If you think listening to an audio book is a
simple process of hearing someone read a book
aloud, think again. Audio-book aficionados all have
their favorite narrators, or “readers.” In fact, being
a reader for audio books is fast becoming a hot job.
Some of the world’s most talented and famous
actors are in-demand
readers because it gives
them a different venue
in which to show off
their range and talents.
Browse through an
assortment of audio
books and you’ll see
some very familiar faces (or should I say you’ll hear
some very familiar voices?). But even some less-known people are big stars in the audio-book
format. To hear one of the best in the biz, check
out longtime Mary Higgins Clark narrator Jan
Maxwell on the queen of suspense’s latest,
Where Are You Now.
Every seasoned audio-book listener develops favorite readers, and some even follow
them to whichever new book they’re reading
(having a friendly voice to guide you is a great
way to experience a new genre or to try
something totally different). Tone, inflection,
acting skill and a knack for telling a great story
make the best audio-book readers a hot com-
modity. Hear for yourself. Just sit back and know
you’re in good hands—you’re about to hear a
Listen to This
Shana Raw ers
Costco Assistant Book Buyer
By Shana Rawers
I don’t mean to brag,
but sometimes I like to commute to work with James
Patterson. John Grisham
has been known to be my
workout partner. And when
I say that there are many
authors whose work really
speaks to me, I mean it.
Like many, I’m an aud io-
book fan. This incredibly convenient format lends itself to just about any facet
of life—you can listen in your car, at the gym or
when you’re out for a
walk or run; you can
convert audio books
to files on your portable MP3 player; or you
can listen while you’re
relaxing at home.
It’s no wonder
that this is one of the
fastest-growing categories in the entire publishing
industry. Everyone, it seems, is realizing how wonderful audio books are, from the care and precision
narrators take to make each story truly come alive
to the portability and versatility of the format.
That’s why, at Costco, we’re giving our members an ever broader range of audio titles. Spend
some time in the book section of the nearest
Costco warehouse to
see the full selection—
they’re now grouped
under our new “Listen
to This” banner. There
you’ll find our full
offering, and I think
you’ll be surprised
Look for the new audio packaging at
Costco book aisle
by how much is there.
To whet your appetite,
here are a few samples:
John Grisham’s The Appeal,
James Patterson’s 7th
Heaven, Nora Roberts’
Blood Brothers, Stephen J.
Cannell’s Three Shirt Deal, Jack Higgins’ The Killing
Ground, mysteries from
Sue Grafton and so much
more. Sound good? You’d
better believe it!
Be sure to check for
new “Listen to This” titles
whenever you visit Costco.
We’re working to give
our members the selection of audio books they
crave. And watch this space
in upcoming issues of The
Costco Connection, where I’ll
give you the scoop on all the
latest audio titles.
So stay tuned—and
enjoy your audio books! ◆
JUST A FRIENDLY WARNING . . .
Beware! Audio books are addictive!
Once you start, you may not be able to stop.
I hear stories all the time of people who
sit in their cars long after they reach their
destinations, just to hear a little bit more.
Is that crazy? Not at
all! It just shows how
committed audio book
lovers really are. (By
the way, the urge to
keep listening can
be put to good use:
If you’re enjoying an
audio book while out for a walk or at the
gym, you may want to keep going while you
Think you’re strong enough to resist?
Go ahead and give Jonathan Kellerman’s
Compulsion or Linda
Fairstein’s Killer Heat a
try. Just be sure to allot
plenty of time for your
new listening passion.
And remember, you
can always enjoy the
rest of the story later.