Audiobooks

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 […]

Get Ready for LA LA LAND with These Books about Musicals

Get Ready for LA LA LAND with These Books about Musicals

Fans of musicals on stage and screen are cheering the recent New York Times headline, “‘La La Land’ Makes Musicals Matter Again.” And why not? What better antidote to hard times than the pleasure of singing (and possibly even dancing) along with hero and heroine on their way to better days? While we’re waiting to […]

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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THE BUBBLE BOOKS: Adorable Antique Audiobooks

THE BUBBLE BOOKS: Adorable Antique Audiobooks

An antique audiobook has inspired a collector to share a hidden piece of history. The Guardian reports that the collector, prompted by publicity surrounding the publication of Matthew Rubrey’s The Untold Story of the Talking Book, which chronicles the early days of recorded books, has contacted Rubrey about a 1935 recording of Joseph Conrad’s novella Typhoo produced […]

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Snack-Sized Nonfiction Audio for Kids

Snack-Sized Nonfiction Audio for Kids

Looking for short, high-interest audio for the classroom or your kid’s spare moments? Try the Nonfiction Minute, a daily morsel of free, original content with the audio of the text read aloud by the author—a great opportunity for young people hear favorites like Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Vicki Cobb, David Schwartz, Jan Greenberg, and Cheryl Harness. As Dr. […]

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Audiobooks: Read all about ’em!

Audiobooks: Read all about ’em!

Audiobooks are the hottest thing going in publishing, yet there are few books that give an insider’s view of how the (aural) sausage gets made. Luckily, there’s a terrific new book that gives an eminently readable overview of the history of audiobooks: The Untold Story of the Talking Book by Matthew Rubery, just released by Harvard […]

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November LibraryReads on Audio

November LibraryReads on Audio

Crisp fall weather: perfect for a walk in the woods while listening to one of the terrific November LibraryReads audiobook titles. 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 […]