Recordings that intensify great books

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Thanks to both publisher generosity and an ever developing use of the audio medium to extend great books' potential, we have some classic gems turning up on our AudiobookSYNC 2017 roster.

Penguin Random House Audio's Listening Library recording of FEED, by M. T. Anderson (pictured here), won accolades when it was new a dozen years ago--and the wonder of amplifying the text with perfectly chosen background sounds continues to delight. In this case, that background also sends shivers down listeners' spines because the novel's conceit of a future that includes implanted broadcasting chips in teen brains seems even more likely.

Penguin Random House also has contributed a classic sci fi title by Douglas Adams, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, which was conceived first for radio and has since enjoyed a variety of media presentations. What a great title to provide teens who may be new to audiobooks while already possessing sophisticated experiences with print, tv, movies, and other storytelling platforma!

Thanks, Penguin Random House, for sharing the talents of these master authors and the directorial arts supporting their performers!

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