New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in September

This month’s non-fiction additions to the Overdrive eAudiobook collection tackle the big issues of the day: technology advancement, the changing nature of employment and (last but not least) American presidential politics. And if you need a breather after all that, there’s In Pursuit of Silence by George Prochnik. To get started on Overdrive, just visit our website – or pop down and see us at your local library.

Overdrive cover The Healthy Programmer, by Joe Kutner (Audiobook)
“To keep doing what you love, you need to maintain your own systems, not just the ones you write code for. Regular exercise and proper nutrition help you learn, remember, concentrate and be creative—skills critical to doing your job well. Learn how to change your work habits, master exercises that make working at a computer more comfortable and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy and sharp for years to come.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Scream, by Tama Janowitz (Audiobook)
“In this darkly funny memoir, the original “Lit Girl” and author of the era-defining Slaves of New York considers her life in and outside of New York City, from the heyday of the 1980s to her life today in a tiny upstate town that proves that fact is always stranger than fiction. Filled with a very real, personal cast of characters, Scream is an intimate, scorching memoir rife with the humour, insight and experience of a writer with a skill for cutting straight to the strangest parts of life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hackers, by Steven Levy (Audiobook)
“Steven Levy’s classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution’s original hackers—those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early ’80s who took risks, bent the rules and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman and Steve Wozniak.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Bread, Wine, Chocolate, by Simran Sethi (Audiobook)
“Simran Sethi explores the history of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply. Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers and coffee roasters to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss, and its consequences for our health, traditions and culture.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Assholes, by Aaron James (Audiobook)
“Make America Great Again? Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon—even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency. From the author of Assholes: A Theory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Movie Freak, by Owen Gleiberman (Audiobook)
“From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film. Gleiberman not only reveals the details of how he became a critic, but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Why We Work, by Barry Schwartz (Audiobook)
“An eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives, showing how work operates in our culture and how you can find your own path to happiness in the workplace. Schwartz takes us through hospitals and hair salons, auto plants and boardrooms, showing workers in all walks of life, showcasing the trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter (Audiobook)
“Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humour and a few second thoughts. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world. This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover In Pursuit of Silence, by George Prochnik (Audiobook)
“More than money, power and even happiness, silence has become the most precious—and dwindling—commodity of our modern world. George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.” (Adapted from the 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)

Listen in and be amazed

Below is a list of our latest non-fiction AudioBooks. From voice coaching, Middle Earth, Hitchcock, to a mother and son book story, there’s something for everyone!

Full Voice – The Art And Practice Of Vocal Presence, Edition: Unabridged/ by Barbara McAfee, read by Barbara McAfee
“Your voice says a lot about you. Based on the tone and expression of your voice alone, your listeners may make up their minds about you before they even process the meaning of your words. And if what you say is at odds with how you say it, they can miss your message altogether. As important as our voices are, few of us know how to use them to their full potential.Full Voice offers a fun, tested method to harness the power of your voice to become a more effective and flexible communicator. Barbara McAfee identifies five distinct vocal tones or qualities—earth, fire, water, metal, and air—and explains how to cultivate each voice. You’ll also discover how to use your voice to convey authority, passion, compassion, and other essential leadership qualities—and how to choose the right voice to ensure your message and meaning are understood. With online practice videos and real-life stories to reinforce the message, you’ll experience an authentic shift in the impact your voice has on your colleagues, friends, and family.McAfee’s approach offers much more than a minor cosmetic improvement. It enables you to use your voice to support your intentions and aspirations, express who you truly are, and bring your gifts to the world. As you become more aware of your own voice, you also become a better listener, more attuned to what people are saying underneath their words. You learn to transform the ordinary act of everyday speech—the presentations you give, the meetings you lead, the stories you read your children at bedtime, even your casual con- versations with friends—into works of art. You’ll discover how opening your full voice opens you to untapped potential, power, and aliveness as well. This audiobook includes 3 songs.” (Overdrive summary)

A Hobbit Journey [ENHANCED] – Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, Edition: Unabridged/ by Matthew Dickerson, read by Alan Sklar
“In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as old-fashioned, we welcome the chance to view the world through hobbit eyes: we have free will, our choices matter, and living a morally heroic life is possible.” (Overdrive summary)

The Dark Side of Genius – The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Edition: Unabridged/ by Donald Spoto, read by Jeff Riggenbach
“The story of the man who changed people’s relationships with their showers forever, thanks to Psycho, this is the classic, Edgar Award–winning biography of the enigmatic and intensely private Alfred Hitchcock. One of America’s greatest film directors, his suspenseful subject matter ranged from the dark drama of a man possibly trying to kill his wife, to the humorous problem of disposing of a body, to the ecological underpinnings of an attack by fowl fiends in a sleepy harbor town. Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions—with food, murder, and idealized love, among others—and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.” (Overdrive summary)

The End of Your Life Book Club, Edition: Unabridged/ by Will Schwalbe, read by Jeff Harding.
“The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.
Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. The ones they choose range from classic to popular, from fantastic to spiritual, and we hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.
A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives.” (Overdrive summary)

The sweet sound of facts

Why read a book when you can listen to it! Download our latest audiobooks and enjoy them wherever you go: walking, running, bussing, cycling, skydiving, exercising…

A Hare With the Amber Eyes – A Hidden Inheritance
(Unabridged) / by Edmund De Waal, read by Michael Maloney

“In this stunningly original memoir, Edmund de Waal travels the world to stand in the great buildings his forebears once inhabited. He traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. And, in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves, he tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand – and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.This download edition also features an interview with Edmund De Waal from the Vintage podcast.” – (adapted from Overdrive summary)

Ben Behind His Voices – One Family’s Journey From The Chaos of Schizophrenia To Hope (Unabridged) / by Randye Kaye
“When readers first meet Ben, he is a sweet, intelligent, seemingly well-adjusted youngster. Fast forward to his teenage years, though, and Ben’s life has spun out of control. Ben is swept along by an illness over which he has no control—one that results in runaway episodes, periods of homelessness, seven psychotic breaks, seven hospitalizations, and finally a diagnosis and treatment plan that begins to work. Schizophrenia strikes an estimated one in a hundred people worldwide by some estimates, and yet understanding of the illness is lacking. Through Ben’s experiences, and those of his mother and sister, who supported Ben through every stage of his illness and treatment, readers gain a better understanding of schizophrenia, as well as mental illness in general, and the way it affects individuals and families.” – (adapted from Overdrive summary)

Love Does – Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Unabridged) / by Bob Goff
“In this book of compelling stories paired with eye-opening truths, author Bob Goff shows you a new way to live, a way that’s drenched with the whimsy of God’s love and the spontaneity of following where He leads when He says “Go!” In this book, you learn what it looks like to be secretly incredible and advance God’s kingdom everywhere you are and wherever you’re going.” – (adapted from Overdrive summary)

Dearie – The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
(Unabridged) / by Bob Spitz, read by Kimberly Farr

“From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world, and altered the way America eats and thinks of food.” – (adapted from Overdrive summary)

The Story of Captain Cook (Unabridged) / by John Lang, read by Simon Vance
“Captain James Cook FRS RN (1728-1779) was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.” – (adapted from Overdrive summary)