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

Archive for October, 2009

Sat, October 31st, 2009
Today’s video break: Dog spends $62 while owners sleep
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Smartphone with Audible account and credit card info + sweet sticky fingerprints from granddaughter = my dog racking up big bucks in download charges a definite possibility!

Sat, October 24th, 2009
Audiobooks & Book Clubs
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Not really reading or perfect partners? Curious minds want to know! I’m collecting information for an upcoming article in Booklist Magazine on the role of audiobooks in book clubs. As an audiobook blogger & columnist, I’ve received lots of requests from librarians and teachers interested in book clubs that welcome audiobook listeners with open arms, […]

Sun, October 18th, 2009
Best MP3 Players for Audiobooks
Posted by: Mary Burkey

CNET’s top pick? The iTouch. Runners up? Sansa Clip+, iPod Classic, Zune HD, and the Creative Zen. The best bargan? The Sansa Clip+, at $200 less than its rivals. Be sure to read the complete article by Donald Bell, CNET Senior Editor, for specific details about each unit. If you select one of the players […]

Fri, October 16th, 2009
Today’s Video Break Google Street View on a Bike
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Nominate your choice for a visit from the Google Trike! Stonehenge & Warwick Castle have been picked in the UK. Here’s how to add your USA choice (from the Google Blog): At, you can suggest interesting and unique spots in six categories: * Parks & Trails * University Campuses * Pedestrian Malls (e.g., outdoor […]

Fri, October 16th, 2009
Love a Great Audiobook Narrator?
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Nominate them for NPR’s 50 Great Voices TODAY! Do you choose your audiobooks by reader rather than author? Then you know the power of the perfect voice! Deadline for nomination is TODAY Oct. 15th. Here are the details from the NPR website <>: In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 of […]

Wed, October 14th, 2009
Inside the Audiobook Studio: Arnie Cardillo of Live Oak Media
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Winner of the first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, Arnie Cardillo of Live Oak Media is a meticulous craftsman of children’s audiobooks and readalongs. I had the pleasure of interviewing Arnie for Booklist after he won the Odyssey for Jazz, written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers – you can […]

Tue, October 13th, 2009
Coltrane Animated
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Check out this video of  notes dancing to Giant Steps, the jazz classic. Perfect to supplement a classroom listen-aloud discussion of the awesome audiobook John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Chris Raschka’s colorful introduction to jazz saxophone master Coltrane. Thanks to Open Culture for the link!

Mon, October 12th, 2009
Gaiman and BBC Audiobooks Team With Twitter
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Add your tweets to complete a communal tale kicked off by the Hugo, Newbery, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Award-winner Neil Gaiman. The resulting story, a combination of 140-character contributions from around the globe, will be recorded as an audiobook by an as-yet-unnamed narrator by BBC Audiobooks America and distributed as a free download. When Michele […]

Fri, October 9th, 2009
Today’s Video Break: I’ll Fight You For the Library
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Awesome, hilarious poetry performance for all school librarians – and those who support student access to libraries! Thanks to slam poet Taylor Mali of Page Meets Stage, for this great Friday morning smile. And if Mali’s voice sounds familiar, he is the terrific narrator of non-fiction audiobooks Close to Shore, Escape! The Story of the […]

Mon, October 5th, 2009
BBC’s Save Our Sounds
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Very cool. User-submitted sounds from around the globe, from lemurs in Madagascar to monks in Phnom Pehn. Give a listen if you want to turn your tongue to a foreign twang or need to recreate an authentic sound effect. A great resource for sound engineers who want to echo some of these endangered sounds. Or […]

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