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

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Mon, June 2nd, 2014
Libba Bray: the truth about audiobook narration
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Hilarious MC of the Audies Awards, winning the Printz & Audie, and now #audiomonth documentary filmmaker. Is there anything Libba Bray can’t do? The divine Ms. Bray rocked the house as she hosted the Audio Publishing Association‘s annual Gala event last week, where the 2014 Audie Awards were announced. The audience of narrators, producers, directors, […]


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

I 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 […]


Mon, March 31st, 2014
Audiobooks in the News
Posted by: Mary Burkey

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 _simon_vance_and_author_bruce_holsinger_discuss_audio.html Vogue magazine highlights TV and […]


Thu, March 13th, 2014
Elevating the Art of the Audiobook: Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry & Technology
Posted by: Mary Burkey

New media = new methods for a growing industry. Audiobook publishing is booming, with Audio Publishers Association statistics noting 6 million more audiobooks were sold in 2012 than were sold in 2011, representing a 13.5% increase in revenue reported by the publishers who shared data for both 2011 and 2012. The sales growth can be attributed in part […]


Thu, March 6th, 2014
On writing The Wolves of Midwinter theme song for Anne Rice
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Mary Fahl shares how audio production can go beyond the narrator behind a mic, by enhancing the experience with an original musical setting, on Random House Audio’s The Wolves of Midwinter. On the American Songwriter blog, Fahl explains that it all started when the singer-songwriter, and long-time Rice fan, gave a copy of her album Love & Gravity to the novelist […]


Mon, July 29th, 2013
Voicing a Cause: Debra & Bob Deyan
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Bob Deyan, award-winning audiobook producer and man with a cause: fighting ALS. The list of accolades for titles produced by California-based Deyan Audio is long and includes every audiobook honor imaginable, including Audies, Grammy Awards, plus recognition from the Audio Publishers Association with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Bob & Debra Deyan. For over 20 […]


Thu, March 14th, 2013
Interview with the director of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
Posted by: Mary Burkey

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, the 2013 Odyssey Award-winner, is the subject of my interview with Laura Grafton, who has directed all of Green’s audiobooks for Brilliance Audio. The interview appears in the current issue of Booklist magazine, but the word-count limit means that some of Grafton’s remarks had to be left out. So […]


Wed, January 9th, 2013
Today’s Video Break
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Dog-lover Hilary Swank on Pack of Two, by Caroline Knapp and narrator Victor Bevine, chosen by fans to voice the Dungeons & Dragons works of author R.A. Salvatore. Enjoy this twin-pack of audiobook “Behind the Scenes” from Audible!      


Wed, August 15th, 2012
Got Audiobook Talent Pt. 3
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Pat Fraley, audio narrator guru guide, is today’s guest in an Audiobooker series that reveals just how those voices in your head learn the skills that lead to audiobook excellence. We’ve heard from audio producer/director Paul Ruben and narrator Johnny Heller. Next Wednesday, audio legend Bettye Zoller will add her perspective. Patrick Fraley has been teaching, producing and […]


Tue, April 17th, 2012
Inside the Audiobook Studio: Mob Daughter Karen Gravano
Posted by: Mary Burkey

Watch & listen to VH1′s “Mob Wives” star in the recording booth as she narrates her autobiography Mob Daughter. I love seeing the director & engineer at work, and hearing a tough chapter and the emotional reactions  that won’t make it into the final polished recording. Karen, daughter of Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano, was nineteen years old […]





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