By David Lamanno
Rowan Public Library
Have you heard of any good books lately? The question is no joke, as the availability and use of digital audiobooks continues to increase nationwide. The most recent fact sheet available from the Audio Publishers Association reports that in 2020 publisher revenue was over $1.2 billion, a 12% increase over the last year. A total of 71,502 audiobooks were released in 2020, a 39% increase from 2019. Although there aren’t enough minutes in a year to listen to all of these new books, Rowan Public Library card have the advantage of access to over 17,000 unique audiobook titles. through the North Carolina Digital Library. The NC Digital Library is a consortium of 24 library systems across the state. You can browse and view titles in the NC Digital Library using any computer, smartphone or tablet by downloading the free Libby app. RPL staff members are always available to help you access these resources.
Recently, more than 175 electronic audiobooks were acquired for the library’s adult collection. Rowan Public Library cardholders receive priority placement on hold lists for any materials they have in the digital library. New additions include fiction and non-fiction e-books. I’ll highlight a few new or soon-to-be-released titles below.
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have published the 22nd book in the Women’s Murder Club series entitled “22 Seconds”. San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detective Lindsey Boxer has just 22 seconds to decide her fate. Boxer must solve the mystery behind a huge shipment of drugs and weapons. The eAudiobook, now available, is entertaining and well-told.
Holly Black, best known as a writer of children’s and young adult fiction, has published an adult fiction novel titled “Book of Night.” The story is a dark fantasy in the vein of Neil Gaiman that pits magical thieves against each other in order to obtain a secret that brings unlimited power. This clever and twisty tale is out now.
On May 24, the prolific Nora Roberts released the novel “Nightwork”. This suspenseful romance features master thief, Harry Booth. Booth must juggle his real romantic relationship with Miranda Emerson while being forced to rob a Baltimore museum by his nemesis. Lovable characters, interesting locations (including North Carolina), and genuine romance make Nightwork an easy and enjoyable listen.
John Grisham has a new book available May 31. Entitled “Sparring Partners”, it contains three law-themed novels. Surprises are always in store from the master of the legal thriller. Actors Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke are the star narrators.
Two notable new nonfiction titles to look out for are “Finding Me” by Viola Davis and “Happy-Go-Lucky” by David Sedaris. “Finding Me,” out now, is a memoir meant to inspire and narrated by the author. “Happy-Go-Lucky,” with a May 31 release date, features all new essays from the spiritual and observant Sedaris. Sedaris storytelling always sets his work apart. You don’t need luck to enjoy this eAudio version.
eAudiobooks have the advantage of allowing you to be entertained and informed while driving, working out, cooking, etc. There’s also the added benefit that eAudiobooks are never late! For further assistance, visit or call the nearest Rowan Public Library branch. If you have a specific eAudiobook request, contact David Lamanno at 704-216-8229 or [email protected]
David Lamanno is a librarian at the Rowan Public Library.