Outstanding Audiobooks on OverDrive

The Elegance of the Hedgehog book cover.Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time whether you’re in the car, at the gym, on a walk, or doing chores. With your JMRL library card, you have free access to many audiobooks through a service called OverDrive. Visit jmrl.org/download to learn how to download OverDrive audiobooks to your chosen device.

Once you’ve reached the OverDrive catalog, check out one of these great audiobooks to start listening:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery – In this story, an apartment concierge in Paris and a precocious 12-year-old girl come together through the help of a wealthy Japanese gentleman. The audio captures the voices, wit, and charm of the main characters superbly. Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris. Duration: 9.5 hours.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Audio is a great way to experience this dystopian classic in which books are forbidden objects. Choose from a variety of narrators, including Ray Bradbury, Scott Brick, Michael Pritchard, from the catalog; or Stephen Hoye on Overdrive. Duration: 6 hours.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks – As an oral history of the fictional zombie wars which almost wiped out humanity the world over, the audiobook truly captures the testimony of survivors in this cast ensemble performance. Narrated by a full cast. Duration: 12 hours.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The magic of the Night Circus comes to life in this dark story where not all is as it seems. Jim Dale’s voice will pull listeners in as two young magicians seek to outdo each other with dangerous consequences. Narrated by Jim Dale. Duration: 13.5 hours.

One More Thing by B.J. Novak – TV writer Novak’s short humorous stories are told by himself and a cast of his friends including Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Julianne Moore, Emma Thompson, and more. Duration: 7 hours.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – A reclusive writer, known for her missing thirteenth tale in a famous collection of stories, requests a biographer to record her exceptional life. The dual narrators embody the voices of the main characters, seizing on the air of mystery in this story within a story. Narrated by Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner. Duration: 15.75 hours.

For more audiobook recommendations, please visit the “Outstanding Audiobooks” category page of the JMRL Wiki.

This list was created by Reference Librarian Hayley Tompkins.

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