I am the newest employee here at the Greenburgh Public Library and also the person who travels the farthest distance to work. As I made the decision to accept my new position, I had several factors to weigh; one being the lengthy drive from the small town where I live, a mere 20 minutes shy of the Pennsylvania border. Over the years my commutes have never been short. Even my current commute (54) minutes with no traffic, is not the longest I have endured. Because of my stubbornness and love for the area in which I live, I have discovered the audio book. Long before I worked in libraries I would listen to books on tape. Over the years the formats may have changed; books on tape, CD-audio books, MP3, downloadable audio books but the result is still the same, a good read on a long ride.
At times I work at the circulation desk here in the library and when a patron brings up a stack of audio books I know they are in the same line of traffic as I am. So, this blog post is dedicated to those Road Warriors: Happy Listening!
Bossypants by Tina Fey: Hearing that the author of a book will also be the reader of its companion audio book, can be cringe-worthy. Not all authors are actors. This is not the case when the author is a fabulous comedian. There are also fantastic bits and extras in this audio that you won’t find in the book. While reading Bossypants I was introduced to Amy Poehler. Yes Please! is next in the audio queue!
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: This has been a very suspenseful and enjoyable audio book. Along the lines of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, several old friends are invited to a “Hen” Party in a house remotely located away from London. Each of the friends is unwilling to be at this party for their own secretive reasons. When an intruder happens upon the house, an event ensues that greatly impacts all the players. Told from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera: So, every now and again I will throw in an audio book that I did not read during my high school years and probably should have. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an historical piece set in Prague during the invasion of the Soviet Union in the 1960’s & 70’s. The story follows four main characters (and a dog) through sex, love, intellectual freedom and the aftermath of choices made. In contrast to the title this book is not a “light” read, but engrossing just the same.
You can find all of these and many more through the Greenburgh Library Catalog. You can also try searching through some of our eBook apps such as 3M Cloud Library and One Click Digital for more great finds!