Thursday, April 17, 2008

Audiobooks that move beyond the book - a la Hugo Cabret

Author Augusten Burroughs discusses his new audiobook "A Wolf at the Table" in this video from Macmillan Audio. I am glad that audiobooks for grown-ups are experimenting with music & sound effects. But audiobooks for the under-18 crowd have long featured the audio rendition of text with added music & effects. Even the Caldecott-winning, 550 page novel in words and pictures, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" was re-imagined as an audiobook featuring music & sound effects - albeit with some puzzled comments on Roger Sutton's blog. Including a response post by the author on the topic. Listen to a brief review from Audiofile magazine & an audio clip here.

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