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Book jacket image for Master and CommanderSabriel by Garth Nix

Read by Tim Curry, really need I say more?

But if you must….Sabriel is a dark fantasy set in a world where magic still exist.  New to her growing powers, Sabriel must journey into the mysterious Old Kingdom, to rescue her father, the necromancer Abhorsen. The mysterious Mogget, a demon cat with questionable intentions, and the troubled warrior, Touchstone, join her. She must search both the world of the living and dead to find the missing Abhorsen and her ultimate destiny.  I can’t imagine anyone else voicing this story as well as Tim Curry.  He adds just the right of creepiness and humor to make this horror fantasy fun.  I recommend it to any one who is not a horror fan but likes a little darkness in their story adventures.





Book jacket image for Master and CommanderMaster and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

This is the 1st novel in the Captain Jack Aubrey / Dr. Stephen Maturin series and a wonderful tale read by a very talented actor, Simon Vance. It’s 1800, the time of the Napoleonic wars, and Jack Aubrey has command of the sloop-of-war HMS Sophie. He persuades his new friend Stephen Maturin to come aboard as ship’s surgeon and so their many adventures begin. Simon Vance makes Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful characters live; this book will give you many hours listening pleasure. Reviewed by Michele 9/8/08




Book jacket image for Lush LifeLush Life by Richard Price

This crime story revolves around a mugging turned murder and how various characters participate in the police drama.  The main characters are Eric Cash, a maitre’d at Café Berkmann, and NYPD detective Matty Clark.  A female policewoman Yolonda is so well drawn and believable that you know she is ahead of the plodders beside her.  Walking along the trail listening on my iPod to the audio edition of this book agreeing with what Library Journal says of the actor/reader:”…Cannavale delivers Price’s sometimes mind-boggling slanguages (including cop speak, Ebonics and a sort of restauranteur rap) as smoothly, effortlessly and clearly as an expertly trained Old Vic thespian interprets lines from the Bard.”  Good ear for language, good cop drama--just load all eleven CDs into iTunes or whatever, and catch up with a story of what life is like on the Lower East Side of NYC.  Reviewed by Bobbie 8/27/08



City of Thieves by David Benioff

This second novel by screenwriter David Benioff is a terrifically engaging audiobook ably narrated by actor Ron Perlman.  It is the story of 17 year old Lev who is caught during the 1941 siege of Leningrad looting the pockets of a dead German paratrooper who had fallen on his street.  He is jailed with handsome and charismatic Kolya, a few years older who is charged with going AWOL from his Red Army unit on New Year's Eve.  Normally these crimes are punishable by death, but a high-ranking Russian officer whose daughter is getting married will spare their lives to search for eggs to make a wedding cake.  This impossible mission in a city destitute and starving sends the two prisoners into a series of adventures, some chilling, others comical.  Kirkus Reviews describes it as "glorious...This gut-churning thriller will sweep you along and, with any luck, propel Benioff into bestseller land." Reviewed by Linda 8/8/08



Silver Swan   by Benjamin Black

I follow the recommendations in Sukey Howard's "Spoken Word" column which appears in monthly issues of Bookpage. The Silver Swan was a recent "Sukey's favorite," and her suggestion was indeed a good one! Actor Timothy Dalton delivers the narration of this mystery authored by Benjamin Black, which is the pen name for Booker Prize-winner John Banville. Publisher's Weekly says of this audio edition "Dalton's reading is hushed, intense and dramatic, read as if being performed onstage." This is the second mystery in which Dublin pathologist and now sober Garrett Quirke returns, still addicted, however, to his insatiable curiosity. When the husband of the attractive beauty salon owner, who ostensibly commits suicide by jumping off a seaside cliff, asks Quirke to resist from doing on a postmortem on his wife, the pathologist gets suspicious and of course, curious. This leads him to become involved in a world of drugs, sexual obsession, blackmail, murder, and more personally involved than he would have anticipated. If you need any further proof of this whodunit's credentials, Booklist, Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly reviews were all starred**! Reviewed by Linda 8/8/08



Eat, Pray, Love: One woman's journey pray, love: One woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book was a wonderful adventure.  I listened to the Audio Book a few years ago and would be happy to get lost in it again. If you love to travel to foreign lands and experience different cultures, are facinated by mystical experiences and are in the need of self discovery, this book meets those needs...  Reviewed by Corinne 7/23/08 




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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

This is a moody, literary crime novel.  The quality of the writing is no surprise as the author is Booker Prize winner John Banville.  The story of the corpse of Christine Falls takes place in 1950's Dublin.  I listened to this recorded book read by Timothy Dalton, who seemed just the right choice for this novel. Reviewed by Pam 6/30/08 



