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I like audio books--they’re great for making commutes, car trips, and chores fly by pleasantly. I’m a picky listener, though--if the reader is grating, or even just uninteresting, I’ll stop listening, even if it’s a book I’ve been looking forward to reading and have been hearing great things about. Even with a good reader, some books don’t translate all that well to audio, so I really depend on reviews to help me pick out good recordings. Luckily, the end of the year is always rife with “Top Ten” lists of everything imaginable, including audiobooks.
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- Library Journal’s Best Audiobooks of 2010: Fiction, Nonfiction, and a few sample tracks to give you a taste of what they liked so much about the recording.
- AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2010: Includes lists of best fiction, children’s, mystery and suspense, history and historical fiction, and young adult. For the truly discerning, you’ll also find lists of the best multi-voice recordings and author-read audiobooks. I really appreciated their list of Best Voices of 2010.
- Get smart and peruse My 10 Best Audio Nonfiction Books of 2010 put together by Joshua Kim of Inside Higher Ed.
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Nicole Pasini has worked on library programs and collections for teens, children, and adults. She listens better than she talks.