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Friday, July 21, 2017

COMING SOON - Brand New Website

Guys - this website has been moribund for quite some time. But that's going to change soon. In just a few weeks we'll be unveiling our brand new, easy to use, full of cool stuff website. Can't wait to show you what our genius designer, Jerry Russell, has been cooking up!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, September 25, 2015

FREE Audiobook download for iPhone and iPad users!

Hey, gang . . . anyone up for a free audiobook?

Seriously, if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can have any one of our fabulous recordings completely free.

Just be one of the first 2000 people to download the Full Cast Audio app (also free . . . link below). Then use the coupon code FULLCAST to get your completely free title.

No restrictions . . . you can use this for any of our titles you want!

There's no obligation! (Though of course we won't mind if you want to buy some other recordings while you're browsing . . . )

Happy listening!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id983078459
 —  Bruce Coville,
President


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN is in the can!

We've completed our first new recording in three years - a full cast version of MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, narrated by Nancy O'Connor, who performed so brilliantly as "Weird Lily" in ALWAYS OCTOBER. We'll be releasing it before the end of summer . . . keep watching this space for details!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, February 02, 2015

Here's Where To Get Our Recordings Right Now

Though we have closed down the CD aspect of the company, never fear! There are still several ways for you to get our recordings.

First off, all of our titles are available at Audible.com

If your library uses the HOOPLA service you actually stream our titles to your listening device.

You can also subscribe to Skybrite , where for a monthly fee you have access to thousands of audiobooks.

And if you really prefer having hard copies, by the end of June, Brilliance Audio    will have all of our recordings available on MP-3 CDs!

Happy Listening!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, January 01, 2015

C'est Fini

And so our great clearance sale is over. This is the end of CDs at Full Cast Audio.

However it is NOT the end of Full Cast Audio! We'll still be available for download and streaming.

And we're even planning to do some new titles this year!

Check back here later this year to see the new version of the website, and new ways to experience our recordings.

And in the meantime . . .

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Only 31 Hours Left!

I'm writing this at 5:00 PM on December 30.  In 31 hours Full Cast Audio will be out of the CD business. (We will still be available in downloadable form.)

If you want to get incredible bargains on the CD editions of our titles, this is the time to do it. Everything left in stock is 80% off, and our amazing  "10 for 20"sale is still going on. You'll never find a better price on CDs!

But it ends tomorrow night at midnight!

PS: I just put three titles - CYRANO,  RUBBER HOUSES, and BETWEEN PLANETS - back in the available list, as I found some unpackaged sets around and we still have wraps for them.
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, December 26, 2014

THE AMAZING TEN FOR TWENTY SALE!

The end of the year fast approaches . . . and with it comes the end of our CD business!

To help clear the shelves before midnight on December 31, we now offer the amazing "10 for 20"  deal. Here it is in a nutshell: For $20 (plus p&h) we will send you TEN of our audiobooks, with a total original value at least $400! And these are not just lesser known titles. We have extra stock of some of our most popular recordings because they had the largest initial duplication runs. Your package is guaranteed to include at least one title originally priced at $65, and at least one title by a NYTimes bestselling author.

Even if you've ordered before and get some duplicates, you can't beat this price for future gifts! (Or lures to turn your non-listening friends on to audio! <g>)

If you want to pick up some additional recordings while you're at it, feel free. Remember, everything is 80% off, and we promise no duplications in your package!

The end is in sight – act now while you can!

UPDATE #1:  Offer good only while supplies last . . . these are going out faster than I anticipated.

UPDATE #2:  Please, just one to a customer. If you order two sets we may not be able to give you 20 different titles.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, December 15, 2014

FIND THE MAGIC!

Tamora Pierce fans, here's one you're gonna love!

Full Cast Audio has recorded a dozen of Tammy's books. As we continue to sell down our CD stock, at this point we only have three titles remaining in stock - WILD MAGIC, EMPEROR MAGE, and MELTING STONES.

Each recording is approximately 8 hours, on 8 CDS. And (check out the rave reviews for each title!)

From now until Friday (or when they run out, whichever comes first) you can get each of these recordings for only $5 apiece!

Two notes:

1) While we hope you'll pick up some other titles along the way but that is absolutely not required.

2) If you want delivery by Christmas you need to opt for Priority Shipping.

Find the Magic!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, December 12, 2014

Delightful Christmas Tale Free With Any 3 Titles

Our amazing "Make Me One With Everything" promotion is for a limited audience. So if you're just looking for a few audiobooks at our current deep discounts here's something to tickle your fancy:

We have a delightful holiday title called "The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper." It was a finalist for the Audie Award and School Library Journal called the full cast narration "brilliant."

From now through Monday, December 15,  buy any three titles at the already deep-discounted price of 80% off and we'll toss in a copy of "The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper" as a holiday gift! (If you already have a copy, remember it also makes a great holiday gift from you to someone else!)

Please do not add it to your list; if you do it will post at the regular price. We will add your free copy to your order of three or more audiobooks automatically.

Let the merry mouse mayhem begin!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome to the fabulous

"Make Me One With Everything" Sale!

Our first title to win an Audie Award was Kathe Koja's great and moving BUDDHA BOY. Now, in the spirit of zen, we're offering you a chance to let us "make you one with everything!"

Here's what I mean: If you would like to have one of every title we still have in stock, we'll put together a package and give you an 85% discount from the original pricing. (This is mostly for libraries, of course, but individuals can participate too.)

Here's how it works. If you want us to "make you one with everything" send an email to bruce@fullcastaudio.com. We'll pull one of every title still on the shelves, apply the discount, then let you know the total which you can pay by credit card or - if you are a library - apply a purchase order. (Please don't ask us to do this if you're not serious; pulling these orders is going to be a time consuming process.)

The reason we can't give you a set price is that it will change as titles go out of stock. What I can tell you is that the first few orders will contain some fabulous titles of which we have only one or two remaining. It's first come, first served, and once they're gone, they're gone.

So go ahead - let us make you one with everything!



 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Because I'm a Nut Case . . .

and because I want to clear our shelves, I have just put 4 great YA titles on sale.

To be specific:

YOU  by Charles Benoit
THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED  by John and Cylin Busby
DUNK  by David Lubar
BOY MEETS BOY  by David Levithan

are all on sale for only $5 each. 

This is more efficient than the penny specials. If you buy all four you get $183 of audio books for only $20 plus p&h!

If you've already bought one or more, don't worry - these recordings are about the most economical holiday gifts you can imagine!

Please trust me that each of these audiobooks is a gem.  Of YOU (probably the least well known and darkest of the titles) I can tell you that my friend Cynthia DeFelice and her husband listened to it on a cross-country trip, and Cynthia told me, "We couldn't stop talking about it when we stopped for the day!"

It is a mesmerizing recording. . . as are the other three. (Check out the reviews on the web page.)

There are only 15 complete sets of these four titles. Once they are gone it is catch as catch can.

Get 'em all while you have the chance!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, December 08, 2014

Classic Science Fiction For Only a Penny - Last Round of the Great Treasure Hunt

Today's special is a corker.

Sorry I'm late in posting it. To make up for that, I'm going to keep the penny price all the way through Wednesday morning. All you have to do is find which title it is.

Here's your hint: this classic SF novel is by Science Fiction's first Grand Master, a title bestowed on giants of the field by SFFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the professional association of SF writers.)

SF fans are going to know who it is immediately, and are definitely going to want this title!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Just changed the special . . .

This romantic comedy with a twist will be only a penny (plus p&h) until tomorrow morning! 
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Today is YA Day!

Since I've extended the Treasure Hunt for an extra day (see previous post for explanation) we're going to make this YA Day.  I have two different titles I am going to put up as "penny plus p&h" specials. The first just posted.

Hint: it's a serious YA book by a very popular author best known for his humorous short stories.

Late this  afternoon or early in the evening I'll switch to the next YA title.

Then tomorrow morning it's on to science fiction!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Saturday, December 06, 2014

A Day of Opportunity

Okay, plans have changed a bit. This is slightly complicated, so follow closely . . .

I am going to extend the "penny plus p&h" promotion for an additional day, for this reason: The title I planned to spotlight for Sunday is by a very popular author. I expect people who go for this one are likely to want to pick up the three other titles we have by him at the 80% discount. But . . . we have limited numbers of those other three, and since I cannot monitor the sales from home, I am afraid of getting into an "oversold" situation (like the horrid airlines do) and I don't want to go there. 

So I am going to shift the title I planned for today over to Monday, since we can monitor sales at the office, and pull a title down once there are no more copies available.

For the moment I am going to keep up the current penny title (which, trust me, is a true gem). But I think I will shift it two or three times during the day to some other titles, just to keep things fun.

Multiple treasures!

Enjoy the game.
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, December 05, 2014

SATURDAY'S SPECIAL IS REALLY SPECIAL!

So it's past midnight and I just posted today's "penny plus p&h" recording . . . and I gotta tell you, this one is a real gem.  It's based on a true story, the author has won the Newbery Award, and the recording was a finalist in the Audie Awards this year.

Also it's multicultural and socially relevant.

Also when my wife listened to it, she cried at the end.

Seriously, you don't want to miss this one!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A Stellar Author

Okay, today's 1 cent special is up, and the only clue I'm going to give you is that this was the first book ever written by a NYTimes bestselling author to go to audio before a print version was released. In fact, this book was written with our actors in mind!  Who could the author be?

To make this even cooler, the production was directed by the author itself (notice how coy I am being?)!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Biggest Bargain Yet in the Treasure Hunt!

Okay, this is the one some of you have been waiting for.  Today's special offer is a $65 title . . . now on sale for only a penny plus p&h!

The only other hint I will give you is that unicorns are involved . . . .

(Offer ends at midnight on Thursday, December 4.  Check back tomorrow for our next "Buy it for a penny plus p&h" special!)
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

High Adventure!

Today's free title has been posted.  As a hint, it's one of the greatest adventure stories of all time!

It's yours just for the cost of shipping plus one penny (have to charge the penny or the website won't show the title).

Happy hunting . . . let the adventure begin!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Treasure Hunt Continues!

The Treasure Hunt continues!  Today's free item has been posted at Full Cast Audio.

Remember the rules - one recording on the site is free, but it's up to you to find it. And you have to pay postage, of course. (Also, turns out we had to charge a penny to have it show up! My apologies for that!)

Here's a hint for today's title:  It's a realistic novel, by one of the most popular authors in the children's field. Bruce's personal opinion is that this book should have won the Newbery the year it was published.

And here's a quote from School Library Journal about the recording itself:
"Thanks to Daniel Bostick's inventive direction of the actors, the presentation soars and entertains."

(Note: This one is available only in retail packaging.)

Seriously, this is a great recording!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, December 01, 2014

TREASURE HUNT!

A Different Audiobook Free Every Day This Week!

Continuing Full Cast Audio's Great Clearance Sale (80% off on every single title) this week we're running a Treasure Hunt. Every day from December 1 to 7 one item on our list will be  absolutely free. The trick is, you have to find which one it is! You pay postage, of course (we're not that generous!). But the price of the recording will be set at $0.00. We hope you'll find some other things you want while you[re looking for the hidden gold, but this week there is no other purchase required.

No telling what the free item will be, but I guarantee that at least once this week we'll be giving away a recording from a top author that would normally sell for $65.

In the meantime, great titles like Tim Green's FOOTBALL GENIUS, Tamora Pierce's WILD MAGIC, and David Levithan's BOY MEETS BOY remain on sale for 80% off . . . as does every other title on the list.

UPDATE:  I have discovered that I have to set a price on the audiobook or the website won't display it! So the free audiobook is now going to cost you . . . a penny!  (Shouldn't break the bank . . . )
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BIG NEWS . . . AND AN INCREDIBLE CLEARANCE SALE!!

SAVE 80% ON EVERY TITLE!!

This is the best time ever to buy our recordings!

Why? Well, this is the big news part: We're getting out of the hard copy business . . . and that big news is good news for you, because we need to clear our shelves of existing stock. So from now until the end of the year we're offering the deepest discounts ever on everything we still have available in hard copy.

Now don't panic . . . we're not going away! Our friends at Brilliance Audio have taken on the task of manufacturing and distributing "hard" copies of our titles. And, of course, they will remain available on Audible.com as well as through the library download services such as Overdrive and Hoopla, and such subscription services as Skybrite.

But right now, you CD lovers can save a bundle. How much?  How does an 80% discount sound? That's right, from now until the end of the year anything still in stock can be purchased at an 80% discount. Titles that normally sell for $55 are now only $11!  Titles that were selling for $34 are now a mere $6.80.  This will be the best time ever to stock up . . . both for your own listening pleasure and for holiday gifts!

Many titles are already in short supply because we have been paring down the shelves in preparation for this transition. So don't hesitate . . . buy today!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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! 
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Awesome Heinlein Models

Okay, 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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, May 18, 2012

MISSION FAIL - REBOOTING - A Mea Culpa from Full Cast Audio

When 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.

Sincerely,

Bruce Coville



 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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 evening

Live Stream: 6:45pm ET on Fora.tv

http://fora.tv/live/intelligencesquared_us/college_football

NPR Podcast: Podcast will be available the week after the debate

http://www.npr.org/series/6263392/intelligence-squared-u-s

 


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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."

GUITAR BOY


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jack Gantos on Reading an Audiobook

Jack 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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! 

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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)


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Historic Cover for TUNNEL IN THE SKY

Here'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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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")

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Saturday, July 02, 2011

A Free Story for the Fourth of July

To celebrate the Fourth of July, we're offering a free download of this full cast recording of a short story that ponders the price of freedom, and the true meaning of patriotism:

OLD 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!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Inside the studio with Adrian Fogelin

In 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!

Bruce

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, May 20, 2011

More love for GRACELING

BOOKLIST 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

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!

While we're wishing Judy well on her road to recovery, we're delighted to know that we're helping out along the way!

If you have a story of using our audiobooks that you'd like to share with us, feel free to send it to "wecare@fullcastaudio.com"

Happy listening!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!




 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tough Guys on Audio

Starting 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lovely Article about DOCTOR PROCTOR

The 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, October 15, 2010

More love for GRACELING

BOOKLIST 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.


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just for Fun

A 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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
 
Happy Listening!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

Happy listening!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tamora Pierce and Bruce Coville Discuss Audiobooks

Here's a fun interview that Tammy Pierce and I did for Mary Burkey's terrific "Audiobooker" blog.

Bruce and Tammy at Audiobooker
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Interview with Bruce Coville about writing THE LAST HUNT

The 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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

HAPPY LISTENING!!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, March 07, 2010

THE LAST HUNT - Book 4 of The Unicorn Chronicles

Though 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.


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, February 19, 2010

Don't Overlook This One

A 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

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!



 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Laugh Out Loud with Emmy and the Rat

Our 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?

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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."
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Avi on Reader's Theater

The 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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, November 13, 2009

RELEASE DATES MELTDOWN

True 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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, October 22, 2009

EMPEROR MAGE

Here'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.


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!!

Happy listening!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bruce Shooting off his Yap

I 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Graceling: The Final Cut

I'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 . . .



 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, June 01, 2009

Mini-Documentary on Full Cast Audio and EYES LIKE STARS

One 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


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

Happy listening!

Bruce
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, March 30, 2009

Starclimber - a peek into the studio

Our 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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Video - Adrian Fogelin reading from CROSSING JORDAN

One 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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lovely News from ALA Midwinter

We'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.
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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:

wecare@fullcastaudio.com

and we'll get one right out to you!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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! 
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, December 11, 2008

KISSING THE BEE

Our 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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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."

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Pair of Stars from KLIATT

The 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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Season Begins: THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES

We 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!




 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, August 29, 2008

On Our Own Again

As 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!  ;>


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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."


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS

For 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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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. "

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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 . . .
http://oinks.squeetus.com/2008/06/driving-with-da.html


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Saturday, May 24, 2008

AUDIE NOMINEES

I'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

Happy listening!

Bruce


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, April 27, 2008

RIVER SECRETS

We 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.)


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, April 11, 2008

GREAT CHRISTMAS KIDNAPPING CAPER

We 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.

Bruce

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, March 30, 2008

WOLF SPEAKER

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.)

Happy listening!

- Bruce

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL THE GANG AT FCA!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Sunday, December 30, 2007

DARK WHISPERS - the studio sessions

I'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?  ;>

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.


 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!)

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Melting Stones

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Website Meltdown

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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/

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!")

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

  • 07001 The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
  • 07002 The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 07003 The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • 07004 The Mischief Monster (Moongobble # 4) by Bruce Coville
  • 07005 Wolf Speaker (Immortals # 2) by Tamora Pierce
  • 07006 Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  • 07007 Sun Moon Stars Rain by Jan Cheripko
  • 07008 Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • 07009 Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
  • 07011 Odysseus by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • 07012 Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
  • 07013 One Handed Catch by M. J. Auch
  • 07014 Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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.

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Updates Update!

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

Friday, June 16, 2006

Fairest

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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:

  • Our recording of Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl is on the ALA Notable Children's Recordings list
  • Our recording of Kathe Koja's Buddha Boy is a YALSA 2006 Selected Audiobook for Young Adults

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!

 —  Bruce Coville,
President

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