Audiobooks

2017 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Finalists

2017 Audiobook of the Year Audie Award Finalists

As co-chair of the Audie Awards, I am thrilled to announce the finalists for Audiobook of the Year and for Excellence in Design, Excellence in Marketing, and Excellence in Production, the premier levels of industry honors bestowed by the Audio Publishers Association. You can check out the full roster of the other Audie Award nominees here. […]

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April LibraryReads on Audio!

April 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 April 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 […]

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Women Reading Women: Audiobooks that Celebrate Female Achievement

Women Reading Women: Audiobooks that Celebrate Female Achievement

Highlighting women from Supreme Court Justices to explorers to queens and more, books that celebrate women and their accomplishments abound, and many are also available on audio. Discover their stories while you commute, walk, shop, cook, or simply relax. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore, read by Robin Miles […]

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A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook

A Suggestion for EGOT Hopefuls: Narrate an Audiobook

Lin Manuel-Miranda was so close. Had Moana only won an Oscar for Best Original Song, he might have completed an EGOT, the acronym earned by those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Too bad he couldn’t score an Oscar for his mad audiobook skills – just check out his Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of […]

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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

At one million words and 61 hours, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem tops the list of longest audiobooks—but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to it. Narrator Simon Vance’s informed reading makes Moore’s hallucinogenic style and provocative ideas intelligible. But not every narrator has the skill and energy required to make a lengthy book exceptional listening. These narrators do. […]

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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 […]

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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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