44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 11 hours 17 minutes.
Follows the episodic adventures of an eclectic group of residents of an Edinburgh apartment building. There's overbearing Irene and her precocious young son Bertie, sixty-year-old widow Domenica, twenty-year-old newcomer Pat, and handsome, self-absorbed surveyor Bruce--Pat's flatmate. At her new gallery job Pat identifies an expensive portrait that subsequently disappears. 2005. Download 44 Scotland Street, DB64303
The Blue Moon Circus by Michael Raleigh
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 11 hours 38 minutes.
Oklahoma, 1926. Seven years after he closed down his big top, circus man Lewis Tully winds up in jail. Offered freedom in return for one last show, Lewis assembles an odd band of acts for a final tour of the west--and finds himself the guardian of an orphan named Charlie. 2003. Download The Blue Moon Circus, DB65219
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes.
Despite a long list of resolutions, British Bridget Jones's year gets off to "an exceptionally bad start" when her parents try to fix up their thirtyish dateless daughter with their friends' unappealing divorced son. But all is not lost--it appears that Bridget's crush on her boss is developing into a two-sided flirtation. Strong language. Bestseller. Download Bridget Jones's Diary, DB46267
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 10 hours 15 minutes
Elmwood Springs, Missouri. After octogenarian Elner Shimfissle falls off her ladder and dies, the townsfolk reminisce about her. When Elner meets her late sister Ida in heaven, Ida is still fuming over her bad-hair day at her funeral--then a miracle happens. Includes recipes. Bestseller. 2006. Download Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, DB62789
The Darling Buds of May: The Pop Larkin Chronicles by H.E. Bates
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 14 hours 10 minutes
Ecstatically good-natured Ma and Pop Larkin are living in the English countryside with their brood of six children when young Mr. Charlton, the tax inspector, enters their lives. Amazed by their outrageous life-style and enraptured by their lovely daughter, Mr. Charlton becomes part of the Larkin family in spite of himself. A PBS series is based on the family's adventures in this collection of three novellas. Download The Darling Buds of May: The Pop Larkin Chronicles, DB36370
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 13 hours 35 minutes
Unfashionable Ivy League graduate Andrea Sachs lands a prized job as assistant to legendary fashion editor Miranda Priestly. After almost a year of working fourteen-hour days performing personal services for her intolerable prima donna boss, Andrea has to choose between servitude and her true self. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003. Download The Devil Wears Prada, DB56233
Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 6 hours 1 minute.
Bachelor Carl Turnage visits his favorite aunt during her convalescence at a North Carolina nursing home. But Aunt Lil and some friends there crave adventure and find it when they steal a car. Meanwhile Carl joins a preacher's band at the home and attempts romance with a social worker. Some strong language. 2003.Download Lunch at the Piccadilly, DB57416
Miss Julia Throws a Wedding by Ann B. Ross
Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 9 hours 40 minutes
Widow Julia Springer of Abbotsville, North Carolina, insists on planning a wedding for attorney Binkie Enloe and her fiancé, deputy Coleman Bates. But Miss Julia really wants her friend Hazel Marie to get hitched to her live-in lover as a good example to Hazel's young son. 2002. Download Miss Julia Hits the Road, DB56262
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 9 hours 13 minutes.
Satirical take on rich New Yorkers who hire caregivers to be substitute parents. An NYU student majoring in child development opts for a part-time nanny job to pay her rent and winds up with more family involvement than she anticipated. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2002. Download The Nanny Diaries, DB54032
Pen Pals by Olivia Goldsmith
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 13 hours 19 minutes.
Wall Street hot shot Jennifer Spencer agrees to take the fall for her boss's insider trading until she is imprisoned in a harsh female correctional facility. Vowing revenge, she enlists the help of her former company's accountant and some fellow inmates, all the while learning about injustice and suffering. Strong language. 2002. Download Pen Pals, DB56943
Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes.
When Becky returns from her round-the-world honeymoon with two truckloads of souvenirs, she learns that real married life means making adjustments, including a budget. Meanwhile she meets her half-sister, Jessica, who is a frugal environmentalist and hates shopping! Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.Download Shopaholic and Sister, DB58896
100 Years, 100 Stories by George Burns
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 2 hours 44 minutes.
Burns states that he can't put each of his fans in his will; he can't even thank them enough. Instead, for his one hundredth birthday, he provides this collection of one hundred of his funniest anecdotes, plus a bonus of two. The stories cover Burns's long career and include many entries about his wife, Gracie. Bestseller.Download 100 Years, 100 Stories, DB41994
101 Classic Jewish Jokes: Jewish Humor from Groucho Marx to Jerry Seinfeld by Robert Menchin
Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time 1 hour 34 minutes
An explanation of the origins of Jewish humor followed by sample jokes. Includes some common Yiddish terms and birth names of famous Jewish comedians. Download 101 Classic Jewish Jokes: Jewish Humor from Groucho Marx to Jerry Seinfeld, DB46681
African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today by Mel Watkins
Read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona. Reading time 17 hours 25 minutes
Anthology of African American humor from traditional trickster tales to twenty-first century comedy. Contains proverbs, short stories, riddles, songs, jokes, and stand-up routines as well as literary works by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Includes historical introductions for each chapter. Foreword by Dick Gregory. Strong language. 2002. Download African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today, DB62112
Aunt Erma's cope book: how to get from Monday to Friday ... in 12 days by Erma Bombeck
Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time 4 hours 15 minutes
Comedy of the how-to/self-help mania that zooms in on favorite national pastimes and preoccupations. The humorist claims she never knew how miserable she was until she tried to find out why she was happy. Her inalienable right to pursue happiness leads her to 'Fear of Buying' and 'Is There a Draft in Your Open Marriage?' Bestseller. Download Aunt Erma's cope book: how to get from Monday to Friday ... in 12 days, DB14029
Fatherhood by Bill Cosby
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 3 hours 19 minutes
Warm-hearted revelations by the much-acclaimed comedian and television star. Cosby comforts parents with tales about his life as the father of five children, who are a source of bewilderment to him from their infancy through the terrible teens. Some strong language. Bestseller 1986. Download Fatherhood, DB23037
The Funny Thing Is... by Ellen DeGeneres
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 3 hours 38 minutes
DeGeneres follows up My Point...And I Do Have One (RC 41736) with another collection of stream-of-consciousness musings that highlight the absurdities of everyday life. Topics include brunches, gift exchanges, silence, clothes she has regretted wearing, penny-pinching, and things to be grateful for. Bestseller. 2003. Download The Funny Thing Is..., DB57179
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 6 hours 58 minutes
Comedian intersperses his autobiography with anecdotes from his stand-up comedy routines. Newhart discusses growing up in Chicago, being drafted into the army in 1952, his first real job as an accountant, his marriage of forty-three years, and life on the road. Includes dirty little secrets about comedians. 2006. Download I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny, DB63575
I'm Not Really Here by Tim Allen
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 8 hours 11 minutes
Known for his starring role in the sitcom Home Improvement, Allen humorously describes an unusual weekend. Alone while his wife and daughter have gone camping, he puzzles over "the big questions" brought on by his midlife crisis--while he searches for a missing hood ornament. Strong language.Download I'm Not Really Here, DB47356
Jokes to Go: One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-six of the Funniest Bits from the Best Comedians by Judy Brown
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 5 hours 58 minutes
One-liners, quips, and humorous observations arranged alphabetically by topic. Includes favorites of Dave Barry, Mel Brooks, Johnny Carson, Bill Cosby, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, David Letterman, George Lopez, Dennis Miller, and Conan O'Brien, who cover everything from breakups and marriages to sports and taxes. 2003. Download Jokes to Go: One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-six of the Funniest Bits from the Best Comedians, DB67123
Jolly Jokes for Older Folks by Bob Phillips
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time 3 hours 39 minutes
Alphabetized compendium of hundreds of wholesome jokes and one-liners for the young at heart, from the author of The Best Ever Book of Good Clean Jokes (RC 63784). Includes quips on doctors, memory loss, the IRS, computers, and other situations. 2007. Download Jolly Jokes for Older Folks, DB65362
Laughter, the Best Medicine: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection of Our Funniest Jokes, Quotes, Stories, and Cartoons by Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 5 hours 2 minutes
Hundreds of quips that poke fun at life, compiled from fifty years of Reader's Digest magazine. Includes items from both professional comedians and ordinary subscribers. 2008. Download Laughter, the Best Medicine: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection of Our Funniest Jokes, Quotes, Stories, and Cartoons, DB67219
Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore by Ian Urbina.
Read by Guy Williams. Reading time 3 hours 51 minutes.
Sixty-nine anecdotes detailing how ordinary people dealt with common irritations such as "express-aisle cheaters" and "regifters." Suggests ways to cope with many pesky problems from being placed on hold to handling junk mail. 2005. Download Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore, DB66199
Steve Allen's Private Joke File by Steve Allen
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 8 hours 26 minutes
The acclaimed comedian, entertainer, and early talk show host relates his favorite jokes, one-liners, anecdotes, limericks, quotes, and zingers gleaned from a career spanning more than fifty years in radio, film, and television. 2000. Download Steve Allen's Private Joke File, DB52837
There's No Toilet Paper...On the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure by Doug Lansky
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 5 hours 59 minutes
Twenty-six writers relate embarrassing, frustrating, comical, but certainly memorable moments from their sojourns abroad. Bill Bryson takes an enlightening stroll through Paris, while Dave Barry attempts to learn Japanese in five minutes. Peter Mayle, P.J. O'Rourke, and Mary Roach, among others, also share their outrageous travel experiences. 1998. Download There's No Toilet Paper...On the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure, DB58588