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I prefer to listen

It’s full-on summer reading time.  This makes me happy, but what about those of you for whom a page of print is a slow and treacherous journey, or would prefer that someone just tell you a tale? 

For you, my friend, there are audiobooks.  (Yes, they count as summer reading.)

photo from flickr user nguyendai

The library, being a library, has several options for you to get audio recordings of the books that you would like to listen to.   In fact, there are 601 records that turn up in a search for Teen-designated books on cd when I search Catalog Explorer, including the amazing Paper Towns by John Green, the harrowing Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, the buzzed about London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, the pointy Fang by James Patterson, and the summery Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen… AND MANY MORE! 

How would you do this search? I’m glad you asked.

1. Click on the following link for Catalog Explorer.

2. Type an asterisk (it’s above the number 8 on your keyboard) in the search box.

3. Look on the right side of your screen and click on “Teen” under “Age Group”

4. Look at the icons right above your search results and click on “Book on CD”

5. Ta-da!  Put your audio books on hold.

BUT BUT BUT! You say.  I don’t want to go to the library to pick up my audio book.  Is there an option where I can download it right now right this second?  Onto my computer and then my mp3 player?


The library pays for a service called Overdrive.  You can do just this thing with Overdrive.  To browse the audiobooks available, go HERE.

They have such books as:

Jane Slayre, by Sherri Browning Erwin (“Raised by vampyre relatives, Jane grows to resent the lifestyle’s effect on her upbringing. No sunlight, keeping nighttime hours, and a diet of bloody red meat is no way for a mortal girl to live.”) 

The Wild Things, by Dave Eggers (“The Wild Things is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can’t control. His father is gone, his mother is spending time with a younger boyfriend, and his sister is becoming a teenager.“).  And, as always, many more.

The selection is different depending on what kind of mp3 player you have, and you will have to download the Overdrive software to get and play the audiobooks.  More information is available here or from your personal librarian.

What else?  Every week until September, there are two free Teen audiobook downloads at SYNC.  One is a modern book and one is a YA classic on the same theme.  This week they are offering Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and in two weeks you could be downloading the audiobook of the Hunger Games for free!  You can sign up by clicking on the Sync logo above.

Happy listening!

– Tessa

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