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.”