Today’s Video Break: Tim Ditlow

Meet the man with the Midas touch. A lifetime spent in the YA & Children’s audiobook publishing field has given Tim Ditlow an unparalleled depth of knowledge. From his groundbreaking work leading Listening Library, the company founded by his mother & father, to his current position as Vice President, Young Adult and Children’s Acquisition Editor for Brilliance Audio, the Ditlow touch has resulted in countless unforgettable audio productions.

Setting the standard for unabridged children’s novels? Ditlow. Securing U.S. rights for for the Harry Potter audiobooks and casting Jim Dale as narrator? Ditlow. Spearheading the full cast recording of The Golden Compass with author Phillip Pullman as narrator? Ditlow. Initiating the availability of visual content, such as photos and illustrations, on disc as audiobook bonus content? Ditlow. You can hear the result of his Midas acquisition touch on two of this year’s Odyssey Honor titles: The Knife of Never Letting Go and will grayson, will grayson.

Today’s video is courtesy of Ed Spicer‘s spicyguyreader YouTube channel. Enjoy this nine minute video – here’s Ed’s description:

Tim Ditlow talks about the world of audio books. He talks about how students could explore becoming a narrator, about what makes a good audio book, and the differences between audio and print. He makes a great case for why audio books are an important and necessary addition for schools and teachers. He does all this and still seems like someone we would want for our best friend.



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.

3 Comments on "Today’s Video Break: Tim Ditlow"

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  1.' Ed Spicer says:

    Thanks, Mary! Tim is a treasure!

  2.' Rob West says:

    I think this video was great to see and I would have to agree also that listening is a skill. I have three young daughters and I was just talking to them the other day about practicing the skill of listening.

    I do enjoy reading and I go get so much out of holding a book and actually reading the words. For me though the audiobook provides something a traditional book can not. When I drive I want to enjoy my books.

    I think that listening to audiobooks has also made me a better listener. Really no matter if it is reading or listening to a book they both require focus and practice to get the most out of.

    Thanks for posting this video 🙂

  3.' Sarah McCarville says:

    Great to hear this discussion of audiobooks! I love that Tim said that he looks for a book that “sings to him” when searching for what they will record, and that not every book should be recorded.

    “The Knife of Never Letting Go” was one of those audiobooks that sang to me, with an incredible interpretation of the “noise”. And “Peace, Locomotion” — there are so many scenes in that book that I’ll never forget, beautifully narrated by Dion Graham.

    Great video, Tim!

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