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Booklist’s BEST audiobooks & gift give-aways!

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.



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.

5 Comments on "Booklist’s BEST audiobooks & gift give-aways!"

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  1.' Barbara says:

    My favorite audiobook of 2010 was Pickwick Papers written in 1837 it was Charles Dickens’ debut novel,published at the time as a serial. It was, and is, completely brilliant, with vivid characters and a series of incidents, many of which called forth the response “Yes! It is still that way! These do resolve into a plot with a satisfying conclusion, with all the characters joined. Though long, this delight is easily broken into segments for listening. It is perfect as an audiobook and was to my ecstatic delight, released as such by Blackstone featuring the brilliant performance of that master of character and humor, Simon Prebble.

  2.' IanK says:

    My favorite this year is the download-only “Of Thee I Sing” by Barack Obama, narrated by Andre Braugher. Terrific music, heartfelt message to children encouraging their dreams – perfect for my daughter.

  3.' AnnaF says:

    Our whole family loves the Knuffle Bunny books & audios – Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, and Knuffle Bunny Free. No matter how old you are, you will love Knuffle Bunny! Hilarious and sentimental, too.

  4.' Anastasia says:

    I really enjoyed “The Help” with the multiple narrators, but this came out in 2009 even though I listened in 2010. For 2010, I enjoyed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the latest Maisie Dobbs (“The Mapping of Love and Death”), and Laura Lippman’s “I’d Know You Anywhere”. Looking forward to checking out some of the titles you recommend too.

  5.' Ed Spicer says:

    Many favorites this year. I loved The Sky is Everywhere. I also think the narrator of The Magician’s Elephant is excellent!

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