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Five Benefits of Listening to Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great resource for anyone on the go to get the benefits of reading. If you have not yet tried audiobooks, it’s worth it to try listening to a new read. We will also tell you how you can try it today from your mobile device!

Benefits of Audiobooks

1. Entertainment leads to engagement.

Audiobooks can be highly entertaining. Narrators change the inflection in their voice to “act out” different parts – this can help people who struggle to focus while reading. This inflection may also help the reader develop empathy skills by enabling them to better detect the emotion in the character be listening to the inflection present in the narrator’s rendition of the story.

2. Read faster. Read more.

Audiobooks can be read during your morning commute, while making a cup of joe Sunday morning and well, just about any time. This allows you to get real life stuff done while getting your reading in. Audiobooks are a great way to liven up mundane daily tasks.

3. You can read together more easily

Audiobooks are a great way to share a great read with a spouse, child or friend. By listening to the same recording you can create a shared experience that you can discuss more easily.

4. Sooth your soul. Decrease anxiety.

Audiobooks are a soothing experience - they allow the listener to focus on something new and exciting, taking their mind off stressors and taking them on a new adventure.

5. They’re FREE!

You can listen to audiobooks for free through your local library using Hoopla and OverDrive, available in a convenient application. You can also check out CD recordings and Playaways from your local branch. See the differences between Hoopla and OverDrive by checking out the lists below.

Hoopla vs. OverDrive

Hoopla App


  • Check out materials simultaneously with other users – you never have to wait for a title.
  • Hoopla allows you to borrow titles for up to 21 days
  • Add bookmarks to your listening
  • Adjust the reading speed
  • Set a timer
  • Fast-forward and rewind
  • Works on most Bluetooth devices
  • Download materials for offline listening


OverDrive App


  • OverDrive allows you to borrow titles for up to 14 days
  • Add bookmarks to your listening
  • Adjust the reading speed
  • Set a sleep timer
  • Fast-forward and rewind
  • Works on most Bluetooth devices
  • Download materials for offline listening

Popular audiobooks available now on Hoopla

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have. Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice. Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. Via chapters such as 'Your Brain Is Your Bitch,' 'Fear Is for Suckers' and 'My Subconscious Made Me Do It,' Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who dreads getting busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not. Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass. By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.

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This is Me by Chrissy Metz

Loving the Person You are Today

An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC's This Is Us. When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America's most watched and most talked about network show, even building on its fan base in the drama's second season. As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media I don't know what you've been through to play her she is often told by fans, but it was something. In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy's This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays.

Popular audiobooks available now on OverDrive

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Night School by Lee Child

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: "The American wants a hundred million dollars." For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

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IT by Stephen King

Stephen King's terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, "a landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry's sewers.

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Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha

Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.

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