Last year, I had the privilege of hearing Etgar Keret read from his latest collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door at Vanderbilt’s visiting writers series event. This year, we can all have the pleasure of hearing celebrities, actors and literary greats—Josh Radnor, Willem Defoe, Aimee Bender, George Saunders and many others—make these stories come to life in the new audiobook.
Etgar Keret, an Israeli author/filmmaker, is known internationally as a writer of short, fantastical, and extremely funny stories that are sure to have you laughing and thinking at the same time. In the collection’s title track, the narrator (Keret) attempts to tell a story to appease the demands of three male gunmen. The tale satirically pokes fun at the often anxiety-filled experience of writing, and as a writer myself I can definitely relate.
Here’s the title track, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, read by Ira Glass:
Will this audiobook make it onto your MP3 player?
July 18 marks Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday, and in celebration Hachette Audio is releasing a remarkable three-disc audio version of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales.
The 23 tales from across the African continent, all wonderfully enhanced with traditional African music and music composed for this audio, are read by an amazing array of international performers, including Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Sophie Okonedo, Alan Rickman, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Alfre Woodard and Forest Whitaker, who donated their time and talent.
The elaborate bonus materials include beautiful pieces of artwork to accompany each story, along with a hand-drawn map of Africa. Profits from the audiobook will go to ANSA, Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit working in South Africa and the U.S. to combat HIV/AIDS, and The Nelson Mandela Chidren's Fund, so while you and your family listen to these entrancing stories, you'll be contributing to a very good cause. The book's website lets you listen to a free sample.