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Nov 19

NovemBARD: BARD Only Books

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 8:45 AM by Maggie Witte

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) works hard to provide as many audiobooks as possible to patrons across the country and abroad. While they do produce many books in house, to keep up with the demand for books and with the number books published each year, they have partnered with many commercial audiobook producers to acquire commercially produced books. This means we are getting new releases and popular authors quicker.

However, because of the high volume of books NLS receives and the limited number of cartridges that are available to load books onto, many books, mostly commercially produced books, are being made available only through BARD. The list of BARD only books includes not just commercial audiobooks, but also many older books such as those that were originally produced on cassette. Also, many of the talking book libraries would not have the room to house one copy of every book on cartridge.

Patrons that sign up and use BARD get earlier access to new books, magazines, and have access to the entire collection. With the pandemic delaying the delivery of physical copies of books, earlier this year, those books were often available only through BARD. More and more books are added to the BARD website each day that are only available through BARD. This is one of the many reasons we encourage patrons to use BARD.

Recent BARD Only Additions
DB 100598 Kiss my cupcake by Helena Hunting
Blaire Calloway's dream of opening her cupcake and cocktails shop is complicated when Ronan Knight opens a sports bar next door on the same day. While the two begin as rivals, they grow closer when a new threat to both their businesses arrives. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100589 The glass house by Beatrice Colin

Scotland, 1912. Antonia McCullough's life isn't what she planned. Her marriage is fractured, her art career came to nothing, and her reflection shows only disappointment. When a woman claiming to be her brother's wife arrives, Antonia's life becomes infinitely more intriguing--but threatens Antonia's future. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100482 Gentle on my mind: in sickness and in health with Glen Campbell by Kim Campbell
Memoir of a woman's life as the wife of country music legend Glen Campbell. She shares stories from their thirty-four years together-- both the highs of performances, children, and awards and the lows of Glen's struggles with addiction, his decline due to Alzheimer's, and his death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100421 St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie Noblin
Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve's life? When she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a car, and a cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100170 The sirens of Mars: searching for life on another world by Sarah Stewart Johnson

Planetary scientist who worked on NASA's Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rover missions shares her journey of finding and developing her career. Topics covered include growing up in rural Kentucky, scientific inquiries into inhospitable environments, and stories of other scientists who studied Mars. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100167 A honeybee heart has five openings: a year of keeping bees by Helen Jukes
Reflections of personal distress due to life changes, the caring for a honeybee hive, and human interaction with nature. Topics covered include settling into a new home, myths and meanings surrounding bees, apiculture techniques and considerations, and harvesting honey. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100463 Careful what you click for by Mary B. Morrison
Friends Jordan, Victoria, Kingston, and Chancelor love the Atlanta scene and what it's done for their individual careers. But it's been lacking on the romance front. The four make a pact to try online dating and watch each other's backs. Surprises are in store for all. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100171 Survival of the friendliest: understanding our origins and rediscovering our common humanity by René Ruiz
Authors of The Genius of Dogs (DB 76379) present research regarding cognitive evolution and the theory that Homo sapiens were able to edge out the other species of humans due to friendly natures--which Hare terms the "self-domestication theory." Topics include brain development and interspecies communication. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100103 The heirloom garden by Viola Shipman
When Abby and her family move in next door to Iris, neither is expecting the other to change their lives. Iris was widowed during World War II, and Abby's husband deals with trauma from Iraq. As they interact, secrets of their lives come to light. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100096 Citizen reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the magazine that rewrote America by Stephanie Gorton
A history of the rise and fall of the influential Gilded Age magazine McClure's, which was responsible for many groundbreaking stories of its time. The author also profiles the magazine's staff and argues in favor of the importance of investigative journalism in a democracy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100124 A duke by any other name by Grace Burrowes
After five Seasons, Althea Wentworth is done trying to impress society and retreats to the Yorkshire estate given to her by her brother, the Duke of Walton. She visits her neighbor, the Duke of Rothhaven, who lives as a recluse to keep his secrets. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100082 These ghosts are family by Maisy Card
Thirty years after he faked his death, Stanford Solomon--formerly Abel Paisley--decides to tell his family the truth, including the daughter he abandoned all those years ago. Everyone struggles with Stanford's revelations and reflects on what their lives may have been like if he'd told the truth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 99902 Me & Patsy, kicking up dust: my friendship with Patsy Cline by Loretta Lynn
A country music legend looks back on her friendship with fellow icon Patsy Cline, who died at age thirty-one in 1963. They met when Lynn's career was just getting started, but Cline was a star. Cline became a friend and mentor who was taken too soon. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100075 Everyone knows how much I love you by Kyle McCarthy

When she moves to New York, thirty-year-old Rose meets up with her former high school best friend, Lacie. As she tutors during the day and works on the secret novel based on her and Lacie's friendship, Rose is drawn more and more to Lacie's boyfriend. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 100118 The divine Miss Marble: a life of tennis, fame, and mystery by Robert Weintraub
A sportswriter explores the life of tennis star Alice Marble (1913-1990), one of the biggest sports celebrities of the 1930s and 40s. In addition to chronicling her successful tennis career, the author looks at her influence on future players, and the mysteries of her personal life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.