Thursday, June 20, 2013

Club Read # 20 - Now Hear This! Staff Picks – Week Two

As we posted last Thursday, June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate the joy of listening to books, members of Team OverDrive and Team LVCCLD are recommending the following audiobooks this week. Stay tuned for more recommendations next week! Listen to a book this summer for Club Read. Have you signed up for Club Read yet?

Kevin Coon, Account Executive (Educational & Library Sales)
Thirteen Reasons Why” – Jay Asher

There has never been a story that is better suited for the audiobook format than Jay Asher’s debut novel. This is because the book is written and recorded as a dual narrative. Each time you start listening to a tape from Hannah, you hear her voice, which adds a sense of depth and reality that can’t always be found in audio recordings. The subject matter of the book is also very important as it touches on the issues of suicide and bullying.

Cindy Orr, Digital Collection Advisor (Collection Development)
The Help” – Kathryn Stockett

While this is an enjoyable book to read and many people loved it, the multiple voice recording by Books on Tape really brings the story alive as you get to know the different characters by their voices. Octavia Spencer, one of the actresses from the film adaptation, serves as a vibrant narrator for the audiobook.

Melissa Higey, Account Specialist (Library Partner Services)
The Clockwork Prince” – Cassandra Clare

It’s a very unique fantasy title (second in ”The Infernal Devices” series), and partially narrated by Ed Westwick (Chuck from Gossip Girl)! “Clockwork Angel,” the first book in the series, is narrated by Jennifer Ehle, Elizabeth from the original BBC Pride and Prejudice.

Justin Noszek, Specialist (Support Services)
Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One” – H.P. Lovecraft

I’m a fan of horror, and you can’t go wrong with Lovecraft and his eerie descriptions of nameless horrors. This collection includes my two favorite Lovecraft tales, “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Call of Cthulhu”.

R.E. Lewis, System Administrator (Information Technology)
Born to Run” – Christopher McDougall

An outstanding book about a man on a quest to understand why it hurt when he would run, to running with some of the greatest ultra-marathoners on the planet. In an attempt to understand the doctors who told him “we weren’t designed for running,” to realizing that running may be the reason we still exist on this planet.

Eric Higgins, Specialist (Support Services)
The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor” – Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead, and this title provides a back story for how the Governor became who he is.

Leah Kardamis, Graphic Designer (Marketing)
Safe Haven” – Nicholas Sparks

A great, quick romantic read with fun characters and a sweet story.

Jason, LVCCLD Staff
Despicable Me  - Annie Auerbach

Is Awesome! The book is just as good as the movie. I loved the movie and the book was a good car trip read. 

Donald, LVCCLD Staff
39 Clues Book 8 The Emperors Code by Gordon Korman

The formula is shaken up in a way that makes the whole story line seem fresher and more interesting.

Sandra, LVCCLD YPL Staff
Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman

Great book for little ones to listen on a road trip!

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