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

Archive for the 'Best Audiobooks' Category

Tue, February 18th, 2014
Looking for the best in audiobooks? 2014 Audies finalists announced
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Judged by the Audio Publishers Association: 29 categories, with 5 or 6 finalists in each – a terrific batch of titles to add to your listening list or promote in your library. There’s something for everyone, with recommendations from children’s audios to business titles, erotica to faith-based fiction. I’ve had the privilege to judge quite […]

Thu, January 30th, 2014
American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013
Posted by: Mary Burkey

The best audios of 2013 for children, teens, and adults were announced at the ALA  Midwinter conference. The 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings list contains 30 titles recommended for listeners ages birth through age 14 – readalong book & CD sets, beginning readers, novels, nonfiction and a bit of music. You can see this ALSC committee’s larger […]

Sun, December 15th, 2013
2013′s best audiobooks, part three
Posted by: Mary Burkey

This year’s best youth audiobooks, as selected as the American Library Association Booklist magazine Editors’ Choice list, with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as the top of the list. So many great audios, with a strong emphasis on teen titles, reflecting the explosion of interest in the YA & crossover market. My wishlist for 2014 would include many more releases […]

Sat, December 14th, 2013
2013′s best audiobooks, part two
Posted by: Mary Burkey

The American Library Association’s Booklist magazine Editors’ Choice, the 13 best audiobooks for adults, with The Boys in the Boat as the best of the bunch. Sure-fire listens for audio connoisseurs and must-have titles for libraries. Congratulations to the publishers & narrators of these excellent titles! And the Mountains Echoed. By Khaled Hosseini. Read by Khaled […]

Sat, December 7th, 2013
2013′s best audiobooks, part one
Posted by: Mary Burkey

The Spoken Word Grammy nominations are announced! Here’s the full list of 2014 Grammy Nominations, a great tool for finding the year’s best recordings and creating patron lists & displays. Congratulations to audiobooks recognized in the Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, […]

Thu, October 3rd, 2013
Oprah’s audiobook picks
Posted by: Mary Burkey

I couldn’t agree more – 7 awesome audiobooks picked by Oprah as titles that “sound better than the printed version.” Isn’t that the mark of a truly terrific audio? The narration and production recreate the author’s words into an experience that must be heard. The very best combine outstanding writing with an audio that just […]

Mon, September 9th, 2013
Top 100
Posted by: Mary Burkey

What are the Top 100 audiobooks of 2013 as measured by library downloads? OverDrive Media released a list of the most popular audios downloaded so far this year. In this post on the company’s blog, libraries can take a look at the complete list in the OverDrive Marketplace, to beef up the audiobook collection. Or […]

Wed, August 7th, 2013
Back to School with Sound Literature
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Practical tips for librarians & teachers integrating audiobooks in their collection. The June issue of American Libraries included an excerpt from my book Audiobooks for Youth , which I thought I’d share with you. Here’s the complete Sound Literature article, with lots of ideas for any audio collection, not just children’s or Young Adult titles. And for […]

Thu, May 30th, 2013
#Audies 2013
Posted by: Mary Burkey

  The best audiobooks & narrators of the year, awarded by the Audio Publishers Association during the annual Gala event billed as the Oscars of audio. The celebration,  emceed by longtime friend and supporter of the audiobook industry writer Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket), took place at the New York Historical Society on May […]

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Summertime and the Listening is Easy!
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Mystery audiobook family-listening favorites are featured in this Voices in My Head column. Use these suggestions to pack your vacation travel bag or load up the kids’ listening devices. May is Mystery Month here at Booklist, but why not take spend the whole summer with the very best narrators sharing great stories? It’s no mystery […]

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