I recently asked my coworkers to tell me about some of their favorite audiobook experiences. Here’s what I heard about audiobooks:
“A favorite book on CD was Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is a children’s book that revolves around a harmonica that makes its way into different hands as three intertwined stories come together. The best part of this audiobook was how it incorporated the harmonica music into the story!”
-Pam S., Reference Librarian
“I love audio books, but the three that stand out to me at the moment are:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer, & Coolidge by Amity Shales.
Unbroken is just such an amazing story, and the fact that Louie Zamperini found a way to forgive his Japanese captors is beyond amazing to me. I came to listen to this because I always knew a little bit about his story, but I wanted to learn more.
The Tenth Justice is an exciting story that kept me involved throughout the entire audio book. It’s a great, quick fiction that is great to listen to during a run (which is when I most often listen to audio books). I came to listen to this audio book after learning watching his show TV “Decoded.”
Coolidge is a very in-depth book about our 30th President. Calvin Coolidge has always interested me so I decided to listen to this while training for a marathon, and it did not disappoint.”
-Jason, Systems Librarian
“For me its a toss-up between A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved a A Man Called Ove for its charm and feel good message about the importance of being a good person. The narrator has a great delivery too. The Invention of Wings was a wonderful historical fiction novel about the friendship between a wealthy Southern girl and a young slave. Having two different narrators for the characters of Handful and Sarah really add to the story and make the characters come alive.”
-Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian
“Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – The story grabbed me from the beginning… and the narrator’s voice was wonderful to listen to.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Another dimension was added to the book because of the dramatic readings of the actresses narrating it. I don’t think I would have noticed it had I just been reading it.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson – I don’t think I would have had the patience to read this and probably would have skimmed over a lot of it but listening to it was a different experience in that you focus on each word and the rhythm of Bryson’s text.”
-Pam M., Assistant Library Director
“I have 2 audio books for you:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.- I enjoyed listening to it because it was an emotional and intense read. I felt more connected to the characters listening to them.
World War Z by Max Brooks – There are multiple narrators, most of them well known actors (Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Jerry Ryan, Mark Hamill to name a few). It’s interesting because so many people are involved in this audiobook – which is a narrative about the war against zombies.”
-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
“I don’t get to listen to audiobooks very frequently, but I loved A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Hailey Forsythe. Since it is written in letter format, it is perfect as an audiobook. I enjoyed it so much since it follows her life from childhood to the end. It spans so much history (from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s) and her development from an innocent girl to a courageous, confident woman.”
-Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services
“Here are 2 audiobooks:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This audiobook was beautifully narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Her voice easily captured the language and culture of the main character’s home country, Nigeria, giving the listener an immersive experience.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: This author/narrator is a humorist and comedian so I thought it would be better to listen to the book rather than read it. I was right, with many laugh-out-loud scenes it made driving more enjoyable.”
-Rosemarie B, Children’s Services Librarian
“For me it’s two mystery series, both by the same author: M. C. Beaton‘s Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series. I started by listening to the first of each a few years ago and I’m still at it. I have read some of them in print but I enjoy them very much more in audio. I like listening to British accents and these have had every kind you could imagine. Plus they are often laugh out loud funny. I’m also enjoying listening to Robert Galbraith‘s (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym) Cormoran Strike mystery series. The reader, Robert Glenister, makes all the characters distinctive and Rowling is proving she’s no fluke.”
-Sonia, Reference, Librarian
What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Please tell us in the comments.
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services