Enter to Win a Playaway Audiobook!


Get Caught Listening!

June is Audiobook Month sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, and you could win a free Playaway audiobook from the Kent District Library. Simply reply to this blog post in the comments section and tell us about your favorite audiobook or one you’d like to hear. We will randomly select three lucky winners to receive one of the following titles: Relentless by Dean Koontz, The 39 Clues by Jude Watson,ย or Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

Audiobooks are a convenient way to listen to your favorite books on the go, and KDL has a wide variety for all ages (see a sample list). We also offer many different audiobook formats such as CDs, downloadables for your MP3 player or iPod, and of course the Playaway listening devices.

Start exploring our audiobook titles and Get Caught Listening!

Written by Katie


Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!

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107 Responses to “Enter to Win a Playaway Audiobook!”

  1. Lisa Klutman Says:

    I suggest The Looking Glass War series

  2. Nancy Janisch Says:

    One of the Harry Potter series (can’t remember now) got us- mom, two grade school age boys and grandparents- all the way to Seatle.

  3. Terry Workman Says:

    I really liked the audio book of “Relic” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The story is great and the reader does a great job with the voice characterizations.

  4. Sher Myers Says:

    Any of Alexander McCall Smith’s “Ladies No 1 Detective Agency” series is fabulous on tape. The narrator is from Botswana and has the lilting accent of the language. You almost feel like you are in Botswana by the sound of her voice and the way the words are accented. It’s the only way I “read” this series of books.

  5. Kate L Says:

    I’ve never listened to an audiobook yet, but I’d love to try one. We’re going on a long car trip later this summer and that would be perfect!

  6. Marcia L. Says:

    I would love to hear Janet Evanovich’s books – they’re all great!

  7. Ron K. Says:

    A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson and read by William Roberts. I’ve listened to many audiobooks and this is still my favorite.

  8. Venjeana Foerster Says:

    I love to listen to audio books while I sew and knit. I accomplish a lot that way.

  9. Venjeana Foerster Says:

    I forgot to tell my favorite audio books. I loooooove the Amelia Peabody mysteries if they are read by Barbara Rosenblatt. Anything Barbara reads is awesome.

  10. Saul Says:

    I love listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Jim Dale is fantastic.

  11. Ethan Says:

    I like the Eragon Series read by Gerrad Doyle. He does a great job with the voices and it is very entertaining for me and my younger siblings.

  12. Tisa Says:

    My favorite was the Outlander series by Gabaldon. Thanks…fun giveaway ~ ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Marsha Harig Says:

    I think House Rules by Jodi Picoult would be a good selection for an audiobook.

  14. Mindy H. Says:

    You can always catch me listening to audio books while I work on crafts or do laundry. Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts are a few authors that are easy to find in audio. My favorite audio book is read by Tom Wopat… “The Wedding” by Nicholas Sparks.

  15. Jenn Says:

    I loved listening to “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” Wonderful book and GREAT way to “read”.

  16. Debra Gommesen Says:

    I like the Hannah Svenson books by Joanne Fluke.

  17. Amy Earl Says:

    I love listing to Janet Evanovich’s books while I go for walks.

  18. Kristen Says:

    Marked by P.C. & Kristen Cast has been my favorite, so far! Love the playaway format! I use them when I’m cleaning the house.

  19. Michelle Says:

    The Harry Potter Series is my favorite for audiobooks, Jim Dale is a great narrator!!!

  20. Heather Says:

    The Paper Doorway (a book of children’s poems by Dean Koontz) was an absolute favorite of my two sons. We listened to that over and over and over. I took it out of the library so many times that I finally just wound up purchasing it! It’s one of the things that got my two sons interested in actually READING as I also got the book and showed that to them after we’d listened to the audio.

  21. Pat Guzzo Says:

    I enjoy any type of fiction on audiobook (nonfiction tends to require too much concentration) while I’m driving or doing other activities. HIstorical fiction is a particular favorite of mine for this format.

  22. Deb Says:

    My occupation is cleaning houses and the audio books not only help me get through, they also help me love my job!!
    Especially love the “Shopaholic” series!!

  23. Lari Dunmire Says:

    While anything by Terry Pratchett is great, I first found Thief Of Time on audio book rather than actual words on paper. The voices and sound effects are spectacular and resulted in great “Pictures” in my head! I have since actually “read” the book, but much prefer the audio version.

  24. big Says:

    diary of a wimpy kid ROCKS

  25. cool Says:

    I like diary of a wimpy kid its pretty cool

  26. Diana Says:

    My son, an injured Marine, listened to audiobooks on his drive to Lansing and back every day to report duty during his medical leave. He just told me last weekend that I should give them a listen. I’m gonna head to the library and check them out! How neat !!

