Monday, May 28, 2012
#ArmchairAudies! And The Multi-Voiced Nominees Are
It's that time of year that the Audiobook awards will be handed out on June 5th. To celebrate The Literate Housewife is hosting the countdown to the event. She has gathered together a group of bloggers to get together and listen to the numerous books nominated for the awards you can find the full list HERE
I have decided to listen to the Multi-Voiced Performances:
To Category List
Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel [Trans.]
Read by Alison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
(Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio)
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
Hardcover, 925 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2010) ISBN 0307593312 (ISBN13: 9780307593313)
Fiction • 47 hrs. • Unabridged • ©2011
Trade Ed. • Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio • 2011
CD ISBN 978-1-4558-3049-7 $39.99 • Forty One CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4558-3051-0 $29.99 • Three MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $39.95
Library Ed. • Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio • 2011
CD ISBN 978-1-4558-3050-3 $99.97 • Forty One CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4558-3052-7 $44.97 • Three MP3-CDs
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament of hope. This new recording of Lorraine Hansberry s classic play, starring Rutina Wesley from the HBO hit series True Blood, chronicles a working class African American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband s insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a better home. However, her children have other plans: Walter Lee wants to buy a liquor store, and Beneatha wants to go to medical school. What happens when family dreams drastically diverge? A full-cast performance featuring: Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley and Mirron E. Willis.
(L.A. Theatre Works)Poetry & Drama • 2 hrs. • Unabridged • ©1961
Trade Ed. • L.A. Theatre Works • 2011
CD ISBN 9781580818001 $25.95 • Two CDs
Read by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, Laura Hamilton
(Brilliance Audio)"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me."
When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more
Narrated by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, Laura Hamilton
THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT: Voices from the Titanic
Read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, Angela Dawe
(Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick)Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.
Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.
Charles Webb, Terry Johnson
Read by Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, and a Full Cast
(L.A. Theatre Works)This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson
California in the 60s. Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him… A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this world stage premiere production.
"Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety" (Guardian)
Stay Tuned! Over the Next 24 hours I will be posting my own thoughts on each audio CD and announce my winning choice for Multi-Voiced performance of 2011