Reviews and Blog Posts: audiobooks

2015 Audie Audiobook Winner to be Announced May 28

The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Finalists are selected by a group of diverse judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner is awarded. The 2015 Audie finalists were announced earlier this year, and the winner will be announced on May 28th.

DPL has an extensive selection of audiobooks across many genres. For example:

Tell Me A Story: The Art and Joy of Audiobooks

Do you find cleaning the bathroom or weeding the garden dreary? Try listening to an audiobook and make your chores something to look forward to. They're also great for commuters and running errands -- you don't feel quite so helpless in traffic jams when you're listening to a great mystery or compelling biography. And family road trips are even better with a well-narrated book that everyone can listen to and discuss.

The valley of amazement

by Amy Tan

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The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her inspiration for this novel came from a...

The Sisters brothers a novel

by Patrick deWitt

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I  was beginning to think  I was left out in the cold when I mentioned to several people at the library that my next read was going to be The Sisters Brothers by Canadian Patrick deWitt.  More than one person (in fact, three people)  told me that they had already...

Heir to the empire

by Timothy Zahn

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Heir to the Empire picks up not long after the events of Return of the Jedi - The Emperor and Vader are dead (along with most of the elite officers of the Empire), Luke is a full jedi knight, Han & Leia are married and expecting twins, and Lando is...

Wild [from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail]

by Cheryl Strayed

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Wild is a memoir of a young woman who hiked alone for 1,100 miles of wilderness for months, extremely ill-prepared, all the while looking to find herself and heal from the death of her mother. All I could say after finishing the audio version was WOW.


With summer in full swing, many folks are taking family road trips and vacations, or looking for new ways to keep out-of-school children occupied and engaged at home. One great solution is to check out some awesome audiobooks from your local DPL branch!

This alternative format is a big hit for keeping kids occupied during long trips or on hot summer days, as well as helping kids who may not be completely comfortable with reading independently to enjoy the experience of books. While it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, audiobooks actually promote children’s  literacy. They do this by modeling correct pronunciation and fluent reading, expanding vocabulary, offering children with differing abilities and learning styles the opportunity to get engaged with books, and, most importantly, improving children’s listening skills.

2012 Audie Award Nominees

First Grave on the Right

The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word performance, and are presented by the Audio Publishers Association. Here are some of the 2012 nominees owned by DPL:

Bossypants, Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey (Biography/Memoir, Humor)

Here Comes Trouble, Michael Moore, narrated by Michael Moore (Biography/Memoir)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, narrated by Maya Angelou (Classic)

Listening to Great Books

I still love listening to a great book!!

Isn’t that what listening to a book on CD or eMedia is all about? Learn all about eMedia.

Outliers : the story of success

by Malcolm Gladwell

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Did you know the vast majority of professional hockey players are born in the first four months of the year? Or that the world may have never known who Bill Gates was if it were not for a very serendipitous turn of events when he was 13 years old? As...

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