Web Editor Trisha Ping ran into Mindy Kaling as she was signing books. Trisha took pictures and reports that Kaling was really nice. Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) comes out on November 1, and we've been excited about it since April.
I learned from Associate Publisher Julia Steele and Contributing Editor Sukey Howard that last night's Audies were a big success. The Audies recognize the best in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Both Julia and Sukey were judges of this year's competition. They're especially well-suited for this task; Sukey writes BookPage's audio column, and Julia listens to audiobooks for fun more than anyone on our staff.
Julia's category was "solo narration by a male." The winner is Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston (Penguin Audio), a Dr. Seuss-like story for big kids. Julia says the recording is delightful—no surprise since it's read by Alan Cumming!—and she smiled the whole time she was listening.
The audio of the year is Life by Keith Richards, read by Richards, Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley (Hachette Audio). Listen to a preview of Life here on the blog, were we posted an excerpt of Richards reading the intro and Depp reading the opening scene.
Reader favorite Adriana Trigiani (of Big Stone Gap fame) emceed the ceremony, and Julia told me she was "hilarious, irreverent and made the event really fun." Lucky for us, Trigiani recently tweeted that the event will be re-aired on Sirius/XM radio.
Did any readers make it to the Audies? What is your favorite audiobook of the year? Of all time?
You can find the complete list of winners on TheAudies.com.
Psst: Make sure you come back to The Book Case the week of June 13. We've scheduled a fantastic contest in honor of audio month, and you will not want to miss it.
Keith Richards' memoir, Life, is shooting up the bestseller list and making the cover of the New York Times Book Review. It's also available on audio—and listening to Richards' life story just might be the more compelling option. Why? Well, it's narrated by two living legends: Keith Richards and actor Johnny Depp, as well as London musician Joe Hurley.
Keith introduces the book and reads the last chapter. Gotta love that accent.
Depp lends his actor's chops early on in Life. This excerpt is from the opening scene, which finds Richards and the Stones down South in front of a drunk judge on drug charges.
Depp told Entertainment Weekly, "Naturally, a catastrophic understatement would be required in order to fully detail the honor bestowed in being asked to partake in presenting the Life, quite literally, of The Maestro; an individual so legendary, a soul so revolutionary and a friend so dear. It’s quite a tale, as you might imagine." BookPage reviewer Martin Brady agrees, saying that Life is "one of the best pop music books ever assembled." (Read the review here.)
What makes you choose an audiobook over its print counterpart?