Try an Audiobook for Your Book Club Read

audio books picMany book clubs explore various titles and different venues to add interest and excitement to the overall book discussion experience.  Some groups have included book to film excursions, or theme-related activities.  Another idea that may interest book clubs is to try an audiobook for their next discussion.  An audiobook can provide a unique involvement for the listener.  Personally, audiobooks such as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, and The Son by Jo Nesbo have remained with me for close to a year now.  I believe that if I had read these books, the characters may not have resonated in the same way.

The 20th Annual Audie Awards Gala is scheduled for May 28th in New York City.  This award competition recognizes excellence in audiobook and spoken word entertainment.  For the complete list of this year’s finalists, go to  One thing to consider is that it may be more convenient for members to choose a winner from a previous year since the audiobooks may be more accessible.  If you are interested in locating previous audiobook winners, you can go to    Here are some suggested audiobook titles:

goldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt  – Read by David Pittu


Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys by Billy Crystal—Read by Billy Crystal.

still foolin em audio2014 WINNER: AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

& NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR  One of America’s favorite comedians looks back at his extraordinary career, highlighting the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, and outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks—Read by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty

longest ride audio2014 WINNER: ROMANCE  After being trapped in an isolated car crash, the life of an elderly widower becomes entwined with that of a young college student and the cowboy she loves.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter— Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.

Beautiful Ruins audio2013 WINNER: SOLO NARRATION – MALE  A novel that spans fifty years with the Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet, the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett— Narrated by Hope Davis

State of Wonder audio2012 WINNER: LITERARY FICTION  A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

– posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services

This article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.

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get-hardGet Hard

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A millionaire is pegged for fraud and sentenced to time in prison. He turns to a criminal friend to help prepare him to go.- This hasn’t arrived yet but should by tomorrow

While We’re Young

Comedy R
While We’re YoungA middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.
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loftThe Loft

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Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

Seventh SonSeventh Son

Action PG-13

When Mother Malkin, the queen of evil witches, escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by professional monster hunter Spook decades ago and kills his apprentice, he recruits young Tom, the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him.


Drama PG-13

timbuktuA cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished BusinessComedy R

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable.

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Evening Book Club


Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 PM

With Jean Simpson, Readers’ Services Librarian

“A satire on totalitarianism features farm animals that overthrow their human owner and set up their own government, only to develop into an equally corrupt society. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.”  (From the Publisher)

Free event. No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services





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Beach Reads Evening Title Swap

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Wednesday, July 8 at 7 PM

Join us for a special evening Title Swap. Librarians and patrons will share favorite titles and you will leave with a great “Beach Reads” reading list.

No registration required. Free.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services


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New And Exciting Museum Exhibits For Summer

Here is a sampling of new exhibits at select museums that participate in Syosset Public Library’s Museum Pass Program –

storylinesThe Guggenheim Museum  Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Brings together over one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, Storylines examines the diverse ways in which artists today engage narrative through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance. (Now through Sept. 9th.)

graphic appealThe Hecksher Museum of Art  Graphic Appeal: Modern Prints from the Permanent Collection shows the evolution in printmaking in the 20th century through new technology.  Featured artists include Roy Lichtenstein and Henry Moore.  (Aug. 15-Nov. 29th).

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages  Gilding the Coast: Art and Design of Long Island’s Great Estate Era  Well over 1,000 estates were built across Nassau & Suffolk Counties between 1870’s and WW II.  This exhibits takes a close look at the artistic design of some of these grand estates. (June 26th-Oct. 25th).

scorsese collectsMuseum of Modern Art  Scorsese Collects MoMA presents 34 works from the Scorsese Poster Collection. The installation is centered around a rare, billboard-size poster for the 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, and features other large-format pieces. (Now through Oct. 25th).  Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971:  First exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono.  (Now through Sept. 7th).

Nassau County Museum of Art  The Saltzman Family Collection  Continuing its 25th anniversary celebration, NCMA shows works of the museum’s founding president, the late Arnold Saltzman. (July 25-Nov. 8th).

nybg fridaNew York Botanical Garden  Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life  Fourteen of Kahlo’s works are on display in the Garden’s Art Gallery. They were selected for their use of detailed plant imagery. Kahlo created a beautiful garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House), her lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City.  Elements of the garden at the Casa Azul are evoked in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory so that Garden visitors may learn more about Kahlo’s connection to the natural world. (Now through Nov. 1st.)

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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