The popularity of audiobooks is on the rise, and it’s no wonder – there are so many great things about listening to a good book. There’s the convenience, obviously: you can multitask to your heart’s content. The biggest excuse I have for not reading more often is always “I just don’t have the time.” But with audiobooks, I can run errands, clean, go for a jog or make dinner all while donning headphones and losing myself in the latest bestseller. It’s more than just that, though. Audiobooks help those who are visually impaired experience new books, help reluctant readers stay interested, and help those with physical limitations fly through chapters without needing to hold books or turn pages.

panicFor the past week I have been listening to Lauren Oliver’s latest YA novel, Panic. Sarah Drew does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life through her narration. “Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.” If that little teaser doesn’t get you interested, then take a moment to listen to this mp3 sample of ”Panic” available in Marketplace now.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Audiobook Month sale, with more than 14,000 mp3 audiobooks 30-50% off during June. As always, contact your Collection Development Specialist with any questions or if you need assistance.


Laura Guldeman is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.

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