Wednesday, November 5th, 2008...8:15 pm

Heard any good books lately?

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Bored with the same economic doom and gloom on the radio? Sick of the same tunes during your workout? Now you can laugh through your commute with David Sedaris or brush up on your French pronunciation while you hit the jogging trails.

Check out an audio book!

John Tyler now has audio books available on the library website through Overdrive. Books are a free download to all John Tyler Community College students, faculty and staff; just use your myTyler login.

Books range from chick lit (Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella) to serious poetry (The Waste Land and The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot) to self-help titles (Avoiding Burnout) and literature (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.)

Overdrive books are an immediate dowload and most can be burned to a CD or transferred to a MP3 player during the loan period. Keep your ears happy and your mind entertained–and take your books with you!

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  • Ok, I might be a little scared to listen to David Sedaris in the car. He could definitely be distractingly funny!

    Overdrive sounds like a great resource. Thanks for posting this and all the other great info. It’s been fun to see what you all can dig up over there in the library.

  • David Sedaris could be very dangerous in the car! He is distractingly funny.

    Overdrive sounds like a great service. Thanks for this and all the other great information.

  • I’m reading “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible”. It’s a great read. Very funny!

  • I am not a print monagamist…..I read MANY things at once. So I have Huck Finn in the car on my MP3 player (thanks Overdrive!), a Sookie Stackhouse novel by the bed (not very highbrow, but loads of fun) and A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle for more intense reading.

    And of course, I always read a cookbook with AM coffee. No calories in the pictures!

  • I got an audio book for my birthday: Nick Cave, The Death of Bunny Munro. Read by Cave himself.

    I like the story but Nick Cave is a better musician than an author. The same with his voice, resp. reading skills. He definitely is a better singer.

  • I often wonder if a reader can make or break an audiobook. I heard a recording of T.S. Eliot reading The Waste Land and it was maybe…to slow. But Seamus Heaney reading his own work is very good.

    No way to stereotype!

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