Saturday, June 8, 2013

It's that time again! June is Audiobook Month! JIAM

Yes, once again, audiobook month has rolled around.  I would certainly be remiss if I didn't post about this topic.  If you've never listened to an audiobook but would like to dip your toe in the water, please give LibriVox a try.  The audiobooks are free -- all are recorded by volunteers.  The books are ones in the Public Domain which in the U.S. means they were published before 1923.  Great way to listen to a classic or two that you've never gotten around to reading.  You can even follow along with the printed text which is available for each book recorded.  Moby Dick, anyone?

There's a small audiobook company I've mentioned many times on this blog.  Iambik Audiobooks works with small and independent publishers to get their author's works recorded.  The books are very reasonably priced and Iambik always posts the entire first chapter of each book on the site so that you get a pretty good listen before deciding to purchase.  I've recorded for them and they're a great bunch of people.

Of course, you can't talk about audiobooks without a shout out to Audible.  They are the 'big Kahuna' when it comes to recorded books.  I'm currently working on my 14th title for them.  My 13th is coming out later this month -- I'll post details here when it does.  There are thousands and thousands of books available on Audible so you won't have trouble finding something to your liking. 

For kids/young adults, there's a great and free program going on again this summer.  The site called  "SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earphones" posts 2 free books each week during the summer months.  One book is a contemporary title and the second is usually a classic.  Up for free download until June 13th are The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, narrated by Wanda McCaddon.  You can download these two books from here.   Remember that the books change every two weeks so don't miss out!

And, naturally, I can't finish this post without my favorite meme featuring Ryan Gosling.  Happy listening!

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