As a kid I loved when adults read me a story – loved the way I could lose myself in the voice, the story, the other-world of my imagination. I still love being read to, even if now it’s while I’m washing dishes, fighting insomnia, doing time on the treadmill or driving cross country. If you like to multi-task or just enjoy the extra dimension that a good reader brings to the experience, Urbana Free Library has a great collection of audiobooks to choose from – both Books on Disc (browse them on the main floor by the stairs) and downloadables (browse them online at www.mymediamall.net.)
There are lots of titles from the bestseller lists to choose from – Popular Books on Disc that are just coming in include Sycamore Row by John Grisham, We are Water by Wally Lamb, The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, and Storm Front by John Sandford. Our most popular downloadable titles right now include Inferno (Dan Brown), Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) and Black Box (Michael Connelly).
If you enjoy non-fiction, there’s also plenty to choose from in our Audiobook area: Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black, Malcolm Gladwell’s newest – David and Goliath, and the moving story I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Or go to My Media Mall to download Richard Dawkins’ Appetite for Wonder or Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy.
Some books are just better in audio: the hilarious Bossypants by Tina Fey – Seriously, this woman is funny. She is very funny. Or David Sedaris – who I always prefer listening to; even when I’ve tried to read his books, I hear his voice in my mind. You find them both in our Books on Disc or as a download.