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October/November 2017

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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As many readers of the print magazine know, AudioFile now features news and reviews of audiobooks across so many platforms—the website, our newsletters, posts on social media channels, and digital partnerships—that we are practically a daily publication. I am thrilled with the expansion of our reach, and take particular joy in assigning reviewers, planning our curation themes, and engaging narrators to go before the mic to talk about their recent performances. Recently I added another task to the list—creating Robin's Roundup, my weekly blog post. As I go over the reviews we publish each week—usually between 40 to 50 titles—I pick four or five that I want to highlight. They may not be the ones getting the most attention, but they are always ones that strike my fancy or connect to a thread in my mind. Often I'm led to do a little side research about the topic, author, or subject. After selecting a biography of pianist Van Cliburn, I found on YouTube a news clip of his famous 1958 performance that won over the Russian audience during the Cold War. Searching online about poet Gwendolyn Brooks, I discovered a Poets.org sound clip of Brooks reading her poem "We Real Cool." Such dynamic extras can be easily included In the blog format, and doing my own weekly picks and posts has been an unex- pected treat for me. For the last six months our editorial team has been expanding both the scope and the reach of the AudioFile blog (audiofilemagazine.com/ blog). On page 14, take a look at our blog contributors. Contributing Editors Aurelia Scott and Caitlin Augusta are frequent feature contributors to the blog , and many of our top mystery reviews are done by Jen Forbus, who writes her weekly "Solve" post for the blog. Our blog is there not only to inform and inspire you, but also to connect you to our editors and other audiobook fans and listeners. Comment on our posts, and do tell us: What's in your listening queue? Which romance audiobook narrator would you like to meet? What kind of mysteries keep you up at night? We hope you'll enjoy the AudioFile blog, and that you, too, will find many unexpected treasures. A Blog for All Seasons Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder October/November 2017 n 7 AudioFile Online Blog: audiofilemagazine.com/blog Facebook: facebook.com/audiofilemagazine/ Twitter: twitter.com/AudioFileMag SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/audiofilemagazine

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