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Question of the Day:

If people who read books on paper are called bookworms, then are people who
listen to cassette books called tapeworms?


Listen Up!


Audio books are considered to be the fastest-growing segment in the publishing industry, growing 75 percent since 1995 and representing $2 billion in annual sales, according to the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

An interview with the Boss Lady


Q: Let’s start with the basics.

A: OK, my name in Carin Facchina Clark and almost no one calls me by my full name. I prefer to be only known as “Carin”. I'm in my mid-30's currently and I live with my other half, our son, our cat, an orange Maine Coon, a pretty DSH cat and a gaggle of sock monkeys. I was blessed with an unpronounceable name and then in a momentary lapse of reason I added my husbands name to my own making for a long, unpronounceable nonsensical name. Even my husband calls me by my maiden name.


Q: Can you describe yourself?

A. How much time do you have? No seriously. I try not to take life too seriously. Everyone I have known to be stressed about innocuous things is now either deceased at an early age from a massive heart attack or certifiably crazy. It's not that I don't care, on the contrary, I care very much it's just that if you come visit you'll have to deal with the fact that I don't match my socks when I fold them and I am notorious for forgetting birthday's etc. Danny is no help. He can't even remember what MONTH we were married in, much less the actual date. Here's a hint below. Green field = June.


Danny and I are quite active in the fireworks/professional pyrotechnics community and it seems much of our life revolves around the various training and events that occur all year around.



Q: How did you get into audio books?

A: Well, sometime in 1999 I purchased a used copy of, All for the Union: The Civil War Diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes from an EBay seller. It came to me in really bad shape. I listened to it and then wanted to buy something else from that same manufacturer. I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw how much those items sell for new. Around the same time I attended a Friends of the Library sale in which library discarded audio books were for sale. I put two and two together and started selling them. I have done it as a hobby since 1999 but only recently got into the whole web programming thing and put up a web site. I like to keep the site very simple.


Q: What are the biggest misconceptions about audio books?

A: Probably the fact that many people in the audio book world tend to compare apples to oranges. On eBay, I can always pick out a newbie seller because they often use the term “Books on Tape” to mean any book that happens to be in Audio form. In actuality, Books on Tape™ is trademarked as is Recorded Books™. I am amazed when I see an item that is readily available at a commercial bookseller go for nearly 90% of its retail value when I occasionally have trouble getting $2 for an item that originally was $40-$50 new. It often doesn't make sense. Also, a number of well meaning sellers offer their gems as being “rare” and “hard to find”. Most of that is hooey. One trip to and one can easily research just how "rare" that precious item is.


Q: Tell me about Clyde.

A: (Laughing) Clyde is a sock monkey that I purchased in Lancaster, PA on New Years Eve. I was in a small gift shop and I saw him on the ˝ price shelf. He had on a silly looking Santa hat. He looked so lonely and begged to be taken out of there and so I did. Ever since, he goes nearly everywhere I go. He even went to Las Vegas on my honeymoon. If you ask him he will say he is a “Fabricated American”, that he has rights and feelings. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I have fun dressing him up in 18” doll clothes. For fun see

Q: So who else rounds out the crew?

A: Well, I do all the web programming and logistics, Clyde; the VP of marketing does the reviews (with payment in clothes). Mickey keeps Clyde out of trouble. Chester, the wonder kitty (above), sleeps more than any creature I have ever seen and my husband supports it all.


Q: Do you have any favorite books? (Audio, that is.)

A: Of course, I will never part with my copy of "All for the Union". I have listened to a couple hundred books since 1999 when I happened upon the magic of unabridged audio. At one point in the recent past I had a daily 1 1/2 hour commute (each way!). Although, I thankfully don't have to do that any longer, my listening habits haven't changed much. I enjoy biography, history, non-fiction and some mystery. I often will listen to older books, especially fiction. Depends on the mood and what is handy to stick in the player. Clyde and I often have a number going at any one time as we have 6 cassette players all over the house. As I work in different parts of the house I listen to a part of what is in the nearest player. See Clyde's page for a list of what is playing right now.


Here's a list of some of my most memorable books:


1066: The Year of the Conquest - David Howarth (RB#80010) Narrated by Tony Barbour Copyright 1980


All for the Union: The Civil War Diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes - (RB#94106) Narrated by Norman Dietz


Historic London - Dr. Ronald Hutton - Personal Courier (Educational Excursions) Copyright 1992


Horse Thief - Robert Newton Peck (Recorded Books #97106) Narrated by Tom Stechschulte


Isaac's Storm - Erik Larson (Recorded Books #96221) Narrated by Richard M. Davidson


Spineless Wonders -Richard Conniff (Recorded Books #95474) Narrated by Richard M. Davidson


The Story Soldiers Wouldn't Tell - Thomas P. Lowry (Books on Tape, Inc #3716) Copyright 1996 Narrated by Michael Kramer


Rebel Private-Front and Rear - William Fletcher (Books on Tape, Inc.) Copyright 1996, Narrated by Dick Estell

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