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.”
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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
Love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? If you do, you might want to check out Year Zero by author Rob Reid, coming out July 10. In the spirit of nerdy, ultra-pop sci-fi satire, Reid’s new novel skewers the dysfunctional state of the music industry today — as experienced by aliens from outer space. Read the novel’s premise: READ FULL STORY
Iconic singer-songwriter Carole King has written a memoir, A Natural Woman, that’s as rich and soulful as one of her hit songs. In it, she writes about her teenage years, during which she wrote her first chart-topper “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and takes the reader through her rise to celebrity and her four marriages, including her tumultuous creative and personal partnership with Gerry Goffin. Running through the entire narrative is King’s passionate love and deep knowledge of music, and given that King is an iconic singer-songwriter, the audiobook version, voiced by the author herself, might be the best way to experience her story — she takes frequent breaks from the narrative to break into a cappella renditions of her songs. Check out the clip below to see King sound off on the writing and narrating process. READ FULL STORY
Much-loved Israeli author Etgar Keret is a master of the very short story. In his latest collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, Keret delivers his signature blend of irony and pathos in portions typically digestible in 10-15 minutes. These “delicate wisps of narrative,” as EW’s Keith Staskiewicz called them, lend themselves well to a multi-track audio album of sorts, and all kinds of celebrities and A-list authors have offered their voices to the project. Here are just some of the notable individuals who will narrate stories for the audiobook, to be released April 24: Ira Glass, Josh Radnor, Jonathan Safran Foer, Willem Dafoe, Josh Charles, Neal Stephenson, George Saunders, Ben Foster, Mathieu Amalric, Aimee Bender, Miranda July, Ben Marcus, John Sayles, Gary Shteyngart, Stella Schnabel, Nathan Englander, Michael Chabon.
EW has obtained an exclusive clip of Hunger Games and Julie & Julia star Stanley Tucci reading Keret’s story “Creative Writing” in his distinctively warm, wry voice. Have a listen below! READ FULL STORY
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James became a mass sensation on e-readers partly because fans could enjoy the naughty lit in public without anyone knowing what they were reading. Now, with the audio version, there’s an even more discreet way to enjoy the salacious “mommy porn” novel. Read by Becca Battoe, the audio version of the trilogy will be available tomorrow in time for the paperback release of the books. Listen to an exclusive nine-minute clip below! READ FULL STORY
Stephen King’s polarizing, genre-mixing The Dark Tower series will be getting an eighth volume on Apr. 24 with The Wind through the Keyhole, the first new volume since 2004. For those of you who can’t wait to follow Roland Deschain on his next adventure through Mid-World, we have an exclusive, 9-minute-long clip of King himself reading from the latest chapter of the “über-long” book that is the Dark Tower saga.
Stephen King, the ever-prolific master of horror, has written a hefty, high-concept novel, out Nov. 8, that combines time travel and a thrilling attempt to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There’s an exclusive excerpt from the 11/22/63 in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands today, but as an added bonus, you can listen to an exclusive snippet from the audiobook below. (Okay, at more than 30 minutes, it might seem like more than a snippet, but keep in mind, this is a very long book). READ FULL STORY
You won’t be seeing The Governor on the upcoming season 2 of The Walking Dead, but there is one place you will encounter the infamous fan favorite this October — bookstores. October 11 will see the release of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, a novel penned by Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. The book gives the backstory of how The Governor became the ruthless and savage despot that terrorized Rick Grimes and Co. in the comic book on which AMC’s hit drama is based. This zombie prequel story will also be available in an audiobook format read by Fred Berman and released by Macmillan audio, and we’ve got your exclusive first taste of it right here. Click on the audio player below to get an advance sneak listen as Philip Blake enters a warehouse only to learn that he is not alone. (You know it’s going to be good when the first line is “The place is a dark as a crypt.”) Then hit the message boards and sound off on what other Walking Dead characters you’d like to see receive the backstory treatment. And for more Walking Dead news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, and more stars read from new Dr. Seuss Collection, 'The Bippolo Seed'
Seven short stories, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss for Redbook magazine in the 1950′s, have been rediscovered and will be available in book form for the first time tomorrow with the release of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. Aside from scholars and collectors, few people have seen these rare stories. Now you’ll not only be able to read them, but also hear Seuss’ whimsical new tales read by big stars in the audio version. Shelf Life has obtained exclusive snippets of stories read by Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, William H. Macy, Joan Cusack, Jason Lee, Edward Herrmann, and Peter Dinklage: READ FULL STORY
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