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Mary Burkey, a teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict, writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets

Friday, April 18, 2014 10:17 am
Freebie Friday: 7 downloadable audiobooks for all ages & interests
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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What a terrific roundup of FREE audios – from children’s classic to business advice, here’s something for everyone!

Random House Audio continues their great “Try Audio” promotion with a new batch of titles. Download these, and bookmark to check back later – there’s a constantly changing selection for listeners! Plus tons of audio info and suggestions. Here’s the link: http://www.tryaudiobooks.com/  And here’s the list of titles:

Jack Reacher’s Rules  Written by Lee Child  Read by Dick Hill and Lee Child

Lost and Found in Cedar Cove  Written by Debbie Macomber Read by Lorelei King

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Written by Lewis Carroll Read by Jim Dale

Griftopia Written by Matt Taibbi Read by Patrick Egan

The Darwin Elevator  Written by Jason M. Hough Read by Simon Vance

Garlic and Sapphires  Written by Ruth Reichl Read by Ruth Reichl

And here’s an interesting audio twist! Online shoe mega-vendor Zappos is offering a free audiobook featuring their business philosophy, with a foreward read by Zappos’ founder. Here’s the download link for Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright: http://about.zappos.com/tribal Plus, get more freebies on the book’s website here: http://www.triballeadership.net/book




Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:58 am
Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production finalists announced
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for recognition as the top audiobooks of the year, to be announced at the 2014 Audies Award Gala, the “Oscars of Audiobooks.” Check out this Audiobooker post for the nominees in all 29 award categories. Here are highlight’s of today’s press release about the premier Audies awards:

Titles competing for Audiobook of the Year are distinguished by excellence in production as well as their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through exceptionally creative and innovative marketing. The three titles competing for Audiobook of the Year, along with comments from the judges, are:

· Still Foolin’ ’Em; written and narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio. “A seamless blend of single voice narration and live performances does for the audiobook medium what Billy Crystal’s opening acts have done for the Oscars, which is to bring in a larger audience. In a word: ‘Mahvelous.’”

· The Testament of Mary; by Colm Tóibin; narrated by Meryl Streep; Simon & Schuster Audio. “Sometimes a great narrator can enrich and elevate even a critically acclaimed title. Meryl Streep does that here, transforming Colm Tóibin’s imaginative, provocative, and poignant novella into a masterpiece.

· The Things They Carried; by Tim O’Brien; narrated by Bryan Cranston; Audible, Inc. “Brought to life by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Tim O’Brien’s modern classic The Things They Carried immediately transports the listener to the steamy jungles of Vietnam and the chilly waters of Lake Superior.”

The Distinguished Achievement in Production award recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence. This year’s judges identified three finalists:

· Ender’s Game Alive; by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast; Audible, Inc. “A full cast lead by luminaries such as Scott Brick, Kirby Heyborne, and Janis Ian create an electric presentation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Featuring a script written specifically by Card for this production, Ender’s Game Alive is sure to create more fans for this science fiction classic through its intriguing plot, spot-on music and sound effects, and charismatic performances.”

· Matilda; by Roald Dahl; narrated by Kate Winslet; Penguin Audio. “Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda, with Kate Winslet’s pitch-perfect narration of the audiobook. From the clever and precocious Matilda and her schoolmates to the awful overbearing Miss Trunchbull and the sweet Miss Honey, Winslet delivers a performance that captures the characters and the spirit of the book.”

· Pete Seeger: The Storm King; by Pete Seeger, edited by Jeff Haynes; read by Pete Seeger; Hachette Audio. “A sterling mixture of stories, narratives, poems, and music, this outstanding audio features intimate, seemingly unscripted commentary from Seeger in which he regales listeners with stories about his childhood, family life, career, and much more.”

Young adult author Libba Bray will host this year’s Audie Awards Gala. The New York Times bestselling author  is also the recipient of a 2012 Audie Award for Best Narration by the Author for her novel Beauty Queens.

This year the APA will present a Special Achievement Award to George Guidall, an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment.

I’ll be in NYC on May 29th for the ceremony, and will update you with the winners as soon as they are announced!




