Guide to Spoken-Word Recordings

NLS Reference Circulars

Guide to Spoken-Word Recordings: Popular Literature 2004


The selected sources in this reference circular offer recordings in a variety of subject areas, including popular fiction, classics, drama, poetry, personal development, old-time radio, storytelling, and inspiration. There is a separate section for children's literature, but many of the general sources include audiobooks for both adults and children.

The recordings are for purchase, rental, or loan on cassette. Sources that also provide compact disc or MP3 formats are noted. Most of the sources are commercial. A selected listing for recorded books for loan or purchase to persons with visual or physical disabilities is included. The sources are North American companies and selected foreign companies that have a North American office. Many of the companies have special offers on their web sites, and general web sites such as and eBay also sell audiobooks. A listing in this circular does not imply an endorsement.


General Sources

Specialized Sources

Children's Literature


Radio and Theater

Audiobooks in Foreign Languages

Agencies for Persons with Visual and Physical Disabilities

Selected Rental and Membership Clubs

Selected Bibliography

Selected Sources for Reviews

General Sources

Americana Publishing, Inc.

303 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 104-A
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-6121
(505) 265-0632 fax

Abridged and unabridged mystery, science fiction, religion and inspiration, self-help, and westerns. Also on compact disc. Price: $12.95-$30.

Assembled Stories

722 Parkside Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 61026
(630) 993-9172 telephone and fax

British publisher has unabridged titles in the Victorian Collection (Bronte, Dickens, Trollope, etc.), Edwardian Collection (Buchan, Davis, Galsworthy, etc.), and the American Collection (Henry, James, Melville, Twain, etc.). Also on compact disc. Price: $15.50-$39.50.

65 Willowbrook Boulevard
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 837-2845

Audiobooks, radio programs, and audio magazines and newspapers can be downloaded to a computer. Readers can listen immediately, transfer files to an audio player, or burn them onto a compact disc. Price: $14.95 (basic plan) or $19.95 (premium) a month.

Audio Book Company

125 North Aspen Avenue, Suite #2
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-6099 fax

Unabridged and abridged children's stories, classics, mystery, nonfiction, and science fiction. Price: $12.95-$59.95.

Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

P.O. Box 40115
Washington, DC 20016-0115
(202) 363-3429 telephone and fax

Unabridged classics, primarily novels, for children and adults, with some poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Price: $20.95-$101.95, rent: $8.95-$33.95 for thirty days.

Audiobook1: Scholarly Audio

Six Richwood Terrace
Flossmoor, IL 60422
(708) 957-5025
888-98-AUDIO (888-982-8346)
(708) 957-1552 fax

Bestselling popular nonfiction by leading scholars and experts. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $14.99-$39.99.

Audio Bookshelf

174 Prescott Hill Road
Northport, ME 04849
(207) 338-0370 fax

Unabridged titles for adults and children. Also on compact disc. Creates audiobook libraries for healthcare facilities. Price: $5.95-$64.95.

Audio Connoisseur

77 East Andrews Drive, Suite 253
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 816-4028
(404) 816-4129 fax

Unabridged classics that include biography, history, humor, and short stories. Also in MP3 format. Price: $14-$88.

Jeffrey Norton Publishers

One Orchard Park Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-0195
(203) 245-0769 and 888-453-4329 fax

Classics, history, Native American materials, personal development, poetry, and Shakespeare; black heritage collection, also on video; self-instructional courses and classics in foreign languages, also on compact disc; and travel guides on video. Price: $12.95-$39.95.

Audio Literature

370 West San Bruno Avenue, Suite F
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 583-9700
800-383-0174(650) 583-0235 fax

Abridged and unabridged biography, business, literature, Native American authors, poetry, and spiritual classics. Also on compact disc. Price: $11.95-$175.

The Audio Partners Publishing Corporation

1133 High Street
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 888-7804, ext. 212
888-480-7803, ext. 212
(530) 888-7805 fax

Abridged and unabridged classics for children and adults. Includes fiction, humor, mystery, nonfiction, personal improvement, and poetry. Also on compact disc, including The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare ($600). Price: $15.95-$44.95.

Audio Scholar

P.O. Box 1456
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-1225
(707) 937-1869 fax

Abridged titles and anthologies of selections in history, philosophy, psychology, and science. Price: $14-$24.95.

AudioText, Inc.

P.O. Box 690791
Houston, TX 77269-0791

Unabridged science fiction series called Great Science Fiction Stories published under the Infinivox imprint and study guides for college courses with companion books sold separately. Price: $10.99-$19.99.

B&B Audio

P.O. Box 100
Kenilworth, IL 60043
(847) 251-4169 telephone and fax

Abridged and unabridged adventure, history, and science fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $7.95-$39.95.

BBC Audiobooks America

One Lafayette Road, Box 1450
Hampton, NH 03843-1450
(603) 929-3890 fax

Unabridged British titles from Chivers and American titles include fiction, history, mystery, romance, and suspense. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. See also Children's Literature and Radio. Price: $4.98-$145.95; rent: $10-$18.95.

