Audio All-Stars

Audio All-Stars

Downton Abbey. Homeland. Sex and the City. What do these popular television shows have in common with our friends at Macmillan Audio? Our favorite actors from each will soon be narrating our audio books too!

Ron LivingstonRon Livingston, best known for his roles in Office Space, Band of Brothers and Sex and the City, will be narrating Lisa Scottoline's KEEP QUIET.

Click here to listen to a clip of Livingston’s narration.

Claire Danes  
Claire Danes, currently starring as Carrie Matheson on Homeland, is also known for her roles in My So-Called Life, Romeo & Juliet, and HBO’s Temple Grandin. She'll be narrating Michael Cunningham's THE SNOW QUEEN. Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog did a feature with an exclusive clip of Danes’s narration. (Fun fact: Danes’s husband, Hugh Dancy, narrated Cunningham's last audiobook, BY NIGHTFALL!)
 
 
Dan StevensDan Stevens, best known for his role on Downton Abbey, is doing double-duty by narrating a couple of Homer's classics: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY. Once again, EW's Shelf Life was on the case with a feature story.

Click here to listen to a clip from THE ODYSSEY.

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Monday Fun Day with Audio (and Free Stuff!)

Monday Fun Day with Audio (and Free Stuff!)

Nine Inches jacketStill Foolin Em jacketInfernoAre you in Olympic withdrawal like we are after watching the closing ceremony last night? Don't worry. Our friends at Macmillan Audio have the perfect cure with their second annual LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK OUT campaign, plus a chance to win a Fitbit Flex!

You can join the challenge at macmillanaudio.com/workout and report how many minutes you listened while being active. Enter your time daily, weekly, or whenever you want, but the more often you report, the better chance you'll have to show up in the Top Listeners leaderboard, updated every Monday. Then enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a Fitbit Flex or a prize pack of five audiobooks on CD.

Newsday did a feature on Listen While You Work Out and more media coverage is still to come from Self Magazine (March issue), Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, and the Chicago Tribune!

Want to listen to some samples before joining in? Why not start with these Audie-Award nominated titles from Macmillan Audio (more titles available on SoundCloud):

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer (Fantasy category)

THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary
Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (Fiction category)

JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher
Narrated by George Guidall (Fiction category)

THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (History category)

STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM by Billy Crystal (Grammy-nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!)
Narrated by Billy Crystal (Humor and Narration by the Author categories)

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
Narrated by Judy Kaye (Mystery category)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
Narrated by Arthur Bishop (Nonfiction category)

REVIVER by Seth Patrick
Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Paranormal category)

INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by Holter Graham (Paranormal category)

EXTINCTION MACHINE by Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by Ray Porter (Science Fiction category)

NINE INCHES by Tom Perrotta
Narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas (Short Stories/Collections category)

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Maximum Shelf: SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Maximum Shelf: SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Max Shelf Shotgun Lovesongs

"I had a desire to write about Wisconsin, about place, friendship, love." — Nickolas Butler

 

Shotgun Lovesongs jacketWe're enamored with SHOTGUN LOVESONGS, Nickolas Butler's debut novel about the relationship between four friends living in a small Midwest town. Other are too: it was selected by the ABA for the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program and is this week's Maximum Shelf Awareness feature.

Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the small town of Little Wing, Wisconsin and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One stayed while others left to make good, with varying degrees of success. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them—both then and now—fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of love songs and rivalries. Now all four have returned to Little Wing in hopes of finding their place in the world. SHOTGUN LOVESONGS explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires. 

"Butler's story of five 30-somethings seeking to make sense of how their future relates to their beginnings may focus on small town living, but it will resonate with anyone who ever struggled to reconcile dreams with financial security, true love with real life, and unwelcome changes with changes that never seem to come." — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Nickolas Butler on Shelf-Awareness.com.

download review copy buttonGet whitelisted and download your e-galley on Edelweiss. Or listen to a clip of the audiobook.
Then meet Butler at PLA 2014 in Indianapolis!


Praise for SHOTGUN LOVESONGS:

"A debut novel that delves so deeply into the small-town heartland... [SHOTGUN LOVESONGS] will strike a responsive chord in any reader who has found his life reflected in a Bob Seger song." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

“The hearty Midwest, which thrums and beats through tiny Little Wing, Wisconsin—an Anytown, USA, if there ever was one—assumes the whole soul of Butler’s fetching debut… Readers can feel the winter cold on the other side of the neon sign and hear the peanut shells crunching underfoot.” — Booklist 

"Butler uses multiple narrators to tell the story of a group of friends, born and raised in Little Wing, Wis....  Their voices and their memories create a rich, overlapping narrative that is, at bottom, a love letter to the Midwest and its small, mostly forgotten towns." — Publishers Weekly 

"...this is a warm and absorbing depiction of male friendship. Lee and Hank's compassion toward Ronny is particularly touching, and Beth, the sole female narrator, is as nuanced and believable a character as her male counterparts. With the author's connection to indie musician Bon Iver and a movie deal already in the works, expect interest and demand."  — Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly’s 2012 Listen-Up Awards!

Publishers Weekly’s 2012 Listen-Up Awards!

 

Two beautifully read Macmillan Audio titles, SHINE SHINE SHINE and A HUNDRED FLOWERS, were selected for Publishers Weekly's 2012 Listen-Up Awards for Fiction!

