Audiobook Review Sources

We asked in our December website survey if you think audiobook reviews (versus regular book reviews) are important to the audio selection process. The answer was a resounding “YES!”
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Since then, we’ve added review capability to our website. Go to recordedbooks.com and search for any title. Scroll to the bottom of the page, below the book’s description, and click “Submit your review of this audiobook.” We’d love to start seeing a great collection of reviews here so people get a taste of not only the book, but the narrator’s reading of the book. You might even encourage students to submit their own reviews!

If you’re looking for other people’s reviews, you might also try these great audiobook review sites:
AudioFile Magazine – the big kahuna of audiobook reviewers
Publishers WeeklyPW has a feed of all their audiobook reviews.
School Library Journal – Audiobooks are included in SLJ‘s Multimedia Reviews section.
Sound Commentary – a wonderful new endeavor from the folks at now-defunct KLIATT
KLIATT – Though the print magazine is no longer around, you can still find many reviews archived online.
Books for Ears – Two kid-specific categories: http://booksforears.com/category/young-adult-audio-books/ and http://booksforears.com/category/childrens-audio-books/
Audiobooker – Mary Burkey is now the official audiobook blogger for Booklist Magazine.
Looking Glass Reviews: A great site dedicated to reviewing children’s books, with a special audiobook section.

Let me know if you have any other favorite audiobook review sites—and be sure to check out the new review feature at recordedbooks.com!

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4 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for the link to Books for Ears. We also wanted to let you know about two especially relevant categories of reviews available for your readers:

    Young Adult: http://booksforears.com/category/young-adult-audio-books/

    Children’s Books: http://booksforears.com/category/childrens-audio-books/

  2. Thanks so much! I’ll amend the post and add in this info. Great site!

  3. In response to your question about whether or not audiobooks should be reviewed just like regular books – my answer is an emphatic YES! Finding quality audio books is no easy task. Coupled with the fact that it’s hard to “peruse” the book before buying like you can with a regular book, I’d say it’s important to know what is good and what isn’t from the rest of the community.

    I started using Audible.com to buy audiobooks because they have a large selection (perhaps the largest) and let you listen to parts of the audiobook before purchasing. In case anyone is interested, I wrote a review of audible.com. Please post any comments and let me know what you think.

    Regards,

    Cullen

  4. Recorded Books titles are available through Audible: http://tinyurl.com/c2vaet

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