Blackstone Audiobooks

P.O. Box 969
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-9239
800-SAY-BOOK (800-729-2665)
(541) 482-9294 fax

Unabridged adventure, arts, biography, business, classics, economics, fiction, mystery, religion, science fiction, sports, and travel. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $17.95-$176.85; rent: $6.95-$35.85.

Bolinda Publishing, Inc.

P.O. Box 307
Shelton, CT 06484
(717) 564-8307 fax

Unabridged titles written by Australian authors or with Australian themes and Australian award-winning literature for children and young adults. Also on compact disc. Price: $18-$104.

Books in Motion

9922 East Montgomery, Suite 31
Spokane, WA 99206
(509) 922-1445 fax

Unabridged Americana, children and young adult stories, Christian fiction, classics, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, westerns, World War II, and Vietnam. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $13.56-$55.96; rent: $6.08-$16.08.

Books on Tape, Inc.

P.O. Box 25122
Santa Ana, CA 92799-5122
(714) 825-0021
800-88-BOOKS (800-882-6657) new customers
800-521-7925 existing customers
(714) 825-0756 fax MP3 audiobooks to download

Unabridged adventure, biography, classics, history and war, humor, mystery, nonfiction, personal achievement, science fiction, and young readers. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $14.95-$44.95; rent: $11.95-$19.95.

Brilliance Audio, Inc.

1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256
(616) 846-0630 fax

Abridged and unabridged biography, business, children and young adult stories, Christian fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, science fiction, suspense, and westerns. Also on compact disc. Price: $12.95-$34.95.

BTC Audiobooks
(Between the Covers: an imprint of Goose Lane Editions)

469 King Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Canada E3B 1E5
(506) 450-4251
888-9-COVERS (888-926 8377)
(506) 459-4991 fax

Classic and contemporary Canadian writing, including titles from the best of current Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio programming and from its extensive CBC archives. Price: $12.95-$34.95.


See: HarperAudio/Caedmon

Dover Publications

Customer Care Department
31 East 2nd Street
Mineola, NY 11501-3852
(516) 742-6953 fax

"Audio Thrift Classics" include fairy tales, poems, and North American Indian legends. Price: $5.95-$7.95.

The Fiction Works

4665 SW Country Club Drive
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 738-2648 fax

Fantasy, horror, mystery, and romance on compact disc. Price: $5.95 for eBook and $12.95-$24.95 for audiobook.

Future World/Regent Press

Postal Chamber 153588
Department 10003
Irving, TX 75015
(972) 399-8400
888-23-FUTURE (888-233-8887) order line
(972) 399-8300 fax

Abridged and unabridged business, health and wellness, relationships, and science fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $14.95-$39.95.

HarperCollins Publishers

10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 207-7000

Abridged and unabridged biography, business, fantasy, fiction, health,
history, humor, juvenile fiction and nonfiction, mystery, poetry, psychology, religion, romance, science fiction, and self-help. Also on compact disc.
Price: $11-$29.95.

HighBridge Audio

33 South Sixth Street, CC-2205
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 304-7175 fax

Abridged and unabridged classic fiction and poetry, general fiction for adults and young adults, Garrison Keillor stories and collections, and nonfiction (business, history, humor, nature, and personal development). Also on
compact disc. Price: $13.95-$34.95.

Houghton Mifflin Company

222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 351-5000
(617) 227-5409 fax

Unabridged general interest titles such as mystery and short stories, children's stories, and the Peterson field guide series. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.95-$30.

InAudio (formerly Commuters Library)

100 Weems Lane
Winchester, VA 22601
888-749-5722 fax

Unabridged classics, history, and poetry for libraries and schools in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $22-$140.

Knowledge Products, Inc.

722 Rundle Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 742-3852
(615) 742-3270 fax

Great ideas and events of history in the fields of philosophy, science, economics, political thought, religion, and literature; children and young adult classic literature. Also on compact disc. Price: $17.95-$199.95.

Landmark Audiobooks

A subsidiary of Audio Adventures, LLC
200 Skipjack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-4298 fax

Offers public libraries abridged and unabridged adventure, biography, business, children's stories, classics, fiction, history, horror, humor, mystery, philosophy
and religion, romance, science fiction, and self-improvement. Also on compact disc. Call for purchasing and leasing options.

Monterey Media, Inc.

566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 494-7199
(805) 496-6061 fax

Multi-cast abridged dramatizations of adult and children's classic literature.
Also on video and DVD. Price: $16.95-$114.75.

Naxos AudioBooks

Naxos of America, Inc.
416 Mary Lindsay Polk Drive, Suite 509
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-9393
(615) 771-6747 fax

Abridged and unabridged biography, classic fiction for adults and children, drama, nonfiction, and poetry. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.98-$38.98.

New Millennium Entertainment

Attn: Dept SP
301 North Canon Drive, Suite 214
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-7722
(310) 273-7755 fax

Abridged and unabridged adventure, business, children, classics, current events, entertainment, history, humor, memoirs, mystery, science, and science fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $15-$54.

NorthStar Audio Books

P.O. Box 129
Van Wyck, SC 29744
(803) 286-4151 fax

Unabridged biographies, classics, fiction, history, humor, nonfiction, and religion.Price: $15.20-$100; rent: $8.50-$20.50.

