For many of us, the warm, cozy feeling of being read to never goes away. As adults, it sometimes seems that with life swirling around us, finding the time to sit and indulge in a good book gets more difficult everyday. Audiobooks can help fill that niche for a reader; they are a great way to take your reading on the road as so many books are available through online platforms such as Audible, Hoopla, and OverDrive/Libby.
Now that you have decided to take the plunge, you may be wondering how to find an audiobook with a great narrator. As audiobook fans will tell you, a narrator can make or break an audiobook. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you find your new favorite narrator.
The American Library Association's annual Odyssey Award is given out to the best children's and young adult audiobooks, highlighting one winner and a few honorary books each year.
If you are looking for adult authors and stories, check out the Audie Awards. The Audio Publishers Association has awarded outstanding audiobook narration for over 26 years. Their website lists current and past winners of the award. There are great suggestions for listeners looking for fiction, nonfiction, and everything in-between.
If you need recommendations, our friendly CPL librarians are always available to help. They can suggest great narrators and show you where to find audiobooks in the physical library and on our e-media platforms.
Here are some titles from the Audie Awards 2021 list to get you started: