A June Is Audiobook Month Celebration

As you probably already know, June is Audiobook Month and special events will be taking place all month-long in celebration. Today, I’m delighted to host the 12th giveaway in the Audio Publishers Association (APA) celebration of #AudioMonth and the Audie award winners.Audie-Logo

Since the prize is the Audie award winner in the Humor category, how about if we start things off with a joke? Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

So a narrator, a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar… oh, you’ve heard that one? OK. OK. How about…

How many audiobook producers does it take to replace a… huh, you’ve heard that one too?

Well, if you haven’t heard Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal, an audiobook that not only won in the Humor category but also in the Narration by the Author category as well as Audiobook of the Year, here’s your chance to win a copy. (And I promise, his jokes are waaaay better than mine.)

Macmillan Audio has generously agreed to send a copy of Still Foolin’ ‘Em to one lucky (US only, sorry) winner.

Still Foolin' 'Em

Billy Crystal is 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “”Buying the Plot”” and “”Nodding Off,”” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live,When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “”test positive for Maalox””), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“”the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac””); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

All you need to do to be entered is leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your favorite humorous audiobook or your favorite funny moment in or with an audiobook. The winner will be randomly selected on 6/19/14 and notified via e-mail.

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s giveaway for the Narration by Author category at Overreader, (where you can double your chances of winning Still Foolin’ ‘Em) and tomorrow’s Literary Fiction winner giveaway at So Not a Runner.

 

Comments

  1. I love listening to “celebrity” audiobooks that are read by the celebrity…Tina Fey, Ellen, Betty White, etc. Imagine my surprise when I decided to listen to Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda narrated by, you guessed it, not Alan Alda. As great a job as Marc Cashman did with the narration, he was not Alan Alda. Undaunted I went on to listen to Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself written and narrated by Alan Alda.

  2. Sorry. I don’t have any funny audiobook listening stories to provide, and I typically only listen to thriller/mystery audio books. However, I am a huge Billy Crystal fan and would love to win this audiobook.

  3. I loved both “American on Purpose,” written & read by Craig Ferguson, and “Bossypants,” written & read by Tina Fey — both so hilarious! (though Ferguson’s had some nice teary bits as well.) So I’m ready to go 3-for-3 on this comedians-reading-their-own-books thing.

  4. Marsha Saenz-Jones :

    I’m an avid reader, but am an audiobook newbie. I enjoy reading comedic books and would imagine that hearing them read would really add another element to the book.

  5. My favorite Humor books are by Celia Rivenbark I wish all her books were available on audio with her as the narrator.

    I also enjoy Laurie Notaro’s books narrated by, Hilary Huber.

  6. While not hysterically funny, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison was a really great audiobook, with light funny passages, as well as some poingnent parts. It’s worth listening to!

  7. Jennifer Essad :

    I recently purchased the “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him” audio book, I’m saving it for our road trip from FL to MI this July – I’ve heard great things about this Billy Crystal book too!

  8. Debbie Deskin :

    I love audios – I’m currently listening to And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Great audio. I would love to get my hands on Billy Crystal’s book. Please enclude me in your giveaway. Thanks

  9. Doug Freeland :

    In two weeks, this aging baby boomer faces a 4-day reunion in the Great Smokey Mountains with my aging baby boomer siblings and their families. I can’t think of a better way to prepare on the long road there than listening to aging baby boomer Billy Crystal kvetching about aging baby boomers. His schtick could well come in useful!

  10. Laura Parenteau :

    I’m just starting to listen to audiobooks because I finally have a vehicle that has a CD player and a phone that doesn’t have a antenna that doesn’t “pull up.” Big fan of Billy Crystal – have had Netflex for some time.