Christianaudio Visits ‘Fire Road’ with Vietnam’s Napalm Girl
Audie-nominated narrator Emily Woo Zeller, who specializes in Asian-American narratives, reads the memoir Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, who became known in the U.S. as Napalm Girl when she was the subject of an iconic photograph depicting the horrors of the Vietnam War. Nick Ut, a photojournalist for the Associated Press, took the photo of nine-year-old Kim Phuc in 1972, as she ran down the road naked, her clothes having been burned off in the fire from a napalm bomb. Ut drove her to the hospital and helped her get medical care. In her book, Kim Phuc’s account describes how she survived that horrifying day and went on to live through years of burn treatments and excruciating physical pain with the help of her unwavering faith in God. Christianaudio will release the audio title simultaneously with the Tyndale print book edition on October 3.
Chopra, Hachette Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Home’
The audiobook Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome by Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, and Paul Avgerinos is a collection of poems and songs that pay tribute to the notable achievements and significant contributions of more than 30 American immigrants, including Yo-Yo Ma, Audrey Hepburn, and Albert Einstein. Chopra, known for his books and lectures on integrative medicine, the mind-body connection, and spiritual and physical well-being, reads the 34 selections on the digital-only recording, available August 22. A hardcover copy of the book packaged with a CD of original music will be released simultaneously under Hachette’s Grand Central imprint.
According to Nita Basu, senior marketing and publicity coordinator at Hachette Audio, the recent recording session at Hachette’s in-house studio was particularly memorable. Sehgal and Chopra invited several Hachette Book Group staffers into the studio to chant a few sentences. “It was wonderful be in the studio with so many of my colleagues and get a chance to take part in the project, especially as a child of immigrants,” Basu says.
Tantor Introduces ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ iconic concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in June comes a music history audiobook of the same name by Brian Southall, narrated by Audie Award–winner Johnny Heller. Southall, the former head of press at EMI Records, reveals the stories behind the music and the recording process of the album, as well as its reception and historical impact, on “side A” of the book. The “side B” section explores the state of the world in 1967 when Sgt. Pepper debuted. The CD and e-book editions from Tantor go on sale August 22.
HarperAudio Grabs Tur’s Campaign Tale
NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur sometimes became the story she was reporting when she followed then-presidential candidate Donald Trump on the 2016 campaign trail. She withstood taunting and insults from Trump and his supporters as she peppered him with probing questions. At one rally in particular, Trump targeted her by name and so incited the crowd against her that she needed a Secret Service escort to her car. Tur recounts her experiences as she narrates the audio edition of her book Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, due September 1 from HarperAudio, which will be published simultaneously with a hardcover from Harper’s Dey Street imprint.