October/November 2013

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Editor' Notes s Listening Has Its Seasons Photo by Kevin Brusie In the summer, when I often have more listening time, I tend to catch up on the titles I've had my eye on since the start of the year—usually ones already reviewed and recommended by our own AudioFile team. I also treat myself to some of the fabulous pairs of audiobooks that are part of AudioFile's SYNC YA, our free summer listening program, which juxtaposes a classic with a new title on a similar theme. Week 10 treated us to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes read by Ralph Cosham along with Death Cloud from the new YA series by Andrew Lane. Audiobook fans flocked to SYNC YA, more than 14,000 this summer, setting a new audience record of 81,000 downloads. SYNC manager Kirsten Cappy gets our special thanks for her creative approach and astute title choices over the past four summers. And, as always, kudos to the publishers who have generously donated their downloads. But now it's fall, and if you're like me, you may be focused on the "big" new fiction titles from your favorite authors. Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher thriller, Never Go Back, is loaded in my iPod while I finish Maggie Stiefvater The Dream Thieves, #2 in The Raven Cycle. Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam is also on tap, to be followed by the new Sue Grafton (now at "W") with Judy Kaye reading as always. This fall offers so many great listening choices: See New Releases on pages 12-13 and don't forget that we will catalog more than a thousand new titles over the next 90 days on the Web site: Reports that audio publishing is booming are not exaggerated! National stories in both the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have recently highlighted both the growth and depth of audiobook publishing—but you already know that, because you heard it here first. As AudioFile marches into our 22nd year of championing the best audiobooks, I am happy to welcome Michele L. Cobb to our publishing team. Michele and I have worked together for many years as volunteer board members of the Audio Publishing Association, where she currently serves as President of the Board. Michele's professional role as VP – Sales and Marketing at AudioGO and her work within the library community will be especially helpful as AudioFile charts its course into the future. And, of course, Michele is an audiobook listener who shares this passion with all of the AudioFile team (see page 72). And as we mark the passage of the seasons, we remember three people who have brought joy, laughter, and many hours of good listening to audiobook fans. Author Barbara Mertz, who wrote as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, created books that many listeners count among their favorites (see page 46). Two narrators, Nelson Runger (page 28) and Richard Allen (page 36), each leave us many great performances to enjoy and learn from. Happily, while trends shift and seasons change, the unique experience of listening to audiobooks endures and can always be re-visited and savored again. Inside Track New Releases nr_cat.html Audiobooks in the News— The New York Times business/media/actors-today-dont-justread-for-the-part-reading-is-the-part.html The Wall Street Journal Robin Whitten Editor and Founder 278873238549045786378500490 98298.html October/November 2013 I 7

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