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Our 2024 Guide to Awesome Audio is here!

Updated July 2024




How to FIND the Best Audio Material for You

Spend some time browsing titles, using the links below for reviews and awards lists of audiobooks. It's recommended to also think about what it is you like in a book and in a narrator. Audiobooks require more of your time than reading, so also consider how many hours you would like to spend listening.


AUDIOBOOKS

Browse or search library audiobooks

Browse all audiobooks on CD sorted here in order by publication date.

Go directly to this search in CWMARS for a list of all of our audiobooks on CD, sorted by popularity. Sort or narrow down the results according to your own needs.

Go to this catalog search for all E-audio (electronic audio files) titles. You can also search within the Libby or Hoopla apps, in addition to finding E-audio books in the catalog.


Read audiobook reviews

Best Audiobooks of the year (AudioFile Magazine)

Audio in Depth (Library Journal)

BookPage's Audio Coverage (BookPage)


Find audiobooks that have won awards

Audie Awards (Audio Publishers Association)

Earphones Awards (AudioFile Magazine)


Find narrators you like

Best audiobook narrators of the year (Hookedtobooks.com)

Narrator Hall of Fame (Audible.com)

The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration (American Library Association)


PODCASTS

Some podcast 'best of' lists

The following are just some of the 'best of' podcasts lists out there.


Podcasts that have won awards

Below are among the few national podcast awards given to the best podcasts in the U.S.

Podcast Awards of 2023 (Podcast Awards)


Podcasts made by popular media


Podcast reviews

There are quite a lot of online podcast review sources, but you can find customer reviews of podcasts on your phone's podcast app as well.


Types of Audio FORMATS and How to ACCESS Them

There are many ways to purchase audiobooks, but through the library you can access a huge selection of titles for free, using just your CWMARS library card.


Books on CD

You can find many books on CD throughout the CWMARS network. You just need a functioning CD player! Simply go to the CWMARS catalog and limit the format to “CD audiobook,” and enter a title, author or just a keyword. If the Milne doesn't have it, you can place a hold on a copy from another library. New audiobooks are also listed on our Wowbrary page weekly.


E-Audio Books

Using a smartphone or other device, you’ll find even more audiobook titles when you download the Libby and/or Hoopla apps. There you can search for, request and listen to titles electronically right from your device. For more detailed information about how to get started with E-audio, go to our eBooks and Digital Media page.


Podcasts

Podcasts are series-based audio files you can download or just stream, like a radio program you can listen to anytime. Most podcasts are available electronically free of charge. You can find them on your device’s podcast app or store (this varies by type of device), and subscribe to specific podcasts to receive regular updates. Libraries don’t own physical versions of podcasts, but we’re happy to help you access them!





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