  27. Cyndi Laird Says:

    All of the Harry Potter books are great. Jim Dale did a fantastic job creating different voices for each of the characters. When you hear the voice he created for Gilderoy Lockhart you can almost see his simpering smile, and his Delores Umbridge voice is perfect.

  28. Betty Ann Pratt Says:

    I LOVE audiobooks and usually have two going as one in car and when I walk another.. Puts me in the story and makes me feel a real part of it.. I highly recommend audiobooks and wish that all were in that form… It is so great I can’t say enough.
    Betty Ann

  29. Bonnie Westbrook Says:

    I have particularly enjoyed Phillip Gulley’s Home to Harmony Series. His distinctive voice and oh-so-human stories really entertain me.

  30. Jill Orent Says:

    I would love to hear any of the books written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. The books are great and it would be fun to listen to them.

  31. megan Says:

    Definitely the Harry Potter series! I listened to all of them and they’re incredible. I listen to audio books on my mp3 player while I’m running all the time.

  32. Cindy Says:

    I loved listening to The Christmas Train by David Baldachie (sp?). I listen while I quilt and the quilts get done much faster.

  33. Carol Says:

    We love The Harry Potter series. We listen in the car on the way to school and other events.

  34. Cheryl Symko Says:

    I have listened to Twilight and thought that it was great. I look forward to being able to listen to more and eventually getting a Kindle or Nook. I read a lot. Love the vampire/weres series. Also the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy books. I have a MP3 player also but had never tried listening on there before. Thanks for the idea.

  35. JO PAUL Says:

    I have about an hour commute everyday and pass the time listening to books -needless to say I have a ‘list’ of books I want to listen too.

  36. Kimberly Jakubiak Says:

    I would love to listen anything by Jayne Krentz. I also like I just read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. It was written as if the main character were telling the story…would make a great audiobook.

  37. Dianne Madejczyk Says:

    Audiobooks are great..I use them in the car, while exercising(can’t listen to my book unless my feet are moving–my rule!!) and while cross-stitching.

  38. Patrick Branham Says:

    My favorite audio book is Ender’s Game. The voice acting is great-it’s performed by a full cast-,and so it the story.

  39. Jill Street Says:

    Any Star Trek Audiobooks.

  40. Tim McAree Says:

    While I agree with others that Jim Dale did a fantastic job narrating the Harry Potter series, my favorite audio book is still James Joyce’s Ulysses read by Donal Donnelly because I never would have finished reading the book, but Donnelly kept it interesting for 42 hours during business travel.

  41. kp Says:

    i love the
    jd robb series

  42. Greg Says:

    I’ve heard “Born Standing Up” by Steve Martin is a great audiobook and look forward to listening to it.

  43. Eva North Says:

    I love audiobooks. Nonetheless,I love to read, but w/four kids, don’t always get to read like I’d like to. I do own an ipod, a kindle and utilize both as often as possible. I’ve got more than one list of books I’d love to listen to.

  44. jean grzeszak Says:

    James Lee Burke has a series of stories set in New Orleans with the same main characters. Will Patton is the narrator on most of the play aways. He has the perfect voice and inflections for all the characters. I recommend any of Burke’s work.

  45. Becky Fischer Says:

    The Help is a great book but on audiobook with all the different voices put you right in the south. It was great.

  46. Larry Janose Says:

    I’ve been listening to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series.

  47. MAB Says:

    The Janet Evanovich books are all even more entertaining in audio book format.

  48. Eric Says:

    My daughter LOVES the 39 Clues series. I had no idea they were out on audio book. I will have to check those out!

  49. Pam Says:

    I love audio books! The reader can make the book become so alive. We now know reader names as well as author names. The Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler is a favorite as well as Janet Evanovich and so many more. My husband does not have time to sit and read. Once I got him hooked on audio books, he hasn’t stopped. We often listen to the same book at the same time and definitely on long car trips.

  50. Amanda Moerdyk Says:

    I love to listen to Janet Evanovich in the car. Her books have a way of making a trip seem shorter.

  51. Mary Scott Says:

    I usually listen to audiobooks while commuting to work. My favorites have been Julie & Julia (hilarious!),
    The Woods by Harlan Coben, and Envy by Sandra Brown. I hate to admit it but when I am really enjoying an audiobook I tend to miss my exit!

  52. Katy Parsons Says:

    My favorite books to listen to is the Redwall Series. It’s done with a full cast and the author narrates as well. I find it so much more entertaining to listen to and I really get into the books.

  53. Carol Waltman Says:

    “Dragon Rider” by Cornelia Funke – read by Brendan Fraser find it on KDL here — http://frodo.llcoop.org/iii/encore/record/C%7CRb1957943%7CSdragon+rider+fraser%7CP0%2C1%7COrightresult%7CX1?lang=eng&suite=pearl

  54. Ronda Says:

    Twlight series was great, hoping to read “the Host” by Stephanie Meyers also. Time travelers Wife was a great book – better than the movie! I am currently reading a Koontz book “The Taking”, very good book. I listen to the books on my way to work, while doing laundry or other chores around the house.

