One of my favorite designations for the month of June is National Audiobook Month. Audiobooks, you kept me from helpless rage when I was stuck in traffic commuting to work, kept my mind engaged when out for a walk. Thank you for the bibliotherapy when I needed it and for a way to “read” even more books. –Your Editor
Now, let’s hear from the staff of the Nevins Library and see what they have been listening to:
Alison, our new Young Adult Librarian, is currently listening to Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi and narrated by Bahni Turpin. It’s the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone. “I like to listen to audiobooks on long drives or when I’m doing chores around the apartment. I get to learn how names and foreign or made up words are pronounced when listening to them.”
Kathleen, Literacy Coordinator and Reference Librarian, latest audiobook was You by Caroline Kepnes, the basis for the Netflix series. The darkly funny inner monologue of villain/protagonist Joe make for a very addictive and compelling listen!
Great minds must listen alike, as both Sue and Kirsten from the Reference Department recently enjoyed The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate, as well as her previous novel, Before We Were Yours. Sue: “They are both historical fiction which is my favorite. Both books follow dual time periods which making listening to the books interesting since there is a narrator for each time period. I enjoy the way her writing intersects the storylines and connects the characters. I also enjoy hearing about the true historical inspiration for the story as well. Did I also mention that in both books, all four main characters are strong women?”
Kirsten’s previous audiobook was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, which was “very good and out of character for me since I’m usually drawn to Historical Fiction. Was a real psychological thriller. Thank goodness for audiobooks, I’ve listened to them on the way to work and now will listen on my walks in the neighborhood. Better way to get me out and walking, give me a good book for the trip!!”
Sarah, Head of Readers’ Services, has been getting an earful: “I’m currently listening to The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy and read by Stephen Hoye. Even though I own a copy in paperback, I don’t think I could read this at home at night… and am glad to listen while driving or painting or whatever! Also, listening to a story from a police officer’s perspective with all the racist and stereotype-filled slang of the period is eye-opening right now. Previously I listened to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman read by Cathleen McCarron and that was an absolutely wonderful book! That narrator was perfect – accents and emotional intonations were spot on.”
Our Business Manager, Brenna, has been listening to Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race written and narrated by Debby Irving (local, from Winchester, MA) “I am on Chapter 10 so far and it is enlightening, details and history I was unaware of.”
Tatjana, Reference Librarian, has been enjoying Heartland : a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh, read by the author. “Quite an informative memoir and social commentary on the working poor of the MidWest! Eye-opening.”
Remember, you can always access audiobooks in several different formats, including cd, e-audio, and PlayAway, through our catalog. Happy Listening!