Archive for the ‘Audiobooks’ Category

NYT Hardcover Fiction – 8/14

Friday, August 14th, 2009

On this week’s New York Times bestseller list, Sherrilyn Kenyon lands in the #1 spot with Bad Moon Rising, her eighth title to achieve that position, according to her website. However, libraries are not so high on her – those we checked have only 12 -48 copies, with holds ranging from 34 to 123.

Bad Moon Rising: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0312369492 / 9780312369491

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo rises to #2, helped by intense review coverage and some critical controversy, as we mentioned in an earlier post. Libraries we checked have received their orders (from 29 to 206 copies), and show substantial holds (from 200 to 250).

That Old Cape Magic
Richard Russo
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0375414967 / 9780375414961

Available from Random House Audio

  • CD $40; ISBN 9780739318928

Random House Large Print

  • $26; ISBN 9780739328613

Kathleen Stockett’s debut novel, The Help, rises to #3. We’ve written about the book several times, but libraries we checked still have heavy holds (from 107 to 595) on anywhere from 64 to 129 copies. Given the demand, and the book’s upward trajectory (last week it was at #4) perhaps it’s time to order even more (libraries have been steadily adding copies, but demand continues to outstrip supply). It’s a long wait for the paperback; scheduled for release February 2, 2010.

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The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books – (2009-02-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0399155341 / 9780399155345

Also on audio:

  • Audio CD: $39.95, Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio;  (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0143144189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143144182

Large Type:

  • Hardcover: $32.95; 721 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (May 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1410415538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410415530

Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice lands at #5, helped by last week’s major reviews, with holds and copies lower than for Russo’s That Old Cape Magic in the libraries we checked (orders ranged from 9- 29 copies, with holds from 17 to 145).

Inherent Vice
Thomas Pynchon
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1594202249 / 9781594202247

Also available from Penguin Audiobooks

  • CD: $39.95; ISBN 9780143144762

And finally, Winds of Dune appears at #15. Libraries we checked are in good shape, with few reserves on modest orders.

The Winds of Dune
Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
Retail Price: $27.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0765322722 / 9780765322722

Also on Macmillan Audio

  • CD: $59.99; ISBN  9781427207630

The Obama Book Club

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

President Obama’s gotten caught reading by the press fairly consistently since May 2008 - though more often during the campaign than during the first six months of his presidency. Rather handily, the Daily Beast has recapped his reading picks, which shows “a predilection for presidential profiles, a weakness for explain-it-all bestsellers, and the occasional hankering for literary fiction.”

There are 12 entries so far – that’s a year’s supply of reading for enterprising book clubs!

What Is the What
Dave Eggers
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback Edition: 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2007-11-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0676979491 / 978-0676979497 /

Also available from BBC audio:

  • 17 CDs $39.95; 978-1-60283-262-6

Library editions:

  • 17 CDs $124.95; 9780792748953
  • 2 MP3 CD’s  $74.95; 978-0-7927-4916-5
2 MP3CD Audiobook 20 Hr 31 Min
ISBN: 978-0-7927-4916-2 MP3 CD’s $74.95; 978-0-7927-4916-5
Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries)
Joseph O’Neill
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2009-05-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0307388778 / 9780307388773

Also available from Recorded Books

  • CD: #34.99; ISBN 9781436155427
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Retail Price: $17.00
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2009-02-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0143114875 / 9780143114871

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Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
Fred Kaplan
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2008-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060773340 / 9780060773342

Available from Brilliance Audio

  • CD: $34.99; ISBN 9781423370994
  • MP3 CD: $24.95;  ISBN 9781423371014
The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
Jonathan Alter
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2007-05-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0743246012 / 9780743246019

Available from BBC Audiobooks America

  • CD: $19.95; ISBN 9781572705531
FDR
Jean Edward Smith
Retail Price: $20.00
Paperback: 880 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks – (2008-05-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0812970497 / 9780812970494