Friday, April 4, 2014 9:20 am
Freebie Friday: 14 FREE Poetry Month audio & print resources
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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Celebrate Poetry Month by listening to classic, modern & children’s poetry – just click below for audio links, poet biographies, informational podcasts, and searchable collections of online poems. Plus, stop by Dr. Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children” blog for incredible FREE printables of exclusive poems from the stars of children’s poetry as well as ready-to-use classroom lessons. I had so many requests for re-sharing the audio links, I just had to kick off National Poetry Month with a repeat – be sure to stop by the Academy of American Poets website for many, many more ways to celebrate – plus TONS of other freebies & printables! If you have a favorite poetry resource I missed, please add to the comments.

Poetry for Children: a blog about finding and sharing poetry with young people: http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/

Explore these links for an incredible variety of resources:

Poets.org Audio & Video resources: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/361

Poetry Foundation’s Audio & Podcast page: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audiolanding

Internet Archive’s compilation of resources from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, & Maria Lectrix: https://archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

Poetry Out Loud’s collection of notables reading great works: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry

The Poetry Archive’s collection of international poems: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do

The Poetry Archive also has these children’s poems: http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

Favorite Poem Project: Americans reciting their favorite poems: http://www.favoritepoem.org/

The Library of Congress’ The Poet & Poem Podcast series: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/media/poetpoem.html

Slate‘s collection of poetry: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem.html

Poems Out Loud’s authors’ readings: http://poemsoutloud.net/audio/P0/

National Public Radio’s poetry resources: http://www.npr.org/series/144967617/poetry

The Cortland Review‘s archive: http://www.cortlandreview.com/authors.php?search=true&browse=all

The BBC’s collection of authors reading their poetry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/

Happy listening!




Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:05 pm
Tim Federle on narrating his audiobook, with a shout-out to ALA’s Odyssey, Notable Children’s Recordings & Stonewall Awards
Posted by: Mary Burkey

NateI love video interviews with authors and narrators, and this one is doubly-good, as Broadway star author Tim Federle gives an insider’s looks at the his self-narrated audiobooks Better Nate Than Ever and sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  The first title racked up three American Library Association recognitions – an Odyssey Honor, a place on the Notable Children’s Recordings list & a Stonewall Award Honor -  and are terrific listens for the whole family.

Broadway World has an exclusive audio interview with Fererle where he gives a great shout-out on his gratitude to ALA. You can listen to the interview, plus hear a clip from Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Here’s the link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/STAGE-TUBE-Excerpts-and-Exclusive-Interview-with-Tim-Federle-of-FIVE-SIX-SEVEN-NATE-20140402#.Uz2-XPldX4s




Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:37 am
Greetings of the day – 2 new audiobook services announced
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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Everything’s better with an exclamation point! Thank you Penguin Now! for re-interpreting the classics! Looking forward to the audiobooks! The website promises “The Penguin Now! list is also set to be supplemented by a range of corresponding audiobooks, read by Brian Blessed!” Don’t know Blessed? Here’s a video showing his ideal suitability for audiobooks!

 

And this from Audible’s Facebook page:

Audible knows the power of the human voice—but we also understand the value of companionship.
Need a little company in the kitchen? Someone to put the kids to bed?
Upgrade your membership for just $49.95/month, and we’ll send a live narrator to read to you.

Wow! A real, live audiobook reader. Hope this isn’t a today-only offer! ;-)

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Monday, March 31, 2014 7:48 am
Audiobooks in the News
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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A roundup of links for audiobook aficiandos.

Great coverage on the changing world of audiobook production & publishing in Book Business magazine. Check out pages 20-25:  http://digitaleditions.napco.com/publication/?i=201308&p=20

Slate magazine continues its outstanding Audio Book Club with this enlightening print & podcast interview with author Bruce Holsinger and narrator Simon Vance:  http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2014/03/audiobook_narrator

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Vogue magazine highlights TV and film star B.J. Novak’s anthology of short fiction, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, ”an audiobook chock-full of readings by Novak’s famous friends (Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, and Jason Schwartzman, among them). Included is the complete audio of  Carey Mulligan reading “Kate Moss,” a short story about longing to be the world’s most famous supermodel. http://www.vogue.com/culture/article/carey-mulligan-reads-b-j-novaks-short-story-kate-moss/#1

USA Today looks at the new indy audiobook trend in two interviews. First, author Mary Jo Putney who self-published her eBooks & eAudiobooks: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/03/12/mary-jo-putney-audio-books-thunder-and-roses-the-bargain/6315237/etting-dark-the-latest-acx-casting-call/?=tw  Second, author Grace Burrowes, who followed a different self-published eAudio process: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/03/03/grace-burrowes-self-produced-audio-books/5951523/

