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Celebrate National Audiobook Month with The Best Books!

June is National Audiobook Month
Curling up with a good book always sounds appealing. However, we can all admit that having time to crack open a book is limited. Finding a spare moment can be hard. That is why so many readers turn to audiobooks! Not only are you enjoying literature and a good story, but you can multi-task while finishing a book. From driving in the car to doing chores or just laying outside– audiobooks make it possible for us to enjoy books on the go.

Listening to audiobooks have many benefits other than the time saved. Research shows that 48% of audiobook listeners are under the age of 35. Of frequent audiobook listeners, listeners strongly agree that audiobooks help you finish books faster. Listening to audiobooks allows readers to understand and learn context, vocabulary, and punctuation. Check out the graphic below for some interesting facts about audiobooks.

Celebrate National Audiobook Month

The whole month of June is National Audiobook Month. In celebration, we've gathered audiobook suggestions for patrons young and old. Encourage library visitors to check out your library's audiobook section if they are looking for something new!

2019 Featured Audiobooks

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
By Dan Gemeinhart
Read by Khristine Hvan

Coyote and her dad have been living on the road in an old school bus for almost five years. It's also been that long since Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car accident. A story about coming home, Coyote must make the hard journey but is supported by friends along the way. Dan Gemeinhart's new Middle-Grade road trip book will wrap you up in its warm storytelling.

Read the full summary here!

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
By Anissa Gray
Read by January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman

The Butler family - Althea, Viola, Lillian, and Joe - had a rough childhood. They've each managed to escape but not without scars. This family, as dysfunctional as it may be complicated, rallies together during times of crisis. This debut novel by Anissa Gray will pull you in with its relatable themes. A well-written story worth the listen!

Listen to a sample reading on Audible!

YA Featured Audiobook

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Read By Bahni Turpin

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is placed between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she grew up and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. Starr's world is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Her friend was unarmed and his death became a national headline. Starr is the only one alive who can answer the question of what really went down that night.

Catch a preview of the audiobook here.

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Shoe Dog
By Phil Knight
Narrated By Norbert Leo Butz

For those who love business books, listen to how Phil Knight's struggled to bring about the most iconic brand. From trials, errors, successes, and fails; this isn't a book to miss if you love business and Nike.

This is a great suggestion for patrons for it will entertain any reader. But business buffs will love Shoe Dog for the insightful spotlight of starting and keeping afloat a business.

Our Current Listen

To Kill A Kingdom
By Alexandra Christo
Narrated By Jacob York, Stephanie Willis

In our previous blog post, Summer 2018 Reading List, we included this book. Intriguing our attention, our writer decided to listen to this on audiobook. With two narrators, this story comes alive. Adventure, plot twists, and romance– this is a different take on the typical little mermaid story.

Nearly halfway through the audiobook, we just can't stop listening! Goodread's reviewers said they couldn't put it down, and we couldn't agree more.

Best Narration

Harry Potter
By J.K. Rowling
Narrated By Jim Dale

By far the best audiobook we've listened to. Jim Dale does a phenomenal job of bringing to life the magical world written by J.K Rowling. Dale narrates all seven books, incorporating different voices for each character. From young to old, the Harry Potter series can be listened to over and over.

Haven't heard Jim's storytelling abilities yet? Check out a sample here!

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