Alfred C. Martino: Entrepreneur, Author
Alfred C. Martino isn't just an audiobook executive, he's also an author.Alfred serves as president of Listen & Live Audio, the company he co-founded in 1994 with his partner Alisa Weberman. Since then, they've put out hundreds of great audio titles including Tea House On Mulberry Street, by Irish author, Sharon Owens, and the very popular YA series of Bloody Jack books, written by L.A. Meyer and superbly read by the Audie-award-winning narrator Katy Kellgren. All of L&L's titles are available on Playaway.
I recently took a listen to Over the End Line and found it very engaging. As a forty-something who grew up on the East Coast, it's evocation of the early-Eighties high school scene rang very true for me, as did its references to the New York Cosmos and such soccer luminaries of the day as Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and Giorgio Chinaglia. The themes of popularity, friendship, love, and responsibility all rang very true as well.
The story should be engaging even for reluctant readers (I performed a pretty successful test on my reluctant nephew). There's some profanity, a little bit of discreetly described teen sex, and a fair amount of high-school partying, early-eighties style. This rough stuff is presented frankly enough to catch the interest of teen readers, but it's not glorified. The audio production is expertly narrated by Todd Licea.
Alfred's titles are available on Playaway.
You can learn more about Alfred at www.AlfredMartino.com and Listen & Live Audio at: www.Listenandlive.com