Q&A with ZOMBIES’ Author Don Roff


Author Don Roff

Translating a popular graphic novel into an audiobook is not for the faint of heart! But ZOMBIES: A RECORD OF THE YEAR OF INFECTION author Don Roff and AudioGO were undaunted, and their collaborative effort has resulted in a truly unique – and truly thrilling – audio production. 

Sound engineer Will Sibilia’s special sound design cleverly replicates a “found footage” style, complete with the effects of rustling pages, and hisses, skips and cracks, as if from an old .45 album, while narrator Steven R. Thorne’s performance evokes the desperation of a man of science observing the end of the world.

Author Don Roff shared with us some of his thoughts on making this unique audio listening experience and on writing the original graphic novel.

How would you describe ZOMBIES: A RECORD OF THE YEAR OF INFECTION to someone who had never heard of it?

Simply: a found journal from a lost man, a doctor, who documented a portion of a yearlong zombie apocalypse.

What drew you to the idea of an audio adaptation for your graphic novel?

Alexandra Arlango at AudioGO is the true hero of the project. She suggested the audio adaptation in early 2012. Though I liked her idea, I really didn’t know if it was going to work. The book is driven by Chris Lane’s illustrated images as much, or even more so, than my text. Glad my initial feelings were wrong—it works perfectly as an audiobook.

Are you a fan of audio? If so, why?

Yes, I’m a big fan of audiobooks. The first one I listened to was Frank Herbert’s Dune back in 2007. Then, I was commuting back and forth to my job as a children’s book editor. It’s been one of my favorite books. The audio really brought the story out—and entertained me during a long, boring drive. I’ve been hooked on audiobook ever since. Long drives, exercising, sitting quiet, I listen to them all the time.

What do you think of the audiobook? Do you have a favorite part?

One advantage I have as a listener is that I wrote the book over three years ago. I’ve written over a half million words since. So, the book, when I first listened to it, was almost a fresh experience. I went right along with the story the way a new listener might. Some portions of the book I could remember writing, others were completely alien. My girlfriend and I drove out to a dark, lonely, country road and listened to the entire thing. By the end, we were so freaked out, we locked the car doors and sped away into the night. The story felt like it had just happened to us, that there was no more humanity, only the empty road ahead, and whatever terror waited for us beyond.

I know some fans of graphic novels would be concerned about losing the illustrations. As the author, do you think that the audio adaptation feels whole and complete?

Yes, I do. In fact, I encourage fans of the book to download the audiobook and re-experience the story in a whole new way. Like wise, I hope that the audiobook fans will seek out the book.

Do you have fun or interesting stories from writing the graphic novel that you can share with us?

Of course. When I was outlining the book in November 2008, we had some friends living with us. With our child and their child, both young, enthusiastic girls, the tiny house was full of noise and people. So, I kind of holed up in my daughter’s bedroom at this little white vanity desk and began working out the story. It was getting cold outside, too. I felt, in a way, like Twombly, hiding out from the world. I think it was effective in creating a mood when it came time to write the manuscript.

During this time, I took a quick, refreshing nap on my daughter’s small bed. I had this strange dream of a zombie fisherman pulling off his arm and eating it. The dream disturbed me so much I woke up. I knew I must add it to the story, not knowing where or why. Later it became an important clue to the story’s mystery. Many critics, in their reviews, have commented on that scene. So, when in doubt, always go with the subconscious. Lesson learned.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

One early book critic described Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection as “The Road with zombies.” Though I didn’t read Cormac McCarthy’s controversial, Pulitzer-Prize book until after I wrote my story, I love the comparison just the same.

For more Q&A with Don, please visit Jenn’s Bookshelves.

Listen to a clip from ZOMBIES: A RECORD OF THE YEAR OF INFECTION, available now on CD or via download from AudioGO.com


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Hop on the AudioGO Invisible Murder Audiobook Blog Tour!

