Read with Your Ears
Let's face facts -- it is hard to fit reading into our jam-packed lives. Yes, even librarians have a difficult time finding a spare moment to sit down and read. That's why we are so grateful for audiobooks. They make it possible to fit reading into our work commute, our workout, and our housework. There are three audiobook formats available at Hoover Public Library -- book-on-CD, Playaway, and downloadable -- so you can choose whatever works best for you. If you're new to the realm of audiobooks, we've compiled a list of staff favorites to get you started. You should also take a look at the Odyssey Award winners.
Laura = The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is awesome on audio.
Wendy = The Carter books by Brent Crawford were my favorite last year. I also like the Rob Inglis version of The Hobbit.
Shawna = Anything read by Jim Dale, including the Harry Potter series, The Emerald Atlas series, and Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. Also, Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, and the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger.
Karen = I loved the special effects in Countdown by Deborah Wiles. And my favorite recent listens were Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter, Ungifted by Gordon Korman, and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Katie Jane = I love anything read by Katherine Kellgren -- Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer, Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. I also enjoyed the Bunnicula series by James Howe (read by Victor Garber), The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi (read by Mark Hamill), The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, and the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker.
Jeremy = I got carried away making my list: John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, Masterpiece by Elise Broach, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E. L. Konigsburg, Sovay by Celia Rees, The Legend of the Wandering King by Laura Gallego García, Michael Winerip's Adam Canfield series, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, Pie by Sarah Weeks, Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice series, Suzanne Collins's Gregor series .