Calling An Audible

It is Book Release Day! Huzzah and whoo-hoo! Spell Games is now available! You can read the first chapter here.

And another thing (and this is pretty exciting, and counts as one of those Career Milestones I always hoped to hit) — I had a novel become an audiobook! (Actually, four of my novels.) Blood Engines, Poison Sleep, Dead Reign, and Spell Games are all available for download at Audible.com!

This is about ten kinds of cool. I’m a big fan of audiobooks — though I listened to them more frequently when I commuted more often, admittedly — and find the experience of hearing a novel qualitatively different from reading something on the page. Reading Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is great; hearing the Lenny Henry-narrated audiobook version is a whole different experience. I catch things in listening that I don’t catch while reading (and vice versa, of course), and it’s interesting to hear the words of a book inside my head in someone’s voice besides my own. I’ve had short stories recorded for podcasts before, but this is, like, 40 hours of my fiction being read! Incroyable! I hope people like it. I do. (I also like how selling the audiobook rights paid for my family vacation to Hawaii last summer, but that’s a different issue.)

One note: I know some people have (very reasonable) concerns regarding the DRM that comes along with Audible, and in a perfect world, I’d prefer the audiobooks to be DRM-free, too. I’m sympathetic to the argument. But I will say that everyone I’ve worked with at Audible has been great, from the guy running their (very impressive) drive to add more SF material to the narrator who read my books (the awesome Jessica Almasy). I was an Audible subscriber for years, too (though I eventually stopped subscribing because my commute time dropped and I had less time to listen to audiobooks), and was always happy with the service. So I didn’t really hesitate when they wanted to do my books, and I think they’ve done right by them.

1 Response to “Calling An Audible”

  1. 1 rachelaaron
    February 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    That’s always been one of my goals to. I love audio books because they bring books back to the most primal form of story telling – listening to a storyteller. Congratulations!

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