April/May 2018

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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Josephine Reed photo by John Boal Contributors Sharon Grover Sharon Grover (Audiobooks for Kids & Teens, page 17) is a Youth Services and Audiobook Literacy Consultant based in Janesville, Wisconsin. Sharon has collaborated on AudioFile's Audiobooks for Kids & Teens since its inception. She is a longtime audiobook listener and a member of the Audio Publishers Association's Sound Learning creative team ( She has chaired the Printz (2013) and Odyssey Award (2010) Committees. Sharon's book, Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy, co-written with her colleague Lizette Hannegan, was published in 2011. Josephine Reed Josephine Reed ("The Download," pages 30 and 44) is a compulsive listener of audiobooks. She was the program director of the book and theater channel on XM Satellite Radio where she created, produced, and hosted This is Audible and Writers on Writing. She also created, pro- duced, and hosted the literary show On the Margin for WPFW, where it ran for 18 years. Jo has teamed up with AudioFile for a new podcast venture, "The Download." Visit our blog ( the-download) to listen to conversations between authors and narrators on their latest collaborations. Susie Wilde Susie Wilde (Jason Reynolds profile, page 22) has reviewed for magazines and papers across the country for 35 years. When not reviewing, she's sharing stories with children and with adults who love children's books. She's usually sporting headphones as she listens nonstop to adult and children's audiobooks. Aurelia C. Scott Aurelia C. Scott (Katherine Kellgren remembrance, page 40) loves being an AudioFile Contributing Editor because she is able to hear a wanton number of audiobooks and interview occasionally wanton authors and narrators. Aurelia also writes the "Aurelia's Audio Adventures" column on AudioFile's blog, posted twice a month ( audio-adventures). Herself the author of an award- winning nonfiction book about competitive rose gardeners, Aurelia is writing the first in a series of novels about a nineteenth-century scientist's adventures among the world's legendary and mythical creatures. In between, she is writing a memoir of women and lingerie. Tom Walken Contributing Editor Tom Walken ("Learning By Ear," page 58) began writing reviews for AudioFile in the mid-1990s while he was still practicing clinical psychology. His "Learning By Ear" column started a short time later with a set of reviews on parenting audios. He says the 2000-plus audios he's heard on personal growth and business topics have kept him current on how people can make their lives better and how work groups become more effective. From his adopted home in Raleigh, NC, the Baltimore native now works with entrepreneurs, evaluates executive candidates, and spends his free time cooking, playing music, and enjoying his friends and family. Josephine Reed 6 n AudioFile/ Sharon Grover Aurelia Scott Tom Walken Susie Wilde

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