Finally! The NHL lockout has ended and the hockey season is getting back into gear. I also have my own hockey celebration going on this week – Face-Off, the novel that I originally published over twenty years ago as a teenager to much critical acclaim, is a brand new audiobook. The audio version has been released a month ahead of schedule, thanks to my talented narrator and producer Maxwell Glick, just in time for the pro hockey season.
I am so excited about this release, as this audiobook is aimed at tweens and teens, and if you know kids in those age groups, then you know they are ALWAYS walking around with earbuds and technological gadgets. If you’ve never thought of getting your child interested in audiobooks, then I hope this post will introduce you to the exciting world of audiobooks for teens and children. (and if you love hockey, then you might just enjoy Face-Off yourself!) Face-Off is a great way to distract kids from games, music, and the Internet, and get them turned onto audiobooks. It is available as a download from Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
Face-Off tells the story of rival twin hockey stars Brad and T.J. McKendrick. What might have been a dream come true has turned into a nightmare. Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J., the bright light in his father’s eyes, is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl and competing to be captain of the team. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.
My regular blog readers might recall that this book was originally published in the early 1990s, when I was 18, and it was written in high school study halls when I was 16. Face-Off was recommended by the Hockey Hall of Fame Junior Education Program, praised by Booklist as a good read for both reluctant and proficient readers, and was included in Best Books for Young Teen Readers (Grades 7-10) in the sports category. You can read snippets of fan letters from kids on this page of my website, as well as browse retailers for the e-book and paperback versions.
When I brought Face-Off back into print and e-book formats a little over a year ago, I had no idea that an audiobook version would soon be on the horizon, thanks to the Audiobook Creation Exchange. (ACX) With his youthful voice and amazing knack for making each character sound distinct, Maxwell Glick does a fantastic job narrating this book. Face-Off has a lot of conflict and sibling rivalry and he packs his voice full of emotion. Maxwell has narrated many audiobooks, and television viewers may also recognize him from his guest starring roles on The Office, Castle, and Mental. He has also done commercials for Papa John’s and Six Flags, among his accomplishments. Max is a talented audiobook narrator, and an actor that I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of on the screen. Watch for his interview with me on January 22.
If you’re interested in hearing a sample, you can listen on Audible. If you buy the book and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review on sites such as Amazon, Audible, iTunes, or Goodreads and spreading the word. More information on my other audio titles for adults, teens and children is available here.
Listen to a sample on Audible!