Available from Random House Audio

  • CD: $34.95; ISBN 9780739343449
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Steve Coll
Retail Price: $18.00
Paperback: 738 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2004-12-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0143034669 / 9780143034667

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Collected Poems, 1948-1984
Derek Walcott
Retail Price: $20.00
Paperback: 516 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (1987-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0374520259 / 9780374520250

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America
Thomas L. Friedman
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Picador – (2009-11-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0312428928 / 9780312428921

Also available from BBC Audio:

  • 17 CD’s $124.95; 9780792754756
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
Larry M. Bartels
Retail Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press – (2008-04-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0691136637 / 9780691136639

Available in large print paperback:

  • $17.99; ISBN 9781594133350

And from MacMillan Audio

  • CD: $59.95: ISBN 9781427204585
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Retail Price: $21.00
Paperback: 944 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2006-09-26)
ISBN / EAN: 0743270754 / 9780743270755

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • CD: $39.95; ISBN 9780743539135
The Post-American World
Fareed Zakaria
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0393334805 / 9780393334807

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • CD: $39.95; ISBN 9780743576857

Diamant is Indie Next Pick for Sept.

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Day After Night by Anita Diamant is the top choice on the independent booksellers’ Indie Next list for September. At one library we checked, reserves were as high as 106 on 38 copies, but World Cat shows that only 53 libraries have it.

Here’s how Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO pitched the novel:

“Four women with four different stories of surviving the European Jewish Holocaust find themselves in an internment camp run by the British military in Palestine as illegals, Jews without papers. Based on the true story of a dramatic rescue in 1945 of more than 200 prisoners at the Atlit internment camp, this extraordinary novel is equal parts history, adventure, and celebration of the profound determination of the human psyche. I loved this book and will recommend it for reading groups.”

Day After Night: A Novel
Anita Diamant
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0743299841 / 9780743299848

Also available from Simon & Schuster Audio on Sept. 1

  • CD $29.99; ISBN 9780743598392

The Indie Next #3 pick for September, Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin, is a debut novel that’s a strong favorite of Jen Childs, over at Random House’s library marketing department, and was also picked by librarians at the BEA “Shout and Share” panel. World Cat shows that 93 libraries have it, but libraries we checked show only modest reserves - though it’s still early.

Here’s a pitch from Sandy Scott at The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT:

“Cake maker Angel Tungaraza lives in a multicultural community in Rwanda, where she finds healing after the losses of her two grown children as she helps others solve their own problems with equal doses of common sense and kindness. Tragedy and humor find balance in this thoroughly enjoyable novel.”

Baking Cakes in Kigali: A Novel
Gaile Parkin
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-08-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0385343434 / 9780385343435

Divided Response to Russo’s Latest

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s a busy week for big league book critics – on the heels of reviewing Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, they’re quickly turning to Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic, about a middle-aged college writing professor and screenwriter who struggles to deal with his father’s death, the dissolution of his marriage and the stress of his daughter’s wedding. As the reviews proliferate, libraries are showing widely varying reserves – from 5 to 160 – on anywhere from 5 to 53 copies.

But guess what?  While the guys like it, at least one female critic is skeptical of how Russo treats his women.

In Newsweek, Jennie Yabroff comes right out and asks, Is Richard Russo a Misogynist?, declaring  

“One would expect a writer of such celebrated humanism to treat his female characters with as much compassion as his male ones. But Russo simply doesn’t.  . . . [His] novels and stories contain multitudes, yet only two types of women: perfect bitches and perfect angels. Either way, these women are like smooth, shiny ball bearings, their interiors impenetrable and unknowable. None of them seems at all conflicted about who she is or what she wants.”

However, critic and online chat host Bethanne Patrick of The Book Studio.com disagrees with Yabroff:

“Where she sees foils, I see detailed portraits of women whose lives have been forever changed and sometimes ruined by the actions of men they’ve chosen to love and live with. . . . Where Yabroff sees men simmering with resentment towards women, I see men who can’t live without women and know it – they’re trying mightily to figure out what lack in themselves causes them to need women yet also not treat them on an equal level.”

