Augusten's audiobook is rocking

Posted on 11 Jun 2008 at 7:02pm

augusten-burroughs2.jpgI just finished the 8-disc version of queer scribe Augusten Burroughs’ newest audiobook, “A Wolf at the Table” (Macmillan Audio, $29.95).Fans of his memoir “Running With Scissors” and its eccentric cast of characters should be forewarned, like Dallas Voice book reviewer J.S. Hall already did: This tale — about Burroughs’ dad and the abuse he inflicted on Augusten — is painful. Sometimes it’s just a horror story.Anyway, for the audio version, Burroughs didn’t just read the text. Some parts are augmented with foley-artist soundtracking. He also plucked some of his favorite musicians to add songs, making the audiobook a “modern sound” project. Check ’em out.
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Lesiban twin Tegan Quin (her sister Sara and I have an interesting history) wrote “His Song”
[audio:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/macmillanaudio/soundclips/hisloveTeaganQuin1.mp3]

Performer-poet and Patti Smith made “The Only One.” [audio:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/macmillanaudio/soundclips/theonlytimePattiSmith.mp3]

My favorite tracks are Sea Wolf’sSong of the Magpie” [audio:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/macmillanaudio/soundclips/magpieSeaWolf.mp3]

and Ingrid Michaelson‘s “Spare Change” [audio:http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/macmillanaudio/soundclips/sparechangeIngridMichaelson.mp3]

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