by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Audiobooks are very popular for car trips and commuters. Some people also listen to them for entertainment at home while they’re working on other things. This summer while you’re driving up north, canning peaches, or staining your deck, try an audiobook from the library to so that you can have the pleasure of reading when you can’t look at the pages of a book.
Litchfield Library has a substantial collection of books on CD. We also have kept some books on tape that have still been getting checked out. Some of you must still have tape players in your cars or stereos.
The newest option is downloadable audiobooks from our Overdrive service at http://pioneerland.lib.overdrive.com, the website where you can check out e-books. To find the audiobooks, you can choose “Audiobook fiction” or “Audiobook nonfiction” from the menus at the top of our Overdrive page. You can check out and download our audiobooks for free using your library card, and then listen to them on your smartphone, your iPod or other music player, or your computer. Like our e-books, they automatically return themselves after three weeks, and you will never get an overdue fine on them.
Our newest downloadable audiobooks include The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, the first young adult fantasy novel from the bestselling author; The Housemaid’s Daughter, historical fiction set in apartheid-era South Africa; and The Man Called Noon, a classic western by Louis L’Amour.
Among our newest audiobooks on CD at Litchfield is Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. This is a gritty story of a social worker in rural Montana who meets a malnourished 11-year-old boy with a father who is a paranoid survivalist. Reviewers say the well-written novel has a very strong sense of place and the people who live there.
We have one of the most recent Stone Barrington novels on CD, Carnal Curiosity. Stuart Woods’ adventure novels are always popular. In this 29th installment, Stone gets involved with a beautiful woman who is part of a group orchestrating thefts from the wealthiest people in the country. Critics say this fits the usual pattern of Woods’ novels but that it’s entertaining anyway.
The latest Sisterhood novel from Fern Michaels is Kiss and Tell. We have it in audiobook form at Litchfield. The Sisterhood is a group of vigilantes, mostly older women who go outside the law for justice when the legal system can’t provide it. In this novel, the Sisterhood learns of shady dealings at an assisted living facility, so they get the group back together to beat a con artist at his own game.
Nantucket Sisters is a new novel by Nancy Thayer that we have on CD. This is truly a beach read, telling the story of two girls who spend every summer together in Nantucket while growing up. They are from different social classes, but they’re best friends who grow up to become involved with the same man.
All of these are definitely adult books. Many families enjoy listening to children’s audiobooks together on a car trip, so consider browsing in our children’s department for something that will appeal to everyone who will be traveling together when you have kids in the group. Our library staff will be happy to help you find something that will be right for you.