I recently moved out of the neighborhood, which instantly converted my seven-minute commute to the Melville building to thirty minutes. My plan for dealing with this was to catch up on some of the books I have been meaning to read by listening to Audiobooks in my car.
I am happy to report, that I have already “read” several books, and have not minded one minute of the commute, which is often in traffic. Occasionally I sit in the car after I‘ve reached my destination to listen to just a few more sentences. I look forward to my drive to the library, and when the day is done, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to rejoin the work in progress.
So I thought I would share with you some of the books I have enjoyed so far. These books are available on CD at the library, and many titles can be downloaded to your computer and MP3 player from our homepage. You can search our entire Audiobook and e-Audiobook collection from the library homepage, and you can request and reserve them from there as well.
My choices so far have all been non-fiction. It’s a matter of personal preference, and most of the books I read are of that genre. Here are few to get started:
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt This is a book about the city of Venice. It unfolds through the recounting of the fire that destroyed the Fenice Opera House in 1996. If you have never been there, you will want to go after listening to this book. He also wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which similarly brings the city of Savannah to life.
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty–First Century by Thomas L. Friedman Why is the world flat? That is the author’s metaphor for the technological, economic and political changes that have led to globalization. Instant information, universally available is the agent of change, and the author is saying we had better get with it or the parade will pass us by. This book helps to explain the far reaching consequences of the information revolution. A must listen!
And my very favorite (so far)
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert This is a memoir read by the author herself. Why do I love this book? Ok, she had a dreadful divorce, and a bad love affair, but afterwards she takes a whole year to travel – four months each in Rome (eat), India (pray), and Bali (love). Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
So if you are driving or taking the railroad, walking on the treadmill or doing just about anything, you can enjoy listening to a good book. I’ll be back with some more great listens!