Looking for free Audiobooks? Try NetLibrary.

August 17, 2010

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I mentioned last time how we really enjoyed the Hank the Cowdog audiobooks.  I also realized on the road trip out to Utah, that I’d failed to get anything for the grown-ups to listen to during the 2-day drive.

I was kicking myself, since I couldn’t really check out an audiobook from a Utah library for the ride back.  Then I went looking for alternate sources for audiobooks and found NetLibrary. 

Basically, many libraries will pay for their users to have access to ‘e-content’ through Netlibrary.  They offer a variety of books in an electronic format.  But, what I was excited to find was access to lots of audiobooks.  You ‘check out’ the electronic resources, which means that you have a few weeks to access the book or audio file and then you can no longer open the file when your check-out time has expired.  And best of all, it’s free if your library participates.

How to Access NetLibrary

Basically, you either call your library and ask, or go to your library’s website and check under their electronic resources.  You usually need Windows Media Center for the audio files, and the first time you download, you may hit some snags.  Also, take into account how fast your download rate is.  A 10-hour audiobook may take an hour or two for you to download, so plan ahead.

On the recommendation of my sister-in-law, I ended up checking out Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters, which kept both my husband and I interested and awake for an entire day of driving:

It’s the story of Amelia Peabody, a single British woman, who is left a fortune when her father dies.  She’s sure she’ll never marry and sets out on an adventure to explore Egypt.  Along the way, she rescues a young woman who’s been conned, bullies everyone around her to do things her way, and whips out her first aid supplies wherever needed while secretly fantasizing that she’ll be asked to perform an amputation.  She’s hilarious!  The plot is secondary to the characters who really make the story great.  It’s not a fast-paced action book, but one that’s perfect to listen to when you aren’t in a hurry and want to sit back and enjoy a good story.

If you have an audiobook you’ve really enjoyed, would you mind posting the title in the comment section?  I’m always looking for good suggestions.  Thanks!

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  2. docmisty September 27, 2010 9:03 am


    Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll check it out. 🙂


  3. sarah August 17, 2010 10:36 pm

    Misty, we LOVED Finn Family Moomintroll — it’s a finnish book about mythical characters called “Moomin”….they are so fun and funny.

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