Oasis Audio LLC

289 South Main Place
Carol Stream, IL 60188-2425
888-764-4512 fax

Abridged and unabridged biography, business, children's literature, Christian fiction, Christian living, healthy living, humor, and popular titles. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.99-$49.99.

Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
800-227-9604 and (201) 256-0017 fax

Abridged and unabridged classics, fiction, and nonfiction. Also on compact
disc. Price: $14.95-$36.95.

Random House (RH) Audio Publishing Group

1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 782-9000

Imprints include RH Audio for adult general fiction and nonfiction; RH Audio Assets for management, finance, investment, and marketing; RH Audio Dimensions for self-help, spirituality, health, and wellness; RH Audio Roads
for action, adventure, and military-interest titles; and RH Audio Voices for memoirs, autobiography, poetry, and humor read by the author. Price: $22.95-$59.95.

The Reader's Chair, Inc.

1808 Quartet Drive
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
(702) 647-1321 telephone and fax

Unabridged mystery, romance, science fiction, and suspense. A male and a female performer are used for most productions. Also in MP3 format. Price: $20-$43.20.

Recorded Books, LLC

270 Skipjack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-5499 fax

Unabridged biography, business, classics, children's and young adult fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, science fiction, self-help, sports, and suspense. Contemporary African-American writing under the Griot audio imprint. Texas authors and the spirit of the American West under the Lone Star audio imprint. Titles in Spanish under the Audiolibros imprint. Also on compact disc. Price: $12.75-$109.75; rent: $13.50-$89.75 for up to thirty days. Audiobook Store

c/o Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 750 South
Washington, DC 20036

Online audio bookstore with fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and children in genres such as art, biography, computers, cooking, health, history, psychology, religion, and self-help. Also on compact disc. Proceeds from online sales benefit the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Price: $14.95-$49.99.

Simon & Schuster Audio

1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Biography, business and economics, fiction, health and fitness, history, humor, mystery, romance, science fictsion, self-help, and suspense. Also on compact disc. Price: $18-$40.

Tantor Media, Inc.

114 Mill Rock Road East
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 395-1155
877-7-TANTOR (877-782-6867)
888-782-7821 fax

Unabridged adventure, children, history, mystery, science fiction, and westerns in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $17-$59.

Taped Editions, Inc.

5160 East 65th Street, Suite 115
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 849-1700

Serves the library market with purchasing and leasing programs for books on cassette and compact disc. Call for terms and prices.

Timberwolf Press, Inc.

202A North Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
(972) 359-0911
(972) 359-0525 fax

Unabridged fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and thrillers. Distributes the writing-related materials from Writer's AudioShop. Also on compact disc, including Texas Wisewomen Speak, Texas Home Owner's Manual, and the Writing Exciting! series. Some titles available for MP3 download.
Price: $12.95-$99.99.

Time Warner Audiobooks

1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Abridged and unabridged fiction and nonfiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $7.95-$89.95.

Trafalgar Square Publishing

P.O. Box 257, Howe Hill Road
North Pomfret, VT 05053
(802) 457-1911
(802) 457-1913 fax

United States distributor of British books. Abridged and unabridged adult classics and fiction and children's literature. Also on compact disc. Price: $7-$45.

Ulverscroft Group in the U.S.A.

914 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
(716) 674-4270
(716) 674-4195 fax

Unabridged fiction, horror, mystery, nonfiction, romance, and suspense. Also on compact disc. Price: $24.95-$116.95.

Specialized Sources

Bibles and Other Sacred Writings in Special Media, in large print and at, lists sacred texts on audiocassette and compact disc.

For fiction and nonfiction from the perspective of a specific faith, contact a local bookstore of that faith or visit the appropriate selected sites below:

Association of Jewish Book Publishers,

Catholic Book Publishers Association,

Christian Audio Books,

Christian Book Distributors,

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association,

Islamic, (Islamic materials),

Talk Islam Online Store,

The Academy of American Poets

588 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10012-3210
(212) 274-0343
(212) 274-9427 fax

Poetry Audio Archive has live recordings of American poets made since 1963. Also on compact disc. Price: $10 cassette, $15 single CD, $20 double-CD set.

Agora Publications, Inc.

17 Dean Street
Millis, MA 02054
(508) 376-1073 telephone and fax

Publishes, translates, and performs original works in philosophy on compact disc. Price: $25-$125.

c/o Repeat Performance
2911 Crabapple Lane
Hobart, IN 46324
(219) 465-1234
(219) 477-5492 fax

Conference lectures, with a large selection on genealogy and a variety of other subjects such as business, child abuse, Gestalt therapy, and psychology. Price: $8.50-$40.

Bethany House Publishers

11400 Hampshire Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55438
(616) 676-9185
(616) 676-9573 and 800-398-3111 fax

Christian living and contemporary and historical Christian fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $15.99-$29.99.

Hay House, Inc.

P.O. Box 5100
Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
(800) 654-5126
(800) 650-5115 fax

Abridged and unabridged alternative health, healing, meditation, psychology, relationships, spirituality, and self-help. Also on compact disc. Price: $11-$60.

