Audiobooks

How can I get the buyer of a supermarket to notice my products?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. I import a range of very high-quality food products from Europe into the UK. They are regarded as the…

As early as 1895, Octave Uzanne foresaw ‘the end of books’ with the invention of the portable audiobook. Illustration from ‘Contes pour les bibliophiles’

Why The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie could not be read aloud

8 April 2017 9:00 am

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The Spoken Word: Short Stories, Volume II - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Largely unheard since their original performances or BBC broadcasts between 1939 and 2011, these readings of 12 short stories by…

Resounding successes

3 March 2012 10:00 am

The British Library’s ‘Spoken Word’ series, drawing heavily on the BBC archives, has already shown quite a range — from…

Hungarian rhapsody

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Time was, or perhaps still is, though my friends long ago learned to behave, that a cutesy gift to musical acquaintances was a long, narrow notepad with the words ‘Chopin Liszt’ printed at the top and decorated with clefs and notes, free-floating and unplayable without a stave to anchor them.

Feeling pleasantly uncomfortable

4 December 2010 12:00 am

It is rare for stories to be specially commissioned for an audio book, but as Maxim Jakubowski, the editor of The Sounds of Crime tells us in a pre-thrill talk, he ‘begged’ the five writers he considered to be the best in their field to produce a new story for this collection; and ‘happily for me,’ he tells us, ‘they all agreed.’ Jakubowski’s introduction evokes those black-and-white days when Alfred Hitchcock shuffled on to millions of walnut-encased television sets to present us with half an hour of spine-tingling tension — very much as we have with each of the stories here.

A quest for identity

16 October 2010 12:00 am

If it had been possible to listen to Howard Jacobson’s brilliant Booker Prize-short- listed novel in one sitting I would happily have done so; but even on motorways congested to the point of strangulation, a return journey from Chipping Norton to Brighton has yet to take 13 hours.