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

Archive for March, 2009

Tue, March 31st, 2009
Two very different freebies
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Hmm… Is this some sort of a marketing test ? Currently available for free download from iTunes: An 11-minute The Easter Story excerpt from The New Testament produced by Thomas Nelson Publishing and A 24-minute Why We Suck excerpt from Dennis Leary’s newest profane comedy from Penguin.


Tue, March 31st, 2009
Listening With a Critical Ear part 1
Posted by: Mary Burkey

I’ll be posting evaluation tips for over the next few days for those of you who are listening to audiobooks with a critical ear. One challenge for both listeners and narrators is determining correct pronunciation of words. On my old Audiobooker blog, I had a request for resources to check the pronunciation of names, with […]


Fri, March 27th, 2009
Alexander McCall Smith: audio + print, chapter at a time
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Publishing times, they are a-changin’ Whether it’s a novel published by cell phone, as a podiobook, via Twitter, or a poem from Booker Prize winner Ben Okri tweeted line-by-line, literature has made the jump from printed page to computer cloud. Alexander McCall Smith, author of the marvelous No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, offers his newest […]


Thu, March 26th, 2009
Booklist interview: Katherine Kellgren
Posted by: Mary Burkey

I was thrilled to see Ellen Myrick’s interview with audiobook narrator Katherine Kellgren in the April 1st Booklist and on Booklist Online. Katy holds the enviable record of being the first narrator to appear on multiple Odyssey titles -  she reads two Odyssey Award Honor titles: 2008′s Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures […]


Mon, March 23rd, 2009
Cassette tape as art
Posted by: Mary Burkey

In these times of tight budgets, I try to reuse/repurpose as much as possible – such as saving CD audiobook clamshell boxes from titles I’ve removed from the collection due to low circulation, to replace the worn boxes of the high circulating items and sending the discarded CDs to the art teacher for recycled craft […]


Sun, March 15th, 2009
Star reviewer Mary Frances Wilkens on Howard Stern
Posted by: Mary Burkey

OK, I admit it – I am a bit jealous of Booklist’s Mary Frances Wilkens. After all, it’s not every day that a mild-mannered reviewer for the American Library Association earns her fifteen minutes of fame. But that’s exactly what happened when Mary Fran, long-time fan of Howard Stern’s radio show, was assigned the decidedly […]


Fri, March 13th, 2009
Share a Story, Shape a Future: Day 5
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Welcome to Day 5 of the Share a Story, Shape a Future blog tour – be sure to visit all of the sites focusing on literacy this week. Today’s focus is “Technology and Reading – What the Future Holds” and is hosted by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Visit Elizabeth’s blog for the complete post with information […]


Wed, March 11th, 2009
Neil Gaiman on audiobooks
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Can you tell that I am a huge Gaiman fan? So you know how thrilled I was to receive news through the HarperCollins Audiobook enewsletter today about a three-minute video where Gaiman discusses his opinions about audiobooks and his feelings about narrating his own books. The HarperCollins website also has book group / teacher guides […]


Tue, March 10th, 2009
Teen Tech Week + audiobooks = Amazing
Posted by: Mary Burkey

March 8-14 is the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, sponsored by YALSA. This is a perfect time to display & promote the audiobooks that have been named as Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. Or ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings, as that list includes titles recommended for listeners age 14 and under. And of course, this […]


Sun, March 8th, 2009
Audiobook research & resources
Posted by: Mary Burkey

I write the audiobook column “Voices in My Head” in ALA’s Book Links magazine. For the March issue, I focus on the future of audiobook formats, interviewing industry leaders about their predictions on the containers that will carry stories over the next few years. For the upcoming issue’s Web Connections printable list, I compiled print […]





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