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Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons

Best line of the episode? “And the audiobook is only available abridged. ABRIDGED!” followed by maniacal laughter from the evil CEO of TweenLit Inc, played by Andy Garcia. I’m glad that Gaiman – a huge proponent of audiobooks -was able to include an audio reference in the show “The Book Job,” which focused on Lisa Simpson’s disillusionment over the fact that her favorite tween book series was the creation of a focus-group guided stable of writers out for the big bucks. *cough*Alloy Entertainment*cough*

A quick synopsis: Homer Simpson created a cabal of Springfield writers going for a cool million dollar payoff from TweenLit, adding Gaiman to the mix as the catering crew.  Neil Gaiman’s cameo role allowed the mega-star author to appear in a cartoon version of an off-hand remark he made after winning the Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book: when asked about the copycat publishing phenomenon triggered by Twilight & vampires , he answered that the next teen horror trend might be trolls. You can watch for yourself here – but not until the episode unlocks in a week.

Personally, I’d rather spend some time having Gaiman read his books to me. He is one on the very best author-narrators, with his reading of  The Graveyard Book of of my all-time A+ audios. Just visit Gaiman’s website to experience his storytelling genus.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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