It consists of highlights from his latest tour; events in Denver, NYC, Durham, L.A. and Atlanta. Similar to his 2002 Live At Carnegie Hall audio, this is a standalone and will not be published as a book.

A clip is available at Entertainment Weekly ‘s “Shelf Life” blog and another is on the publisher’s web site.

We can do them one better; Hachette Audio is making a limited number of copies available for readers of EarlyWord. To enter, just send an email to EarlyWord, with “Sedaris Live” in the subject line, by 11:59 p.m, this Friday, Nov. 13. Don’t forget to include your shipping address (no P.O. box numbers). EarlyWord will select winners at random. This is only open to librarians residing in the 50 states.

Libraries we checked do not have the audio on order and WorldCat shows it listed on just one library catalog.

By the way, at least one wholesaler annotation incorrectly describes this as the 2002 Carnegie Hall recording. It is all new material.

David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure
David Sedaris
Retail Price: $17.98
Audio CD:
Publisher: Hachette Audio – (2009-11-24)

Also downloadable from OverDrive


And, how retro and how David Sedaris, it will also be available in vinyl (this from the company that held a funeral for the cassette format over a year ago).

Love how different the vinyl and the CD covers are.

David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure
David Sedaris
Retail Price: $24.98
Audio Cassette:
Publisher: Hachette Audio – (2010-01-05)
ISBN / EAN: 160788447X / 9781607884477

Audio of ON THE LINE Postponed

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The publisher just notified us that the audio of Serena Williams’ memoirs, On the Line, has been postponed. Unsurprisingly, given Williams’ schedule and other priorities, she hasn’t been able to spend the many hours in the studio necessary for an unabridged audio.

Hachette Audio is planning to release the audio next year, simultaneously with the paperback.

Hot Audios

Monday, August 10th, 2009

We just heard from Tantor Audio that several of the books we’ve been tracking on EarlyWord are now available in audio. Title links are to our coverage:

In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
Ronald Kessler

Read by Alan Sklar
Retail:  9781400113125; $29.99

MP3 CD: 9781400163120; $19.99

Library: 9781400143122; $59.99


Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson
Ian Halperin

Read by Richard Allen
Retail:  9781400113903; $29.99

MP3 CD: 9781400163908; $24.99

Library: 9781400143900; $59.99


Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Michelle Malkin

Read by Johnny Heller
Retail:  9781400113248; $34.99

MP3 CD: 9781400163243; $24.99

Library: 9781400143245; $55.99

And this one is forthcoming:

Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff
Erin Arvedlund

Retail  9781400114108
Library  9781400144105
MP3 CD  9781400164103

For regular email updates of Tantor’s new titles, email Tantor.


Friday, June 19th, 2009

We just learned that Ignore Everybody (see previous post) will also be available in audio from Tantor Media.

  • Narrator: William Dufris
  • Release Date: On or about July 20
  • Retail: $19.99; 9781400113392
  • MP3: $19.99; 9781400163397
  • Library ed: $39.99; 9781400143399

It will also be downloadable from OverDrive and NetLibrary.

It will also be on PlayAway.

P.P. & Z. Coming in Audio

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Great news for Pride Prejudice and Zombies fans; you can soon get your zombies on audio.

Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch blog is offering the first chapter free right now, via

Brilliance will be releasing the unabridged audio on Oct. 15,  simultaneously with a “deluxe heirloom” hardcover edition of the original paperback, including a new preface and “additional scenes of zombie mayhem.”

The publisher’s sell sheet also mentions that a movie is planned for release in Fall 2010.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Retail Price: $29.99; Library Ed: $97.99
Audio CD: 9 CD’s
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged – (2009-10-15)
Retail ISBN / EAN: 1441816763 / 9781441816764

The Audies

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Oscars of audiobooks, the Audies were presented during BEA by the Audio Publishers Association. 

Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book (Harper/Recorded Books) won both Audiobook of the Year and the Children’s Age 8 to 12 category.

AudioFile has a great rundown, complete with links to audio clips and their reviews. All the winners and nominees are worth checking to make sure they’re in your collection. It’s also a useful list for audio RA.

OverDrive Announces iPod Breakthrough!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

We thought we’d never see the day, given the labyrinthian issue of digital rights protection, Apple compatibility and several publishers’ reluctance to make their audios available without DRM for library borrowing, but OverDrive made this announcement yesterday,

…digital audiobook catalogs from leading publishers will be compatible with iPod® and other Apple® devices after a simple upgrade of OverDrive’s free, easy-to-use audiobook software…Participating publishers include Random House Audio, Hachette Audio, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, and many more.

Beginning in mid-June, OverDrive’s “Transfer Wizard” will enable iPod compatibility. According to OverDrive’s David Burleigh, “A simple software upgrade is all it takes to allow the transfer of thousands of additional bestsellers to the popular media player.”

This seems like a win-win for all parties. Publishers will still have Digital Rights Management software and libraries can now offer audios for the most popular listening device.

Tell your teens that they will soon be able to download Twilight from the library to their iPods!

The full press release is available here.

Ellen Hopkins on Audio

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Congrats to this week’s sponsor, Highbridge, on getting high praise in the current issue of AudioFile for the audio version of Impulse, the latest in Ellen Hopkins’s bestselleing YA series;

Readers Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, and Steve Coombs tap into the raw, overwhelmed feelings of abused adolescents and deliver such an honest performance that it’s startling. They perform with a visceral complexity and perfect timing that are nothing short of masterful.

You can listen to a segment by clicking above.

Below is ordering information on the titles:


  • Unabridged; 8¾ hours on 7 CDs
  • Read by Laura Flanagan
  • 9781598877359; $29.95



  • Unabridged; 4½ hours on 4 CDs
  • Read by Laura Flanagan
  • 9781598877526; $24.95



  • Unabridged; 7½ hours on 6 CDs
  • Read by Laura Flanagan
  • 9781598877625;  $26.95


  • Unabridged; 5¼ hours on 5 CDs
  • Read by Laura Flanagan
  • ISBN 9781598877557; $26.95



  • Unabridged;  6¾ hours on 6 CDs
  • Read by Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, and Steve Coombs.
  • ISBN 9781598877564; $29.95