Presented by LynnDee Wathen, Mid-Continent Public Library Missouri Library Association Annual Conference 2019 Listen Up! Readers Advisory for Audiobooks Full Disclaimer This is obviously not the definitive explanation of readers advisory for audi0booksjust one librarians unabashed enthusiasm for them. Presentatio n topics
Audiobook facts Why audiobooks are great for readers Audiobooks for all ages Booktalking audiobooks Popular narrators Audiobook awards 3 Recent study shows that 1 in 5 Americans are now listening
to audiobooks. This is an uptick from 14% to 20%. (Pew Research Center, 2019) Pew Study 4 Library Journal Public Library Audiobook Survey, 2016 5 By the numbers OverDrive digital audibook usage 88 29
5 Million audiobooks borrowed through OverDrive in 2018 Percent increase from 2017 5th year in a row digital audiobooks are outpacing ebooks 6 Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling Most Popular
Audiobooks Borrowed in 2018 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Ready Player One by Ernest Cline The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine Lengle 7 8
The Science According to a recently published article in The Journal of Neuroscience, The representation of semantic information across human cerebral cortex during listening versus reading is invariant to stimulus modality (Deniz, NunezElizalde, Huth, & Gallant, 9 Significant Statement Humans can comprehend the meaning of words from both spoken and written language. It is therefore important to understand the relationship between
the brain representations of spoken or written text. Here we show that although the representation of semantic information in the human brain is quite complex, the semantic representations evoked by listening versus reading are almost identical. These results suggest that the representation of language semantics is independent of the sensory modality through which the semantic information is received. (Deniz, NunezElizalde, Huth, & Gallant, 2019) 10 In other words Listening to an audiobook is the same as reading print! 11
Why audiobooks are great for readers 12 Benefits for youth: The Growing Popularity of Audibooks An EBSCO webinar Can engage in complex texts of interest Children can understand spoken word 2 years before what they can read visually Models the correct pronunciation of words
and helps with pacing when using punctuation marks Benefits for adults Multitasking extends reading opportunities Opportunities to explore new genres and subjects Sustained listening strengthens our capacity to communicate more effectively Benefits for everyone Expert audio performance builds both native & foreign language comprehension Authentic voices enlarge a readers
13 Audiobook Readers Advisory 14 Dipping your toes into Audiobooks Listen to an old favorite Discover new narrator New sensory experience of title May pick up on things missed from visual reading Listen to a memoir Most memoirists read their own memoirs, so it feels like a personal discussion
Listen to a classic on audiobook Fresh experience of a classic title Listen to a podcast If you enjoy listening to people talk and/or reading to you, you might enjoy an audiobook Ask for audiobook 15 Booktalking Audiobooks Read audiobook reviews Other readers have done the listening for you Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads Know your narrators Audible Narrators Hall of Fame Audie Awards
Celebrity narrators Know the book Utilize staff, family & friends for audiobook recommendations 16 Audiobooks for youth Booklistyouth audio Audie Awardsmiddle grade, young listeners (up to age 8), young adult ALA Recommended Listening for children and young adults NoveList audiobook lists for youth Common Sense Medias Great Audiobooks for Kids
Brightlys audiobook archive 17 Bahni Turpin Jim Dale Stephen Fry Julia Whelan Cassandra Campbell Vikas Adam Popular Audiobook Narrators They hit the right note when it
comes to audiobook narration. 18 Bahni Turpin Award winning audiobook narrator The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Source of SelfRegard by Toni Morrison Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Hundreds of narrations to her
credit Turpins embodiment of characters that span a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds is uncannyAudible Narrator Hall of Fame Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson 19 Jim Dale
Award winning audiobook narrator Around the World In 80 Days by Jules Verne The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Beloved Harry Potter narrator Grimms Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm Made an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his work promoting English childrens literature
One-time Guinness World Record holder for greatest number of characters voiced in a single audiobook Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus 20 Stephen Fry Narrated the UK recordings of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter & the
Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond Comedian/actor/author Patron of the audiobook charity Listening Books Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 21
Julia Whelan Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Over 300 narrations to her name Former child actor An Anonymous Girl by
Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen Award winning narrator Narrates fiction and nonfiction The Witches of New York by Ami McKay My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh 22 Cassandra Campbell Hundreds of audiobooks to her name
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin Narrates both fiction and nonfiction Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Award winning narrator No one is more versatile-Audible The Dreamers by
Karen Thompson Walker The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone 23 Vikas Adam Award winning narrator Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker The Golden House by Salman Rushdie A Long Way Home
by Saroo Brierley Narrates a variety of genres Actor, producer, director & narrator The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons Theres Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon 24 Audie Awards Earphones Award Booklist
American Library Association Audiobook Awards Setting the gold standard in audiobook narration. 25 Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association 2019 is the 24th year for the Audie Awards Awards are given in 24 categories Judges are selected from a wide variety of listeners, including fans and experienced evaluators Judging criteria is based on performance, direction, production, and content/overall Audie
Awards 2019 winners include: Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Audiobook of the Year) Educated by Tara Westover (Best Female Narrator [Julia Whelan] and Autobiography/Memoir) The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick 26 Presented by AudioFile Magazine on a monthly basis Given to truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text. (AudioFile, 2019) September 2019 winners include: Akin by Emma Donoghue (read by Jason Culp) Earphone
Awards The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (read by Kathy Keane) Frankly In Love by David Yoon (read by Raymond J. Lee) Inland by Tea Obreht (read by Anna Chlumsky, Edoardo Ballerini, & Euan Morton) The Institute by Stephen King (read by Santino Fontana) 27 Review publication of the American Library Association End of year Best Of lists included Editors Choice & Top of the List 2018 honorees include: Circe by Madeline Miller (Adult Audio Top of the List) Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Youth Audio Top of the List)
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor (Editors Choice for Youth Audio) Booklist The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Editors Choice for Youth Audio) Always Look On the Bright Side: a Sortabiography by Eric Idle (Editors Choice for Adult Audio) 28 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association) Notable Childrens Recordings (Association for Library Services to Children) Odyssey Award (Association for Library Services to Children) ALA Listen List (Reference and User Services Association)for adults
American Library Association 2019 honorees include: Sunny by Jason Reynolds (Amazing Audiobooks Top 10) The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (Notable Childrens Recording) Sadie by Courtney Summers (Odyssey Award) The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips 29 My Personal Favorites The audiobooks I would recommend Narrated by Dion
Graham (The First 48) Narrated by Bahni Turpin Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo Narrated by Wil Wheaton Narrated by Kathleen Gati Narrated by Joan Walker 30 https://company.overdrive.com/2019/01/08/p ublic-libraries-achieve-record-breaking-eboo
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