  55. Lindsay Williams Says:

    My children and I are enchanted by Del Roy’s rendering of “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” Many a great hour is spent accompanied by his voice.

  56. Ginger Says:

    Any audio books read by Jim Dale are excellent! My boys and I plan on listening to the Harry Potter series this summer as a way to pass the time.

  57. Ginger Says:

    Anything that Jim Dale produces is great! My two sons and I plan on listening to the Harry Potter series this summer.

  58. Amy Grime Says:

    I rarely take the time to read, instead listening to books on my way to & from work, shopping, etc. I recently listened to Steven King’s The Dome, which I would never have committed to if I would have had to read it. It was 30 discs, over 30 hours. Audiobooks made it happen.

  59. Lori Ross Says:

    Love “Ireland” by Frank Delaney. Ready by the author, who does radio. The story, characters and Irish dialects are incredible.

  60. Monica Says:

    Listening to audio books is a nice change from the radio. I really enjoy listening while I travel.

  61. Franz Reuchlein Says:

    Anything available on MP3 because I am a dedicated Mac user. Maybe something about science. I always want to read, but never have the chance.

  62. m2 Says:

    I’m enjoying listening to The Canon right now.

  63. Laurie Clark Says:

    I enjoy all the Janet Evanovich books. I have a new job as a delivery person, so i hope the library can keep up with me. I get to listen to 2 or 3 books a week. I am loving it.

  64. Jeremy Says:

    I like MONSTER by Frank Peretti. Great story and the audio book is narrated by the author so you get the exact feel and mood of what he wanted to portray.

  65. Emily Says:

    I have just finished listening to Pillars of the Earth and it was FANTASTIC!!!

  66. Sue VS Says:

    I love anything inspirational! Our library doesn’t seem to be many. When I order it it seems to come at my busiest time. Karen Kingsbury “new” books would be great.

  67. Annie Says:

    I grew up listening to books on tape. I thought my mother was brilliant to always have an audiobook available when we were in the car – I can only imagine how trips would have gone without them!
    Our best memory was the Herculeah Jones Mystery series, particularly Death’s Door and The Dark Stairs. These are some pretty intense mysteries and very entertaining! Whenever we’d pull over for a pit stop we’d hurry back into the car to continue the story. Very enjoyable and the reader was perfect. I’m so grateful I have such wonderful memories of books!
    Thanks to my wonderful mom, I am looking forward to sharing audiobooks with my children, too.

  68. Monica Pasquale Says:

    I, like at least one person posted above, enjoy listening to the Ladies’ No. 1 Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith, read by someone from Botswana. The reader’s African accent enhances the experience!

  69. Jessi Says:

    I loved listening to the book THE HELP… the characters were all brought to life so vividly by the narrator, you just couldn’t help putting yourself into the setting

  70. Julie Says:

    I loved Eat, Pray, Love on audio. There is nothing better than having the author read you her story. Real relaxing. I thought we were old friends by the time the book was over!

  71. Michele Mitchell-LaMothe Says:

    There are so many! But I particularly loved the Jan Karon Mitford series narrated by John McDonough!!!!

  72. Greg Bueckman Says:

    I have listened/read all of The 39 Clues up thru book 9. I would love to hear on audiobook the next/latest Christopher Paolini book coming out.

  73. Wendy M Says:

    My favorite audio book was October Sky. I listened to it as I was traveling through West Virgina on my way home from NC. Very neat to be right where the author Homer Hickam grew up and experienced the events from book.

  74. Beth Pearce Says:

    My favorite audiobook? Let’s see…what am I listening to now? In the past couple of weeks I’ve listened to Ian Rankin, Jane Austen, Dr. Oz. Can’t wait to get to Cascade Library and find out what my favorite audiobook is!

  75. Sarah Wheeler Says:

    I have never listened to an audiobook, yet. When I was little I used to have the book and record sets that I would listen to over and over again. My grandmother who passed away a few months ago was blind and we always got her all the Harry Potter books on audio and she LOVED them.

  76. Theresa Kozal Says:

    My 9 year old son loves listening to alot of the them… when he was at school he checked alot of them out. He likes 39 clues.

  77. karen Says:

    I love the playaways they are great for taking the Y for a workout

  78. Marcia L. Says:

    I would love to “get caught listening to an audiobook.” This is a great opportunity!

  79. Fran Wolters Says:

    I just found the Jean Auel’s Earth Children’s series through the KDL website. Awesome books, Only to “Mammoth Hunters” so far. I LOVE Audio Books. That’s how my housework gets done and my walks get taken!

  80. Binh Tu Says:

    Audiobooks will be great for those long drives this summer. I would love to listen to “Three Cups of Tea”.

