Audio

Poll: Men or Women? (Battle of the Voices)

The best readers are able to bring the author’s words to life and make you imagine the characters in your head (while you are keeping two steady hands on the wheel and both eyes on the freeway, of course).  But reading dialogue written for the opposite sex can present challenges for even the best and most experienced actors or radio voices:  Female characters read by men can sometimes sound weak and flighty, while male characters read by women may come across as shifty or just downright goofy.  Most of the time, these are minor annoyances that don’t mar the experi

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Happy Birthday, Houston

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On August 30, 1836, our city of Houston was founded by the Allen brothers, Augustus and John.  That makes Houston 178 years old tomorrow.

Here are some audiobooks - both factual and fictional - that feature Houston as a character:

Book Hunters in Brief #25: Family Listening

book hunters - family listening graphicGoing on a road trip this summer? Book Hunters suggests you bring along one of these outstanding audiobooks that the whole family will love.

They’re Here! Audies Nominations 2014

The Audio Publishers Association (APA)  has announced the finalists for the best audiobooks of 2013. There are a staggering twenty-nine categories this year, and so many amazing titles that have been selected as nominees. From the best in fantasy to mystery to short stories, there’s something for everyone!

I’ve included a smattering of the nominees below, but you can find the entire list on their website. Did your favorites from 2013 make the cut? Who do you think should take home the top title of Audiobook of the Year?

Book Hunters in Brief: Memoirs by Comedians

Side-splitting Memoirs! Comedians tell all! 

Bossypants by Tina Fey 
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin 
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres 
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan 
Still Foolin' "Em by Billy Crystal 

These folks are funny in any format, but to get the deluxe high definition experience, we suggest the audiobooks read by the authors themselves.

In the mood for something a little more serious? Visit Book Hunters and we'll whip up a reading list just for you. It's fast. It's easy. It's free. Do it. Do it now.

Doris Day

On April 3, Doris Day will celebrate her 90th birthday.  And I plan to watch a few of her movies to commemorate. 

However, it will be difficult to choose just a few.  I mean, Doris Day starred in so many fun films that I love.  Because Day could do it all.  From her beginnings in musical comedies, she branched out into dramas and straight comedies.  Her co-stars were among the top talents in Hollywood.  From the late 40s through the early 70s, she worked steadily before finally retiring to devote her time to animal welfare and rescue.

The Fate of Katherine Carr

On the way to a family event, I took along the audio version of The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook. I recently acquired a copy of his book, The Crime of Julian Wells, and have become interested in his work. In The Fate of Katherine Carr, the narrator, George Gates, is traveling on a boat and he’s sharing his story with the boat captain. George’s son was tragically kidnapped and murdered some years before. George had been a travel writer but now he writes light pieces for the local paper. Every day he grieves for his murdered child. Then a retired detective gives him a story written by Katherine Carr, a young woman who disappeared years ago. George is captivated by the story and starts to investigate on his own. I enjoyed this book because it was well written, and it had a supernatural element. The ending was clever.  

The Fate of Katherine Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen Before You See It

With movie awards season in full swing, I started thinking about all of the soon-to-be movie novels that I need to listen to  before I head to the theaters in 2014. With everything from a slew of young adult selections to hard-hitting biographies set to hit the big screen this year, there is a lot to look forward to!

What book turned movie are you most excited to see this year?

 

In Memoriam 2013 – Part 2

Shortly after I posted an In Memoriam 2013 a few weeks ago, I realized that I had not included all the people that I should have listed.  Below I’ve listed other talented people we lost this past year.  Some you might remember very well.  Others you may never have heard of.  But I do hope you take the opportunity to check out some of their films or TV series or maybe music CDs – and discovered why they counted among those whose talents we’ll miss.
 

Listening Resolutions

The Other Typist

 

Is it too early to start thinking of books we’d like to listen to next year?

I don’t think so.  Here are some on my list:

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