Multcolib Picks: Audiobooks for the Road
Annotation:"The Audiophiles have got your back. We’ve been chatting with all the librarians we know to get the scoop on what they’re actually listening to and loving right now, and we’re so excited to see some ah-maz-ing picks on the list, from literary fiction to humor, memoir, travel, mystery, food writing, historical fiction, and YA." (BookRiot)
Annotation:Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Annotation:On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Then, on the ocean surface, the face of a young lieutenant appeared as he struggled to pull himself aboard a life raft. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War...
Annotation:Two criminals bound for execution are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake.
Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Annotation:The mage Numair, the knight Alanna, and Queen Thayet enlist thirteen-year-old Daine's help to battle the dreadful immortal creatures that have recently begun to attack the kingdom of Tortall.
Annotation:New York restaurant owner Gabrielle Hamilton describes the search for her life's purpose and the many kitchens she has worked in, from her childhood home to her own restaurant, Prune.
Annotation:Stephen King provides insightful lessons for writers. His advice: acquire and hone the tools necessary for good writing, let your characters reveal the story and dare to start.
Annotation:Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Annotation:Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago's spellbinding tale begins when an unnamed man, in an unnamed city is suddenly struck blind. In the days that follow, everyone he comes in contact with, in turn comes down with the mysterious condition.
Annotation:When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
Annotation:In the summer when Coltrane died, poet Patti Smith fell in love with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Eventually the two joined up with the Andy Warhol superstars and called later Hotel Chelsea home. Here Smith recounts her passionate romance and the incredible artistic atmosphere of the 1960s...
Annotation:A circus, titled Le Cirque des Reve, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood.
Annotation:Sarah Vowell recounts the details of her obsessive vacation to places associated with the assassinations of three US presidents.
Annotation:A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.
Annotation:A novel that spans fifty years and tells the story of an Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant.
Annotation:"...the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try" (publisher)
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Do you have a long drive coming up? Pass the time with these librarian and patron recommended audiobooks. There's something here for all ages. The titles are available as downloads or audio CD, and sometimes both. Happy listening!