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New recent eAudiobook Non-Fiction

One word: Springsteen. Or, if you’d prefer three, Born to Run. That’s right, the king of recession rock has launched his memoir, and we’ve got you the eAudiobook. Sharing the bill are none other than writer and blogger Jessica Valenti and comedian Phoebe Robinson, as well as the latest work from Noam Chomsky. So in the words of The Boss – sit tight, take hold (and sign in to Overdrive!).

Overdrive cover Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
“Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger and darkness that fuelled his imagination, as well as the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Sex Object, by Jessica Valenti
“Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential. Sex Object explores the painful, funny and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Forty Autumns, by Nina Willner
“A former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She takes us deep into the terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer. A beautifully written story of five women whose spirits could not be broken.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Soul at the White Heat, by Joyce Carol Oates
Why do we write? With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Oates provides unique insights in this candid dispatch from the writing room.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson
“Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share of prejudice: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend”; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel; she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel A. van der Kolk
“In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga and other therapies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Time Travel, by James Gleick
“From the author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in both literature and science and its influence on our understanding of time itself. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture—from Marcel Proust to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable paradoxes and porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Carry On, Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
“Glennon Melton believes that by shedding our weapons and armour, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and ultimately build a better life in our hearts, homes and communities. Readers will find a wise and witty friend who will embolden them to cut themselves a break and commit to small acts of love that can have an extraordinary impact.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Who Rules the World?, by Noam Chomsky
“The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11 and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eAudiobook Fiction in October

Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would sound like if it had been written by Shakespeare? Or maybe you’ve suspected Jane Austen was really an undercover detective? Perhaps you’ve even wanted to hear your favourite author reading in the food court of the local mall? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the latest eAudiobooks on Overdrive are for you. Even if you didn’t, we’ve got a wide range of other titles, so sign in here to start your search!

Overdrive cover Reputations, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
“Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country’s most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. But this all changes when he’s paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world. Reputations examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories and the surprises of memory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher
“Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Losing It, by Emma Rathbone
“Greenfield has a problem: she’s twenty-six years old and she’s still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something’s got to change. Losing It is about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you’re going for. And it’s about the decisions—and non-decisions—we make that can end up shaping a life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Gone with the Mind, by Mark Leyner
“Gone with the Mind is the story of Mark Leyner’s life, told as only Mark Leyner can. In this utterly unconventional novel, Mark gives a reading in the food court of a mall. Besides his mother, who’s driven him to the mall, and a few employees of fast food chain Panda Express, the reading is completely without audience. The action of Gone with the Mind takes place exclusively at the food court, but the territory covered on these pages has no bounds.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell
“Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The War of Independence was in its third year and the State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British. But when they sent a fleet of 40 vessels to ‘captivate, kill and destroy’ they underestimated their enemies, calm in battle and ready for victory. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Stephanie Barron
“Christmas Eve, and Jane Austen and her circle are in a celebratory mood. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide gathering dies in a tragic accident whose circumstances Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of her fellow snowbound guests. Whom can Jane trust to help her stop the killer striking again?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda
“It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without a trace. Back again to care for her father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Time’s Legacy, by Barbara Erskine
“Abi, a recently-ordained priest, is appointed to the parish of the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history, dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge. Abi must battle the approaching terror along with her own personal demons…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Classic eAudiobook Fiction in August

We’ve had lots of great classic novels and plays added to Overdrive this month, so what better time to finally enjoy these stories you’ve always intended to read. There’s even complete radio plays performed with a full cast to really tell the story in all its glory.

