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Audiobooks everywhere! Zombies, celebrities, and media icons – in print, out loud & on video. A round-up of audio awesomeness:

I am a HUGE fan on the 2007 abridged audiobook version of Max Brooks’ World War Z, and CANNOT wait for the new & improved unabridged production – here’s some insider info from Brooks himself:

Even Margaret Atwood is getting into zombies, lending her voice to the audio for a new app, “Zomies, Run!,” part of the Rolex Arts Initiative. Atwood is mentoring award-winning U.K. novelist Naomi Alderman, who also happens to be the app’s co- creator and lead writer.

Catch a bit of David Sedaris’ newest, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls in this Soundcloud clip of the story “Dentists without Boarders”

And there’s even an audiobook in-joke in Sedaris’ new audiobook – learn more about the Pimsleur Method language audios and Sedaris’ private Japanese lesson

MTV takes notice of audiobooks as Hollywood hunk Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy offer his reflections on narrating his first audio,  The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened In Peru, by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Comic icon Carol Burnett shares details about her audio memoir Carrie and Me

Eve Ensler’s in-studio video gives you a sneak peek of her cancer-experience memoir  In the Body of the World

Audiobooks get a shout-out from Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming as he mentions his Tantor recordings of Shakespeare on The Colbert Report




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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