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The Mind’s Ear

Article in the NYT on the power of audiobooks – James Parker, Entertainment columnist for The Atlantic has a great article, The Mind’s Ear, in the Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times, pondering the impact of the narrator’s voice in interpreting literature. Here’s a great quote from the piece:

And where do I hear him? Why, in my mind’s ear — the invisible tympanum against which every sentence must be tested. There’s a kind of species honesty involved in the act of giving voice to the written word. Writers will tell you that nothing lays bare the flaws and falsities of a passage like reading it aloud. And there is liberation, too. Children will tell you that being read to frees them up, licenses their imaginations, unhooks them from the fussy horizontal crawl of the printed page.

Do yourself a favor – click here and read the whole thing. I’m sure you – like me – will find a few recommended titles to add to your to-be-listened-to list!

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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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