This month, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, David Cross, Graham Nash, Donald Fagen, and Melissa Joan Hart are lending their talents to the audio industry and heading into the recording studio. To submit news, e-mail Adam Boretz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whitaker, Winfrey, and Oyelowo to Narrate ‘The Butler’
Simon & Schuster Audio has signed Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo to read Wil Haygood’s The Butler: A Witness to History, about Ewugene Allen, a butler who served no less than seven presidents, including the likes of Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. Whitaker, Winfrey, and Oyelowo also star in the upcoming film adaptation of The Butler.
Hollywood Said No, Hachette Says Yes
A star-studded cast is set to narrate David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of “Mr. Show” for Hachette Audio. Among the narrators committed to the project are Cross, Odenkirk, Scott Adsit, Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Stephanie Courtney, and John Ennis—just to name a few.
Sex, Drugs, Rock ’n’ Roll—and Audio
Graham Nash, a founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies, will record his memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, for Random House Audio. The book looks back at Nash’s 50 storied years in the music business.
Hart Explains It All
Melissa Joan Hart—best known for her television roles on Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and now Melissa & Joey—will read her upcoming memoir, Melissa Explains It All, for Macmillan Audio.
Penguin Brings Hipsters to Audio
Donald Fagen, a cofounder of Steely Dan, will narrate Eminent Hipsters, a memoir that covers everything from the cultural figures who mattered most to the author during his youth to his time at Bard College in the 1960s and his recent tour with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.
Lamb Teams with All-Star Cast
Wally Lamb’s new novel, We Are Water, will be performed for HarperAudio by the author, along with an extremely talented cast of narrators: George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, Tavia Gilbert, Richard Ferrone, Edoardo Ballerini, Cynthia Darlow, and Therese Plummer.
Ender’s Game Comes Alive
Skyboat Media is producing a full-cast recording of Ender’s Game Alive, a six-hour audio play written by Orson Scott Card. It will be published by Audible and will feature an original score, sound effects, and more than 30 actors—many of them winners of Audie, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
Vance Returns for Temeraire Series
Simon Vance is back in the Tantor Media studios to narrate the Blood of Tyrants, the latest installment in bestselling author Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, which reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons. This is the eighth installment in the popular series.
Tsoutsouvas Tapped for ‘The Third Kingdom’
Sam Tsoutsouvas will narrate The Third Kingdom, Terry Goodkind’s sequel to the bestselling The Omen Machine, for Brilliance Audio. This is Tsoutsouvas’s sixth Goodkind audiobook, thanks in part to listener reviews that praise his narrative “intensity and focus.”
Wu Makes Magic for Scholastic
Nancy Wu has been cast by Scholastic Audio to read the forthcoming YA novel Battle Magic—set in Imperial Tang Dynasty China—from bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce, the latest installment in her Circle of Magic series.
Duran Delivers ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’
Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera is finally coming to a pair of headphones near you, thanks to Blackstone Audio, which has signed Armando Durán of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to narrate this modern classic.
Valente Soars over Fairyland
Catherine M. Valente will narrate The Girl Who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, the third installment in her Fairyland series, for Dreamscape Media. She will be the first author/narrator to record at Dreamscape’s studios since they were constructed earlier this year.
Schickler Heads Down ‘The Dark Path’
David Schickler—author of the novels Sweet and Vicious and Kissing in Manhattan—will be narrating his new memoir, The Dark Path, for Recorded Books. The book chronicles the author’s childhood in a strict Roman Catholic household in upstate New York, and his later calling to be a Jesuit priest, along with his fervent desire for women.