Interest in audiobooks rockets, along with other digital storytelling – The Boston Globe

Are audiobooks responsible for a return to an “oral tradition,” due to the “unbridled power of the spoken word” and our evolving culture of multi-tasking? Or, as a narrator, am I simply paying more attention to the industry than before? I think the numbers speak volumes. The audiobook boom is a thing.

“…Despite the forces fostering the audio-storytelling boom, Susan Shipley of Dorchester, who often listens while she knits, sees the rise more as a return than a digital-age innovation.

‘Storytelling was originally an oral tradition,’ Shipley said. ‘When the scribes came along, I imagine the bards thought that was really new.’

D’Acierno of Penguin Random House Audio said she thinks the boom is pretty easy to explain. She believes that there is something natural in the attraction.

‘All of us love to hear stories,’ she said. ‘This is a way to get in touch with that again.’

Source: Interest in audiobooks rockets, along with other digital storytelling – The Boston Globe


Elizabeth Wiley’s Story Inspires

“Even if you’re doing a work of nonfiction, talking about, say, the history of immigration at the turn of the 20th century, you still have to know how to best communicate the through-line of the author’s intent or the character’s thought.”

Source: William & Mary – Giving voice: Elizabeth Wiley finds niche in audiobooks

The Audiobookworm Sunday Spotlight: Curt Simmons

Curt Simmons happens to be one of the most congenial, approachable individuals I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through The Audiobookworm. He so expertly narrated Omari and the People that I had to know more about his experiences in narration and audiobook production. Curt was generous enough to give us some insight into his profession and discuss how it […]

Source: Sunday Spotlight: Curt Simmons – The Audiobookworm

Goodreads | The Audiobookworm’s review of Omari And The People

4.75★ Audiobook⎮ After finishing Omari and the People, I’m left with both a feeling of wonderment and confusion. Sort of like what I experience at magic shows. On the one hand, I’m in awe. On the other, I’m left a little baffled, but not in an unpleasant way. If you understand how the magician performs the trick, it’s not quite as magical.

Every single second of this audiobook captivated me…(read more)

Source: Goodreads | Jess the Audiobookworm’s review of Omari And The People

Goodreads | Jack Kenreck’s review of Omari And The People

This is a heart-warming tale of a man who gets caught up in events and ends up realizing his full potential as a leader and a courageous man of passion. This story is full of surprises and was enjoyable, though I struggled at some points as the story was bogged down in politics or the drudgery of walking through a desert. The narration was excellent and I will definitely pick up anything else narrated by Mr. Curt Simmons. If you enjoy stories of brave peoples doing the impossible, this is probably the story for you. **Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this title.**

Source: Goodreads | Jack Kenreck’s review of Omari And The People