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A roundup of audiobook freebies and links for fans & librarians.

The NYT has another wonderful audiobook feature in the Sunday Book Review, “Sound Check “ by John Schwartz:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/books/review/sound-check.html?pagewanted=1&ref=books&_r=1&

School Library Journal’s “Now You’re Talking! Your Collection Won’t be Complete Without These Must-Have New Audiobooks for Tweens and Teens” has top titles for fans and librarians: http://www.slj.com/2012/11/books-media/multimedia/now-youre-talking-your-collection-wont-be-complete-without-these-must-have-new-audiobooks-for-tweens-and-teens/#_

And here’s a great list for grown-ups: the New York Time’s “One for the Road” by Marilyn Stasio, a terrific list of this year’s top mystery & thrillers on audio. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/books/review/audiobook-mystery-suggestions.html?_r=1&

Books on the Nightstand blog has an interesting podcast featuring two all-star narrators – Grover Gardner & Simon Vance, plus audio producer Tanya Perez, for over an hour of behind-the-scenes chat: http://booksonthenightstand.com/2012/11/botns-podcast-206-audiobook-narrators-in-booktopia.html

Award-winning British author Sally Gardner chooses her favorite books and audiobooks that open up the world of stories to children with dyslexia in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/oct/10/sally-gardner-top-10-dyslexia?newsfeed=true

Here’s a fun look at the roles of narrator Nick Podehl and author Chris Howard on the audiobook of Rootless. First Chris interviews Nick, and then Nick interviews Chris:  http://thebookcellarx.com/2012/11/rootless-tour-qa-with-nick-podehl-audio-book-narrator.html

If you’re looking for terrific audio downloads, head to the New Yorker’s fiction podcast – this month David Sedaris reads Miranda July’s “Roy Spivey.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/podcasts/fiction

Learning Ally, formerly  RFB&D, has announced the roll-out of a new website members to access the organization’s online library of more than 75,000 human-narrated audiobooks, including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks. I’m most interested in their announcement of a new feature called VOICEtext, which synchs sentence-to-sentence text highlighting with human narration of some of the most popular audiobook titles from Learning Ally’s online library. Sounds a lot like Amazon & Audible’s Whispersync for Voice. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10153683.htm#.UKt7iMxwDqE.mailto

The io9 blog posted this for the Thanksgiving weekend, but you might want to keeps this list on hand for the upcoming holiday get-togethers “The Best Audiobooks to Distract You from Your Family This Weekend: http://io9.com/5962470/the-best-audiobooks-to-distract-you-from-your-family-this-weekend#13535272312292&%7B”type”:”iframeUpdated”,”height”:1885

The AARP blog featured “An App for the Long Distance Bedtime Story” which focused on Oceanhouse Media’s “Record and Share” feature of Dr. Seuss classics. A great way for grandparent to readloud to grandkids far away.  http://blog.aarp.org/2012/11/15/an-app-for-the-long-distance-bedtime-story/

There’s been some interesting conversation on the ALSC blog about toddler screen time with  technology such as Oceanhouse Media’s book apps. Take a look at these two sides of the issues, plus more, and see where you stand:

Face It! You Are a Children’s Librarian in the Digital Age http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/11/face-it-you-are-a-childrens-librarian-in-the-digital-age/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlscBlog+%28ALSC+Blog%29

I Work For Children, Not Technology http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/11/i-work-for-children/

Paul Ruben’s blog is an insider’s look at the advice that one of the best audio producer-director shares with narrator. Always worth a look. Here’s his newest post: http://www.paul-alan-ruben.com/2012/11/a-narrators-quick-fix-cheat-sheet-part.html

Need a little light reading for the holidays? Tantor has a freebie – the audiobook & eBook download of The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, narrated by Michael Page. Maybe this will explain what sugarplums are! Here’s the link: http://www.tantor.com/BookDetail.asp?Product=B0128_InterpretationDreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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