Audiobook

Mrs. Jeffries Series

Friday, June 3, 2016
Emily Brightwell
The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

In this Victorian cozy mystery series, the kind-hearted, well-meaning, and oblivious Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon owes his success at solving murders to his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, a whip-smart lady who could give Miss Marple a run for her money. Along with the rest of the household's servants, the policeman’s widow with superior sleuthing skills of her own helps her unwitting employer in his homicide investigations. In the first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, the sudden death of an unlikable doctor sets Inspector Witherspoon and his servants on the path of the culprit.

I listen to the books on audio. The audiobooks are well read by Lindy Nettleton. The first eight of the series are available as downloadable audiobooks through the library.

I love cozy mysteries and these books hit the spot. With 34 books in this series (the most recent of which was published this year, in 2016), this series-junkie shall be kept quite happy for a good while!

 

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Brandi T., Reference

Born Standing Up (Audiobook)

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Steve Martin
Born Standing Up (Audiobook)

Written and read by the author

 

Having read this in book form several years ago and enjoyed it, I happened upon this audiobook while looking for something else and thought I’d give it a try, since it is read by the author himself, Steve Martin. It was definitely worth it! I have always admired his comedy and acting performances and he also proves to be an excellent author as well. (He has written novels and plays, too.)

The story of his life is one of hard work and determination, starting when he was just ten years old selling programs to the public at Disneyland in California, which was only two miles from his house. He would ride his bike up there and interact with the public all day during the summer. From there he moved up to working in the magic shop at the park, learning performing magic by watching the older guys there. Finally, he gets to be an actor in five shows a day at Knott’s Berry Farm. This is where he really learns to be a performer and adjust the act according to the audience’s reactions, learning what works and what doesn’t.

The rest is probably familiar to most people; from there, Martin went on to The Smothers Brothers Show, Saturday Night Live, a hugely successful stand-up act playing to thousands of people in large arenas, and then finally walking away from that to starring in movies. He also discusses his relationship with his parents and sister, as well as the romantic partners he has had.

Martin starts the audiobook in a pretty straightforward way, in his familiar voice. Later on in the story he gets more animated in his reading. For fans of Steve Martin, this will be a pleasure to hear! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

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Pat P., Technical Services

Carrie (Audiobook)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stephen King
Carrie (Audiobook)

Read by Sissy Spacek

In Stephen King’s classic supernatural horror story, sixteen-year-old Carrie, terminally unpopular and sheltered by her religious fanatic mother, develops telekinetic powers with the onset of puberty. Bullied one too many times, she uses her terrifying new abilities to take revenge on her tormentors.

The novel feels very dated; it was written in 1974 and sure shows it. I am glad I finally listened to the story, however, since it is such an iconic tale of supernatural vengeance and lasting fixture in our pop culture history.

The version available through Overdrive includes an introduction by King himself about the story’s origins and background on his life at the time of the writing, which I found interesting and enriched my experience with the book.

 

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Want to listen to the book on audio CDs? Check MeLCat to request it through interlibrary loan.

Prefer to download a digital copy onto your smartphone and listen on the Overdrive app, or simply stream through your computer? Find the title on the MCLS site.

(Need help downloading and using digital audiobooks and ebooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Brandi T., Reference

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Audiobook)

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Audiobook)

The book is quite different from the movie. The first half, where the characters are well-developed, is engaging and fun. The second half, which covers Hassan Haji’s experience as a chef and then restaurant owner in Paris, bogs down. The characters in the Paris part of the story are two-dimensional and never really develop. I think the movie with Helen Mirren is a better story.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

Outlander (Audiobook)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Diana Gabaldon
Outlander (Audiobook)

I listened to the audiobook version of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is a gripping tale which keeps the reader actively engaged. It is loaded with romance, action, and intrigue. It’s hard to classify this book into just one genre, as it contains historical fiction, romance, time travel, fantasy, action, and military history. The author is very detailed with her description of life in the Scottish Highlands in the 1740s. It’s a carefully written book with three-dimensional characters inhabiting a complex, believable world. Now that Starz is turning the books into a television series, the books are increasing even more in popularity. Due to some of the graphic content in the book, I would recommend it for adult readers.

 

Claire Randall is a British combat nurse who is reunited with her husband after World War II. They take a second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands to reconnect and to research her husband’s ancestors. While there, Claire visits an ancient stone circle known as Craigh na Dun, and upon touching the stones she is transported back in time. She suddenly finds herself in war-torn Scotland in the year 1743. She is discovered by a Scottish clan, and, although suspicious of her, they take her in. Her healing skills become valuable to the clan, and she finds safety in the arms of Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. Now she finds herself torn between two worlds and two very different men.   

