Are you planning a summer road trip and need something to keep your mind occupied for the drive? Do you love to read but never seem to have the time? If so, audiobooks are a great way to catch up on your leisure reading without the extra time investment or the added strain on already tired eyes. The multi-taskers among us love to listen to them while driving or working out, while others find listening to books a soothing way to wind down in the evening.
There is a lot of diversity inherent in recorded books–some are read by professional readers, celebrities, or even the book’s author. Others consist of a hodgepodge of chapters each read aloud by different volunteers. All provide a unique listening experience, and some audiobook sources even allow you to speed up or slow down the narration to suit your preferences.
While you can end up paying a hefty sum for audiobooks, why not first check out what the library has to offer? We offer a selection of audiobook titles in a variety of formats, including:
Audiobooks on CD.
Smith Library has a collection of approximately 200 popular fiction titles on CD. This collection is located directly to the right of the circulation desk at Smith Library, in front of the color printer. New additions to this collection include the following titles:
Click here to browse this collection.
Popular e-audiobooks for download or streaming.
A tailored search of the library’s online catalog gives you access to audiobooks across a variety of library databases, including EBSCO and AXIS 360. You can browse those audiobooks here.
Our largest collection of e-audiobooks, however, is available through a platform called OneClickDigital, which you can find listed on the library homepage under the “resources A-Z” tab. OneClickDigital gives you immediate access to approximately 2400 popular e-audiobooks. You can filter and browse by title, author, genre, or bestsellers. Click the image below to explore OneClickDigital.
Free e-audiobooks in the public domain.
For even more streaming and downloadable e-audiobooks (or if classic novels are more your thing), you should add LibriVox.org to your list of bookmarks. LibriVox has a mission to “make all public domain books available, for free, in audio format on the internet,” and relies on steady contributions from volunteers around the world to make this happen. With a growing catalog of over 15,000 books, it is definitely worth a look. Click the image below to explore LibriVox.
We hope this post will inspire you to explore the world of audiobooks if you haven’t already, and expand your options if you have!
For audiobook questions, recommendations, or to request that we order a specific title, contact the Wanek Center Librarian, Leanne Jernigan, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy listening!