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The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Colonel Warburton's Madness & other mysteries by Anthony Boucher

This is a collection of radio plays that were originally broadcast around 1945/6 starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce who, for me, are the voices of Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr. Watson.  This is a highly entertaining listening experience: you get pacey mysteries, sound effects and the experience of listening to several characters.  The atmosphere of the era is captured with each show's introduction by the sponsor, Petri wine.   I had a lot of fun listening to these old-time radio shows. Reviewed by Loraine 6/30/08



Cover for I am America (and So Can You!)I am America (and So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

I’m not a regular watcher of The Colbert Report but it didn’t make any difference to my enjoyment of this book.  I really enjoyed his tongue-and-cheek, politically incorrect, humor delivered in his unique style.  Yesterday I listened to it while I was driving to work.  I was laughing hysterically and wondering what people in the other cars were thinking. Reviewed by Linda 4/15/2008



Cover for The Cold MoonThe Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver

This is an exciting mystery featuring criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, a retired quadriplegic who’s on retainer.  To do his work he sits in his office and directs people.  This particular book deals with an assassin who sets up a number of events that will allow him to murder a number of soldiers at a military awards ceremony.  It’s very interesting and intriguing and it’s fun to listen to it on a CD.  It’s just really an exciting book. Reviewed by Leonard 4/4/2008




Cover for In The WoodsIn the Woods by Tana French

This is a mystery set in contemporary Ireland.  I have to warn you that it’s 17 CD’s long but it kept my interest.  The narrator is great and does all the different characters very well.  It’s got a starred review on Booklist, “an outstanding debut and a series to watch for procedural fans.” Reviewed by Linda 3/27/2008






CD jacket for A Few More Pretty Good JokesA Few More Pretty Good Jokes by Garrison Keillor

They say laughter is theraptic so if you’re feeling stressed, you have to  listen to this hilarious non-stop CD of jokes.  There are the classic knock-knock jokes, blonde jokes, how-many people to change light bulb jokes, chicken jokes, and more.  There are so many jokes that you won’t be able to remember them all.  Here’s one that I remembered:


A snail goes into a car dealership and buys a new car.  The snail tells the dealer that the one thing that he really wants is to have two big “S”s  put on either side of the car.  The dealer asks him why he wants that.  The snail says “so when people see the car zooming down the highway,they’ll say look at that ‘s-car-go(escargot)”


Feel better now! Reviewed by Marian 3/24/2008



Book Jacket for The SeaThe Sea by John Banville

I just finished listening to this book and I found it really charming.  The main character is an Irishman and though it doesn’t have a lot of plot it has beautiful language all the way through it.  It focuses on the second half of a person’s life and the way it generates memories from the first half of their life. Reviewed by Lyn 1/08/2008





Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Terry Practhet's larger than life character Moist von Lipwig returns to save the royal mint.  Fans of the Discworld series as well as those not familiar with Pratchett's work will enjoy this satirical comedy.  Stephen Briggs narration is highly entertaining and works well with Practchett's humor.  I found myself laughing out loud in traffic and waiting in the driveway for chapters to end.  I highly recommend this title for those who enjoyed Jim Dale's interpretation of the Harry Potter series. Reviewed by Aly 12/31/07



Book Jacket for Assassination VacationAssassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell

At first I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to listen, because the books are narrated by the author whose voice is a bit whiny and little girlish, but, actually, after a while, I concluded that her style of delivery works well with her deadpan, ironic sense of humor. Assassination Vacation details her travels to various sites related to Presidents of the United States who were the victim of assassination. The text is well researched, and uses primary source materials. Luminaries such as Stephen King participate as Lincoln, while Jon Stewart interprets the voice of President Garfield. The Partly Cloudy Patriot is a collection of essays, most of which first appeared on National Public Radio. Amongst them are a variety of topics including the 2000 elections, her take on America post 9/11, what it’s like to be a twin, presidential libraries, and the difference between Canadians and Americans (which is REALLY funny). Most of all what is conveyed in these two volumes is her genuine and infectious interest in American History. Recommended. Reviewed by Linda 12/19/2007


Pompeii by Robert Harris (2003)