Impact Christian Books, Inc.

332 Leffingwell Avenue, Suite 101
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 822-3309
(314) 822-3325 fax

Publisher and distributor of Christian materials, specializing in the areas of healing, deliverance, and testimonies of the power of God. Also on compact disc and video. Price: $4.95-$59.40.

Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.

600 Palisades Avenue, Suite 3
Englewwod Cliffs, NJ 07632
877-JCC-TAPE (877-522-8273)
(201) 816-8787 fax

Abridged and unabridged fiction and nonfiction titles of Jewish interest. Also on compact disc. Price: $10-$25.95.

Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

P.O. Box 817
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 781-1444800-653-9400
(973) 781-0333 fax

Abridged and unabridged business, history, outdoor adventure, personal growth, relationships, science fiction, and children's stories. Also on compact disc. Price: $12.95-$24.95; rent: $6-$16 for three-weeks.

New World Library

14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 884-2100
800-972-6657, ext. 52
(415) 884-2199 fax

Abridged and unabridged metaphysics, new age, personal growth, and spirituality. Also on compact disc. Price: $11.95-$19.95.

Parabola Online: Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition

656 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
800-560-MYTH (800-560-6984)
(212) 979-7325 fax

Myth, religious and spiritual traditions, and the search for meaning. Also on compact disc and video. Price: $8-$44.95.

RWM Associates (Ride With Me)

P.O. Box 1324
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 299-7817 fax

Audio programs that synchronize driving on a specific highway to milepost markers and provide history, trivia, and folklore related to the area. Also on compact disc. Price: $10.95-$19.95.

SoundWorks U.S.A., Inc.

P.O. Box 4608
Rolling Bay, WA 98061
(425) 882-3344
(425) 882-3494 fax

Under the name SpeechWorks, presents the words of historical figures, including United States presidents and sports figures. Also on compact disc. Price: $10.95-$15.95.

Symphony Space

Selected Shorts
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025-6990
(212) 864-1414, ext. 206
(212) 932-3228 fax

Stories by Sandra Cisneros, Tim O'Brien, Alice Walker, and other established and new writers are read by Broadway and Hollywood actors. Also on compact disc. Recorded live at Symphony Space and broadcast on public radio stations. Price: $16.95-$28.

Thomas Nelson, Inc.

P.O. Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214-1000
800-448-8403 fax

Bibles and Christian titles for adults and children. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.99-$24.99.

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
800-684-0247 fax

Bibles for adults and children, Chronicles of Narnia series, Down Gilead Lane series, and Left Behind series. Also on compact disc. Price: $4.99-$99.99.

Voices from the Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonia n Institution
P.O. Box 23293
Washington, DC 20026-3293
(202) 357-3030
(202) 786-2034 fax

Lectures by professionals covering diverse subjects in the areas of current affairs, history, literature, and performing arts. Also free online streaming. Price: $9.95 members, $12.95 nonmembers.


5300 Patterson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49530

Abridged and unabridged Christian titles for adults and children.
Price: $18-$50.

Children's Literature

ABC AudioBooks for Children, Inc.

P.O. Box 370, 32039 Shadywood
New Baltimore, MI 48047
888-291-9969 fax

Award-winning unabridged productions of classic and new release children's and young adult titles and read-along stories in English and Spanish. Also on compact disc. Price: $6.95-$164.

Audio Source of America, Inc.
Educational Adventures for Children

13316 Mangrove Isle
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 627-3213
(561) 627-8700 fax

Story cassettes narrated with music and sound effects. Includes an accompanying coloring book with text and illustrations. Price: $6.98-$67.50.

August House Publishers, Inc.

P.O. Box 3223
Little Rock, AR 72203-3223
800-AUGUST-H (800-284-8784)
501-372-5579 fax

Children's literature, folktale anthologies for all ages, and stories for classroom use. Also on compact disc. Price: $6.95-$23.95.

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents

California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
(760) 750-4070
(760) 750-4073 fax

Online lists of Spanish sing-alongs, children's book-cassette combinations, and Caldecott and Newbery medal winners translated into Spanish. Has a searchable database that includes recommended books in Spanish as well as books in English about Hispanic and Latino people for children and adolescents.

Barefoot Books U.S. Office

2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 576-0660
(617) 576-0049 fax

Unabridged anthologies of children's stories on compact disc with accompanying leaflets about the stories. Price: $15.99-$19.99.

BBC Audiobooks America

One Lafayette Road, Box 1450
Hampton, NH 03843-1450
(603) 929-3890 fax

Unabridged British children's titles and read-along stories from Chivers. Live Oak read-along stories in large-print book-cassette combinations for ages four to nine. Also on compact disc. Price: $8.95-$49.95.

Chinaberry, Inc.

2780 Via Orange Way, Suite B
Spring Valley, CA 91978
(619) 670-5200
(619) 670-5203 fax

Stories for children of different ages. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.95-$39.95.

