1931 Congress established the taking book program to assist blind adults 1933 anthropologist J.P. Harrington began to record oral histories of Native Americans 1952 Barbara Cohen & Marianne Roney persuaded Dylan Thomas to record some of his poetry; there was still space so Dylan decided to read his short story A Child’s Christmas in Wales Caedmon (Kadmon) Records was born. It was the first to record literature, Now let’s listen to Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Audiobook listeners are avid readers, it’s a misnomer that audibook listeners don’t read. 87% are adults but audiobooks are a great way for children/teens to improve listening comprehension, language acquisition, and improve vocabulary 78% prefer unabridged But don’t overlook abridged audiobooks, great way to introduce a new writer/narrator, offers accessibility to books that may be difficult to read b/c of language Audiobook listeners are more likely to listen to books they would unlikely read—I listen differently than I read. I have tried to read many classics but I prefer to have the book in hand, so I can take in the words
Where do you listen? The car is the most popular place to listen to audiobooks. This is the number one place I listen to audiobooks. Today, people are busy multi-tasking so it is not uncommon to listen to an audiobook while exercising, doing chores or while flying since many planes do not show films. Will you be listening alone? Or with family? You want to make sure your recommendations are appropriate for you audience. Audiofile magazine online has a listening recommendation list that includes age appropriateness and length. If you are traveling with your family, you want to make sure everyone is happy. Also not all listeners are going on vacation. Today, commuters spend more time in the car and often encounter traffic snarls—audiobooks offer a wonderful alternative. Do you have a format preference? Cassette, cd, mp3cd, ebooks Sometimes the audio format is released in the abridged format first. Do you like a particular narrator? Some people simply chose audiobooks by a particular narrator regardless of genre.
Remember quote:…… Narrators do not merely read the text, they interpret the printed word Single Narration: one narrator performs every character in the audiobook Multi-voiced: several narrators but not necessarily a narrator for each character; one narrator performs several characters Full cast: multiple narrators, each narrator represents a character Now let’s listen to Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl which is a full cast audio production
Golden Voices are selected by Audiofile magazine Showcases exceptional narrators. Provides audiography and biography Jim Dale is in the Guieness Book of World Records for his 146 voices in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Barbara Rosenblatt is the voice of Bridget Jones; she also narrates Elizabeth Peters mystery series; Most recently, Muriel Barbary’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog Davina Porter has recorded more than 100 audiobooks including: Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary George Guidall: has recorded over 800 unabridged audiobooks Now let’s listen to Jim Dale in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This is also an example of a single narrator portraying every character
In 1979, audio cassettes really took off when Sony introduced the Walkman. They are easy to rewind and bookmark. some customers prefer them to cds. But they are being replaced by cds. In fact, Hatchett Publishing actually had a funeral for the audio cassette in July 2008. CD-can hold to 74 minutes of audio; cd players are a standard in cars and cds can be transferred to digital players (hand held devices, such as mp3 players) MP3CD: can hold an entire audiobook on one disc; can hold up to 16 hours of audio; drawback limited titles and requires an mp3cd player Ebooks & Downloadable audiobooks: Maryland digital consortium: portable and downloadable; compatible with mp3 players, ipods, e-readers (Sony Reader, Nook) Unabridged: word for word Abridged: original work is shortened with author’s approval; also offers a listener the opportunity to check out a new author/narrator without a huge time investment. I listened to both the abridged/unabridged version of Devil Wears Prada. Honestly, the abridged version did not capture the nuisances as the unabridged version Spoken Word-includes lectures, comedy routines, conversations….our example is Car Talk
Awarded since 1959 Three U.S. Presidents have received the award: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton & Barack Obama The 2010 Winner: Michael J. Fox for Always Looking Up
How does the narrator distinguish between characters? This is a challenge for the narrator b/c the listener does not have any visual cues such as quotation marks or paragraphs to cue in the listener. Is the pace appropriate? Does the narrator successful execute accents or dialects? How well does the narrator change pitch? Our next example is from Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation Series. The Masque of the Black Tulip is the second book in the series. Kate Reading narrates in several dialects/accents.
Lauren Willig’s series contains six books with the seventh due out in January 2011. Kate Reading is the narrator for most of the series. Actually, the author selected another narrator for a few of the titles and I didn’t enjoy listening to them. Thankfully, Kate Reading is back.
It’s the narrator’s job to capture your interest and maintain it throughout the audiobook. And maybe cause you to have as NPR says “ A driveway moment” or in the case of the Buckets a parking lot moment. Quote: “ A good narrator can make a fair book sound good, a bad narrator can make a good book sound fair or even just unbearable to listen to”.
Now, we are going to hear a sample from Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer. Listen carefully.
We are going to hear a clip from The Reptile Room which is the second book in the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events. The Gothic Archies composed original music for the audiobook production. Music is used to begin and end each book. The music is used to create a morose mood with forbodding.
Our next slide features a clip from the Invention of Hugo Cabret.
An interesting book by Brian Selznick portrayed in drawings. The sound effects set the scene: Hugo lives in the Paris train station; The audiobook includes a dvd featuring an interview with Brian Selznick. He was influenced by silent films and at the beginning of this clip you can hear the movie projector whirrling. I was intrigued to see the book made into an audiobook. Brian Selznick said it is like “translating the book into another language.”