Pop culture’s mega blogger Perez Hilton gets in on audiobook fever with a shout-out to the new Veronica Mars audiobook narrated by Kristen Bell. Listen to a clip here: http://perezhilton.com/2014-03-27-kristen-bell-veronica-mars-audio-book-excerpt-the-thousand-dollar-tan-line-exciting#.UzRqwvldX4t

NPR examined the difficulties of the Library of Congress in preserving recorded sound, including spoken word, in this feature: http://www.npr.org/2014/03/22/291420005/preserving-audio-for-the-future-is-a-race-against-time

Audiobooks are big in Australia – here’s a view from down under on the reading or cheating debate: http://www.busybird.com.au/?p=3217

Happy listening!




Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:21 am
Vin Scully: play-by-play during earthquake “like he was narrating an audio book”
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Just had to share this great quote from the Sporting News’ coverage of an earthquake during a Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels exhibition game.

There are many terrific broadcasters across the wide spectrum of college and professional athletics. There are good ones. There are great ones.

And there is Vin Scully.

On Friday night, a 5.1 earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles area. It just so happened that the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the middle of an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 86-year-old icon called the entire thing like he was narrating an audio book.

And if you know me, you’ll know how wide I grinned to see the worlds of  baseball and audiobooks collide. Thanks to Amy Rubinate for the link! Here’s the video with that audiobook-narrator poise:

 

And if you are also a baseball fan, check out this feel-good story in the Columbus Dispatch about 93-year-old Harold Winters, the usher for my season tickets section at the Columbus Clippers. Five days until opening game :-)




Friday, March 28, 2014 8:34 am
Freebie Friday: Best of the BBC, featuring Hamlet
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Great streaming audio for your listening pleasure! BBC Radio 4 is a treasure for listeners looking for the best in spoken word. Amazing productions are performed live, and then archived for limited-time streaming access. There’s a range of genres, from children’s classics to 15 Minute Drama, humor to literary New Wave.

Check out the playlists for the ever-changing list of available titles here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/drama/player

Here’s one of many fantastic audios, featuring the best of the bard: Hamlet – currently a hot title, thanks to YA author John Green’s Crash Course video below. But listen quick, there’s only 4 more days left to listen to the first episode.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xkpv3/episodes/guide




Friday, March 21, 2014 1:13 pm
Freebie Friday: Celebrate World Poetry Day by listening!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

World Poetry Day

So many terrific FREE ways to hear poetry as it is meant to be: read aloud! Here’s a selected list of websites featuring audio for UNESCO’s World Poetry Day – and if you have a favorite I missed, please add to the comments.

Poets.org Audio & Video resources: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/361

Poetry Foundation’s Audio & Podcast page: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audiolanding

Internet Archive’s compilation of resources from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, & Maria Lectrix: https://archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

Poetry Out Loud’s collection of notables reading great works: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry

The Poetry Archive’s collection of international poems: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do

The Poetry Archive also has these children’s poems: http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

Favorite Poem Project: Americans reciting their favorite poems: http://www.favoritepoem.org/

The Library of Congress’ The Poet & Poem Podcast series: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/media/poetpoem.html

Slate‘s collection of poetry: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem.html

Poems Out Loud’s authors’ readings: http://poemsoutloud.net/audio/P0/

National Public Radio’s poetry resources: http://www.npr.org/series/144967617/poetry

The Cortland Review‘s archive: http://www.cortlandreview.com/authors.php?search=true&browse=all

The BBC’s collection of authors reading their poetry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/

Happy listening!

 

 




Friday, March 14, 2014 6:15 am
Freebie Friday: Audiobooks for your Easter basket from Christian Audio
Posted by: Mary Burkey

This month’s free download plus a bonus title free until Easter – Two freebies for the Easter season from Christian Audio:

Normal Christian Life_largeNormal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee, narrated by Paul Michael. This month’s free download is a 7 Hrs. 45 Min. classic work which unfolds the path of Christian faith and presents the eternal purpose of God in simple terms

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A Spiritual Formation Primer, by Richella Parham, narrated by Karyn O’Bryant. This two-hour audio lays out the basics of Christian spiritual formation, free until Easter.






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