Audio books... I love 'em! I listen to audio books at night when I am going to sleep, when I am taking a walk, when I crochet or doodle, when I'm folding clothes or doing some other boring chore or when I'm playing a computer game that doesn't require me to think.
When it comes to audio books, the narrator is super important. I, personally am very picky about the narrator. If the person's voice is annoying... ugh! Forget it, I will read the book. But some books are even better when read to you. Like Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
And Neil Gaiman! He is an amazing author (and supporter of libraries). He reads his own books. I could listen to his voice forever! My favorite is The Graveyard Book. It won the Newberry a few years ago and is a must read! OMG! Such a good book!
I could go on and on... Chomp by Carl Hiassan, Legend by Marie Lu, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, Stormrunners by Roland Smith, Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Omg! Wee Free Men is such a great audio book! Another one that I love to have read to me. Really brings the story alive.
If you already know how great audio books are, then I hope that you try some of these that I have suggested. And there are more ... so many more!
If you have never tried audio books, I hope that you will. At the library we have cds, playaways and mp3 cds. Cds you should be familiar with. Playaways are a preloaded audio device. You simply plug your earphones into them and listen. The AAA battery should last the length of the book (unless you fall asleep while listening, then you will need another battery.) MP3 cds you can upload onto your ipod or mp3 player. There is more info on a single mp3 cd than a standard cd so it usually means dealing with 1 or 2 mp3 cds instead of 7 to 25 standard cds.
Happy listening and happy summer! Can't wait to see you at the library!