Great news from my agent —nine of my novels are being signed to become audiobooks! I am excited. I've been wishing for this ever since I became hooked on listening to audiobooks myself. This package does not include my Chaos Chronicles book, and won't affect our homebrew full-cast audio production of Neptune Crossing (still in the "we hope to get started again realsoonnow" stage). It does include most of the Star Rigger books and several of my standalone novels. Nothing's ever final until the contracts are signed, of course, so I should probably hold off on more specific details until things are official.
My own love affair with audiobooks started when I discovered you can download them for free from the public library and listen to them on your favorite MP3 player (a Zune, in my case). I love listening to books while walking the dog, which I do for at least an hour every day. I've been listening to a lot of books outside my own genre, books I'd never find time to sit down and read, even as ebooks carried in my pocket. I started with Robert Parker mysteries, and moved on to some thrillers. I've learned that the voice of the narrator makes an enormous difference even with a good book. (With a bad book, it just makes it harder to decide when to give up.) In some cases, I've stumbled onto some fine listening simply by looking for other books read by a narrator I like. Here are some of my recent favorites:
- The Jack Reacher series, featuring a retired MP turned wanderer, by Lee Child (read by Dick Hill)
- Cold Choice, a well-crafted and realistic submarine thriller by Larry Bond (read by Dick Hill)
- The Myron Bolitar series, featuring a pro sports agent who sidelines as a detective, by Harlan Coben (read by Jonathan Marosz) [The last couple in the series were narrated by other readers, including the author. Not even in the same universe.]
- Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath—a young adult, alternate history, SF series by Scott Westerfeld (read by Alan Cumming) [This one the library only carried on CD.]
- Ender's Game, the SF classic, by Orson Scott Card (read by Stefan Rudnicki, with Gabrielle De Cuir and David Birney, Scott Brick, Jason Cole, Harlan Ellison, Christian Noble, Don Schlossman, M.E. Willis and Orson Scott Card) [Ditto, on CD.]