I love a good audio book. By listening to a book while accomplishing domestic duties, exercise, crafting, a long road trip or commute, I add a bit of enjoyment to my chores and increase my “reading” time.
- Do you listen through necessity? This question can help determine if the patron is able to take advantage of the larger collections of talking book collections available to people with a print disability through InterLINK member libraries with the support of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind.
- Will you be listening alone? With family?
- Abridged or unabridged?
- CD or downloadable?
- Do you like a particular narrator?
- Some narrators are known as Golden Voices. Jim Dale and Davina Porter are widely beloved. Audiofile magazine lists 21 Golden Voices in their Hall of Fame.
- Compilations of radio shows i.e. NPR’s Driveway Moments and collections such as the Massey Lectures are entertaining non-fiction audio book options.
- Audio books are reviewed in most of our go-to collection development sources such as Library Journal, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly.
- Audio books are awarded Grammys! Michelle Obama is one of the The Spoken Word Album nominees this year. Other audio book awards include the Audies and The Listen List awarded by ALA’s RUSA
- People continue to borrow audio books on CDs but digital downloads and streaming audio books are on the rise. According to a recent Pew Research Centre report, Library Services in the Digital Age: “About 17% of the 53% Americans who visited a library in the past 12 months say they visit to borrow or download an audio book.” Overdrive will be releasing their 2012 statistics at ALA Midwinter.
42 second diversion: Listen to Junot Díaz record the opening lines of This is How You Lose Her.