Meanwhile, The Washington Post‘s Ron Charles calls the book a “dyspeptic romantic comedy” that’s more intimate and written on a smaller canvas than his recent sprawling epics, but which

“makes up for it with psychological nuance about the ties that bind — and snap. It’s a marvelous portrayal of the strands of affection and irritation that run through a family, entangling in-laws and children’s crushes and even old friends.”

The Wall St. Journal interviews Russo, who reveals that he “worked on the novel while he was mourning the death of his mother and marrying off his two daughters. (His marriage of 37 years is doing just fine, he says.)” He’s also working on an HBO pilot about the conflict between failing dairy farmers and people with second homes over the discovery of natural oil deposits in the Catskills and Western Pennsylvania, with a woman as the central character.

That Old Cape Magic
Richard Russo
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0375414967 / 9780375414961

Available from Random House Audio

  •  CD $40; ISBN 9780739318928

Random House Large Print

  • $26; ISBN 9780739328613

Listen to THE HEDGEHOG

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

My EarlyWord partner Fred Ciporen is an audiophile and a Barbara Rosenblat fanatic. I swear, the man sometimes choses to drive when it would make more sense to fly, just so he can listen to her.

So, I was pleased that not only has HighBridge Audio (this week’s sponsor), just released an audio version of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but that Barbara Rosenblat is one of the two narrators. Give it a listen by clicking on the banner above; I think you’ll see why Fred is enamored.

It’s a timely release, since Newsweek just included The Elegance of the Hedgehog as one of the few newer titles on their What to Read. Right Now list. Even though the book was published in September, libraries are still showing long reserve lists.

Oprah Gives Push to ‘Precious’

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Precious, an upcoming film based on Sapphire’s 1996 novel Push, got a big boost yesterday when Oprah interviewed Mo’Nique, the actress who plays the snarling mother of the movie’s tragically abused 16 year-old protagonist. “I saw Mo’Nique’s performance in this film and was so blown away,” Oprah said. “She is giving the performance of a lifetime.”

Set for release November 6, the film has already won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. On viewing the trailer, Entertainment Weekly declared:

Precious actually looks like it’s about something. Namely, a teenage girl (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, economic hardships, and a monstrous mother (Mo’Nique) who berates her every chance she gets. This is a side of America most of us rarely see, especially in the movies.”

Libraries we checked showed reserves on Push, with fewer than 10 copies on hand. But here’s some justification for buying more: Oprah is likely to continue her drumbeat for the film, which will be distributed in cooperation with her own Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Productions.

 Here’s the trailer:


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Push: A Novel
Sapphire
Price: $12.95
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (1997-04-29)
ISBN-10: 0679766758
ISBN-13: 9780679766759

A movie tie-in edition is also forthcoming from Vintage, but the jacket art is not yet available.

Push: Movie-Tie in Edition
Sapphire
Price: $12.95
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books USA – (2009-05)
ISBN-10: 0307474844
ISBN-13: 9780307474841

An audiobook version will be released on July 28, 2009 by Books On Tape :

  • Narrator: Bahni Turpin
  • ISBN: 9781415967171
  • $60; 6 CDS; Unabridged

OverDrive Debuts Media Console for Mac

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

OverDrive announces the debut of the Overdrive Media Console for the Mac today. 

Earlier this summer, OverDrive announced they had been able to break through roadblocks to make some titles downloadable in the MP3 format (the format that runs on Mac, iPods and iPhones). The Media Console makes downloading and managing those titles easier for library customers.

Unfortunately, there are fewer titles available from OverDrive in Mac’s MP3 format than there are in the Microsoft format (Windows Media Audio, or WMA), which is often difficult to explain to library customers.

