By Rachel Kray, Collection Development Librarian and avid audiobook listener

If you’re anything like me (and most other OverDrive staff members), you have a lofty reading goal for 2018. To help you get a jump-start on your reading resolution, we have compiled a list of over fifty great audiobooks less than 3 hours in length. Many can be finished in one gym trip or car ride! I’ve highlighted a few of my favorited below:

We Should All Be Feminists

Duration: 00:45:11

Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often-masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now: an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists. All of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books are wonderful and this is a perfect place to start with her works.

Citizen: An American Lyric

Duration: 01:37:16

In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society. Claudia Rankine’s words are both poignant and essential.

You Will Not Have My Hate

Duration: 01:43:41

On November 13, 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène Muyal-Leiris, was killed by terrorists while attending a rock concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, in the deadliest attack on France since World War II. Three days later, Leiris wrote an open letter addressed directly to his wife’s killers, which he posted on Facebook. Now Leiris tells the full story of his grief and struggle.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Duration: 01:45:34

A playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics by Carlo Rovelli.

The End We Start From

Duration: 02:03:37

The End We Start From heralds the arrival of Megan Hunter, a dazzling and unique literary talent. Hunter’s debut is a searing original, a modern-day parable of rebirth and renewal, of maternal bonds, and the instinct to survive and thrive in the absence of all that’s familiar.

Enchanted Night

Duration: 02:39:12

Steven Millhauser, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Martin Dressler, returns with a magical novella filled with the transforming power of the (almost) full moon.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Duration: 02:39:56

A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life by Margareta Magnusson.

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Happy Listening!

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