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The lowdown on audiobooks

Are you new to audiobooks? Maybe you’ve tried audiobooks and didn’t like them or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to it.

Give them a try and you will find that audiobooks are well worth the effort.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

n Listen to a book that you already know and love. Maybe “To Kill a Mockingbird” read by the lovely and talented Sissy Spacek?

n Try beginning a print book and then switching to the audio once you’re interested in the book and the characters.

n Listen to a book that is read by an author you admire. “Still Foolin’ ’Em,” by Billy Crystal, or “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman.

n Find an audiobook the entire family can enjoy and listen on that long car ride to the beach.

n Some people limit their audio listening to nonfiction only. It’s sort of like listening to NPR.

n Don’t be afraid to listen to a chapter more than once. Just back it up and listen again if you feel you didn’t quite get it.

n Download an audiobook from WVDeli at All you need is a library card and a PIN number.

n Check out Playaways. An entire book on a pre-loaded MP3 player. All you have to do is push a button and listen.

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