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Articles & links of interest to audiobook enthusiasts. Here’s a round-up of industry and insider happenings – from the current big batch of news, it looks like everyone’s gearing up for June is Audiobook Month!

Social media has been abuzz over the last week about fantastic articles on the awesomeness of all things audio. Each one of these articles is a definitely a must-read:

The Pleasures of Being Read To by John Colapinto from The New Yorker blog, May 16, 2012. A bit of history & brain research, with a tribute to the great narrator Frank Muller.

Let’s Go Reading in the Car by Judith Shulevitz from the New York Times, May 18, 2012. An ode to the joys of audio on the road, with great vacation listening suggestions.

The Voice by John Schwartz from the New York Times, May 18, 2012. A homage to the power of a great audiobook narrator.

Audiobooks: the Insomniac’s Dream by Mark Mason from The Spectator, May 19 2012. The dreamy joy of bedtime listening.

Road Trip Survival Guide by Molly Lions from USA Weekend, May 18, 2012. Tips to keep your family sane on the road, with five can’t-miss family listening audiobook suggestions.

Freebies & great suggestions for good listening:             

SYNC is back, and begins June 14th! This amazing promotion features two totally FREE   audiobook downloads each week, all summer long. Be sure to sign up for free text messages to remind you to grab one classic and one young adult title every week. And share the promotional material with librarians, teachers, and parents!  http://www.audiobooksync.com/

The All About Romance blog often features audio, most recently In “Speaking of Audiobooks: A Beginner’s Guide,” with plenty of great suggestions: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8220

Christian Audio has a freebie for you – Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson, narrated by Maurice England (3.5 Hrs.) Download here: http://christianaudio.com/free/

Love a good mystery? Get the list of Booklist’s Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks: 2012 here: http://www.booklistonline.com/Top-10-Crime-Fiction-Audiobooks-2012-SueEllen-Beauregard/pid=5424557

Industry news to note:

EBSCOhost makes audiobook selection easy for libraries, with nine prepackaged sets of titles chosen specifically to fulfill niche areas of interest. Here’s the press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/EBSCO/Audiobooks/prweb9517306.htm

Should the narrator be recognized as part of an award-winning audio production team? Not according to the Emmy Awards. Check out this story from the Voice Over Times: http://www.voiceovertimes.com/2011/06/06/are-narrators-a-part-of-an-audio-production-team/

And be sure to check out Audiobooker tomorrow for an interview with mystery author Louise Penny & narrator Ralph Cosham – two partners in crime who create great listening!

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Mary Burkey is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian in the Olentangy School District in Columbus, Ohio.

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