Nina Borg is back…and resistance is futile!

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The winning, fearless heroine of last fall’s smash hit thriller The Boy in the Suitcase returns in the hotly anticipated sequel by authors Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, INVISIBLE MURDER.

Voicing Red Cross nurse Nina once again is the talented Katherine Kellgren, and though Nina’s husband Morten has pleaded with her not to get involved in any more dangerous projects, she agrees to help a friend with a perilous situation at a camp of mysteriously ill Roma refugee children.

Exclusively for you, we’re posting the prologue of this fantastic sequel right here– just click play and enjoy!

Then starting tomorrow, be sure to check in at each day’s tour stop  for a new exclusive clip from Chapter One of INVISIBLE MURDER and to enter daily giveaways to win a copy of this gripping thriller!

Tuesday, October 23             The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Wednesday, October 24        Jen’s Book Thoughts

Thursday, October 25           Literate Housewife

Friday, October 26                 Teresa’s Reading Corner

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

We couldn’t let this week pass by without giving a rousing shout-out to the amazing group of book bloggers that we get to chat with and work with at AudioGO! It’s always such a complete pleasure to talk books and audio with passionate fans, and these women and men so generously devote their time to spreading the good word about books and audios that are not to be missed.

Whether they’re veteran audio fans or newbies just dipping their toes in the audio waters, from romance to science fiction to mystery experts, every single member of the blogging community we’ve reached out to or who’s reached out to us has been wonderful to work with. Talking with you all about what perks our ears up every day has been such a pleasure.

The warmth and enthusiasm of each blogger who has hosted giveways and blog tour stops, penned thoughtful interviews and reviews, and just generally supported audio listening is so very appreciated.

So to all of our blogging friends, especially Alison, Gail, Susan, Jeff, Kelly, Abby, Laurie, Candace, Heather, Julie, Carol, Clare, Laura, Jen, Idgie, Tania, DWD, Nora, Kerry, Erin, Felicia, Jason, April, Liz, Heather, Megan, Christopher, Trish, Jenn, Jen, Mary, Nicole, Michelle, Nancy, Diana, Heather, Lacey, Lisa, Sara, Adam, Carina, Jesse, Juju, Teresa, Brian, Orchid, Jennifer, Mason, and Sandy, we offer huge and heartfelt thank yous!

Please visit these fantastic audio bloggers in our blog roll (at bottom right in our sidebar) to add to your TBL (to-be-listened) lists!

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A Brew To A Kill (#11 Coffeehouse Mystery) At the Village Blend, a Dash of Murder Makes For a Potent Brew…

Sit down and relax with a good cup of Joe while you cue up the latest Coffeehouse Mystery audiobook, A Brew to a Kill.

Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has branched out, garnering even more devoted customers with a coffee truck that sells her brew throughout New York City’s five boroughs. But a fatal hit-and-run—and a coffee bag full of contraband—tells Clare it’s time to catch a killer before she winds up in some seriously hot water…

Coffeehouse Mysteries Links:

View the delectable Village Blend Recipes & meet the Coffeehouse Mystery Characters:  Click Here

View the Official Coffeehouse Book Trailer:  Book Trailer

Murder By Mocha’s featured recipes:  Click Here (PDF)

Other Coffeehouse Mystery Audiobooks Available:

On What Grounds

Through The Grinder

Latte Trouble

Decaffeinated Corpse

French Pressed

Murder By Mocha

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AudioGO Celebrates the 2012 London Summer Olympics!

The roar of the crowds! The thrill of the competition! There’s no other sporting event quite like this one. Catch the Olympic fever and get ready for the games to begin with these great audio titles.

The Ration Book Olympics: When London Hosted the Austerity Games

Presented by Clare Balding, a four-time BBC Radio Olympic reporter

Take a look back at the last time the Olympics were held in London with this compelling chronicle of the 1948 Games. Three years after the end of the Second World War, rationing was still in force, bomb damage was in evidence and visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet, the Games, in true winning spirit, were a resounding success!

