Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get 2 limited-edition podcast mugs when you make a sustaining gift of $8 or more per month today!
This is where you'll find all the new & noteworthy books you hear about on Morning Edition, Fresh Air, All Things Considered and weekend programming. Look for the I Read It On NHPR display at Gibson's Bookstore, 45 S. Main Street, Concord NH

What Makes a Great Audiobook?

audiobooks by lester public library.jpg
(Photo by Lester Public Library via Flickr Creative Commons)

Summer time is book season, with seemingly every media outlet weighing in with lists of recommended beach reads. Audiobooks don’t get nearly as much play, though they are a staple for many, whether as the soundtrack to a road trips, a daily commute, or even an alternative to listening to the radio at home.

As it turns out, there are audiobook critics, too. And just as with theater, music, and film, there’s an audiobook award season. And wouldn’t you know, we’re smack in the middle of it. Joining us to explain what makes an audiobook great and to give a run down of some of the industry’s top picks is Robin Whitten. She’s founder and Editor of AudioFile magazine, which has reviewed thousands of audiobook titles since its was launched in 1992 as a resource for librarians. 


Who won The Audies?

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.