Overdrive cover The History Boys, by Alan Bennett (Audiobook)
“Alan Bennett’s award-winning play as heard on BBC Radio 3 features the National Theatre cast. After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett’s phenomenally successful play transfers to BBC Radio 3. At a boys’ grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university – and starting life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare (Audiobook)
“Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Winter’s Tale is no lightweight affair; it explores the darker themes of rage, jealousy, treason, and death. Yet though initially an intense psychological drama, as the play unfolds it takes on a lighter and more comedic tone. In short, there is something for everyone. What was once a day’s entertainment for the groundlings and the gentry is now the perfect diversion for that long commute.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (Audiobook)
“This is the story of Victor Frankenstein: a man obsessed with discovering the secret of life and cheating death; a man who brings to life to a body built from corpses; and a man who rejects this would-be child…But who is truly the monster?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Audiobook)
“When Maxim de Winter brings his shy new bride to his beautiful stately home on the Cornwall coast, it seems like all her dreams have come true. But she soon finds that Manderley is haunted by the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died the year before. As the hot summer fades, the mystery of Rebecca’s death grows, weaving a spell of fear and foreboding. In a series of climactic revelations, Rebecca’s memory is finally laid to rest, but at what cost? Harriet Walter reads Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence (Audiobook)
“The initial romance between a woman of ‘good family’ and a miner does not last long into marriage as they face tough economic realities. The differences in background affect the next generation – the two sons William and Paul. Widely regarded as Lawrence’s masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, by P. D. James (Audiobook) “A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation featuring young detective Cordelia Gray. Mark Calendar, 21 years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves university without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging in the cottage where he lived. The verdict at the inquest is suicide. Cordelia Gray, now sole proprietor of the Pryde Detective Agency, is hired by Mark’s father to piece together the facts surrounding his death.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bell, by Iris Murdoch (Audiobook)
“A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie (Audiobook)
“John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie’s most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Code of Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse (Audiobook)
“In the best known of the Bertie and Jeeves series, Bertie’s aunt pressures him to steal a silver creamer, and he nearly gets lynched, arrested and engaged by mistake. As always, Jeeves is on hand with a last-minute brainstorm to set everything straight.” (Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in July

Don’t let winter get you down, learn something new! New to Overdrive this month are exciting, thought provoking eAudiobooks that can help you tackle life’s challenges. You can listen to them on your computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. If you’ve never used Overdrive before you can learn how to get started here, or come in and talk to a librarian.

Overdrive cover Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, by Staffan Nöteberg (Audiobook)
“You have so much you need to accomplish today. Your list is a mile long and you find yourself getting interrupted every other minute. You need to focus—really focus. The Pomodoro Technique puts you back in charge of your day. You’ll apply successful techniques from software engineering to identify what you should be doing today and to help you achieve your goals. Your mind won’t wander when it is fully engaged in short bursts of focused activity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Pumpkin Plan, by Mike Michalowicz (Audiobook)
“Nearly 80% of new businesses fail within the first 5 years. Under such pressure to stay alive it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in a never-ending cycle, unable to get ahead. This is the exact situation Mike Michalowicz found himself in when he was trying to grow his first company. That’s when he discovered an unlikely source of inspiration—pumpkin farmers. Full of stories of other successful entrepreneurs, The Pumpkin Plan guides you through strategies to help you build a profitable company.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Nice Girls Don’t Get…, by Lois P. Frankel PhD. (Audiobook)
“Following the outstanding success of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, comes an audio box set which includes Dr. Lois Frankel’s new work, Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, abridged into one comprehensive program. For every professional woman who wants to get ahead-but feels that she is at an impasse-NICE GIRLS DON’T GET…BOX SET comes to the rescue.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Diet Cults, by Matt Fitzgerald (Audiobook)
“Diet Cults exposes the irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a “single right way” to eat and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits. From “the Four-Hour Body” to “Atkins,” there are diet cults to match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someone is preaching the “one true way” to eat for maximum health. Now you can ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Carrots and Sticks, by Ian Ayres (Audiobook)
“Could you lose weight if you put $20,000 at risk? If you’ve ever tried to meet a goal and came up short, the problem may not have been that the goal was too difficult or that you lacked the discipline to succeed. You may simply have neglected to give yourself the proper incentives. In Carrot and Sticks, Ayres applies the lessons learned from behavioral economics to introduce readers to the concept of “commitment contracts”: an easy but high-powered strategy for setting and achieving goals.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, by Russ Roberts (Audiobook)
“Adam Smith may have become the patron saint of capitalism with his most famous work, The Wealth of Nations. But the Scottish philosopher had just as much to say on the behaviour of individuals. He developed his ideas on human nature in an epic, sprawling work The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Be Bad First, by Erika Andersen (Audiobook)
“We are operating in a world defined by constant connection, rapid change, and abundant choices. As new knowledge propels us forward, Erika Andersen suggests that success in today’s world requires the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills quickly and continuously. In Be Bad First, she encourages listeners to embrace being bad on the way to being great, as we seek to learn and acquire the new skills that will allow us to thrive in this fast-changing world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt (Audiobook)
“Each of us has but one life to live on this earth. What we do with it is our choice. Are we drifting through it as spectators, reacting to our circumstances when necessary and wondering just how we got to this point anyway? But what if we treated life like the gift that it is? That’s what New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and executive coach Daniel Harkavy show us how to do: to design a life with the end in mind, determining in advance the outcomes we desire and path to get there.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction in June

