I 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 â€” about Burroughs’ dad and the abuse he inflicted on Augusten â€” 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 â€™em out.
Lesiban twin Tegan Quin (her sister Sara and I have an interesting history) wrote “His Song”
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’s “Song 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]