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Review of Pay Attention, Carter Jones audiobook

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt; read by Christopher Gebauer Middle School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.18 hrs.    978-1-9800-1047-0    $15.99 Having been bequeathed to sixth-grader Carter’s household by his deceased grandfather, English butler and “gentleman’s gentleman” Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick appears at the door on the first day of...

Review of Front Desk audiobook

Front Desk by Kelly Yang; read by Sunny Lu Intermediate    Listening Library    Rev. 7/18 6 CDs    6.5 hrs.    978-1-9848-4609-9    $50.00 Yang’s vivacious protagonist, ten-year-old Chinese immigrant Mia Tang, is winningly voiced by narrator Lu. Mia’s trials and tribulations, at school and at the California motel where she lives and works...

Review of The Phantom Tollbooth audiobook

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; read by Rainn Wilson Intermediate    Listening Library 4 CDs    4.68 hrs.    978-1-9848-8703-0    $20.00 Juster’s classic tale about a bored boy named Milo who finds adventure and fodder for the mind in the Lands Beyond gets new attention in this audio production read by actor...

Brave girls in audiobooks

These audiobooks starring brave and resilient female protagonists will appeal to middle-grade fans of historical fiction featuring strong and lively young women. March is Women’s History Month. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson and the "Strong women making an impact 2019" section in this issue of...

Review of Fresh Ink audiobook

Fresh Inkedited by Lamar Giles; read by various artistsMiddle School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/184 CDs    5.08 hrs.    978-0-525-59565-6    $38.00Giles opens this anthology of twelve short works with a foreword containing this message: “I hope you find [a hero] who looks like you, or thinks like you, or feels like you....

Review of The Mad Wolf's Daughter audiobook

The Mad Wolf’s Daughterby Diane Magras; read by Joshua ManningIntermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/186 CDs    6.62 hrs.    978-0-525-53134-0    $50.00Drest is determined to free her captured older brothers and father from Faintree Castle, where they soon will be hanged, and she means to use the young knight she rescued...

Review of Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novel audiobook

Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novelby Libba Bray; read by January LaVoyHigh School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/1817 CDs    21.35 hrs.    978-0-449-80883-2    $70.00LaVoy reprises her excellent narration for this third volume in the series starring a diverse group of teens with extrasensory abilities in 1920s New York City. Here...

Review of Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 audiobook

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918by Albert Marrin; read by Jim FrangioneMiddle School, High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/185 CDs    5.75 hrs.    978-1-525-52609-4    $45.00Marrin’s account of the flu pandemic that killed millions of people during World War I, plus modern-day efforts to identify that strain and prevent...

Review of Moxie audiobook

Moxieby Jennifer Mathieu; read by Suzy JacksonHigh School     Recorded Books     Rev. 11/178 CDs     8.75 hrs.     978-1-5019-6805-1     $87.75Vivian Carter, frustrated with the systemic sexism of her small-town Texas high school, secretly distributes a zine proclaiming, “Moxie girls fight back!” Though she’s shy in real life, Viv draws...

Review of Checked audiobook

Checkedby Cynthia Kadohata; read by John KroftIntermediate, Middle School     Recorded Books    Rev. 5/187 CDs     7.75 hrs.     978-1-5019-8278-1 $20.99Conor MacRae’s life is consumed with elite hockey. Nothing can overtake his obsession — not his growing concerns about his elderly neighbor Mr. Reynolds, not the strained...

Review of The Night Diary audiobook

The Night Diaryby Veera Hiranandani; read by Priya AyyarIntermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/185 CDs    5.92 hrs.    978-0-525-53044-2    $45.00Twelve-year-old Nisha, whose mother was Muslim and father is Hindu, begins writing a diary in the form of letters to her mother, who died when Nisha and her twin Amil were...

Review of Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin audiobook

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassinby James L. Swanson; read by Kim StauntonMiddle School, High School    Scholastic Audio5 CDs    5.67 hrs.    978-1-338-22724-6    $29.99With intensity and clarity, Swanson documents the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray — King’s assassin — and...

Review of The Penderwicks at Last audiobook

The Penderwicks at Lastby Jeanne Birdsall; read by Susan DenakerIntermediate     Listening Library     Rev. 7/187 CDs     8.37 hrs.     978-0-525-59559-5     $55.00This closing volume in the beloved Penderwick series, featuring two sisters’ marriages and one’s heartbreak, is told from the point of view of eleven-year-old Lydia, the youngest Penderwick half-sister. Denaker...

