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