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5 Books We’re Listening to Right Now

For those of you who enjoy audiobooks, this week we bring you 5 books that the staff is currently listening to. The Syosset Public Library offers books to listen to in three formats: CD, Playaway, and downloadable.

Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian, is listening toThe Whisperers by John Connelly, read by Holter Graham.

“The latest Charlie Parker thriller takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods – drugs, cash, weapons, even people – are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.”  (from the Publisher)

Pam Martin, Head of Programmng, is listening to Unbroken: A World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, read by Edward Herrmann.

“The inspiring true story of Louis Zamperini, who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed.  During a routine search mission over the Pacific during World War II, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued… eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time.”  (Amazon.com)

Evelyn Hershkowitz, Librarian Trainee, is listening to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, read by Debra Wiseman.

“When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit.”  (Booklist)

Nadine Kessler, Children Services Librarian, is listening to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia.

“For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world.”  (from the Publisher)

Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk, is listening toThe Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Lisette Lecat.

“While Precious Ramotswe travels to a game reserve to investigate the death of an American tourist, trouble brews back home. Mma Makutsi launches the Complaint Half Hour, providing herself a forum for her grievances. And Precious’ dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni suddenly decides to mortgage his auto repair shop.”  (from the Publisher)

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


A word about audiobooks…

audio books picFirst of all, do you “read” audiobooks?  Or do you “listen” to them?  Does one get the same experience from the printed version of a book as from the audio version?   This can lead to some heated discussions:  some people absolutely will not hear of someone saying ,  “ I just finished reading  Kite Runner on CD”, believing that if you have not read a book in its printed form you have not really read it.   The audiobook experience could not possibly be as intellectually rewarding.  The thing to say to these individuals is “I just finished listening to Kite Runner on CD”.  People who do “read” audiobooks, insist that they are “just as good”.

Before I started using audiobooks,  I, too,felt that listening to the audio version of a book couldn’t possibly be the same as reading it in print.  And do you know what ?  I still do.  But that does not mean that one experience is worthier than the other, but the two are definitely different.    I’ll save my thoughts about  the differences  for a later post.  Until then, what do you think?  Let us know by making a comment.

(If you’re interested, the Syosset Public Library has The Kite Runner in both print and audio.)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services