December 2013/January 2014

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Editor' Notes s Growth AND Quality One of the accomplishments of the audiobook world this year has been to vastly increase the number of audiobooks published. According to a recently released survey from the Audio Publishers Association, growth is coming from every sector of the industry. By our own count, we've collected more than 6,000 title announcements in 2013, an increase over 2012 of almost 45 percent! The challenge for us is to stay on top of this volume! Every week, Managing Editor Jennifer Dowell and I comb through descriptions of new audiobooks—often weeks or months before the title is recorded and released. We keep your listening interests in mind as we select for review a mix of new books from familiar authors, new work from lesser-known authors, re-recordings of already existing work, and some older titles that are "new to audio"—such as the novels of Gabriel García Márquez. (See our review of Love in the Time of Cholera, page 33.) The space available in our print pages is inadequate to bring you reviews of all this fine listening, so we add 40 new reviews each week to the AudioFile Web site ( Access to the current reviews is open and FREE to all visitors. Choosing the Best Audiobooks of the Year is still a matter of winnowing down the most intriguing titles by category, along with the narrators who have done exceptional work in that category. One of our earliest picks, a January review of Colin Firth's amazing recording of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, went on to win the APA's Audiobook of the Year award and was an easy choice. Others may not be as high-profile, but every title we've included in Best Audiobooks of the Year is worth your listening time. The season of "best" lists is in full swing, and soon we'll be hearing the results of the Odyssey Award for best audiobook for children and/or teens. Check out Listening Librarians, page 68, featuring Ellen Spring, the current Odyssey Chair, and some of the standards used by the Inside Track AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of the Year, mobile-friendly edition: judging committee. You, too, can learn to listen "with Odyssey ears." With this issue, we wish you a happy new year of terrific "to-be- Photo by Kevin Brusie listened-to's" and the promise of many new audiobooks to come. Robin Whitten Editor and Founder December 2013/January 2014 I 7

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