Tuesday, October 08, 2013
We ain't dead yet!RED ALERT: We're still here!
Just in case you were wondering . . .
In fact, after several months of behind the scenes work, we're about to release a handful of new titles. Even as I type these words our full cast recording of ALWAYS OCTOBER is on press at our duplicator, the wonderful Turnkey Solutions. And in the next room Jamil is getting ready to send the finally-finished wrap for LONG WALK TO WATER off to the printers.
We've got three more titles in the can, waiting for final details - the third and fourth books of Nikki Grimes wonderful DYAMONDE DANIEL series, and the terrific sports thriller BIG TIME, by football star Tim Green.
As I said . . . we ain't dead yet!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Awesome Heinlein ModelsOkay, this is really cool. Dan Thompson, one of our devoted Heinlein listeners, is a truly gifted model maker. If you're a Heinlein fan you really should check this out.
Go to this page Dan Thompson Images
Then click on the book covers for BETWEEN PLANETS, THE ROLLING STONES, or HAVE SPACE SUIT, WILL TRAVEL to see Dan's wonderfully detailed modeling based on the stories.
Really fun stuff!
Friday, May 18, 2012
MISSION FAIL - REBOOTING - A Mea Culpa from Full Cast AudioWhen I started Full Cast Audio one of my goals, often stated to the staff, was to make us the most customer-friendly audiobook company in the business.
For the first several years I think we did a pretty good job in that regard, striving to live up to that mark, usually hitting it, occasionally falling short. But making a serious assessment of the state of things here about a month ago, I realized that for the last year or so we have been falling woefully short of that goal. I could give you a pile of excuses, having to do with the economy and having had to let go of key staffmembers, loss of our long time duplicating facility, and a dozen other impediments to our work. But excuses don't butter the parsnips, and the truth is we have let many of you down with slow service and late shipping.
For this, you all have my apologies – not only the people we let down in fact, but all of our listeners, who should be able to expect better of us.
Last week I had a meeting with my remaining key staffer, and we took a serious look at our priorities and processes. Our goal now is to respond to every order from an individual listener by the end of the next business day after we receive it – either by shipping the product or by letting you know at once if it is out of stock.
We have strayed further off course than I had realized. I hope this radical correction will get us back on track.
Again, I offer my personal apology for our recent failures in this regard. I'm the boss, and our failures are solely my responsibility.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Tim Green Football Debate!For those of you who've enjoyed Tim Green's FOOTBALL GENIUS books -- Tim will be taking part in a debate on Tuesday, May 8, at NYU . The topic is, “Ban College Football” Tim will be joined by Jason Whitlock and pitted against Malcolm Gladwell (BLINK and TIPPING POINT) and Buzz Bissenger (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS). Of course, Tim is the guy for keeping college football intact!
Whichever side you're on, this is sure to be fascinating!
The production will be streamed live on the web (links below) at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday eveningLive Stream: 6:45pm ET on Fora.tv NPR Podcast: Podcast will be available the week after the debate
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Starred Review for GUITAR BOY!From the lovely online review service SoundCommentary.com:
"David Baker lends his voice to Travis portraying him as an insecure and scared teen with a love of music, which is pitch perfect for the text. The production also uses the melodic sound of the guitar to lend a unique and rewarding experience for the listener. This is a wonderful audio version that would be a great listen for teens interested in music."
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Jack Gantos on Reading an AudiobookJack Gantos's wonderful Dead End in Norvelt is not something we produced, alas. Even so, I can't resist giving you this link to a brief-but-wonderful video where Jack discusses what he's learned from reading his own work aloud: Jack Gantos talks about reading NORVELT
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Best Wishes for the New Year
From all of us at Full Cast Audio
to all our wonderful listeners:
Best Wishes for a Grand and Glorious 2012!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS . . .Okay, gang, here's a special deal for the last minute shoppers among you . . . I've marked a 30% discount on 12 top titles. Better yet, when you order these we will automatically upgrade you from standard to priority shipping, so that if you order by December 21 they will be slated to arrive for holiday. (Your shopping cart will show regular shipping - we'll make the change in the office.)
I checked the shelves to make sure we had plenty in stock (that was part of how I chose which titles to feature). The list includes books by Tamora Pierce, Robert A. Heinlein, Shannon Hale, and other fabulous authors.
The titles (arranged loosely in order of age appeal, from youngest to oldest) are:
THE GREAT CHEESE CONSPIRACY (Jean van Leeuwen)
THE BELOVED DEARLY (Doug Cooney)
DAVID AND THE PHOENIX (Edward Ormondroyd)
NURK (Ursula Vernon)
THE LIGHT PRINCESS (George MacDonald)
JULIET DOVE, QUEEN OF LOVE (Bruce Coville)
THE RED-HOT RATTOONS (Elizabeth Winthrop)
THE ENTERTAINER AND THE DYBBUK (Sid Fleischman)
THE BOOK OF 1000 DAYS (Shannon Hale)
MELTING STONES (Tamora Pierce)
THE LAST HUNT (Bruce Coville)
BETWEEN PLANETS (Robert A. Heinlein)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Historic Cover for TUNNEL IN THE SKYHere's a wonderful article from the Heinlein Prize Trust about our cover image for TUNNEL IN THE SKY which, for the first time in the book's fifty year history, gets the main character right!
Rod Walker as Heinlein Intended
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
THIS IS IT! OUR BIGGEST SALE EVER!!We are eliminating our retail editions. Between the rise of download and the death of Borders (and the withering of YA Audio at Barnes & Noble) they simply don't make sense for us anymore. But we still have a lot of them on hand, which is where you, our faithful listeners, get really lucky. I want to clear the warehouse, so we are offering these editions at a 75% DISCOUNT!
Consider - you can buy a 10 CD recording such as DARK WHISPERS or THE GOOSE GIRL, which sells for $65 in the Library Edition, for ONLY $9.95!!
Some of these recordings are packaged in standard retail paperboard boxes. Some are in plastic "clamshells" that are smaller than our library editions but still very sturdy. At these prices we can't guarantee what format you will get. All we can promise is a fantastic bargain.
Here's a list of what else is on sale:
The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein - SOLD OUT! No more copies available!
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (Newbery Award Winner!)
The Misfits by James Howe
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
River Secrets by Shannon Hale
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce (Book One of "The Immortals")
Saturday, July 02, 2011
A Free Story for the Fourth of JulyOLD GLORY - Free Download
It's a quick listen, about 15 minutes, but we think it packs a punch. Feel free to share it with a friend or use it in your classroom.
Freedom . . . use it, or lose it!
Happy Fourth of July!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Help Jamil Win a Contest!Jamil Munoz, our ace videographer, has created a new video, not for us, but for the contest the Audio Publishers Association is running in conjunction with "June is Audiobooks Month"
You can see it here: Cliffhanger
I think it's delightful. The boy is played by Zac Fletcher, our new Edward for the "Moongobble and Me" series. The dad is David Baker, who's one of our ace narrators. The sister is Toby Marks. And the voice on the audiobook is, um, me.
This is not an FCA entry; Jamil did this on his own. But I'd love to see him win. To vote for him you have to sign in to your YOUTUBE account (or create one if you don't have it) and give it a "Thumbs Up" The signing in is important - if you don't, your vote won't count.
Thanks for your help!
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Inside the studio with Adrian FogelinIn celebration of "June is Audiobooks Month" our wonderful pal Adrian Fogelin has posted this inside look at her experience reading her novel Crossing Jordan with us. I think you'll find it fascinating.
Recording CROSSING JORDAN
It's hard to imagine you can read this and not want to hear the recording, so to help you out I'm going to set the price at a special discount for all of June!
Friday, May 20, 2011
More love for GRACELINGBOOKLIST Magazine has just named our recording of Graceling as one of the Top Ten SF/Fantasy Audiobooks for Young Listeners!
For more, check out this link: Top Ten SF/Fantasy Recordings
Monday, April 11, 2011
We're Therapeutic!I loved this message we just got from Tamora Pierce fan Judy Gerjuoy under the title "FCA is Helping a Lot!"
I am currently having to change my bandages and have painful procedures during the changes twice a week. I have started listening to my Full Cast Audio recordings of Tamora Pierce books on my iPod while this is happening, and it is making a *big* difference! I get so much into the story that the pain is really *a lot* less - which is good, since I am drastically cutting down the amount of painkillers I am using - they were turning me into a vegetable that slept all the time, which isn't good!While we're wishing Judy well on her road to recovery, we're delighted to know that we're helping out along the way!
Thank you for producing them! This has really been a great help in my life. I enjoyed them a lot before, but now they are even better! in fact that is your new slogan - Full Cast Audio - better than dangerous narcotics! Seriously I am really enjoying them, and they are making all the difference during painful procedures!
If you have a story of using our audiobooks that you'd like to share with us, feel free to send it to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Friday, March 25, 2011
MAGIC STEPS is about to dance out of the studio . . .Ever since we released STREET MAGIC, the second book in Tamora Pierce's wonderful "Circle Opens" quartet the fans have been hammering us for Book 1.
Well, who are we to say no?
With Tammy taking the narrator's chores and a fabulous newcomer to play Pasco, the young mage with dancing magic who Sandry must mentor, this recording will pull you into the complex and fascinating world of Emelan.
After our recordings come out of the studio they go to a check listener, who reviews them to make sure there are no errors, either in performance or from electronic glitches. Usually all we receive are notes on anything that needs to be fixed, but when our listener was finished with MAGIC STEPS she wrote us to say that she thought it was one of our best ever.
We couldn't ask for a better sign!
And you couldn't ask for a better time to order, since we're offering a pre-release discount of 50%! Get it now while the gettin' is good!
Friday, December 31, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
BEST WISHES FROM ALL OF US
TO ALL OF YOU
FOR A GRAND AND GLORIOUS NEW YEAR!
MAY THE YEAR TO COME BE A BETTER ONE
FOR ALL OF US!
Friday, November 05, 2010
Tough Guys on AudioStarting November 8 the Audio Book Community will be hosting a forum on Tough Guys in Audio. So if you're a fan of Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Mike Hammer and their ilk, check it out. Should be fun!
Here's the link: Tough Guys on Audio
Friday, October 22, 2010
Lovely Article about DOCTOR PROCTORThe link below leads to a really lovely article on the Playaway blog about William Dufris's explosively funny reading of DOCTOR PROCTOR'S FART POWDER. It's kind of a review, but really more than that. If you had questions about this book, this is a good place to start...
Playaway Blog talks about DOCTOR PROCTOR
Friday, October 15, 2010
More love for GRACELINGBOOKLIST has just named our recording of Graceling one of the ten best recordings of a first novel in the last four years. Here's the lovely squib from Sue Ellen Beauregard, editor of the magazine's media section:
This many-layered fantasy-adventure marked with suspenseful music and ambient sound effects is enhanced by a full cast, including principal reader Baker, who seamlessly integrates exciting action scenes into the dialogue.
If you haven't heard this one yet, you should definitely put it on your list. It's our bestselling recording ever, and was a finalist for last year's "Achievement in Production" Audie Award.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Just for FunA few days ago I dragged our Artistic Director, Dan Bostick, into the in-office booth and challenged him to show off some of the many voices he's done for Full Cast over the years. Ranging from the mad chef Vlad in Kenneth Oppel's great Airborn to the tough guy mouse "Merciless Marvin the Magnificent" in Jean Van Leeuwen's wonderful The Great Cheese Conspiracy, Dan rose to the occasion. You can see the results here:
The Many Voices of Dan
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Work Before the Work . . .Here's a really enlightening column from Mary Burkey, who blogs about audiobooks for Booklist Magazine, on what goes on before an audio book production goes into the studio.
It's On the Tip of My Tongue
Here's a sample quote, taken from her conversation with audiobook director David Rapkin, who showed Mary 20 pages of notes he made before going into the studio:
“These are not just pronunciations but are historical notes. The audiobook director is a specialist. It doesn’t stop at pronunciations. You must give a sense of where the characters are from and the attitudes of the people at that time. The sharper a director can create the image of the book, the more enthralling and magical the experience is for listeners."
This is fascinating reading for anyone who wants to know how audiobooks are made. Great job, Mary!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
THE GREAT CASSETTE BLOW OUT -- PART 2!So I went digging, and I found a few more cassette titles that we have on hand.
Remember, here's the deal:
(1) The cost is $1 per cassette (so a 2-cassette title is $2, etc.)
(2) Quantities are limited; once they're gone, they're gone!
Some of the titles listed below are ones I produced when I was partnering with Listening Library. Others are other titles of mine that LL recorded with solo narration. And a few are our own Full Cast Audio recordings. I guarantee that they're all lots of fun.
With that all said, here are the links to the additional titles:
Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters by Bruce Coville and friends (story collection) - $2
The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen - $1
I Was a Sixth Grade Alien by Bruce Coville (three book combination set) - $ 6
Jennifer Murdley's Toad (a Magic Shop book) by Bruce Coville - $2
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes - $ 3
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville - $2
The Weeping Werewolf (Moongobble & Me # 2) by Bruce Coville - $1
Sunday, July 18, 2010
GIGANTIC CASSETTE BLOW OUT!!There's no escaping the fact that cassettes are going away. Still, we have a fair number of them on hand, and I would far rather they be in the hands of eager listeners. So if you can still use cassettes, have we got a deal for you:
For as long as they last, we will sell the titles we still have on cassette at $1per cassette. That is, a 2 cassette set, normally $17.95, is now $2, a 3 cassette set, normally $21.95, is now $3, and a 4 cassette set, normally $25.95 is now $4.
With prices like that, how can you resist?!?
I've reset all the prices on the website. I've also deleted the library edition listings, though in some cases you will actually get the sturdier library edition even if you order the retail set.
Below are clickable links to the titles we have available, including books by Tamora Pierce, James Howe, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Winthrop, and other major authors.
Have fun, and happy listening!
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja - $2 (Audie Award Winner)
David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd - $2
Disappearing Act by Sid Fleischman - $2
The Dragon of Doom (Moongobble & Me #1) by Bruce Coville - $1
Dunk by David Lubar - $4
The Girls by Amy Goldman Kos - $2
Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert Heinlein - $6
Hobart by Anita Briggs - $1
Juliet Dove, Queen of Love by Bruce Coville - $3 (a Magic Shop book)
The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean - $4
The Misfits by James Howe - $3
The Monsters of Morley Manor by Bruce Coville - $3
The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville - $2 (a Magic Shop book)
The Red Hot Rattoons by Elizabeth Winthrop - $4
Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic #1) by Tamora Pierce - $2
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits by Bruce Coville - $2
Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles #2) by Bruce Coville - $4
Note: We are unable to discount postage and handling, as those are fixed costs.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Clips Galore!The indispensable Jamil, with the help of his brother Majed, has just finished updating our sample clips. We now have samples posted for every single title that we've released.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tamora Pierce and Bruce Coville Discuss AudiobooksHere's a fun interview that Tammy Pierce and I did for Mary Burkey's terrific "Audiobooker" blog.
Bruce and Tammy at Audiobooker
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Podcast Review of FOOTBALL HERO - Very Cool!AudioFile's "All Ears" podcast has just posted a lovely, listenable review of Tim Green's FOOTBALL HERO. The link is below . . . once you get to the site, click on "Listen to the Excerpt Now" and you'll get the whole review, including a nice sample of the recording. (It's a little confusing, because it seems that clip might be =just= an excerpt, but in fact it's the whole review.)
"All Ears" Review of FOOTBALL HERO
Trust me, this one is definitely great listening, not only for your sports fans but for anyone who wants a great story!
Friday, July 02, 2010
Another Genius on Staff
Jamil Munoz has worked at Full Cast Audio since he was in high school. He makes the videos of our studio sessions that you can find on YouTube, and he just graduated with his BFA from the film program at Syracuse University.
Last night I hosted here at the
house two showings of his senior thesis film, "A Man Alone" which is a remarkable
piece of art, made with craft and an astonishing amount of restraint. It stars David Baker, who has appeared in dozens of our recordings (he's "Luvo" in Melting Stones, "Grimwold" in the Unicorn Chronicles books, and provided narration for Star Beast ). Starring with him is Moe Harrington ("Beloved" in the Unicorn Chronicles books and "Rosethorn" in the Circle of Magic series). Also appearing in cameo roles were Dan Bostick (FCA's Artistic Director), Mike Ruffo (my personal assistant), Peter Moller (Namza in The Last Hunt ) and Hannah Sweet (Ellie in One-Handed Catch )
The film is very powerful and emotionally compelling. It was a lovely night. Jamil's talent is all his own and I have nothing to do with it. Even so, I was kvelling. Bravo Jamil!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Interview with Bruce Coville about writing THE LAST HUNTThe gang at Scholastic has just posted a set of questions I answered for them about the writing of The Last Hunt. Well, mostly about that. They asked some other fun stuff -- if you want to know which mythical creature I would choose to be, this is the place to go. If you want to read it, here's the link:
LAST HUNT Interview with Bruce Coville
Hope you'll enjoy it!
Friday, June 04, 2010
LAST HUNT now shipping!Today we packed and shipped all the advance orders for THE LAST HUNT. This is a new record for us - only three days off from a simultaneous release!
The pre-order special price is gone, but as I promised, we'll continue to offer a 40% discount on individual orders for the rest of the summer.
The initial fan responses for the print edition have been pouring in, and it seems to be a big hit with the young (and not so young) readers who have been waiting for so long to find out how the whole story comes out.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
LAST HUNT almost ready to ship!We're making final corrections on the last two CDs of The Last Hunt (there are 14 of them in all) and will be shipping in just a couple of days.
If you'd like to take a peek into the recording process, here's a brief video that our ace cameraman Jamil shot in the studio: Behind the Mic: THE LAST HUNT
Because we're not shipping on June 1 as I had hoped, I'm extending the 50% presale offer until shipping actually starts - probably Thursday. So right now is the best time to order.
For those of you who've been waiting, I hope you'll enjoy it!
Monday, April 19, 2010
NEWSLETTER About to Launch!For a long time we've been wanting to start a newsletter to let our listeners know what's coming up, to provide some behind-the-scenes info, and just generally keep in touch.
I'm happy to report that, at long last, we're ready to launch!
You can sign up to receive it right here: Full Cast Audio Newsletter
We'll be sending the first issue toward the end of this week. It has a link to a video about the recording of SPACE STATION RAT, some sneak previews from the hilarious DOCTOR PROCTOR'S FART POWDER, and a wonderful feature from our pal Tamora Pierce listing her five favorite FCA recordings and telling why. I think you'll enjoy it.
Here's that sign up spot again: Full Cast Audio Newsletter
Sunday, March 07, 2010
THE LAST HUNT - Book 4 of The Unicorn ChroniclesThough people had begun to believe that an ending to the Unicorn Chronicles was a more fanciful concept than unicorns themselves, I am happy to report that not only have I finished THE LAST HUNT, but also that Scholastic will be releasing it to stores on June 1 of this year.
Not only that, we're in the process of recording it right now, and hope to have the audiobook version available for release at the same time! It's tricky, because it's an immensely complicated project (for one thing, it will be one of the longest books we've ever tackled). But all hands are on deck, and working feverishly to complete it. I can tell you - since I'm standing in the narrator's corner for every session - that I think our cast is flat out fabulous!
What I can't tell you, because I really don't have words to express it, is how good it feels to have finally come through on the promise I made when the first book was published in 1995. It's been a long haul, but I am astonished (and honored) by how many of the readers who enjoyed Into the Land of the Unicorns when they were kids have hung with me into their adulthood, and are still waiting for this concluding volume. Their letters and emails humble and delight me.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Don't Overlook This OneA few months back we released a powerful OneVoice recording that I think is a rare gem. Called Crossing Jordan, it is the story of two girls, one white and one black, overcoming racial tensions between their families. We brought the author, Adrian Fogelin, in to read it herself, and her work was truly extraordinary.
Here are excerpts from the first two reviews:
"Fogelin does a stupendous job giving Cass a voice that is both strong and innocent ... This audio version of a story of hope, friendship and the ability to look beyond skin color to the person within is a solid performance suitable for family listening, especially where racial issues need to be addressed." -- Sound Commentary
"Fogelin's narration reflects her intricate knowledge of the characters, and she brings the emotional depth of each scene to life. Southern life resonates as the author expertly defines each character's unique traits and dialect. An engrossing, evenhanded look at prejudice and interracial friendship." -- School Library Journal
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We Have Achieved Edward!For those of you who have been wondering why we have not yet recorded the fifth book in my MOONGOBBLE AND ME series, the answer is simple: our brilliant young narrator, Ryan Sparkes, outgrew the role. Or, to be more precise, his voice changed.
Dang kids keep growing up on us.
The good news is, Ryan continues to work with us. It's just that we have to cast him in older parts.
The bad news is, his maturing voice left us without an Edward.
Happily, I can now report that, after a year of searching, we have found our new Edward! Last week young Zac Fletcher came into the office and gave an audition that just blew us away. He has the acting chops, the reading skill, and the voice we've been looking for. Now we can't wait to get this one into the studio!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Laugh Out Loud with Emmy and the RatOur full cast recording of Lynne Jonell's wonderful Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is now available, and I have to tell you I think it's one of the funniest things we've ever done.
I wish you could have been in the studio to see big Tim Green playing Raston the Rat. In addition to being a former NFL star and a bestselling author, the guy is a terrific actor, and a great sport.
I listened to the finalized recording while driving and found myself laughing out loud over and over again as I traveled. With shrinking kids, an underground rodent city, and a truly evil villainess, how can you go wrong?
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Some Love From Reviewers to Start the New Year!Here are some lovely quotes from some reviews just received . . .
First, a starred review from School Library Journal for Sid Fleischman's amazing The Entertainer and the Dybbuk : "An entertaining and moving story, told with humor and pathos, and characters who embrace life despite unimaginable tragedies. Featuring excellent narration by Banna Rubinow and a full cast, the tale is brought to life with distinct and lively characterizations. The pacing is quick and sharp, the delivery is excellent."
Next, a rave for our recording of Tamora Pierce's fabulous Emperor Mage, book 3 of her beloved and bestselling "Immortals Quartet": "[The actors] all do a wonderful job, especially Carmen Viviano-Crafts, who voices Daine, and Mike Komurek as Daine's new friend, Zek the Marmoset. All the drama, humor, anger, and romance come across clearly."
And finally, some sweet words from SoundCommentary for River Secrets, the third volume of Shannon Hale's wonderful "Books of Bayern" which began with her brilliant retelling of The Goose Girl. (Not only was it one of the great fantasy debuts of the last decade, but our recording won that year's Audie Award for Achievement in Production.)
"Mark Allen Holt skillfully narrates the story as Razo, allowing listeners to feel his insecurities and suspicions. The rest of the full cast breathes life into the remaining characters, as the music used throughout the recording lends an authentic and sometimes ominous feel to the story. The third book in the Books of Bayern Series is a great addition to any YA Audio book collection."
Friday, January 01, 2010
BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!Dear Listeners -
All of us here at Full Cast Audio send best wishes for a grand and glorious, peaceful and prosperous, happy and healthy new year!
Bruce and the Gang
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Avi on Reader's TheaterThe great Avi has a terrific article on Reader's Theater in the current issue of School Library Journal. You can read it here: Reader's Theater
The best paragraph, from our point of view, is this:
Audiobooks may be thought of as a form of readers theater. Listen to the recordings from Bruce Coville's Full Cast Audio, a company that offers unabridged recordings of children's books as readers theater. Play the CDs for your students and they'll get the idea, pronto.
Friday, November 27, 2009
HOLIDAY WEEKEND SALE!Clearly this is the weekend for sales and discounts, so to get into the spirit of things, we're offering a double-sweet deal - anything you buy between now and midnight on Sunday, November 29 gets both a 25% discount and free shipping!
A great time to load up on holiday gifts and personal listening all at once.
For a special holiday treat pick up Jean van Leuwen's holiday classic, The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper School Library Journal called the recording "brilliant" and Audiofile named narrator Dan Bostick one of the best voices in children's audio for his riotous rendition of Merciless Marvin the Magnificent, tough guy mouse with a heart of gold.
Happy Holidays - and Happy Listening!
Friday, November 13, 2009
RELEASE DATES MELTDOWNTrue confessions time: we've got a problem with our release dates.
Because we're small, we only have one production team. Which means that when something goes wrong with a title in process (missing lines, some electronic glitch) it affects not only that title, but the entire schedule behind it.
What that means at this moment is that several titles that were supposed to be available now are still waiting in line for their final polishes. I just went through the coming attractions sections and posted revised release dates for everything in the pipeline. I am hoping (rather desperately) that these will prove accurate.
We've got some phenomenal stuff coming. I can't wait till we can release it to the world so you can hear it!
In the meantime, my apologies for the delays. I know that they are distressing for those of you waiting for a special title (boy, have I been hearing from Tammy Pierce fans in the last couple of days!). Believe me, it's painful for us, too.
Thanks for understanding, and, again, my apologies for the delays.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
EMPEROR MAGEHere's an excerpt from a lovely review we just received for EMPEROR MAGE, the third book of Tamora Pierce's "Immortals" quartet:
"A full cast brings the faraway land of Carthak to vivid life, complete with castle, aviary, menagerie, and dusty temples. Carmen Viviano-Crafts, who also voiced Daine in WILD MAGIC and WOLF SPEAKER, has the perfect voice for the determined teenage girl. A cast of more than 30 and dramatic music give the feel of a blockbuster to the production." -- AudioFile Magazine.
Monday, August 03, 2009
The Return of the Fabulous Fifty-Fifty Deal!
Earlier this spring we ran a limited time offer of incredible value. Now in the doldrums of summer seems a good time to repeat it. So here it is - the return of . . .
THE FABULOUS 50/50 DEAL
Want a great deal? How's this? For the next ten days if you order 50 audiobooks we'll give you a 50% discount!
(That's like getting 25 audiobooks free!)
Call Sue at 1-800-871-6809 if you want help making your selections or want to buy via credit card. Or you can fax your P.O. to 1-800-871-7411.
Important note: This discount is only for CD versions; it does not apply to Playaway units.
Offer ends August 15th. Now is the time to lock in this incredible value!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Bruce Shooting off his YapI made a speaking tour in Alaska earlier this year, including a stop at the Juneau Public Library. They've posted my entire presentation as a podcast on their website. It starts (well, about three minutes in) with my telling the first two chapters of THE MONSTER'S RING.
If you're interesting in listening, you can find it here: Coville in Juneau
And if you want to know the rest of the story . . . well, happily, we've recorded the whole book! You can find it right here: THE MONSTER'S RING
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Graceling: The Final CutI'm just finishing my listen to the final edit on GRACELING, and I have to say I think you guys are gonna love it.
I get to say that without feeling like I'm bragging, because I didn't have much to do with the hands-on creation of this one. We turned the whole project over to my pal Todd Hobin (Todd directed FAIREST for us, which was nominated for three Audie Awards this year) and boy did he rise to the occasion! Not only did he pull gorgeous performances out of the cast, he has also composed a moving and evocative score that grows and builds as the book goes along, until it feels as if it is an integral part of the story.
(I wasn't totally missing in action, of course. I got to play King Ror in two scenes, which was fun, especially since I got to throw a royal hissy fit in one of them.)
And here's a bit of of trivia you might enjoy: The evil King Leck is played by none other than Tim Green , author of FOOTBALL GENIUS. Equally cool is the fact that Leck's daughter, Princess Bitterblue, is played by Tim's real-life daughter, Tate.
And wait till you hear Prince Po . . .
Monday, June 08, 2009
New Graceling Videos!Staff videographer Jamil Munoz has just posted two videos about our upcoming recording of Kriston Cashore's smash hit debut novel GRACELING. (On track for release this month!)
The first shows a bit of the recording process - you'll get to see narrator David Baker, as well as Chelsea Mixon and Zachary Exton, who play the lead roles, and director/composer Todd Hobin. You'll find it here: Recording GRACELING
The second is a bit different. Our pal Tamora Pierce is a huge fan of the novel. We gave her an advance listening copy, and she shared some thoughts with us. You'll find that video here: Tamora Pierce
Monday, June 01, 2009
Mini-Documentary on Full Cast Audio and EYES LIKE STARSOne of our favorite actors, Peter Moller , also teaches film making at Syracuse University. Recently he filmed part of the rehearsal and recording process for our production of EYES LIKE STARS an astonishing debut novel by Lisa Mantchev.
The film is about fifteen minutes long, so we had to post it in two part on YouTube. It has interviews with several of the actors, as well as artistic director Dan Bostick and, um, me, Bruce. If you're at all interested in how we do our work, I think you'll really enjoy this:
Mini-Doc - Part One
Mini-Doc - Part Two
Friday, April 24, 2009
THE FABULOUS 50/50 DEAL
Want a great deal? How's this? For the next ten days if you order 50 audiobooks we'll give you a 50% discount!
(That's like getting 25 audiobooks free!)
Call Sue at 1-800-871-6809 if you want help making your selections or want to buy via credit card. Or you can fax your P.O. to 1-800-871-7411.
Important note: This discount is only for CD versions; it does not apply to Playaway units.
Offer ends May 5th.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Starclimber - a peek into the studioOur wonderful office guy and video whiz, Jamil Munoz, has just posted a brief video showing some of the recording process for STARCLIMBER. Check it out here: Behind the Mic: STARCLIMBER
Monday, March 30, 2009
STARCLIMBER!Ken Oppel's phenomenal, high-flying adventure stories Airborn and Skybreaker have been some of our bestselling titles, racking up an impressive list of awards and honors. So I'm delighted to report that we've been lucky enough to obtain the rights to the newest entry in the series, Starclimber. (You can guess from the title where this one is heading!)
Happily, we've been able to bring back teen sensation David Kelly to handle the first person narration. Principle recording completed last week, and we'll be releasing the recording this fall. If you enjoyed the first two in the series, this one is must-listening!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
New Video - Adrian Fogelin reading from CROSSING JORDANOne of the first titles in our new "OneVoice" imprint of solo reads is CROSSING JORDAN by Adrian Fogelin , a wonderful novel about two girls who become best friends and must deal with the racially-based disapproval of both their families. It's a sweet and profound story, used in many classrooms, and we're delighted to be bringing it to audio.
We brought Adrian in to read the novel herself - it's set in Florida, where she lives, so we knew she could give it an authentic sound. She was every bit as delightful as we expected, and a joy to work with. Here's a clip of Dan directing her in the studio: Adrian Reads from CROSSING JORDAN.
The recording will be available later this spring.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wanna See How We Do It?Jamil Munoz has been working part time at FCA for about three years now. He's also a film student at Syracuse University, and he is going to begin creating some brief videos of our studio process in action. Here's the first - it shows Artistic Director Dan Bostick leading actor Trevor Hill through a major speech in Geraldine McCaughrean's brilliant adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, called, simply CYRANO. We'll be releasing it sometime this fall.
CYRANO: The Art of the Insult
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Our Audie Award Finalists!The Audie Award Finalists for 2009 have just been announced, and with five nominees, we're feeling pretty good!
The nominees are:
In Audio Drama: sun moon stars rain
In Science Fiction/Fantasy: SKYBREAKER
In Teen Listening: FAIREST
In Children's Title Ages 8 - 12: FAIREST and ONE-HANDED CATCH
Our thanks to our wonderful authors and actors, and our fabulous studio staff who made this possible!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Lovely News from ALA MidwinterWe've just learned that our recording of Kenneth Oppel's wonderful Skybreaker appears on the 2009 ALA Notable Recordings List. Not only that, but both Skybreaker and Fairest (by Gail Carson Levine) appear on the 2009 Amazing Audiobooks List!
Of Fairest, the Amazing Audiobooks comittee said, "The Full Cast Family expertly reads and sings the story of Aza and Ayortha — a country where beautiful composing and singing are prized above everything." And for Skybreaker they noted, "David Kelly and the Full Cast Family masterfully create engaging and unique characters that pull the listener into Matt's high-flying world of excitement, adventure and danger."
You can find the complete Amazing Audiobooks list here: 2009 Amazing Audiobooks and the complete Notables list here: 2009 Notable Recordings
The committees that compile both these lists put in astonishing amounts of work. The competition is fierce, and the standards for audiobooks continue to rise, so we're delighted to have titles on each list.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Our New Catalog is Ready!We just got our new catalog - 52 pages, 73 titles! - back from the printer, and it is, methinks, a thing of beauty. This is our first full catalog in two years (the lag time relates to our brief detour into the realm of the publisher that shall not be named....)
We'll automatically be sending a copy to anyone who has ordered from us in the past. At least, we will if we have your current address. However if you've been buying our titles through a distributor (Baker and Taylor, Ingram, and so on) or if you have only ordered via Harcourt (oops - guess I had to name them after all...!), you won't be in our database.
So if you're not on our mailing list and would like a free copy of the new catalog, just send an email request (don't forget to include your address!) to:
and we'll get one right out to you!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Some Happy News From Booklist!Booklist will soon be announcing its annual "Editor's Choice" lists, a great honor for the books and recordings so chosen.
Well, we've got some advance news, and I have to say we're bustin' our buttons. The editors have chosen eleven children's audios. Two of those are music recordings, which means they have chosen nine audiobooks to honor this year. Of those nine, THREE are from Full Cast Audio!
Pretty good, I think, given the size of our list in 2008 compared to what the big companies do.
What are the titles, you ask? I'm more than happy to tell you! They are:
FAIREST, by Gail Carson Levine, a great fantasy novel drenched with music
ONE-HANDED CATCH , a novel in which author MJ Auch explores her husband's own childhood experience of coping with the loss of his hand, and
sun moon stars rain, an intense and moving YA novel by Jan Cheripko. (The lack of capital letters in the title is correct - it's taken from a poem by e.e. cummings).
Congratulations to the authors and the actors, the directors and the studio guys, and my thanks for taking us to the stars this year!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
KISSING THE BEEOur stated first goal at FCA has always been to please the author. So I was particularly delighted to see this on Kathe Koja's blog a day or so ago:
"Dan Bostick at Full Cast Audio was kind enough to send me a hot-off-the-press copy of their audio version of Kissing the Bee - I listened to it last night, and was blown away. This is, obviously, a piece of work I know very well, almost too well, but FCA’s actors made it new for me again, to the point where I was talking back to the characters (”Oh, Dana, it will be OK! He loves you!”), and caught up in the story’s unfolding as if I was coming to it for the first time - which, thanks to the skill of their collective performance, I was. Brava, bravo, FCA."We'll be shipping the recording soon - it's a beautifully written YA novel with astonishing romantic intensity. I listened to the first pass edit a month or so ago on a road trip and found myself completely wrapped up in it, even though I already knew the story quite well.
I think you'll love it, too.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Heading for Arkansas!On Saturday night (December 6th) Harding College, in Searcy, Arkansas, will be hosting an unusual event: a live performance by four members of the Full Cast Audio group: Daniel Bostick, Carmen Viviano-Crafts, Tamora Pierce, and, um . . . ME! We'll be performing short stories and excerpts from books by Tammy and me, and possibly a couple of surprises. Tammy and I will be autographing books at the end of the performance.
It's open to the public, and tickets ($15) are still available, so if you're in the area, come on over!
For more info click here: Harding College Event
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Congratulations, Mr. Bostick!The December/January issue of Audiofile Magazine just landed in our inbox, and I'm delighted to announce that among the magazine's choices for the five best voices in Children's and Family Listening for 2008 was our own Daniel Bostick, for his delightful performance in Jean Van Leeuwen's The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper. Dan's portrayal of the feisty mouse "Merciless Marvin the Magnificent" is a listening delight for kids and adults alike.
Congratulations, Mr. Bostick ... Marvin is lucky to have you!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
GRACELING is launched!Kristin Cashore's fantastic GRACELING has been one of the biggest hits of the fall publishing season, and we are lucky enough to have the audio rights. Last night I sat in on the final rehearsal (I'm playing King Ror, father of Prince Po) and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.
The recording is being narrated by FCA favorite David Baker, and the lead character, Katsa, is being played by Chelsea Mixon, who handled the first person narration for our recordig of BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS. We've got a great cast, including author Tim (FOOTBALL GENIUS) Green as the evil King Leck, and his daughter, Tate, as Princess Bitterblue.
We haven't set the exact release date yet - it will be late summer or possibly fall. I'll post it here when we decide.
Monday, November 10, 2008
ONE-HANDED CATCH - "Perfect for Family Car Trips"We just got advance word of a lovely review coming up in Booklist for ONE-HANDED CATCH. Here's a sample of what reviewer Linda Sawyer had to say ...
"The Full Cast team of readers energizes this historical fiction with superior narration. Particularly noteworthy are teenager Ryan Sparkes as Norm, David Baker as his father (who speaks in a slight German accent), Kate Huddleston as his mother, and Navzad Dabu as his best friend. ... A stirring interview with the author and her husband, Herm, the inspiration for the story, is a fine bonus to this recommended title, which is perfect for family car trips."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Earphones Award for ONE-HANDED CATCH!Audiofile Magazine has just posted a lovely review for our recording of MJ Auch's powerful and inspiring One-Handed Catch. The reviewer gave special notice to the narration by fifteen year old Ryan Sparkes, speaking of his appealing voice and nothing, he "captures Norm's myriad emotions in a clear, precise delivery."
I'm enormously proud of Ryan, who's been working with us since he was in third grade. Give this one a try - I think you'll like it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
FOOTBALL HERO off and running!In a few weeks we'll be releasing Tim Green's spellbinding sports novel Football Genius. So it's only fitting that we're now up to our eyeballs in Tim's terrific follow-up, Football Hero. I was able to sit in on the first rehearsal last week, and I was thrilled at what I heard. Artistic Director Dan Bostick (who is also the hands-on director for this project) has assembled a really cool cast. The story is set in New Jersey, and he managed to find several Jersey-ites who've moved to our area and have the exact sound we were listening for. (Wait till you hear the guy playing the mob boss!)
Tim is narrating this, as he did the first, and it's great to have him in the studio. Not only does he know the characters inside out, he's got a rich and resonant voice and years of experience in front of a microphone. I think this one is gonna be another touchdown!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A Pair of Stars from KLIATTThe latest issue of KLIATT just came in, complete with reviews for our recordings of FAIREST and BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS - with stars for both!
One of the things that attracted us to Gail Carson Levine's FAIREST was the way music and singing were embedded all the way through the text. So having the reviewer call our recording "a portable Broadway musical" really delighted me.
