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The Listen List

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Established in 2010 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them.

The Listen List Council selects a list of twelve titles including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries. The list of winning titles is annotated, stressing the appeal elements of the title, and includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. The Council announces the winning titles at the CODES Book and Media Awards Reception, held the Sunday of each ALA Midwitner Meeting. All selected titles are published on the RUSA Web site following the event.

The Council consists of seven librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development. Librarians interested in serving on The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Council should consult the committee membership information page .

Publishers, authors, and narrators interested in having their titles considered for The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration should review the  submission guidelines .


Previous lists:




The 2015 List

The Bees” by Laline Paull. Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy. Blackstone Audio/HarperAudio.
Cassidy’s mesmerizing narration reveals the apian world of Flora 717, a lowly sanitation worker bee who rises through the hive’s strict hierarchy amidst multiple disasters and political unrest. Richly detailed and imaginative, this riveting story is intensified by Cassidy’s seductive sibilance and transcendent performance.


  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Narrated by Clare Danes. Brilliance Audio.
  • “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. Narrated by Ralph Cosham. Blackstone Audio.
  • “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Narrated by Jonathan Davis. Brilliance Audio.

“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry. Narrated by Dion Graham. Tantor Media.
Richard Pryor’s rise to self-destructive superstardom is presented within the social context of African-American life during the 1960s and ’70s. Channeling an array of celebrities, including a stunning embodiment of Pryor himself, Graham’s raw performance captures the passion and pain that fueled Pryor’s comic genius.


  • “Last Words” by George Carlin. Narrated by Patrick Carlin and Tony Hendra. Simon & Schuster Audio.
  • “Life” by Keith Richards. Narrated by Keith Richards, Johnny Depp, and Joe Hurley. Hachette Audio.
  • “My Song” by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson. Narrated by Harry Belafonte and Mirron Willis. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.

“The Home Place” by Carrie La Seur. Narrated by Andrus Nichols. Blackstone Audio/HarperAudio.
Alma Terrebonne returns home to investigate her sister’s death in La Seur’s elegantly written novel of landscape, danger and regret. Nichols’ elegiac and unhurried performance immerses listeners in the harshness of life in rural Montana, while her masterful characterizations capture the underlying tensions of the novel.


  • “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. Narrated by Rich Orlow. Recorded Books.
  • “Shotgun Lovesongs” by Nickolas Butler. Narrated by Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Gary Wilmes, Scott Sowers and Maggie Hoffman. Macmillan Audio.
  • “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Narrated by Ralph Cosham. Blackstone Audio.

“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Narrated by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye. Penguin Audio/Recorded Books.
Lamia and Oduye flawlessly dramatize the lives of pioneering abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke and her slave Handful in this graphic, luminous and deeply affecting historical novel. Their seamless interpretation of Kidd’s characters evokes the shocking realities of bigotry and suppression in the early 19th century American South.


  • “The Healing” by Jonathan Odell. Narrated by Adenrele Ojo. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.
  • “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. Narrated by Kate Reading. Penguin Audio/Recorded Books.
  • “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Narrated by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren. Brilliance Audio.

“Lord of Scoundrels” by Loretta Chase. Narrated by Kate Reading. Blackstone Audio.
When resourceful Jessica Trent is nearly ruined by the haughty Marquess of Dain, she calls his bluff and shoots him. Reading skillfully creates lively characters through tone and tempo and brilliantly conveys the couple’s steamy romantic battle, delivering Chase’s witty banter with sparkling verve.


  • “The Grand Sophy” by Georgette Heyer. Narrated by Sarah Woodward. Naxos AudioBooks.
  • “The Spymaster’s Lady” by Joanna Bourne. Narrated by Kirsten Potter. Penguin Audio.
  • “Sum of All Kisses” by Julia Quinn. Narrated by Rosalyn Landor. HarperAudio/Recorded Books.

“The Martian” by Andy Weir. Narrated by R.C. Bray. Podium Publishing.
Weir’s breakout survival epic transports listeners to Mars alongside stranded astronaut Mark Watney. Bray matches the self-mocking tone and dry wit of Watney’s journal entries, while detailing efforts of an international team desperate to save him. Authentic accents combine with rollercoaster pacing in this convincing, compelling performance.