In order to make titles available in MP3, publishers must be willing to offer titles without Digital Rights Management software (the software that puts limits on how the audio can be used). This is because Apple software can only read titles encrypted with Apple’s DRM, available exclusively on titles downloaded through iTunes and Audible. Thus, OverDrive cannot encrypt DRM on titles in MP3 format the way they can titles in the Windows format.

Many publishers have been reluctant to give up DRM for fear of piracy (true, publishers don’t seem overly worried that CD’s can be ripped and downloaded, but that takes a bit more effort). Random House recently made their titles DRM-free, so they could be sold to iPod users through more vendors than Audible and iTunes. However, they specifically excluded libraries from this arrangement, because, they said in their press release, without DRM, there’s no way to limit “borrowing privileges.”

Until Apple makes its DRM software available to other vendors, or until all publishers make their titles available DRM free to libraries, you will have to continue to try to explain why iPod users can only download a limited number of titles.

If you’re a glutton for punishment and want to learn more about DRM, check out A Closer Look at Digital Rights Management from Law.com.

Movie Tie-ins: Audiobooks

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

(Ed. Note: the following is from our audio contributor, Robin Whitten, Editor and Founder of AudioFile)

Many people like to read the book before they see the movie. This year, there are plenty of upcoming movies that also have “audiobook tie-ins.” So, people can say, “I didn’t see the movie, but I listened to the audio.” 

Check out these AudioFile reviews of current and upcoming audiobook tie-ins (click on titles to read the reviews):


Q&A / SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (film title) (Vikas Swarup)

The movie, a surprise Oscar contender, is getting a lot of media attention, even though it is only in limited release right now. It will be reaching more theaters in January.

  • Trade Ed., Audio Partners, 2005
  • CD ISBN 157270487X  $27.95 • Five CDs




TWILIGHT (Stephenie Meyer); movie release date, 11/21/08

  • Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2005
  • CS ISBN 0307282953  $55.00 • Eight cassettes
  • CD ISBN 0307282961  $75.00 • Eleven CDs

 

 

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (Kate DiCamillo);  movie release date 12/19/08

  • Listening Library
  • Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
  • Price: $14.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-9913-9 (1-4000-9913-7)

 


THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (F. Scott Fitzgerald); movie release date 12/25/08

  • Library Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2007
  • CS ISBN 9780786149872  $22.95 • Two cassettes
  • CD ISBN 9780786157761  $27.00 / $11.95(R) • Three CDs




MARLEY & ME (John Grogan); movie release date 12/25/08

  • Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2006
  • CS ISBN 1419396285  $69.75 / $18.50(R) • Seven cassettes
  • CD ISBN 1419396307  $99.75 / $18.50(R) • Nine CDs

 


NOT EASILY BROKEN (T.D. Jakes); movie release date 01/09/09

  • Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2006
  • CS ISBN 978-0-7927-4544-0  $59.95 • Six cassettes
  • CD ISBN 978-0-7927-4492-4  $74.95 • Seven CDs
  • MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7927-4567-9  $44.95 • One MP3-CDs

 


INKHEART (Cornelia Funke); movie release date 01/23/09

  • Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2003
  • CS ISBN 0807219517  $55.00 • Ten cassettes
  • CD ISBN 0807220108  $85.00 • Fourteen CDs

 

CORALINE: Movie Tie-In CD

This a low-priced ($9.95; the original was $22) movie tie-in version of the original unabridged audio, read by Neil Gaiman.

  • Audio CD: $9.95; unabridged
  • Reader: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: HarperChildrensAudio; (October 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061660167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061660160
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THE SOLOIST (Steve Lopez); movie release date 3/13/09

  • Library Ed. Blackstone Audiobooks. 2008
  • CS ISBN 9781433215193  $44.95
  • Five cassettes
    CD ISBN 9781433215209  $60.00 • Six CDs

 

THE ROAD (Cormac McCarthy) 2009/TBA

  • Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2006
  • CS ISBN 9781428105492  $51.75 / $14.50(R) • Six cassettes
  • CD ISBN 9781428105515  $77.75 / $14.50(R) • Six CDs

