2011 Audies® Top Award Nominees Announced

Recently the Audio Publishers Association announced the nominees for the top level categories for their 2011 Audies® Awards.  I was half tempted to put a picture of Johnny Depp here instead of Keith Richards, whose autobiography has been nominated for AudioBook of the Year.  Johnny Depp is said to be one of the reasons why this audio books was nominated.

He is one of the narrators on the audio book and let’s face it Johnny Depp can do no wrong.  He continues to be popular and rumor has it he used his impression of a drugged out Keith Richards as his inspiration for the voice of his Jack Sparrow character in Pirates of the Caribbean.  The marketing campaign for the audio book Life leveraged Johnny Depp’s involvement and am sure his popularity was able to draw in some that would not be audio book listeners.

We write about the Audies® each year since they really are the only awards dedicated solely to the audio book industry.  The awards are given out in over 30 categories, specifically genres but the top awards of AudioBook of the Year and Distinguished Acheivement in Production of course get more attention.  They remind me of the Oscars since many of the narrators tend to be from the entertainment industry like Johnny Depp.  There also are some narrator stars though that have made their name mainly in the audio book space like Simon Vance.

The awards will be announced this month at the annual Audies® Award Gala that is held in New York.  It will take place on Tuesday May 24th.  For more details you can look through the APA press releases that should be available on the website.

The nominees for 2011 AudioBook of the Year are:

  • Life, by Keith Richards, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley
  • The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Kevin P.
  • The Woody Allen Collection, written and narrated by Woody Allen

The nominees for 2011 Distinguished Achievement in Production are:

  • Chapters from My Autobiography, by Mark Twain, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson, narrated by Simon
  • Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, by Walter Dean Myers, narrated by a full
  • One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia, narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson
  • Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw, narrated by Amy Irving, Edward
    Herrmann, Kristoffer Tabori and a full cast
  • The Sunset Limited, by Cormac McCarthy, narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra
    Knight, and Tom Stechschulte

These books are available through Audible.

Elizabeth Taylor – Americas Royalty on Audio

Elizabeth Taylor BiographyThis week as we observe the sometimes unexplainable fascination we have with British Royalty I was reminded of what we here in the United States tend to consider Royalty.  Elizabeth Taylor who passed away recently is a great example of how we replaced the British Royalty we revolted against with our obsession with the stars of Hollywood.

For those who have not been exposed to the glory days of the movies of the 50’s and 60’s it may be hard to understand why so many people cared about stars like Elizabeth Taylor.  Besides her obvious beauty was her life which had many ups and downs.  For some they were turned off but for most they made her seem that much more human.

As we look on at the Royal Wedding preparations and coverage for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton it is hard not to be reminded of Princess Diana who like Elizabeth Taylor took her fame and used it to help others.

What other people in the United States do you consider royalty?  When looking at our own country you can’t help think of the Kennedy’s and of course many of the other Hollywood stars that fascinated us so not just then but for a long time to come.

Some that come to mind for me are:

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Natalie Wood
  • Marlon Brando
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • James Stewart
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Lucille Ball

The above stars have bios available at our downloadable audio book store.Enjoy the wedding royal wedding festivities!

Please note, we also have coupons available in honor of both Alcohol Awareness Month and National Humor Month.  Since I did not get this post up sooner I will extend those coupons into next month.

March 2011 AudioBook Discounts – Women’s History Month

Marcus Buckingham on AudioMarch is here at we are closing the first quarter of 2011 with a focus on self development.  We’re still focused on the self review and goal setting that accompany the beginning of the New Year.  It is never too late to reposition yourself or move forward from your life challenges.

The March 2011 audio book specials revolve about overcoming challenges, finding your true self as well as moving your business from stagnation to growth.  Sadly the obstacles facing both people and businesses is illustrated by some of the words in the titles:

Transform Your Life

Find Your Strongest Life

Troubled Times


Tough Economic Times

I decided to highlight Marcus Buckingham because his book revolves around the topic of Women and how they can find happiness in ways that you think are against the grain of today’s modern woman.  Also March is  Women’s History Month and though Buckingham’s data driven analysis of surveys may not have been looked upon favorably by some in the woman’s movement I would bet it would resonate with all of the overworked and stressed out moms trying to have it all in today’s modern society (that would include me).

Women’s History Month is a time to highlight the achievements of women but also their lost role in history.  We must never forget that women in whatever role they play in life have a strength that is downright amazing.  First Lady Michelle Obama spoke recently at the International Women of Courage Awards.

Some “modern day” stories highlighting the courage of women besides those highlighted by the First Lady are those of Claudette ColvinDarlene Deibler Rose, Flory Van Beek and Shoshana Johnson.  These are a few of the audio books on women we recommended for Women’s History Month.  If you use the coupon code women at checkout you will also get a 20% discount off of your order.

Presidents on Audio – Celebrate American Presidents’ Day

Abraham Lincoln Audio Biography

Abraham Lincoln on Audio

Here in the United States Presidents’ Day is this upcoming Monday.  Though it appears there is a inordinate focus on Car Sales the spirit of the holiday is to celebrate our presidents.  The holiday was originally only supposed to be for celebrating George Washington’s Birthday but enough states decided to lump all of the other presidents in there that most people think of it as a holiday honoring all American Presidents.

The most memorable presidents seem to be those that were truly tested but the events and circumstances of their time.  One of my favorites is Abraham Lincoln who not only miraculously kept the United State together but also freed slaves with his Emancipation Proclamation.  Since this is also African American History Month Lincoln’s life takes on that special significance to the African American community.

As part of our celebrating African American History month we have put up a dedicated page on Martin Luther King audio books that we have in our collection as well as other titles like the autobiography of Frederick Douglas.  Another favorite of mine is Nelson Mandela whose autobiography is narrated by Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon fame.  This section does not include all of our African American authors so please use the search feature on the CreateTimeAudio online audio book store to search for specific authors or titles.

We also added a page on our collection of interesting title on or by American presidents.  Not only does the list include older presidents like Lincoln and Kennedy but modern ones like Obama, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.  Each link leads to the collection of what we have for each of the presidents on audio.  As time continues to pass we will have the distinct privilege of listening to many presidents narrate their own life stories.   Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan actually are the narrators on their autobiographies…

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Romance on Audio

A Dozen Red Roses - Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is almost here and of course it brings to mind love and romance.  Sometimes we have a true romantic in our lives and sometimes we don’t.  Romance audio books have long been a way of enjoying the fantasy of romance to the extreme.

Not only do we have a big collection of the romance authors you love on audio I was also able to find an interesting series of Romantic Valentines Poems in our collection as well.  It is part of a full series of poems that can be bought together or individually under the Dozen Red Roses Series of poems.

Most fans of Romance books whether in print or on audio have been fans for a long time.  I remember reading my first Harlequin Novel in my teens and getting hooked.  Another favorite in my youth was Danielle Steel who balanced stories of romance with strong female characters.  Even before then I became a fan of Jane Austen, whose classic books are still enjoyed to this day.

Even if you are lucky enough to have a romantic partner in your life I have made it a point to enjoy the romance audio books from our most popular Romance authors.   Here are direct links to some of our favorite Romance Audio Book Authors:

Nora Roberts  Many of her books are considered Thrillers too.

Fern Michaels

Debbie Macomber

Jayne Ann Krentz

Johanna Lindsey

Nicholas Sparks

Jane Austen

Another series of books that is popular for the romantic angles they usually contain are our Vampire Audio Book collection.

This month you can use the coupon code romance at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your order (Sorry this is no longer valid).

Wishing you a Romantic Valentine’s Day!