The Joy of Listening

In the words of Tyrion Lannister, “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.”

Humans shared stories orally long before written language was developed; it’s no accident that audiobooks are incredibly popular.

The BSC Library has all kinds of eAudiobooks for your listening pleasure. Download them to your devices & enjoy! Among the hundreds of titles you will find are …

For more details about using ebooks (and eaudiobooks), click here.

To find what we have, search the PRIMO catalog and/or choose eBooks & eAudiobooks from our databases list.  Specific databases to search for eAudiobooks include:

  • Audiobook collection (EBSCOhost)
  • Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection
  • RBDigital

Need more help? Ask a librarian.

EAudiobooks from the Library Can Be Your Best Workout Partner

Remember the New Year’s resolutions you came up with?  Maybe not … statistics show that 77% of people give them up after the first few weeks.

We get it.  There is so much to do and so little time.  If only it were easier to accomplish goals … such as reading more books, getting more exercise, and saving money.

Well … there is a way!

Download free eAudiobooks from the BSC Library & work out at the same time! Not only will you strengthen your body and your mind, your money stays in your pocket & you will look forward to exercising because you want to get back to your book.

To find our eAudiobook (& eBook) collections:

Start from the BSC Library’s website

  • Choose Journals, Magazines, eBooks & More
  • Choose eBooks & eAudiobooks from the list
  • Choose the collection you are most interested in [Note: How-to info & apps for your portable devices available with each collection.]
  • Check out & download the titles you want & get started!

Need more help? Check out this download guide or ask a librarian.



eAudiobook of the Week

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend, this eAudiobook is timely:

Packing the courtPacking the Court : the Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court by James MacGregor Burns

‘From renowned political theorist and Pulitzer Prize winner James MacGregor Burns comes an illuminating critique of how an unstable, unaccountable, and frequently partisan Supreme Court has come to wield more power than the Founding Fathers ever intended.’ – Publisher’s description


Packing the Court is just what you would expect of Burns: a readable and accessible history, full of memorable details … I was engaged, entertained and provoked by this surprising and energetic history of the Court.” –Jeffrey Rosen, The Washington Post

Check it out!  Audiobook collection (EBSCOhost) (Choose eBooks & eAudiobooks)

eBook of the Week

October and dark tales go together.  Now’s the time to listen to an eAudiobook from one of America’s best writers.

The Raven and Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe


“The title work in this collection of ten short stories and poems is widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. This unsettling tale in verse tells of a man’s slow descent into madness as he mourns the loss of his lover.” — LibraryThing

Check it out! EBSCOhost Audiobook Collection

eBook of the Week

Reading is great. So is listening to great actors with great voices reading out loud. This eAudiobook collection of 100 poems will knock your socks off.

Poetic License: 100 Poems, 100 Performers

Poetic license

In this audiobook, “you will hear the music of the poems. Poetry unadorned. Words. Because in truth, great poetry needs nothing but a great actor, a voice as eloquent and expressive as the poem itself, to lift the poem off the page and into the heart.” — Glen Roven, Producer

Download it from the EBSCOhost Audiobook Collection


Did you know …?

Did you know ….


National Library Symbol - Laptop version You don’t have to have an eReader to enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks from the BSC Library?  You can read/listen to them on your computer screen vs. downloading them to a portable device.

For more info, take a look at the how-to sections and help screens for the library’s various eBook & eAudiobook collections, OR ask a librarian for help.



eAudiobook of the Week

Good listens can be good reads, too. This book won a 2012 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction.  Sit back in a quiet spot and enjoy!

Big Wheat: a Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood by Richard A. Thompson

Big wheat

“The summer of 1919 is now over, and on the high prairie, a small army of men, women, and machines moves across the land, harvesting the wheat. Custom threshers, steam engineers, bindle stiffs, cooks, camp followers, and hobos join the tide. Prosperous farmers proudly proclaim “Rain follows the plow,” meaning that the bounty of the land will never be exhausted. Wheat is king as people gleefully embrace the gospels of bounty and progress.

But with the wheat comes a serial killer who calls himself the Windmill Man and who believes he has a holy calling to water the newly plucked earth with blood …”

Check it out!  Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection

If you’d rather read than listen, we have this one in print, too.

Read Your Way to Good Health … by Listening

Walk, read, and improve your health at once.  How?  Audiobooks!  Download them to your devices from the Library’s EBSCOhost Audiobooks Collection, Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection, and OneClickDigital collections.  Find them on our Databases – EBooks and EAudiobooks page.

To read about one listener’s experience with audiobooks, check out this excerpt from an article in The Chronicle Review (July 30, 2012):

Walking to ‘Middlemarch,’ 50 Years Later by Sanford Pinsker, Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Franklin & Marshall College

“Flash forward 50 years and one coronary bypass. Now that I’m an emeritus professor, my days of teaching classes in American literature are over. Curiously enough, George Eliot’s novel has re-entered my life—this time as an audiobook I listened to while doing my five-day-a-week, 40-minute stints on a treadmill. It turns out that treadmill walking is as much an exercise in tolerating boredom as it is, well, exercise.

The deal I made myself was this: I would listen only to books I had first read unaided and unrequired in college and only while exercising. Middlemarch saved the day five days a week. As I trod my way to a healthier me, I followed Dorothea Brooke’s loveless marriage to the dry-as-dust Casaubon and then her subsequent life as a wealthy widow who not-so-secretly loves Will Ladislaw.

I’m not sure I would have discovered audiobooks on my own. While I’m not a card-carrying Luddite, I hardly live on the cutting edge. I’m the guy without a cellphone or an iPad. I am, however, a person who has birthdays, and on my 70th, my adult children presented me with an iPod shuffle and a year’s subscription to an audiobooks service. They can take credit for putting the right tools into my hands; I can take credit for picking the books I did and for listening to them on the treadmill.

My doctor tells me he is amazed at how well my regimen is working; I am even more amazed at how much about life in Middlemarch I remembered. The same beleaguered husband who can’t quite remember to bring home bread and milk (or was it butter and eggs?) can rattle on at length about the Rev. Edward Casaubon’s wildly ambitious (and fatally flawed) project, “The Key to All Mythologies.” That the study is never completed—how could it be?—resonated with me as a student. I suspected my college of housing at least one Casaubon, and encountered even more of these types in graduate school and then in faculty lounges. Apparently blowhards with big schemes came with the territory of book learning gone amuck.

Many people equate audiobooks with a chance to learn about Steve Jobs’s life or to dip into the latest John Grisham novel, but the format also includes the classics I revisit. At the moment, I’m in the early stages of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, with a mere 43 hours of listening time left. I am happy to report that, this time, the off-putting, triple-decker Russian names are going down easier. In fact, I plan to put Tolstoy’s War and Peace in the on-deck circle, followed by Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. What started with Middlemarch has taken on a life of its own.”