  • “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi. Narrated by William Dufris. Macmillan Audio.
  • “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. Narrated by Wil Wheaton. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.
  • “Red Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson. Narrated by Richard Ferrone. Recorded Books.

“Moonraker” by Ian Fleming. Narrated by Bill Nighy. Blackstone Audio.
Nighy’s dynamic interpretation of Fleming’s classic story of high-stakes bridge games and nuclear rockets lures listeners into the exotic world of James Bond. A masterful control of tempo underscores the story’s tension, while the villains and hero alike are fully realized in pitch-perfect accents.


  • “The Day of the Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth. Narrated by Simon Prebble. Blackstone Audio.
  • “Our Kind of Traitor” by John le Carré. Narrated by Robin Sachs. Books on Tape/Penguin Audio.
  • “Portrait of a Spy” by Daniel Silva. Narrated by Simon Vance. HarperAudio/Recorded Books.

“The Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins. Narrated by Ronald Pickup, Joe Marsh, Fenella Woolgar, Sam Dale, Jonathan Oliver, Jamie Parker, Sean Barrett, David Timson, John Foley and Benjamin Soames. Naxos AudioBooks.
This classic locked room mystery comes alive through a superb cast of performers whose unique voices and expert characterizations render the ornate language accessible and accentuate the unique and engrossing puzzle. The unhurried pace complements the richly detailed text and draws the listener into 19th century England.


  • “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens. Narrated by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher. Naxos AudioBooks.
  • “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Narrated by Simon Vance. Brilliance Audio.
  • “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton. Narrated by Mark Meadows. Brilliance Audio.

“Queen of the Tearling,” by Erika Johansen. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Blackstone Audio.
Raised in hiding, 19-year-old Kelsea reluctantly ascends the throne in this epic fantasy adventure. From raucous shouts to dripping menace, Kellgren vividly portrays a diverse cast through the resonant timbre of her voice and impeccable pacing. Engaging characters and a polished performance create a remarkable listening experience.


  • “Dragonflight” by Anne McCaffrey. Narrated by Dick Hill. Brilliance Audio.
  • “The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison. Narrated by Kyle McCarley. Tantor Media.
  • “A Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” by Emily Croy Baker. Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. Recorded Books.

“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith. Narrated by Robert Glenister. Blackstone Audio/Hachette Audio.
A missing author, a tenacious private investigator and scandals in the publishing world form the backbone of this fast-paced and wryly humorous mystery. Glenister’s resonant voice and fluid narration ably depict class and region, gender and age, while maintaining the grit and suspense of classic noir.


  • “The Last Detective” by Peter Lovesey. Narrated by Simon Prebble. Blackstone Audio.
  • “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. Narrated by William Dufris. Blackstone Audio.
  • “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King. Narrated by Will Patton. Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. Narrated by Kirsten Potter. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.
Potter lyrically portrays multiple characters across a nonlinear timeline in a novel that illuminates humanity’s interconnectedness after a pandemic. Subtle tonal variations and skillful pacing convey the urgency of the survivors’ plight. Can a traveling troupe of actors and musicians carry the future of mankind?


  • “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” by Chris Bohjalian. Narrated by Grace Blewer. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.
  • “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller. Narrated by Mark Deakins. Books on Tape/Random House Audio.
  • “On Such a Full Sea” by Chang-Rae Lee. Narrated by B.D. Wong. Penguin Audio/Recorded Books.

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Narrated by Bryan Cranston. Brilliance Audio. Cranston personifies the narrator of these terrifying and wrenching short stories with his hypnotic voice: sonorous, gentle and fierce. The narrative immerses listeners in the 1960s, when a draft lottery determined the fates of young men and even survivors carried the scars of war.


  • “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. Narrated by Frank Muller. Recorded Books.
  • “Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Blackstone Audio.
  • “Redeployment” by Phil Klay. Narrated by Craig Klein. Penguin Audio/Recorded Books.

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Author Reading at the Library – October 22

Our very own Suzanne d’Corsey, Moore Free Library Trustee, will be reading from and signing her new book – see below – at the Library on Thursday, October 22nd, 5:30-7pm.

