Audiobooks 101

Have you ever thought that you just don’t have enough time to read? Or maybe you’ve finished that podcast you’ve been listening to and can’t find another good show. Perhaps you’ve thought about changing up your commute, or you have a big road trip coming up. You can even listen to a book while doing chores or exercising!  Audiobooks are a great way to experience new or familiar stories, with talented narrators bringing characters to life.

GPL offers audiobooks in a variety of ways. You can check out a book on CD or a Playaway (a device that contains an audiobook), or access our digital collections on Libby, opens a new window or Hoopla, opens a new window on your phone, tablet, or computer. Digital audiobooks have the added benefit of having adjustable speed settings - try listening to a book at 1.15 or 1.2x speed!

Ready for your next listen? Try these great titles: 

Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt, narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie

Our pick for 2024’s Glenview Reads Together program is a fantastic book with wide appeal. One narrator handles the bulk of the book, with an additional narrator taking over for Marcellus the octopus’ chapters.

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens

One of the all-time great mysteries is brought to life by a fantastic performance by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.

Dune, by Frank Herbert, narrated by a full cast

This full cast edition of a perennial scifi icon makes this epic even more exciting and accessible.

People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry, narrated by Julia Whelan

Whelan is a popular and prolific narrator – find out why in this breezy and fun romcom!

The Eyes and the Impossible, by Dave Eggers, narrated by Ethan Hawke

This Newberry Medal winner about a dog living freely in a park is sure to be a hit on your next family road trip.