Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Garth Stein

I listened to the audio CD of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and loved it.   It’s a story that is told from the point of view of the main character who is a dog.  The story opens when Enzo is at the end of his life.  Enzo relates the story of his master, Denny who, after adopting Enzo, marries, has a child and begins his auto-racing career.  Enzo is with Denny through the unexpected death of his wife and a three year custody battle for his daughter.  Enzo learns about human life and how Denny’s racing knowledge applies to many life issues.  It’s an emotional story with laughter, tears, love and hope.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right

Friday, April 27, 2012
Atul Gawande
Checklist Manifesto

I'm a list maker by nature: to-do lists, books to read lists, things to knit lists, places to visit lists. Checklists haven’t been my thing.  After reading The Checklist Manifesto, that might be changing.  This short book is a fascinating look at what seems to be such a simple idea, the checklist.  Atul Gawande, a general and endocrine surgeon, leads the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.  Gawande starts with surgery, but looks to other professions that deal with complexity and how they create and use checklists.   It’s about the 3 “C”s…complexity, checklists and conversation.  Check our catalog   Also available as an audio book.

Holly, Youth Services

For the Win

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Cory Doctorow
For the Win

I pulled this audio off the shelf for something different to listen to and found myself learning a lot about the world of online gaming and real life issues.  An international group of young people begin a fight for real world rights via online games.  Youth from all over Asia and the U.S come together to support each other.  This is not an easy read but is worth the effort.  It will make you think about the way you shop and play by giving you a picture of the people who produce so many of the items we use.  This was published in 2010 but it show how the internet can be used to rally people to a cause…as during the Arab spring.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Nightwoods

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Charles Frazier
Nightwoods

On Thanksgiving morning I listened to the audio book of Nightwoods while stuffing the turkey and baking pumpkin pie. I was grateful to have the time to listen to this suspenseful story of a loner who ends up caretaker for her murdered sister’s traumatized twins. Narrator Will Patton expertly gives voice to Charles Frazier’s novel, with hushed quieter tones when speaking for the heroine, Luce, and bringing a hard-edged disgust and cruelty to his voice when portraying, Bud, the smooth-talking villain.  Anyone who enjoyed Frazier’s debut novel, Cold Mountain, is sure to like his third which is also set in the mountains of North Carolina.  Check our catalog for the audio book or the print copy

Cyndi L., Reference

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Friday, December 2, 2011
Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age N

Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner who makes chemistry real and fascinating in her tale of the careers of two important people in the field of forensic toxicology, Dr. Charles Norris, and Alexander Gettler.  The book follows the events in New York in the early 20th century.  Each chapter is named after a poison, and contains the unsettling real-life cases in which these two men devised methods to solve the crimes and detect the poisons.  Some parts are a little gruesome, and a little heavy on the chemistry, but a good read nonetheless.  Check our catalog for the audio book  or Check MelCat for the book

Margaret, Reference

Dogwood

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Chris Fabry
Dogwood

Is Will obsessed with a life that can never be? After all he is an ex-con, hated in his hometown, and Karin, the woman he loves, is married to a minister and has three small children. As the story unfolds, we're given glimpses of how intertwined their lives are but are not truly prepared for all the revelations. Each of the four narrators add to the drama.  Check our catalog for the audiobook or check our catalog for the book

Doris, Reference

The Memory of Running (audiobook)

Friday, July 29, 2011
Ron McLarty
The Memory of Running (audiobook)
Smithson Ide, now in his forties, is the lonely slob his sister warned him he might become. He drinks heavily, smokes heavily, and works a boring job. But within the span of a few days his life begins to change. His parents die from an automobile accident, and then he opens a letter that says his missing sister's remains are in Los Angeles. When he sees his old bicycle hanging in the garage, he takes it down and begins what his former neighbor calls a quest. Along the way, we learn about Smithy's baseball playing father, mentally afflicted sister, determined neighbor who has loved him despite his flaws, and other characters. Also we are with him as he encounters people who are too quick to judge. This book reminds me of Forrest Gump; but, for me, the story is more believable and touching.
 
 
Doris M., Reference

The Sherlock Files-The Hundred Year Old Secret (audiobook)

Friday, July 22, 2011
Tracy Barrett
My Husband and I are great fans of Sherlock Holmes so while on vacation this week we listened to this audio book in the car. It was just long enough to get us up north! The book is recommended for listeners (or readers) ages to 9 to 12 but we really enjoyed it. Xena and Xander Holmes, siblings from the U.S., are moving to London with their parents. They discover they are related to the famous Sherlock Holmes and they inherit his unsolved casebook. The siblings go about trying to solve the cases that their famous ancestor couldn't. This first book deals with a missing famous painting-and yes they do solve the mystery!
 
Jan K., Youth Services
 
 
 

Revolution (YA Book on CD)

Friday, June 17, 2011
Jennifer Donnelly

The novel written with a teen adult protagonist will also appeal to adults. Andi Alpers is failing her classes in her last year at a prestigious private school in Brooklyn, NY. She is angry at her father for leaving, anxious for her mother who is not coping well and deeply saddened by the death of her younger brother. She accompanies her father, a famous scientist, to Paris for winter break to work on her graduation thesis. There she discovers the diary of Alexandrine Paradis who lived two centuries earlier during the French Revolution. Alexandrine’s words tell a story that transcends time and, at one point, become terrifyingly real.

Kathleen Z., Director
 
 

Hot, Flat and Crowded: why we need a green revolution-- and how it can renew America (Book on CD)

Friday, June 17, 2011
Thomas L. Friedman

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of TheWorld is Flat, Friedman makes a case for the U.S. to embrace a “green revolution” to revive America and lead the world in new and sustainable ways to live.  I confess that I skimmed the last quarter of the book because it is a tome of facts, history and opinion about economics, cultures of the world, weather, politics and more.  His research is impressive and his writing is great.  Even if you don’t agree with his opinions, he gives much food for thought and offers inspiration to tackle complicated issues that can lead to transformation.

Kathleen Z., Library Director
 
 

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