I'm pleased to say that an audiobook edition of The End ofthe World will become available for purchase sometime over the next couple of weeks at Amazon.com, Audible.com (a subsidiary of Amazon), and iTunes. It's being narrated by the scandalously talented Wayne Farrell, who is turning in such a great performance of all the characters in the book. This is no small feat, either. As well as characters of different ages and genders, he's also had to contend with a number of different accents. Wayne, though, has more than risen to the challenge, giving each character its own distinctive voice without ever drifting into the realm of caricature. Hearing his readings of each chapter as they've been completed has almost been like hearing the book again for the first time.
From books on tape, to audio CDs, and now MP3 downloads, audio editions of books have for a long time now enjoyed a significant following. They're great for listening to when taking a long car, bus, train or plane trip, not to mention when walking, jogging, or whatever exercise regimen you follow (which in my case usually involves a sofa). And while Audible.com may seem like the new kid on the block (which it is), it's interesting to note that the company introduced its first digital player back in 1997.
Anyway, I'll post again - and spam like crazy - when it's officially released and on sale, but if you or someone you know enjoys listening to audiobooks, here's one you might consider in the meantime.