Oprah’s audiobook picks

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I couldn’t agree more – 7 awesome audiobooks picked by Oprah as titles that “sound better than the printed version.” Isn’t that the mark of a truly terrific audio? The narration and production recreate the author’s words into an experience that must be heard. The very best combine outstanding writing with an audio that just pours those words into your brain. Here are seven titles that Oprah has featured in her website’s  “Fall Reading” feature. I must say, I am a disappointed that the blurbs on Oprah’s site don’t credit the narrator. But I will! Librarians, get read for a ton of requests & reserves on these titles. And audiobook addicts, these are simply marvelous. Be sure to put these on your “essential listens” list!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, narrated By Edoardo Ballerini

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, narrated By Colin Firth

The Help by Kathryn Stockett, narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell

In a Sunburned Country written & read by Bill Bryson

Society’s Child: My Autobiography written and read by Janis Ian

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, narrated By Dean Robertson

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale

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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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