 

And watch for upcoming AudioFile reviews of the audiobook tie-ins to:

  • REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (Richard Yates); release date  12/26/08
  • THE READER (Bernhard Schlink); release date 1/09
  • DEFIANCE (Nechama Tec); release date 12/31/08 (wide on 1/16)

Studs Terkel, the Audios

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

(Ed. Note: the following is from our audio contributor, Robin Whitten, Editor and Founder of AudioFile, )

Studs Terkel spent a lifetime talking with Americans, so there’s no better way to appreciate his legacy than to hear him. He recorded many interviews and several of his books became audiobooks:

Publisher: Highbridge
7½ hours on 6 CDs
ISBN 1-56511-969-X

Four Decades with Studs Terkel morphed to 5 decades with Voices of Our Time from HighBridge. The AudioFile review called it ” a must have artifact of America.”
Listen to an excerpt:
Audio Clip

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Publisher: Tantor Media
8 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg)   
ISBN 13: 9781400135882

Touch and Go, the 2007 memoir, read by Norman Dietz is an AudioFile Earphones-winner

Listen to a sample: MP3 Audio Sample


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Another collection of Terkel’s interviews, Coming of Age, (HighBridge 1995), is on Overdrive. Of the narrators, AudioFile said,
Shirley Venard does a remarkable job interpreting each woman’s personal account. Her performances personify their wit, intelligence, fortitude, weariness, spirit and grand sense of humor. Allen Hamilton is a virtual chameleon as he reenacts a wide variety of male personal histories.

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LA Theatre Works
ISBN 1-58081-131-0
2 CD’s — $25.95
The LA TheatreWorks dramatized program of Working is available with a cast including Orson Bean, Eileen Barnett, and others.

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Go to AudioFile for reviews of current audio titles, including;
Coming tomorrow:
  • The White Tiger
  • Wordy Shipmates
  • Call Me Ted

Penguin Now on OverDrive

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

OverDrive announced today that Penguin audio and eBook are now downloadable from their system. Libraries can add the titles to their collections by going to OverDrive’s collection development portal at www.contentreserve.com.

Penguin imprints include:

  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Viking
  • Berkley Books
  • Dutton
  • Riverhead Books
  • New American Library
  • Grosset & Dunlap
  • Penguin Books
  • The Penguin Press
  • Philomel
  • Plume
  • Puffin

‘Guernsey’ in Audio

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Curious how the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a novel in the form of letters, would translate to audio, I asked AudioFile Editor & Founder (and EarlyWord contributor), Robin Whitten what she thought.

She likes it! A lot:

Guernsey succeeds brilliantly in audio from several aspects. The serial nature of letters lends itself to the unfolding story, and each letter writer is represented by a different narrator with clearly individual voices.

Books on Tape producer Kelly Gildea made smart choices–Susan Duerdin as Juliet Ashton, author and biographer; John Lee for Adam Dawsey, pig-farmer and devotee of Charles Lamb; Juliet Mills as Amelia Maugery, the motherly patroness; Rosalyn Landor cast as Isola, the herbalist and would-be Miss Marple, and as several of the other quirky island characters; Paul Boehmer reads the letters of Juliet’s editor Sidney, and her American suitor. I shouldn’t gush, but each voice/ character is perfect. 

For the the full AudioFile review, click here.

Listen to a clip here:

Go to AudioFile for reviews of other current audio titles, including;

  • Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva
  • Sail, James Patterson
  • The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston
  • Tribute, Nora Roberts
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  • Audio CD; 7 CDs, Unabridged, $80.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (Aug 5)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5440-9

Twice the Traffic

Monday, August 11th, 2008

As we mentioned last week, Traffic appears on this week’s cover of Sunday’s New York Times Book Review  (Slow-Moving Vehicle). 

Turns out it got double covers, it was also featured on the cover of the Washington Post Book World (Life in the Fast Lane).

