Archive for June, 2012

Odyssey Award rocks the house at #ala12

Odyssey Award rocks the house at #ala12

Kirby Heyborne’s ode to librarians closed the amazing Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production celebration at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim. Check out Kirby’s reactions to meeting librarians en mass on his blog I Love My Life. The standing-room only crowd was mesmerized by the Odyssey Honor narrators: Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. […]

Win an audiobook a month for a year! #JIAM2012

Win an audiobook a month for a year! #JIAM2012

Share what you love about audiobooks to be entered to win enough audiobooks for a year! The Audio Publishers Association has a great incentive for you to “like” their Audiobook Community Facebook page. If you’re an audio fan, Audiobook Community is for you:  an open, uncensored, unbranded forum for all audiobook listeners to discover audiobooks and connect […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
Ga Ga for Gone Girl

Ga Ga for Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn is back with another twisty-turny, page-turning creeper Gone Girl. The great thing about Flynn is that her books (Sharp Objects, Dark Places) aren’t like anything else–they’re not exactly mysteries, they’re not quite traditional suspense–they really stand out from the pack. Which presents a problem for readers’ advisors because the reason her books are so good, is […]

Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins

Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins

Looking for a raw, stark, relentless take on a grueling topic? You’re in luck! Ellen Hopkins has you covered. Crank takes on crystal meth addiction; Burned looks at abuse; Impulse examines suicide; Tricks explores prostitution; and–well, how much time do you have? Her verse-novel style and one-word titles are trademark at this point. I wonder […]

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Winners

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Winners

Last night, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie became the first authors to be honored with the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (2011) received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait […]

Posted in: Likely Stories
No ‘Fault’ Discussion

No ‘Fault’ Discussion

One of my favorite book groups to facilitate is the KCPL/Kansas City Star FYI Book Group. One of this group’s greatest strengths is that no one has ever met before. In fact, that’s almost a requirement for joining. The KCPL/KCStar FYI Book Group comes together every six to eight weeks at different times, days, and […]

“Cures for Hunger: A Memoir” by Deni Y. Béchard

“Cures for Hunger: A Memoir” by Deni Y. Béchard

Full disclosure–I went to school with this author and even took writing classes with him. But reading Deni Y. Béchard’s memoir, Cures for Hunger, only showed me how little I knew about him. This is all the more remarkable considering we went to college on a campus with less than 300 students. Cures for Hunger […]

Fall Audiobook Preview 2012

Fall Audiobook Preview 2012

What’s new for adults & youth? Check out Booklist‘s Media Editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard’s round-up of the top titles for this fall. The audiobooks, slated for release from June through December 2012, are organized under adult and youth subheadings, with adult titles further grouped under fiction and nonfiction and more specialized genres. Check out the whole list […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks, News
Audiobooks by the numbers

Audiobooks by the numbers

Two reports on how many audiobooks are published. First, according to this report published in American Libraries, there’s been a hefty number of youth titles over the past year: According to “Table 6 / Audiobook Average Per-Volume Prices, 2008-2011,” on pages 526-527, the 2011 number of children’s audiobook titles published is 968 and the 2011 […]

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A Voice in the Wilderness

A Voice in the Wilderness

With BEA just past, we’ve been prognosticating plenty at Book Group Buzz about great forthcoming books. I’ll add my voice to the chorus, pointing toward a debut work of historical literary fiction, Wilderness, by Lance Weller. It’s the story of Abel Truman. Reeling from grief at the sudden loss of his wife and child, the […]