Introducing ‘The Bonnie Road’, a richly detailed, dark and compelling debut novel by Suzanne d’Corsey.
The Bonnie Road magically transposes the old ways of Scotland into 20th Century St Andrews and brings to life the ancient traditions and beliefs that still dance just below the surface of the modern world.
Suzanne d’Corsey graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1982 with an MA in Medieval & Scottish History, after studying archaeology and the pagan and Dark Age History of Britain.
d’Corsey has overlaid her deep knowledge of Scottish folklore, ballads, ancient myths of obscure Scottish deities, and modern practitioners of the “Auld Ways,” on to the modern Scotland of ceilidhs and dances, ruined castles, dark forests, and the beautiful medieval town of St Andrews to create a compelling story in The Bonnie Road.
Suzanne has been published in various literary journals including Chapman, The Arkansas Review, Byline, Libido, and Eclectica. She has also won awards and scholarships for her writing, and a Pushcart nomination for her short story Wee Janet and the Filthy Pagan Heathen Thing.
Her poetry has been published in the Anglican Theological Review, and Poet Magazine, and she has been a fiction editor for Nimrod, International Journal for more than 15 years.
She was also Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.
Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing said, “d’Corsey brings to life the long-forgotten rites and traditions of ancient Scotland and masterfully translates these into the 20th Century, where these auld ways are still practised in hidden corners of the country.”
Novel Summary
My grandmother passed me in transit. She was leaving, I was coming into this world, our spirits meeting at the door to my mother’s womb, as she bent over the bed to close the thin crinkled lids of her own mother’s eyes.
The women of Morag’s family have been the keepers of tradition for generations, their skills and knowledge passed down from woman to woman, kept close and hidden from public view, official condemnation and religious suppression.
In late 1970s St. Andrews, demand for Morag’s services are still there, but requested as stealthily as ever, for even in 20th century Scotland witchcraft is a dangerous Art to practise.
When newly widowed Rosalind arrives from California to tend her ailing uncle, she is drawn unsuspecting into a new world she never knew existed, one in which everyone seems to have a secret, but that offers greater opportunities than she dreamt of – if she only has the courage to open her heart to it.

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Children’s Book Illustrators

Ever wonder how they do it? ~those wonderful illustrators of children’s books.


If YOU’VE always wanted to try your hand at illustrating, drawing, or sketching, the library has an immense collection of art books. Be it watercolor, calligraphy, pencil sketching, oil painting, graphic design or pastel, we have the book for you!
Try “Chinese Landscape Painting for Beginners” or “Studio Tips for Artists & Graphic Designers” or “Calligraphic Flourishing, a new approach to an ancient art”.

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Digital Books are here!

Your wait is over!  You can now check out and download e-books and e-audiobooks to your device from the Moore Free Library website:  Simply, click on the GMLC logo located halfway down our homepage.

You will then be asked for your patron bar code.  This site needs a 14 digit access code so we’ve  adapted our patron bar codes to this new format:

2V6SD00000 + your current bar code to equal 14 digits in all.

On the next page, choose a category and at Show Me, choose Only titles with copies available.  Scroll through the choices offered and “borrow” the items you wish – there is a limit of 3 checkouts at a time.

If you have any questions at all, please email Louise at or call 802-365-7948.  Have fun!

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What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out by Lynn Neary

What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out


June 11, 2013 4:51 PM


Walk into any bookstore or library, and you’ll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren’t assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.

At Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., the 11th-grade honors English students are reading The Kite Runner. And students like Megan Bell are reading some heavy-duty books in their spare time. “I like a lot of like old-fashioned historical dramas,” Bell says. “Like I just read Anna Karenina … I plowed through it, and it was a really good book.”

But most teens are not forging their way through Russian literature, says Walter Dean Myers, who is currently serving as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. A popular author of young-adult novels that are often set in the inner city, Myers wants his readers to see themselves in his books. But sometimes, he’s surprised by his own fan mail.

“I’m glad they wrote,” he says, “but it is not very heartening to see what they are reading as juniors and seniors.” Asked what exactly is discouraging, Myers says that these juniors and seniors are reading books that he wrote with fifth- and sixth-graders in mind.

And a lot of the kids who like to read in their spare time are more likely to be reading the latest vampire novel than the classics, says Anita Silvey, author of 500 Great Books for Teens. Silvey teaches graduate students in a children’s literature program, and at the beginning of the class, she asked her students — who grew up in the age of Harry Potter — about the books they like.

