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I’ve recently become a huge fan of audiobooks. Normally, I would listen to one occasionally on a long trip or while doing housework, but it wasn’t usually something I really looked forward to eagerly. That’s recently changed.

After listening to my first audiobook, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Narrated by Nick Podehl, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio I was hooked! I’m absolutely convinced that it has everything to do with the quality of the narrators and all the little behind-the-scenes bits that are taken care of before you hear the end product. So far I’ve listened to a few different audiobooks from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio and each one has been exceptional.

So, audiobook listener or not, you definitely need to give them a try! You never know, you may just get hooked on another form of bookish love you never knew before! Still not convinced? Take a look at my interview with narrator Nick Podehl for a bit of behind-the-scenes into what it takes to make an audiobook for Candlewick on Brilliance Audio! Also, I’ve attached the recent press release to give you a bit about what went into making the partnership with Candlewick Press and Brilliance Audio


Somerville, MA, and Grand Haven, MI –June 24, 2010 Candlewick Press and Brilliance Audio today announced the new imprint, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, which will publish and distribute audiobook editions of select Candlewick titles. The imprint will launch in August and will publish over 30 titles through fall 2010.

New audio titles coming this fall on the Candlewick on Brilliance Audio launch list include “Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday” and “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt” by Megan McDonald; “The Knife of Never Letting Go,” “The Ask and the Answer,” and “Monsters of Men” in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness; “Almost Astronauts” by Tanya Lee Stone; “On the Blue Comet” by Rosemary Wells; and many more.

“As a company and a brand, Brilliance Audio is an extremely resonant match for Candlewick Press,” said Candlewick President and Publisher Karen Lotz. “We share the goal of providing peerless attention to our authors. The model is one that breaks new ground, and the exciting list we are putting together will allow Candlewick’s titles for older readers to travel the dynamic and rich audio landscape in a way that creates excellent synergy with our other editions of these same books.”

“Children around the world love Candlewick books, and this is a tremendous opportunity to produce recordings of the literary gems on their list,” said Tim Ditlow, Vice President, Young Adult and Children’s Acquisition Editor for Brilliance Audio. “We are delighted that our new imprint will extend Candlewick’s extraordinary commitment to their authors and their customers in the disc and download marketplace.”

Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Mass. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages; including books by award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed ”Ologies” and “Judy Moody” series; and favorites such as the “Where’s Waldo” and “Maisy” books. Candlewick’s parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London, with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland.

Brilliance Audio, a Michigan-based audiobook publisher that is part of the group of companies, publishes over 400 audiobook titles annually. With a growing catalog of titles from over 500 authors (Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Rick Riordan and others), Brilliance Audio provides customers a selection of audiobooks in the popular categories of romance, mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, business, and biography; and for children and young adults. Brilliance Audio recordings are available for the retail and library markets on compact disc, MP3-formatted compact discs and files for download.

Today’s post is part of our month long celebration of Candlewick Press for our monthly feature “Book Publishers 101“. Make sure to stop by the Candlewick Press Site for more information about this title and more. For more information about our Book Publishers 101 feature take a look at this month’s opening post.

Also make sure to take a look at our Giveaways Page for the four giveaways being sponsored by Candlewick press throughout this month!

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14 Responses to Book Publishers 101: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

  1. I’m currently listening to a Nick Poedhl narrated audio! And he’s a fab narrator so far! Great post!!

  2. Cool. I have Stork on my shelf waiting for me. I love the original concept.

  3. Last year I dedicated a month to running/walking and listening to audiobooks. I just posted a list of my audiobook accomplishments and I call it Jog and Blog. I decided to do it again for 2011 and will kick it off in March. I will look for The Knife of Never Letting Go, thanks for the suggestion. Would love to see other audiobook lovers join me for Jog and Blog 2011.

    ~ Lauri Chandler

  4. Cathe Olson says:

    My daughters and I are listening to Artemis Fowl on the drive back and forth from school every day. Great reader and great story.

  5. I have listened to Stork and loved the audio version and of course the book was great. It is filled with mystery and mythology two of my favorite elements in a a good story. I highly recommend it. Currently I have been listening to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and am also enjoying this. I can also highly recommend Graceling, which is a full cast audio and is beautiful.

    • Oh! Tons of great recommendations! I can’t wait to try these out! I loved reading The Mortal Instruments series, but hadn’t thought to try the audio. I may have to give it a go! Thank you!

  6. Gina says:

    Egads, still not into the whole audiobook world as the narrator in my head likes to take the lead, but to each their own. Happy reading no matter your format. ^_^

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