Review of Rebound audiobook

Reboundby Kwame Alexander; read by Ron ButlerIntermediate, Middle School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/183 CDs    3.5 hrs.    978-1-5019-4909-8    $30.75In this prequel to Alexander’s The Crossover (rev. 5/14), twelve-year-old Charlie Bell (future father of the first book’s twin protagonists) is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer after his own...

Review of Refugee audiobook

Refugeeby Alan Gratz; read by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf CohenIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic Audio    Rev. 11/177 CDs    7.62 hrs.    978-1-338-19107-3    $34.99The difficult plight of refugees is here represented by the stories of three children from different locations and time periods. Josef, a Jewish boy living in Nazi Germany,...

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Togetherby Renée Watson; read by the authorMiddle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/175 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75Watson (winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a 2018 Newbery Honor for this novel) movingly conveys the emotions of her thoughtful, bright, artistic, African American protagonist...

Review of If You Come Softly audiobook

If You Come Softlyby Jacqueline Woodson; read by Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard, and Jacqueline WoodsonHigh School    Listening Library3 CDs    3.72 hrs    978-0-525-63790-5    $45.00The twentieth anniversary audiobook of Woodson’s novel opens with her heartfelt introduction about the persistent relevance of this tragic story about an interracial teen couple, Jeremiah (Miah) and...

Review of Between the Lines audiobook

Between the Linesby Nikki Grimes; read by Cherise Boothe, Lori Gardner, Almarie Guerra, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Edward Lopez, Ruffin Prentiss, and James ShippyMiddle School, High School    Recorded BooksRev. 3/18    4 CDs    4 hrs.    978-1-5019-6261-5    $13.99Nine high school students take turns giving readers their impressions of a poetry class they’re all...

Review of Tess of the Road audiobook

Tess of the Roadby Rachel Hartman; read by Katharine McEwanHigh School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/1813 CDs    16.27 hrs.    978-1-5247-7955-9    $70.00Narrated by McEwan in a crisply enunciated English accent, this fantasy (a companion to Hartman’s Seraphina, rev. 7/12) follows the anarchic Tess as the seventeen-year-old misfit almost ruins her twin sister’s...

Review of Betty Before X audiobook

Betty Before Xby Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson; read by Ilyasah ShabazzIntermediate, Middle School    Macmillan Young Listeners    Rev. 3/184 CDs    4.5 hrs.    978-1-4272-9368-8    $29.99Long before she was the wife of Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz was a girl growing up in 1940s Detroit within a solid churchgoing community engaged in the...

Review of As You Wish audiobook

As You Wishby Chelsea Sedoti; read by Brian HutchisonHigh School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/188 CDs    9.75 hrs.    978-1-5019-7224-9    $24.49In a Nevada desert town where everyone gets a wish on his or her eighteenth birthday (and it comes true), seventeen-year-old Eldon doesn’t know what to choose. What’s more, he’s convinced that...

Review of Waylon!: Even More Awesome audiobook

Waylon!: Even More Awesomeby Sara Pennypacker; read by Christopher GebauerIntermediate    Recorded Books    Rev. 11/173 CDs    2.5 hrs.    978-1-5019-8150-0    $10.45Fourth grader Waylon and his classmate Baxter (“the closest thing to a juvenile delinquent [Waylon] had ever encountered”) are dog lovers with a problem: if they don’t find a permanent home for...

Review of The Journey of Little Charlie audiobook

The Journey of Little Charlieby Christopher Paul Curtis; read by Michael CrouchIntermediate, Middle School    Listening LibraryRev. 3/18    5 CDs    5.23 hrs.    978-0-8041-6802-1    $45.00Twelve-year-old narrator “Little Charlie” Bobo is already the size of a man, and when his South Carolina sharecropper father dies in a freak accident, the sheriff suspects Charlie....

Gendered reading and audiobooks

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My daughter became a bookworm this year, reading middle grade novels by Carl Hiaasen, Kate Beasley, Robert Beatty, and Erin Entrada Kelly. She read before bed, and while eating breakfast and brushing her teeth. When she finished a book, she’d pass it along to me, and we’d discuss it. I...

Review of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter audiobook

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughterby Erika L. Sánchez; read by Kyla GarciaHigh School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/188 CDs    9.7 hrs.    978-1-5247-8224-5    $60.00When her older sister, Olga, dies, Julia discovers Olga was not the “perfect Mexican daughter” everybody thought she was. Julia, who longs to be a writer and...

