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Today’s FREE audiobook Frankenstein

It’s no trick –  treat yourself to the perfect Halloween season listen:  Frankenstein, narrated by Simon Vance (Booklist’s 2008 Voice of Choice). Tantor Audio is offering the free download of the 8 hour, 30 minute classic for a “limited time,” so I suggest downloading it NOW. Just visit the Tantor website here and grab the MP3.

I love having audiobooks as an MP3 – I can add to my iPod, cell phone, or – my new favorite for audiobook listening – my Kindle 3. The Kindle won’t allow download of many non-Audible audiobook formats (for example, those downloaded from the public library) but you can drag-n-drop MP3 audiobooks onto the Kindle as if they were music files. One thing I don’t like? That Amazon (owner of Audible) has not yet enabled playing a professionally narrated audiobook downloaded from Audible (or an MP3) WHILE following along with the book. I know that following the text while listening to the robotic Kindle text-to-speech is a technique used by some readers, but it would be so much better to have a real person doing the reading. And while I’m making my wish list, how about bundled purchase of both print & professional audiobook of bestsellers in a single package or download – just like Tantor has been doing with their nearly 300 classics plus companion PDF eBook on disc!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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