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News You Can Use: 20 Audiobook Links

Politics, music icons, audio for dogs, the year’s best titles & more. Here’s a mega round-up of all things audiobook!

Audible has announced their list of the best audiobooks & narrator of the year:

What are audiobook aficionados from across the pond listening to this holiday season? Read Sue Arnold’s suggestions in The Guardian – Christmas Gifts 2012 the Best Audiobooks:

Hopefully, you saw my post on the 2013 Grammy audiobook nominees here:

People magazine gave Grammy nominee Michelle Obama & her audiobook American Grown a nod in this article:,,20654182,00.html

This year’s Grammy nominations even make the political news, with a second rematch between an Obama and Bill Clinton on the Politico blog:

A rich and fascinating collection of audio interviews with over 200 music industry icons – the Library of Congress’ Joe Smith Collection:

Read while you work out – audiobook suggestions from the Fit Bottomed Girls blog:

And another view of exercise while listening – the Wall Street Journal’s What Makes Dickens a Lousy Running Buddy?:

The Wall Street Journal is on an audiobook kick – here’s a feature on the movie “The Guilt Trip,” where Seth Rogan & Barbra Streisand listen to the audiobook of Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides:

Need a nice long listen for these dark, cold nights? Read this review in The Spectator on Naxos’ recording of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past narrated by Neville Jason, an audiobook landmark at 150 hours:

Kids & teens have suggestions in Stories for Winter Nights – suggestions for youth audios from SLJ columnists Sharon Grover & Liz Hannegan:

The Literate Housewife blog has a wonderful feature going all month long – Baby, It’s Cold Outside, interviews with one of your favorite narrators every single weekday!:

The Making of an Audio Book, a terrific interview by author Rhys Bowen,who  chatted with the narrator of her  Royal Spyness series, Katy Kellgren:

A fun collection from Flavorwire, with famous authors reading holiday stories:

If you’ve never visited the BBC4 website to explore the amazing collection of streaming audio of great books read aloud, now’s the time. There are just a couple of days left to hear classic golden age mysteries by Victor Whitechurch, but there’s always something good to hear. Thanks to the Bunburyist blog for the link:

Abbreviated Audio has an interview with narrator & voice actor John Pruden with insights on the secrets of the sound booth:

And another author on the experience of listening, with a focus on audio for the vision-impaired – The Newtown Review of Books’ The Godfather: Peter Corris on Talking Books:

Now here’s a unique audio article from the Social Robot blog – How Listening to Audiobooks Can Help Your Marketing Strategy:

And another oddball one from The Guardian – Can an Audiobook Cure Your Dog’s Fear of Fireworks?:

And on a personal note – I’ll be flat on my back with my foot higher than my head for the next three weeks after foot surgery, with limited movement for two weeks after that. Thank heavens I’m a member of ALA’s Young Adult Amazing Audiobooks committee – I have STACKS of great audiobooks on hand. Plus, I’m a judge for the Audies and have a batch of great listening before voting. And there’s those adult & youth review copies for my Booklist column & audio reviews. I will be in listening heaven!  Only a complete audio addict would look forward to an extended recovery period as a chance to catch up on listening 🙂




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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