Review of Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot audiobook

Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballotby Winifred Conkling; read by Christina MooreMiddle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 3/186 CDs    7.25 hrs.    978-1-5019-7193-8    $20.99Narrator Moore has a deep, resonant alto with a no-nonsense quality that perfectly embodies the resolve of America’s first feminists. When quoting...

Jim Dale's soporific magic

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I’ve always been a big Harry Potter fan, but I never dreamed how much a part of my life Harry would become.When my first son was born, I was in labor for a week and struggling to stay calm. My mom is a psychologist and also does hypnosis (legitimate hypnosis...

Crossing bridges, turning pages

Mothering my seven children often inspires my writing, but I’ve made it a policy to avoid writing publicly about specific struggles I have with them. Growing up is hard enough, and I worry that real openness could amount to betrayal or worse. All to say: I have a story to...

Summer listening

These recent speculative fiction favorites are now available as audiobooks — just in time for summer, when teens may be seeking escapist vacation listening or entertainment on that epic road trip with friends.In Kristin Cashore's Jane, Unlimited, recently bereaved Jane is unexpectedly invited to spend the weekend at a mysterious...

Listening to friends and family

These audiobooks, recommended for middle-grade and middle-school listeners, tell a variety of stories about contemporary kids and families in engaging and entertaining ways.Twelve-year-old Malú, star of Celia C. Pérez's The First Rule of Punk, is into punk rock and making zines. When her mother gets a teaching job in Chicago,...

Of scientists and samurai

These nonfiction audiobooks, recommended for middle-school listeners and up, highlight a variety of memorable moments and important figures throughout human history.Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune is the bloody, heroic saga of an iconic twelfth-century samurai. Author Pamela S. Turner combines meticulous historical detail with conversational modernity and...

What are we laughing at? Children’s literature and ADHD

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It’s been a hard day. You know—the kind of day when you go to pick your kid up from day camp only to be besieged by teachers and staff who each deliver reports of your kid’s terrible, no-good behavior.It’s the usual complaints. Not listening. Not following directions. Not paying attention....

Growin' up is hard to do, audiobook version

The preteen years are full of new experiences and challenges. These four audiobooks — three novels, and one book of advice — all involve aspects of growing up and exploring one's identity.For Archer Magill, main character of Richard Peck's 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book The Best Man, sixth grade...

On "Radio Penderwick," bedtime (audio)books, and more

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Just like their print counterparts, audiobooks play many roles in the home. This week we looked at some different ways audiobooks accompany families — at bedtime during road trips, and really any time (or, Rachael Stein's case, all the time). Here's a roundup of our mini-celebration.At Family Reading on Monday,...

Audio bedtime stories...for grownups

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In this week's Family Reading post "Go to sleep, my little darling," Kristy Pasquariello discusses how audiobooks help her young children settle down and prepare to sleep. I read her thoughts with interest: in addition to lots of daytime listening, I've been using audiobooks at bedtime for years, beginning long after...

Go to sleep, my little darling

When my kids were babies, I went through such an excruciating period of sleep deprivation that I remain, to this day, traumatized. At the slightest sign of a sleep issue, I still snap to attention and do everything I can possibly think of to nip it in the bud. When...

On Rachael Stein's "The Penderwicks on Hayward Street" (from May 2013)

"We owe a permanent debt of gratitude to Jeanne Birdsall. Her words are the refiner’s fire that helped turn our leaden hearts to gold."In her Books in the Home column, "The Penderwicks on Hayward Street," from the May/June 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, librarian and mom Rachael Stein...

Surviving Road Trips with Audiobooks

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It began with Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. I was planning a four-hour road trip with my kids, and I was searching for something besides the fail-safe DVD to entertain them during the drive. Admittedly, as an author, I rail against relying too heavily on movies, TV, and gaming. Yes, they’re...

Listening in on the past

These engaging audio productions of four excellent historical nonfiction titles give teens another entry point into the profound (and profoundly personal) tales of courage and determination they relate.Steve Sheinkin's Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War uses Ellsberg as a focal point to tell the...

Audio for teens

Who says teenagers never listen? The following YA audiobooks are so compelling that teens will be lost in the stories.The audiobook version of Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman's novel about one young man's battle with mental illness, reinforces both the disorienting confusion of the disease and the tenuous hopes for its...

Some audiobooks!

Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists.George, Alex Gino's middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator...

Sounds good

Audio can add another layer to a story, whether through the addition of story-enhancing music, through a narrator's command of tricky jargon, or the way he or she can make even the prickliest character seem lovable. Here are four audiobooks recommended for older intermediate and middle school readers.As Echo by...

