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Why audiobooks rule: Performance art transforms books

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Funny how things come full circle. Once upon a time the hottest ticket in town was the storyteller who brought tales and legends to life with nothing but a voice. What thrilled and captivated audiences who hung on every word? Their performance. Today, we listen to audiobooks, which are indeed performances. The audiobook revolution is exploding; listening to a favorite book read aloud by a brilliant narrator has never been more popular. Publishers invest increasing sums of money into producing big-budget audiobooks with multiple high-profile narrators (Hollywood is getting into the mix), and the Audie Awards are becoming more and more prestigious. Part of the genius of audiobooks is their adaptability. We can bring them with us on a jog, entertain…

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Whodunit? These Brash publishers solve the mystery of the great crime thriller

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Two authors-turned-book publishers are poised to shock mystery fans the world over when Brash Books, a company specializing in mysteries, police procedurals, thrillers and spy novels launches in September. The company is the brainchild of Lee Goldberg, a writer and producer of many successful television series and the author of more than 40 books; and Joel Goldman, a former trial attorney who went on to write a number of highly successful and award-winning thriller book series. Before founding Brash Books, the two had enjoyed success in self-publishing original and backlist titles for years. “We both entered the self-publishing arena about the same time,” said Goldberg, “and between the two of us over the last 3-4 years, we’ve sold about 800,000…

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