Audiobook Stars: 10 Top Titles for April 2016

AudiobookerFans will find guaranteed great listening with any of the 36 audiobook titles Booklist reviewed in April, but just 10 received a coveted starred review for notably exceptional audio in genre or format. For the best in the art of audiobook production and narration, check out the adult and youth starred reviews below, and stay tuned for our monthly roundup of audiobook stars here at the Booklist Reader.


Audiobook stars, April 2016: 

American Housewife audioAmerican Housewife
 By Helen Ellis.  Read by Kathleen McInerney, Rebecca Lowman, Dorothy Dillingham Blue and Lisa Cordileone.



Anna and the Swallow Man audioAnna and the Swallow Man. By Gavriel Savit. Read by Allan Corduner.



Miss Ruffles audioMiss Ruffles Inherits Everything. By Nancy Martin. Read by Suzie Althens.



Lucy Barton audioMy Name Is Lucy Barton. By Elizabeth Strout. Read by Kimberly Farr.



Orphan X. By Gregg Hurwitz. Read by Scott Brick.



Rain Dogs. By Adrian McKinty. Read by Gerard Doyle.



Sacred HungerSacred Hunger Audiobook. By Barry Unsworth. Read by David Rintoul.



Salt to the Sea audioSalt to the Sea. By Ruta Sepetys. Read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Michael Crouch and Cassandra Morris.



    The God’s Eye View. By Barry Eisler. Read by Barry Eisler.God's Eye View audio



Hired Girl audioThe Hired GirlBy Amy Schlitz. Read by Rachel Botchan.


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For over 100 years, Booklist magazine has helped more readers find more titles than any other publication. Published by the American Library Association, Booklist magazine delivers over 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, video, and DVD titles each year remains a highly selective guide for readers, viewers, and listeners. When Booklist reviews a title, that title is recommended for purchase for library and media center collections. Booklist holds audiobooks to the same standards of quality and authenticity as print materials. However, audiobook reviewers must also evaluate the production techniques unique to the format, such as narration and overall reflection of the audiobook’s ability to convey the content of a given work. 

About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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