Read On...Audiobooks

Reading Lists for Every Taste

by Joyce G. Saricks


Circulation of audiobooks, including downloads, is growing at an astounding rate, making them one of the most popular public library collections. That's no surprise since audiobooks enable listeners to enjoy their favorite titles while driving, walking, exercising, and more. But how can patrons find the audiobooks that suit their tastes in terms of both subject and narrator?

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March 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 145
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
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With more than 300 original annotations in some 60 thematic lists, this one-of-a kind compilation opens the world of audiobooks to listeners and librarians alike.

The demand for audiobooks is booming, yet materials that help listeners make choices of what to listen to have been in short supply. Read On...Audiobooks: Reading Lists for Every Taste fills that gap, helping match reader interests and mood to titles that might please them.

Written by Joyce G. Saricks, a well-known writer and speaker on readers' advisory, the book offers original annotations for more than 300 audiobook titles, grouped according to some 60 themes, fiction and nonfiction. Lists are organized by character, story, setting, language, and mood/tone. Each entry provides a plot description and discusses the appeal of the narrator. In addition to helping patrons, the book will assist librarians with collection development and listener's advisory, creating displays that include audiobooks, promoting the collection, and especially, with understanding the special dynamic that exists among listeners, narrators, and audiobooks.


  • More than 300 original annotations that speak to why listeners might enjoy the selected audiobooks
  • Over 60 thematic lists that will entice audiobook fans, as well as those unfamiliar with the format
  • Indexes by author, title, narrator, and genre


  • Covers many different genres and forms, including audiobooks on CDs, cassettes, downloadables, and preloaded players
  • Highlights new and classic titles and superstar narrators, as well as captivating stories that will keep the whole family entertained
  • Guides librarians in managing and promoting audiobook collections
  • Explores what sets the listening experience apart from reading
Author Info

Joyce G. Saricks, former readers' advisor at the Downers Grove Public library, speaks and writes about readers' advisory. She also teaches at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, River Forest, IL. She is the author of Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library and The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction.



"Audiobook fans will welcome the thoughtful annotations in this first advisory guide tailored to listeners, contributed to the Read On series by readers'-advisory-expert Saricks. . . . The variety of enthusiastic suggestions, both classics and current best-sellers, will pique listener interest with new titles (and narrators) to try on the treadmill or the next long car trip. All libraries that circulate audiobooks should shelve this guide alongside."Booklist

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