This month we have lots of great fiction new to Overdrive that will be perfect to get the blood pumping on a cold winter’s night. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, adventure and comedy, both modern and classic. You can learn how to get started on Overdrive here, or come in and talk to a librarian at an enquiries desk.

Overdrive cover Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger (Audiobook)
“In this explosive psychological thriller, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance. For as long as she can remember, Finley has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Blood, Salt, Water, by Denise Mina (Audiobook)
“Alex Morrow investigates the dark underbelly of a seemingly peaceful seaside town. A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman’s cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location.A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you’d go looking for violence…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (Audiobook)
“An ordinary writing assignment for a college English class brings Joe face-to-face with a dying Vietnam veteran, who is also a convicted murderer.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kill Switch, by Jonathan Maberry (Audiobook)
“What do you do when the power goes off?A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out. Joe Ledger knows how to stop them.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Escape, by David Baldacci (Audiobook)
“David Baldacci is one of the world’s most popular, widely-read storytellers. In his blockbuster thriller Zero Day, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the US Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald (Audiobook)
“The moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon’s near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, if the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies-and each other.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Four Last Things, by Timothy Hallinan (Audiobook)
“Simeon Grist knows LA inside and out—the sex, the seductions, every rip-off from City Hall to Venice. So when he’s hired by a Hollywood recording company to shadow one Sally Oldfield, suspected of embezzlement, Grist discovers she’s entangled in the Church of the Eternal Moment—a million-dollar religious scam. When Sally turns up dead, Simeon knows he’s become the next target of a very flesh-and-blood entity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Big Guns, by Jimmy Perry (Audiobook)
“Here are four more BBC Radio 4 episodes of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s classic wartime comedy. Starring Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Bill Pertwee: The episodes included on this volume are A Wilson – Manager (10.6.75), The Great White Hunter (27.4.76), Things that go Bump in the Night (11.5.76) and Big Guns (25.5.76).” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne (Audiobook) “French Professor Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a “sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions”. The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over 200 ships. When they encounter the “gigantic cetacean” it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner, Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller (Audiobook)
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. Known to locals only as “Ben,” the robed stranger keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook fiction in May

Check out our picks of the best eAudiobooks new to Overdrive this month. If you’re new to the eLibrary services then find out how to get started here, or come on in to the library and we can help you get set-up and ready to read.

Overdrive cover Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett (Audiobook)
“Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl (Audiobook)
“Erica Sparks is an ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job in New York. On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it? Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hanging Mary, by Susan Higginbotham (Audiobook)
“Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, Susan Higginbotham’s historical novel Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cabin Pressure, Series 2, by John Finnemore (Audiobook)
“Stephanie Cole (“Doc Martin”), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam (“The Thick Of It”) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)
“Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere…else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced…they change a person.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sisi, Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki (Audiobook)
“For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by Allison Pataki. Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner. Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Evening Spider, by Emily Arsenault (Audiobook)
“A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel — inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s — by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)
“Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy — first she has to make it there, alive.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Three Souls, by Janie Chang (Audiobook)
“A haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must make amends. As Leiyin delves back in time to review her life, she realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cuba, by Stephen Coonts (Audiobook)
“Rear Admiral Jake Grafton returns as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game, a high-risk gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries. As Castro lies dying, America’s president secretly moves forbidden weapons to the U. S. base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. But when his convert actions are discovered, the situation quickly escalates and Admiral Grafton becomes the player in a tense and action—filled power struggle that could explode at any second.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Non-fiction in April

Every month brings a new selection of eAudiobooks to Overdrive. This month there’s an exciting new bunch of non-fiction books that make for great listening. Overdrive eAudiobooks can be loaded onto your computer, smartphone or portable music player to be taken with you wherever you go, plus they’re free to reserve and there are no overdue fees!

