Collection Development, Featured Titles Audiobooks to Revolutionize Resolutions

In addition to warming your ears (headphones make excellent earmuffs, after all!), audiobooks can keep patrons motivated as they head into a new year, whether resolving to work out, get crafty with coloring books or knitting needles, cook up a storm in the kitchen, or travel. Check out our New Year’s resolution recommendations to keep you and your patrons entertained and inspired this season.

Resolve to Increase Productivity
Smarter Faster BetterSMARTER FASTER BETTER by Charles Duhigg
Read by Mike Chamberlain
On Sale March 8, 2016

Commuters, rejoice! The author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power of Habit shares a fascinating and accessible new listen that explains the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. And the audiobook will undoubtedly transform any trip to the office.


Audio Praise for The Power of Habit:
“Mike Chamberlain offers a warm, steady narration, packed with inquisitiveness and enthusiasm…Listeners will find insights and applications that can be helpful in their personal and professional lives.”—AudioFile

Resolve to Laugh More
American HousewifeAMERICAN HOUSEWIFE by Helen Ellis
Read by Kathleen McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman & Dorothy Dillingham Blue
On Sale January 12, 2016

This is humor that’s meant to be heard. A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of short stories set in the dark world of domesticity, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE features four fabulous narrators as murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line. And of course, a book club organizer. We dare you not to laugh out loud at this first clip from this January LibraryReads pick.


Author Helen Ellis took her own turn behind the mic to record a special short story about her love for libraries and audiobooks, “How to Check Out a Library Book Like a Grown-Ass Lady.” Listen here.

WATCH OUR VIDEO to learn why you should always listen to erotic audiobooks while scrubbing the bathroom floor!

Resolve to Take a Road Trip
The Road to Little DribblingTHE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING by Bill Bryson
Read by Nathan Osgood
On Sale January 19, 2016
Also available in Large Print

Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy. This January LibraryReads pick is a loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter in this travel-perfect audio, read by Nathan Osgood who has worked extensively in BBC Radio Drama.


“If you harbor a secret disappointment that Bill Bryson doesn’t read this sequel of sorts to Notes From a Small Island, rest assured—Nathan Osgood does a fine job channeling the slightly grouchy but nevertheless charming author. Osgood is outraged, droll, tolerant, or positively gushing when the text demands it.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

More Audio Praise for Bill Bryson:
“The listening is pure pleasure.”—Booklist (One Summer)

“Takes listeners on a truly outrageous tour.”—Library Journal (In a Sunburned Country)

Resolve to Be a Leader
A Passion for LeadershipA PASSION FOR LEADERSHIP by Robert M. Gates
Read by George Newbern
On Sale January 19, 2016

From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 bestselling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. This is informative business listening that’s also honest and personal.


Audio Praise for Duty:
“Narrator Newbern was a smart pick: his strong tenor voice and clear enunciation match the tone of Gates’ concise, lucid writing.”—Booklist

Resolve to Tidy Up
Spark JoySPARK JOY by Marie Kondo
Read by Sumalee Montano
On Sale January 5, 2016
BOT Audio Download Exclusive
Also available in Large Print

Listen while you clean! Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.


“Sumalee Montano’s soothing narration beautifully complements Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo’s Zen-like approach to decluttering homes…Montano’s calm voice exudes the peaceful and contemplative mood that is necessary for successful decluttering.”
AudioFile Earphones Award

Resolve to Find Inner Peace
Miraculous SilenceMIRACULOUS SILENCE by Mitra Rahbar
On Sale December 29, 2015
BOT Audio Download Exclusive

Narrated by Mitra Rahbar, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Courteney Cox, Jackson Galaxy, Kristin Hahn, Diane Lane, Rama Morovati, and Billy Dee Williams, with a bonus guided meditation including music and vocals by Mitra Rahbar and Rama Morovati.

Mitra Rahbar has been a spiritual teacher for more than thirty years and has influenced Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, and Sheryl Crow, among many others. In MIRACULOUS SILENCE, she guides us through prayer and meditation and shares some of her own beautiful prayers.


“Mitra’s vocals on the audio are so beautiful and angelic, her spoken words are soothing and nurturing, and her poetic prayers are full of wisdom and insight. What a transformative and healing book! This is a real magical experience for the soul.”—Sheryl Crow

Resolve to Be a Non-Conformist
OriginalsORIGINALS by Adam Grant with a foreward by Sheryl Sandberg
Read by Fred Sanders & Susan Denaker
On Sale February 2, 2016

The New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations.


“Reading ORIGINALS made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.”—Malcolm Gladwell

“It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.”—Sheryl Sandberg

Resolve to Try New Recipes
Only in NaplesONLY IN NAPLES by Katherine Wilson
Read by the Author
On Sale April 19, 2016

In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and Peter Mayle, this enchantingly warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad, where a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean. It is all thanks to a surprising romance, a new passion for food, and a spirited woman who will become her mother-in-law—and teach her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love.

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