Naxos Spoken Word Library delivers audiobooks online

Written by Greg Anderson, Reference Librarian

The NAXOS Spoken Word Library is an online collection of more than 550 audiobooks. It concentrates on classic novels, plays, and poetry from medieval times to the twentieth century.  The collection also includes NAXOS educational products, which focus on the background to operas and the lives of great music composers.

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Naxos Spoken Word Library

Included in the collection are abridged and unabridged titles. The majority of titles are accompanied by the text. While these titles may be streamed via web browser to PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, they cannot be downloaded to portable audio devices such as the iPod.

The collection may be accessed through the Databases & E-Resources list . From the library home page, mouseover “Research Tools” and click on “Databases & E-Resources.”  In the alphabetical list of links, click on the letter “N,” then click on Naxos Spoken Word Library to see information about using this resource. Another click on the “Connect to” Naxos Spoken Word Library link will log you in to this resource.

Individual audiobook titles and chapters do offer persistent URLs for linking from a Blackboard course, email or other documents.  Here, for example, is the Introduction to Julian Curry’s A Guide to Wine.   If you need assistance locating the persistent URL for a particular item, please contact your liaison librarian.

No more than 10 users may be logged into Spoken Word Library simultaneously, so please click on the “Log Out” button at the top when you have finished listening.