As both a fan of poetry and audio books I wanted to highlight some of the poetry offerings of our downloadable audio book store. This month is National Poetry Month in the United States. This annual celebration of poetry was started back in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Inspired by other monthly celebrations like Black History Month the month of April was chosen apparently for lack of competition from other celebrations.
A while back I posed a question about “Who Created Audiobooks?” and Chris Benson commented on the audio book industry considering Dylan Thomas’ readings of his poems as being the first official audio book recording. Poetry was meant to be heard with it’s rhythms and rhymes.
The audiobook format is great for producing works of classical poetry readings by notable narrators and full cast productions of classics like Virgil’s Aeneid and Homer’s Iliad. Listening to Milton’s Paradise Lost is also a feast for the ears and the soul.
Poetry is a fundamental part of literature that may be in jeopardy as younger readers and listeners gravitate toward easier genres. This could be a function of the public educational system. Exposure is key to developing any kind of appreciation. Back in high school and college I remember many kids thought getting the Cliff Notes or short versions of books they had to study. It was a short cut to understanding what the books were all about, especially for longer books. When it comes to poetic works like the Iliad or Paradise Lost and even Shakespeare a lot of the meaning and understanding is relayed in how the book is read. Audio books help to understand how to interpret and read these types of works. Many readers don’t get Shakespeare until they hear it read by someone not hesitating because they don’t understand what is being said.
In honor of National Poetry Month we have put up a coupon which will give you a 20% discount on all orders until the end of May 2010. Just enter coupon code poetry at checkout.
Browse our collection of Poetry Audiobooks here.
Yesterday the APA(Audio Publishers Association) announced the nominees for the 2 most prestigious awards to be given out at the Audies Award Ceremony in May. AudioBook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production tend to get a lot of the press even though the Audies are awarded across 30 categories.
The nominees for 2010 Audio Book of the Year are:
- Nelson Mandela’s African Folktales, Read by a star studded cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and Matt Damon Published by Hachette Audio. This is actually a collection of quite a few different folktales.
- The Time of My Life, Read by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Liemi, Published by Simon&Schuster
- The Word of Promise Audio Bible, Read by over 600 actors anchored by Michael York, Published by Thomas Nelson Inc.
As usual these titles were nominated for:
Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.
There are actually 5 audio books that were nominated for 2010 Distinguished Achievement in Production. This award is given to audio books productions that “represent the best the format has to offer in listening excellence”.
- The Help
- The Maltese Falcon
- Nelson Mandela’s African Folktales
- The Screwtape Letters
More details can be found on the official press release issued by the APA.
We plan to provide more information on these titles as we get closer to the Audies Gala in May.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we have decided to put together a page of our audio books on alcoholism. This collection of audio books covers topics like managing addiction and treatment options. You can get 20% off your order this month by using the coupon code stopdrinking at checkout.
There are many factors that can lead to a person becoming addicted to alcohol. Though stress can play a big role so can uncontrollable things like heredity. Though we have included some of the better known self hypnosis audios on alcohol and addiction we have also included 2 other titles that focus on treatment and recovery.
The Betty Ford Center is well-known for treating sufferers of alcoholism. Time is All We Have: Four Weeks at the Betty Ford Center is writer Barnaby Conrad‘s own story of his time at the alcohol treatment center.
All of these People is personal story of reporter Fergal Keane:
At the heart of Fergal Keane’s story is a descent into and recovery from alcoholism, spanning two generations, father and son; a different kind of war, but as much part of the journey of the last 25 years as the bullets and bombs.
Though drinking is everyone’s personal choice, trouble with drinking affects everyone around that person. Teenage drinking, including binge drinking is becoming more and more of a problem. As a society we need to understand what can lead to alcoholism. You can find more information and resources about Alcohol Awareness Month at this US government site.
Audio books to make you laugh, now that is something that everyone needs. April is National Humor Month so we want to highlight our Humor and Comedy audio books at CreateTimeAudio.com.
National Humor Month was started back in 1976 by best selling humorist Larry Wilde. It was designed to raise public awareness about the benefits of laughter in areas ranging from Health to Communication. I personally agree since I make it a point of watching sitcom reruns whenever life is getting to stressful. The laughter is truly therapeutic.
Our Humor and Comedy audio books include a wide range of both British(like Monty Python) and American favorites. David Sedaris fits in both categories since he was born in the United States but currently lives in London. His essay collections made it to the New York Times Best Seller list. This month we are offering The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set at a significant discount with our April Audio Book Discounts. The collection includes 6 of his essay collections so you should definitely take advantage. If you add the special coupon code humor at checkout you can save an additional 20% of your single order.
The most popular books in the Humor category tend to be in Political Satire but we also have biographies that are considered comedies as well. Steve Martin’s memoirs on his years in stand up comedy is a good example, Born Standing Up: Steve Martin.
Other offerings this month include JA Jance’s Trial by Fire and Michael Connelly’s The Narrows. If you are a fan of The Secret you may find the Spiritual Liberation audio book by Michael Bernard Beckwith of interest too. Check out the audio books discount page for the full list of this month’s offerings.
Don’t forget to laugh, not only on this National Humor Month but every day. It truly can make a world of difference.
Every year The Audio Publishers Association sponsors the Audies® Awards for Audio Books. It is the only one of its kind in the audio book industry. We are a proud member of this trade association that stands up for the issues that are important to the audio book industry. They offer a variety of membership benefits for businesses, publishers and narrators. They also put on the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) that this year is being held in New York on the day before the Audies® Gala which is going to be held on May 25th.
The Audies® are awarded across 30 categories including Distinguished Achievement in Production and Audiobook of the Year and will be announced at The Museum of the City of New York.
We are happy to highlight that we have16 audiobooks in our CreateTimeAudio catalog that have been nominated this year. Our Audies® Nominated Titles include LA Meyer’s In the Belly of the Bloodhound and Mississippi Jack. LA Meyer won last year for Curse of the Blue Tattoo in 3 categories Distinguished Acheivement in Production, Solo Narration Female and Teens. With 2 entries she may be able to win the coveted Audio Book of the Year Award which went to Neil Gaiman’s The GraveYard Book.
The nominations for the Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production don’t come out until April so we will have to see. The follow up to Audible produced The Chopin Manuscript which won in 2008 is on the list. The Copper Bracelet has been nominated under the Original Work Category.
The Full List of Audies® 2010 Nominations can be found at the APA’s Press Release.