“I will be forever grateful for this project.”

frank and charliWe recently recorded Frank & Charli, a memoir by Frank Yandolino. Marianne Fraulo & Allan Edwards performed the story beautifully. After hearing her story, Charli reached out to Marianne to tell us how it moved her (and permitted us to share her thoughts here):
“It has been beyond emotional to hear our story…tell the company that you did a great job and all my friends agree. I will be forever grateful for this project.”
This is why we love what we do at ListenUp.
Our narrators spend hours upon hours in the vocal booth – usually the time spent in the booth is at least twice the run time of a book. So, for this audiobook, which is 11 hours and 34 minutes, the narrators (and engineers) spent at least 23 hours recording. That doesn’t include the prep time beforehand, during which they read through the book and get to know the plot and characters. After recording, the book spends time with our editors, our quality control professionals, and the mastering team. It would be easy to skip over prepping the script or to give less than 100% when narrating, but our team of professionals would never consider it. When we see feedback like this, it’s easy to understand why.
Great stories deserve great voices. We are always honored to be trusted with great stories.
Frank & Charli is now available from Audible.com

Audiobook News & Reviews: 07/08

We’re back! Sorry for the long hiatus, we’ve been busy with our Indie Publishing wing and the exciting chaos of audiobook month. Today we are back with news & reviews from this week.

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  • AudioGals reviews
  • The BiblioSanctum reviews Tracer, by Rob Boffard, narrated by Jeff Harding & Sarah Borges
  • Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! reviews
  • Good Books & Good Wine reviews And I Darken, by Kiersten White, narrated by Fiona Hardingham
  • First Impressions Reviews reviews The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • The Book’s the Thing reviews Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan, narrated by Erin Spencer and Will Damron
  • Reading Books Like a Boss reviews Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum, narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • Joyfully Jay reviews Against the Grain, by Charlie Cochet, narrated by Mark Westfield
  • HotListens reviews Dead of Winter, by Kresley Cole, narrated by Emma Galvin
  • Tenacious Reader reviews Infomocracy, by Malka Ann Older, narrated by Christine Marshall
  • Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends reviews Thanks for the Trouble, by Tommy Wallach, narrated by Francisco Pryor Garat and A Measure of Love, by Sophie Jackson, narrated by Grace Grant
  • Ana’s Attic reviews Some Sort of Happy, by Melanie Harlow, narrated by Nelson Hobbs and Lucy Malone
  • Comma Hangover reviews The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown, narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • Shelf-Employed reviews Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley and Vikas Adam
  • The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog reviews Dark of Night, by Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin, and Lucas Mangum, narrated by Ray Porter
  • Thoughts of an Unconventional Girl reviews Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The Nocturnal Library reviews The Homecoming, by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer
  • Books and Things reviews The Dirt on the Ninth Grave, by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King
  • That’s What I’m Talking About reviews Big Vamp on Campus, by Molly Harper, narrated Amanda Ronconi
  • Prism Book Alliance reviews Until September, by Chris Scully, narrated by Michael Pauley
  • Books & Sensibility reviews Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, by Joanne Fluke, Suzanne Toren
  • For the Love of Words reviews A Sudden Crush, by Camilla Isley, narrated by Tami Leah Lacy
  • My Thoughts.. Literally reviews Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl
  • Booklovers For Life reviews Wildest Dreams, by Kristen Ashley, narrated by Tillie Hooper

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IndiePub and the Declaration of Independents

First and foremost – we are sorry we haven’t been doing our daily Audiobook News & Reviews posts. They haven’t been forgotten and we are hoping to get them going again soon.

The reason those posts have fallen to the wayside recently is the launch of our Indie Publishing division. ListenUp Audiobooks has been creating audiobooks for major publishers – Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Penguin/Random House, and Audible – for years. This year, though, we opened up the same services to independent and self-published authors through ListenUp IndiePub.

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We’ve been busy creating audiobooks for amazing independent authors, including Eve Langlais, Kate Danley, Natasha Boyd, Catherine Lea, and Sara Hubbard.

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And now, it’s the middle of June, audiobook month. To celebrate Audiobook Month, we are giving away a finished audiobook! The winner of the Declaration of Independents audiobook contest wins his or her audiobook production and keeps all the rights. No fee to enter, the last day to submit is, fittingly, July 4.

We are also offering a $50 per-finished-hour discount for Indie Authors who use the code “JUNE” this month.

If you know any independent authors, pass it along!

If you’ve listened to any really wonderful audiobooks lately, please let us know and link us to your reviews.

Audiobook News & Reviews: 1/23-2/4

ListenUp is making it easier for Independent Authors to create audiobooks. Plus today’s news & reviews!

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Audiobook News & Reviews: 1/13

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Best Audiobooks of 2015

At ListenUp Audiobooks, we publish, produce, and distribute audiobooks. For the ones we publish, we are involved in every step of the process – we select the narrator, we record the story, listen to the whole thing while reading along to find any mistakes, fix any problems through re-recording and editing, master the files, and upload it to distribution servers.

We’re also hired by publishers and authors for any of those steps – sometimes we do it all, sometimes we just listen for mistakes and edit. Because of this relationship, our narrators, engineers, editors, quality control technicians, and mastering professionals get to read and listen to amazing books, some of which have been overlooked.

Here are, in no particular order, our favorite books of the year.

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The Passion of Marie Romanov: A Tale of Anastasia’s Sister, by Laura Rose, narrated by Lillian Webb & Travis Smith

The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey From Shame to Fame, by Rick Hall, narrated by Rick Hall & Jeremy Arthur

It was surprising to hear some of the heartache, loss, and personal struggles these men endured, while still managing to bring beautiful, memorable songs to our record collections. – Chris, editor

The Only Ones, by Carola Dibbell, narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke

Mine is obvious. The Only Ones. Because it was a natural story for me to tell, to become. I loved my character. So much. – Sasha, narrator.

Bitter Blood, Blood GamesBefore He Wakes, and Death Sentence – all by Jerry Bledsoe, narrated by Kevin Stillwell

Those were all good. Kevin gave great nonfiction performances on all of them. I became seriously immersed in the craziness of the true story murder mysteries. Especially since all occurred in semi-rural southern towns. – Delia, QC

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Bury Me, by Tara Sivec, narrated by Stephanie Willis

Stephanie Willis was the narrator and she KILLED it. It was so creepy and intense. Great thriller! – Kristin, director

Those Girlsby Lauren Saft, narrated by Analysa Gregory, Casey Holloway, and Amy Talmadge.

It was pretty raw and even uncomfortable at times, while still having moments of humor. It’d be a great “beach read” or “guilty pleasure” book. – Amy, narrator
Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu, narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Unbreakable, by Thom Shea, narrated by Brian Troxell

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A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara, narrated by Oliver Wyman

The Anatomy of a Calling: A Doctor’s Journey from the Head to the Heart and a Prescription for Finding Your Life’s Purpose, by Lissa Rankin, M.D., narrated by Erin Moon.

Buddy Boys: When Good Cops Turn Bad, by Mike McAlary, narrated by Dan Triandiflou

Buddy Boys was a great title I worked on with Dan, great story about good cops turned bad and an inner look into a crooked cops world! Plus it’s based on a true story on NYPD. – Jacob, editor.

Bull Mountain, by Brian Panowich, narrated by Brian Troxell

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The Words We Live By, by Linda R. Monk, narrated by Marianne Fraulo

I really enjoyed working on Words We Live By — a study of the U.S. Constitution and the ensuing legislation that has shaped our society.  It was a joyous challenge to make the legal language come alive and to inspire readers –particularly, I hope, young readers and new immigrants — as they learn about the Constitution as a living document whose provisions have been argued, interpreted and illuminated by debate in the public arena, and which has reflected the growth of our republic’s commitment to civil liberties. – Marianne, narrator

Taking a Stand, by Rand Paul, narrated by Brian Troxell

The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America, by D. Watkins, narrated by Brandon Rubin

The Dead Saintby Marilyn Brown Oden, narrated by Cassandra Livingston

Compelling story, good characters, it was an utter [bear] to research, but I respect that. – Cassandra, narrator

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Destroyer, by Brett Battles, narrated by Vikas Adam – will be released January 12.

I’d have to say, one that sticks out as fresh in my mind is the book Destroyer. Wow! Very riveting. Once it got going, it had me on the edge of my seat to the very end. It’s a time traveler science fiction thriller. The main character is ripped repeatedly through different historical events of the past, (WW2, WW1, the Civil War, ect.) in a desperate attempt to preserve our timeline, all why his nemesis aims muck it all up. Very thrilling. Very Entertaining. – Thomas, editor

From Russia Without Love, by Stephen Templin, narrated by Brian Troxell

The Head, The Heart, and the Home, by Kaitlyn Wylde, narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creeel

I think I most enjoyed working on The Head, The Heart, and The Home by Kaitlyn Wylde. She has a beautiful way with words – and, that’s all really. – Barbara, narrator

The Lotus Crew, by Stewart Meyer, narrated by Fleet Cooper

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Space Chronicles, by Neil deGrasse Tyson, narrated by Mirron Willis

Very interesting and informative book, written by a smart/bright man, and about things that matter.  I’ve learned quite a bit working on this.  It made me think… Still does. – Gregory, editor

No Mardi Gras for the Dead, by D.J. Donaldson, narrated by Brian Troxell

Petty: The Biography, written and by Warren Zanes

Renegade, by Joel Shepherd, narrated by John Lee

Renegade was my favorite book I worked on this year. It was lengthy, well written, great characters, SciFi with action, memorable plot that wasn’t predictable. – Philip, QC

What were your favorite audiobooks of the past year?

Audiobook News & Reviews: 12/15-12/30

Holiday season audiobook reviews, free audiobooks for Honda owners, and industry trends for 2016.

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