Listening to Books

If you’ve ever listened to an audiobook, you probably know that a great narrator can give us a wonderful listening experience (and worse, a poor narrator can ruin a book altogether).

book coverWhen you are looking for your next book to read, you have a variety of methods to choose from, like talking to friends, librarians or searching web resources for recommendations. Though the format is different, the options are similar when you are looking for your next book to listen to. Mary Burker of the publication Booklist is an expert and writes a blog called Audiobooker—a great place to start  searching for your next audiobook.

No matter whether you listen to audiobooks to pass the time while commuting or doing housework, to learn more about a given topic, or just because you are a person who enjoys listening to books, the resources available from AudioFile, a print magazine and also an online resource, are invaluable. AudioFile provides reviews of audiobooks and narrators throughout the year. AudioFile also produces the industry-standard awards for the best audiobooks each year.

book coverJune is National Audiobook month, and the 2011 Audie awards have just been announced—why not give a listen?

Life by Keith Richards (read by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley, featuring Keith Richards) won audiobook of the Year.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (read by Cassandra Campbell with Bahni Turpin) won for best non-fiction audiobook.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell (also an award-winning film), won best fiction audiobook.

There are many other categories and nominees to explore.  As they say in the audiobook community, get caught listening!


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