Shannon Hale's wonderful BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS was read for us by Chelsea Mixon, who is one of our most promising young talents. KLIATT clearly agrees, saying "Chelsea Mixon performs Dashti with vibrance, spirit, and an unfailingly right voice for all parts of the story."
Give them a try - I think you'll like them!
Monday, September 01, 2008
The Season Begins: THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIESWe begin our fall recording season tonight with our opening rehearsal for The Patron Saint of Butterflies, a remarkable first novel by Cecilia Galante. The story is told in alternating chapters by two girls who are being raised in an enclosed religious commune. One girl is strong in her belief, the other is wavering. And there are ... issues ... in the community itself. The book masterfully combines a compelling narrative with beautiful writing.
Dan is directing this one, and I have the pleasure of playing Emmanuel, the charismatic cult leader. ("Oh, great," said my wife when I told her this. I think she fears it may reinforce some of my worst tendencies...)
We're also delighted to welcome gifted audiobook narrator Dianna Dorman to the Full Cast Family. Dianna is joining us from Texas, a rare case where we bring in someone from outside our immediate area. But Dan wanted a very specific voice and style for the key role of the grandmother, and Dianna - who we met at this years' APAC (Audio Publisher's Association Conference) - was just right for the role.
This production marks the beginning of Full Cast's eighth year of recording. I could not be happier with either the book or the cast that we are launching with!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Reviews, Reviews Galore!Our webmaster just completed a function that lets us post reviews directly from the office as they come in, and I recently spent an enjoyable few hours doing exactly that. You will now find audio reviews posted for all but the newest releases.
Take a look - to paraphrase Sally Field, "They like us. They really, really like us!"
While you're at it, check out the sound clips we recently posted for all the titles.
Once you hear them, I bet you'll like us, too!
Friday, August 29, 2008
On Our Own AgainAs many of you know, last year Full Cast Audio signed a deal with Harcourt (one of my favorite publishers) to distribute our audiobooks. Alas, shortly after we launched the partnership, Harcourt itself was bought by Houghton Mifflin, and it wasn't long before most of our friends and colleagues at Harcourt were gone. Not long after we were told that we were gone, too.
Ah, well. We always did have an independent streak! And we learned a great deal from our time with Harcourt. Probably the greatest benefit/side-effect to us (and to our listeners) was that the company helped us become much more consistent about meeting our deadlines. We'll try to continue to do that moving forward.
And we are moving forward, with a full slate of releases for this fall, including Tamora Pierce's EMPEROR MAGE and Tim Green's FOOTBALL GENIUS.
So what does this mean to you, the listener? Not much, really. Just thought I'd tell you what was going on around here. Thanks for listening! ;>
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Some Love from SLJ - "brilliant" "essential" "dazzling" "consistently excellent"The July issue of School Library Journal reviewed four of our titles, and we're bustin' our buttons over what they had to say. Here are some key quotes:
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KIDNAPPING CAPER : "The full-cast narration is brilliant, making each character unique and full of life, from the scheming Marvin to the intellectual Raymond and the soulful Fats. A delightful addition to audiobook collections."
SKYBREAKER : The full-cast narration is splend, the major characters are wonderfully portrayed and minor characters are memorable. ... An essential purchase."
FAIREST : "The performance by Sarah Naughton and a full cast is excellent. Listeners will be dazzled by this entertaining production."
ENNA BURNING : "The consistently excellent voice of the background reader weaves its own spell and ties the cast and plot together."
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNSFor years now we have been getting complaints because we had a recording of SONG OF THE WANDERER (Book II of "The Unicorn Chronicles") available, but did not offer INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS (Book I) on audio. The reason was simple: I had actually recorded Book I for WORDS TAKE WING, back when I was working with Listening Library. That company owned the master recording, and never chose to make available on CD.
Well . . .
In the fullness of time, we've regained the rights to the book. And though our schedule was already fairly well crammed, I managed to talk Artistic Director Dan Bostick into crashing through a recording of the book this summer. So . . . soon, very soon (as in: before the end of the year!) we will be making INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS available as a full cast recording. Actually, we may make it available for download before we release a CD version. In any event, it won't be that long before the book is once again available in audiobook form!
See, we really do listen to you!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Starred Review for sun moon stars rain
From the moment I read Jan Cheripko's beautiful and shattering sun moon stars rain (the lower case is intentional—the title is from a poem by e e cummings) I believed it would work wonderfully as a full cast recording. The book not only moved me to tears, it literally made me gasp out loud at least twice.
I also knew who I wanted for the two main characters: Spencer Murphy, who narrated our Audie Award winning recording of Kathe Koja's Buddha Boy and Carmen Viviano-Crafts, who has worked with us from the beginning of the company.
Dan Bostick, our Artistic Director, agreed with me, and shepherded the project into final form. Our faith in Jan's book, and what we could do with it, seems to have been confirmed by the lovely starred and boxed review that appeared in the June issue of Booklist. Here is a lengthy quote from Linda Sawyer's review:
" [Spencer] Murphy’s well-placed inflections and tones meticulously convey Danny’s emotions and angst… David Baker is particularly noteworthy in his voicing of good-hearted though flawed Benji Samuels, an alcoholic and friend of Danny's late father. Baker's halting, inebriated speaking style is just right and allows listeners to connect to the character. Carmen Viviano-Crafts’ low-key interpretation of Stephanie is perfect she comes across as very natural, adding sweetness, vulnerability, and emotion to the character, who is trying to reclaim her life. Classical piano music accompanies the story, an appropriate, meaningful touch because Danny is an accomplished pianist. The background music is a haunting, subtle enhancement, never disrupting the flow of the narrative. Sound effects, including gunshots and barking dogs, add to the startling realism. Bruce Coville's thoughtful interview with author Cheripko concludes this highly recommended audio. "
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Two lovely reviews for Odysseus
"Geraldine McCaughrean’s retelling of Homer’s epic made the tale accessible to young people, and this fine full-cast audio production takes it a step further… McCaughrean’s language is lyrical and the action and suspense will fascinate young listeners. Narrator Cynthia Bishop establishes an exciting pace, and the full-cast voicing makes the many characters easily recognizable to listeners. A solid choice for school and public libraries."—School Library Journal
"The full cast ensures that each person, god, and specter is distinct. Indeed, with 20 years of adventure to narrate, the cast creates admirable order in the “world-encircled sea.” Together McCaughrean and Full Cast Audio evoke the allure of Greek mythology. "—Audiofile
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
NEW SAMPLE CLIPS!We've just posted a ton of new clips. We had been behind on this, but now you'll find a sample for almost every single title. Enjoy!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Book of a Thousand Days
We have often said that our first goal at FCA is to please the original author. With that in mind, we were deeply pleased to see what Shannon Hale just posted on her blog about our recording of her wonderful BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS:
Full Cast Audio has done it again. They produce the audio books for all my young adult books, and I've never been anything but button-bursting pleased. This time they tackled book of a thousand days. This one was unique because it's my only book in first person, and since Full Cast does age appropriate casting, that meant that the entire book would be narrated by a young voice. Who could be up to that challenge?
Chelsea Mixon, of course. She took my breath away with her wonderful performance as Enna in enna burning, now her Dashti is equally brilliant. And yes, she is a teenager. What a talent. In addition, she had to sing Dashti's healing songs, which she did beautifully and lovingly.
It's always an extraordinary gift to get to listen to the audio book of one of my own. It's like seeing it for the first time as a reader instead of the writer, really getting to experience the story for the first time. I loved it. What a relief to hear those words and not cringe with regrets. I worked very hard on this book and I'm still inordinately pleased with how it turned out.For the full post, follow this link . . .
