Welcome to another edition of AudioSynced, co-hosted by myself and Abby (the Librarian). Each month we offer up links to reviews, news, and other interesting audiobook tidbits from around the web. You’re welcome to contribute anything you’ve written about audiobooks in the month of December by dropping a link in the comments. If you missed out last month, AudioSynced will be hosted over at Abby’s blog in February, so send her your goods.
A couple of thoughts before the round up: would people be interested in an updated list of Twitter accounts or strong audiobook reviewing blogs? It’s probably been almost two years since we did that, and we could put something together again. If so, what are some of your favorite — strongest, most interesting, most helpful — blogs and Twitter accounts for audiobook information or reviews? Or if you know other great resources, including Pinterest boards (I’ve included one below) or Facebook pages, those would be worth knowing about, too.
Second, I haven’t reviewed an audiobook in a long time, but I did get the chance to listen to one last month, and it’s made me eager to try bringing that back into my life and routine. If anyone has good tips or suggestions for doing that, I’d love to hear. I commute to work — about 20 minutes each way — which is one way to sneak it in, but I’d love to hear your tips and tricks, too.
Don’t be shy. AudioSynced is meant for you to promote what you’ve written, so share away in the comments.
- Melissa over at Book Nut has a review of Erik Larson’s In the Garden of the Beasts. She says, “This book was fascinating. It did spawn a lot of thought and discussion: about the nature of evil, about relationships, about what could have been done, about politics.”
- Lee at Reading with my Ears offers up a ton of really smart and thoughtful reviews this month (as always!), including Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars, Holly Black’s Black Heart, Deborah Hopkinson’s Titanic, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven Boys.
- Beth over at A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust reviews Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Tractor Wheels. She admires Drummond’s own narration of the story.
- Trish at Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’? shares a review of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and says, “Gaiman does an amazing job, making me eat my opinion about authors reading their own books.”
- Jen at A Book and a Latte has a review of Michelle Gagnon’s Don’t Turn Around, noting she felt indifferent about the narrator.
- April at Good Books and Good Wine reviews Vicky Alvear Shecter’s book Cleopatra’s Moon, noting that, “At first I was not entirely won over or in love with the audiobook version.” She’s also got a review up of Mistletoe & Margaritas by Shannon Stacey and Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror.
- I’m not committing to any reading challenges this year, but if you are, Jen over at A Book and a Latte is running a YA Audiobook Challenge for 2013. If that’s your thing, it’s easy to sign up and participate.
- Check out this year’s audiobook Grammy Nominees.
- What were the best audiobooks last year, according to Booklist? The top spot went to a YA book that also saw top billing on many other “best of” lists in 2012. Want more “best of” audiobook posts? Large Hearted Boy has you covered in his list of best of lists. Just search for audio or audiobooks.
- Don’t miss Audible’s 2012 best audiobooks, either.
- An interesting piece out of New Hampshire Public Radio — in this interview with AudioFile founder and editor Robin Whitten, she talks about the best audiobooks read by celebrities. You can even listen to some clips to see what makes the production worthwhile.
- In other interesting news, Brilliance Audio is going to get into the print and ebook business, in addition to their audiobooks.
- Park Ridge Public Library has a great Pinterest board of outstanding audiobook narrations. If you’re looking for a place to start or new ideas, here’s a bunch.
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).