Archive for Audio
Amanda, Vicky and I have just decorated the office, and as the silly season hits the AR HQ, we’d like to offer you the change to share in our festive excitement. We’ve got a great competition for you…and the prizes are here, in our tree:
On December 20th we launched a Christmas Joke Competition. We really should have known better, I suppose,
Anyway, we said we’d send an audiobook prize to the winner. And that winner is: Heike Harding-Reyland!
Heike sent in two jokes, and they are:
Q: What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
A: I don’t like Brussels sprouts!
Q: Why is Santa so jolly?
A: Because he knows where all the bad girls live.
There are plenty of others for you to look through, and they can be found in the comments, here. But if you pulled any Christmas crackers over the festive period, you’ve probably read most of them, anyway…
Congratulations, Heike! Your prize will be with you, soon.
And what do I need to do to win these audible delights? I hear you ask? Well, that’s a very good question, we reply – thanks for joining in! Simply leave a Christmas joke* in the comments section, below. We’ll then use an arcane scoring system based on laugh-out-loudedness and god-did-they-really-type-thatedness and decide a winner! We might also just pick one at random – who knows?**
Note: If your joke does not show immediately, it might just be held in the moderation queue, awaiting approval, so don’t worry – it’ll get there…
The competition is open until midnight (wherever you live) on Sunday 23rd December. The winner will be notified by email. There may even be some runner-up prizes, depending on what we can find lying around the office.
The prizes will be sent out in the first week of January. There is no geographical restriction on entering***.
*”A Christmas joke” may be defined as “A joke that has some connection to Christmas”, or merely “A joke that you tell, and it’s pretty close to Christmas, so let’s just say it counts, eh?” We’re really not hung up over details…
** This is likely, to be honest.
**except for outer-space – the postage there is too restrictive, so only enter if you have a terrestrial mailing address.
Here’s the press release that we’ve just sent out to our chums in the bookish media – please feel free to copy & paste for your own blog or website if you’re an audiobook fan:
Leading audiobook producers AudioGO have signed up to create audio versions of titles from two of Osprey Group’s fiction division imprints: YA specialist Strange Chemistry and next year’s upcoming crime imprint, Exhibit A. The audiobooks will be produced in AudioGO’s specialist UK studios and will have worldwide digital distribution.
The first titles will be the debuts from the Strange Chemistry line: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond and Shift by Kim Curran, which will launch in the first week of September. Further titles will appear simultaneously with the release of physical editions from Strange Chemistry and, starting May 2013, Exhibit A.
Jan Paterson, Publishing Director of AudioGO, said: “We are really excited by this new collaboration with Osprey Group. The digital revolution continues to deliver more and more sales of audiobooks each year, so this is a great opportunity for two independent publishing companies to collaborate to reach new markets.”
Marc Gascoigne, Managing Director of Osprey’s Angry Robot fiction division said: “Quite simply, AudioGO are damn good at what they do. We’re absolutely delighted to have them on board making audiobook editions of the books from our new imprints. Our mission has always been to have books available to our readers in all formats, worldwide, simultaneously – and AudioGO can help us deliver just that.”
AudioGO (the home of BBC Audiobooks) publish an extensive range of drama, comedy and factual programmes from BBC Radio, in addition to abridged and unabridged recordings by best-selling authors read by the finest narrators. Most titles are available in both CD and download format.
Browse through the complete collection at www.audiogo.com.
Courtesy of those fine folk at Brilliance Audio, we have some snippets of some of the quite brilliant audiobooks they have produced of some recent Angry Robot titles.
Last month’s titles: Omega Point and Blackbirds
This month’s titles: Empire State, Giant Thief and Dead Harvest.
Click on each of the links (below) to hear about 5 minutes of each, or to download to your computer for your offline listening pleasure (by right-clicking and saving, or doing what you usually do with these things #techie).
Blackbirds – Warning: Contains Chuck Wendig!
Narrated by Emily Beresford
Omega Point by Guy Haley
Narrated by Michael Page
Empire State by Adam Christopher
Narrated by Phil Gigante
Giant Thief by David Tallerman
Narrated by James Langton
Dead Harvest by Chris F Holm
Narrated by Brian Vander Ark
There are countless reviews of this multi-award winning book, so here’s what Bull Spec Magazine said of the audio version:
A deservedly highly-praised and award-winning novel has come to audio with a really well-done production… a novel which Publishers Weekly just named as one of the best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2011.
You can hear a sample by clicking on the play button, below, or download an mp3 sample here to use on the device of your choice.
The audiobook is 9 hours and 25 minutes long, and can be bought as an MP3 CD ($14.99 / £11.25), a set of audio CDs ($14.99 / £22.50), or as a download from Amazon or Audible ($10.49 / £7.89).
Here’s 5 minutes for you. You’re welcome.