Another week, another round of Team OverDrive staff picked audiobooks to celebrate Audiobook Month! Don’t miss our week one and week two recommendations and make sure to check back next week for the last installment.
Justin Noszek, Specialist (Support Services)
“God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” – Christopher Hitchens
While he could be heavy handed with his message, I appreciate the way Hitchens framed and defended his position on secularism.
Leslie Prusinski, Account Specialist (Library Partner Services)
“Artemis Fowl (Book 1)” – Eoin Colfer
This is a fun read for kids (and adults!), and great for listening in the car. Nathaniel Parker’s narration is spot-on, and he adds a lot of flavor to the unusual characters who live in Artemis Fowl’s world. This is a short, exciting read that would be perfect for keeping young readers entertained on this summer’s vacation road trip!
Kevin Coon, Account Executive (Education & Library Sales)
“The Golden Compass” – Philip Pullman
Not only is this series great for summer trips and fantasy fans, but you are sure to be blown away by the full-cast narration that lends a different voice to almost every character. As an added bonus, Philip Pullman adds his own voice to the narration. Listening to these titles adds a whole new dimension to these wonderfully crafted books.
Clay White, Product Owner (Product Management)
“Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn with George Vecsey
In my opinion, one of the greatest American stories of human triumph, especially meaningful if you’re a fan of Loretta or love country music. Loretta Lynn was a poor female musician from the South but she was strong enough and talented enough to succeed against the odds. Narrated by Sissy Spacek, who starred in the film adaptation.
Melissa Marin, Marketing Specialist (Library Partner Services)
“Eleanor & Park” – Rainbow Rowell
Proving that not all current YA novels involve dragons or dystopian futures, this is a beautifully written and realistic story of a teen love story in 1986. I love Rainbow Rowell’s work and agree with NPR’s review: “Rowell nails the voices of her teen protagonists — her writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.” Great narrators do justice to the characters and makes this a must listen!
Jessy Catterwaul, Specialist (Content Production Services)
This audiobook helped me understand that it is useful for people like me to embrace the power of solitary concentration, which current American culture doesn’t do a good job of promoting. I was able to take some of the lessons I learned from Susan and apply them with a group of my introverted friends, which has been a boon to our productivity and happiness.
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