Publishers Weekly's starred review for the audiobook of SHINE SHINE SHINE read, "While Jackson conveys all the book’s humor, her reading is also full of empathy, and she brings out the characters’ underlying humanity. This masterful, flawless narration of an imaginative novel is something special and not to be missed." 

And don't forget, Nancy Pearl named SHINE SHINE SHINE one of her top ten favorite reads of the year!

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The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

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UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Deborah Baker-Receniello of the Oakville Timberland Library!

Enter our Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

We know, we know; there isn't an official "pink collection" for Ms. Collins, but we've pulled together a sweet little prize pack that's full of scandal, topped off with decadence, and all wrapped up in pink! 

One lucky librarian will win a copy of MARRIED LOVERS (audio), POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL (audio), and GODDESS OF VENGEANCE (trade paperback)!  This is a great way to kick start your personal or professional library's Jackie Collins collection.

The best part? Jackie signed them all!!

Librarians, enter to win this prize pack by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: Pink) by Friday, March 23rd. UPDATE: this contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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Starred Audio Books Seeking Road Trips

Starred Audio Books Seeking Road Trips

Your audio-loving patrons will be delighted to hear that Publishers Weekly just gave starred reviews to two great Macmillan Audio books, THE LEFTOVERS and 40 LOVE.

Narrators Dennis Boutsikaris and Katherine Kellgren have made the already exceptional texts into enchanting experiences with their excellent storytelling. Sounds like the perfect time to take that road trip!

"Proving to be a superb narrator for Perrotta’s work, Boutsikaris’s quiet excellence is akin to that of the author." -Publishers Weekly on THE LEFTOVERS (starred review)

"Kellgren’s narration is marvelous, inhabiting various characters’ states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book’s POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed." -Publishers Weekly on 40 LOVE (starred review)

Listen to an excerpt from 40 LOVE here

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Happy Audio Book Month!

Happy Audio Book Month!

June is Audio Book Month and it's just in time for road trip season. If you're looking for some books to keep you entertained on your way to the Great Lakes, the Grand Canyon, or the beach, we have a few recommendations to keep your time in the car flying by on par with your speedometer. 

How about packing into a fixer-upper for the summer with four ladies and all their baggage with Mary Kay Andrews' SUMMER RENTAL?

If you only made it to the beach, but were hoping for a summer abroad, Daisy Goodwin's THE AMERICAN HEIRESS will transport you to London circa 1893.

Looking for something that will keep you from falling asleep in the sun and waking up to a sunburn? Try Joseph Finder's BURIED SECRETS, an Editor's Pick at AudioFile Magazine

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Stars for The Devotion of Suspect X in Audio

Stars for The Devotion of Suspect X in Audio

Keigo Higashino's Japanese, Hitchcockian thriller, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, is scooping up even more starred reviews, this time in audio!

 

"David Pittu’s narration adds a humanity and passion to the proceedings, especially evident in the scenes in which Ishigami goes head to head with wily Dr. Yukawa. The former’s calm manner of speaking seems to be concealing a feverishly working mind, while the doctor is evidently enjoying himself immensely. Pittu transforms those and other moments from mere wordplay into a thrilling game of cat and mouse in the Alfred Hitchcock tradition." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What might be classified as a procedural develops considerable psychological depth, aided by Tony Award-winning actor David Pittu’s subtle, sensitive reading, through which he artfully manages to accentuate the characters’ conflicted emotions. Recommended for crime novel enthusiasts and those interested in Japanese culture." Library Journal (starred review)

"Told with cool simplicity…Higashino’s ‘just the facts, ma’am’ style belies his brilliant evocation of Ishigami as he enters into a cat-and-mouse battle of wits with a former acquaintance, a super-smart physics professor who is the only man able to fathom the depths of the mathematician’s devotion. David Pittu is an amazingly skillful narrator, brushing the dialogue with an almost imperceptible hint of an accent, subtly building suspense as the inevitable end looms." BookPage, Top Pick of the Month

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Starred Reviews for First Grave on the Right AUDIO

Starred Reviews for First Grave on the Right AUDIO

 

FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, the debut paranormal romance from the sizzlingly talented Darynda Jones, won the 2009 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance from RWA. The story continues to grab reviewers attention, this time in audio!

The reviewers at Booklist (who starred the book when it first released in hardcover) have starred the audio version, as well! They say, "[Lorelei] King (familiar to many as the recent reader of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels) brings sassy fun to the role of Charley, who is spunky and sarcastic. […] Paranormal romance is hot, so expect high interest in this sizzling, laugh-out loud-story."

It's also an Earphones Award-winner with AudioFile who said, "Narrator Lorelei King has proved herself the queen of snark, the sovereign of inspired performances of sassy female detectives. She’s pretty amazing with a large cast of secondary characters, too. King’s a perfect choice for portraying Charley Davidson, an Albuquerque P.I. and grim reaper responsible for leading the dead to the other side. [...] Jones’s book will leave romance, chick-lit, humor, and mystery lovers waiting for Charley’s second adventure."

[UPDATE]: Library Journal also gave the FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT audio a starred review! "When Charlie announces that the names of her breasts are "Danger" and "Will Robinson," listeners know they are in for a wild ride. Actress/Audie Award winner Lorelei King is comfortable in Charlie's skin and performs a wide variety of characters distinctly. For anyone enjoying sexy paranormal detective fiction."

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