One of the highlights of the 2008 American Library Association’s Annual Conference was theMargaret Edwards Award ceremony, where Orson Scott Card was honored for his lifetime contribution to writing for teens for his novels “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow.”What a memorable and moving lecture – be sure to read Card’s address in the upcoming Fall issue of YALS !

If you were in the audience, you heard Card recommend his favorite book: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. But more importantly, when Card spoke about reading The Thirteenth Tale, he described how he remained in his car to hear the story continue. Yes, that’s right – Orson Scott Card read the book by listening. To find out more about Card’s reaction to the audiobook, read his blog post here.

I know I will be listening to the unabridged audiobook read by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner – here’s an audio clip. But be very careful! Simon and Schuster Audio has released TWO versions of The Thirteenth Tale on CD – there is an abridged version read by Lynn Redgrave & Ruthie Henshall. If you want to order the whole book for your audiobook collection, check the narrators!

Happy listening!

Mary Burkey

About Mary Burkey

Mary Burkey is a middle school teacher-librarian, audiobook addict, and author of Book Links Magazine's audiobook column "Voices in My Head."

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