Closet Monsters, Nursery Rhymes, & an Ice-Skating Pig | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Early Elementary

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Blyton, Enid. Enid Blyton’s Holiday Stories. Brilliance. ISBN 9781489025418. Read by Jilly Bond. PreS-Gr 1–From sandcastles at the beach to enchanted ice creams, step into the summer with Blyton’s delightful characters. These stories, which first appeared in Blyton’s “Sunny Stories” newsletters, include a little doll who can talk; Fred, who makes a mess of a wish; and […]

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

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Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

LJ Media Reviews: January 1, 2016

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Audio fiction from Brizzi, Forsyth, Ostlund; nonfiction from Brownstein, Kaling, Rhimes; starred video reviews of A Place To Call Home, Seymour, The Last Impresario, Empyting the Skies, plus new Fast Scans

Martin Luther, the Silk Roads, & the Inner Lives of Teenage Girls | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Nonfiction

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Booker, Cory. United. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101926666. Reader TBA. United States Senator Booker sounds a stirring call to reorient our civic discourse around the principles of empathy and solidarity. Telling candid, inspiring stories from his life and career, and imparting lessons learned from people who motivated him to serve, he speaks of rising above […]

Being Gender Fluid, Time Travel, & Loving the Boy Next Door | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Young Adult

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Bao, Karen. Dove Exiled. Listening Library. ISBN 9780147525857. Read by Kim Mai Guest. Gr 9 Up–Hiding in plain sight with her friend Wes’s family on the drowned planet Earth, Phaet discovers the rugged beauty of the world her ancestors once called home. All her life, she’s been taught to fear the “Earthbound,” and their generosity […]

Watch the Gettsburg Address, Go Inside a Painting, & Tour with a Boy Band | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Middle Grade

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Bosch, Pseudonymous. Bad Luck. (Bad Magic, Bk. 2). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478910572. Read by Aaron Landon. Gr 3-7–At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints, and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve.  […]

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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lj ljThis year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Spoken Word Grammy Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced today. The spoken word category, which includes poetry, audiobooks, and storytelling, includes memoirs read by the authors and novels read by celebrities. The winner will be revealed during the Grammy Awards broadcast on Feb. 15, 2016. Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. S. & […]

Audiobooks from Glatt, Jackson, and Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging listen for fans of thoughtful literary fiction, an imperfect but still excellent coming-of-age novel appropriate for adults and older teens, a less coherent ensemble mars Winterson’s otherwise remarkable tale

LJ Media Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Audio fiction from Gottlieb, Higgins, Penny, Stradal; nonfiction on song production, medicine, grammar and God. Starred films, from Indian Summers to Glen Campbell to the final season of Downton Abbey