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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Give These a Listen...

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June is audiobook month, and for those of you who are new to audio and would like some suggestions for titles to try, we always have an up to date list on on the left sidebar of the blog.  We have a wide selection of audio in multiple formats; as always if you have questions or suggestions, please let us know.

Booklist's Joyce Saricks recently described a selection of audiobooks that "I likely would not have read, yet appreciated through their excellent audio versions."  As she points out, listening to audiobooks gives the reader the opportunity to discover books that he or she might not have time to read.  Following is the list of recent audiobooks that Saricks recommends:

At Home by Bill Bryson.  "All that stuff!  Each chapter is filled with fascinating digressions into the history of household objects and, like his other self-narrated titles, its read in his comfortable mid-Atlanctic accent."

Blackout by Connie Willis.  "Superbly read by Katherine Kellgren, ... this book makes perfect listening for fans of time travel and history."

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.  "It's a doorstop of a novel (over 1000 pages) narrated by husband and wife team Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.  They are wonderfully adept at presenting the contrasting, but intertwined stories that feature magic, political intrigue, scholarship, battle and vividly drawn characters."

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.  "Bronson Pinchot's mesmerizing reading ... reinforces the personalities involved, making this more than just another war story."

It by Stephen King.  "Steven Weber narrates and is the consummate interpreter of King's works.  There's a major time commitment involved (over 45 hours)...still, this is one of Kings' best, a near-perfect horror story: evil arising unexpectedly from an unknown source, striking out with a vengeance, then beaten down..."

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