Overdrive cover All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister (Audiobook)
“In 2009, journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages rose dramatically to twenty-seven. But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics, social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Spiral Notebook, by Stephen Singular (Audiobook)
“Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence is the subject of this important new book. Bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife, Joyce, for their most important work yet—one that investigates why America keeps producing mass killers.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Made to Stick, by Chip Heath (Audiobook)
“Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.” Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Creation, by Adam Rutherford (Audiobook)
“What is life? Humans have been asking this question for millennia. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own. In Creation, Adam Rutherford explains how we are now radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fast Girl, by Suzy Favor Hamilton (Audiobook)
The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind. Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon (Audiobook)
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg’s refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation’s highest court—with the fierce dissents to match—get to know RBG as never before.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Meaningful, by Bernadette Jiwa (Audiobook)
“Our new digital landscape has spawned an entrepreneurial culture and the belief that anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection has the power to change the world—to create an idea that flies. But for every groundbreaking business that started this way, a thousand others have stalled or failed. Why? What’s the secret to success? What do Khan Academy, the GoPro camera, the Dyson vacuum cleaner and Kickstarter have in common?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Washington’s Immortals, by Patrick K. O’Donnell (Audiobook)
“In August 1776, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmanoeuvred and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day. O’Donnell pieces together the stories of these men.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dare, Dream, Do, by Whitney Johnson (Audiobook)
“Whitney Johnson has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. Featuring exceptional content, this notable audiobook contain the essential tools that can be applied to every facet of your life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins (Audiobook)
“Shocking bestseller: the original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent seventy-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into thirty-two languages. New revelations: featuring fifteen explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins’ classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men up to date and, chillingly, home to the US.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction for March

This month we have beautiful books from around the world new to our Overdrive collection. With break-through authors from India, Nigeria and Spain, you’re bound to come across something new and exciting.

Overdrive cover The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Audiobook)
“The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, carries the weight of his family’s expectations when he leaves his Indian village to begin a medical residency in Texas. When his father dies Anil inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. Back home in India, Anil’s childhood friend Leena struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Where All Light Tends to Go, by David Joy (Audiobook)
“The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Duplicity, by Newt Gingrich (Audiobook)
“Leading politician and bestselling author Newt Gingrich has teamed with novelist Pete Earley to create a gripping Washington thriller in which Gingrich brings his unparalleled understanding of the corridors of power and the intelligence community. Duplicity is a ripped-from-the-headlines action thriller that takes readers into the hidden corridors of Washington politics and onto the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, with the same realism and intensity as Homeland and Black Hawk Down. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death Wave, by Ben Bova (Audiobook)
“Six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind’s expansion beyond the solar system. In Ben Bova’s previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system, where they discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover River Road, by Carol Goodman (Audiobook)
“Nan Lewis —a creative writing professor— is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news — one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende (Audiobook)
“In 1939 Poland, Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende is known for, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan (Audiobook)
“Alice Pearse plays many roles. She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in. She knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at a hip young start-up. The Holy Grail of working mothers seems suddenly within reach…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover All That Followed, by Gabriel Urza (Audiobook)
“It’s 2004 in Muriga, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country. Five years have passed since the murder of a young local politician and the town’s rhythms have almost returned to normal. But in the aftermath of the Atocha train bombings in Madrid, an act of terrorism that rocked the world, the townspeople want a reckoning of Muriga’s own troubled past. All That Followed is a powerful, multifaceted novel about a nefarious kind of violence that can take hold when we least expect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (Audiobook)
“Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and the star-crossed pair fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New non-fiction eAudiobooks for February

Learn something new! Overdrive has hundreds of non-fiction Audiobooks that you can enjoy from home, and here are just a few of the new books that are added every month.

