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@ Your Library: Download these audiobooks and thousands more

Do you often find that you don’t have time to sit down and read a physical book? Do you spend hours in silence while cleaning, traveling or exercising? Well, have we got a suggestion for you!

Beaufort County Library cardholders can download audiobooks (plus movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, comics and more) for free by visiting the Hoopla Digital website or by downloading the free app onto their smart device. There are no hold lists and each cardholder receives 10 checkouts per month.

The following audiobooks (plus gobs and gobs more) are available for your listening pleasure right now:

• “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie; read by Dan Stevens

“’The murderer is with us-on the train now …’ Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…”

• “A Man Called Ove” by Frederik Backman; read by George Newbern

“Ove is the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats and unexpected friendships.”

• “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore; read by Angela Brazil

“1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous — the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive — their work — was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering — in the face of death — these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice.”

• “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile; read by Miriam Hyman

“Why Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. With a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say goodbye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.”

Library cards are free to Beaufort County residents and property owners. Go to BeaufortCountyLibrary.org for more information.

Traci Cox is the Beaufort County Library System’s information services coordinator.

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