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Book Notes: Gary Hart and Abe Lincoln

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

To a tsunami of Lincoln lit, please add Todd Brewster's detailed reporting, Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. This is a seven-hour-and-14-minute audiobook about one president's extraordinary executive action.

7 Audiobooks That Make Any Road Trip Better

Posted 08.22.2014 | OWN

Road trips don't have to be boring.

Louis Zamperini -- Meet Witold Pilecki

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is a powerful story -- but in quite an unexpected way. If you're thinking Schindler's List, Stalag 17, The Great Escape or -- hold your breath -- TV's Hogan's Heroes, you'd be disappointed.

Random Notes and Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Alarming concept: a TV series starring Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. Matt Damon is having Jimmy Stewart's career. The Kardashians are having...

Mitt Romney's Career Options -- Here's an Idea...

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

It's been many months since the election and it appears that Mitt Romney is figuring out his next gig. We suggest he take a look at what another corporate-executive-turned-presidential-candidate did after his election drubbing.

LISTEN: Meryl Streep Reads Nora Ephron (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted 06.15.2013 | Books

The actress Meryl Streep was friends with Nora Ephron, and so it seemed fitting that Random House announced she would be narrating the audiobook of Ep...

In Politics It's the Charm, Stupid

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

We've had several presidents whose personalities were a primary sell. Think both Roosevelts, Eisenhower, Kennedy and -- Democrats, hold your breath -- Ronald Reagan. If you listen to or read, Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber, you'll begin to get it.

Scientology: Scary or Sacred

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.

Dan Rather In His Own Voice

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

We seem to iconize certain newsies which is maybe why we have two new biographies in audio and print about veteran television newsfolk: Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Joining the Club: Stephen Tobolowsky on The Dangerous Animals Club

Dan Lybarger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Books
Dan Lybarger

Stephen Tobolowsky is probably a little too good at acting. Despite his above average height, his recognizable features and his slight Texas drawl (he's a Dallas native), the 61-year-old is probably better known for the names of the characters he's played.

LISTEN: 'I Wrote Songs To Accompany My Book'

Lydia Netzer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Lydia Netzer

I'm forty years old. I'm a mom, a minivan driver, a homeschooler, a novelist, and I'm also a singer in a rock and roll band.

Too Much Fun: The 'Infinite Jest' Audiobook Has No Endnotes

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.20.2012 | Books

On March 27, Hachette Audio released David Foster Wallace's magnum opus "Infinite Jest" -- most of it, at least -- as a 56-hour-long audiobook. Th...

Ike and Tail Gunner Joe

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.

WATCH: Hollywood Stars Read Unabridged Classics

Posted 03.08.2012 | Books

Audible, the audiobook provider bought by Amazon in 2008, has just launched a new series of unabridged digital audiobooks read by Hollywood stars. ...

Marilyn Monroe: Still Dead. Still Selling. How Come?

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

Marilyn Monroe lives on as the last of an archetype we cling to from our innocent past but is now gone forever -- or until a future generation invents her again.

The New Interactive Book: Not Just Your Old-Fashioned Videobook

Patricia Benesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Patricia Benesh

FlyingWord is creating a line of books that immerses the reader in a totally new experience. And it's not a matter of adding video or audio streams, as on typical DVDs.

Brazilian Jazz Singer Lends Voice To Audiobook

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"When I was invited ... I said yes immediately," said Gilberto, who narrates the book along with Canadian actor David Francis. It includes classic rec...

DRM is a Business Decision, Not a Moral Decision

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

When we started building our new audiobook publishing company, iambik, we made an early decision: no digital rights management (DRM). (*See below for ...

A Well-Written Story Poorly Told

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

The Bolitar audiobooks are Twitter-talking, cheeky-sleuth mysteries at their best and require an often light, irreverent touch in narration.