Listen, laugh, and learn

Some stories can be at their funniest — and most poignant — when read aloud. The following audiobooks, recommended for intermediate and middle-school listeners, offer lots of laughs and lots to learn.Lynne Rae Perkins's Nuts to You tells the wacky story of a trio of industrious young squirrels saving their...

Have you heard?

Audiobook versions of these intermediate and middle-school books — two in verse, one incorporating archival materials, and one light family story — give listeners a whole new way to immerse themselves in their engrossing tales.The Crossover's protagonist, Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell, is a star basketball player along with his twin...

Holistic healing, YA-style?

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Serendipitously, these two audiobooks were next to each other on a cart. I'd take the song....

Philip Pullman's "The Collectors"

It's been quite some time since fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series have had any new... well, material... to sate us. After the trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — concluded in 2000, Pullman briefly returned to the universe in Lyra's Oxford...

Atmospheric audiobooks

These audiobooks offer intrepid listeners stories of supernatural and psychological suspense, all with vividly evoked settings.In the world of Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase (first book in the Lockwood & Co. series), ghost-busting firms employ psychically sensitive children to neutralize supernatural pests infesting London. Lucy Carlyle joins an indie agency...

Caught in Charlotte's Web

I teach ESL to adults and have often used children’s books as educational tools with these students who are trying to master English. I’ve read picture books to lower level classes, but the year I taught Advanced Conversation, I knew I needed something different.Having taught lower level classes, I can...

Audiobook Week roundup

We've been talking about all things audiobook this week on the blog, with reviews of recommended audiobooks, discussion of what works (and what doesn’t) in audio adaptations, and a sneak peek at the upcoming From Norvelt to Nowhere audiobook. Here are all of the posts in one handy place. Introducing...

Jack Gantos: voice talent

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A few weeks ago we received an email at the office from a Macmillan Audio publicist on behalf of children’s author, Magazine contributor, and all-around friend-of-The-Horn-Book Jack Gantos. Sir Jack (honorific mine) would be in Boston at Soundscape Studio recording the audio for his upcoming book From Norvelt to Nowhere...

Five questions for Mary Burkey

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Mary Burkey is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). A longtime champion of All Things Audio, she is a librarian, columnist for Booklist (“Voices in My Head”), blogger, and Horn Book guest reviewer. Who better to answer Martha and Cindy's group-effort Five...

An unwelcome trend in audiobooks

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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...

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 Week: Narration choices

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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...

Audiobooks: Four Styles of Narration

by Kristi BeavinEarlier 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...

Audiobook Week on Out of the Box

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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...

Countdown audiobook review

Countdownby Deborah Wiles; read by Emma GalvinMiddle School     Listening Library     Rev. 5/106 CDs     7.3 hrs.     978-0-3078-7967-7     $40.00Eleven-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...

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...

Books in the Home: The Penderwicks on Hayward Street

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Middle grade fiction saved Jeanne Birdsall's life. Here's how Birdsall's Penderwicks books helped save two of her fans.The first time we listened to The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, we were fleeing Hurricane Irene. Traffic was backed up on the road out of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and I was running out...

Calling all wolves

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  illustration by Pat Marriott, from The Wolves of Willoughby ChaseJoan Aiken's daughter Lizza is hosting an evening in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. You should go.The anniversary has also prompted a new audio edition of the novel (Listening Library) about which...

Confessions of an audiobook addict

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Hi, my name is Martha, and I’m an audiobook addict. I first became hooked early in the new millennium when serving on ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings committee (chaired by the inimitable Mary Burkey). Now, audiobooks are a daily presence in my life. I listen to new ones on my commute...

Story time for big kids

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Who says little kids are the only ones who like being read to? The expertly performed audio versions of these books for older readers capture the stories’ affecting dramas and strongly felt emotions.In Patrick Ness’s haunting tale of pain and redemption, A Monster Calls, thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley faces the death...

Miss Teen Dreamers! "I've got a little bit of bad news..."

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"Everyone else is dead."May I proselytize for a moment? If you're reading this post, you absolutely must listen to the audiobook version of Beauty Queens (Scholastic Audio, 2011) written and read brilliantly by Libba Bray. Believe me, it will make your life worth living, your hair luxurious, and your skin...

New audiobook recommendations

The Grammy Awards may have  "tuned out" children's audiobooks this year, but we've been listening!Need a great gift for a bookworm? Traveling for the holidays? See our updated audiobook list, offering listening suggestions for a wide range of ages....

