By: Elizabeth Cate, Collection Development Librarian
For: Red Rock News
Date: September 3, 2010
Hit the Road with an Audiobook from Sedona Public Library
Whether you are traveling across the country or just driving to Sedona from the Village, listening to an audiobook makes the trip more enjoyable. At Sedona Public Library, you will find a diverse selection of audiobooks on CD and cassette. If you prefer listening while you exercise or relax at home, consider checking out a Playaway (a preloaded digital audio player) or using our OverDrive service to download an audiobook to your computer, cell phone, or MP3 player. In addition to the adult audiobook collection—some new additions to which are featured below—we offer books on CD and Playaways for children and young adults. It’s a great way to keep your kids entertained in the car.
Super Sad True Love Story. This best-selling dystopian novel by Gary Shteyngart not only has received accolades for the print version but also has been adapted into an outstanding audiobook. I listened to this CD book recently on a 12-hour trip and was enthralled the entire time. AudioFile magazine praises the readers in its review: “Listeners are transported to the future, where they witness the romance of Lenny Abramov (narrated by Adam Grupper) and his girlfriend, Eunice Park (narrated by Ali Ahn). Grupper’s voice proves perfect for the character of Lenny, [but] the star of the narration is Ali Ahn. Her portrayal of Eunice as a superficial and self-absorbed young woman couldn’t be better. Grupper and Ahn’s performances provide listeners with all the wit, humor, and clever writing to be found in this unique novel.”
Homer and Langley. Award-winning author E. L. Doctorow’s (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate) newest novel is inspired by two wealthy, eccentric real-life brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer, who became notorious in the 1940s for hoarding garbage in their Fifth-Avenue New York City apartment. When the brothers died, police were not able to find one of the bodies, buried under mounds of rubbish, for weeks. Homer and Langley is a “tender, lushly drawn narrative,” according to the New York Times,and Arthur Morley’s audiobook narration is “wistful and unearthly,” an “altogether suitable approach for the author’s eponymous heroes” (AudioFile).
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. From the 1920s through the 1940s, automobile mogul Henry Ford attempted to bring American-style assembly-line manufacturing, as well as Midwestern social values, to an enormous, indigenous-staffed rubber plantation in the remote Amazon Rainforest. This ill-conceived experiment and the failure that resulted is the subject of Greg Grandin’s “surprisingly dramatic” (Publishers Weekly) book Fordlandia. The LA Times calls Fordlandia a “genuinely readable history recounted with a novelist’s sense of pace and an eye for character.” Jonathan Davis narrates the 15-hour audiobook version, a good companion for a longer journey.
Gonville: A Memoir. Fans of troubled-youth autobiographies such as Running with Scissors will appreciate this “fraught and funny” (Publishers Weekly) memoir about a son and his volatile, abusive father. A gun collector as well as a pacifist, a wife beater yet a pet lover, author Peter Birkenhead’s father is portrayed as a contradictory figure both adored and feared by his family. Library Journal commends Birkenhead for his “razor-sharp” memory and descriptive skills. The audiobook is narrated by the author.
Brand new at Sedona Public Library are short stories on CD. Packaged like DVDs, these single-CD audiobooks range in length from 15 to 75 minutes. Perfect for quick trips, our short stories on CD include tales from authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ian McEwan, Jeffrey Deaver, Charles Stross, and Steven Millhauser. Look for them in our popular audiobook collection.
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Elizabeth Cate, author of this week's article, is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.