There’s more than one way to…

Let’s face it—when life gets busy, some of the things we enjoy the most tend to go by the wayside. For me, making the time to sit down with a good book is one of those. Thankfully, there is a solution to that problem—audiobooks! Whether on CD, Playaway, or downloaded to your phone, audiobooks allow you to listen while you’re doing other things. Audiobooks are growing in popularity among ACLD patrons and we’re growing our collection accordingly! While we can’t get all titles in audio, we encourage you to submit a purchase request for anything we don’t have.

My device of choice when it comes to consuming audiobooks is my iPhone, where I use the Overdrive app to access ACLD’s collection of downloadable audiobooks. It’s simple and convenient; all I need is an internet connection via Wi-Fi or my phone’s data plan.

 

With that, I’ll make a couple of nonfiction title recommendations for your listening pleasure.

My grandfather would have shot me : a Black woman discovers her family’s Nazi past / Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair.

Teege discovers that her maternal grandfather is Amon Goeth, the infamous Butcher of Plaszow, the commandant depicted in the movie, Schindler’s List. She digs further into her family history, in an attempt to come to terms with this horrible piece of her history. Ultimately, she does make peace with her family’s past. Overall, I found her story riveting, both the history and her description of her personal experiences. Being a WWII buff myself, I had never given any thought to how the actions of those directly involved in it could affect future generations, but Teege’s story offered a unique viewpoint on this troubled time in our world’s history. This is a definite must-listen (or read).

The Waiting: The true story of a lost child, a lifetime of longing, and a miracle for a mother who never gave up / Cathy LaGrow, with Cindy Coloma.

While on a picnic with friends in 1928, 16-year old Minka is raped and conceives a baby girl. As much as she loves her girl, she is forced to give her up for adoption shortly after her birth, but she never stops loving and longing for her. Fast forward to her daughter’s 77th birthday where Minka prays a simple prayer, asking God to reunite her with her daughter before she dies. Needless to say, I’m glad that I was on a long road trip when I listened to this one because I couldn’t stop listening, as Minka’s story was that engrossing! Whether you listen to the audiobook or read the book, I advise you to block off a sizable chunk of time, as I doubt that you’ll want to put it down, either!