The idea of listen to an audiobook in 15 minutes is based on read a book in 5 minutes. It was presented at the PLA 2008 Conference by Kaite Stover. First step: Is read the description/summary Second: Listen to a few tracks at different intervals throughout the audiobook. Does the narrator capture your attention? Does the narrator distingusigh between characters? Next: How long is the audiobook? In some cases, listeners are looking to fulfill a certain amount of time; ie traveling for 9 nines hours Does it include any extras? Author interviews, cast interviews if full cast audio. We have Sense & Sensibility on audio and it also contains ebook so you can read and listen at the same time. Is it a good listen or better read? I read Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach but I loved it on audio. Ian McEwan narrated the book—great job; not all writers can narrate their own work. The audio allowed me to experience the pauses and voids that make it such a powerful audiobook Now in the case of Bob Newhart’s I Shouldn’t Even Be doing this, I read it but again hearing his dry sense of humor and his voice made a better listening experience.
http://news.shelf-awareness.com/ar/theshelf/2010-08-10/macmillan_audio_asks_book_clubs_to_listen_up.html Macmillan Audio challenged book clubs “…to turn up the volume instead of turning the pages” in their Reading Group Choices Newsletter. Some of the audiobook choices included: Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel, The Last Child by John Hart and Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin. Great response 150 groups from various geographical areas, professions, and reading interests Survey results: 8 question survey after listening to the audiobook 82% enjoyed listening 89% would listen to an audiobook in the future 91% would recommend to a friend
Passive Reader’s Advisory! Take advantage of displays by presenting both the print/audio version of various titles.
Good resource for reviews, narrator profiles, golden voices Online sound clips limited access if not a subscriber Listening recommendations- Audiobooks on the go: Summer Listening Recommendations for the whole family Articles about technology, Author interviews
Sponsored by: Booklist Online Blogger Mary Burkey teacher, librarian, audiobook listener from Columbus, Ohio She blogs about narrators, audiobook reviews, portable devices and audiobooks, etc….
Webinars are a good source for upcoming books; If you cannot attend the webinar, sign up since they are made available afterwards. Remember, you are using similar skills in listener’s advisory just as reader’s advisory.
The webinars are archived and available for viewing.
The Odyssey Award is an annual award selected by the American Library Association for the best production of an audiobook for children and/or young adults. Read by Barbara Rosenblatt (a Golden Voice). http://audiofilemagazineallears.blogspot.com/2010/06/louise-adventures-of-chicken-by-kate.html http://audiofilemagazine.podbus.com/media/reviews/ae46260.mp3 Monday, May 03, 2010
Annual award for audiobooks: including: Audio of the year, solo narration male/female, package design, production, author performance, just to name a few….. Every June Published in Audiofile Magazine and available online Also available online through Audio Publishers Association Display idea: I did a display featuring audie award nominees and winners. I made little award cards and placed them on the audiobooks—good intererst. Could also blend print versions with audio versions I have included information on Audio Publishers Assoication website and Audiofile Magazine along with other resources in your packets.
Audiobook advisory mp3 version
ARE YOU LISTENING? Audiobook Reader’s Advisory
Audiobook History <ul><li>1931: Talking Book Program </li></ul><ul><li>1933: J.P. Harrington </li></ul><ul><li>1952: Barbara Cohen & Marianne Roney </li></ul><ul><li>Dylan Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>Caedmon Records (HarperCollins) </li></ul>
Caedom Collection Dylan Thomas A Child’s Christmas in Wales http://dir.salon.com/audio/poetry/2002/04/10/dylan_thomas_cd1/
Audiobook Listener Facts <ul><li>Avid Readers </li></ul><ul><li>87% Adults </li></ul><ul><li>78% prefer unabridged audiobooks </li></ul><ul><li>Higher level of education </li></ul><ul><li>Usually chose a title unlikely to read </li></ul><ul><li>(Audio Publishers Association) </li></ul>
Questions to Ask? <ul><li>Where do you listen? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you be listening alone? With family? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a format preference? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you listen to an abridged audiobook? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like a particular narrator? </li></ul>
Car Talk: Field Guide To the North American Wacko!
Spoken Word Grammys <ul><li>Awarded since 1959 </li></ul><ul><li>Three U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Clinton & Barack Obama </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Winner: Michael J. Fox: </li></ul><ul><li>Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist </li></ul>
Characterization <ul><li>Does the narrator distinguish between characters? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the pace appropriate? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the narrator successfully execute accents or dialects? </li></ul>
The Buckets April 25, 2006 (http://www.comics.com)
Music <ul><li>Transition between chapters </li></ul><ul><li>Incidental </li></ul><ul><li>Create mood </li></ul><ul><li>Nicholas Sparks </li></ul><ul><li>Janet Evanovich </li></ul><ul><li>Lemony Snicket </li></ul>
Chapter Transitions Read by: Barbara Kingsolver
Lemony Snicket Original Music by: The Gothic Archies
Sound Effects: Setting the Scene Read by: Jeff Woodman
Listen to an Audiobook in 15 Minutes <ul><li>Read the description on the wrap </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to a few tracks </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the length of audiobook </li></ul><ul><li>Does the audiobook include extras? </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate overall audibility: a good listen or better read </li></ul>By: Kaite Mediatore Stover
Audiobook Clubs <ul><li>Macmillan Audio Asks Book Clubs to Listen Up </li></ul>Shelf Awareness: August 10, 2010
Audiobook Displays <ul><li>Adult Summer Reading Program </li></ul>