Audiobooks and Literacy: Purposeful Performances

6 audiobooks with narrations that will thrill you, comfort you, and send you off to bed

Manhattan Beach

Every day we read, listen to, or watch a variety of media with specific purposes in mind: to gather information, find entertainment, explore a new culture, or participate in our own. Each should vary in delivery if we are to satisfy our goal: to learn, to relax, or to share in a sense of community. There is no one-size-fits-all presentation for a certain kind of content, and no one way of engaging with that content that will work for everyone.

Manhattan BeachAnd so it is when you choose audiobooks for yourself or for children. Beyond content, what sort of performance might best fit the material and help listeners satisfy their immediate needs? Luckily, the audiobooks available to us today continue to show growth the in diversity of their expressive styles as well as their range of content, both for adults and children. Some performance styles particularly enhance and expand the particular kind of content you seek on audio.

Looking for a satisfying escape through story? Certainly the acting performance of a skillful narrator—or multiple narrators, like in MANHATTAN BEACH—can move a thriller or a cozy mystery or a celebrity biography from page to sound, with highly enhanced entertainment value. Read more…

Francisca Goldsmith
Francisca Goldsmith has worked with teens, collections, and administering branch services in public, school, and academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Connecting communities to information and supporting new Americans in learning both language and culture are her passions. To those ends, she’s worked with audiobooks and listeners for the past 20 years.

Behind the Mic: Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary

Revisit a beloved classic mystery in honor of Agatha Christie’s birthday!

Today AudioFile is going Behind the Mic with Alison Larkin to learn about her narration of a beloved classic mystery from Agatha Christie in honor of Agatha Christie’s birthday. Fans may know this is a special event each year—even though Christie would be 127! Mystery fans and listeners still relish hearing mysteries from this golden age. British narrator Alison Larkin gives us a lovely introduction to two Christie audiobooks, THE SECRET ADVERSARY, a Tommy & Tuppence mystery that she narrates, and THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES, the very first Hercule Poirot story, narrated by James Warwick.

“A lovely double-bill, wonderful if you are a Christie fan.”—Narrator Alison Larkin

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