Happy almost-Friday, Audiobookers, I hope you had a great week!
This week’s newsletter is sponsored by You Don’t Look Your Age.
In You Don’t Look Your Age, a frank, funny, poignant audiobook, famed documentary producer Sheila Nevins tells it like it is. She is your discreet confidante, your sage mentor at work, your wise sister who has “been there, done that,” and the best friend you never knew you had.
The audiobook is read an all-star cast including: Alan Alda, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Lane, Audra McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, and many, many more.
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I sort of abandoned Only Daughter, though I might return to it because I really am interested to know if all those seemingly unbelievable threads are somehow believably resolved. For the time being, though, I have moved on to Edan Lapucki’s Woman No. 17 (which I just saw was a sponsor of another Book Riot newsletter, but I swear this is unrelated). Woman No. 17 tells the story of two women; Lady, newly separated and trying to start a new career and S, the young woman Lady has hired to live in her guest house and help with the kids. So far, it gets two thumbs up.
New Audiobook Releases that I am Super Excited About!
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell, read by W. Kamau Bell
Friends of mine have raved about W. Kamau Bell’s comedy for years, but I was only exposed to him over the course of the primary/election season when I got hooked on his Politically Re-Active podcast with Hari Kondabolu. The best narrators are often performers reading their own work, and I have high hopes for this audiobook.
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey, read by Finty Williams
TBH, I probably am going to be too scared to read this. Because I was too scared to read the Carey’s first acclaimed novel The Girl With All the Gifts. But The Girl with all the Gifts got rave reviews and, based on the publisher’s description, it sounds like this one might follow suit.
“From the author of bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts, a terrifying new novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world. Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.” –-Publisher’s Description
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
There’s lots of buzz about this new title from Patricia Lockwood about having a married Catholic priest as a father. This is another title where the author narrates, which makes it especially appealing to me, and a blurb from the great Mary Karr makes it all the more appealing:
“Patricia Lockwood’s side-splitting Priestdaddy puts the poetry back in memoir. Her verbal verve creates a reading experience of effervescent joy, even as Lockwood takes you through some of her life’s darker passages. Destined to be a classic, Priestdaddy is this year’s must-read memoir.” (Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club)
Book Riot talks Audiobooks:
Audiobooks for Loud (but Short) Transit: Rioter Yash discusses what makes a good audiobook for public transit and other loud, short journeys.
3 More Fiction Podcasts to Satisfy Your Love of Stories: Fiction podcasts aren’t exactly the same as audiobooks, but they’re pretty close. Patricia put together a new list of three fiction podcasts to follow her previous fiction podcast post.
Robert Caro narrates On Power: Well, that seems timely…
Something very cool is happening in South Korea: Old phone booths are being converted into recording stations to record audiobooks for folks who are visually impaired.
Audio Publishing’s Digital Boom: Think you’re alone in your love of audiobooks? Not so, according to these publishing insiders.
How to import audiobooks to iTunes without making everything horrible: I know y’all are probably iTunes, but depending on where you’re getting your audiobooks, importing them into iTunes can be kind of awful.
That’s all for this week! Feel free to ping me on twitter to talk about anything/everything related to books or anything else @msmacb. My instagram is mostly pictures of my dog (who happens to be the most perfect, beautiful dog in all the world) but if that’s your thing, you can follow me at msmacb_sally.
Until next time,