Self-Learning the Audiobook Way

Self-learning the audiobook way

Self-learning the audiobook way

In a social-distancing world, students from kindergarten to college are trying their hand at homeschooling and self-learning to finish out the school year. Thus for today’s Take 5 roundup, I recommend nonfiction audiobooks that can be used as a basis for home study, particularly for listeners from young teens on up.

All of the following audiobooks can be used as a foundation for building a study unit or for starting a conversation with your students about the topic at hand. Read more…

Candace Levy
Candace is a full-time freelance book editor as well as a book reviewer and journalist. When she’s not working, you'll inevitably find her listening to an audiobook while cooking, walking, making lace, or taking photographs. She was honored to be the 2016 Audio Publishers Association's Audiobook Blogger of the Year.

Comfort Listening: 6 Romance Audiobooks That Will Take You Away

Comfort Listening

Comfort Listening

Emotions are a funny thing. I bet over the past month, you’ve ridden a roller-coaster of them. I’ve had some high points—thinking about my grandparents and aunts and uncles who crushed cans and gave up driving during World War II as part of their civic duty and feeling proud to do mine by avoiding crowds—and a few low points as well. The day we closed up our library building to visitors, my Spanish app coincidentally was teaching me how to say, “I think I have a high fever and a headache,” which was more irony than I was capable of dealing with that day.

Last week, I became so mentally depleted that I needed a more definitive cure, which turned out to be the movie She’s the Man, starring Amanda Bynes at the height of her comedic powers and a younger Channing Tatum. It was a perfect escape movie, and it put me into a calmer frame of mind for a good three days. Here on the blog, I wanted to provide you with the audio equivalent—romances on the lighter side with stellar narrators and really catchy stories that will keep your attention focused. Plus (spoiler alert!), romance pretty much guarantees you a happy ending, which we all need right now. Love your listening, love your friends and neighbors from afar, love your pets for keeping you sane! Read more…

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

11 Kids’ Audiobook Biographies of Female Leaders and Heroes

11 Kids Audiobook Biographies of Female Leaders and Heroes

11 Kids Audiobook Biographies of Female Leaders and Heroes

I am celebrating Women’s History Month this year with a bunch of new audiobooks celebrating female trailblazers. These are women who bravely spoke truth to power, who didn’t listen to their critics — internal or external — and who dared to achieve what seemed impossible. Listen and be inspiried by these women who blazed trails for themselves, for other women, and for all of us. Read more…

Sonja Cole
As a former middle school librarian and author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14, Sonja’s mission is to get kids excited about books.

Fantasy Romance on the Rise: 3 Must-Hear Series

Fantasy Romance On the Rise 3 Must Hear Series

Fantasy Romance On the Rise 3 Must Hear Series

Kristen Ashley’s THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING: The Rising, Book 1 has fourteen narrators. If I had been able to mention every one of them in my original AudioFile review, that would have been a third of my word count right there. But here, dear listener, I am not so limited, so prepare to hear much more about this full-cast audio and its fabulous narrators. Read more…

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Narrator Nicol Zanzarella on LOVE LETTERING: Discover Love and New York City

Nicol Zanzarella

Narrator Nicol Zanzarella shares what she loved about narrating Kate Clayborn’s LOVE LETTERING, a delightful contemporary romance set in New York City. Meg is a hand letterer making a name for herself as “The Planner of Park Slope.” In the video below, Nicol explains how she got into Meg’s character to bring her story to life.

“The way that Meg finds her inspiration for herself throughout this story kind of blew my mind, and as a creative person, really made me want to look at things differently.”—Narrator Nicol Zanzarella

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 5 Audiobooks about Relationships

What Is This Thing Called Love

What Is This Thing Called Love

When I was single, I squirmed every time I was encouraged to bring a “friend,” aka romantic partner, to social gatherings. Arriving alone often resulted in excesses of sympathy. It was as if single meant incomplete. So as we approach the veneration of a martyred 3rd century Roman priest probably named Valentinus, I’m starting my February post with HAPPY SINGLEHOOD by Elyakim Kislev. Adam Lofbomm reads the research-based celebration of single living in clear, upbeat tones that resound with enthusiasm as he shares enlightening data and engaging interviews with people living their happy — happy!  — single lives. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Act Foolish Whenever Possible: Life Lessons from 4 Funny Audiobooks

Act Foolish Whenever Possible

Act Foolish Whenever Possible

In my family, we call it naked vacuuming. That urge to eradicate crumbs under the table while tiptoeing to the laundry room to retrieve underwear. One crumb leads to the next, which causes you not to hear the neighbor’s “Hello!” from the unlocked kitchen door until it’s too late. Hence my advice for the New Year — Leave the crumbs for the mice. Hoping that you, too, are inspired and amused by other people’s quirks and misadventures, I’ve decided to recommend four funny audiobooks filled with the kind of snippet I shared about my own life. Read more…

Author and audiobook fanatic, Aurelia often falls asleep at night with earbuds still attached. She can also be found at www.aureliacscott.com.

Romance Audio Spotlight: 2019 Reviewer Favorites

7 Memorable Listens from AudioFile’s Romance Reviewers

Romance Audio Spotlight 2019 Reviewer Favorites

Romance Audio Spotlight 2019 Reviewer Favorites

As I was starting to put together my last Tease post of the year, I realized that what I really wanted to spotlight was our AudioFile romance reviewer family. Our reviewers get excited about every genre of romance, and we share a love of love-themed audiobooks! As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to thank our reviewers for their professionalism and their commitment to long hours of listening. In addition, I’ve polled a couple of our reviewers about their personal favorite listens of the past year—the titles that made us supremely happy—so that we can share them with you. Read more…

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Author Tim O’Brien on the Challenges and Rewards of Fatherhood—and of Narrating

Tim O'Brien Interview

Tim O'Brien Interview

We featured our interview with author Tim O’Brien in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of AudioFile Magazine. O’Brien’s newest audiobook, dedicated to his sons, is a memoir, a tribute, and a collection of advice. It was a difficult but moving title for the author to record. Read the interview below. 

National Book Award-winning novelist Tim O’Brien published his remembrances of his Vietnam War experiences as a young man in THE THINGS THEY CARRIED and GOING AFTER CACCIATO. However, he came to fatherhood late in life, and at the age of 57, he and his wife had a son. A second son followed soon after. O’Brien knew his time with his boys might be shorter than most fathers’, so he decided to leave behind remembrances, advice, and reporting on some of the antics they might forget as they grow older. Read more…

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2019 Best Children & Teen Audiobooks

2019 Best Children and Teen Listening

2019 Best Children and Teen Listening

Of all the audiobooks I have listened to this year (almost 100!), the ones on AudioFile’s 2019 Best Audiobooks list definitely rise to the top. In the Children’s and YA categories, there is something for every listener from age 4 through adult. They are all beautifully written, and the performances make each story a joy to listen to. To echo Elizabeth Acevedo in her interview with AudioFile, these audiobooks make me feel “like these are my homies talking to me in my ear and telling me these amazing tales.” Read more…

Sonja Cole
As a former middle school librarian and author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14, Sonja’s mission is to get kids excited about books.