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Read On...Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste

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The demand for audiobooks is booming, yet materials that help listeners make choices of what to listen to have been in short supply. Read On?Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste fills that gap, helping match reader interests and mood to titles that might please them.

Written by Joyce G. Saricks, a well-known writer and speaker on readers' advisory, the book offers original annotations for more than 300 audiobook titles, grouped according to some 60 themes, fiction and ...

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Overview

The demand for audiobooks is booming, yet materials that help listeners make choices of what to listen to have been in short supply. Read On…Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste fills that gap, helping match reader interests and mood to titles that might please them.

Written by Joyce G. Saricks, a well-known writer and speaker on readers' advisory, the book offers original annotations for more than 300 audiobook titles, grouped according to some 60 themes, fiction and nonfiction. Lists are organized by character, story, setting, language, and mood/tone. Each entry provides a plot description and discusses the appeal of the narrator. In addition to helping patrons, the book will assist librarians with collection development and listener's advisory, creating displays that include audiobooks, promoting the collection, and especially, with understanding the special dynamic that exists among listeners, narrators, and audiobooks.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Audiobook fans will welcome the thoughtful annotations in this first advisory guide tailored to listeners, contributed to the Read On series by readers'-advisory-expert Saricks. . . . The variety of enthusiastic suggestions, both classics and current best-sellers, will pique listener interest with new titles (and narrators) to try on the treadmill or the next long car trip. All libraries that circulate audiobooks should shelve this guide alongside."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588047
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Series: Read On Series
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

The Audiobook Phenomenon xvi

Working with Listeners and Audiobooks xvi

A Note about This Book xviii

Chapter 1 Language/Voice 1

All the World's an Audiobook: Full Cast Readings 2

Twice the Talent: Authors as Narrators 4

Gone but Not Forgotten: Great Narrators Who Have Died 6

It's a Man's World: Compelling Male Narrators 8

Let's Hear It from the Ladies: Engaging Female Narrators 11

A Literary Gazetteer: Well Written and Well Spoken 14

One Story, Many Voices: Multiple Narrators 16

Unique Voices: Characters You Never Expected to Hear 18

Phonetic Genius: Virtuoso Performances 20

Chapter 2 Mood 23

Sleepless Nights: Stories with Haunting Atmospheres 24

Curl Up in Your Easy Chair: Comfortable Listening 25

Don't Look Now: Dark and Disturbing 27

More than Meets the Eye: Edgy, Thoughtful Tales 29

Laugh Out Loud Listening: Humorous Stories 31

Into the Heart of Darkness: Dangerous Confrontations 32

On the Edge of Your Chair: Suspenseful Tales 34

A Ghost for Every Listener: Modern Gothic Tales 36

Love and Laughter: Romantic Comedy 38

Chapter 3 Story 41

Lasting Pleasures: Classics Come Alive 41

Adrenaline Redux: Classic Thrillers 43

Oh No! Disaster Stories 45

Suspenseful Mixology: Genre Blends 46

Golden Oldies: Classic Mysteries 48

It's All in the Details-and It's All Details: Microhistories 50

It's the Law: Legal Thrillers 52

Layered Tales: Fact and Fiction 54

Other Voices: Multicultural Experiences 56

On the Front: Action-Packed War Stories 57

Those Left Behind: On the Home Front 59

Adventure with a Purpose: The Quest 61

Reading the Bones: Forensic Evidence 63

Of Mythic Proportions: Retelling Classic Tales 65

The Real Story: Exceptional Nonfiction Recordings 67

Timely Tales: Fiction Ripped from the Headlines 69

Under Occupation: War Stories 71

Chapter 4 Characters 75

All in the Family: Family Stories 75

The Good, the Bad, and the Nosey: Amateur Sleuths 77

Learning Life's Lessons: Coming-of-Age Tales 79

Women with Spunk: Feisty Females in Fiction 80

Herstory: Historical Fiction from a Female Perspective 82

Inside Their Heads: Psychological Suspense 84

Just the Facts, Ma'am: Police Detective Stories 86

From History to Myth: Legendary Heroes and Heroines 88

A Man's Got to Make a Living: Assassin Heroes and Antiheroes 89

When Life Imitates Art: Audio Memoirs 91

Down These Mean Streets: Gregarious Gumshoes 93

Real People: Biographies Worth Listening To 95

Real People in Fictional Worlds 96

Uneasy Lies the Crown: Stories about Royalty 98

Second Bananas: Sidekicks 100

Don't You Believe Them!: Unreliable Narrators 102

Up Close and Personal: First-Person Accounts 103

By Women, for Women: Women's Lives and Relationships 105

Chapter 5 Setting 109

We Are So Not Amused: The Dark Side of Amusement Parks 109

Not in Kansas Anymore: Fabulous, Fantastic Worlds 111

Like Being There: Audio for the Armchair Traveler 113

Life's Rough Edges: Hard Times 115

Past Transgressions: Historical Mysteries 116

Other Times, Other Places: Historical Fiction 118

Global Sleuthing: Mysteries around the World 120

On the Road Again: Travel Narratives 122

Then and Now: Dual Story Lines 124

Starring Mother Nature: Weather-Based Stories 126

Wide-Open Spaces: Stories Set in the Great Outdoors 127

The Wild West, Then and Now 129

Index 133

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