Month: December 2009

Audio Book Author Spotlight: Dan Brown

Before I discuss Dan Brown, I have to tell you: I got my hands on the nook at Barnes & Noble yesterday. They finally had a working demo on the floor and I was all over it… and disappointed. I loved the features and the touch screen. I wish they had offered more choices of content to try, but it was very limited. There was no way to test the mp3 audiobook feature! The big problems, as I see it, are the slow responsiveness of the touch screen and the strange flashing prior to each page turn. I think that would make me crazy after awhile. So, I am still waiting for the perfect eBook reader. Hopefully nook will get enough customer feedback to remedy issues or the Kindle will pick up where the nook leaves off. Either way, I’ll be waiting. Dan Brown Dan Brown has become a force to be reckoned with. After his incredible success with The Da Vinci Code, he could seemingly do no wrong. The Lost Symbol, his follow up to The Da Vinci Code was a top seller before its release. With 5 titles available on audiobook, Brown has made a huge impression on readers. The Da Vinci Code The book that really launched Dan Brown was not a literary masterpiece. If you are looking for beautiful prose and imagery, try Richard Russo....

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Audio Book Releases | Witch and Wizard by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet and More!

There are quite a few exciting new releases just in time for holiday vacations! Okay, I’m not going anywhere, but I hope I have some time to read… Let’s see what’s new in audiobooks this week. Witch and Wizard by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet, read by Spencer Locke & Elijah Wood. James Patterson is at it again. This latest release, for young adults, features Wisty and Whit, two teenagers who find out that they have amazing powers as they try to fight the New Order. Riding the coattails of Harry Potter, Patterson seems to be attempting to win over the wizard fans with this novel. My kids enjoyed his Maximum Ride books, but they aren’t interested in wizards that don’t go to Hogwarts. Girl Missing by Tess Gerritson, read by Susan Erickson. This is actually Gerritson’s first novel, released in audio format this week. The author left a successful medical practice to raise her children and write. She has become a bestselling author of medical thrillers. In this entry, medical examiner Kat Novak discovers two bodies that may have been victims of a serial killer. I think I have actually read this one. Gerritson does a great job of writing fast-paced medical thrillers. First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon by Darren Rovell, read by Dick Terhune. My kids are HUGE...

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Audio Book New Releases | The 5 Best Non-fiction Books of 2009

The New York Times Book Review included its list of the 10 best books of 2009 on Sunday. Yesterday, I discussed the 5 best fiction titles. The nonfiction list includes a memoir, a biography, and more. Which audiobooks will you read this winter? The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes (no audiobook version available). This is the history of the men and women who made discoveries and created inventions during the 1700-1800s. It includes the story of William Herschel and his sister, Caroline, who forever changed our view of the solar system. It also includes the story of how Humphry Davy invented the miners’ lamp through his experiments with gases. For those interested in the origin of some amazing knowledge, this sounds like a good bet. The Good Soldiers by David Finkel and read by Mark Boyett. Washing Post reporter David Finkel tells the story of the 2-16 battalion, deployed to Baghdad in the surge of 2007. Finkel went with the soldiers and recorded their story in this book. Based on the summary and reviews, this is a book that we all should read… LIT: A Memoir by Mary Karr read by Renee Raudman.Karr began her story with The Liars’ Club and Cherry, and continues with LIT. Motherhood, alcoholism, and God all play a part in her story....

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Audio Book New Releases |The 5 Best Fiction Books of 2009: Have You Listened to These?

This weekend, the NY Times Book Review released its list of the 10 best audio books of 2009. They chose 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles. In other words, if you want to be an authority on the best of the best of 2009, these are the books to read. Today, I am presenting the list of fiction titles. Tune in tomorrow for nonfiction. Fiction: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy. Currently unavailable in audio format, this collection of short stories is packed with emotion. The eleven stories are mostly set in the...

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Digital Media Devices | The End of Kirkus & eBook Publishing Maneuvers

Kirkus Reviews closed this week, affecting booksellers and librarians as they choose books to stock the shelves. Three major publishers announced plans to delay major titles in electronic format. Will this affect audiobook readers? Kirkus: You may not recognize Kirkus Reviews, but booksellers and libraries relied on the journal to guide them. Relying on the reviews as advisors, decisions were made for what titles would be the best purchases. Other businesses with similar services include Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. The major difference between Kirkus and its competitors was the tone of the reviews. Kirkus tended to be...

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