Full Cast Audio

P.O. Box 6110
Syracuse, NY 13217
800-871-6152 for retail orders
800-871-6809 for library orders
800-871-7411 fax

Unabridged children's novels recorded using a full cast rather than a single reader, with the author serving as narrator whenever possible. Also on compact disc. Price: $18-$39.

A Gentle Wind

Box 3103
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 482-9023
888-FUN-SONG (888-386-7664)

Stories, folktales, and songs for preschool and early elementary school age children. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.95-$39.95. See: HarperAudio/Caedmon

Live Oak Media
P.O. Box 652
Pine Plains, NY 12567-0652
866-398-1070 fax

Award-winning children's books, read-along picture books in English and Spanish, and read-along books for beginning readers. Also on compact disc, video, and DVD. Price: $16.95-$54.95.

Piglet Press, Inc.

P.O. Box 324
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-2262
(425) 313-0231 fax

Unabridged The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Emerald City of Oz. Price: $19.95-$24.95.

Random House (RH) Audio Publishing Group
Listening Library

1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 726-0600

Unabridged audiobooks for children and young adults, including Newbery Award winners. Price: $18-39.95. Standing order plans for schools and libraries.

Spoken Arts

195 South White Rock Road
Holmes, NY 12531
(800) 326-4090
(845) 878-9009 fax

Book-cassette combinations and read-alongs for kindergarten through grade six available only to schools, libraries, and teaching professionals. Also on compact disc and video. Price: $16.90-$49.95.

Toy Box Productions

7532 Hickory Hills Court
Whites Creek, TN 37189
(615) 299-0822
(615) 876-3931 fax

Stories from the Bible in book-cassette or book-compact disc combinations and stories about historical figures and events in American history in book-compact disc combinations with original music and sound effects. Americana series on cassette. Price: $12.95-$16.95.

Weston Woods

143 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 845-0197
(203) 845-0498 fax

Stories in book-cassette or book-compact disc combinations in English and Spanish for preschool and elementary school age. Foreign-language video collection in French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish for preschool and elementary school age. Free curriculum guides included with each video purchased. Price: $12.95-$89.95.


For a list of storytellers who have web sites and are members of the National Storytelling Network, see

Barbara Freeman

14 Spooks Branch Road
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 258-0340

Five storytelling concerts appropriate for all ages. A performance of stories for children and an in-service workshop for teachers on video. Price: $10-$15.

Carol Birch

P.O. Box 32
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 264-3800

Lou Gehrig: the Story of a Great Man on compact disc, Sandburg Out Loud on cassette and compact disc and Careful What You Wish For on cassette. Price: $12-$16.95.

Connie Regan-Blake/StoryWindow Productions

P.O. Box 2898
Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 258-1113

Variety of stories, including mountain tales, scary stories, and Christmas memories for children and adults. Tales of Appalachia on compact disc. Two videos include a performance for children and Storytelling: Tales and Techniques for parents and educators. Price: $9.95-$24.95.

L'Eau Theque Productions

859 North Hollywood Way, #375
Burbank, CA 91505
(775) 522-2090 fax

Series of multicultural tales. Also on compact disc. Price: $11.95 for cassette and $16.95 for compact disc.

Greathall Productions, Inc.

P.O. Box 5061
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5061
(434) 296-4490 fax

Storytelling by Jim Weiss includes classical literature such as Arabian Nights, Greek myths, The Jungle Book, Shakespeare for children, tales from the Old Testament, and Treasure Island. Also on compact disc. Price: $9.95-$13.45.

Gregorio Pedroza

4 Deborah Drive
Apalachin, NY 13732
(607) 625-4173 Mar.-Dec.
(210) 479-2513 Jan. and Feb.
(607) 625-4173 fax

Stories in English and Spanish on growing up in a barrio in Texas in a large extended family with grandparents who spoke only Spanish. Price: $10.

High Windy Audio

P.O. Box 553
Fairview, NC 28730

Stories by well-known American storytellers appropriate for all ages. Also on compact disc. Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Scenic Railway Journeys: the West on video. Price: $5-$29.98.

Jan Kinney Productions

1900 Sixteenth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-2502
(814) 943-1080

Ghost stories and adaptations of folk tales for all ages. Price: $10.

Jay O'Callahan

P.O. Box 1054
Marshfield, MA 02050

Storytelling for various age groups. Also on compact disc. Price: $10-$18.

Odds Bodkin/Rivertree Productions, Inc

P.O. Box 410
Bradford, NH 03221
(603) 938-5120
(603) 938-5616 fax

Storytelling for various age groups. Also on compact disc.
Price: $9.95-$179.50.

Story Arts by Heather Forest

P.O. Box 354
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 271-2511

Eight folktales told in a minstrel style for young children and young adults. Also on compact disc. Price: $10 for cassette and $15 for compact disc.

The Storytelling Store

P.O. Box 872
Jonesborough, TN 37659-0872
(704) 933-1004
(704) 933-1017 fax

Storytelling for various age groups. Also on compact disc and video. Price: $11.95-$29.95.

TNG/Earthling, Inc.

110 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 799-4181
800-GROWLER (800-476-9537)

Storytelling with sound effects, music, and unusual voices for children ages four to twelve. Also on compact disc. Price: $8-$201.

