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Wednesday
Oct122011

Any Stephen King fans?

Audiobook samples of Stephen King's new book 11/22/63 are available on his website. 11/22/63 will be released on November 8th as a hardcover, as well as an eBook and audiobook.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Not getting gigs? 

Jeffrey Kafer has written an interesting and rather blunt blog titled 8 Reasons Why You’re Not Landing ACX Audiobook Gigs. If one aspires to voice act for audiobooks, they really need to read this blog. If one just does podcasts, the points about production are very useful.

Saturday
Oct082011

Iambik Birthday Bash

Iambik Audio is turning one year old. They put out some great audiobooks. They have supported our Solid Gold Reviewer program from the start. They are having a great birthday promotion. You can find the details at here. Stop by their site and see how to enter to take advantage of their birthday giveaway!

Saturday
Oct082011

Iambik Heats Things Up 

Iambik is heating things up with it's recently released Romance Collection as reported here in Listen Up from PW. We've already featured two of the audiobooks in our Solid Gold Reviewer program and will have another title up for October selection. --JEFF

Sunday
Oct022011

Working at Home

This article is obvious to my voice actor friends, but likely not so to many of the bloggers who contribute to this site. Working from a home studio requires the voice actor to wear multiple hats. Check out this article to learn what each hat involves.

Sunday
Oct022011

Going Hollywood with the classics ...

It looks like audiobookland now has the attention of some of the "A-list" Hollywood actors. Perhaps this is yet another sign of audiobooks emerging into the mainstream. I'll guess that the voice actors' names will be prominently displayed on the Audible cover shots, likely more prominently than the author. 

Wednesday
Sep282011

The Coming Audiobooks Boom

This trend is quite evident to anyone close to the audiobook industry. This article from the Atlantic spotlights the growth as the public continues to embrace digital technology.

Thursday
Sep082011

Roger Ebert finds his voice ...

This is a great commentary from Roger Ebert and his praises for the voice acting work of Edward Herrmann; who recently recorded the audiobook version of Ebert's memoir, Life Itself.

"Listening to it, I discovered for the first time a benefit from losing my own speaking voice: If I could still speak, I suppose I would probably have recorded it myself, and I wouldn't have been able to do that anywhere as near as well as Herrmann does."

Thursday
Sep082011

When it's better in Audio

Here is an interesting article from the folks over at All About Romance; from their Speaking of Audiobooks guru Lea Hensley. We continue to work with Lea to get all of their audiobook reviews indexed in the Jukebox.

Sunday
Sep042011

Death of the traditional book review

This article from Fast Company was very interesting. It discusses how traditional print media has lost its relevance in reviewing books. Who knew Publishers' Weekly had such an anemic circulation? My guess is the trend is similar for audiobooks, with the influence of bloggers growing greatly.

Saturday
Sep032011

Keeping Up With the New Demand for Audiobooks

This is an interesting article about the current trends in the audiobook publishing world from Publishing Trends. The 18-34 year-old demographic mentioned in the article actually tracks very well with the average blogger/reviewer on our reviewer list. It does not track well at all with the traditional print publications in this industry. None are even mentioned in the article. Print magazines and newspapers are technology dinosaurs that do a poor job of reaching this desired demographic. The times they are a-changin' ...

Friday
Sep022011

Jim Dale in the studio ...

Jim Dale, narrator of the Harry Potter audiobook series, narrates Erin Morgenstern's debut, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, about a magical circus that opens only at night. This Random House Audio release comes out 09/13/11.

Tuesday
Aug302011

Maggie Stiefvater - Ten Questions with Two Audiobook Narrators

This is a fun interview conducted by Maggie Stiefvater with narrators Dan Bittner and Pierce Cravens. 

Tuesday
Aug302011

PW Interview: Ron McLarty

This is the latest of PW's interviews with audiobook narrators. Check out the interview with Ron McLarty in Listen Up.

Tuesday
Aug232011

Katherine Kellgren in the studio ...

Here's a brief video of Katy Kellgren in the studio reading L.A. Meyer's MARK OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON shot by Alisa Weberman of Listen & Live Audio. She posted this on her FB page.

Thursday
Aug182011

Interview with Xe Sands

Here is a nice interview from Abbreviated Audio's Jo Anna Perrin with Xe Sands. Click here to read the interview. Susan and I have really enjoyed getting to know Xe through social media. She has been so supportive of our efforts with the Jukebox. --JEFF

Saturday
Aug132011

Penguin’s New Commitment to Romance

This is an interesting interview from Speaking of Audiobooks AAR with Penguin Audio relative to Penguin's new commitment to the romance genre.

Monday
Aug082011

Change of Narrator? 

Ever wonder why publishers change narrators mid-stream in a series? Here is an excellent column from dog eared copy that addresses this question.

Monday
Aug082011

Perseus

Here is a behind the scenes look at the recording of "Perseus" from Full Cast Audio. A review copy of this is available through our Solid Gold Reviewer program.

Saturday
Aug062011

PW Interview: Cassandra Campbell

Here is a nice Publishers Weekly interview with Cassandra Campbell. It is the 4th in their series of interviews with audiobook narrators.