In the Studio with Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray: One Tree Hill star, Gilmore Girls pretty boy prepster, and now… wait for it… published author and audiobook narrator? A true renaissance man!

On November 14th, Murray makes his authorial debut with American Drifter, a romantic thriller co-written with New York Times bestselling author, Heather Graham. Graham and Murray’s tale is one of love and murder set in lively Rio de Janeiro. River Roulet, a young Army veteran desperately wants to leave his wartime memories behind. What better place to do that than Brazil’s Carnaval? He meets a journalist, Natal, and as they fall in love, the adventure begins. Enter music, dancing, a steamy romance, and a drug cartel, and River’s gone from one chaotic world to another.

There were many squeals (some discreet, others less so) around the office when we got the official word that Chad Michael Murray had agreed to narrate the audiobook. And let’s just say there were an unusual number of volunteers to “help out” in the studio, “practice lines” with Chad, or even “brush his hair!” Sadly, he seemed to have everything under control on his own and handled the recording of his first audiobook like a pro. While all members of the Macmillan Audio fan club couldn’t be in the studio with him, he’s been keeping us, and his Instagram following, updated along the way. Here are some photos:

 

Sound Clip Saturday: Einstein and the Rabbi

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish it, but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind.” —Albert Einstein

When Rabbi Naomi Levy, bestselling author and founder of NASHUVA, a renowned Jewish spiritual movement, came across these words by Albert Einstein, she was shaken to her core. Einstein’s letter, written to a stranger, represented so much of what Rabbi Levy believed about human beings and our true connection to one another. Rabbi Levy began a years-long journey searching for answers about this letter and in the process, gained a deeper, more profound understanding of what the soul is, how it guides us, and how connection to our true souls can help us to live richer, bigger, more connected lives.

Listen to an excerpt of this powerful audiobook:

Thriller Thursday: Ann Cleeves’s Newest from the Vera Stanhope Series

From the CWA Diamond Dagger Award Winner comes the all-new eighth book in the beloved Vera Stanhope series. A visit to a local prison brings Inspector DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy—former detective superintendent, now inmate, John Brace. Convicted of corruption and involved in a suspicious death, it seems that Brace has mellowed in prison. Notorious wheeler and dealer Robbie Marshall has been presumed missing, but Brace knows he’s dead and points Vera in the direction of his grave.

Narrator Janine Birkett, who has been praised for her previous performances, reprises her role as Vera Stanhope. If you can’t get enough of the detective’s story, the British TV drama Vera recently made its American debut this past year with the seventh season and the eighth season is set to return in January 2018.
In the meantime, check out a clip of The Seagull below – you’re sure to get hooked!

New Release: Porter Erisman’s Six Billion Shoppers

Six Billion Shoppers takes listeners on an exciting and colorful journey around the world to visit the next e-commerce mega markets and explore how a new e-commerce boom is opening opportunities for entrepreneurs and global brands alike. Traveling through Nigeria, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, Porter Erisman addresses e-commerce across these new markets and what it means for western brands. He argues that e-commerce in developing countries is revolutionary and will play a much larger role in emerging markets than in the West. With e-commerce in emerging markets entering a rapid period of expansion, Six Billion Shoppers explains how to seize the massive opportunity created by emerging market consumers and provides practical advice on how listeners can ride this new business trend.

George Newbern’s narration is bright and engaging, while still being informative. Listen to an excerpt here: 

Sound Clip Saturday: New Releases

New exciting audiobooks from different areas of interests that will cure your post-summertime blues. Can’t get enough of the US Open? Listen to Maria Sharapova’s Unstoppable. Feeling overwhelmed with the world and want to unwind? Hear Manoush Zomorodi’s Bored and Brilliant. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical fantasy like Robin Sloan’s Sourdough or thrilling suspense like Ali Land’s Good Me Bad Me, Macmillan Audio has you covered!

Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova, Read by the Author

An emotional Sharapova after her win at the US Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sharapova’s return to tennis at the US Open proved an emotional win over Simona Halep. Hear her passion for the game as she narrates her debut, Unstoppable.

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi, Read by the Author

Manoush Zomorodi, host of the famous podcast Note to Self, brings her lovable on-air personality to the narration of Bored and Brilliant. Smart, witty, and highly informative, Bored and Brilliant causes listeners to reflect on the role of boredom in their lives and provides compelling research to show how boredom is a great tool for creativity.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan, Read by Therese Plummer

Sourdough will delight listeners with the story of Lois Clary, a woman who receives a sourdough starter from the owners of a hole-in-the-wall she frequently visits. Narrator Therese Plummer does a perfect job of capturing both the male and female characters, and the audiobook includes exclusive bonus material on the correspondence between Lois and Slurry.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, Read by Imogen Church

Milly turns in her serial killer mother and becomes part of an affluent foster family. As her mother’s trial looms around the corner, she begins to question the role of nature vs. nurture, wondering if she is doomed to eventually turn out like her mother. Imogen Church’s chilling voice highlights the tension and internal struggle that plagues Milly.

Isadora by Amelia Gray, AudioFile Earphones Award winner

AudioFile awarded Isadora by Amelia Gray an Earphones Award for the historical fiction about American Ballet performer, Isadora Duncan. Narrator Jen Tullock was praised for making recognizable “shifts [in] her vocal register” and the ability to distinguish characters’ “personalities one from another with canny intonations”. Isadora Duncan is known as the “mother of modern dance” and famous for her unconventional free-flowing and naturalistic dance movements. Isadora takes listeners through the experience of the real-life tragic event of Duncan’s accidental death of her two children, and the toll it took on her stardom and mental state. Gray’s creative style of storytelling and Tullock’s accents and ability to create drama, make Isadora an incredible and haunting audiobook.

Check out AudioFile’s full review!

Hear for yourself by listening to an audiobook excerpt:

Listen to Bill O’Reilly’s The Day the World Went Nuclear for the 72nd Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings

In Bill O’Reilly’s newest audiobook, he takes a break from his classic “Killing” series and explores the top secret Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bombs. O’Reilly takes the listener inside the mind of some of the 20th century’s most important people and delves at the reasoning behind the events that lead to the dropping of bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The listener is engaged by O’Reilly’s style to personalize monumental figures of history as he shows them, in great detail, what they were like and how they acted. Robert Petkoff’s narration makes each character come alive as the historical narrative is forming. This spellbinding historical text will show the listener the process by which the United States changed the world through a weapon, and continue to change it, many decades later, into the present. Listen to an audiobook excerpt of Bill O’Reilly’s The Day the World Went Nuclear, read to you by Robert Petkoff:

 

New Release: Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

If you’re in need of a good laugh or just want to listen to hilarious horror stories of classroom politics, Laurie Gelman’s Class Mom is the audiobook for you!

Gelman narrates her own novel in this bitingly funny story of a reluctant class mom who spent much of her early adulthood as a groupie for rock bands. After having two children by two different musician fathers of unknown identity, Jen Dixon decided it was time to settle down and raise her family in her parents’ house. But sometimes life throws curveballs, and when a disgruntled customer calls her Customer Support line at Allstate, she meets her “first husband,” Ron. They have a son, Max, and Jen must become a mom all over again—only slightly later in life than she would’ve planned.

Listen as Laurie Gelman combines the warmth of a mother with the cynicism of a public school politician and balances the two to perfection in this audiobook excerpt from Class Mom: