Listen from Home: Staff Digital Audiobook Picks

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Though your commute might be nonexistent these days, audiobooks can still keep you company during cooking and chores, on brief solitary walks, or for taking a break from others in the house. Earlier staff digital picks posts also include audio options, but today’s titles are uniquely recommended for the escape of their listening experiences. We can also help with customized suggestions for which titles in OverDrive or Hoopla might be a perfect match for your current mood.

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How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
Looking to fill the Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine-shaped hole? This story features a quirky main character navigating life in a different way than his peers, met with challenges as his solitary and usual routine is disrupted by his need for friendship and maybe even love. ~Chelsea

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and ebook and in Hoopla as libro en español

 

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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

“Fever” begins to ravage Philadelphia in 1793. Maddie must survive the various consequences of the outbreak. ~Al

Available on Hoopla as e-audio and on OverDrive as e-audio (also in a second production)

 

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The Boys in the Boat: Five Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

For an impeccably written underdog story, not just for sports fans, listen to the comforting voice of celebrated narrator Edward Herrmann. ~Nancy

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and as ebook

 

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You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

With a fantastic cast of narrators, this story focuses on inter-generational relationships as three generations of women deal with familial expectations and their own hopes and dreams. ~Abby

Listen via OverDrive

 

 

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Skin Game by Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files, a series centered on a Chicago-based wizard, is one of my go-tos for fun, fantastic, witty adventure in audio, and this inventive heist story set in the underworld is its own reward. ~Cathleen

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and as ebook

 

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Dark but gripping mystery. Full of clever and unexpected twists and turns and a cast of fascinating and complex characters. The narrator is fabulous, but I’m a sucker for Irish accents. ~Liz

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and ebook

 

 

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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

This book, written as a dual narrative, was twisty, compelling, at times suspenseful, and I really just ate it up. ~Denise

Available on Hoopla as e-audio and on OverDrive as ebook

 

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On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Warm and witty tale of a young woman who buys a house with a past. ~Laura

Available on OverDrive as ebook and on Hoopla as both e-audio and ebook

 

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The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Sweet and sexy. Charming main characters who fall in love through a case of memory loss and misunderstanding after Cecilia lied about being a wife to her brother’s friend to nurse him back to health and find her missing brother. Delightful audio. ~Liz

Available as e-audio via both OverDrive and Hoopla

 

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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

In prose that evokes haunting melodies, master narrators take turns giving voice to musicians around the globe who must balance passion and idealism with the realities of making one’s way in the world. ~Cathleen

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and ebook

 

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This entertaining and informative historical fiction follows rivals Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. ~Laura

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and ebook

 

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My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

A fun, light listen. I often found myself suppressing laughter while listening to this in public. Humorous, yet also an insightful look at social media obsession and the toll it can take on us all at times. ~Liz

Available on OverDrive as both e-audio and ebook