Audiobooks

July 2015 LibraryReads on Audio!

July 2015 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 July 2015 LibraryReads.) But what about those of you who prefer to listen rather than read? As a service to you, I hunted down the producers of […]

Celebrate June Is Audiobook Month with Celebrity Narrators

Celebrate June Is Audiobook Month with Celebrity Narrators

How to celebrate June Is Audiobook Month #audiomonth? Show some love for the true celebrities behind the mic: professional narrators. The rapidly changing world of audiobook publishing has resulted in challenges as digital technology ramps up the recording timetable, while economic factors have resulted in ever-increasing tasks for the vocal talent. Fortunately, the very best narrators […]

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Kirby Heyborne: Booklist’s 2015 Voice of Choice

Versatile audiobook virtuoso Kirby Heyborne has voiced over 300 audiobooks, picking up accolades galore. His amazing performances on the 2012 and 2014 Odyssey Award winners Rotters and Scowler, both written by Daniel Kraus and published on audio by Listening Library, stand out as benchmarks of excellence. Heyborne’s the absolutely perfect person to be recognized as this year’s “Voice of Choice,” […]

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2015 Audie Award Winners Announced

2015 Audie Award Winners Announced

The Audie Award winners were announced last evening at a Gala in New York, hosted by Jack Gantos. Selected by the Audio Publishers Association, the Audie Awards celebrate the best in recorded literature. Click here to revisit Mary Burkey’s post on the finalists or visit http://www.theaudies.com/ to learn more about the awards. The winning titles […]

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Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production Finalists Announced

Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production Finalists Announced

Two premiere awards given by the Audio Publishers Association will be named at the annual Audies Awards on May 28th, and today the nominees were released. As a current Audies Award judge, I know that this year’s roster of nominees for the 30 individual category Audies Awards contains the very best in audio enjoyment. As […]

Listen Up Librarians: Over $600 Worth of Free Audiobooks!

Listen Up Librarians: Over $600 Worth of Free Audiobooks!

Starting on May 7, audiobook program SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads every week through August 13—a current young adult title along with a thematically-paired classic. Your own library of more than $600 worth of audiobook titles, in MP3 format compatible with any digital player or computer, and the choices are top titles from the best audiobook […]

The 2015 Odyssey Award Interview with Live Oak Media

The 2015 Odyssey Award Interview with Live Oak Media

I recently interviewed director and narrator Dion Graham, winner of Booklist‘s 2012 “Voice of Choice,” along with Arnie and Debra Cardillo, owners of independent, family-owned Live Oak Media about the recording of H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, which also features the vocal talents of H.O.R.S.E.‘s author and illustrator Christopher Myers. The complete H.O.R.S.E. […]

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On World Read Aloud Day, We Need Diverse Audiobooks

On World Read Aloud Day, We Need Diverse Audiobooks

Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day every day with audiobooks! World Read Aloud Day, observed on the first Wednesday in March, is a global program that calls attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. […]

Remembering Leonard Nimoy With His Audio Performance in War of the Worlds
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy With His Audio Performance in War of the Worlds

The passing of the multi-talented actor and artist Nimoy has shocked fans who mourn the loss of the icon Mr. Spock. Nimoy reprises his Star Trek role on many audiobooks detailing the Star Trek world, narrates his biography I Am Spock (1995), and performs on spoken word recordings in the NPR series “Selected Shorts.” His voice will […]

The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2015 Audies Award Finalists
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The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2015 Audies Award Finalists

Thirty categories of audio excellence, all genres for all ages. These titles are very best in recorded literature, selected by the Audio Publishers Association in the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. I was thrilled to take part in the process as a judge, and can attest to […]

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