Tom Weakley/Highland Publications

48 School Street
Arlington, VT 05250
(802) 375-6934
(802) 375-6811

Stories on the Civil War, growing up in the Great Depression, tall tales, and personal stories. Also on compact disc. Price: $10-$15.

Yellow Moon Press

689 Somerville Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-2230
(617) 776-8246 fax

Storytelling for various age groups. Also on compact disc. Price: $7.95-$14.95.

Radio and Theater

For information on old-time radio and online shows, visit,, and

Alternative Radio

P.O. Box 551
Boulder, CO 80306
(303) 245-8292 fax

A weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the United States and abroad. Also on compact disc and in transcript. Price: $15-$105 (cassette and CD), $9-$63 (transcript).

Atlanta Radio Theatre Company

5295 Highway 78, Suite D - PMB 343
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 279-0367 fax

Adaptations of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the seminal science fantasy of H.G. Wells, and original works in dark fantasy, science fiction, romance, parody and humor, and pulp adventure. Also on compact disc. Price: $7.95-$16.95.

Balance Publishing Company

1346 South Quality Avenue
Sanger, CA 93657
(559) 876-1577 telephone and fax

Radio drama-related teaching materials for the secondary language arts classroom (sixth grade and up). Also on compact disc. Price: $4.95-$42.

BBC America
British Broadcasting Corporation

747 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
800-216-1222, ext. 18

Dickens, the Doctor Who series, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, and other British literature that was featured in BBC programming. Also on compact disc. Price: $14.99-$59.98.

CBC Boutique
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

P.O. Box 500, Station "A"
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5W 1E6
(416) 205-2139 fax

Comedy, documentary, drama, musical programming, and readings from Canadian radio broadcasts. Also on compact disc. Price: $11-$30.

California Artists Radio Theatre (CART)

(213) 683-3422

Adapted works from authors and playwrights, three plays by Shakespeare, and historical and popular radio drama. Also on compact disc. Price: $15-$20.

Great Northern Audio Theatre

3421 44th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-2907

Contemporary audio theater. Also on compact disc. Price: $12.

Heritage Radio Classics

P.O. Box 16
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 430-5000

Vintage comedy, mystery, detective, adventure, and suspense programs. Price: $7 for each one-hour cassette and $10 for each compact disc.

Jerry Haendiges Productions

13808 Sunset Drive
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 696-4387 telephone and fax

Vintage radio programs. Price: $6 for each one-hour cassette, $16 for each seventy-four minute compact disc, and $28 for a reel-to-reel four-hour tape.

L.A. Theatre Works

681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 827-4949 fax

Unabridged plays. Library Access Project and Alive and Aloud provide selected recordings to underserved libraries and public schools in the United States. Also on compact disc. Price: $19.95-$24.95.

Mind's Ear Audio Productions

5661 West Bedrock Road
Bloomington, IN 47403
(812) 825-7175
(419) 715-5927 fax

Contemporary audio theater on compact disc that includes a vicarious trip to the French Quarter (New Orleans) and features winners of the International Audio and Theatre Script Competition (IATSC). Price: $15.95-$39.95.

National Public Radio (NPR)

635 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 513-2000

Compact disc and transcript archive of programs heard on NPR, some of which are offered for purchase in downloadable form through Price: $23 for a compact disc of one hour of an NPR program.

New Letters on the Air

University of Missouri--Kansas City
University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1159
888-LIT-AIRS (888-548-2477)
(816) 235-2611 fax

Half-hour weekly radio companion to New Letters magazine, which is broadcast over public radio stations and features interviews and readings by prominent poets, fiction writers, essayists, and up-and-coming writers. Past interviews are offered for sale. Price: $10 for cassette, $13 for compact disc.

New York State Theatre Institute

37 First Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-3200
(518) 274-3815 fax

Family Classic Audio Book collection. Price: $10.99-$16.95.

The Old Time Radio Shop

P.O. Box 5368
Mansfield, OH 44901

Old-time radio from news to dramatic programs such as comedy, detective, and mystery. Also in compact disc and MP3 formats. Price: $5-$40. Annual $30 membership fee provides discounts and a monthly newsletter.

Pacifica Radio Archives

3729 Cahuenga Boulevard West
North Hollywood, CA 91604
(818) 506-1077
(818) 506-1084 fax

Creative work generated by, or produced in association with, programmers at Pacifica Radio's five stations and by independent producers throughout the United States. Also on compact disc. Price: $15-$84.95.

Radio Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 519 Planetarium Station
New York, NY 10024-0519
(212) 595-1837

Bob and Ray radio series on compact disc. Price: $31.95-$36.95.

The Radio Repertory Company of America

P.O. Box 8546
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663-8546
(800) 230-8664

Original full-cast audio dramatizations. Also on compact disc. Price: $6-$19.95.

Radio Spirits

P.O. Box 3107
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-8044

Old-time radio and classic video programs, including comedy, mystery, detective, adventure, and suspense programs. Also on compact disc and DVD. Price: $4.98-$89.80. RadioClassics Subscription Service provides up to twenty hours of downloadable or streaming audio content for a monthly fee of $19.95 after a thirty-day free trial period.

