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My Listening Room

I am captivated by our new online audiobook service--I read lots and love to read, but there are many times when I play an audiobook CD and listen to a good story--on a long car ride, or when I need to settle in and finish knitting a sweater for my grandchild, or when I'm polishing the silver (once a year).


Audiobook CDs are great, but the online audiobook service extends my listening area--now I'm able to download an audiobook onto my little MP3 player and listen to a story while I weed yet more bindweed from my garden, or in the car during trips when my husband prefers silence, or walking up noisy Richmond Street. The online audiobook collection is easy to use and the collection was tripled in December, so there's lots to choose from.

The online audiobooks are available right from the LPL website. Click on Audio Book Downloads on the left side of the front page of the website audiobook downloads click hereto find the Digital Audiobook Catalogue. If you're a new user, I suggest you take the Guided Tour before downloading the software (first time, once only) to play the audiobooks. You can listen to the audiobooks right from your computer, but it's worth spending under $100 for an MP3 player (not an IPOD because of rights issues). And then, you've got a collection of all 1200+ titles to choose from! The audiobooks are loaned for 14 days and automatically disappear from your computer at the end of that time, so there are no overdue charges, no return dates to remember, no fuss at all!


The collection consists of fiction and nonfiction titles for children, teens and adults. Newly published titles, classics, language learning, humour, advice, stories...it's all there for your listening pleasure. I like to go to the recently returned section, where I'm likely to find a book that's available, and where I can see what other people are listening to. I'm impressed with the number of London Public Library cardholders who are learning other languages...just now Japanese, Moroccan, and Swedish language learning audiobooks have been returned. And I'm also impressed with the number of children's books that are coming back. Listening to a story is a perfect companion to reading one, and I love it when I see kids doing both.


Right now I'm finishing The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold. What a story! And as is usually the case, there are several more I want to listen to. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. A classic or two: time to go back to Persuasion, by Jane Austen, for my annual dip into the romantic 18th century. Fortunately, one or another will be out so I'll put a hold on it, and wait for the email to arrive to let me know when the title becomes available. So, have a look at the collection, and, as always, talk to library staff if you have any questions about using the service. It's a blast!