Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No Time to Read? Try Audiobooks

If you have found your recreational reading has dropped off a cliff since you started law school, why not try listening to an audiobook on your mp3 player? Many audiobooks can be downloaded for free from the Seattle Public Library (SPL). All you need to do is get a library card from SPL and download the free software, accessible via the SPL home page.

On the SPL home page, click on the link for E-books & Downloads. Then click on the link for OverDrive digital media on the right side of the screen. From there you can search for a great summer read...I mean, listen.

Not sure what to listen to first? Try looking for one of the books from Gallagher Law Library's Good Reads collection. Good Reads are interesting, compelling books, and include engaging legal fiction.

For example, OverDrive has John Grisham's The Appeal, The Chamber, and The Client---all books found in the Gallagher Good Reads collection.

Or if you're more interested in the classics, you can download and listen to Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

OverDrive also has mystery and police procedural series from dozens of writers. Try searching for Agatha Christie (with detectives Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple), Michael Connelly (with police officer Harry Bosch and defense attorney Mickey Haller), Donna Leon (with Commissario Guido Brunetti) and Elizabeth George (with Inspector Thomas Lynley).

With all of these free and engaging books at your fingertips, why not give one a try the next time you're bemoaning the literary life you once had?

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