Listen Up, Everyone!

Great news!

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction, one of the many databases available from the Falmouth Public Library. We are delighted that NoveList Plus now has audio book recommendations! If you are familiar with NoveList for books, you know how you can find read-a-likes and popularity star ratings for titles. Now this fabulous service is available for audio books! Just look for Listen-alikes.

On the NoveList Plus opening page:

“New! Audiobook Recommendations

Find Them Here

Looking for just the right audiobook? NoveList Plus now has audiobook recommendations. “

Click on the “Find Them Here” link and you’ll open up a whole new page with Featured AudioBooks , New and Forthcoming, plus Recommended Reads (er, listens!)

NoveList offers audio book recommendations for every genre:  Biographies, Children & Young Adult Fiction, Children & Young Adult Nonfiction, Christian Fiction, Classics, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Mystery & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy!

Audio Nonfiction

The recommended reads for audio nonfiction include funny memoirs, political commentary, pop culture, science writing, and much more.


Every entry includes not only the author but the narrator as well.  If you have a favorite narrator (or one whose voice you find grating) you can search or limit by narrator. There are even full cast audios.

Entry Sample:

Each entry has a description and an indication if it is part of a series.

For example:

Bring Up the Bodies (May 2012)

Author: Mantel, Hilary, 1952-

Narrator:  Vance, Simon

Adults Fiction

Duration:14 hrs., 30 min. (Unabridged)

Series: Wolf Hall trilogy, 2

Description: Depicts the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell as Anne and her powerful family fight back while she is on trial for adultery and treason.

Format: Spoken Word Compact Disc

Pre-Loaded Audio Player

Genre: Historical fiction; Literary fiction

Audio Characteristics: Crisp; Distinctly voiced; Immersive; Well-characterized; Wry

Storyline: Character-driven; Intricately plotted

Pace: Leisurely paced

Tone: Atmospheric; Melancholy; Reflective

Writing Style: Richly detailed; Stylistically complex; Witty

In addition to published reviews from AudioFile, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist or Library Journal, there are also tabs:  “More about this Audiobook” and “Lists and Articles.”

Audio Characteristics

A really special feature is Audio Characteristics. Within in this link you can choose:

• Resonant

• Gravelly

• Multiple narrators

• Immersive

• Engrossing

• Crisp

• Commanding

• Brisk

• Energetic

• Character accents

Preview the audio book sample:

This is how:

First, go to NoveList from the library’s homepage;, scroll down the page to Library Databases, click on the link “Click here.” You’ll find NoveList in the first group under General Databases. You may be asked to enter your Falmouth Public Library card if you login from outside the library.

Enter the title of the audio book you want to hear. Not sure what you are looking for? You can find award winners and new releases easily. Once you have chosen a title, listen to a preview.

For example, search for Bossypants by Tina Fey.

Be sure to select the Audio edition, click on the book image and then on the Audiobook Sample.

Voila, you now can hear a sample of the book and the narrator’s voice.

Running Time

Another nice NoveList audiobook feature is you can search for running time: 0-3 hrs, 3-6 hrs, 6-12 hrs. If you are planning a long drive or a short commute, it is really helpful to know the length of the audiobook.

Are the kids coming along, too? Check out the Award winners arranged by age. You can feel confident each title would be age and interest appropriate.

Nonfiction audio books

Recommendations in these categories are also included:

Armchair travel

Biography & Memoir

Family relationships

History and Current Events


Politics, Economics and Global Affairs

Popular Culture


Spirituality and Religion

Sports and Competition

Advanced Search

This feature allows the listener to limit their search by published date range, author gender, nationality, format, audience (such as adults, teens and ages 9-12 or ages 0-8)and for nonfiction by Dewey range.

Lexile score or grade level important? Just choose the range appropriate for the listener. You can even limit to abridged, unabridged or dramatized.

Created by Librarians

NoveList is created by librarians, for librarians. They have over 25 librarians on staff, plus others from around the country who contribute their expertise.

What parameters does NoveList use to determine a recommendation?

From the NoveList webpage:

“Our experts evaluate and write recommendations, crafting them by hand. We do as many of those as we possibly can, but we also have a very sophisticated algorithm that considers subjects, our signature appeal terms, and more to create additional recommendations. We fine-tune our processes all the time, with the goal of matching readers with their perfect books.

NoveList is created by librarians, for librarians. We have over 25 librarians on staff, plus others from around the country who contribute their expertise.

We believe the first element of a good recommendation is trust. If you trust the source, you have confidence in the quality of the recommendation. We also believe that a recommendation has to be meaningful. It doesn’t do much good to get a recommendation that is really obvious. We strive to provide recommendations that go beyond the obvious, are insightful and thoughtful, and are meaningful to readers.”

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