Month: July 2009

Audio Book New Releases | The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and More!

Looking for something new to read during the dog days of summer? Here’s a sampling of audiobooks released this week. Mystery/Suspense The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (read by Simon Vance) is the sequel to Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While readers can listen to this volume as a stand-alone crime novel, Dragon Tattoo will lay the groundwork for understanding the protagonists. Larsson’s skill as a writer makes his novels incredibly appealing. Knowing that the author passed away after writing the three books of his “Millennium” series makes the joy of reading his work bittersweet. James_Patterson...

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Amazon Kindle Text-to-Speech: Will it Be Allowed on What You’re Reading?

Not long ago, I wrote about Amazon’s Kindle 2 with its Text-to-Speech feature. The option lends an electronically voice to downloaded books on the Kindle device. This is no substitute for audiobook narration, but some publishers are crying foul, saying that this violates copyrights and will affect audiobook sales. Raising Questions The Author’s Guild has raised the question as to whether Amazon has the right to provide a voice, electronic or otherwise, to a copyrighted written book. This issue was raised even before the Kindle 2 was released and it continues to generate interest. The bottom line question is...

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The Current Vampire Obsession: Have You Been Sucked Into a Vampire Audio Book Yet?

You can’t go anywhere without running into a headline trumpeting the latest from the set of New Moon, the sequel to the Twilight movie. The movies are based on a series of incredibly popular novels featuring modern day vampires. True Blood, a stylish series on cable television, is also based on a series of vampire books. Never wanting to be left out of a good thing, my next audiobook adventure will definitely feature vampires. Old School When I was a teen, vampires had a brief rise in popularity thanks to Stephen King. Salem’s Lot was my introduction to King....

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Audio Books: Does One Genre Translate Best to Audio?

I’ve been thinking about audiobooks, which I’m sure is no surprise. I have listened to children’s literature, suspense/thrillers, literary fiction, and nonfiction in recent weeks. As I was considering purchasing Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell and narrated by Lorna Raver, I began to wonder what kind of book translates best to audio. In an entirely unscientific way, I evaluated several genres. Here’s what I came up with. Children’s Literature Harry Potter is a joy to listen to. Listening to the books by JK Rowling has helped my youngest understand some of the more...

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Audio Book Rentals: The Netfix for Audiobooks

I was cleaning out my iTunes Library this week.There is a limited amount of memory on my computer and iPod, so I try to move unused items to an external hard drive. Needless to say, this is inconvenient. Coupled with the issue of limited selections in my library, I decided to look for another option. Library Limitations I love my library. I visit on a weekly basis to check out what’s new and to pay my overdue fines… I usually have so many items checked out that I forget to return things. Unfortunately, the audiobook selection is limited. Even...

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