April 18, 2018
Raise your hand if you’ve heard someone say that listening to an audiobook is not reading.
Parents and librarians -- repeat after me: Audiobooks.Are.NOT.Cheating! In fact, numerous studies show that most of what we learn is through listening and that, to your brain, listening to a book is nearly the same as reading it, except you’ll be able to impress your friends by knowing how to properly pronounce words such as Göteborg (city in Sweden) and schlittschuhlaufen (ice skating).
NoveList librarians are HUGE audiobook fans and are always on the lookout for opportunities to introduce more people to the pleasures of listening. That is why we are so excited to spread the word about a summer reading program that gives participants free audiobooks! On April 26th, NoveList partner AudioFile Magazine will launch the 9th annual SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program. This is a FREE 13-week-long audiobook giveaway program for teens ages 13 and up. Each week, 2 audiobook downloads are made available to every registered listener. The books can be downloaded for a week and are yours to keep. Teens, librarians, book club leaders, and educators can all sign up for the program at www.audiobooksync.com. That’s also the spot for email or text alerts when the new titles are released each week. Over the course of the summer, 26 titles will be given away with the goal of introducing a wide range of diverse stories and characters on audio to teens. Featured authors for 2018 include Kwame Alexander, Jazz Jennings, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. For a full list of titles, visit the SYNC website.
If you’re new to audiobooks and would like to learn more before SYNC begins, check out the audiobook resources in NoveList. We have information on over 76,000 audiobook titles in NoveList Plus including professional reviews, sound samples, and AudioFile sound reviews. After doing a search, click the “Audiobooks” tab arch to see the list of audiobooks returned. We also have audiobook Recommended Reads Lists for all reading levels (hint: this can be especially useful when preparing for those *fun* family road trips). If you’re interested, but want to browse around, visit our Audiobooks page by clicking the “Browse Audiobooks” link on the bottom of the NoveList homepage or “Audiobooks” from the “Browse By” menu at the top. This page features a carousel of AudioFile Earphones Award winning titles, new and forthcoming titles, links for browsing, and for all the Recommended Reads lists.
In addition to our print appeal language which includes categories for Storyline, Pace, Tone, Writing style, Character, and Illustration, NoveList librarians have also developed an appeal language specifically for audiobooks called “Audio Characteristics”. These terms describe the narrator’s performance and voice quality such as Distinctly voiced, Emotionally connected, Comedic, Gravelly, Resonant, and many others. See how we’ve applied our audio characteristics to some of the SYNC titles being given away this summer:
Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau, narrated by J.D. Jackson.
The Devil’s Highway written and narrated by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, narrated by Rebecca Lowman.
Everland by Wendy Spinale, narrated by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West.
Renee Young is the Technical Metadata Manager at NoveList.