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Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe | Discovery & Advisory

The appeal of podcasts is easy to understand—they’re free, easy to sample and subscribe to, and there are now so many that it’s possible to find a show to match any interest and satisfy any reader.

Audiobooks from Anderson, Goenawan, Le Guin, Hinton, Films on Beethoven, Sf Cult Classics, Social Justice, & Faith | Review Alert: June 1, 2018

This timely multigenerational immigrant story explores unique challenges families face and the redemptive power of forgiveness; this informative and thought-provoking film about social injustice and police advocacy is a must-see for adult audiences; an engaging look at how an artistic endeavor successfully exceeds the sum of its parts

More from the Listen List Committee | The Reader’s Shelf

Judged by a committee of librarians, the Listen List had members narrowing a field of 58 nominated audiobooks to 12 winners. There were plenty of runner-up titles still worth attention. Here are seven of them.

Audiobooks from Bohjalian, Darznik, Egan, Eggers, Double Messud, with PBS’s Little Women, Dolores Huerta, Education Equality, & More | Review Alert: May 15, 2018

Song is a spectacular testimony—further heightened by Mozhan Marnò’s vividly resonant narration; a highly recommended spy novel for all public libraries; be prepared for renewed interest in Messud’s first novel in all formats; this new production of Little Women is fresh, energetic, and absorbing; yes, Dolores Huerta did, so why can’t we?

Women’s Lives, Women’s Trauma | Video Reviews

An intimate view of the difficulties in mitigating the effects of severe trauma—highly recommended for adult audiences; valuable to those on the spectrum and their caretakers and all who work with and love them; a worthy view of the emotional impact of sexual abuse even years after the event

Authors Bala, Rao, St. Aubyn, Ishiguro; Filmmakers Suzuki, Wilder, Bergman, & Michael Moore | Audio & Video: May 1, 2018

These Girls will surely be bright beacons in all library collections; recommended for libraries where lighter self-improvement and parenting books are popular; this work deserves to stand on its own and belongs on the same shelf with other contemporary classics of the true crime genre; this stepped-up Blu-ray incarnation of an enduring Hollywood classic is a keeper; recommended for all history and Americana collections

LJ Audio & Video | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

Narrator Mia Barron’s performance is understated yet elegant in this detailed, exciting thriller; fans of Carmen Maria Machado, Jenny Zhang, and Tessa Hadley will find considerable resonance here; a truly thought-provoking documentary—uplifting & brutally honest; sure to have divisive reactions but nevertheless is a relevant addition to LGBTQ studies; Spirits of Rebellion shines a light on a lesser-known element of film history

2018 Audie Award Finalists

The Audie Awards recognize outstanding audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment; finalists in 30 categories have been announced

LJ Media | Review Alert: April 1, 2018

This title stands out for its honest and unflinching look at people, their fears, and their recurring mistakes; this engaging work will be in demand; these complementary silent film titles make a persuasive case for a bygone era’s art; most viewers will be entranced by Victoria’s addictive combination of passion, drama, and history; realistic yet inspiring for those who dream about making it in Silicon Valley, particularly young women

LJ Media | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

Highly recommended for fans of suspense, classic dystopias, futurists, and sf; devotees of the history of science as well as those interested in Restoration England will find this book fascinating; Arendt’s philosophy continues to inform our under­standing of the nature of evil and of the human condition; Huchon presents a disquieting picture of the state of contemporary politics—highly recommended to all viewers