Our lovely friends at AudioFile picked some of our audiobooks and their talented narrators as their favourites of the year:
Such a wonderful holiday gift – thank you AudioFile!
I just stumbled on an awesome audiobook find from the African continent! Adesuwa Onyenokwe, a TV personality and magazine publisher based in Lagos, Nigeria (my hometown) transformed Sade Adeniran’s novel IMAGINE THIS into an accessible audiobook for the blind and visually impaired. The novel was read by 10 local celebrities including rapper M.I. and Onyenokwe herself, and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the audiobook was screened at its launch on September 30th. It makes me very happy to hear about my fellow citizens doing such wonderful work in the field of audiobooks which I love, and for such a good cause! Read more about the project here.
I just discovered that a book by one of my college professors is available on audio! James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is a preeminent Shakespearean scholar with a penchant for tossing ringing iPhones that disturb his classes out of 7th floor windows. He has written extensively on “the Great Bard of Stratford” and his most recent book Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? addresses the omnipresent debate over the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. He explores in great depth the viewpoints of both those who believe William Shakespeare was a real person and those who insist that another figure is responsible for Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, although his sympathies ultimately lie with the former group. The audio version is published by Tantor Media and read by Wanda McCaddon. As much of Shakespeare’s work was written to be performed out loud, it only makes sense that books on his life and work pay homage in a similar vein.
Click here to read a review of the audiobook by Francine Levitov of SoundCommentary.com.
And here’s a little clip to make your day even more literary:
The Miami Herald has a feature on novelist Nicholas Sparks describing him as the “Paganini of the heartstrings.” Both Sparks and his editor Jamie Raab are interviewed about the huge appeal his novels have for readers and Hollywood bigwigs alike, and on what makes his stories stand out from other romance authors. Sparks’s new novel SAFE HAVEN is out this month – listen to a clip of the audio and watch the author answer your questions here, and click here to read the entire article.
And just in case you felt like having a little cry at your desk this Monday morning: