I've been admiring the Pan Macmillan soundcloud for quite some time, which contains free audio snippets of our top audio books (See here for a free audio clip of actual astronaut Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth). And now, I'm delighted that Tor UK has its own special selection.
You'll find free audio clips of books such as China Miéville's Railsea, Peter F. Hamilton's Great North Road or Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And our audio manager Becky Lloyd did a great post previously explaining a little about the work of her department, if you want to know more about that. She gave us a bit of Great North Road background too:
'When I start working on an audiobook, I will read the book, decide on a shortlist of potential readers, discuss the readers with Editorial and then the author before arranging the recording. This might be two days or (my personal record so far) twelve . . . the latter refers to the wonder of Space Opera and Peter F. Hamilton. Great North Road was an epic book at 1,087 pages or three hundred and forty-six THOUSAND words! The sheer size of the book meant the recording had to be that long.'
We also have Jeff Noon reading an extract from his Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Vurt, which is hugely atmospheric. See below for some highlights and here for the list of further samples.
RAILSEA by China Mieville
GREAT NORTH ROAD by Peter F. Hamilton
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams (Stephen Fry narrating)
Jeff Noon reading an extract from Vurt