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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



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

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


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


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.


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.


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

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.

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

AudioFile, All Audiobooks, All the Time

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