Early presents! Booklist’s complete list of 2010’s top titles & five chances to win. Thirteen is your lucky number – you’ll find 13 audiobook titles for adults, and 13 for children & teens on the list below, linked to the Booklist reviews for more information, plus 13 days to win. Ever wonder just HOW many titles make the cut in Booklist’s recommended-only-reviews policy? Keir Graff expalins:
Here’s a quick accounting: we published 7,897 reviews, both in the pages of Booklist and on Booklist Online, in 2010. Of those reviews, 880 were starred (about 1 in 10), and 192 were selected for Editors’ Choice (about 1 in 40). Of those 192 Editors’ Choice selections, 8 made Top of the List, which means that any given book, audiobook, video, or database reviewed by Booklist had about a 1 in 1,000 chance of making Top of the List. (The likelihood of material mailed to us being selected for Top of the List is more like 1 in 7,500, if you’re curious.)
Yikes! But even dedicated audiobooks reviewers don’t have time to listen to each & every title released, no matter how many top-of-the-list-lists out there! So here’s how you can enter to win one of five book app+audio downloads from Oceanhouse Media for your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. Just leave a comment on this post with your favorite audiobook of the year – fiction, nonfiction, adult, or youth – whether you are suggesting a new title or are chiming in with a “me too” to a Booklist choice. I’ll randomly pick two winners on December 24th for How the Grinch Stole Christmas! & The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree. Then on January 6th, I’ll choose three more New Year’s gifts: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Hop on Pop, & Dr. Seuss’s ABC . Winners can pass along the gift codes to a lucky youngster, or revisit a childhood favorite in a whole new way. Wondering just how hot toddler apps are? Apple announced the Top 10 apps in the iPhone Books category for 2010: Oceanhouse had 2 of the top 10: #3 Dr. Seuss’s ABC & #7 The Cat in the Hat – and of the Top 10 apps in the iPad Books category for 2010, Oceanhouse had 5 of the top 10: #2 The Cat in the Hat, #5 Green Eggs and Ham, #6 Dr. Seuss’s ABC, #7 The Lorax, #8 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. I’ll be focusing more on the whole books-as-app topic in my next Voices in My Head column in Booklist: “Audiobook + App = Digital Synchronicity.”
Interested in the WHOLE Editors’ Choice list of great videos, fiction, nonfiction, reference (both print and online), picture books, and more? Click here for this year’s complete roundup of Booklist’s top choices. And congratulations to the list of 2010’s top audiobook producers & narrators below!
Audio for Adults
The Brutal Telling. By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2009. 13hr. Blackstone, CS, $72.95 (9781433297083); CD, $105 (9781433297090).
The Coral Thief. By Rebecca Stott. Read by Simon Prebble. 2010. 9hr. Tantor, CD, $69.99 (9781400143382).
The Eyre Affair. By Jasper Fforde. Read by Susan Duerden. 2010. 12hr. Books on Tape, CD, $90 (9781415966648).
Fault Lines. By Nancy Huston. Read by Edwina Wren. 2010. 10hr. Bolinda, CD, $87.95 (9781742140926).
Freedom. By Jonathan Franzen. Read by David Ledoux. 2010. 25hr. Macmillan/AudioGO, CD, $99.95 (9780792773214).
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. By Heidi W. Durrow. Read by Emily Bauer and others. 2010. 7hr. HighBridge, CD, $29.95 (9781598879230).
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. By Stieg Larsson. Read by Simon Vance. 2010. 20hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307735010).
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. By Rebecca Skloot. Read by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin. 2010. 12.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $100 (9780307712523).
Juliet. By Anne Fortier. Read by Cassandra Campbell. 2010. 20hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307701930).
Rain Gods. By James Lee Burke. Read by Tom Stechschulte. 2009. 16hr. Recorded Books, CS, $113.75 (9781440727047); CD, $123.75 (9781440727054).
The Scent of Rain and Lightning. By Nancy Pickard. Read by Tavia Gilbert. 2010. 9hr. Blackstone, CS, $65.95 (9781441747716); CD, $90 (9781441747723).
Secrets of Eden. By Chris Bohjalian. Read by Mark Bramhall and others. 2010. 11.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $100 (9780307705051).
Wolf Hall. By Hilary Mantel. Read by Simon Slater. 2009. 23hr. Macmillan/AudioGO, CD, $129.95 (9780792771159).
Audio for Youth
Alchemy and Meggy Swann. By Karen Cushman. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2010. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $38 (9780307710246). Gr. 4–8.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll. Read by Miriam Margolyes. 2010. 3hr. Bolinda, CD, $54.95 (9781742147130). Gr. 4–7.
Before I Fall. By Lauren Oliver. Read by Sarah Drew. 2010. 12.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $50 (9780307746856). Gr. 9–12.
Go Waggaloo. 2009. 34min. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, CD, $11.98. PreS–Gr. 3.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. By Maryrose Wood. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2010. 5.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780307711229). Gr. 4–6.
Mockingjay. By Suzanne Collins. Read by Carolyn McCormick. 2010. 12hr. Scholastic, CD, $84.99 (9780545101448). Gr. 6–12.
Muchacho. By LouAnne Johnson. Read by Ozzie Rodriguez. 2009. 5hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780739385999). Gr. 8–12.
Out of My Mind. By Sharon M. Draper. Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson. 2010. 7hr. Recorded Books, CS, $51.75 (9781440756115); CD, $66.75 (9781440756153). Gr. 5–8.
Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy. By L. A. Meyer. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2010. 12hr. Listen and Live, CD, $29.95 (9781593164836). Gr. 7–12.
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Read by Dion Graham. 2010. 4hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97 (9781441871565). Gr. 7–12.
This Jazz Man. By Karen Ehrhardt. Read by James “D-Train” Williams. 2010. 12min. Live Oak, CD, $28.95 (9781430107408). PreS–Gr. 2.
The True Meaning of Smekday. By Adam Rex. Read by Bahni Turpin. 2010. 10.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $65 (9780307711120). Gr. 5–9.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. By John Green and David Levithan. Read by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. 2010. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $71.97 (9781441842602). Gr. 9–12.