Reading on the Go! Getting Started with Audiobooks, Part 1

Posted On Wednesday June 12, 2019
Reading on the Go
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Recently, I find that most of my reading has been happening with audiobooks! Between my commute to work, completing course assignments and keeping up with house work I don’t have much time to sit down and enjoy a good book. But when I read a book through an audiobook, then I can multi-task while also working down my “To-Be-Read” pile. I won’t lie, it was a little bit of a challenge getting into audiobooks and training my brain to understand the story while also driving or doing chores, but once I got used to it, I’ve never been without an audiobook. So I thought I would share some of the audiobooks that I’ve loved and maybe inspire you to try one out.

Part 1 focuses on audiobooks with a full cast of characters. That means that different characters have different voice actors.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (available through Overdrive/Libby and Cloud Library)

These audiobooks are some of my favourites – each character has their own voice actor and Philip Pullman is the narrator! And these books are the inspiration for the new HBO series His Dark Materials, so you can get a head start on the source material. This Trilogy includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

The Themis Files Trilogy by Sylvian Neuvel (available through Overdrive/Libby)

The books are a collection of files and interviews that are so much better to listen to rather than read! Each character has a distinct voice and some great cliff-hanger endings that will make you want to keep listening. This trilogy includes Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods and Only Human.

MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (available through Overdrive/Libby)

This is a trilogy that I probably wouldn’t have gotten into if I sat down to read a physical copy of the books, but I loved the audiobooks. In the second book, there are song lyrics that are actually set to music, with characters singing! This trilogy includes Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen (available through Overdrive/Libby and Cloud Library)

This is a light read that was exactly what I was looking for last summer. The book follows the story of one little black dress and everyone that is connected to it. I was laughing out loud in my car at some of the characters and situations!


Jodie Mandarino, Youth Services Librarian

Halton Hills Public Library