Audiobooks to Entertain Your Brain

Staff Spotlight – Audiobooks to Entertain Your Brain

 While away the miles – or hours – with a thought-provoking non-fiction audiobook from the library.  Audiobooks are the perfect antidote to that long road trip or the hours of gardening that await.  Entertain your brain while enjoying everything that the summer season has to offer.  Plug in and explore a recent release today!  (Note:  all titles available in print format, too.)

Recent American military history comes alive in the eminently readable Sea Stories:  My Life in Special Operations, written by retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven.  Hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages is McRaven’s day job, ranging from the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

Nanaville:  Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen is a heartfelt exploration of this best-selling author’s first foray into grandparenthood.  Told with wit and wisdom, the author reveals how she fell in love with her grandson and how she has learned to navigate her new role, which redefines her place in the family.

A new history explores the gruesome Borden murders in The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson.  Readers are given all kinds of evidence, taken from transcripts of the legal proceedings, current newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and letters from Lizzie herself that were recently uncovered.  The result: “a superior, page-turning true crime narrative that will leave most readers believing that the jury got it wrong.”  (Publishers Weekly)

Upheaval:  Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond.  Explore the resources six nations used to survive crises:  Finland in 1939 after the Soviets invaded;  U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s arrival in Japan in 1853;  how Chile reconstructed after Augusto Pinochet;  Indonesia’s challenges following both presidents Sukarno and Suharto;  Germany post World War II; and how Australia redefined its demographics into a multiethnic society.  Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Rescuing Ladybugs:  Inspirational Encounters with Animals that Changed the World is a compilation of true stories about the remarkable individuals who worked to save animals.  Readers can connect with chimpanzees and elephants in Africa, travel to Borneo to release orangutans, free mantas in the Maldives, and protect jaguars in Brazil.  Written by award-winning journalist Jennifer Skiff.

Humorist Dave Barry explores what he learned about aging gracefully from his beloved 10-year-old rescue dog Lucy in Lessons from Lucy:  The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.  Lucy is almost always happy so Barry set out to learn “life” lessons from her, from “don’t stop having fun” to “pay attention to the people you love.”  Not just for dog lovers, Lessons from Lucy is filled with gentle wisdom on growing older.