We illustrators enter the field because we want to engage many different kinds of people with our art and communicate big ideas in innovative ways. Ours is a mass medium by design. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve seen so many illustrated works find their way into lush Hollywood screen adaptationsâ€”Brian Selznickâ€™s books, or the Marvel comics movies, for example. Read more
Think back to the origin of stories. They were told beside a fire by a bard, an old one, a teller of tales. People clustered round, nodding at the rise and fall of the speakerâ€™s voice. Many stories were of adventure, of battle and bravery, of people seemingly bigger than the listeners. Read more
Iâ€™ve been touring this spring for a new book, and that always sounds way more glamorous than it is. Book tour is actually a Latin aviation term that translates roughly to, â€śEvery seat is the middle seat.â€ť Read more
Susan Dennard, author of The Witchland series, chatted with narrator Bahni Turpin about what it’s like to narrate an audiobook.Â Don’t miss their fun back and forth to learn more about the audiobook process, and then check out SightwitchÂ by Susan Dennard, now available.
Traci Chee is a self-described â€śword geekâ€ť who, according to her author bio â€śloves book arts and art books.â€ť So it should be no surprise to anyone that she had plenty to say about the art of audiobooks; her second book is called The Speaker, after all! Keep reading to hear what it was like for Chee to experience her own bestselling series in the audio format, how listening alters the way her words affect her, and why she thinks the audio editions shine a light on the heart of her series in a particularly poignant way. Read more
From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes THE PERFECT SCORE, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score—both on the test and in life—is perhaps not so perfect after all. We’re thrilled to welcome author Rob Buyea to the Listening Library blog to share his own personal experience with audiobooks and why they are perfect for teachers and students. Read more
Pssst…greetings, listeners! We just can’t keep author Jake Burt’s hilarious essay recounting his audiobook experience all to ourselves. His debut middle-grade listen, GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION! (on sale now), about a family on the run (plus, one streetwise girl pretending to be a family member—to throw the bad guys off, of course. But don’t tell anyone!) is brought to life on audio by four terrific narrators. But what is it really like to be an author about to meet the voices of your fictional creations for the first time? Terrifying, apparently. Read more
Check out this guest post from audiobook narrator and multi-Earphones Award winner Karissa Vacker. She reads the psychological suspense thriller BONFIRE (on sale Nov. 7th) by Jessica Jones actress-turned-fiction-writer, Krysten Ritter. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises this â€śtriumphant fiction debutâ€ť as a â€śpulse-pounding thriller.â€ť Hear what itâ€™s like to bring fallâ€™s hottest book to life on audio… Read more