Radio Spirits
BBC Audiobooks America

One Lafayette Road, Box 1450
Hampton, NH 03843-1450
(603) 929-3890 fax

Old-time radio programs, including vintage comedy, detective, mystery, science fiction, and westerns. Also on compact disc. Price: $4.98-$69.98.

Satellite Media Production

P.O. Box 638
Walkersville, MD 21793-0638
(301) 845-2737
(301) 845-6765 fax

Old-time radio shows. Also on compact disc. Price: $2.98-$7.

Scenario Productions

418 Westmoreland Avenue North
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 3A7 Canada
(416) 539-0673
(416) 531-6044 fax

Works from the archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: lost classics from the Stage series, mystery and adventure theater, classic old-time radio plays, World War II audio books, and historical radio dramas. Price: $11.99-$29.99.

Vintage New Media

3655 West Anthem Way
Suite A109 PMB #102
Anthem, AZ 85086

Old-time radio classics, including comedy, drama, horror, mystery, and science fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $6.95-$59.98.

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR)
Radio Store

P.O. Box 14197
Madison, WI 53714-0197

Archive of programs heard on WPR. Also on compact disc. Price: $15-22.

ZBS Foundation

174 North River Road
Fort Edward, NY 12828
800-662-3345 order department
888-243-3401 answering service

Contemporary audio drama in genres such as humor, mystery, radio storytelling, and science fiction. Also on compact disc. Price: $4.50-$39.95.

Audiobooks in Foreign Languages

The companies listed below were selected for offering literature in foreign languages, not for language instruction. See also Audio-Forum, Children's Literature, Gregorio Pedroza, Recorded Books, and Simply Audiobooks.

Coral Communications Group

880 Fifth Avenue, Suite 8F
New York, NY 10021-4951
(212) 249-8733
(212) 744-7090 fax

Abridged and unabridged fiction and nonfiction titles in Spanish. Price: $13-$37.

Crimson Multimedia Distribution, Inc.

P.O. Box 317
Waterford, CT 06385
(860) 442-4449
(860) 442-1155 fax

Abridged and unabridged Spanish-language titles in categories such as business, children's literature, classics, fiction, humor, romance, and self-improvement available to libraries and schools through a subscription program. Also on compact disc. Price: $6.42-$31, call for monthly costs.

French & European Publications, Inc.

Rockefeller Center Promenade
610 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
(212) 581-8810
(212) 265-1094 fax

Abridged and unabridged essays, novels, and poetry in French, German, and Spanish. Also on compact disc. Price: $19.95-$110.

Libros sin Fronteras

P.O. Box 2085
Olympia, WA 98507-2085
(360) 357-4332
(360) 357-4964 fax

Spanish-language titles for all ages and interests selected from publishers in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Also on compact disc and book-cassette and book-compact disc combinations. Price: $10.95-$59.95.

Multi-Cultural Books & Videos, Inc.

28880 Southfield Road, Suite 183
Lathrup Village, MI 48076
(248) 559-2676
(248) 559-2465 fax

Literature and self-help in French, Russian, and Spanish. Self-instructional language courses. Also on compact disc. Price: $12-$34.95.

The Olivia Hill Press

P.O. Box 7396
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-7396
(734) 663-0235
(734) 663-6590 fax

French titles that include fiction, interviews, mysteries, and poetry; a small collection of Spanish titles; and travel guides in English. Also on compact disc. Price: $14.95-$44.95.

Spanish Audios

1700 NW 65th Avenue, Suite 8
Plantation, FL 33313
(954) 321-5560
(954) 321-5422 fax

Business, leadership, personal development, and self-help in Spanish. Also on compact disc. Price: $15-$30.

Yoyo Music USA, Inc.

20326 NE 16th Place
North Miami Beach, FL 33179
(305) 652-1444
866-YOYOUSA (866-969-6872)
(305) 652-1334 fax

Abridged and unabridged Spanish-language titles in categories such as adventure, children and young adult, classics, drama, fantasy, historical fiction, humor, romance, and self-help. Also on compact disc. Price: $15.99.

Agencies for Persons with Visual and Physical Disabilities

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)

1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
(502) 899-2274 fax

Designated and funded by an 1879 act of Congress as the official source of educational texts (primary through secondary level) for students who are visually impaired in the United States and its possessions. Maintains Louis, an electronic database that lists textbooks in braille, large print, and computer file format and on cassette produced by APH, by volunteers, and by commercial companies. Produces recreational and religious literature in special format.

The Benetech Initiative
480 California Avenue, Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609
(650) 475-5440

Provides digital books in a broad range of subjects to United States residents who have a visual or other print disability. Requires completion of an online form and proof of disability. Books are in text format and contracted braille. Most text files are presented with XML markup and the site includes tools for reading these files. Price: $25 sign-up fee and $50 annual subscription.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0712 fax

Administers a national library service that provides books and magazines in braille and on cassette on free loan to persons who cannot read standard print because of visual or physical disabilities. Reading materials and playback machines are distributed to eligible borrowers through cooperating regional and subregional libraries.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

National Headquarters
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 520-8031 reference
866-RFBD-585 (866-732-3585)
800-221-4792 member services

Lends recorded books, ranging in educational level from late elementary through graduate school, to persons with a verified visual, physical, or specific learning disability that substantially limits reading. Requires a one-time registration fee and annual membership fee. Also sells books on computer disc called E-text (electronic text).