Gold Medal Summer

Gold Medal Summer written by Donna Freitas, narrated by Jaselyn Blanchard

Whether you think of Romanian Nadia Comăneci scoring the first perfect 10, Mary Lou Retton winning the All Around Gold, or Kerri Strug’s triumphant vault, gymnastics are the iconic sport of every summer Games!

Competitive gymnast and author Donna Freitas offers young listeners a terrific tale about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.

Steve Redgrave: In His Own Words

Steve Redgrave — In His Own Words

Meet Britain’s greatest Olympian of all time. Rower Steve Redgrave is one of only four athletes to win gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. He discusses his early days rowing and his post-race emotions, and memories of his last race in this exclusive audio.

The Taking Part

Presented by Tim Franks, BBC’s Sports News Correspondent

Winning isn’t necessarily everything. Just taking part in the Olympics can be a life-changing event and a tremendous honor. Journalist Tim Franks chronicles the story of the athletes at the historic and tragic Munich Games, painting a vivid picture of what it takes to make it that far and what it means ever afterward to be an Olympian.

1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion

This edition of BBC Radio 4’s Reunion was recorded in July 2005, just after the UK won the 2012 Olympic bid.

What happens when politics intervene with the Olympics? In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year’s Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event. This fascinating program  features members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year and reflect on the personal dilemmas they faced competing in the shadow of political opposition

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Free Download Available July 19-25, 2012–William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

AudioGO is proud to be a sponsor for this summer’s SYNC program.  SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience.

Antony and Cleopatra
By William Shakespeare
Read by a Full Cast
Published by AudioGO

The twin empires of Egypt and Rome mingle and clash in this towering tragedy. Impulsiveness, passion, mistaken identity, and dark humor all color the fascinating dalliance between Antony and Cleopatra, the larger-than-life pair at the center Shakespeare’s play.

“The challenge of taking a play created for the stage and translating it to the audio format may seem daunting, but this production does just that—exceptionally well.” –Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

–AudioFile Magazine


If you want to hear more Shakespeare, try the Arkangel Shakespeare Collection.  Arkangel Shakespeare offers the entirety of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories, specifically produced for audiobook release. This specially created Shakespeare audiobook library brings together a once in a lifetime collection of actors, many from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to commit all 38 plays to audiobook posterity.

Start collecting and listening to the Arkangel Shakespeare collection and discover, or rediscover, the wonder of Shakespeare’s work, the way it was meant to be heard.







The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare Collection

Also available:

BBC Shakespeare Productions

Shakespeare for Children

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Hit the Road with these Recommendations!

Listening to an audiobook is a great way to help the time on the open road pass quickly.  A good narrator brings the authors text to life in new and exciting ways. Plus it can be lots of fun to choose a title set in a locale to which you are trekking. We invite you to choose one of these destination themed Road Trip Recommendations for your summertime drive. Maybe you’ll find yourself checking the GPS to see if you can skip the upcoming rest area or town in order to keep listening!


A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns


Secrets of The Lost Summer by Carla Neggers

Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard by Steven Raichlen

Hard Knocks by Howie Carr


My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

New York

The Topless Tulip Caper by Lawrence Block

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle

The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins

(2012 Winner Best Audie Award Nonfiction)

New Jersey

Plugged by Eoin Colfer


Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Charm City by Laura Lippman

In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman

Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman


Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters


Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Criminal by Karin Slaughter


Huckleberry Finn (Classic Drama) by Mark Twain


Crewel World by Monica Ferris

North Dakota

The Score by Richard Stark


A Day That Changed America: The Alamo by Shelley Tanaka


The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan


Schemers by Bill Pronzini

Betrayers by Bill Pronzini

Summer on Wheels by Gary Soto

Hush Money by Chuck Greaves

To view our entire collection, please visit us at www.audiogo.com

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