'Lincoln in the Bardo,' the new novel by George Saunders, is upending traditional ideas about audiobooks. The novel's audiobook counterpart, which was produced by Penguin Random House Audio, is more of a piece of radio theater than a reading of a novel, featuring 166 different voice actors reading throughout the seven hour missive.
Typically, authors spend their time writing and publishing their novels, leaving the audiobook aspect as an afterthought. Sometimes the authors themselves do the audiobook readings, or occasionally publishers will splurge for a big name actor to do the reading. However, as podcasts grow in popularity, publishers are seeing an incentive to create higher quality productions for audiobook releases. Such is the thinking behind Lincoln in the Bardo.
The audiobook not only has 166 different voices, but it has some big names too, including Nick Offerman, Bill Hader, Megan Mullaly, Keegan-Michael Key, Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, and David Sedaris.
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