Driving holiday coming up? Long commute to work? Gardening need doing? Have you ever thought of listening to an audiobook while you’re getting it all done? There are so many titles available: the latest fiction best seller; historical investigation; biography – not to mention the great range of kids titles sure to keep your little ones enthralled on long car trips.
If you’re at home or in the car you’ve probably got access to a CD player which is the perfect way to use the Audiobook collection at the library. On the go? Then the Overdrive app is the way to go. Download the app, navigate through the setup process, input your library details and you’re all set to download some new titles.
- Visit us at Evanston Gardens Library on Angle Vale Road, Evanston Gardens or our mini library at the Sport & Community Centre on Nixon Terrace in Gawler to peruse our interesting collection of titles on CD and Playaway
- Search our online catalogue and reserve an audiobook to be picked up at any public library in South Australia – http://bit.ly/2lsUbO2
- Download the OverDrive app from the SA Public Library website to your device then download titles onto for your computer, tablet or phone – https://sapln.overdrive.com
Then you can simply tune out
…on your way home from work on the train to the latest fiction thriller
…or listen to a funny memoir while you’re doing chores
…or entertain the kids on a long drive with some funny tales from Roald Dahl.
You’ll also discover a familiar voice or two when you switch on, as many well known actors have lent their voices to reading audiobooks. Kate Winslet reads Matilda, Stephen Fry reads the Harry Potter series while Kenneth Branagh and Miranda Richardson read other children’s classics. Some authors like to read for their audiobook version, so you could hear the story read exactly as the author intended it to sound. Audiobooks may have sound effects and a full cast of readers, sounding much like the detective stories performed during the golden days of radio.
The narrators have avid listeners too, with some appearing on a series of audiobooks like Stig Wemyss does with many Paul Jennings titles and Stephanie Daniels reads many of the Miss Fisher audiobooks written by Kerry Greenwood.
They’re well known to their audiences and can have the same effect as an author’s name on a title, in that they contribute to the appeal of an audiobook with their name attached to it.
Looking for some screen-free time, but want to do something as a family? Listening to audiobooks as a family or group activity means when the book is done you can discuss plot lines, interesting characters, unexpected twists or share funny parts of the story with one another. Audiobooks give parents an opportunity to discover a new book or series with their children/teens and the opportunity to help them understand themes or characters in the book. Parents will also discover that teen and children’s books are not just for teens and children. They are very engaging for listeners of any age with intriguing characters, complex storylines and touching moments to discover. Road trip with the family? We have heard from many audiobook listeners that regardless of how long the drive is, every passenger will sit silently, wanting to hear the next sentence, paragraph or chapter. To find titles you might enjoy and share, follow this link: https://sapln.overdrive.com/library/teens/collection/78320
Whatever your fancy, come into Evanston Gardens and check out what we have on our shelves or jump online and see what OverDrive offers. You never know, you may actually start looking forward to your weekly chores… or not.
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy