Listening to Books by Maggie Gram

The n+1 literary magazine’s blog features a wonderful reflection on all things audiobook in this February 9 post, written by Maggie Gram. What audiobooker hasn’t experienced something just like this:

At the end of the book, when the novel breaks the fourth wall and transforms the narrator into a character in the genealogical story (“The baby boy, six weeks old, was me“), I actually gasped out loud. I hadn’t known that was going to happen; when you’re listening to an audio book you don’t read the back cover and you can’t glance down at a chapter’s last line. Then I cried, running down the hill by the Vanderbilt playground, stupid tears over the closeness of history.

Do yourself a favor and read the entire lengthy blog post – a lovely valentine to audiobooks!



Posted in: Audiobooks

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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  1. Thank you for share Maggie Gram’s post and a lovely valentine indeed!

    A friend shared with me: “I too have felt snubbed by people who regard audiobooks as not “real” reading. I feel vindicated after reading this essay. Very thought-provoking piece. Uh, is there an audio version available?”

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