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June/July 2014

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Once a year it's a treat to have an illustration commissioned for our summer issue, and this year Maine artist Marty Braun celebrates the way audiobooks carry us away to other worlds. Looking at Marty's colorful vision, I was struck by the way transport can be used as a noun (as in "transports of joy") to mean "a state of over-whelming emotion— usually pleasurable." What a great way to think about audiobooks! Sometimes we can anticipate a great listen. For instance, I just knew that hearing Billy Crystal's Still Foolin' 'Em was going to bring me joy. Other times we are surprised. Even with the promise of a narration by Meryl Streep, I couldn't have predicted the unexpected pleasures of The Testament of Mary. Hearing Brian Cranston take me to the difficult world of the Vietnam War in The Things They Carried was a very different experience, but no less engrossing. All three titles were chosen as finalists for the Audio Publishers Association Audiobook of the Year. As always, we honor all finalists of the APA's Audie Awards in this issue (see pages 21-27). And for the winners announced at the May 29 Gala in New York City, see www.theaudies.com, where you'll also find sound clips and AudioFile reviews. Every day you can get transporting suggestions from AudioFile's multiple platforms—this magazine (both print and digital); our e-news- letters; and AudiobookRex, (www.audiobookrex.com) for the latest mobile-friendly recommendations. And don't forget SYNC YA, our summer listening program, which gives away two FREE audiobooks a week at www.audiobooksync.com. Whether audiobooks transport you to new places or to intense emotion—there's great listening ahead. Audiobooks: The Power to Transport Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder Inside Track 2014 Audie Awards theaudies.com AudiobookRex audiobookrex.com "Baby Rex" Recommendations by grade level for families and young listeners audiobookrex.com/kids-on-the-go/ SYNC YA audiobooksync.com June/July 2014 ■ 7

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