Kami Garcia, best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, takes on ghosts in her new paranormal thriller, Unbreakable (out Oct. 1). So who better to narrate the audiobook of Unbreakable than someone very familiar with all things paranormal? Candice Accola, who plays Caroline on The Vampire Diaries, has been tapped to read Garcia’s newest novel. “I can’t begin to describe how exited I am to have Candice Accola reading the audiobook version of Unbreakable, the first book in my new series, the Legion,” Garcia said. “I’m a huge Vampire Diaries fan, and Caroline is by far my favorite character because of Accola’s ability to show vulnerability without ever compromising strength or independence.” Check out this exclusive clip of Accola reading Unbreakable after the jump. READ FULL STORY
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It’s been a big year for Stephen King already with the success of Under the Dome and Joyland, but Doctor Sleep — the sequel to The Shining that’s due on shelves Sept. 24 — is the one fans are really anticipating. EW ran the exclusive excerpt of Doctor Sleep in a recent issue — now you can listen to the audio version here. READ FULL STORY
Lee Daniels’ The Butler actors Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo, as well as director Lee Daniels, lend their vocal talents to the audiobook version of The Butler: A Witness to History. The film’s inspiration, Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This,” has been extended to a full book, available in print, digital, and audiobook form.
The work chronicles the story of Eugene Allen, the real-life man who served as a butler in the White House through eight presidential administrations, from Presidents Truman to Reagan.
Daniels narrates his foreword, whereas Whitaker reads the bulk of the text. Winfrey and Oyelowo narrate an additional essay by Haygood also included in the book that focuses on the history of black images in film and Hollywood.
This exclusive excerpt highlights snippets from the audiobook as well as scenes from the film:
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Meryl Streep will lend her very famous voice to the audiobook version of Colm Toibin’s Booker Prize short-listed novel The Testament of Mary, EW has learned exclusively. The audiobook will be available from Simon & Schuster on CD and for download on Sept. 10. EW’s Jeff Giles wrote of the novel, “The Testament of Mary takes an icon buried under centuries’ worth of other people’s opinions and transforms her into an unapologetically real woman who, at the end of her life, is recalling the annihilating pain of watching her son die.” The novel has also been adapted into a Broadway play starring Fiona Shaw.
It sounds like a meaty role for a 17-time Oscar nominee. “What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory,” says Toibin in a press release. “She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it.”
Clockwork Princess, the much-anticipated final installment of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, hit shelves yesterday. (You can read EW’s review here.) But if you’d rather listen to Princess, then your ears are in luck: The audiobook version—narrated by Daniel Sharman (Immortals, Teen Wolf)—is available too. READ FULL STORY
Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip. READ FULL STORY
Ah, Le Petit Prince, the literature of choice for high school students studying French everywhere. A rite of passage, if you will. Well, fear not freshmen! No longer will you have to struggle through Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece in the original language. You don’t even have to read it in English. Instead, allow your ears to be dazzled by Viggo Mortensen, a.k.a. the Lord of the Rings trilogy’s very own Aragorn, as he rumbles his way through the beloved fable as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 70th anniversary edition. Check out an exclusive clip from the audio book below: READ FULL STORY
Robin Sloan’s buzzy, inventive debut tells the story of Clay Jannon, a former Silicon Valley tech guy who starts work at a mysterious bookstore and then embarks on an unusual quest to crack a 15-century code. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore ingeniously novelizes the ongoing divide between digital publishing and good old-fashioned cellulose books, and it’s also a funny, twisty page-turner that combines several sub-genres (read EW’s review). Check out a 10-minute excerpt of the audiobook below — as a bonus, Sloan himself makes a cameo as the audiobook narrator within the audiobook. Yep, it’s that kind of book. READ FULL STORY
If there is one person who should lecture us on the greatness of America, it’s Stephen Colbert.
The Colbert Report host has followed up his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) with America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, which will surely become the bestselling book of all time. (After all, as the cover proclaims, Colbert is already a “Number One (1!) New York Times Bestseller.”) America Again was published on Tuesday, but for those of you who can’t bear to read the book without Colbert’s own dulcet tones to guide you, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the audiobook. So sit back, grab a Bud Light Lime and let Papa Bear Jr. tell you about why America’s got the best health care system. (Hint: It’s the same reason Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the best show on Broadway.)
John Hodgman's 'That Is All' audiobook: Hear the first 10 minutes, guest starring Paul Rudd -- EXCLUSIVE
Today sees the release of the paperback and audiobook edition of John Hodgman’s That Is All. It’s the final entry in the writer and Daily Show contributor’s whimsical Complete World Knowledge trilogy, a series that also includes the best-sellers The Areas of My Expertise and More Information That You Require.
Like all of Hodgman’s work, it’s fantastically dense, bitingly witty, and gut-bustingly hilarious. The audiobook is particularly fun, as it features not only Hodgman but guest stars like Jon Hamm, Rachel Maddow, Patton Oswalt, Brooke Shields, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, and musicians John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) and John Roderick (The Long Winters).
Check out the exclusive premiere of the first 10 minutes of the audio edition of That Is All, which features a fantastic appearance by Paul Rudd.
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