David Faucheux, a blind librarian who has contributed to TeleRead, is Library Journal’s audiobook reviewer of the year for 2018.

“David has an incredible enthusiasm for a wide range of genres and topics and never ceases to want to learn more and improve his writing,” LJ Media Editor Stephanie Klose wrote. “In addition, as LJ’s only visually impaired audio book reviewer, David’s feedback on user experience of various platforms, formats, and recordings is unique and invaluable.”

David tells LJ: “Audiobooks take me places and show me things I would otherwise never get to encounter. They see for me by their descriptions, their vivid word pictures, and lyrical prose. They befriend me when I’m lonely, educate me when I’m curious, and amuse me when I’m in a blue mood. I have always known I could pick up a book and for a time be in a better or at least a different place. Books don’t judge, ignore, or marginalize us. According to Henry Petroski, author of The Book on the Bookshelf, ‘Books spend a lot of time on bookshelves, hanging around near the curb, as it were, waiting for someone to come along with an idea for something to do.’ The many voices of these books become almost friends as they spin tales of intrigue, mystery, and adventure in places near and far across time. Desiring to share my love of books with a wider audience, I wrote and self-published the memoir Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile.”

Congratulations, David. And props to LJ for the selection. Stephanie Klose’s description of David is on the nose.

Related: I’m blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master—here’s how to fix this, by David Faucheux. More on David’s book is here.

Correction: That’s Faucheux, not Faucheaux. Fixed.