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.


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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

Silent Murders

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mary Miley
Silent Murders

Vaudeville performer, Leah Randal, moves to Hollywood and reinvents herself as Jessi Carr, script girl and temporary assistant to Douglas Fairbanks.  Jessi is thrilled to be invited to director Bruno Heilmann’s party where she meets a friend of her deceased  mother.  The next day Heilmann and her mother’s friend are dead.  Asked to retrieve things from one crime scene by Douglas Fairbanks, Jessi  uses her acting skills and Fairbanks’ resources to uncover the killer - or is it killers?  This audiobook was a hoot!  I loved the description of Hollywood during the silent picture era.  Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, a young Myrna Loy and other stars populate the story.  Everyone is film crazy and you will be too!

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Jerilee C., Reference



The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Friday, January 2, 2015
Denise Kiernan
Girls of Atomic City

      Oak Ridge Tennessee was a city built in a remote rural area of the south in only 6 months during World War II to accommodate a secret

      mission to help win the war.   At one point over 75,000 people lived and worked there and it used more electricity than New York  City. 

      However, the world outside did not even know the city existed until after two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.  This account weaves

       stories based on the voices of some of the women who worked there who were interviewed when in their 80s and 90s.  The book tells the

       human side and captures the spirit of the people who did not know the real purpose of their work. They only wanted to help end the war.   

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Kathleen Zaenger, Administration

Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (book with CD)

Friday, October 10, 2014
Jane O'Connor
Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (book with CD)

We have been enjoying listening to audiobooks while following along to picture books and beginning reader books for a while.  This book with CD was also excellent.  If you have a child that enjoys Fancy Nancy, they're bound to enjoy listening along as well. Check our Catalog

Janice H., Youth Services

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Friday, June 20, 2014
Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle and Gloria


My 4 year old has been enjoying the library’s collection of books with accompanying CDs so she can listen to stories in the car.  One of our favorites is easily “Office Buckle & Gloria”.  Narrated by John Lithgow, he brings the words to life and makes the story that much more entertaining.  We highly recommend for preschool and early elementary children.  You’re sure to enjoy it!  Check our Catalog


Janice H., Youth Services



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