Saturday, May 24, 2008
AUDIE NOMINEESI'm proud to announce that we have three titles up for Audie Awards this year! To be specific:
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KIDNAPPING CAPER by Jean Van Leeuwen, narrated by our Artistic Director, Daniel Bostick as "Merciless Marvin the Magnificent" the funniest tough-guy mouse you've ever met. The Category is "Children's Titles, Ages 8 - 12"
STAR BEAST by Robert A. Heinlein, narrated by David Baker. This is one of Heinlein's great "boy's books" (which have been read and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of adults over the last five decades) The category is "Audio Drama"
PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale, narrated by Laura Credidio. Shannon won a Newbery Honor for this, her second book. The category is "Audio Drama" Last year we won an Audie for "Achievement in Production" for our recording of Shannon's THE GOOSE GIRL.
(Yes, we're up against ourselves in the "Audio Drama" category. We have three nominations, but our maximum win is two!)
For information on all the nominees (in all categories) - and to hear samples of any that interest you, just go to: www.theaudies.com
Sunday, April 27, 2008
RIVER SECRETSWe just finished our fourth studio session for Shannon Hale's marvelous RIVER SECRETS (third of her "Bayern" books) and I'm very pleased with the way it's going. We have the good fortune to have Seth Jackson back as Razo, who has graduated to the lead character in this story. Seth played the same role in both THE GOOSE GIRL and ENNA BURNING, and to me he truly is Razo.
Other "threepers" are Adam Wahlberg returning for his third stint as Geric, Will Dougherty for a third shot at Finn, and David Baker taking his third turn as Talone.
Chelsea Mixon, who took on the role of Enna for ENNA BURNING returns for a second shot at the character, and Brianna Larson is in her second turn as Isi.
As director I can say that it is truly a joy to have these gifted actors making return visits to characters on whom they have placed their personal stamp. I love this book, and I love the way these folks are bringing it to life.
Oh - there is one major change. Casting director Dan felt that with the focus on Razo this one called for a male narrator - Shannon concurred - and so the narrator's reins have been picked up by Mark Holt. Mark has long been one of our most valued actors, but this is his first time at the narrator's mic, and he's doing a great job. (Fans of Cynthia Bishop need not worry - she's still very active with us, and will be narrating Geraldine McCaughrean's HERCULES starting next week. Cynthia has already narrated ODYSSEUS and THESEUS for us, and she has a masterful grasp of these great Greek stories.)
Friday, April 11, 2008
GREAT CHRISTMAS KIDNAPPING CAPERWe just got a lovely review from Audiofile Magazine for this title, which says, in part:
Daniel Bostick and the gang at Full Cast Audio are pitch perfect at voicing these comic characters as if they were smaller, kinder Sopranos. Kids will love this adventure, and, most likely, a number of grandparents will want to listen to this instant Christmas classic, as well.
Nice, huh? It's available on Amazon.com, or you can call our pals at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt at 1-800-543-1918 to order it directly.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Good news for those of you who have been clamoring for us to release Tamora Pierce’s WOLF SPEAKER - it's finally ready and shipping! (You can buy it right now from Amazon, or call the office at 1-800-871-6809.)
We're releasing the recording in two formats: library edition (sturdier case, more expensive) and retail edition (the kind you'll find in a bookstore - very pretty, but not made to stand up to the kind of extensive use that library copies get). (It's a little like the difference between a hardcover and a paperback.)
In case you're wondering why this took so long (and from our incoming email, I can tell that many of you have been wondering just that!) the main reason is that when we made the switch to being distributed by Harcourt (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) we had to change our scheduling system to match theirs. Overall this was a good thing - they're holding us to a tight standard, and we haven't missed a release date since we started with them. But because big publishers plan much further in advance than we used to, several titles had to be moved back by quite a bit.
Now that we're on track, the release stream for the rest of The Immortals Quartet should be fairly steady. Emperor Mage is in the final stages of editing and will come out in October, and Realms of the Gods has already been recorded, with a planned release for April '09. (In other words, we're back to the “one every six months” schedule we had first planned on, but that got disrupted by the switch to Harcourt.)
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL THE GANG AT FCA!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
DARK WHISPERS - the studio sessionsI'll be heading to the studio late this morning for our third recording session for DARK WHISPERS, (the third book in the Unicorn Chronicles). We had a full day yesterday, and an evening session on Thursday, and they've been going well so far. (Keep your fingers crossed for us!)
Because we are recording this before the text is finally set for the print version, I'm enjoying a privilege previously only granted to Tamora Pierce for MELTING STONES, the book she wrote for us to take straight to audio: I am able to change the writing to make it better while we are working!
I've been making audiobooks for about twelve years now, and we have never done a book with the author on site when he or she didn't beg at some point to be allowed to fix a sentence that didn't work for some reason or another. But we always have to tell them "No" because we're recording the book as published.
Based on what Tammy has said, and on the experience I'm having right now, I can't imagine an author who wouldn't be thrilled to have a full cast reading his or her book aloud before publication. You just hear stuff you missed before. I've managed to catch and repair a couple of real clunkers -- things that would have made me flinch (at least!) if we were working from a finished text.
We've got some great actors on board for this one, which of course is also thrilling to an author's heart.
Can you tell I'm having fun? ;>
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dark Whispers . . .Tonight we're going into the studio for our first recording session on DARK WHISPERS, the third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles by, um . . . me!
The rehearsals have been thrilling, and I'm really excited about working on this one. In related news, we've been able to coordinate with Harcourt so that we'll be releasing the recording the same time as the hardcover, in August of 2008. This will be our first simultaneous release, and we're really excited about it. (I have been saying in other places that DW was going to be a July title, but that was because the print publisher - Scholastic - ships in July for an August release. So there had been a little confusion on that matter.)
Artistic director Dan Bostick has been working like crazy on casting, and I think we've assembled a truly wonderful group. (Dan himself will be playing Ian Hunter, who has a major role in this book.)
I get to narrate, something I haven't done in a while, since the last couple of my books that we did were first person stories that needed a child-voice to the narration. It will be good to be back in the narrator's corner.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
HOLIDAY GREETINGS!Best wishes to all our faithful listeners (and listeners to be!) from the gang at Full Cast Audio.
May the season be bright, and may you have a grand and glorious, peaceful and prosperous new year.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Melting Stones Is Out!
Tamora Pierce's fabulous Melting Stones is now on sale.This is our "Grand Experiment" a Circle of Magic novel that Tammy wrote with the specific plan of having it debut on audio, with the print edition to follow a year later. This time the focus is on Evvy, the young stone mage Briar and Rosethorn befriended in Street Magic. She's accompanied Rosethorn to Starns Island, where Rosethorn is to investigate a plant die-off. What they find is vastly worse, and leads Evvy into a wild adventure that features some of Tammy's most fantastic characters ever. You can get it on Amazon, or wherever audiobooks are sold. (If your local store doesn't have it, ask them to order it!)
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tamora Pierce's Melting Stones is finished and at the duplicator!The official release date is October, which means Harcourt will start shipping it sometime in September.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Our website had a meltdown in the middle of last week, caused by a mistake made by our ISP (internet service provider). Though the basic site is up and running, we're still working on getting all aspects - including on-line ordering - fully functional again. It will probably be a few more days before everything is as it should be. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
It's Official - FCA is now distributed by Harcourt!
As of June 1, Harcourt Trade Publishers is the official distributor for Full Cast Audio!What does that mean for you, the listener? Well, the main thing is, it frees us up to make more recordings! A great many of the "invisible" things (packing, shipping, billing, collections, inventory, warehousing) that are necessary to make a business work are now being handled by our good friends at Harcourt. Which means the time and energy we used to spend on those operations can be turned to making more recordings!We believe, too, that as a result of this partnership we're going to be able to do a better job in the future of making our announced shipping dates. I know that many of you have been (rightfully!) frustrated because we often end up with a long gap between the time we say we're release a recording and the time it's actually ready to ship. With Harcourt's help, we've been making Major Changes here to make that problem a thing of the past. One more thing: we'll be back in bookstores! Harcourt will be releasing 8 of our top titles in retail editions this fall (including Fairest and Melting Stones). A retail edition, in case you are wondering, will be: a. available in bookstores
b. less expensive
c. packed in a cardboard slipcase rather than the plastic "clamshell" used
for library editions(Basically, they're meant for home use, rather than the repeated, heavy use a library edition has to bear up to.)Thanks from FCA to our great friends at Harcourt for making this possible. It's been almost six years since Dan Bostick and I started FCA, and this feels like a great leap up to the next level of possibility for us!For more information, check out www.harcourtbooks.com/fullcastaudio/
Thursday, June 07, 2007
FCA Scores Two Audie Awards!
