Audiobook

Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jaqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every page is a gift of innocence and discovery as she matures into the great author she is today. If you are looking for a break from your usual genre or want to read a beautifully written book that takes you back in time, this is the book for you.  Check our Catalog
 
Sara D., Youth Services

Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

Thursday, August 18, 2016
AJ Waines
Girl on a Train (Audiobook)

What a great mistake! I downloaded the audiobook Girl on a Train from Hoopla, thinking I was downloading The Girl on the Train; two different books with very similar titles.

As a fan of audiobooks, this one did not disappoint. The narrator had a lovely English accent, which immediately caught my ear. I found myself wanting to drive the long way home, just so I could listen a few more minutes.

This was a fantastic mystery that had me hooked from the beginning. Anna, a journalist, is on a train and sits next to Elly, who is not only strange and fidgety but also leaves the train to jump onto the tracks. Was she killed or was it suicide? Listen and find out.

Find this audiobook on Hoopla. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it. Only Howell district residents may use Hoopla.

 

Tanya H., Reference

The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins (Audiobook)

Set in the Florence and Tuscany areas where the Rosati family’s ancient villa is located, this story moves back and forth between WWII and 1955. In 1955 two members of the Rosati family are murdered and their hearts are cut out. This provides the mystery and suspense that tie the two decades together. The setting and characters hold your attention until the end.

Check our catalog for this audiobook on CD.

 

Kathleen Z., Administration

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Michael Punke
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

I was intrigued when people started talking about the movie The Revenant. Their opinions were that the movie was very gruesome. The movie is based on the book The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke. It is a pioneer story of sorts that takes place during fur trading and struggles with Native Americans. The “gruesome” incident was a man getting attacked by a bear. The fur trader’s back, head, and throat were raked by the bear’s claws. To me, the movie didn’t really show this graphic scene. When reading the book, I felt the injuries that he suffered and how a member of his company tried stitching up his raw skin to cover at least his throat so that he could breathe easier. Two men were assigned to wait until he was dead and bury him so that the rest of the company could complete their mission. The bear-injured man survived after the men deserted him, so thus he wanted revenge for them not helping him. They even took all his weapons. His will to survive compelled him to drag his body until it was healed enough to find sustenance and a way to travel to find the men who deserted him. He was even helped by Native Americans. I loved the survival skills that were mentioned in the book about finding ways to get food without weapons. I preferred the encounter of revenge that took place in the book rather than the movie version.

Check our catalog for this book, the audiobook, the Blu-ray and DVD movie version of it.

 

Geralyn B., Technical Services

 

The Sleep Revolution

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

This was an interesting read about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep risks include heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity as well as problems on the job and in our relationships. The author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, offers some possible help to getting more sleep including the familiar--put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate--but some less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Also included are some actual meditations in the back. Our library owns the physical book plus it is available through to download on your mobile device as an ebook as well as an audiobook. I plan to listen to the meditations on the audiobook when it becomes available.

 

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to download the ebook or audio to your iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device using Overdrive? Find the ebook and the audiobook on the MCLS site. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.

(Need help downloading and using ebooks and digital audiobooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Betsy H., Reference

Mrs. Jeffries Series

Friday, June 3, 2016
Emily Brightwell
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

In this Victorian cozy mystery series, the kind-hearted, well-meaning, and oblivious Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon owes his success at solving murders to his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, a whip-smart lady who could give Miss Marple a run for her money. Along with the rest of the household's servants, the policeman’s widow with superior sleuthing skills of her own helps her unwitting employer in his homicide investigations. In the first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, the sudden death of an unlikable doctor sets Inspector Witherspoon and his servants on the path of the culprit.

I listen to the books on audio. The audiobooks are well read by Lindy Nettleton. The first eight of the series are available as downloadable audiobooks through the library.

I love cozy mysteries and these books hit the spot. With 34 books in this series (the most recent of which was published this year, in 2016), this series-junkie shall be kept quite happy for a good while!

 

Interested in reading books in this series? Check our catalog.

Want to listen to the downloadable digital audiobooks on your mobile device using the Overdrive app, or simply stream them through your computer? Sign in to the MCLS Overdrive website using your library card number and PIN. Then simply search for the author Emily Brightwell to see all the available Mrs. Jeffries audiobooks.

