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
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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.
Last year, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman began to flesh out the backstory for the most notorious character from his comic books with a novel titled Rise of the Governor (co-written by Jay Bonansinga). Now, that prequel backstory continues with the duo’s follow-up book — The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury. In the story (which will be released in print, digital and audio versions on Oct. 16), a struggling survivor named Lilly Caul (also from the comics) stumbles upon a fortress of a town called Woodbury, Ga. It’s a town being run by a man called Philip Blake. Only Blake has recently begun to call himself something else entirely: the Governor. Tensions rise when Lilly takes on the man in charge. READ FULL STORY
Last week EW debuted the book trailer for Tonya Hurley’s new YA novel, The Blessed. Today we bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the audiobook version of The Blessed (out Sept. 25).
Kara Hayward, the young lead in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, has been tapped to bring Lucy, Agnes, and Cecelia to life by narrating the audiobook. Watch this exclusive video featuring photos from the recording, and an audio interview with Hayward discussing the narration process after the jump.
Listen to 'Glee' star Chris Colfer read from his children's novel 'The Land of Stories' -- EXCLUSIVE
There’s only a week left until Chris Colfer’s first novel The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell hits shelves, and for those of you who miss hearing his golden voice every week, EW has an exclusive aural treat. The audiobook version of The Land of Stories will also be available on July 17, and it features the Glee star reading his own work.
Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.
See below for a never-before-heard snippet! READ FULL STORY
Lars Kepler would be one of Sweden’s leading crime novelists, except for one little detail: he doesn’t exist. The author of popular detective novel The Hypnotist is actually two people, married couple Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, who created Kepler as a way to write together as one voice. When they decided to do a thriller, the Ahndorils looked to Sweden’s most famous mystery novelist, Stieg Larsson. “We were very inspired by him,” says Alexandra. “Sweden has a very long tradition of crime fiction, but this tradition has become a little bit tired and conformistic. Stieg Larsson changed everything. Actually he was what made us think that maybe it’s possible to do something in this genre. We thought, ‘Wow, this is a really different way: exciting, big stories, fantastic characters. We like Stieg Larsson a lot. That’s why we call ourselves Lars Kepler, because Lars is kind of an homage to Larsson.”
Actor Alan Cumming can play a huge array of characters, from an evil Russian computer programmer to a blue, be-tailed mutant to Eli Gold, the venal public relations guru from The Good Wife. Cumming is putting that versatility to the test by starring in a one-man version of Shakespeare’s MacBeth for a limited engagement run at Lincoln Center. This latest reimagining casts Cumming as the only patient in a psych ward, where he is inhabited by the different characters from the classic tragedy. For those of us who can’t attend the show in person, Simon & Schuster Audio has recorded an audiobook version (out July 3) that captures the intensity of Cumming’s performance. Check out an interview with Cumming and an exclusive audio excerpt below! READ FULL STORY
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