This is an exciting and well-read historical story about the last days of Pompeii as seen through the eyes of an engineer. When the aqueduct that brings fresh water to thousands of people around the bay of Naples fails, Roman engineer Marius Primus is called to repair this aqueduct but is impeded by those who are plotting to take his job and position. Primus heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to investigate the break, only to come face to face with not only betrayal but impending catastrophe. This is an exciting story, which gives insight to the workings of the the Roman water system, and the lives of those who benefitted from it. Reviewed by: Louise on 08/22/07


Book jacket image for eat,pray,loveEat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A memoir that reads like a novel this book is interesting, informative and fun. Read really well by the author, it is about a year in her life when after a difficult divorce and less than a wonderful afair she follows her heart and  spends months in Italy, India and Bali. What she learns along the way made me smile, think and wish that I had her courage.  So entertaining and provacative, I didn't mind being stuck in traffic while I was listening. Reviewed by: Susan on 8/22/07


This is a wonderfully entertaining audiobook. Read by the author who has a great ability to imitate accents and is an accomplished linguist, Gilbert details her year as a resident in the countries of Italy, India, and Indonesia.  Wounded by a nasty divorce and a failed love affair, she decides to follow  her stomach, heart, and spiritual needs and live on her own abroad.  She describes the various people who become part of her new life as she immerses in the local culture while eating her way through Rome and other Italian cities,  engaging in serious prayer in an ashram in India, and then falling in love with a older Brazilian expat living in Bali.  Her senses are in tune to all the sights, sounds, and smells around her which she renders in the most engaging manner. Reviewed by: Linda on 8/9/07


Book jacket image for Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

This subtle science fiction novel draws on the alternate (yet familiar) worlds created by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Cathy, the meandering narrator of this book, tries to make sense of her existence, while constantly revealing tidbits of her life as a “carer” for compulsory organ donors in a society which uses humans as transplant hosts. The word “clone” is rarely used here, but the complicated moral dilemma of cloning for medical science (and the poignant lives of the donors themselves) makes for heartbreaking reading. The narrator lends great poignancy and drama to the characters she voices. Reviewed by: Lindsay on 08/22/07



Bang! by Sharon Flake


This audio book read by Dominic Hoffman is about Mann who is a teen aged boy,  his family, and his friend

Kee-lee. Mann's little brother is killed as an innocent bystander in a shooting that takes place in front of his



Book jacket image for The Devil in the Junior LeagueThe devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee


Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (aka "Frede" and I do mean Frede) is a pampered , wealthy Texan Junior Leaguer with constant tips for what is Acceptable and Not Acceptable Junior League behavior. Her perfect husband bilks Frede of her wealth and runs off with "Miss Mouse", heaping insult upon insult. A reclusive artist, characters from the wrong side of the track who made good, and other Willow Creek residents that have more than a passing acquaintance with crazy populate this hysterically funny novel and serves up a good case of come uppance! I listened to the audio book for the full effect of the Southern drawling accents and affectations (I am a Southerner, so I can say this). Enjoy. Reviewed by: Cathy on 08/16/07




Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Artemis series is charming, original and funny.  Colfer has created a compelling and creative story that's sure to appeal to Harry Potter fans young and old.  When the main character, the elf, Holly Short, gets kinapped in the line of duty...she works as a LEP-recon officer...by the most vile of humans, Artemis Fowl, it's a race between master minds to see whether she can be rescued in time to save the Fairy Gold.  In addition to Colfer's clever story, listeners, will be enthralled by the talented reader, Nathaniel Parker.  His wide range of voices creates a believable and loveable cast of characters.  This series was a true joy to listen to.  Reviewed by Catherine on 8/14/2007.


Book jacket image for I feel bad about my neckI feel bad about my neck: And other thoughts on being a woman by Nora Ephron


Listening to this was a delighful experience. It is a collection of essays about aging as a woman , and she examines it with humor and intelligence.  From her love-hate relationship with purses to her confession that despite a stint as a White House intern in 1961, she and JFK did not have an affair, she looks at the inevitability of aging with such "wish she had known" statements as "Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-four" and "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you."   I also appreciated her style of delivery which enhanced the humor of her essays Reviewed by: Linda on 8/9/07




Book jacket image for Me talk pretty one dayMe talk pretty one day by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is funny enough to read, but to listen to him read his own stuff...forget about it. This is especially true in this book, where he talks about his experiences dealing with his lisp (which he still has), learning to speak French, and impersonating his brother's deep southern accent. But Sedaris is not simply a stand-up autobiographer; his memoirs are also poignant, yet you might find yourself listening to some of his accounts more than once in order to grasp it all. If you end up liking this, check out the ultimate audiobook collection. One more piece of advice: use caution listening to this while driving! Reviewed by: Jimmy on 7/17/07






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