“Every single person in the class said, ‘I don’t like realism, I don’t like historical fiction. What I like is fantasy, science fiction, horror and fairy tales.’ ”

Those anecdotal observations are reflected in a study of kids’ reading habits by Renaissance Learning. For the fifth year in a row, the educational company used its Accelerated Reader program to track what kids are reading in grades one through 12.

“Last year, we had more than 8.6 million students from across the country who read a total of 283 million books,” says Eric Stickney, the educational research director for Renaissance Learning. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program through their schools. When they read a book, they take a brief comprehension quiz, and the book is then recorded in the system. The books are assigned a grade level based on vocabulary and sentence complexity.

And Stickney says that after the late part of middle school, students generally don’t continue to increase the difficulty levels of the books they read.

Last year, almost all of the top 40 books read in grades nine through 12 were well below grade level. The most popular books, the three books in The Hunger Games series, were assessed to be at the fifth-grade level.

Last year, for the first time, Renaissance did a separate study to find out what books were being assigned to high school students. “The complexity of texts students are being assigned to read,” Stickney says, “has declined by about three grade levels over the past 100 years. A century ago, students were being assigned books with the complexity of around the ninth- or 10th-grade level. But in 2012, the average was around the sixth-grade level.”

Most of the assigned books are novels, like To Kill a MockingbirdOf Mice and Men or Animal Farm. Students even read recent works like The Help and The Notebook. But in 1989, high school students were being assigned works by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Emily Bronte and Edith Wharton.

Now, with the exception of Shakespeare, most classics have dropped off the list.

Back at Woodrow Wilson High School, at a 10th-grade English class — regular, not honors — students say they don’t read much outside of school. But Tyler Jefferson and Adriel Miller are eager to talk. Adriel likes books about sports; Tyler likes history. Both say their teachers have assigned books they would not have chosen on their own. “I read The Odyssey, Tyler says. “I read Romeo and Juliet. I didn’t read Hamlet. Asked what he thought of the books, Tyler acknowledges some challenges. “It was very different, because how the language was back then, the dialogue that they had.

Adriel agrees that books like that are tougher to read. “That’s why we have great teachers that actually make us understand,” he says. “It’s a harder challenge of our brain, you know; it’s a challenge.”

But a challenge with its rewards, as Tyler says. “It gives us a new view on things.”

Sandra Stotsky would be heartened to hear that. Professor emerita of education at the University of Arkansas, Stotsky firmly believes that high school students should be reading challenging fiction to get ready for the reading they’ll do in college. “You wouldn’t find words like ‘malevolent,’ ‘malicious’ or ‘incorrigible’ in science or history materials,” she says, stressing the importance of literature. Stotsky says in the ’60s and ’70s, schools began introducing more accessible books in order to motivate kids to read. That trend has continued, and the result is that kids get stuck at a low level of reading.

“Kids were never pulled out of that particular mode in order to realize that in order to read more difficult works, you really have to work at it a little bit more,” she says. “You’ve got to broaden your vocabulary. You may have to use a dictionary occasionally. You’ve got to do a lot more reading altogether.”

“There’s something wonderful about the language, the thinking, the intelligence of the classics,” says Anita Silvey. She acknowledges that schools and parents may need to work a little harder to get kids to read the classics these days, but that doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t continue to read the popular contemporary novels they love. Both have value: “There’s an emotional, psychological attraction to books for readers. And I think some of, particularly, these dark, dystopic novels that predict a future where in fact the teenager is going to have to find the answers, I think these are very compelling reads for these young people right now.”

Reading leads to reading, says Silvey. It’s when kids stop reading, or never get started in the first place, that there’s no chance of ever getting them hooked on more complex books.

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New in the Library this month –

New Titles at Moore Free Library  2013

“The Yellow Birds

A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is
the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. With
profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden
war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a
groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

“Ancient Light”
The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant,
profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life
and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable
immediacy of the past in our present lives.

