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Archives for July 2013

An unwelcome trend in audiobooks

Correct me if I’m wrong, but lately I’ve been seeing (or in this case I guess, hearing) an unwelcome trend in audiobooks. To me, the first responsibility of an audiobook is to provide a successful translation from print to audio. A listener needs, at the very least, to be able to follow the plot. And […]

Review of Audiobooks for Youth

Librarian, columnist, and blogger (Audiobooker) Mary Burkey knows her audiobooks, and in Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA) she proves it with this thorough, cogent, well-organized, and insightful publication. She covers the history of children’s audiobooks, gives us definitions, brings us inside the production of an audiobook via interviews with narrators […]

Review of Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure; illus. by Timothy Basil Ering Intermediate, Middle School     Candlewick     170 pp. 3/13     978-0-7636-5669-0     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-7636-6369-8     $16.99 The early-nineteenth-century feral child who inspired Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage as well as Mordicai Gerstein’s YA novel Victor and picture book […]

Audiobook Week: Narration choices

We’re celebrating audiobooks all week long, with reviews of recommended audiobooks, discussion of what works (and what doesn’t) in audio adaptations, and even a sneak peek at the upcoming From Norvelt to Nowhere audiobook. Today we’re looking at different narration styles and choices in audiobook adaptations. In her article “Audiobooks: Four Styles of Narration” (from […]

Audiobooks: Four Styles of Narration

by Kristi Beavin Earlier columns have dealt with selecting appropriate titles (May/June 1995 issue) and with the importance of carefully matching those selections with specific voices (January/February 1996) in audiobook production. While these are two of the most important factors in producing a successful audiobook, another — reading style — is also critical. While some […]

Audiobook Week on Out of the Box

We’re celebrating audiobooks all week long, with reviews of recommended audiobooks, discussion of what works (and what doesn’t) in audio adaptations, and even a sneak peek at the upcoming From Norvelt to Nowhere audiobook. We kick things off today with reviews of audio adaptations of two heavily visual books. Elissa finds Listening Library’s take on […]

Countdown audiobook review

Countdown by Deborah Wiles; read by Emma Galvin Middle School     Listening Library     Rev. 5/10 6 CDs     7.3 hrs.     978-0-3078-7967-7     $40.00 Eleven-year-old Air Force brat Franny Chapman stars in Wiles’s documentary novel about shifting friendships, first crushes, and family loyalty, set during the volatile days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this audio version, […]

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole audiobook review

I was curious how Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano’s A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole (Listening Library, May 2013) would translate as an audiobook. The print book (Charlesbridge, February 2012), which received a starred review in the Horn Book Magazine’s May/June 2012 issue, was praised for its use of “reasoning and analogies that are perfectly attuned […]

The Waking Prince e-book review

The Waking Prince (The Story Elves, March 2013) is an original fairy tale set in a kingdom where witches curse people over any grievance, no matter how small. Everyone knows that when a princess falls victim to a curses, it’s a prince’s duty to break the spell. But Prince Jeremy guiltily wonders if princes should […]

New fairy tales booklist

In honor of guest columnist Rapunzel, we’ve created a “fairy tales, old and new” booklist! You’ll find straightforward retellings, re-envisionings, poetry, and even mash-ups. What’s your favorite fairy-tale re-imagining?