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A roundup of audiobook freebies and links for fans & librarians.

The NYT has another wonderful audiobook feature in the Sunday Book Review, “Sound Check “ by John Schwartz:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/books/review/sound-check.html?pagewanted=1&ref=books&_r=1&

School Library Journal’s “Now You’re Talking! Your Collection Won’t be Complete Without These Must-Have New Audiobooks for Tweens and Teens” has top titles for fans and librarians: http://www.slj.com/2012/11/books-media/multimedia/now-youre-talking-your-collection-wont-be-complete-without-these-must-have-new-audiobooks-for-tweens-and-teens/#_

And here’s a great list for grown-ups: the New York Time’s “One for the Road” by Marilyn Stasio, a terrific list of this year’s top mystery & thrillers on audio. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/books/review/audiobook-mystery-suggestions.html?_r=1&

Books on the Nightstand blog has an interesting podcast featuring two all-star narrators – Grover Gardner & Simon Vance, plus audio producer Tanya Perez, for over an hour of behind-the-scenes chat: http://booksonthenightstand.com/2012/11/botns-podcast-206-audiobook-narrators-in-booktopia.html

Award-winning British author Sally Gardner chooses her favorite books and audiobooks that open up the world of stories to children with dyslexia in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/oct/10/sally-gardner-top-10-dyslexia?newsfeed=true

Here’s a fun look at the roles of narrator Nick Podehl and author Chris Howard on the audiobook of Rootless. First Chris interviews Nick, and then Nick interviews Chris:  http://thebookcellarx.com/2012/11/rootless-tour-qa-with-nick-podehl-audio-book-narrator.html

If you’re looking for terrific audio downloads, head to the New Yorker’s fiction podcast – this month David Sedaris reads Miranda July’s “Roy Spivey.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/podcasts/fiction

Learning Ally, formerly  RFB&D, has announced the roll-out of a new website members to access the organization’s online library of more than 75,000 human-narrated audiobooks, including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks. I’m most interested in their announcement of a new feature called VOICEtext, which synchs sentence-to-sentence text highlighting with human narration of some of the most popular audiobook titles from Learning Ally’s online library. Sounds a lot like Amazon & Audible’s Whispersync for Voice. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10153683.htm#.UKt7iMxwDqE.mailto

The io9 blog posted this for the Thanksgiving weekend, but you might want to keeps this list on hand for the upcoming holiday get-togethers “The Best Audiobooks to Distract You from Your Family This Weekend: http://io9.com/5962470/the-best-audiobooks-to-distract-you-from-your-family-this-weekend#13535272312292&%7B”type”:”iframeUpdated”,”height”:1885

The AARP blog featured “An App for the Long Distance Bedtime Story” which focused on Oceanhouse Media’s “Record and Share” feature of Dr. Seuss classics. A great way for grandparent to readloud to grandkids far away.  http://blog.aarp.org/2012/11/15/an-app-for-the-long-distance-bedtime-story/

There’s been some interesting conversation on the ALSC blog about toddler screen time with  technology such as Oceanhouse Media’s book apps. Take a look at these two sides of the issues, plus more, and see where you stand:

Face It! You Are a Children’s Librarian in the Digital Age http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/11/face-it-you-are-a-childrens-librarian-in-the-digital-age/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlscBlog+%28ALSC+Blog%29

I Work For Children, Not Technology http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/11/i-work-for-children/

Paul Ruben’s blog is an insider’s look at the advice that one of the best audio producer-director shares with narrator. Always worth a look. Here’s his newest post: http://www.paul-alan-ruben.com/2012/11/a-narrators-quick-fix-cheat-sheet-part.html

Need a little light reading for the holidays? Tantor has a freebie – the audiobook & eBook download of The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, narrated by Michael Page. Maybe this will explain what sugarplums are! Here’s the link: http://www.tantor.com/BookDetail.asp?Product=B0128_InterpretationDreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Burkey is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian in the Olentangy School District in Columbus, Ohio.

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