I don’t discuss audio a lot with the Indies but most of us do a lot of book listening so I thought you might be interested in these two recent announcements:
APA Audio Book of the Year
This award is for the title whose “quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.” I guess with a cast like Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart and Kathleen Turner, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Yes Please (9780062350886) by Amy Poehler. $34.99 CD won the audio book of the year.
Among the five finalists was also The Graveyard Book: Full Cast Production (9780062364463) by Neil Gaiman. $27.99 CD. This full-cast production narrated by Derek Jacobi also won the Distinguished Achievement in Production for “a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence.”
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You can hear Maira Kalman talk about her Proust book club and learn where Richard Ford stores his writing notebooks as well as sample clips from the historic Caedmon recordings of major authors like Robert Frost reading their own works.
Another good resource offered by the William Morrow team is their Book Club Girl podcast, which presents interviews with authors and book clubs from around the world.