Overdrive cover The Pythons, by Graham Chapman (Audiobook)
“For the first time all surviving Pythons have agreed to create the official audiobook on the Monty Python’s Flying Circus. This audio edition is a complilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including “The Parrot Sketch”, “Nudge, Nudge, Wink Wink”, “Spam” and the “Ministry of Silly Walks.” Narration will be by Bob McCabe with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, and featuring, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover StoryCorps: OutLoud, by Dave Isay (Audiobook)
“StoryCorps OutLoud sets out across the country to record and preserve the stories of LGBT individuals, along with their families and friends. On June 28, 2014, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, StoryCorps inaugurated OutLoud, a three-year project to capture the experiences of L.G.B.T.Q. people. In particular, the project will seek stories from young people, minorities and those who lived before the uprising, which was a response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn and helped precipitate the gay rights movement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Accidental Creative, by Todd Henry (Audiobook)
“It isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace we have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Art of Profitability, by Adrian Slywotzky (Audiobook)
“What do Barbie dolls, Nokia phones, and American Express have in common? They all represent a business model called pyramid profit. How about Intel, Microsoft, and Stephen King? They all use another model called value chain position profit. The Art of Profitability reveals the principles that can mean the difference between business failure and success. With examples from today’s global marketplace, a weekly assignment, and a business reading list, Slywotzky invites anyone to engage in the exchange between mentor and protégé.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover My Name is Mahtob, by Mahtob Mahmoody (Audiobook)
“Two decades ago, readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter that told of an American mother and her child’s daring escape from an abusive Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter tells the story of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, all under the menacing shadow of her father. This is the story of a woman’s triumph over trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Yanks Are Coming!, by H. W. Crocker III (Audiobook)
“Bestselling military historian H. W. Crocker III turns his guns on the epic story of America’s involvement in the First World War with The Yanks Are Coming! A Military History of the United States in World War I. In Crocker’s sweeping, American-focused account, listeners will learn how George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Harry S. Truman, and many other American heroes earned their military spurs in during World War I.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover VocabuLearn® Spanish Level One, by Penton Overseas, Inc. (Audiobook)
“Level One emphasizes basic vocabulary and simple expressions. This music-enhanced edition includes a carefully selected classical background for optimal learning.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Dorito Effect, by Mark Schatzker (Audiobook)
“The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab those very flavors. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Non-fiction for November

We have some excellent new Non-fiction eAudiobooks added to Overdrive this month. There’s a lovely mix of comedy, science, personal development and more. Plus eAudiobooks are all free to get out through Overdrive without needing to leave the house.

Overdrive cover Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson (Audiobook)
“In Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Why Do I Say These Things?, by Jonathan Ross (Audiobook)
“This is Jonathan Ross. And nothing is out of bounds when it comes to talking about life as he knows it. From sex and pugs to rock ‘n’ roll and genital warts, Jonathan holds forth as only he can. This sharply observed, laugh-out-loud, outrageous page-turner will leave you asking just one question … Why didn’t he write it sooner?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Walk In The Woods, by Bill Bryson (Audiobook)
“The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Always Looking Up, by Michael J. Fox (Audiobook)
“Struck with Parkinson’s at the height of his fame, Fox has taken what some people might consider cause for depression and turned it into a beacon of hope for millions. Now he writes about the personal philosophy that carried him through his darkest hours, and speaks with others who have emerged from difficult periods with optimism to spare. With humour and wit Fox shows how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognising the gifts of everyday life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins (Audiobook)
“What are things made of? What is the sun? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant? These fantasies are fun, but what is the real answer to such questions?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin (Audiobook)
“Gretchen had an epiphany one afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively account Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Load of Hooey, by Bob Odenkirk (Audiobook)
“Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal television shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues to intentionally bad theatre. Odenkirk’s debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that’s exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Life from Scratch, by Sasha Martin (Audiobook)
“Sasha Martin set herself a rather ambitious goal: to cook her way around the world with 196 recipes from 196 countries in 196 weeks. Enter Global Table Adventure, a project that proves to be more than just a culinary challenge as Sasha attempts to navigate the vicissitudes of marriage, motherhood, and life’s failures and successes. This is a story about food from around the globe but also about how food can transform us, about loving the world, and about learning to love ourselves.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)


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