Chester Fritz Library Updates

News and notes from UND's Chester Fritz Library

New Year, New Tunes

Happy New Year! It’s 2024 and the spring semester is upon us. As it is widely known, we do love a physical book at the Chester Fritz Library However, there is something about listening to someone else tell you a story during the colder winter months. Check out our 8 audiobook recommendations below. If an audiobook is too long for you, try a podcast! In fact, there are several podcasts created by UND students, faculty, and staff. Whether you put on an audiobook or a podcast, you won’t have to go outside.


The Dakota Student logo: a capital D and S.

Dakota Student Podcast

Hosted by The Dakota Student

‎The Dakota Student is the student-run newspaper publication of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Founded in 1888, the Student has been publishing (with a few name changes) for over a century since! In 2019 the paper branched into audio the Dakota Student Podcast. Tune into the student hosts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Why? Radio logo

Why Radio Podcast

Hosted by Jack Weinstein

Airing since 2009, Why? Radio is a philosophical podcast hosted by UND’s own Philosophy professor, Jack Russell Weinstein. It aims to show that all philosophy is relevant to our day-to-day lives and that everyone is doing philosophy all the time, we just don’t know it. Enjoy a wide range of intellectual debates on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or iHeart Radio Podcasts.

"The Chronicles of Chester Fritz: Original Lovecraftian Fiction" over a sketch of the Chester Fritz Library with tentacles emerging from the top of the building.

The Chronicles of Chester Fritz

Hosted by Brian Urlacher

The Chronicles of Chester Fritz is a podcast featuring original short stories drawing on the Lovecraftian mythos. Additional commentary touches on the background of each story and explores intersections with the works of H. P. Lovecraft and other contemporary fictions writers. Follow the adventures of Chester Fritz Library professors on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Dakota Health

Dakota Health Podcast

Hosted by UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences

A health and medicine podcast from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Each episode of Dakota Health explores a specific healthcare topic with UND-based faculty, students, and staff from across North Dakota. Enjoy the insights on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.


Fourth Wing

By Rebecca Yarros

Read by Rebecca Soler and Teddy Hamilton

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. However, pressure from the commanding general (Violet’s mother) forces Violet to join the dragon riders. But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away … because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them. With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda–because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

link to the audiobook record for Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros in the CFL catalog

Harlem Shuffle

By Colson Whitehead

Read by Dion Graham

To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Ray Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. When Ray’s cousin, Freddie, falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa–the “Waldorf of Harlem” he volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?

link to the audiobook record for Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead in the CFL catalog

Happy Place

By Emily Henry

Read by Julia Whelan

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college–they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now–for reasons they’re still not discussing–they don’t. They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week … in front of those who know you best?

link to the audiobook record for Happy Place by Emily Henry in the CFL catalog

Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver

Read by Charlie Thurston

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

link to the audiobook record for Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver in the CFL catalog


link to the audiobook record for When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi in the CFL catalog

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi

Read by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all.

link to the audiobook record for The Woman in Me by Britney Spears in the CFL catalog

The Woman in Me

By Britney Spears

Read by Michelle Williams

A brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope. In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice–her truth–was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others.

link to the audiobook record for The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. Van der Kolk in the CFL catalog

The Body Keeps the Score

By Bessel A. Van der Kolk

Read by Sean Pratt

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing. Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat on a daily basis; one in five Americans have been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology.

link to the audiobook record for A Short History of Nearly Everything in the CFL catalog

A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson

Read by Richard Mathews

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn’t know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world’s leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson’s good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson’s aim, and he succeeds brilliantly.