Audiobook News and Notes for April 1st, 2012

1 04 2012

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The Following is some notes of interest to people in the Audiobook world.

Disclaimer: None of these stories are confirmed and should not be viewed as reliable. The people mentioned in this post can be viewed as imaginary constructs of the author’s mind and only tangentially related to people who may or may not share the same name.

The Audible B+ List: Due to the Success of The A-list promotion Audible has announced its follow up program, The B+ List. Here, some of your favorite professional narrators will impersonate some of your favorite Hollywood Celebrities reading some of your favorite novels. Audible CEO Don Katz says, "You really haven’t heard Nicole Kidman read the classic post nuclear novel On the Beach by Neal Shute, until you’ve heard Katherine Kellgren impersonating Nicole Kidman reading the classic post nuclear novel On The Beach by Neal Shute." The first wave of these books will include Katherine Kellgren as Nicole Kidman reading Neal Shute’s On the Beach, Phil Gigante as Tom Hanks reading the unabridged version of Winston Groom’s Gump & Co. and Oliver Wyman as Christopher Walken reading E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.

Click HERE for a Sample of Oliver Wyman as Christopher Walken reading Charlotte’s Web.

Narrator Change: In a surprise move, the audiobook producers of Lee Child’s popular Jack Reacher Novels, about a former military cop who now roams America getting into ultra violent adventures, will be changing narrators. According to one anonymous insider, this wasn’t an easy decision. "Dick Hill is the signature voice of Jack Reacher, but with the outrage by Reacher fans over the casting of Tom Cruise as Reacher in the One Shot movie, we decided to take some pressure off the movie’s producers by redirecting the fans rage to someone else." Early reports say the frontrunners to voice Reacher in A Wanted Man are Robin Sachs and Bahni Turpin. Lee Child has refused to comment on the situation.

Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, and Partials, upon hearing that Stephen King will narrate his latest Dart Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, has announced that he is interested in narrating the follow up to his hit young adult dystopian novel, Partials. Yet, his announcement comes with a twist. Well’s says, "I really believe I can bring a sense of authenticity to the reading of any book in the Partials world. I mean, I created Kira, I should give her her voice. Yet, to ensure that I am properly prepared for that endeavor, I call on Harper audio to allow me to read Feedback, the sequel to my brother’s novel Variant." Robison Wells, the author of Variant and the upcoming Feedback responded. "This is just his attempt to get back at me for giving him the nickname Mushmouth when we were kids. Harper will not fall for his devious plan." Harper is said to be considering Well’s request.

Author Jonathon Franzen has reportedly hired a local artist specializing in stone carvings to engrave his novel "The Corrections" into stone tablets and then hide them in a deep cavern in Arizona. A publicists has says, "As always, Franzen is concerned about the permanence of the written word and fears an apocalyptic event which may bring about an end to words on paper and electronic format. Franzen believes a world without his writings is a world without hope." In related news, Franzen has been seen scratching the opening chapter to his next novel into the stalls of New York City bathrooms with a pen knife.

TC McCarthy’s novel Exogene has been nominated for the TC McCarthy Awards for Excellence in Speculative Fiction. Although this is the first year of the Award, it is steeped in the rich history of giving awards to worthy works of fiction of a speculative nature. The other nominees included Germline by TC McCarthy, The Legionnaires by TC McCarthy, Control Point by Myke Cole and a haiku written by Connie Wilson on a cocktail napkin at last year’s WorldCon. Says vocal Awards critic Christopher Priest "The people who chose these nominees are brilliant. They really should replace the panel of morons running The Clarke Awards. I mean, that was a friggin’ awesome Haiku."

Also, an Announcement about the future direction of this blog.

After a lot of soul searching and interaction with my family, I have decided to heed Joel Stein’s advice. I will now only be reviewing novels that are marketed exclusively towards 30 something middle class white guys from the Philadelphia area. Due to this, I am calling on the audiobook industry to produce more novelizations of popular adult movies, being this is really the only series of novels that meet these specific criteria,

Coming Soon:

I have no specific new Blogging Events that I will be taken part of in April. Much of April will be spent listening to my categories for Armchair Audies. I also hope to have a few interviews coming up with some Audie nominated Authors and narrators in April, as well as the final week in May, when I will be posting my final posts on the categories.

MIZAM

Last year, I spent a month listening and reviewing mostly Zombie novels. This year, I will be doing the same thing, only with more of an official event feel. May is Zombie Awareness Month will not be a “Blog Challenge.” There will be no sign up required or goals to reach, but there will be a place to post reviews, and posts about anything zombie related.Also, if you are interested in doing a guest post feel free to contact me in the comments, or at theguildedearlobe@verizon.net.

Don’t Forget, June is Audiobook month, and Devourer of Book’s Audiobook Week are also coming in just a few months, with lot’s of specialness and audiobook goodness to explore.

Have a wonderful April 1st. Don’t believe the man.

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4 responses

1 04 2012
DevourerofBooks (@DevourerofBooks)

Hmm, maybe you shouldn’t be giving anybody any ideas with that whole B+ list thing…. 😉

1 04 2012
darlenesbooknook

April Fool’s to you, too!

1 04 2012
Literate Housewife

Jonathon Franzen and the B-List. You, Bob, are my audiobook loving, book blogging hero.

1 04 2012
Sam

Well done!

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