Selected Rental and Membership Clubs

Audio Adventures

200 Skipjack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-4684 fax

Abridged and unabridged titles from major publishers that can be rented in one of 650 nationwide locations and returned at another. Price: $5 annual membership fee and $3.90 to $13.50 for seven-day rental.

Audio Book Club, Inc.

Member Service Center
P.O. Box 6301
Camp Hill, PA 17012-6301

Provides members access to audiobooks in various genres and to audiobook reviews, author interviews, and author chats. Also on compact disc. Price varies with enrollment agreement.

AudioBook Exchange Club, Inc.

867 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(201) 339-0330
(201) 339-2529 fax

Biography, business, children's and adult fiction, classics, nonfiction, and self-help. After purchasing the initial selection, members return it for the first exchange. All exchanges are determined by the number of cassettes in the initial selection. Price: $10 annual membership fee and $4.50 for each exchange, plus shipping and handling. Members may make an unlimited
number of exchanges.


P.O. Box 75
Covesville, VA 22931
(434) 293-3705

Business, communication, finance, health, history, management, old-time radio programs, personal development, and selling. Rent: $21.95 per month for four cassettes or compact discs at one time.

Simply Audiobooks

U.S. Fulfillment
403 Main Street, Suite 105
Buffalo, NY 14203
(416) 915-1197
(416) 352-5358 fax

Biography, business, comedy, health, history, horror, mystery, poetry, romance, science fiction, self-help, sports, and suspense on compact disc. Also offers children's literature and literature in Spanish on compact disc. Rent: $19.95-$35.95 a month for a six-month trial membership, continue to rent for $24.95-$44.95 monthly membership.

Selected Bibliography

American Library Association.Special lists and features: media.

American Library Association. Young Adult Library Services Association.
Audiobook and Media Exploration Committee. Audiobooks for young adults. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2004. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2004.

Audiobook reference guide. 2004 online ed. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2004.

Audio Publishers Association. Member directory. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2004.

Bell, Lori, Sharon Ruda, and Tom Peters. "The librarians' quest: transforming the printed word so that all may read." Computers in libraries, v. 23,
Nov.-Dec. 2003: 14-19.

Books out loud: Bowker's guide to audiobooks. 2004. Annual. R.R. Bowker, 630 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974. 2v.

Hopkins, Janet. " new support for visual and reading disabilities." Library media connection, v. 22, Jan. 2004: 48-50.

Labbo, Linda D. "12 things young children can do with a talking book in a classroom computer center." Reading teacher, v. 53, Apr. 2000: 542-546.

Marchionda, Denise. "A bridge to literacy: creating lifelong readers through audiobooks." AudioFile, Aug.-Sept. 2001. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2004.

Mediatore, Kaite. "Reading with your ears: readers' advisory and audiobooks." Reference and user services quarterly, v. 42, summer 2003: 318-323.

Multimedia seeds: exploring audio and video collections. Retrieved
Jan. 29, 2004.

Robinson, Linda. "For the love of books: expanding e-books and audiobooks in school libraries." Media and methods, v. 40, Sept.-Oct. 2003: 6-9.

Varley, Pamela. "As good as reading? Kids and the audiobook revolution."
Horn book magazine, v. 78, May-June 2002: 251-262.

Yokota, Junko, and Miriam Martinez. "Authentic listening experiences: multicultural audiobooks." Book links, v. 13, Jan. 2004: 30.

Selected Sources for Reviews

"Audio" [news and reviews]. Publishers weekly. Weekly. $214/year.
360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010.

AudioBook news service. Biannual. 4879 Thousand Oaks Court,
Sacramento, CA 95841. Online reviews at

"Audiobook reviews". Horn book magazine. Bimonthly. $48/year for
individuals, $58/year for institutions. 56 Roland Street, Suite 200,
Boston, MA 02129. Also online at

AudioFile. 7 issues/year. $19.95. 37 Silver Street, P.O. Box 109, Portland, ME 04112-0109. Also online at

"Audio" [reviews]. KLIATT. Bimonthly. $39/year. 33 Bay State Road,
Wellesley, MA 02481.

"Audio reviews". Library journal. Biweekly. $141/year. 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010. Also online at

BookPage: America's book review. Retrieved March 9, 2004.

"Media." Booklist. Biweekly. $79.95/year. American Library Association,
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Also online at

"Multimedia review." School library journal. Monthly. $124/year.
360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010. Also online at

Rainbo electronic reviews: audiobook reviews. Retrieved Jan. 22, 2004.

Science fiction and fantasy audio: news, reviews, and commentary.
Retrieved March 9, 2004.

SciFi audio: stories, readings and interviews, audiobook reviews, and more. Retrieved March 9, 2004.

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