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Archive for February, 2011

Sat, February 26th, 2011
Today’s Video Break: Toy Grit
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Give an Oscar to this mash-up of True Grit & Toy Story! From Breanne’s YouTube Channel

Fri, February 25th, 2011
Free Bill Pronzini Audiobook
Posted by: Mary Burkey

You have three days left to grab Mystery Grand Master Pronzini’s The Ghosts of Ragged Ass Gulch – a free download from AudioGo. This one-and-a-half  hour tale featuring The Nameless Detective looks to be the perfect accompaniment to a stuck-inside bad weather weekend. Grab the MP3 files from the download page and add to your […]

Thu, February 24th, 2011
Audies Finalists Announced
Posted by: Mary Burkey

2010′s top audiobook titles, selected from a field of over 1,000 entries. The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists that will vie for the 2011 Audies Awards, to be named at the Audies Gala in New York City on May 24th. As an Audies judge, I can attest to the difficult task of narrowing […]

Thu, February 17th, 2011
All hail robotic Huck Finn!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Finally-a perfect use for text-to-speech! The ambitious goal of performing a find-and-replace of “robot” for “n-word” in Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to placate those uncomfortable with teaching historical context is the lofty ambition of comedians Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine. Watch the hilarious video for more, including the heart-tugging emotionless translation […]

Tue, February 15th, 2011
OverDrive iPad update
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Patrons with iPads can check out eBooks for free from their public library’s OverDrive collection, along with MP3 audiobooks. Be sure to download the new OverDrive eBook Device Cheat Sheet to spread the word about all of the  library download-compatible hardware.  Check out a great video from the Allegany County Library System below for a […]

Sun, February 13th, 2011
Hachette sweeps spoken word Grammy Awards
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews make an odd couple anywhere but in audiobooks. The two were honored with 2010 Grammy Awards for their spoken word productions for Hachette Audio. Congratulations to the entire production teams for the Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) Winner The Daily Show With Jon Stewart […]

Sat, February 12th, 2011
Caught on video
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Zac Fletcher’s performance while recording The Naughty Nork shows Full Cast Audio founder (and author) Bruce Coville’s dedication to casting age-appropriate narrators. Last year, Bruce posted on the Full Cast Audio website For those of you who have been wondering why we have not yet recorded the fifth book in my MOONGOBBLE AND ME series, […]

Mon, February 7th, 2011
I think I hear the point tipping…
Posted by: Mary Burkey

HarperAudio’s spring release list contains 150 titles with just two as physical CD audiobooks. The rest are download-only, a serious shift in format by one of the major audiobook producers. Publishers Weekly has an excellent story by Rachel Deahl, Harper Changes the Audio Equation, that investigates the issue, included changes in HarperAudio’s contract language covering […]

Mon, February 7th, 2011
Libraries – no need to reinvent the wheel
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Shhh! I know a place that you can ask any question and receive a professionally-researched answer. There’s even a 24/7 online chat function on their website. Or if you don’t have access to a computer, you can meet the researcher face-to-face. If you need accessibility features for print disabled, the professionals will guide you to […]

Wed, February 2nd, 2011
The REAL King’s Speech
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Patrons want more after watching the movie? Here’s a video of a REAL 1938 speech by King George VI, courtesy of Open Culture and the British Pathe historical archive. And don’t forget to order the Tantor audiobook of The King’s Speech, written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue—grandson of Lionel Logue, […]

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