Adventures with audiobooks

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy

By plane, by car, by train, by bus, by bike, by foot…however you travel, an audiobook is a perfect way to keep yourself (and your traveling companions) entertained.

Audiobooks for your next trip

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell

Where are you going: To find the ultimate dessert, or maybe just to try THAT dessert (you know, beignets in New Orleans, key lime pie in the Florida Keys, Nanaimo bars in Nanaimo).

Who are you going with: Your Great British Bake Off watch group.

Description: Every summer for the past 10 years, six awe-struck bakers have descended on the grounds of Grafton, the leafy and imposing Vermont estate that is not only the filming site for Bake Week but also the childhood home of the show's famous host, celebrated baker Betsy Martin. "America's Grandmother" isn't as warm off-screen as on, though no one needs to know that but her. She has always demanded perfection and gotten it with a smile, but this year something is off. As the baking competition commences, things begin to go awry. At first, it's merely sabotage—sugar replaced with salt, a burner turned to high—but when a body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.

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Babel by R.F. Kuang

Where are you going: Anywhere you don't speak the language.

Who are you going with: The fam, especially if you have older teens who love fantasy and magic.

Description: 1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he'll enroll in Oxford University's prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—also known as Babel. Babel is the world's center for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working—the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars—has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire's quest for colonization. For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland.

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The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Where are you going: Somewhere remote with no reception, forcing you to utilize good old paper maps.

Who are you going with: Your Luddite friends.

Description: Nell Young's whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell's personal hero. But she hasn't seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map. But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can't resist investigating.

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What's Gotten Into You: The Story of Your Body's Atoms From the Big Bang Through Last Night's Dinner by Dan Levitt

Where are you going: On a journey to discover yourself, inside and out.

Who are you going with: Me, myself and I.

Description: This is the story of our atoms' long strange journey from the Big Bang to the creation of stars, through the assembly of Planet Earth, and the formation of life as we know it. It's also the story of the scientists who made groundbreaking discoveries and unearthed extraordinary insights into the composition of life. Behind their unexpected findings were investigations marked by fierce rivalries, obsession, heartbreak, flashes of insight, and flukes of blind luck. Ultimately they've helped us understand the mystery of our existence: how a quadrillion atoms made of particles from the Big Bang now animate each of our cells.

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Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

Where are you going: To where the sun shines but you manage to shine even brighter.

Who are you going with: The whole family, especially if there are fans of Ramona Quimby.

Description: Ryan Hart can be and do anything. Her name means "king" and that she is a leader, and she is determined to keep growing into the name her parents gave her. But Ryan has a lot on her mind. For instance: Dad finally has a new job, but money is still tight. That means some changes, like moving into a new (old) house, and Dad working the night shift. And with the fourth-grade talent show coming up, Ryan wonders what talent she can perform on stage in front of everyone without freezing. As even more changes and challenges come her way, Ryan always finds a way forward and shows she is a girl who knows how to glow.

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Ben Yokoyama & the Cookie of Doom by Matthew Swanson

Where are you going: A bucket list destination or experience.

Who are you going with: Anyone. Everyone! Just make sure they have a sense of humor.

Description: Live each day as if it were your last. When Ben reads his fortune-cookie fortune, he's alarmed and inspired. Immediately, he begins drafting a bucket list of unfinished tasks and lifelong dreams (finish his 1000-piece model of the Taj Mahal, eat an entire cake, etc….). As Ben marches himself in and out of trouble, takes useful risks, and helps both his parents to see the bigger picture, he discovers how something that seems scary can instead be empowering.

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Librarian Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be "Book Pusher," and refute that "disco" is a dirty word.