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The Year in Audiobooks

Our friends at AudioFile Magazine have released their list of Best Audiobooks and Best Voices of 2014. There are a lot of good performances on this list. Check it out!


The Audies 2014

Billy Crystal Wins Top Audiobook Prize

The publishers and performers of audiobooks celebrated with a gala dinner and awards ceremony in New York on Thursday night. The big winner: Billy Crystal, whose recording of his best-selling book on turning 65, “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” won the prize for audiobook of the year and two other categories.

The Audio Publishers Association’s award for distinguished achievement in production went posthumously to Pete Seeger for “The Storm King,” a work that blends storytelling, poems and music.

Read the full story from the New York Times.

Billy Crystal takes top honors at the Audie Awards

At tonight’s Audie Awards Gala, Billy Crystal took top honors, winning Audio Book of the Year for his comedy memoir Still Foolin’ ‘Em.

Read the full story from Entertainment Weekly.

Billy Crystal’s memoir named Audiobook of the Year

“Still Foolin’ ‘Em,” a memoir by comedian Billy Crystal, has been named Audiobook of the Year by the Audio Publishers Association.

Crystal also won the prizes for best Humor audiobook and best audiobook Narrated by the Author, Thursday night at the Audies ceremony in New York.

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

Audies Award Finalists and Winners

Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). See the list of winners from AudioFile here.


Amazon Vs. Hachette

Writers Feel an Amazon-Hachette Spat

The world’s biggest bookstore is a bit smaller these days.

Amazon’s secret campaign to discourage customers from buying books by Hachette, one of the big New York publishers, burst into the open on Friday.

The uneasy relationship between the retailer and the writing community, which needs Amazon but fears its power, immediately soured as authors took to Twitter to denounce what they saw as bullying.

Read the rest of the story from the New York Times here.



Recorded Books buys HighBridge

Recorded Books Buys HighBridge Audio

Recorded Books Inc. has acquired HighBridge Audio, the audiobook imprint of Workman Publishing. The purchase, which was completed May 1, will add about 1,000 titles to the Recorded Books list and significantly expand its presence in the trade market, said Recorded Books CEO Rich Freese.

Read entire article from PW here.


Audies or Oscars

How The Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World

Every year the Audio Publishers Association presents Audie Awards to the best audiobooks of the year. For anyone who’s like, “what are the Audies?,” fans like to describe them as the Oscars of the audiobook world. Awards are presented for up to 29 categories, but “Audiobook of the Year” is the most coveted — kind of like winning an Oscar for “Best Picture.” This year the finalists for Audiobook of the Year were announced in mid-April, with a surprising twist.

This is an interesting opinion piece from Book Riot and sure stirred up a lot of discussion in the audiobook industry. Read there whole article here.


Audies Nominations

And the Best Audiobooks of the Year Will Be…

The 2014 Audie Award Finalists are here! We’re excited at Book Riot because the Audies are the Oscars of the audiobook world. They even have a fancy gala in New York where everyone from Colin Firth to Meryl Streep gets dressed up in glitzy outfits to accept their awards in May.

Read the entire article from Book Riot here.


Audiobooks and Storytelling

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling

STANFORD, Calif. — THE ferns under my oak trees evoke moments from “The Great Gatsby” for me. I read the book many years ago, but I listened to it last summer while planting 50 polypodium californicas and 50 festuca idahoensis in the dappled light beneath my oaks. Now, when I look at them, I think about that last awful accident, the yellow Rolls-Royce screaming past the repair shop, and what F. Scott Fitzgerald’s narrator called Gatsby’s extraordinary gift for hope.

Read remainder of the story from the New York Times


Recorded Books Sold 

Audiobook Giant Recorded Books Sold To Private Equity Firm

Recorded Books, one of the industry leaders in the audiobook market and a major supplier of the audiobooks, ebooks, and other electronic content to libraries, has been purchased by the private investment firm Wasserstein & Co., LP. The company was sold by Haights Cross Communications, which has owned it since 1999. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

See Full Story from Library Journal.


Audiobooks and Cats

This is great! 13 Reasons Audiobooks Are Awesome, As Told By Cats from Harper Audio.


The English Language ... American Style 

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

Check out the article for the other 21 maps. When I was a kid, we caught crawdads in the creek. When I took biology, we dissected crayfish. When I travelled extensively in south Louisiana on business over a 5 year period, we ate crawfish.  --JEFF


SFF Audio - Podcast Interview with Xe Sands

The SFFaudio Podcast #215 – Xe Sands and Spoken Freely (Going Public In Shorts)

This was a nice interview between Jesse Willis and Xe Sands. Check it out. It is somewhat long but entertaining and informative. They cover a whole lot of ground.


JIAM - Skyboat Media

Skyboat Media celebrates JIAM with JUNE: AN ODE TO AUDIOBOOK MONTH AND THE AUTHORS. Check it out!


June Is Audiobook Month

It's that time of the year again. This is a great kickoff for a daily feature for June. You can find the daily schedule of narrators, hosting blogs, selections, and more details at the Going Public site hosted by Xe Sands.

Going Public…In Shorts: With Johnny Heller and Robert Fass


Target Marketing 

Is this great target marketing, or what? Buy an MTA card, get a free audiobook download from Audible.


Interview of David Niall Wilson

This is a nice interview of David Niall Wilson, CEO of Crossroad Press. It is from Hellnotes, owned by JournalStone Publishing. David's ideas and suggestions in the old Audiobook Community (on Ning) helped in the initial brainstorming that led to the formation of Audiobook Jukebox.


Audiobook Q&A: Jo Anna Perrin

This is a nice Q&A with Jo Anna Perrin from PW's Listen Up. Check it out.


Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades of Grey

This is about what one would expect from Gilbert. He is reading real passages from the book. Warning: This is not work or family safe.


Johnny Heller: The Audio Audio Interview

Here is a nice audio interview of Johnny Heller from PW's Listen Up. We really appreciate the shout-out from Johnny about 9 minutes into the interview. Give it a listen.


Johnny Heller's Favorite Audiobook Moment

This audio clip is hilarious. Johnny Heller shares his favorite audiobook moment with Recorded Books for Audiobook Month 2012.



Audie Awards Celebrate Great Voices, Not Famous Faces

Nice article from the NYT Arts Beat.