35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners

We are back for another Audiobook draft. This time we are selecting audiobooks that we recommend for new audiobook listeners. Panelists include Linus Edwards, Shachi Bhatt, and Mark Siegal.

Round 1:

Linus: Born Standing Up

Shachi: Matilda // [Episode 5]

Mark: The Night Circus // [Episode 1]

Scott: The Graveyard Book

Round 2:

Linus: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

Shachi: I’m Judging You

Mark: The Time Traveler's Wife

Scott: The Good Neighbor

Round 3:

Linus: Sapiens

Shachi: Becoming

Mark: On Writing

Scott: The Martian

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe// [Episode 17]

Mark: Matilda; Stardust; Ready Player One // [Episode 7]; The Help

Scott: Penric's Demon; Harry Potter (series); We Are Legion (We Are Bob), Ready Player One; Born A Crime // [Episode 16]; Spinning Silver // [Episode 30]; The Golem and the Jinni // [Episode 14]

Other References:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Music:

"Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, excerpts from original

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

34: The Bayern Agenda with Dan Moren

Dan Moren joins me to discuss his latest novel The Bayern Agenda, audiobooks, and to play a quick game of movie mashups. The Bayern Agenda is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats on March 5th. Audiobook edition narrated by Victor Bevine and published by Audible Studios.

The Bayern Agenda

The Caledonian Gambit

Signing/Reading/Q&A at Porter Square Books on March 5 at 7pm

Dan Moren:

Twitter (@dmoren)

Website

The Incomperable

Clockwise (Relay FM)

The Rebound

33: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, written by Robin Sloan, and narrated by Ari Fliakos, is an enjoyable mystery novel set in San Francisco during the late 2000s that brings together new and old technology to explore the secrets of a unique bookstore and its patrons. Published by Macmillan Audio.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Audie Awards Discussion:

2019 Audie Awards Finalists

The Good Neighbor

Spinning Silver

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)

Artemis

Emma

The Man on the Mountaintop

31: Scribd

Discussion of Scribd and its unlimited borrowing model for audiobooks with guest Mark Siegal. We also briefly discuss upcoming audiobook and book award seasons.

Scribd

Related Narrated Episodes on Audiobook Services:

8: Intro to Audiobooks (Audible)

21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library (Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla)

Awards Discussion:

Audie Award finalists will be announced on 4 Feb and awarded on 4 Mar 19.

Hugo Award nominations are open for the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards until 16 Mar 19.

The Calculating Stars [Episode 27]

Spinning Silver [Episode 30]

What are we listening to?

Punished

Howl’s Moving Castle

Finish

Binti

The God Engines

The Man on the Mountaintop (A January 2019 Audible Original)

Rosewater

Contact the Show: @_narrated

30: Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver, written by Naomi Novik, and narrated by Lisa Flanagan, is a wonderful stand alone fantasy novel that weaves together elements of the Rumpelstiltskin story and Eastern European folk lore into an enjoyable and engaging story. Published by Penguin Random House Audio.

Spinning Silver

Uprooted

The Bear and the Nightingale

Narrated Episode 1: The Night Circus

Narrated Episode 6: Stardust

29: Audible Originals

We discuss recent Audible changes including the Audible Originals program which offers two free audio offerings to members each month. We also discuss some recent audible originals including Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen, narrated by Laurie Berkner and Josiah Gaffney.

Audible Originals

Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen

We Are The Dinosaurs [Video]

Narrated Episode 15: Audiobooks for Kids

Zero G

Jingle Bell Pop

27: The Calculating Stars [Lady Astronaut series]

The Calculating Stars, written and narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal, follows former WASP pilot Elma York throughout an alternate space race spurred on by an apocalyptic meteorite strike off the Eastern United States. Episode includes guest Mark Siegal.

Calculating Stars

Lady Astronaut series

Rip-Off!

The Lady Astronaut of Mars [Tor]

Hidden Figures (audiobook)

Hidden Figures (movie)

Mercury 13

Seveneves

25: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up [Revisit]

A 9-month check-in with Mark Siegal on his journey of decluttering and organizing following the guidelines of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, and published by Tantor Audio.

Narrated Episode 3: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Marie Kondo: Basic Folding Method (video)

24: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Brandon Sanderson's Legion series of novellas introduces us to Stephen Leeds, a genius problem solver who works with his hallucinatory "aspects" to help solve mysteries. The series is compiled in this omnibus edition set in a near future that brings together elements of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Narrated by Oliver Wyman and published by Macmillan Audio.

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Inspired by Audible's Mount Everest Badge, we explore longer audiobooks by drafting our favorite audiobooks longer than 20 hours. Guests include Mark Siegal and Gilbert Tang.

Round 1:

Mark: Leviathan Wakes [20:56]

Gilbert: Song of Ice and Fire [33:46-48:55]

Scott: Stormlight Archive [45:29 - 55:05]

Round 2:

Mark: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [27:02]

Gilbert: Console Wars [20:41]

Scott: The Found and the Lost [34:03]

Round 3:

Mark: The Lord of the Rings (Omnibus) [54:05]

Gilbert: 1Q84 [46:45]

Scott: Dark Forest [22:36]


Additional Picks:

Mark: A Discovery of Witches [24:02], Infinite Jest [56:11], Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose [60:26]

Gilbert: The Century Trilogy [30:38 - 36:51], The Kingsbridge Novels [30:19 - 45:32], The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [126:31], Anna Karenina [35:35], David Copperfield [Audible] [35:35], Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination [33:24], Benjamin Franklin: An American Life [24:45], Moby Dick [21:19]

Scott: KingKiller Chronicle [27:54 - 42:55], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], Dune [21:08], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], A Deepness in the Sky [28:25], European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman [24:27]

Patrick Rothfuss' "review" of Doors of Stone (KingKiller Chronicle, #3)

Leviathan

21: Free Audiobooks From Your Local Library

Libraries are increasingly offering digital lending using services like Overdrive and Hoopla to allow patrons to borrow audiobooks (plus ebooks and other digital media) for free. Guest Mark Siegal joins me to discuss tips for using these services. We also discuss the recently awarded 2018 Hugo Awards, 1943 Retro Hugo Awards, and recent audiobook news.

OverDrive

Libby

Hoopla

2018 Hugo Award Results

The Stone Sky

World of the Five Gods

World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona

The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga)

1943 Retro Hugo Awards

Foundation (TV Show)

The Good Place (TV Show)

The Good Place: The Podcast

20: Star Wars: Thrawn Series [Spoilers & Speculation]

This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 19 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers and speculation, of the Star Wars: Thrawn series, written by Timothy Zahn and narrated by Marc Thompson. This episode features special guest Jerome Tarter.

[Note: Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, our audio quality for this episode is less than ideal. Our apologies for the inconvenience.]

Thrawn

Thrawn: Alliances

Star Wars: Rebels (TV Show)

Star Wars: Clone Wars (TV Show)

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (Walt Disney World)

First Look: New Images of The Star Wars-Inspired Resort Planned for the Walt Disney World Resort (DisenyParks Blog)

AT-AT Walkers Taking Shape at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Resistance (TV Show)

18: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe [Spoilers]

This bonus episode is a follow-on to episode 17 featuring additional discussion, with spoilers, to our discussion of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This episode features special guest Shachi Bhatt.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe