Listen While You Work

Whistle while you work? Why not listen instead?

One of my favorite tips to share with people is to listen to audiobooks while you’re doing mundane tasks. Audiobooks aren’t just for long car rides anymore. I am always looking at ways to add listening time into my day.

Getting ready for work? Audiobook.

Doing the dishes? Audiobook.

Cleaning the closets? Audiobook.

Cooking dinner? Audiobook.

Exercising? Audiobook.

You get the idea. Listening to an audiobook while you’re doing something that is otherwise boring or unenjoyable makes the time seem to go faster. It turns a cleaning project into something to look forward to. It also helps you squeeze a little extra reading time into your day.

The Plum Creek Library System just added a lot of new audiobooks to our collection at RBdigital. You’ll find many popular authors there, as well as classics, children’s, YA, and more. There is truly something for everyone.

Here are some of great audiobooks available on RBdigital.

Dark of the Moon, John Sandford

I absolutely love the Virgil Flowers series by John Sandford. Virgil Flowers is a BCA officer originally from Marshall, Minnesota (yes, you read that right). Virgil has a great sense of humor and would rather be fishing than working on any given day. The Virgil Flowers series is a spinoff of Sandford’s Lucas Davenport series, but you don’t need to read that one first. “Dark of the Moon” is the first book in the Virgil Flowers series.

Iron Lake, William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger is a Minnesota author and a favorite among Tracy Public Library patrons. I have read some and listened to some of this series. You can’t go wrong either way. “Iron Lake” is the first book in Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mystery series. If you haven’t tried them, you won’t be disappointed.

11/22/63, Stephen King

I often recommend this book to people who are curious about Stephen King, but don’t aren’t really into Horror or don’t want anything too gory. “11/22/63” is about a man who travels back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination. It’s a great book, and at more than 30 hours long, you’ll get a lot of bang for your borrow.

The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells

When you think of “The War of the Worlds,” you probably think of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation, or one of the movie adaptations. But have you ever read the book? With “The War of the Worlds,” H.G. Wells was a pioneer of the Science Fiction genre that is extremely popular today.

O Pioneers!, Willa Cather

I read “O Pioneers!” in college, and had somehow forgotten how good it was. I was reminded a couple of years ago when the library’s book club read it. I decided to listen to the audiobook, and was not disappointed. It features Alexandra Bergson, a strong woman who is left in charge of the family farm by her father. If you haven’t read this classic, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

There is much more to explore on RBdigital. There is also an RBdigital app, for easy listening on the go. You must first sign up on the RBdigital website.

If you have any questions, email me at vquist@plumcreeklibrary.net. Happy listening!

~Val