” Jefferson: The Art of Power”
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of American Lion
and Franklin and Winston comes a rich, unprecedented biography of
Thomas Jefferson, an original thinker and a master politician, who
helped create and sustain the American republic

One of Ann’s best books of 2012, this is he story of an
eleven-hundred-mile solo hike taken by a grief-stricken young woman
who was supremely unprepared for the rigors of the trail. That journey
was life-changing for Cheryl, and she shares it with us. through this
candid memoir that will appeal to even those who shy away from memoir.

“The Round House”
The revered author returns to the territory of her bestselling,
Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with this riveting,
exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks
justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends
and forever transforms his family. National Book Award Winner.

As the long-awaited third season of the addictive Peabody– and Emmy
Award–winning series begins, the war may be over, but the battles at
Downton Abbey continue amidst social change, romantic intrigue, and
personal crises. As other great houses throughout Britain are
crippled, both psychologically and economically, in the wake of the
Great War, Robert, Earl of Grantham firmly defends his duty to
maintain the majestic English country estate, but in the changing
social and political landscape, nothing is assured. Must the Crawleys
now fight to safeguard their beloved Downton? Will Anna find evidence
that helps to free John Bates? Will Robert accept his former
chauffeur—now Sybil’s husband—into the family? And what sort of
mischief will Thomas cause?  DVD  on order. We have Season 1 & 2.

Counterfeiters DVD
Winning the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film of 2007,
this film is based on the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, a forger
who made a name for himself as Berlin’s “King of the Counterfeiters.”
Arrested by the Nazis for forging baptism certificates for Jews,
Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is first sent to a concentration camp, but
finds himself drafted into Operation Bernard, the Nazi effort to
finance the war and destabilize their enemies’ economies by forging
British and American money. Sorowitsch and his fellow counterfeiters
find themselves in a delicate balancing act, succeeding just enough to
live another day, but not enough to truly help their captors. In
German and French, with English subtitles.

Endeavor  DVD
On the 25th anniversary of the first episode of the long-running
detective series Inspector Morse, Shaun Evans steps into John Thaw’s
shoes to play the younger version of Colin Dexter’s iconic character,
famed for his love of crosswords, classical music, real ale, and
vintage cars. Set in 1965, the story follows the hunt for a missing
schoolgirl, which draws Detective Constable Endeavour Morse back to
the place that will ultimately shape and define his destiny: Oxford.
Facing down small-time thugs, big-time politicians, and the demons of
his past, Morse begins his own quest for justice as he edges ever
closer to uncovering a truth that will haunt him for the rest of his

Five Children DVD
What would you wish for if you were granted a new wish every day?
That’s the delightful situation five children face when they’re
evacuated during World War I and sent to live with an eccentric uncle
and his very odd son in a moldering mansion by the sea. There they
discover It (voiced by Eddie Izzard), an obliging but cranky sand
fairy who makes their wishes come true. This 2004 adaptation of E.
Nesbit’s beloved classic features Freddie Highmore, Kenneth Branagh,
and Zoë Wanamaker, as well as the film wizardry of the Jim Henson
Creature Shop.

Secret  Ballot  DVD
Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami’s gently humorous examination of the
voting process and gender differences was a consistent winner at
international film festivals in 2001 and 2002. On election day at a
remote island off the coast of Iran, a ballot box parachutes to shore,
followed by a female election official. A reluctant soldier is
assigned to accompany her and gather votes. Sometimes helpful,
sometimes a hindrance, he helps her overcome language barriers, gender
prejudices, and mechanical breakdowns, while she struggles to maintain
her faith in democratic processes. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Animator, documentarian, actor, dancer, editor, cinematographer, and
provocateur, Grant Munro has brought his talent, humor, passion, and
all-out goofiness to world cinema for more than 50 years. He has
collaborated with legendary animator Norman McLaren on some of his
best work, including their pixilated masterpiece Neighbours, a
viciously funny Cold War parable on arms escalation that won the Best
Short Film Oscar in 1952. This two-disc collection also includes the
animated classics Three Blind Mice, Two Bagatelles, Christmas Cracker,
Canon, Toys, and The Animal Movie, as well as Munro’s live-action
films Ballot-o-Maniac, Ashes of Doom, and Boo Hoo.

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Book Group for December

Book – “An American Childhood” by Annie Dillard

Discussion Date – Friday, December 21st, noon

Free Copies are available for borrowing at the library

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