Waiting on Wednesday: December 17

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming titles we can hardly wait to hear.

This Wednesday, we are looking forward to Land O’Goshen, by Charles McNair. We just released McNair’s second novel, Pickett’s Charge and love the way he writes. His words translate so well from print to audio and we know that Land O’Goshen is going to be a spectacular listen.

Land O’Goshen was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Publishers Weekly says, “If Faulkner had tried his hand at science fiction, the result might have sounded much like this energetic first novel. The unlikely futuristic setting is backwoods Alabama at a time when the country is ravaged and ruled by fundamentalist Christian soldiers. Red-haired, rambunctious Buddy, a 14-year-old orphan, narrates this story of his life while hiding out in an ancient Indian burial mound on the outskirts of the town of Goshen. Costumed as a creature he calls Sack, Buddy terrorizes the countryside as the ‘Wild Thang,’ hoping that his mythological monster will undermine the Christian tyranny.”

Check out the reviews on GoodReads and download Pickett’s Charge while you wait for Land O’Goshen.

What audiobooks are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: November 12

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming titles we can hardly wait to hear.

This week, we are looking forward to The Good Life Elsewhere, by Vladimir Lorchenkov. The Good Life Elsewhere is published by New Vessel Press, which has a great collection of books that are not originally written in English. One we recently recorded is The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra, by Pedro Mairal (audiobook available from ListenUp & Audible).

Anyway, let’s talk about The Good Life Elsewhere.

 

 

Synopsis from GoodReads:

The Good Life Elsewhere is a very funny book. It is also a very sad one. Moldovan writer Vladimir Lorchenkov tells the story of a group of villagers and their tragicomic efforts, against all odds and at any cost, to emigrate from Europe’s most impoverished nation to Italy for work. The Good Life Elsewhere aims to present the complexity of a new Europe, where allegiances shift but memories are rooted in place. The book integrates small-scale human follies with strategic partnerships, unification plans, and the Soviet legacies that still hang over the former Eastern Bloc. Lorchenkov addresses the vexing question of what to do when many formerly pro-Soviet/pro-Russia countries want to link arms with their Western European brethren. In this uproarious tale, an Orthodox priest is deserted by his wife for an art-dealing atheist; a mechanic redesigns his tractor for travel by air and sea; thousands of villagers take to the road on a modern-day religious crusade to make it to the promised land of Italy; meanwhile, politicians remain politicians.

Like many great satirists from Voltaire to Gogol to Vonnegut, Lorchenkov makes use of the grotesque to both horrify us and help us laugh. It is not often that stories from forgotten countries such as Moldova reach us in the English-speaking world. A country where 25 percent of its population works abroad, where remittances make up nearly 40 percent of the GDP, where alcohol consumption per capita is the highest in the world, and which has the lowest per capita income in all of Europe – this is a country that surely has its problems. But, as Lorchenkov vividly shows, it’s a country whose residents don’t easily give up.

Russian critics have praised Lorchenkov’s work, calling this novel “a bleeding, wild work, grotesque in every twist of its plot and in every character, written brightly, bitterly, humorously, and – paradoxically, as we’re dealing with the grotesque – honestly.” In The Good Life Elsewhere, Vladimir Lorchenkov shows himself to be a fearless critic, an enduring optimist, and a master stylist. And he does it all “in vivid colors, with a pamphleteer’s spite, and a good-humored smile.”

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The Good Life Elsewhere will be available as an audiobook soon, narrated by Daniel Thomas May. You can read the first chapter for free here.

Waiting on Wednesday: October 22

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming titles we can hardly wait to hear.

This week, we are waiting to hear Pickett’s Charge: A Novel, by Charles McNair.

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Synopsis: A comedy, a tragedy. Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier. This is to avenge his brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict. On his journey Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Klu Kluxers, a man collecting raccoons that turn out to be rabid, a wannabe country singer, and a truck-driving woman to make men stand in awe. He also encounters a Utopian society of blacks and whites who share family, food, love, and grief.

McNair was voted best local author by Creative Loafing and we just love the Atlanta creative community. Reading the book, it was clear that this a book that we couldn’t wait to hear. I think Treadgill’s story is going to translate perfectly to audio.

You can read the first chapter for free here.

Don’t forget to enter our current giveaway. You could win a free copy of Damn Love, by Jasmine Beach-Ferrera. Click Here to Enter or Click the “Giveaway” tab on ListenUp Audiobook’s Facebook page.

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Waiting on Wednesday: October 15

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming titles we can hardly wait to hear.

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, by Nevin Martell

Synopsis: For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world’s most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life.

In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey to understand the life and career of the intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. Martell talks to a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Watterson’s closest friends and professional colleagues, and along the way reflects upon the nature of his own fandom and on the extraordinary legacy that Watterson left behind. This is as close as we’re ever likely to get to one of America’s most ingenious and intriguing figures – and it’s the fascinating story of an intrepid author’s search for him, too.

We recently recorded Nevin Martell’s Freak Show Without a Tent and I’ve lost count of how many times I laughed out loud listening to it. Like this:

 

I love the way Martell writes and can’t wait to hear Looking for Calvin and Hobbes! 

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