Welcome to another edition of AudioSynced, hosted by us here at STACKED and Abby over at Abby (the) Librarian. This monthly roundup features reviews and other links to all things audiobook. If you’ve posted any reviews in the last month or have other audiobook related links from April, drop them in the comments!
Reviews & Recommendations
- Michelle at Never Gonna Grow Up reviews Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.
- Over at Shelf Employed, you can read reviews of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror and Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo.
- Abby’s got a review of Wendelin van Draanen’s The Running Dream and she’s got a review of Carmen Agra Deedy’s The Cheshire Cheese Cat.
- Flannery over at The Readventurer reviews Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt.
- Check out April at Good Books and Good Wine’s reviews of Suzanne Collins’s Gregor the Overlander, Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday, and L. A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack.
- Adam at Hitting on Girls in Bookstores offers a review of Julie Cross’s Tempest.
- Our friend Lee has reviews of Kristin Levine’s The Lions of Little Rock and Carolyn Turgeon’s Mermaid.
- Beth Fish Reads offers up a ton of recommendations for non-fiction audiobook listening.
News & Other Links
- Fan of Shakespeare? The BBC is making podcasts of their Shakespeare Unlocked series available for download.
- So is listening to audiobooks the same thing as reading? The Chicago Tribune asks this question, and there’s a great post from Scholastic exploring that very question.
- This feels a little like a cop-out, but Becky over at RA for All has amassed a ton of interesting audiobook related links. Rather than share them all with you, I’ll let you go over to her blog and check them out.
- I hope you all know about Sync, the audiobook community for YA Lit. I’ve been paying attention to them for the last couple of summers because they offer up — for free — two audiobook downloads each week. One of them is a newer YA title and one is always a classic. Bookmark this site because they’ve listed this year’s titles, and they look fabulous.
- The Audio Publishers Association has their finalists for Audiobook of the Year up. I love that Samuel L Jackson’s rendition of Go the Eff to Sleep is among them.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).