A June Is Audiobook Month Celebration

Genres: Humor

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.


Inquiring Minds Want to Know

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Denizens of the Interwebz! (Or at least those of you who found your way to this post.) Question-Mark-NaughtHave you ever wanted to ask an audiobook narrator a question? Have you ever wanted to ask an audiobook reviewer a question? Now is your chance. Friday, June 28th is my day to host the fabulous Going Public… in Shorts! project. I’ll be highlighting the entry by Xe Sands, the project’s mastermind, but before you listen to her recording of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you can listen to us as we sit down to chat about anything and everything, starting with a knock-down drag-out… er, recorded conversation… about reviewing and being reviewed.

If you’d like to throw a question or topic into the mix, send it our way by 1:00 pm Pacific time (GMT -7) on Wednesday, June 26th.  Post it in the comments below, e-mail it to me at Oddiophile@theoddiophile.com, DM me on Twitter (@Oddiophile) or somehow make your curiosity known. We’ll pick from your responses and fire-up a conversation about those topics. If we select your question/topic to chat about, you’ll be eligible to win either a copy (digital download) of the Going Public…in Shorts! compilation or be gifted an Audible.com audiobook of your choice (region restrictions may apply). We’ll draw one random winner on 6/28/13.

“Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the…” audiobook questions!