For Summer Road Trips or Long Commutes, Choose Books on CD

July 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

You probably know that the Mayo Clinic libraries maintain a large and diverse collection of materials, but did you know many of the libraries also have books on CD?  If you’ve got a long commute, or are planning a road trip before the end of summer, consider checking out an audiobook.  Even if your commute is only 15 minutes long, you could finish a 5 hour book in 2 weeks.  Below are some examples of available audiobooks.  The libraries stock a wide variety of titles, from humor to history, management to memoirs, and from parenting to personal finance.  To search the catalog specifically for  for audiobooks, use this catalog page.   Happy listening!

Crucial ConfrontationsCrucial Confrontations:Tools for resolving broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior
Kerry Patterson
(4 CDs, 5 hours)

Location: Plummer library, Eau Claire

“Whether it’s reprimanding a teenager for breaking a curfew or asking the boss about a promised raise, readers will learn the hands-on skill to resolve the touchiest issues.”

SwitchSwitch: How to change things when change is hard

Chip Heath
(6 CDs, 7.5 hours)

Locations: Plummer library, Eau Claire, La Crosse

“Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick.”

OutliersOutliers: The story of Success

Malcom Gladwell

(7 CDs, 7 hours)
Plummer library, Eau Claire, La Crosse

“Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”

Why be happy when you can be normal?Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
(5 CDs, 6 hours)
Locations: La Crosse

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin.”

A dog walks into a nursing homeA dog walks into a nursing home: lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher
Sue Halpren

(6 CDs, 7 hours)

Location: Eau Claire

“At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass.”

WildWild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed
(11 CDs, 13 hours)

Locations: Eau Claire, La Crosse

“At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone.”

Sing you homeSmall message, big impact: the elevator speech effect

Terri Sjodin

(5 CDs, 4 hours)

Location: Plummer library

“Acclaimed speaker and consultant Terri Sjodin defines an elevator speech as a brief presenta­tion that introduces a product, service, or idea. Its purpose isn’t to say everything about your topic—just to intrigue and inspire the listener to want to hear more. And Sjodin suggests you expand your vision of what it can do. “Don’t just think of an elevator speech as a generic tool you use in chance moments—consider the concept as a strategy to manage multiple talking points and to communicate more complex ideas as well.”

Daring Greatly

Daring greatly: how to courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead

Brené Brown
(8 CDs, 8.5 hours)

Locations: Plummer, Eau Claire

“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. “

Idiot Girls' Action Adventure ClubThe idiot girls’ action-adventure club: true tales from a magnificent and clumsy life

Laurie Notaro
(5 CDs, 6 hours)

Location: Eau Claire

“Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s before she even puts on a bra.”

The Sixth ManThe power of habit: why we do what we do in life and business

Charles Duhigg
(9 CDs, 10.5 hours)

Location: Plummer library, Eau Claire, La Crosse

“In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.”

Submitted by
Matt Hoy, Librarian
Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire WI

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