 

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Marybeth K., Circulation/Reference

 

Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Audiobook)

Friday, March 4, 2016
Spencer Quinn
Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Audiobook)

I listened to this on CD – which took FOR-EV-ER because I don’t have long commutes and often have my four-year-old in the car with me. Even though it took me a couple months to listen to, it was funny and delightful and (mostly) clean (some swearing by bad guys).

Bernie is a private investigator with no money, no current cases, and bills to pay. Chet is his partner who happens to be a dog and the story is told from his point of view. They soon are hired to find a missing teenager which quickly becomes a twisty mystery. Chet solves the crime but is unable to tell Bernie – since he’s a DOG. I laughed out loud in some places because Chet is so easily distracted and has such a joyful outlook on life. As is often the case with audiobooks, the narrator really makes this a wonderfully told tale.  It would be a nice distraction for a long car ride and older kids (high school) would enjoy it too.

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Peggy G., Circulation

Career of Evil (Audiobook)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil

Read by Robert Glenister

In this third installment in the Cormoran Strike British mystery series, former military police now private investigator Strike tries to uncover who has sent his assistant/partner Robin a severed leg. As the pair delve into Strike’s colorful past to uncover the sender’s identity, the mutilated bodies of women begin turning up across London.

I really enjoy this series, looking forward to the next book well after finishing one. Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacot are compelling characters whose backstories are revealed in tantalizing pieces over the course of the books. I also like hearing about Britain, especially London, and all the Britishcisms of language throughout the stories.

I have listened to the downloaded audiobooks for all three installments of the series so far and, though I am a perpetual user of the 2x speed on the Overdrive app, I am still quite enchanted with the reader, Robert Glenister, and his performances. I have considered picking up the print copies of these books, but I would miss what I now think of as Cormoran’s signature voice too much.

And one more thing to recommend this series: Robert Galbraith is a nom de plume for J.K Rowling, she of the wonderful Harry Potter fame. Her turn as Galbraith is quite different from the boy wizard’s fantastical world, but her writing is still magic.

 

Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to listen to the book on audio CDs? Check MeLCat to request it through interlibrary loan.

Prefer to download a digital copy onto your smartphone and listen on the Overdrive app, or simply stream through your computer? Find the title on the MCLS site.

(Need help downloading and using digital audiobooks and ebooks from the library? Visit the Reference Desk or Book a Librarian!)

 

Brandi T., Reference

The Colorado Kid, Audiobook

Friday, November 6, 2015
Stephen King
The Colorado Kid

This is one of Stephen King’s short novels that is not in the category of horror.  The story is told by two old reporters to a young intern at their small newspaper on an island off the coast of Maine in 2005.  The story that the old reporters tell is about a body that was found in 1980.  There are many mysteries surrounding the circumstances of the death that were never resolved.  King is a master storyteller and while this story is not profound, it has kernels of wisdom that leaves much to contemplate after finishing it.  I listened to the audio and the accents were done well.   Check our Catalog

Kathleen Z., Administration

Eyes On You

Monday, June 29, 2015
Kate White
Eyes On You

This suspenseful e-book kept me on the edge of me seat!  It was truly a page-turner.  After some devastating personal  experiences, Robin Trainer makes a comeback into the limelight and becomes a media star.  Just as everything couldn’t be going more perfectly, weird things start to happen to Robin.  Someone seems to be attacking her character and trying to cause her harm.  As she struggles with whom to trust, she tries to unravel the mystery before something horrible happens and she loses everything or herself! Check our Catalog for the ebook

Janice H., Youth Services

 

the life-changing magic of tidying up

Saturday, June 6, 2015
marie kondo
the life-changing magic of tidying up

“This international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear you clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”  With a claim like that, I had to give the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese are of decluttering and organizing a try.  I’m a saver, a have piles of stuff, and boxes of stuff.  I become emotionally attached to objects.  I hate to throw away stuff that is still in usable condition.  But clutter is stressful and it needs to go!  Kondo’s approach definitely has an eastern feel, but ultimately it makes sense to me.  First answer the question of why you want to tidy up? Then approach your belongings in a certain order and for each item ask “does this bring me joy?”  Realize that objects serve a purpose and once they have fulfilled that purpose, it’s time for things to go.  The book is easy to read, written in small sections allowing you to read a little at a time if you choose.  Good Luck if you take on this decluttering approach.  Check the catalog for the hard cover.  Check the catalog for the audio CD.

Holly, Youth Services

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