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They’re Here! Audies Nominations 2014

The Audio Publishers Association (APA)  has announced the finalists for the best audiobooks of 2013. There are a staggering twenty-nine categories this year, and so many amazing titles that have been selected as nominees. From the best in fantasy to mystery to short stories, there’s something for everyone!

I’ve included a smattering of the nominees below, but you can find the entire list on their website. Did your favorites from 2013 make the cut? Who do you think should take home the top title of Audiobook of the Year?

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Listen Before You See It

With movie awards season in full swing, I started thinking about all of the soon-to-be movie novels that I need to listen to  before I head to the theaters in 2014. With everything from a slew of young adult selections to hard-hitting biographies set to hit the big screen this year, there is a lot to look forward to!

What book turned movie are you most excited to see this year?

 

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Best Audios of 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Now that the end of 2013 is drawing near, it’s time for all of those annual “best of” lists. Library Journal has kicked off their “best of” season with their picks for the best audiobooks for 2013. Check out some of the amazing audios below:

 

 

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Fall into These Audios

With the fall season in full swing, it’s time to get in the mood for one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. But before the big dinner and catching up with family and friends, I know many of you will be in the same boat as I am – spending a lot of time traveling or running countless errands in order to get ready for the big day.

No matter what your holiday plans are, a cozy audio will keep you feeling warm inside and out as you pass the time. The audios below are only a small sampling of the selection HCPL has to offer in cozy mysteries and fall-themed fiction. What is your favorite thing to listen to when fall comes around? 

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Satisfying the Post-Halloween Sweet Tooth

Still have a sweet tooth from trick or treating last night? 

It doesn't matter if  you ate your entire stash last night or are trying to stay away from said stash - here are some super-sweet audios sure that much like candy, will have you utterly addicted! 

 

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Spooky Listens for October

One of my favorite things about October is busting out just the right spooky audiobook to get me in the Halloween spirit. There’s just something about taking an already terrifying book, then adding the right narrator and sound effects to make it an even more hair-raising experience.


Be warned – the titles below are not for the faint heart so listen if you dare!

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Audios

Every year, book communities across the nation get together to celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Created in 1982, Banned Books Week aims to create a discussion about censorship and the value of free, open access to information. For more information, check out Banned Books Week and the American Library Association.

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The Man with the Golden Voice

Can we please, please take a moment to talk about the wondrous, amazing voice of  Simon Vance? A rockstar of the audiobook world, this British transplant has narrated everything from Oliver Twist to Ian Fleming's James Bond series to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His voice has charmed authors and listeners alike – not hard to do when you’ve narrated over 700 titles.

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The Terrors of the Deep Blue Sea

When you read this blog post, you all have to promise me one thing: hum the theme song from Jaws as you continue reading. In case you didn't know  -  it's Shark Week....

Earbuds as Time Machines

It’s no big secret that I am a huge historical fiction buff. As soon as a new novel comes out, I will happily devour it within days. What better way to escape from reality than to be swept across the deserts of ancient Egypt, reliving the British Invasion of the 1960's or trapped in the intrigue of a medieval English court?

So far, this summer has been a great one  for historical audio junkies such as myself – seven new historical fiction novels are currently on the NY Times Best Seller List. Need a little help traveling back to another time or place? Check out some of my favorites below:

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