Familiar Tales

June is Audiobook Month. It is a time to celebrate the spoken tale. Give your weary screen focused eyes a break and sit back and relax while someone reads to you for a change.

We have put together a collection of familiar and/or classic stories for you to enjoy. Included is some “comfort food” such as J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Plus some with a new twist on an old classic. For example, And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness evokes the images of Moby Dick but from the whales’ point of view. In addition, Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld and Longbourn by Jo Baker told from the staffs’ perspective, both extend enjoyment of the original tale. 

Need more selections? Check out the 2020 Audie Award Winners available in the collection. The Audies – the Oscars of the audiobook industry – are awarded annually by the Audio Publishers Association.

So much content so little time. In addition to listening in the car, here are some suggested activities that pair nicely with an audiobook.

  • Take a walk (Watching out for traffic of course!)
  • Sitting in the sun (Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen, safety first!)
  • Folding laundry or other important household tasks.
  • Gardening (Not recommended when using power tools!)
  • Tuning out other members of the household and finding a happy place. (Oh, did I think that aloud?)

Where do you enjoy the audio versions? Is there a particular author, narrator, title that you really enjoy? Please share by posting a comment below or shooting us a message through social media. We love to hear from you.

New to OverDrive? Check out our Getting Started page or contact a librarian for help.

Happy Listening.

Audie Award Winners and Finalists Available!

The Audies – the Oscars of the audiobook industry – are awarded annually by the Audio Publishers Association. Many of the 2019 award-winners and finalists are available at the library and the library staff have conveniently pulled together this content for you to checkout and enjoy over Spring Break and beyond.

On the display table in the library lobby, there is a collection of 2019 award-winners and finalists available on compact discs. The CD offerings will be highlighted until Thursday, March 7th, when they will be reintegrated with the Popular Audiobook collection on the main floor.

We’ve also created an online Audie Awards Display of OverDrive downloadable titles for you. As you pack up to go home for the break, remember the OverDrive collection is available for you to enjoy, anywhere, 24×7 on any device. Not familiar with OverDrive? Take a look our OverDrive page.

To view the complete list of the Audie Award winners and finalists, visit the Audio Publishers Association. Comment on this post to share your own recommendations.

Are we missing a title you think we should have in the collection? If so, just fill out the Suggest a Purchase form.

Get Caught Listening! Audiobooks Are Now On Display.

Officially, June is Audiobook Month, but we’ve decided that our new audiobook display just couldn’t wait until then.  In preparation for next week’s 2011 Audie Awards, we’re highlighting the 2011 audiobook nominees that we have in our collection (listed below).  And with Memorial Day just around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to promote our most recent audio acquisitions.  Being stalled on the highway in long-weekend traffic is no fun, but a captivating audiobook can help make the time fly!  Stop by and take a look at our selections.  Keep checking back, new titles are being added as they are received!


2011 Audie Award nominees available at the Bentley Library:


  • LIFE by Keith Richards / read by Keith Richards, Johnny Depp & Joe Hurley [check availability]


  • ABIGAIL ADAMS: A LIFE  by Woody Holton / read by Cassandra Campbell [check availability]


  • BUY-IN: SAVING YOUR GOOD IDEA FROM GETTING SHOT DOWN by John Kotter / read by Tim Wheeler [check availability]
  • DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION AND PURPOSE by Tony Hsieh / read by Tony Hsieh   [check availability]
  • THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK: ESCAPE 9-5, LIVE ANYWHERE, AND JOIN THE NEW RICH by Timothy Ferriss / read by  Ray Porter [check availability]




  • EARTH (THE AUDIOBOOK): A VISITOR’S GUIDE TO THE HUMAN RACE by Jon Stewart / read by Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, et al. [check availability]
  • SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A MODEST BESTIARY by David Sedaris / read by David Sedaris, Elaine Stritch, Dylan Baker & Sian Phillips [check availability]



  • ROOM: A NOVEL by Emma Donoghue / read by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff & Suzanne Toren [check availability]



  • A CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD by Garrison Keillor / read by Garrison Keillor [check availability]


  • THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot / read by Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin  [check availability]





  • THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson / read by Simon Vance  [check availability]

June is Audiobook Month! We Have 2010 Audie Award Winners, HD Audio & More…

Get Caught Listening!

Celebrate Audiobook Month by stopping by to check out our collection of audiobooks on CD and Playaway.   With over 500 titles to choose from, you’ll find that we have a great selection of best-selling fiction and non-fiction, literary classics, and  language instruction.

We also have several audiobook announcements to share with you!  Keep reading for information about the 2010 Audie Award Winners, the exciting new changes to Playaways (now in HD Audio), and details about finding and submitting audiobook reviews at the BookBuzz @ Bentley blog.

2010 Audie Award Winners

On May 25, 2010, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners of the 2010 Audies at its 15th Annual Audies Gala.  The Audies are the most prestigious awards program in the United States honoring audiobooks.

Here are the 2010 award-winning titles that you’ll find on our shelves:

[check availability]
Read by Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett [check availability]
Read by Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell

WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel [check availability]
Read by Simon Slater

THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett [check availability]
Read by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann, and a Full Cast

by Jeffrey J. Fox [check availability]
Read by Jeffrey J. Fox

THE NATIONAL PARKS by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan [check availability]
Read by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan

In addition to the winners listed above, we have several of this year’s Audies finalists available at the library.  To view a complete list of finalists and winners, including reviews and audio clips, visit http://www.theaudies.com.  If you need assistance with finding an audiobook please ask us for help.

Playaway Enhancements: Now in HD Audio

If you haven’t checked out a Playaway (portable, pre-loaded digital audiobook) yet, or haven’t checked one out recently, you should come take a look at the new enhanced Playaways that have recently hit the shelves. In March 2010, Findaway World (the publisher of Playaways) began issuing Playaways in high-definition audio.  These new Playaways also come with enhanced features, including new audio speeds and improved keypad functionality.  Finally, battery life has been extended to over 30 hours of playtime per battery with HD Audio.

Our growing collection of Playaways currently contains 60 titles. To make it easier for you to find the Playaway collection we’ve temporarily relocated all of our Playaways to the “Popular Reading” area of the Library (shelved along the cafe wall).

BookBuzz @ Bentley

As you might imagine, most of us who work here in the library are avid book readers and/or audiobook listeners, and we love to share our opinions.  Pop on over to the BookBuzz @ Bentley blog to read our reviews.   We’d love to hear what YOU have to say, so BookBuzz is now also soliciting your reviews and suggestions!  Visit the BookBuzz blog and click on “Your Turn To Share With Us” to submit your review or to make a purchase recommendation.

New Audiobook Titles

You can find a listing of our newest audiobook titles on our New Books page. Listings are updated on or around the first of each month.

2009 Audies Have Been Announced

The Audies – the Oscars of the audiobook industry – are awarded annually by the Audio Publishers Association.  Many of this year’s award-winning titles are available at the library:

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; read by Neil Gaiman [check current availability]

FICTION:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows; read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills [check current availability]

THRILLER/SUSPENSE:Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith; read by Dennis Boutsikaris [check current availability]

NON-FICTION:Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman; read by Oliver Wyman [check current availability]

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION: English Majors by Garrison Keillor; read by Garrison Keillor et al. [check current availability]

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR:The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow; read by Erik Singer [check current availability]

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR:When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris; read by David Sedaris [check current availability]

POLITICS: Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman; read by Oliver Wyman [check current availability]

For a full list of the winners and finalists, including reviews and clips, visit http://www.theaudies.com/.