Heard any good books lately? As in audiobooks, which are a growing segment of the multimedia market.
The Audio Publishers Association (www.audiopub.org) is "the voice of the audiobook industry," and makes note of how listening habits compare to reading habits, genre-wise. Essentially, they parallel each other. The listeners and readers who were polled prefer mystery-thriller-suspense, best sellers, general fiction and nonfiction, just like readers.
Summertime reading is ever-popular, yes, but so is summertime listening. Given that, here's a sampling of new audiobook releases.
From Macmillan Audio
-- "Shine Shine Shine" by Lydia Netzer, read by Joshilyn Jackson: Drama and pathos take over the lives of a suburban mother and her astronaut husband.
-- "Where We Belong" by Emily Giffin, read by Orlagh Cassidy: Secrets from the past change the lives of two women and their families.
-- "The Nightmare" by Lars Kepler, read by Mark Bramhall: The sequel to the best-selling "The Hypnotist."
-- "Gangster Squad" by Paul Lieberman, read by Robert Petkoff: The mob vs. the LAPD. The movie is due this fall, starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn and Emma Stone.
-- "Spark" by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read by Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Brown: The second title in the "Sky Chasers" series.
From Harper Audio
-- "The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel" by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, read by James Langton: British secret agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun must save England once again.
-- "The Unseen" by Katherine Webb, read by Claire Wille: Trouble comes to an English village in 1911, with the arrival of an occultist and a housemaid escaping the law.
-- "Cronkite" by Douglas Brinkley, read by George Guidall: A thorough (and thoroughly entertaining) biography of newsman Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America."
-- "Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet" by Andrew Blum, read by the author: The journalist explores the physical "nuts and bolts" side of the Internet.