Author Archive: Mary Burkey

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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March 2017 LibraryReads on Audio!

March 2017 LibraryReads on Audio!

Every time a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader along with links to Booklist reviews. (Click here to see the March 2017 LibraryReads.) For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we now also hunt down the producers of the audio versions and provide the ordering […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
166 Voices: Talking LINCOLN IN THE BARDO with George Saunders and the Team Behind the Year’s Most Ambitious Audiobook

166 Voices: Talking LINCOLN IN THE BARDO with George Saunders and the Team Behind the Year’s Most Ambitious Audiobook

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, the most hotly anticipated novel of the season, comes out today from Penguin Random House in print and on audio. The latter has garnered far more attention than most audiobooks, and not just because of its author’s pedigree. It’s also an astonishingly ambitious work: a recording containing 166 voices that took four months and […]

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Metaphysical Audio Audacity: LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders

Metaphysical Audio Audacity: LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders

A tour de force of audiobook production and a dazzling realization of Saunders’ unique authorial structure. This is a sneak preview from the March 1 issue of Booklist. Subscribe now! Short-form master Saunders’ debut novel grabs attention with audiobook audacity: a record-breaking cast of 166 voices, showcasing stars, including Susan Sarandon and Rainn Wilson, as well […]

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2017 Audie Finalists Announced

2017 Audie Finalists Announced

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for this year’s Audies, the only United States awards devoted solely to audiobooks. This year, I’m the co-chair of the coveted awards, which recognize the very best in the fastest-growing segment in publishing, and I’ve had a backstage peek at the process. If you’re curious about exactly how the […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book Awards
The Top 109 Audiobook Titles of 2016

The Top 109 Audiobook Titles of 2016

The American Library Association recognized the top audiobook titles for kids, teens, and adults at the 2017 Midwinter meeting in Atlanta. The following are must-haves for library collections and sure-fire suggestions for fans, newbies, and everyone in-between. The Association for Library Service to Children’s list of 27 audiobooks and musical recordings consists of quality titles aimed at […]

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February LibraryReads on Audio

February LibraryReads on Audio

Each month, when a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader.  For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we also hunt down the producers of the audio versions and provide the ordering information for library editions below—a handy tool for both personal listening and collection […]

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Hunting Down an Elusive Audiobook? Try WorldCat

Hunting Down an Elusive Audiobook? Try WorldCat

With WorldCat as your Watson, there’s no need for Sherlockian skills in the oft-frustrating search for audio editions. Consumers, as well as students and library patrons, often turn to large online vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to see if a title is available in audio format, but these sites don’t provide a complete picture. How could they? Some […]

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BBC Radio 4: A Spoken-Word Treasure Chest

BBC Radio 4: A Spoken-Word Treasure Chest

Are audiobooks and podcasts merging? As listeners turn to serialized stories via podcasts, and audio providers like Audible create original audio serials, the line between the two has begun to blur. One thing is clear: audiobooks and podcasts have both become increasingly popular. The Association of American Publishers announced that downloaded audio grew 31.1% in 2016, making it the fastest growing […]

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January LibraryReads on Audio

January LibraryReads on Audio

Each month, librarians across the country choose the most buzz-worthy upcoming titles to be featured in the LibraryReads top 10. I’ve searched out the audio editions for you to add to your personal listening list or library order, with details below, when available. We’ve not yet reviewed these audio titles, but you can find the print […]

The Bluford Series: An Audiobook Bonanza

The Bluford Series: An Audiobook Bonanza

Want to download an entire library of audiobooks for free? The Townsend Press offers all twenty books in teen favorite Bluford series at no charge, in formats for every device, on the Bluford series website. Long appreciated by educators for high-interest topics written in an accessible style, the Bluford series has fans from middle-schoolers to adults. Each professionally recorded […]

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