Audiobooks

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 […]

Buzzworthy Erotic Audiobooks

Buzzworthy Erotic Audiobooks

On the heels of #SeptemberRomance comes a slightly NSFW innovation that I just have to share: this Daily Mirror story, “Literature with an Added Buzz: Company Creates Vibrator that Works in Time with Erotic Audiobooks. . . and It Can Even be Controlled Remotely by a Partner.” With a title like that, I don’t have much more to […]

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Top Romance on Audio

Top Romance on Audio

The American Association of Publishers reported a 35.3% increase in audiobook downloads—the strongest gain in any literary format—as well as a lusty boom in audio production: 9,630 more titles were published than in the previous year, bringing the number of audiobooks published in 2015 up to 35,574. That’s an increase of 29,374 titles in the past five years—and […]

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Middle-Aged Guys Who Suck at Reading

MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang and comic book- and visual artist Thien Pham collaborated on the 2011 graphic novel, Level Up. More recently, they teamed up to produce the Middle-Aged Asian Guy Book Club video podcast, sponsored by Reading Rockets, in order to share their newfound love of YA romance novels. (Aww.) First up: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. During […]