The book has received a great deal of other media attention (including NPR’s “Talk of the Nation“) and is now at #20 on Amazon. Holds are building in libraries.

 

Traffic
Tom Vanderbilt

  • Hardcover:  $29.95
  • Publisher: Knopf; (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307264785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307264787
  • Audio CD:  Abridged, 5 CD’s; $34.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 29, 2008)
  • Read by: David Slavin
  • ISBN-10: 0739370324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739370322
  • Audio CD:  Unabridged, 11 CD’s; $110.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • Read by: Marc Cashman
  • ISBN: 978-1415956083/ 1-415956081

Starbucks Pick — Audio

Friday, August 8th, 2008

I just discovered that there is an unabridged audio version of the new Starbucks pick. Below is the bibliographic information for both the hardcover and the audio:

The House at Sugar Beach

Helene Cooper

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743266242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743266246
  • Simon & Schuster Audio, September 2008 
  • 9 Compact Disks (Unabridged)
  • Ready by: The Author
  • ISBN-10: 0-7435-7951-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7435-7951-3

Listening to ‘Traffic,’ in Traffic

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Talk about “being there.” Listening to the audiobook of Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic, Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) while driving, puts you right into one of those traffic study groups.

In beach traffic, your daily commute, or the next tollbooth queue you’re suddenly more aware of the other vehicles, other drivers, road conditions and traffic controls. Reading or listening you may never see traffic quite the same–a good thing!

NPR satirist and commentator David Slavin was tapped to read Random House’s abridged version. It’s a smooth, traffic-free road with Slavin’s straightforward 6-hour presentation. Nothing more is needed, as Traffic is full of interesting factoids and psychological insights.
Books on Tape has the unabridged Traffic read by Marc Cashman –a skilled, nonfiction narrator. His road trip is 11 hours.

Traffic, the book has been getting attention. It has been widely reviewed and is the cover review of this Sunday’s (8/10; not posted yet) NYT Book Review. it was also featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Currently, it is at #124 on Amazon. Author Vanderbilt has a blog–How We Drive  where, among serious references to the transportation studies and experts, you’ll also find his Favorite Traffic Films!

Libraries show modest ordering, with reserves building for the book. Most have not yet ordered either audio edition.

Traffic
Tom Vanderbilt

  • Hardcover:  $29.95
  • Publisher: Knopf; (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307264785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307264787
  • Audio CD:  Abridged, 5 CD’s; $34.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 29, 2008)
  • Read by: David Slavin
  • ISBN-10: 0739370324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739370322
  • Audio CD:  Unabridged, 11 CD’s; $110.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • Read by: Marc Cashman
  • ISBN: 978-1415956083/ 1-415956081

Robin Whitten

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Edgar Sawtelle on Audio

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Robin Whitten, Editor and Founder of AudioFile, just let us know that the surprise hit of the season, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle will soon be available on audio (information on the audio was sketchy when we first wrote about the book).

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

David Wroblewski

  • Audio CD: Unabridged, 18 CDs, 21.5 hrs., $39.95
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • NarratorRichard Poe
  • ISBN-10: 1436160308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436160308
  • Shipping Date: from Recorded Books  in 2-3 weeks; pre-orders for libraries available through the RB reps  [BN.com lists it as September 16, 2008]
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The narrator, Richard Poe, is profiled by AudioFile as skilled “in setting a mood and ‘dressing the set’ of a scene.” Robin says hes did a stunning job with George Packer’s The Assassins’ Gate and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian last year. Previous titles include Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Jane Smiley’s Good Faith, and Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.

Why wasn’t this tile released simultaneously with the book? Simply because it wasn’t expected to be such a big success in hardcover. Once it began to pick up steam, Recorded Books bought the rights. Since it’s a long book, it takes a while to record and produce it.

Thanks to Robin for the information. We’re very pleased to announce that she will be contributing regularly to Early Word. In addition, whenever we list audio narrators, we will link to AudioFile‘s narrator profiles.

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