By Ashley Will | Nov. 19, 2018

Since this week is Thanksgiving, many of you may be traveling to visit friends and or family. Salina Public Library is closed on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, so take an opportunity to travel if you can and while traveling, catch up on your reading list along the way. If you haven’t tried audiobooks before, I encourage you to do so. Even if you enjoy listening to the radio, or have satellite radio for more stations, eventually the same songs or programs will start to repeat. With an audiobook, every word is new, and you won’t hear the same selection twice unless you choose to replay the book or rewind!

Salina Public Library has many options for audiobooks, physical at the library as audio CDs, and digitally as a downloadable file.

The physical items are divided into regular audio CDs and MP3 CDs. Some car players are capable of playing both types of formats, but not all of them are. The advantage of checking out an MP3 CD over a regular audio CDs is that you can fit many discs in one — multiple CDs vs one disc of an MP3 CD.

As of this writing, there are currently more than 7,000 books on CD available to check out at the library via physical audiobook format. Those that are labeled J-RB or Y-RB before the author’s name in the call number are downstairs in the Youth Services collection: J for “juvenile,” YA for “young adult” and RB for “recorded book.” The audiobooks upstairs in the adult section are labeled in the catalog and on their spine “CD” before the genre and author, instead. If you want any assistance finding a particular tile or a section, please ask the librarian at the Information Desk who will gladly help you.

In addition to those thousands of titles, there are thousands of more titles available for you to check out digitally. Each service has an app so you can download audiobooks to tablets or smartphones. For each of these services, you’ll need a separate account to log into each, which will require your library card number, your pin, a password you create and an email address. All three of the library’s audiobook services can be accessed with the buttons on the right side of the middle of our homepage — Sunflower eLibrary, hoopla and RBdigital. If you don’t have a Sunflower eLibrary account, you can sign up via their website or its app, Libby by Overdrive via your device’s apps store such as Google Play or Apple app store. If you don’t have a hoopla account, you can sign up via their website by clicking Get Started Today or its hoopla app via your device’s app store. To sign up for RBdigital, click on Register on the top right of; after registering, you can then sign in via their app that you can find in your device’s app store. If you would like any assistance, from knowing what your pin is to installing the app and using them, please ask anyone at the Information Desk to help you.

To listen to audiobooks in your car, you could play the audiobook through your car’s speakers by connecting an auxiliary cable from your phone’s audio jack to your car’s auxiliary input. If your phone, like mine, doesn’t have an audio jack, you can use a headphone jack adapter. If your car has a Bluetooth option, you can pair or synchronize your phone with your car for audio. Then when you’re in your car, you can open one of our audiobook apps and play the audiobook using Bluetooth as your car’s source and playing the audiobook through your car’s speakers. If your car isn’t Bluetooth-enabled and you’d like it to be, you can use a Bluetooth adapter for your car. You could also just play the audiobook via the phone’s speakers if that works best for you.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways to listen to audiobooks in your car. Don’t let the fear of technology or multiple cords stop you from doing so. With physical books on CD and multiple apps for digital audiobooks, you will always have a long list of audiobooks to choose from to listen to and enjoy!

Now the hard part may be deciding what to listen to with so many choices on your holiday travels. Earlier this year, the 2018 Audies Award Finalists and Winners were announced. According to AudioFile, “The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.”

Award winners at the library, both in physical and digital form, would be good recommendations for your next trip.Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook cover

“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders was awarded Audiobook of the Year. According to its description, “The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders’ family, friends and members of his publishing team.” A 166-person cast sounds astounding and quite a treat to listen to for a road trip; it would probably be like listening to a movie with the number of performers involved. This story is about President Abraham Lincoln struggling with the recent death of his 11-year-old son. He finds himself in a supernatural realm with various ghosts.Born to Run audiobook cover

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen was awarded best autobiography/memoir. This title is also narrated by the author, Bruce Springsteen. You can check out this audiobook and learn all about his life.

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin, has been awarded best female narrator and best young adult audiobook. With its movie adaptation currently in theaters across the country, this young adult novel has been very popular. The audiobook has been ordered for the library and is just waiting for you to place a hold. This book is about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends a fancy suburban prep school. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline, and Starr must decide what to do.Born a Crime

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, and read by Trevor Noah, was awarded best male narrator. “Born a Crime” was also the recent Salina Reads selection. You may know Noah as the current host of “The Daily Show.” He was born in South Africa during apartheid when his birth was technically illegal — his mother is black and his father is white. Noah recounts his experiences growing up, finding a place to fit in a strange world and the relationship he has with his mother.Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine audiobook cover

The winner of best fiction is “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and read by Cathleen McCarron. It is about loner Eleanor Oliphant’s chance encounter with a stranger and what happens next.

The winner of the history/biography category was “Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case” by Patricia Hruby Powell, and read by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews. It is located in our young adult section. The description states, “Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African-American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.”

“Carpet Diem: Or … How to Save the World by Accident” by Justin Lee Anderson, and read by Matthew Lloyd Davies, won the humor category. This humorous title revolves around an ornate living room carpet that is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan. If you want to laugh on your road trip, this may be a sure bet. It is available to check out with hoopla.

If you like Christian fiction, “Catching the Wind” by Melanie Dobson, and read by Nancy Peterson, was awarded the winner of the inspirational/faith-based fiction audiobook category. You are able to check it out via hoopla. This story takes place during World War II; Daniel Knight and 10-year-old Brigitte narrowly escape the Nazis after the arrest of their families. Upon journeying to England, the two are separated and years later Daniel is still hoping to find Brigitte.

You can listen to the audiobook winner of the middle-grade category, “See You in the Cosmos” by Jack Chang and read by a variety of performers, by checking it out through the Sunflower eLibrary.  In this story, 11-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, make discoveries about his Restart book coverfamily on a road trip, and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space. Another audiobook targeted for children is “Restart” by Gordon Korman, read by multiple people, winning the multi-voiced performance category. In this story, football star and middle school bully Chase Ambrose is given a restart when he awakens from a coma after an accidental fall and his memory is gone.

In addition, “Trombone Shorty” by Troy Andrews, and read by Dion Graham, won the best audiobook for young listeners. It is about the author, who received his nickname by playing a trombone twice as long as he was high, leading his own band by age 6. He now headlines the New Orleans Jazz Fest.The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye audiobook cover

If you would like to hear a mystery on your drive, “The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz and read by Simon Vance, is the winner for best mystery audiobook. The series that began with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” continues as brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the secrets of her childhood and to take revenge. Plus, listeners will finally learn the meaning behind Lisbeth’s dragon tattoo.Norse Mythology audiobook cover

The best narration by author or authors was awarded to “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman. Listeners will hear many tales from Norse mythology, including being introduced to the dwarves who made Thor’s hammer.

If you are in the mood for romance while driving, “The Duchess Deal” by Tessa Dare, and read by Mary Jane Wells, was the winner for best romance audiobook, and “Claim and Protect” by Rhenna Morgan, and read by John Lane was awarded best erotica audiobook.

Perhaps rather than romance you’d like to listen to a suspenseful thriller while driving. If so, “The Fourth Monkey” by J.D. Barker, read by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton received the Audies Award for best thriller/suspense audiobook. The description states, “For over five years, the Fourth Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.” Time is of the essence to find the victim and the killer’s identity.

These many award-winners in a variety of genres and categories are great recommendations for you to listen to as you take a drive, near or far, during Thanksgiving week or anytime while in a vehicle and you have to get from point A to point B.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and happy listening!