Recommended Audiobooks

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The audiobooks recommended below were released within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. YOUNGER FICTIONSuggested grade level listed with each entryThe Alvin Ho Collection: Books 1 & 2 by Lenore Look; read by Everette Plen (Listening Library)Second-grader Alvin faces (some of)...

Listen up, middle-graders

Four topnotch audiobooks provide hours of entertainment for middle-grade listeners.In Geraldine McCaughrean’s Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen, when a diphtheria epidemic hits 1890s Olive Town, Oklahoma, twelve-year-old Cissy and her friends are sent away to stay with their former, beloved teacher, now an actress in a traveling theater troupe...

How pleasant, indeed.

Chronicle has just published His Shoes Were Far Too Tight, a collection of Edward Lear’s poems, selected and introduced by author/NPR commentator Daniel Pinkwater. The collection is illustrated by Calef Brown, a fabulous children’s poet himself.With the book we received a CD of the euphonious Pinkwater narrating five of the...

Squeak by growl

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I have to say I laughed when the audiobook edition of Jerry Pinkney's famously wordless The Lion and the Mouse came into the office. But the production is from Weston Woods and I should have known better. While faithfully and realistically reproducing the sound effects that constitute the only printed...

Merry Christmas, now shut up.

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I'm over at Out of the Box today opining on Wild About Books, my favorite thus far of the book apps I have read/heard/fingered/etc. A larger question here, though — why are the narrators for these things so annoying? Thank God you have the option to shut them up and...

>Just when you thought she was Over

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>Betty White narrates an audiobook....

The White stuff

Over the course of Betty White’s recent blazing-hot comeback, she’s played a hit-taking, Snickers-eating football player; a pee-drinking anthropology professor (Community); exaggerated Larry David-esque versions of herself (30 Rock, Ugly Betty); and, in The Proposal, Sandra Bullock’s character’s randy grandma who harasses an unlikely stripper played by Oscar from The...

>A question for the pop culture critics

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>I've just started listening to an audiobook edition of Jane Eyre narrated by Juliet Stevenson. (Did anyone see her recent PBS Mystery turn? It was great.) Stevenson is terrific, but hearing the spooky scene in the Red Room makes me wonder if Stephen King has ever credited it as inspiration...

>Archeology

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>We're doing an office clean-up today and uncovered something that seems far too relic-like for its relatively unadvanced age: an unabridged cassette recording of Ian McEwan's Atonement. Narrated by Jill Tanner, it's a superb rendition, but who knows from cassettes anymore?...

>Off till next week

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>Thank you all for the great discussion about adults and children reading. Richard and I are going to New York today to see Elizabeth and other assorted friends and two shows: the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway,...

>Going down a dark hall

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>I'd like to second Elizabeth's hopes (see comments in Monday's post) for a Gothic revival. I've just finished listening to Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, narrated by Tony Britton. When I told friends I was reading it, to a woman they started talking about their adolescent (around 10 up,...

>Excuse My Dust

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>A Horn Book interview with Philip Pullman is forthcoming on our website later this week; Philip and I spent a few minutes on Friday discussing the upcoming Golden Compass movie and the peculiar Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, whose job I totally want: the man makes more than 300,000...

>Walking and chewing gum at the same time

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>This story about headphones, etc. being banned from running races makes me think about our various discussions re audiobooks. I wonder why I'm capable of reading a printed book as a discrete activity, but listening to one requires me to either be in motion or playing solitaire or some low-level...

>I thought we were over this

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>But apparently not. Where I think listening to instead of reading a book-club selection might get you in trouble would be if another member challenged you to point out textual evidence for whatever point you were making. When the book under discussion is He's Just Not That Into You, however,...

>Tell Us What to Do

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>After enduring my second round with the dentist with an audiobook about a serial killer who removed his (or her, I haven't managed to finish it yet) victims' teeth, I decided for my third date with Dr. Guen to try some chicklit (chiclets, heh) again and began listening to Sally...

>God bless audiobooks

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>I spent two hours this afternoon undergoing a root canal with only novocaine as my friend. And an audiobook, Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopoholic, really very dopey but just the thing for the circumstances. I had wondered if I would be able to concentrate enough amidst the drilling and...

I'm not sure just how it's supposed to work, exactly,

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but we just received an audiobook edition of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, read by Jeff Woodman. Although the recording makes an attempt to convey the book's lengthy visual sequences via the substitution of sound effects (lots of footsteps!) I'm not quite sure this works for so resolutely...
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