  81. Tim Bueckman Says:

    I am reading The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn for class. I wish you had it on audio.

  82. Tim Bueckman Says:

    I am reading The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I would love to hear it on audiobook.

  83. Katherine Gregg Says:

    I’ve never listened to an audio book but have tried unsuccessfully to download a few (not from KDL) to my ipod. I’m looking forward to listening to my first!

  84. Susan Hull Says:

    My favorite audio book so far was ‘The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency’. I listened to the book on tape(from KDL) and am looking forward to updating my tech IQ by using audiobook recordings.

  85. Jillaine Kamp Says:

    Gary D. Schmidt’s book “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy”, which was awarded both a Newberry Honor and a Printz Honor. Awesome book!

  86. Alex Beesley Says:

    I’ve been enjoying the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The narrator (Dick Hill) is excellent as well.

  87. Anita Says:

    I love the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum audio books as well as the Harry Potter series because the readers are so entertaining. An audio book is brought to life by an enthusiatic reader!

  88. Jolynn Bosch Says:

    I loved listening to The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver on audiobook. The different sisters were portrayed through use of different voice intonations, and it gave a nice twist to the characterization.

  89. Barb Esquivel Says:

    Barbara Delinsky- “Three Wishes”. I very much like every book she has written. My favorite is the Three Wishes book.

    Barb Esquivel

  90. Chris V Says:

    I “got hooked listening” following eye surgery when I couldn’t read. I’ve been “hooked” ever since. I also enjoy books that vary the reader such as “Yada Yada Prayer Group” series and “The Help” etc. But I’ve listened to all of Jodi Picault’s, Barbara Delinsky’s, Karen Kingsbury, Jan Karon, The Kellerman’s books, and many many more. Listening to a book is a great way to multi-task and to keep your partner sleeping during a sleepless night. “Three Cups of Tea” is one of my favorites of the three you’ve listed.

  91. Matt K Says:

    I would like to hear either Operation Red Jericho or Operation Typhoon Shore.

  92. Matt K Says:

    My favorite of those three would be The 39 Clues.

  93. Aubreigh VanDeWege Says:

    I really enjoy “Breaking Dawn” and I am currently listening to that one on Play Away. I enjoy Play Aways because it is enjoyable having someone read to you. If I had to choose from one of the 3 play aways I would have probably choose “The 39 Clues”.

  94. Tara Lovejoy Says:

    I have listened to many audio books over the years. I listen to series such as “The Cat Who…” and Amelia Peabody. My favorite is “Crocodile on a Sandbank”.

  95. Nicole Ronda Says:

    I love many of the audio books. We discovered the Playaway players at our Lowell branch and it has been wonderful. We go rustic camping very often and it is a great way for our 10 year old daughter to be able to listen in the car or when she is off hiking and playing. It has helped her get into reading books even more too! I think our favorite so far has to be Inkheart.

  96. Jacqui Babcock Says:

    I love audio books, they give me the opportunity to listen to a good book while keeping up with housework and kids. Also great for walks. Would love Relentless, he is such a great author.

  97. Denise M. Barron-Kraus Says:

    My fav audio book is the same as my hard copy fav which is “The Help.”

  98. Tracy Divers Says:

    I have never listened but would love too.

  99. zach j Says:

    i liked hoot by Carl Hiaasen

  100. Sharon Scott Says:

    I love to read Janet Evanovich’s books. I anxious to hear them in an audio format. I love that the Kent District Library is keeping up with the latest technology out there.

  101. Suzanne Bynum Says:

    I love the Playaways even more than all the other audiobook formats. Compact, light and easy to carry in my purse or pocket, I listen to my selections while I’m weeding the vegetable garden. Playaway takes the drudgery out of drudge work by taking me away with some great stories.

  102. Cheryl Richer Says:

    I love to listen to books while exercising. A Playaway would make this easy.

  103. Becky Darmogray Says:

    I just listened to “Perfect” by Judith McNaught. I thought it was… well… perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. Carla Allen-Hart Says:

    I can’t wait to get “The Help” highly recommended by friends in the audio format

  105. LuAnne Mueller Says:

    I love Playaway! It is so much easier to accomplish tasks such as house cleaning, cooking, and driving in the car while being taken to far off places and meeting interesting people on Playaway. Couldn’t take my ears off of “The Secret Life of Bees.”

  106. Shannon Rop Says:

    We like to listen to audio books while going on vacation. We’ve listened to “How to Eat Fried Worms” by Thomas Rockwell and “Rascal” by Sterling North for the kids, and “All the Queen’s Men” when just my husband and me were on vacation. A great way to pass the drive!

  107. Kary Says:

    My son is listening to the 39 Clues series on the Audiobooks. He loves them. Since he has trouble reading, it is a terrific way to keep him interested in books.