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eBook Friday: At First Sight [Audiobook]

At First Sight [Audiobook], by Nicholas Sparks

From the world’s most beloved chronicler of the heart comes this astonishing story of everlasting love. Here, endings bring new beginnings and tragedies lead to unexpected joy, as the tale begun in True Believer continues…AT FIRST SIGHT There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he’d never do: He’d never leave New York City; never give his heart away after barely surviving one failed marriage; and never become a parent.Now Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, engaged to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the start of their family. But just as everything seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, a mysterious e-mail sets off a chain of events that will test the strength of their commitment. Capturing all the heartbreak, tension, and romance of the newly wed, AT FIRST SIGHT explores the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child-and reveals an extraordinary truth: that the emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collections at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com. Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: Apple Turnover Murder [Audiobook]

Apple Turnover Murder, by Joanne Fluke

Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb’s wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event…For eleven-hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But she places her faith in Lisa and agrees to be a magician’s assistant in the fundraiser’s talent show. The only snag is the show’s host, college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her sister, Michelle, each had unfortunate romances with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn’t go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage – dead, with a turnover in his hand. Now Hannah must find a killer who’s flakier than puff pastry – and far more dangerous.

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collections at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com. Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: 1984 [Audiobook]

1984 [Audiobook], by George Orwell

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities’ will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell’s nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia.

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collections at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com. Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: Curiosity Killed the Catsitter [Audiobook]

Curiosity Killed the Catsitter, by Blaize Clement

The first book in newcomer Blaize Clement’s series has won the attention of many mystery fans. Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida’s most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat’s water bowl, Dixie’s sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she’d better find out whodunit.

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collections at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com. Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

 
Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe-hobbits, elves, and wizards-step colorfully forth from the pages. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: Any Other Name: A Longmire Mystery [Audiobook]

Any Other Name: A Longmire Mystery, by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Walt learns that the by-the-book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice – Wyoming style.

* this audiobook is available through OneClickDigital

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collections at
http://e-inc.overdrive.com
or http://chathamconc.oneclickdigital.com. Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

Resource of the Month: Audiobook recommendations

NoveListJust in time for summer roadtrips and yardwork with headphones, your library card entitles you to audiobook recommendations whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s how to find them:

Go to nclive.org. Under the heading “Browse”, click “Books & Literature”, then click the link for NoveList Plus. At that point you’ll be prompted to choose your library and enter your 14-digit library card number.

See a previous blog post about this readers’ advisory service and what you’ll discover there, or simply dive into audiobook heaven. Browse to your heart’s content or head for lists at the far right. There are “must-listens” for teens, children, and adults; award-winning audiobooks; and genre titles.

Click on a book icon or title to get the full record with an array of nice features… Note that you can set limits in your searches such as “read by author” and “witty” within Audio Characteristics. Titles shown have links for “listen-alikes” and “author read-alikes”, reviews from Goodreads and AudioFile, and some include audio samples.

When you identify books you want to listen to, be sure to check our library catalog for availability. Audiobooks are available from the library on CD and in digital format through One-Click Digital and the e-inc library. We can arrange to borrow audiobooks on CD from other libraries across the country through ILL.

Finally, you may also access free audiobooks through the following resources:

Happy listening!

Resource of the Month: OneClickdigital (e-audiobooks)

oneclickdigitalDesperately seeking listening material for your commute or workout?  With your Chatham County Public Library card, you have access to more than 1,500 free downloadable audiobooks through OneClickdigital, yet another resource offered to North Carolina library patrons through NC LIVE (www.nclive.org).

These unabridged titles include fiction and nonfiction, classics and popular literature, and books for both adults and younger readers.  You’ll find history and language-learning resources, self-improvement, as well as sheer entertainment.

Files will work with most iPods and WMA-compatible MP3 players, or you can listen through your computer.  Depending upon restrictions set by publishers, some titles can be burned to CD after download.

The very best part?  There are no damaged discs, none to misplace, and no overdue fees!  Items check out for up to one week, can be renewed, and simply become inaccessible at the end of their checkout period.

To access this resource, start at the NC LIVE homepage.  Look for the “Browse” heading near the middle of the page, and select the “Audio” icon.  You will need to create an account the first time you visit, at the top right of the OneClickdigital homepage.  (Look for the “Create New Account” link.)

Help resources are available from the tab on the homepage.  Here you’ll find FAQs, links to tutorial videos, compatible devices, and helpdesk info.  All the programs you’ll need for downloading and managing your audiobooks are readily accessible here, and you’ll also find directions for specific devices.

Happy listening!

Audio Book Review – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

“Dr. Clifton came. He listened to my heart and asked me lots of questions. ‘Insomnia? Irregular sleep? Nightmares?’

I nodded three times.

‘I thought so.’

He took a thermometer and instructed me to place it under my tongue, then rose and strode to the window. With his back to me, he asked, ‘And what do you read?’

With the thermometer in my mouth I could not reply.

‘Wuthering Heights – you’ve read that?’

‘Mm-hmm.’

‘And Jane Eyre?’

‘Mm.’

‘Sense and Sensibility?’

‘Hm-m.’

He turned and look gravely at me. ‘And I suppose you’ve read these books more than once?’

I nodded and he frowned.

‘Read and reread? Many times?’

Once more I nodded, and his frown deepened.

‘Since childhood?’”

It turns out that Margaret Lea, the narrator of Diane Setterfield’s spellbinding novel The Thirteenth Tale is suffering from “an ailment that afflicts ladies of romantic imagination.” This is a novel for readers of a like-minded temperament.  Margaret is a biographer by vocation who is commissioned by the mysterious and compelling Vida Winter. Ms. Winter is a world-renowned novelist and storyteller with a deeply mysterious past. She is also gravely ill and wants to finally tell her true story before it’s too late. Over the course of the novel, we learn of Margaret’s past as well as the dark secrets hidden in Vida Winter’s memories.

I listened to this book on my morning walk, and it is an excellent audio book. Two readers take on the two different narrative voices; both readers were excellent.  This book is most reminiscent of Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. It was a deliciously guilty pleasure—gothic, romantic, mysterious, and deeply satisfying.

The library owns both print and audio versions of this novel.