12 Audiobooks to Get You Through the Crazy Holiday Season

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The holidays are just around the corner, and while that can mean many things, for many of us it likely means a long road trip, or two. No matter the length, road trips (particularly in holiday traffic) can be an excruciating endeavor.

Snacks, a less-than-judicious amount of caffeine, comfy clothes, and a good audiobook can make all the difference. They can turn a miserable car ride into something not only tolerable, but enjoyable.

To help you manage pesky holiday excursions, we’ve curated a list of twelve of our favorite audiobooks. There are books here for the whole family to enjoy, as well as more grown-up fare.  Let’s have a look.

The cover of the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling, Read by Jim Dale

If you haven’t experienced Jim Dale’s truly delightful narration of the Harry Potter series, this is the perfect time to check it out. Dale is one of best audiobook readers in the business, and Harry Potter might just be his masterpiece. More importantly, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is perfect for the whole family.

The cover of the book Life

Life

Keith Richards, Read by Johnny Depp

What could possibly be better than Keith Richards’ insightful and candid memoir read by Johnny Depp? The answer, of course, is not much. Depp’s languid, playful, wry reading of Mr. Richards’ various hijinks is the perfect distraction for a long car ride. This one may not be for the kiddos, though.

The cover of the book Matilda

Matilda

Roald Dahl, Read by Kate Winslet

Matilda is one of Roald Dahl’s best-known and most charming creations. The spunky magic-tinged tale is a perfect example of Dahl’s wonderfully absurd prose style, and more importantly, it’s excellent for kids – and adults who are kids at heart. Kate Winslet’s narration is just icing on the cake.

The cover of the book The Martian

The Martian

Andy Weir, Read by R.C. Bray

If you want a read to make a car-ride fly by, Andy Weir’s best-selling thriller is just the ticket.  The instant-classic tale of a astronaut stranded on Mars following a botched expedition is exhilarating, tense, and darkly humorous. This one is guaranteed to make that trip seem mercilessly short, and beyond some PG-13 language, this another solid family read. Weir’s latest, a futuristic heist set on a colony on the Moon titled Artemis, is also well worth a listen.

The cover of the book The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman

There’s nothing quite like listening to a writer read their own work, and Neil Gaiman is among the best. This 2009 Newberry Award winner is as captivating for adults as it is for children, and features Gaiman’s trademark magic-tinged, subversively gothic style. The Graveyard Book centers on an orphan raised by ghosts in a cemetery following the murder of his parents.

The cover of the book Hogfather

Hogfather

Terry Pratchett, Read by Nigel Planer

What would the holidays be without a Christmas tale? If you’re in the market for something catering a bit more toward grown-ups, Terry Pratchett’s deliriously comical skewering of Father Christmas is just the ticket. In Pratchett’s Discworld, the Hogfather is a scary Santa Claus-like figure who delivers gifts on Hogswatchnight.

The cover of the book A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, Read by Tim Curry

If you prefer something both classic and more kid-friendly, look no further than Tim Curry’s brilliant reading of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is an obvious holiday staple, and Curry’s voice is a perfect match for Dickens’ linguistic flourishes.

The cover of the book Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty, Read by Caroline Lee

Big Little Lies may begin as a light satire of suburban parenting, but things heat up quickly. Filled with compelling, well-drawn characters and sharp-tongued wit, Big Little Lies is the sort of book that might just make you wish that car ride was a tad longer.

The cover of the book The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

William Goldman, Read by Rob Reiner

If you’ve only experienced the cinematic adaptation of The Princess Bride, do yourself a favor and pick up this audiobook. While the movie is a classic, the novel’s wry observations of Floran culture and self-aware, tongue-in-cheek really are a delight.

The cover of the book Uncommon Type

Uncommon Type

Tom Hanks, Read by Tom Hanks

You can add great writer and unsurprisingly great narrator to the list of things that make Tom Hanks generally awesome. This collection of short stories, all based – to a certain extent – on Hank’s well-known love of typewriters, run the gamut from poignant and heartwarming to downright hilarious. And Hanks’ amiable reading brings the whole thing to another level.

The cover of the book A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle, Read by Hope Davis

A Wrinkle in Time is brilliantly drawn classic that has endured as a favorite for adults and children alike. It’s also incredibly thought-provoking and a sure conversation starter, particularly if you’re listening with children. With a highly anticipated adaptation on the way from Ava Duvernay, and starring the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Oprah, now’s a perfect time to give this one a look.

The cover of the book And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie, Read by Dan Stevens

If you’re anything like me, nothing beats a good mystery for a road trip.  When it comes to mysteries, Agatha Christie is in a class all her own. While any of her classics will get the job done, And Then There Were None is simply one of her bests and most complex.

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Are we there yet? It’s been July forever!

July, aka NATIONAL ANTI-BOREDOM MONTH, is more than half-way over!

Fun Fact: It’s also NATIONAL READ AN ALMANAC MONTH. How those go together, we couldn’t tell you.

So, how are your boredom levels? Feeling listless? Weary? Have you recently made a sound something like this, “Uuuuuuuuu,’mso bored.”?

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You should come to the library.

As my mother-in-law used to say, “Smart people don’t get bored.” I always took this as more of a challenge than a statement of literal fact, but, either way, we can help you with that.

Find a book, a video game, a movie, an audio book, anything. If you can’t pick one yourself fill out a Library Concierge form and we will pick some for you based on what you like. If that doesn’t work, surf the Internet on the public computers or grab something from our language section and start brushing up on your foreign languages. Even if everything else fails and you decide you don’t want that book or movie, have seen everything worthwhile on the Internet and decide that you don’t need to know conversational Swahili after all, then at least you got out of the house for a bit.

 

Picking your next book can be hard, right?

Don’t panic. We can help.

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We know what it’s like. You finally finish that 18 book mystery series, or binge watching your most-recent favorite TV show, or listening to the entire library of your favorite musical artist’s recorded work (even the later, experimental stuff with the weird theremin sounds constantly in the background), and then it’s like… Now what?

Well, now us.

Introducing Library Concierge!  Follow the link and your very own librarian will work tirelessly to find you books, movies, TV series and/or music that you will love… or like… or, at least, not hate. After you fill out a form. We know – there is always a catch. But it is totally worth it!

 

 

Having Ears Has Finally Paid Off!

I knew that if I held out long enough they would finally be worth having.

Welcome to June – Audiobook Month!

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Not sure if audiobooks are for you?

Do you need something to fill the long silence of a particularly boring drive? Something to make tasks like mowing the yard or washing the dishes more fun and twice as productive? Somethings to help you fall asleep? Something to help you stay awake? Are you tired of worrying about dropping your book in the water while you read in the tub? Is your eyesight just not what they used to be? Do you fear silence because that’s when the voices in your head come back… or, I mean, because it’s boring?…

If you answered “Yes” (or “No”) to any of the questions above then it might be time for you to check out audiobooks. And if you need help finding the right one for you the library can help. We’ve got thousands of audiobooks on CD and PlayAway. Or, if you are looking for something a bit more digital, you can check out our OverDriveAxis 360 and Hoopla!; all have e-audiobooks to choose from, ready to check out and download directly to your computer or digital device.

And don’t forget, finishing an audiobook counts as finishing a book for our Summer Reading Program!

All the hoopla!

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hoopla is a digital media service offered by Moline Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Over 200,000 titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

Interested? You can find instructions for using getting started and using hoopla here; instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-computer for computers, or instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-a-mobile-device for mobile devices. Or you can stop by the 2nd floor reference desk and ask any hoopla questions you have.