(Need help downloading and using digital audiobooks and ebooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Brandi T., Reference

Born Standing Up (Audiobook)

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Steve Martin
Born Standing Up (Audiobook)

Written and read by the author

 

Having read this in book form several years ago and enjoyed it, I happened upon this audiobook while looking for something else and thought I’d give it a try, since it is read by the author himself, Steve Martin. It was definitely worth it! I have always admired his comedy and acting performances and he also proves to be an excellent author as well. (He has written novels and plays, too.)

The story of his life is one of hard work and determination, starting when he was just ten years old selling programs to the public at Disneyland in California, which was only two miles from his house. He would ride his bike up there and interact with the public all day during the summer. From there he moved up to working in the magic shop at the park, learning performing magic by watching the older guys there. Finally, he gets to be an actor in five shows a day at Knott’s Berry Farm. This is where he really learns to be a performer and adjust the act according to the audience’s reactions, learning what works and what doesn’t.

The rest is probably familiar to most people; from there, Martin went on to The Smothers Brothers Show, Saturday Night Live, a hugely successful stand-up act playing to thousands of people in large arenas, and then finally walking away from that to starring in movies. He also discusses his relationship with his parents and sister, as well as the romantic partners he has had.

Martin starts the audiobook in a pretty straightforward way, in his familiar voice. Later on in the story he gets more animated in his reading. For fans of Steve Martin, this will be a pleasure to hear! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

Check our catalog for this audiobook or the print book.

 

Pat P., Technical Services

Carrie (Audiobook)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stephen King
Carrie (Audiobook)

Read by Sissy Spacek

In Stephen King’s classic supernatural horror story, sixteen-year-old Carrie, terminally unpopular and sheltered by her religious fanatic mother, develops telekinetic powers with the onset of puberty. Bullied one too many times, she uses her terrifying new abilities to take revenge on her tormentors.

The novel feels very dated; it was written in 1974 and sure shows it. I am glad I finally listened to the story, however, since it is such an iconic tale of supernatural vengeance and lasting fixture in our pop culture history.

The version available through Overdrive includes an introduction by King himself about the story’s origins and background on his life at the time of the writing, which I found interesting and enriched my experience with the book.

 

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to listen to the book on audio CDs? Check MeLCat to request it through interlibrary loan.

Prefer to download a digital copy onto your smartphone and listen on the Overdrive app, or simply stream through your computer? Find the title on the MCLS site.

(Need help downloading and using digital audiobooks and ebooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Brandi T., Reference

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Audiobook)

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Audiobook)

The book is quite different from the movie. The first half, where the characters are well-developed, is engaging and fun. The second half, which covers Hassan Haji’s experience as a chef and then restaurant owner in Paris, bogs down. The characters in the Paris part of the story are two-dimensional and never really develop. I think the movie with Helen Mirren is a better story.

Check our catalog for the print book. Check MeLCat for the audiobook.

 

Kathleen Z., Administration

Outlander (Audiobook)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Diana Gabaldon
Outlander (Audiobook)

I listened to the audiobook version of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is a gripping tale which keeps the reader actively engaged. It is loaded with romance, action, and intrigue. It’s hard to classify this book into just one genre, as it contains historical fiction, romance, time travel, fantasy, action, and military history. The author is very detailed with her description of life in the Scottish Highlands in the 1740s. It’s a carefully written book with three-dimensional characters inhabiting a complex, believable world. Now that Starz is turning the books into a television series, the books are increasing even more in popularity. Due to some of the graphic content in the book, I would recommend it for adult readers.

 

Claire Randall is a British combat nurse who is reunited with her husband after World War II. They take a second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands to reconnect and to research her husband’s ancestors. While there, Claire visits an ancient stone circle known as Craigh na Dun, and upon touching the stones she is transported back in time. She suddenly finds herself in war-torn Scotland in the year 1743. She is discovered by a Scottish clan, and, although suspicious of her, they take her in. Her healing skills become valuable to the clan, and she finds safety in the arms of Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. Now she finds herself torn between two worlds and two very different men.   

 

Check our catalog for this audiobook, the print book, and the TV show.

 

Marybeth K., Circulation/Reference

 

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