Add Audiobooks to Your Reading Routine

Think of all the time you spend commuting, exercising, gardening, folding laundry, or waiting for a date. What are you listening to during these hours? If the answer is silence, you're doing it wrong (just kidding). Here at the WFPL, we believe listening to audiobooks counts as reading. With audiobooks, you can read while doing household chores.

It's easier than ever to get audiobooks in your ears. Along with our Book on CD and Playaway collections at the library, we also provide access to digital listening with the apps OverDrive, hoopla, and Axis360. After logging in with your library card number and PIN, you can start listening immediately. Here are some of our staff picks to get you started.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Narrated by Trevor Noah

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of Apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Picked by Jacky. Find it on CD.

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Narrated by Sy Montgomery

I’m obsessed with Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus. Part memoir, part science journalism, it explores the intellect and emotional intelligence of octopuses at the New England Aquarium and the effect they had on the lives of those who worked and volunteered with them. The book is narrated by the author, and her voice is soothing and her prose engaging—it feels like she’s just having a conversation with you!  

Picked by Kazia. Find it on OverDrive, Axis360, or hoopla.

Fallout by Sara Paretsky
Narrated by Susan Eriksen

Fallout is the latest V.I. Warshawski mystery. I have consistently enjoyed listening to this series about a Chicago Private Investigator. Paretsky usually sets her stories only in the Chicagoland area, but in this book Warshawski travels to Kansas.

Picked by Pauli. Find it on CD.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Narated by Jim Dale

Jim Dale is an amazing, theatrical reader.  This is a great option for experiencing a classic in a new way.

Picked by Emily. Find it on CD or OverDrive.

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
Narrated by Sean Runnette

A journey into the minds and souls of two very different men, one of them in search of the truth, while the other may have already found it.

Picked by Christine. Find it on CD.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Narrated by Rob Inglis

It's an admirable feat to accomplish reading the entire Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series aloud, but Inglis might just put everyone to shame with his narration. Not only does he create a different voice for every hobbit, dwarf, elf, orc, human, spider, eagle, raven, goblin, and troll - he even sings!

Picked by Megan. Find it on CD or Playaway.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Narrated by Grover Gardner

I really enjoyed News of the World. It is about a civil war veteran who travels Texas entertaining people by reading from newspapers. He has been paid to escort a child who had been a Kiowa captive to her relatives. It is a good road trip story in more ways than one!

Picked by Stephanie S. Find it on CD or Playaway.

The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix
Narrated by Tim Curry

This series really paved the way for my love of fantasy and my appreciation of dynamic female characters in fantasy. Tim Curry does a fantastic job of breathing so much life into Nix's story, too!

Picked by Megan. Find it on CD or OverDrive.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Narrated by Edwina Wren

It’s not new, but I always recommend the audio of People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The story follows the history of the fictional Sarajevo Haggadah (a book retelling the Passover story) through its history. The narrator, Edwina Wren, is Australian, as is the main character, which lends credibility (and a great accent) to the book.

Picked by Pauli. Find it on CD or hoopla.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by a full cast

This was actually the first audiobook that I ever listened to, and I couldn't put it down. The full cast narration of this story is beautiful, and I always appreciate hearing an author narrate their own story, as Gaiman does for this recording.

Picked by Megan. Find it on CD or hoopla.

 

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