New-To-You Audio Books

Here at the Berwyn Public Library, we have a great collection of audiobooks. On the first floor there are audiobooks for fiction, non-fiction, and biographies. Every month we add new audiobooks to our collection. From new and popular novels like The Outsider by Stephen King to debut novels like White Chrysantemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, we are always expanding our collection.

Audiobooks are perfect if you live a more fast-paced lifestyle. Putting in a CD or downloading the audio onto your iPod or Android is a great way to get some “reading” in without having to put your day on hold. You can listen in the car, while exercising, or while walking. It’s also good to remember that audiobooks can be found at the Berwyn Library and on Hoopla!

In addition to new audiobooks, we also sometimes get audiobooks that are new to our library, though they’ve been out for a few years. These audiobooks don’t get put in the new section, but instead, go straight to the stacks. So if you want to try out a “new to you” audiobook but didn’t find anything in our new section, here are some “new to us” audiobooks for you to enjoy!

Earthly Joys by Phillipa Gregory

Earthly Joys, the first book in the Tradescant series, follows the life of historical figure John Tradescant. Tradescant was a famous gardener and unofficial adviser to British royalty in the 17th century. Phillipa Gregory, the author of the book and regarded by many as the master of historical royalty novels, released the book originally in 2005. It was not until August of this year that the book was released on audio CD. Read by seasoned actor David Rintoul, Earthly Joys finally comes to life in the heard word.


Him Her Him Again the End of Him by Patricia Marx

This humorous novel is the first solo work of Harvard Lampoon and SNL writer Patricia Marx, and is read in audiobook form by Hillary Huber. The story follows a neurotic young woman who becomes obsessed with her narcissistic first love. Despite their breakup, she stays obsessed with him, even as he pays her little mind and moves on with his life.  The novel and audiobook came out in 2006 and 2007 and was recently purchased by our library.

Henry the Gaoler by A. W. Exley

The prequel to A. W. Exley’s Ella, The Slayer, this historical romance is a spin on the story of Rapunzel. The story starts with the return of a young WWI soldier, Henry, coming home at the end of WWI. Hoping to make up for abandoning the girl he loves, Hazel, he finds her paranoid parents have taken severe precautions in locking up their daughter as the Spanish Influenza sweeps through the country. Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Henry the Gaoler was released in print in 2016, and the audiobook came out approximately a year and a half later.

The Essential Rumi by Rumi

The Essential Rumi is a revised and remastered release of the first edition of poems by renown Sufi poet Rumi. Translated and read by Coleman Barks, this audiobook features dozens of newly translated poems by Rumi as well as his other well-known poems. If you’ve ever been interested in diving into his poetry, this audiobook is the perfect opportunity.

Musashi by  Yoshikawa Eiji

Originally published as a serial in a Japanese newspaper in 1935, Musashi is a fictionalized account of the life of one of the most renown Japanese swordsman to ever live. The story was written by Eiji Yoshikawa and cemented his fame as a historical fiction writer. Of his many books, four of them have been translated into English. The release of the audiobook Musashi, read by Brian Nishii, marks the first of his books to be released on audio format.

Great Courses

If you are the sort of person that loves learning but doesn’t love the prices that come with taking expensive college classes, the Berwyn Public Library is here for you!

Here in the Audio Visual Department, we have offered Great Courses for patrons for awhile. These Great Courses are extensive classes in audio and visual format. Each course is designed by professors that are experts in their subjects. The professors chosen to design a course are screened not just for their academic achievement, but also their ability to make a lecture entertaining.

If making the trip to the library isn’t something you can fit in a schedule at the moment, Great Courses are now offered on Hoopla as audio-books. There are hundreds of courses offered through the site on everything from how to write mystery fiction to robotics to the history of Greek and Roman technology. If you prefer to listen to them at home, they can of course be streamed on a desktop but if you would prefer on the go listening, they can be streamed through the Hoopla app as well.

Great Courses audio-books are available for rent for 21 days through Hoopla. This means that from the moment you click the “borrow” button, the book will appear in your “Currently Borrowed” section for the next 21 days. After 21 days, it disappears. If you have not finished it on time, you can always borrow it again. Patrons who have a hoopla account through the Berwyn Public Library are allowed to borrow up to eight titles in a single month.

Simply log onto Hoopla with your account email and password, type “great courses” in the search bar and then get to learning! If there is a specific subject you would like to look into, just type the subject in the bar and look for a Great Courses entry. If this is your first time trying Hoopla and you are a bit confused, try going here first for a step by step on how to sign up with the site.