Full Cast Audio had a great night at the Audies! (For those who might not know, the "Audies" are the audio industry's equivalent of the Oscar or the Emmy.)In a glittering ceremony at the fabled Rainbow Room high atop Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, we picked up an Audie Award for "The Goose Girl" in the category "Achievement in Production" and a second Audie Award for our recording of "Airborn" in the category "Children's Titles, Ages 12 and up."(I am going to lobby to have that category renamed "Teen Listening" or something like that, which I think would be a better title for it.)Dan and I send thanks to our fabulous actors, to our great engineering team, to Todd Hobin for his wonderful music, and, of course, to Shannon Hale and Kenneth Oppel for their fabulous books. ("In the beginning was the word!")
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Tamora Pierce's Melting Stones: In the Studio!
I'm writing this while sitting in the studio listening to Tamora Pierce direct the final section of her new novel Melting Stones, which she wrote specifically for us.I believe what I'm hearing is completely unprecedented in the world of audiobooks. What we have is a NY Times bestselling author who has written the next installment in an extremely popular series (Circle of Magic) to go straight to audio. Not only that, as Tammy wrote, she created most of the characters with specific actors from the Full Cast Family in mind. Make no mistake - this is not "radio theater" or "audio drama" it's a full-fledged novel that will be published next year by Scholastic. But we've reversed the traditional process: this time it will be audiobook first, print novel a year later! The story centers on Evvy, the young stone mage Briar discovered in Street Magic. She has traveled with Rosethorn to the island of Starns, to investigate a strange dying-off of plants. What they discover is a threat far greater than they first imagined. Right now I'm listening to Tammy direct a scene where Evvy talks to the Sea itself. Andrea Leonard is providing the voice for the sea, and she's sensational! Evvy is being voiced by Grace Kelly, who initially played the character in our recording of Street Magic. In fact, it was hearing Grace's portrayal that made Tammy decide to write this book in the first person, the first time she's ever done that. (Tammy's fans will know, of course, that her recently published novel Terrier is also told first person, but she started this book first, and found that she was comfortable enough with the form that she was willing to use it for Terrier when the editor requested it.)Another thing that is unique about this project is that Tammy can rewrite and revise on the fly. In my twelve years of producing audiobooks I've never had an author in the studio who didn't beg to be allowed to change a clunky sentence. But because we're committed to recording our books exactly as published, that's not possible. In this case the author can change, fix, improve at will, adjusting sentences, tightening, catching the word repeats that slid by while I was editing and she was revising. So the text is getting smoother and smoother even as we work.The recording will be coming out this fall, and we'll be releasing it in both library and retail editions. Circle of Magic fans won't want to miss this one!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
What's up with Princess Academy?
Okay, here's the scoop: the recording is edited (and sounds fabulous!) However we still need to record the song fragments that begin each chapter. Alas, one of our key people has had a family illness to deal with, and that has delayed the process. I want to extend our apologies to all of you who are waiting for the recording. But when I started the company I made a determination that we would always put family first, and that is the situation right now. I'm confident the recording will ship later this spring, but I'm not going to put a date on it at this point. I'll post updates as I have them.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Announcing our 2007 Titles!
Here's the current release plan for 2007.Yeah, yeah, I know . . . some of this stuff was planned for 2006 and you guys are still waiting for it. So if you're a little skeptical, I don't blame you. But two things have changed. First, we've been working very hard on speeding up our post-production - which also includes making changes in the pre-production process. Second, we now have a distribution partner who will be handling a lot of the business-related things we've been doing - which will free us up to focus much more energy on production. (In fact, over half the titles on this 2007 list have already been recorded!)With that in mind, here's the list!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Full Cast Audio Scores Eight Audie Nominations!
The nominations for this year's Audie Awards have just been made public, and I'm thrilled (thrilled? I'm ecstatic!!) to announce that we have eight slots on the list.To be specific, here are our nominations, by title and category:The Goose Girl for "Achievement in Production"
Airborn for "Audio Drama"
King Kong for "Audio Drama"
Street Magic for "Science Fiction"
Airborn for "Children's Titles for Ages 12+"
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie for "Children's Titles for Ages 12+"
The Goose Girl for "Children's Titles for Ages 12+"
Airborn for "Multi-Voiced Performance"Wish us luck!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Airborn is an ALA Notable Recording and a YALSA Recommended Recording
Lovely news for us out of the ALA Midwinter Conference our recording of AIRBORN landed on both these prestigious lists. What made the news about the Notables list especially exciting was that we received it during the first rehearsal of SKYBREAKER, the thrilling sequel to AIRBORN - which seemed like a very propitious sign.Our artistic director Dan Bostick has outdone himself in casting this one, pulling together an international cast to represent the rich variety of voices in Ken's story. I've been sitting in one some of the rehearsals, and I think this is going to be an incredible recording.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
For those of you who keep track of these things (and for those who do, thank you!) we've just posted a major update to the Coming Attractions page, with new listings, expanded annotations, and updated info on release dates. Check it out!
Friday, June 16, 2006
I'm thrilled to announce that we're going to be recording Gail Carson Levine's new novel, Fairest.We're excited about this for two reasons. First, Fairest is an absolutely terrific book. (I predict that it's going to be a huge hit for Gail.) Second, it's uniquely suited to our full cast form, because it takes place in a kingdom where people frequently sing to each other. Naturally, our composer, Todd Hobin, will be creating original music for all these songs. The result will be an audiobook unlike anything you've ever heard before. I think it's going to be a stunner!
Monday, April 24, 2006
The Princess Academy
We're in the studio right now with Shannon Hale's fabulous Newbery Honor Book The Princess Academy. Dan is directing this one. (I'm jealous, but I'm on the road too much right now to tackle it myself.) I was able to sit in on some of the studio session on Sunday, before I took off for the current speaking trip, and I loved what I was hearing. We've got a terrific cast, including the great Alice Morigi in the (very juicy) role of Olana. I think this is going to be one of our best yet!
Monday, February 20, 2006
Will of the Empress
Tammy Pierce is here with us in Syracuse for the month of February (and a little bit of March!) so that we can record her fabulous Will of the Empress.This is the biggest project we've tackled to date, a recording we expect to come in at about 14 hours. We've got a wonderful cast assembled, including a return engagement by Spencer Murphy, who played Briar in the first three books of Circle of Magic. Spencer had outgrown the part by the time we were ready to record Briar's Book, so we had Karam Anthony step into the role. Now in an interesting twist, the part has grown up to match Spencer!We had hoped to record this book in time to have it come out with the initial hardcover release, but a variety of scheduling issues made that impossible. But we're on good track for it to come out this fall. I can't wait for you to hear it!
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Big News for Full Cast Audio from ALA Midwinter!
The ALA (American Library Association's) midwinter conference is the time when the organization announces its annual awards. We're happy to report that:
And, in a wonderful bit of news, Shannon Hale's charming The Princess Academy was named a Newbery Honor Book! We'll be recording the book this spring, and we can't wait to get into the studio with it.
In other news: The finalists for the 2006 Audie Awards have been announced: Our recording of Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free is up for the Audie for "Achievement in Production" and The Rolling Stones has been nominated for the "Science Fiction" category.
All in all, a very nice way to start the year!