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June is audiobook appreciation month

Published: June 6, 2012 10:00 AM

Do you remember someone reading to you; listening to your teacher, your mom, your dad, or your grandma as the tale unfolded?

June is Audiobook Appreciation Month; recapture that feeling while listening to an audiobook. A great book by a great storyteller can make the time sitting in traffic pass far faster than honking your horn at annoying, anonymous motorists.

With narrators like Jim Dale-- the classically trained actor who read all seven Harry Potter novels, Tina Fey, Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Alda and Denis Leary tell the stories. Audiobooks can be a great way to keep up with your reading.

Audiobooks are available in many formats. Books on tape are now more likely to be books on CD or MP3 or formatted for your iPhone or iPod. The books also come abridged and unabridged.

According to the Audio Publishers Association, sales of audiobooks were up 10 percent in 2011, and the number of audiobooks published has more than doubled since 2007. Not surprisingly, downloadable varieties are leading the trend capturing 36 percent of dollar volume and 52 percent of unit sales.

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Audio books on a plethora of subjects can be found at the library. A few samples are financial crisis in Greece; Boomerang: Travels in the Third World," by Michael Lewis, read by Dylan Baker; laugh, "One for the Money," by Janet Evanovich, read by Lori Petty; and "The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives," by Katie Couric, read by Katie Couric and a cast of narrators.

Stop by any of the Stark County District Library's 10 locations and check one out, or see website at StarkLibrary.org and download an audiobook from the catalog.

The Stark County District Library is a winner of the National Medal for library service. The Main Library, nine Branch Libraries, two Bookmobiles and two Kidmobiles serve 155,000 library card holders.

For more information, call 330.452.0665.


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