The Last Open Road to Debut as Audiobook at Road America
Burt Levy's "The Last Open Road" Audiobook to Debut at Road America July 18-21, as Cult-Classic Book Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
David Hobbs and Redman, both of whom voice supporting roles in the audiobook, will join Levy in the Road America Paddock Shop to sign copies of their own books, "Hobbo: Motor Racer, Motor Mouth" and "Brian Redman: Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks," as well as copies of the new audiobook and a commemorative Audiobook Premiere poster. "The W.I.C. debut is an excellent fit, since the original book debuted at the same event exactly 25 years ago," said Levy. "And Brian is one of many famous racing personalities (along with Hobbs, Ray Evernham, Tommy Kendall, Patrick Long, Skip Barber, Spencer Pumpelly, John Morton, Mark Greene, Marino Franchitti, Bill Warner and several others) to play supporting character roles in the new audiobook." "The Last Open Road" is a humorous and historically accurate tale of 19-year-old New Jersey gas-station mechanic Buddy Palumbo's adventures as he's swept up in the glamorous, dangerous, upper-crust and occasionally decadent world of open-road sports car racing during the Eisenhower '50s.
Originally self-published after being turned down by major fiction publishers, it is currently in its 10th hardcover printing and has emerged as a cult classic on the motorsports and collector-car scenes.
The audiobook is presented in the style of a 1950s radio play, including professional voice actor Greg Beastrom as narrator, sound effects, period music, authentic engine noises and celebrity guest voices in smaller character roles.
"I'm thrilled that 'The Last Open Road' audiobook is finally finished - it's taken three years of effort - and that so many famous motoring personalities wanted to be a part of it," Levy added.
The new audiobook runs nearly 22 hours in length, and will be available as MP3 files on a USB flash drive (at $55), and as a 22-disc CD set (at $65). Both will include a bonus video file or DVD disc of "Ride with Burt" videos, features and interviews.
-orders are now being taken at www.lastopenroad.com