Read On...Audiobooks
Reading Lists for Every Taste
by Joyce G. Saricks
March 2011, 145pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-804-7
$40, £30, 34€, A58
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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?

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.

Features

  • 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
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.

Reviews

"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, September 1, 2011
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