December 2017/January 2018

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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All year long AudioFile's followers—avid listeners and new listeners alike—help spread the word about our unique coverage of audiobooks. Maybe you share a copy of AudioFile magazine, or a Review of the Day on social media, or a link to our AudioFile blog or to our website with its more than 43,000 . . . and counting) indepen- dent reviews. However you connect to AudioFile, we appreciate your help in reaching the ever-growing numbers of listeners and soon-to-be listeners. So Thank You! As I write this, we have an exciting event unfolding: our annual selection of AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of the Year. Based on our own listening and the recommendations of our reviewers, I and AudioFile Managing Editor Jennifer Dowell curate this collection. It's one of the most exacting and rewarding projects we do each year, fraught with tough choices and careful balancing among the nine categories most important to listeners. See AudioFile's best 125 audiobooks of 2017, beginning on page 23. Some of our choices are likely to be on everybody's Best Books of the Year, but our process is different because we choose titles that have a special resonance as audiobooks. For instance, multiple award-winner Lincoln in the Bardo will be on many Best Of lists, but it's one of our Bests because of its dynamic performance by 166 actors that we feel is totally worth your listening time. Colum McCann's Letters to a Young Writer is special because listeners receive the author's advice in his own voice, making it all the more credible. Though the print version is of doorstop weight, Walter Isaacson's powerful biography of Leonardo da Vinci as narrated by the incomparable Alfred Molina makes listeners feel that they're flying through it. And after 20 years of waiting for Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust, listeners have the added pleasure of hearing Michael Sheen narrate the first of the trilogy, La Belle Sauvage. Indeed, we have reasons for every one of the 125 audiobooks selected. And now, AudioFile's friends and followers—and special partners— are busy getting out the news of AudioFile's Best Of the Year picks through their blogs, websites, podcasts, newsletters, and broadcast shows. This year more than 500 actors were involved in narrating our chosen titles (Bardo helped push that number up a lot), and naturally, we encourage all of them to share AudioFile's accolades with supporters. Do feel free to recommend any of our winning titles you like the sound of—or the whole 2017 collection at With a Little Help From Our Friends Editor's Notes Photo by Kevin Brusie Robin Whitten Editor and Founder December 2017/January 2018 n 7 AudioFile Online Blog: Facebook: Twitter: SoundCloud:

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