Director Adam Reid’s debut revolves around three forlorn storylines. Lonely voiceover artist Bill Soap (Harry Chase) lives in suspended adolescence (and denial) at his bucolic retreat. His closest companion is the deliveryman (Kamel Boutros) who comes daily. In suburbia, an elderly widow (Lynn Cohen) strikes up an unusual friendship with her sardonic, divorced and considerably younger neighbor (James Urbaniak). Finally, two attractive New Yorkers (Nate Smith and Sabrina Lloyd) find their burgeoning, vaguely defined relationship undercut by devastating news.
f there is anything more I like than listening to audiobooks, it’s talking about audiobooks with others. So, when Jen announced Audiobook Week, I asked a few of the most influential audiobook lovers I know to see if they’d like to have a little chat. I couldn’t be happier when they agreed. Today my Audiobook Week interview is with Candace from Beth Fish Reads. In addition to her audiobook evangelization, I love her blog for the way it features imprints (fantastic idea) and her non stop love for all things bookish.
Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis will be launching an audio book recorded by an all-star cast in aid of a Barnsbury theatre next week. The Gollum actor will be at the Young Actors Theatre, in Barnsbury Road, on Wednesday, as it hosts a tea party to celebrate the release of Alice Adventures in Wonderland.
The audio book was made to raise much-needed cash for the theatre and also features the voices of the likes of Simon Callow, Paul Whitehouse and Dexter Fletcher – alongside some of the theatre’s own talents.
What makes them work? Well, there are two different narrators - Bronson Pinchot and Cassandra Campbell - and they alternate reading the stories and novels. Bronson reads Strangers on a Train and Cassandra reads The Price of Salt, which works very well, considering that most of the characters in Strangers on a Train are male and the opposite is true about The Price of Salt.
Four Award-winning Narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Hillary Huber, Coleen Marlo and Karen White, share their experiences in the booth, the “hows” of audiobook production, and what makes a book a winner for listeners.
Join us for this unique discussion and stay for questions, a book signing and even door prizes. Learn how you can be a more “interactive” audiobook fan, or perhaps even an audiobook professional yourself.
This event is free.
Sunday, June 12 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm Barnes and Noble Westside Pavillion 10850 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90064
Contact: Lisa Kingsley, Barnes & Noble 310-475-3215 Karen White, email@example.com
In the next audio book club, Slate's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, will talk about Caleb's Crossing, the latest historical novel from Geraldine Brooks. Written in the style of a confessional diary, the novel tells the story of Bethia Mayfield, a young girl in 17th-century Martha's Vineyard, whose community is embroiled in tensions with the local Wampanoag Indian population.
After ten years riding the voice over crazy train I still take classes regularly, and work closely and consistently with a handful of professional coaches. Recently I decided to reach out to Rob Paulsen in hopes that I might have the opportunity to learn from him as well. Rob has been a professional voice over actor since the 1980′s having voiced over 2,000 1/2 hour animated episodes to his credit.
Hey everyone, many of you are already supporting this effort, but if any of you haven't seen this already, I'm doing a month-long campaign on Twitter: How Audiobooks Are Made in 30 Tweets, with one post per day in June. You can search for them by plugging in #NARR8. If you'd be so kind, we'd certainly appreciate you re-posting them. Tomorrow's update will be via Simon Vance!
Designer Jonathan Robson liked little comics that he received as a kid that were based on LEGO blocks. He says that the comics helped him to learn to read so he set about creating something for kids today that would make them want to learn to read.
After all, as Andy Warhol pointed out, fame usually fades pretty fast. Sarah Palin’s fifteen minutes are almost up.
To see how much they’re worth, and how quickly they may be running out, I asked Nielsen Bookscan for data on sales of Palin’s books — the most tangible, measurable metric of her reach with the public. (Both of Palin’s books were published by Harper Collins, which, like MarketWatch, is a division of News Corp.)
Son of Harpo Speaks will also air on Sirius XM Radio starting Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 3:30am ET and will rerun on Saturdays from Midnight to 2:30am ET, 9:00pm – 11:30pm PT, on Book Radio channel 80, as part of "The Joe Bev Wxperience"..
Learn to Create Audio Theatre in a Fun, Hands-On, Week-Long Professional Immersion Experience! 2011′s Expert Guest Performer-Instructors include Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre, Multi-Earphone & Audie-Winning Actor/Director audio book playwright, playwright Will Anderson, Brian Price of Great Northern Audio, and comics/graphic novel icons Elaine Lee and JM DeMatteis.
If you are new to audiobooks or if you are just looking for your next read, I can help. These are the books I have listened to and enjoyed in the past year (or so) compiled into one helpful little flowchart. It’s also a pretty good summary of my audiobook life.
Brilliance Audio, Inc. has announced that Steven Weber will be the voice behind the latest Tom Clancy novel, Against All Enemies, which publishes simultaneously with the Putnam hardcover on June 14, 2011.
A confession: Iambik’s description of Toby Frost’s Space Captain Smith sounds frightfully similar to descriptions of jobs I’ve had. And I’d be willing to bet that I’m not the only one “destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew- a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald- he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety.”
Since working alone is the trend, how can a narrator – particularly when a book they’re prepping offers them vexing performance questions – compensate for either no-director-and-an-engineer or home (studio) alone? The short answer might be: Hire the text! And given the diminishing herd of directors, the text may eventually be the only place to turn when there’s a performance-related concern.
The first thing that came to mind when I read about this topic for today was the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. I decided to run with that. In homage* to Dr. Suess and with a twist, here is my opinion about sound effects in audiobooks...
Cutting-edge educational tools are often out of reach for teachers in many of the region’s cash-strapped school corporations. Language arts teacher Mallori Lucas, who teaches seventh grade at Union Township Middle School in Porter County, learned just that when she inquired about obtaining audio books for one of her challenged reading classes earlier in the school year.
“When I approached the school I was told they are very expensive … They just couldn’t afford it,” Lucas said.
SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning : and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced it is now offering audio books through its Books24x7® BusinessPro : ™ collection of on-demand business titles.
Westmoreland Library Network has started an audio book and electronic-book lending program. The library network has signed an 18-month contract with Overdrive. The subscription service for e-books and audio books costs $12,000 annually and does not include content, said Sticha, who will act as the system administrator for the library network. About $50,000 has been allocated this year to buy titles, she said.