Back on October 12th, BBC Audiobooks America began an innovative Twitter audiobook project with bestselling author Neil Gaiman. Last week the finished project was made available. Have you heard Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry? I was so excited to participate in this project. It was tons of fun and I met some amazing people in the process. The finished product was edited together and is narrated by Katherine Kellgren.
You can listen to the finished audiobook streaming or download from here or go to iTunes and subscribe to the BBCAA podcast. Once subscribed, the chapters will be available for download. Either option is free.
The audiobook has a lot of loose ends as the story twisted and turned with each new addition, but all-in-all it isn’t bad… Remember that the book has over one hundred contributors, each offering ideas via 140 character tweets. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Audible has announced its Audiobook of the Year: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell. Customer favorites, in addition to The Help, were: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and read by Simon Vance,
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and narrated by Paul Michael, South of Broad by Pat Conroy and narrated by Mark Deakins, and An Echo in the Bone: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon and read by Davina Porter.
Meanwhile, the New York Times has announced its 10 best books of 2009 list. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy, Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem and read by Mark Deakins, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore and read by Mia Barron, Half Broke Horses written and read by Jeannette Walls,
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert, The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, The Good Soldiers by David Finkel and read by Mark Boyett, LIT: A Memoir by Mary Karr, Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed and read by Stephen Hoye, and Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka.
I love these year end lists because I always find wonderful books that I have missed. I’ve already added at least 3 from those above. What ones do you want to read?