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Narrator Interview: Johnny Heller

August 26, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Last week I talked with the Man of a Million Voices*, Johnny Heller. Named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, Heller is a multiple Audie Award winner and all-around funny guy. Here, he gives us his expert insights on creating dozens of distinct character voices, some of his favorite projects out of the 500+ books he’s recorded, and what he does to annoy his girlfriend.

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Listen-alikes: The Readers’ Advisory for Audio

August 19, 2014Denine Del Balso 0

How many times have you fell head over spine in love with a book, sought out your local librarian, and requested their assistance in finding titles similar to the one you just read? This is what the library community refers to as readers’ advisory. As a recent audiophile, I want in on some of this advisory action.

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Audiobooks and Multitasking

July 29, 2014Marika Gofman 0

For those of us who like to think we are avid readers, yet barely find enough time in each day to eat, sleep, and work, the thought of reading for pleasure is hardly achievable. The perfect solution for checking books off your “To-Be-Read” list is listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are the perfect addition for the super busy person who lives and breathes by multi-tasking.

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Narrator Interview: Karen White

July 22, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

One of the best things about the audiobook industry is the narrators and I don’t just mean for the obvious reasons. When I was at Book Expo America in May, I was privileged to spend some time in the community of audiobook narrators, and I do mean community. This is a group of people who support each other, and build each other up, and offer advice, and everyone I met was so committed and passionate about what they do. Karen White was no exception.

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Author and Narrator Dual Interview: Rainbow Rowell & Rebecca Lowman

July 14, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

After hearing Rainbow Rowell’s hilarious speech at the APA librarians’ dinner at PLA in March and listening to Rebecca Lowman’s spot-on performance of Landline, I knew I had to talk to both of them together. They were kind enough to oblige me and the conversation was fun, flowing, and funny, and it was a pleasure to hear the clear mutual respect and admiration between Rowell and Lowman for each other’s craft. Read on for gruff Midwestern men, Rowell’s thoughts on marriage as codependence, and Lowman’s thoughts on Rowell’s writing style.

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The July To-Read Pile

July 8, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Due to technical difficulties (namely, I can’t read a calendar), the August To-Read pile was posted last month instead of July’s. The good news is, the titles on this list are out now (or will be in another week or two), which means less waiting for you! See, I’m always looking out for my fellow impatient peeps. We’ll be back to our regular schedule next month, with September picks.

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Narrator Interview: Nicola Barber

June 24, 2014Colleen Tsironis 0

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Nicola Barber, a two-time Audie Award Winner and 2013 Audie nominee for Call the Midwife. Since 2010, Nicola has narrated over 130 audiobooks. In between narrating projects, her voice over work includes national TV for Coca-Cola, promotional videos for Pampers and Skype, national radio spots for Hilton Hotels and Verizon Wireless. Nicola graciously agreed to answer a few of my questions related to audiobook narration.

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Industry News: Hachette v. Amazon

June 18, 2014Marika Gofman 0

It seems as though every year there is a dispute between a large retailer and publishers—last year it was B&N versus Simon & Schuster, this year it’s Amazon versus Hachette. As one of the Big 5 publishers, Hachette publishes blockbuster authors like James Patterson, David Sedaris, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling’s pen name), Michael Connelly, Malcolm Gladwell, Emma Donoghue, David Baldacci, and many others. Though full details have not been disclosed, it is widely believed that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette primarily has to do with renegotiating sales terms—and Hachette is putting their foot down.

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