Gone are the days when listening to an audiobook was considered “cheating”. In July of 2016 the New York Times reported that audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the publishing world today. Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy literature, especially if you find yourself strapped for time. There is nothing I love more than cuddling up on my couch with a cup of tea and a nice hardbound book, but sometimes that just isn’t a reality for me and my busy schedule. Sometimes I have to squeeze in a little bit of reading whenever I can, and sometimes that means “reading” while I am doing other things. Like driving or doing laundry. That’s where audiobooks come in. Audiobooks are also great for people who haven’t always loved reading. They can be easier for some to focus on and when produced correctly audiobooks are like a TV show for your ears. Some audiobooks, like The Girl on the Train by Rachel Hawkins, feature a different voice actor for each main character which really keeps the listener engaged. Others, like The Ocean at the End of Lane by Neil Gaiman, are narrated by author which brings a whole new perspective to the story. Audiobooks are perfect for young readers, too. Titles like The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket feature a celebrity narrator, background soundclips, and a whole cast of voice actors. Audiobooks are also a great option for people with visual impairment. If you find yourself strapped for time or you simply prefer listening over reading then come take a look at our audiobook collections. We have a great collection of both audiobook fiction and nonfiction. You can also download audiobooks, for free, onto your phone or tablet with the OverDrive app. I know trying a new format can be a little daunting, so if you’re not sure where to start here are some recommendations for audiobooks I have really enjoyed.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead I have to confess: I am sometimes intimidated by literary fiction. I love to read but am sometimes worried that literary fiction will go over my head, that I won’t “get it”. However, when The Underground Railroad won theNational Book Award in 2016 I knew I had to check it out. So I decided to download the audiobook and let me tell you- I am so glad I did. The narrator was absolutely fantastic and made the story captivating and approachable. The story is historical fiction that re-imagines the network of secret routes and safe houses as a literal underground railroad. If you would like to listen to the book on CD, click here to place a hold. If you prefer to download it to your phone or tablet click here.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella This one is just a really fun listen. It is the story of a workaholic paralegal who ruins her chance at becoming a partner, has a minor meltdown, boards a train, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere being offered a job as a housekeeper. In a haze, she accepts the position but neglects to mention to her new employers that she has no idea how to work an oven. As I said, this was just a fun book to listen to- plain and simple. It’s romantic, funny, and a general good time. Click here to place a hold on the book on CD.