Audiobooks

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 […]

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A Star-Studded Starvaganza of Star-Caliber Audiobooks Narrated by Stars

A Star-Studded Starvaganza of Star-Caliber Audiobooks Narrated by Stars

The audiobook for George Saunders’ new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, used an unprecedented 166 narrators—many of them celebrities—to tell an unconventional story of Abraham Lincoln morning his young son. (Mary Burkey interviewed Saunders and his production team to learn how it all came together.) But audiobooks narrated by a single celebrity narrators aren’t at all […]

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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 […]

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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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Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Congratulations, Mary Burkey! Booklister Wins the Louis Shores Award

Mary Burkey, who writes the Booklist column Voices in My Head and our very own Audiobooker column, has won the Louis Shores Award.  Her win, announced Sunday at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards, recognizes “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.” Per the announcement: The audiobook […]

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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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