The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet (Book on CD)

Monday, November 8, 2010
David Mitchell

In 1799 Japan allowed a few foreigners to stay only on the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Otherwise foreigners are blocked from entering Japan and Japanese citizens are prevented from leaving. As a young man, Jacob De Zoet arrives to help his employer, the Dutch East Indies Company, clean house. His goal is to make his fortune and reunite with his fiancé in Holland. Fate hands him a very different story. He falls in love with a Japanese woman even though he is only allowed to see her on Dejima in the presence of her Japanese colleagues in very public settings. If he in any way reveals his attraction to her, it could be deadly for both of them. Local and world events intervene to take them both on very different paths that include trust and betrayal and the challenges of historical racial and gender boundaries. Mitchell’s painstakingly detailed style of developing characters and settings and sweeping adventures reminds me of James Michener’s historical fiction.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series Book #1 (Audiobook)

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Alexander McCall Smith

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe is a character I'd heard of, but never knew much about until a few summers ago when I checked out the audiobook of  first book in Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

What's really wonderful about this audiobook besides Alexander McCall Smith's sweet storytelling is narrator Lisette Lecat's voice. The South African-born Lecat navigates the Botswana landscape capturing the rhythms and lyrical sound of Mma Ramotswe's voice and the rich language of the country.

My son and I enjoyed listening to this CD during leisurely breakfasts a few years ago. With the summer heat and Lecat's voice it was like being on safari.

Cyndi L., Reference

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A Beautiful Place to Die (Audio Book on CD)

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Malla Nunn

A great “who dun it” murder mystery set in South Africa 1953. The historical setting in a deeply divided society is what gives this story it’s twists and turns because the protocols differ for people of differing status mostly based on skin color or family lineage.  The main characters are well developed which sucks the reader in to see the story to its end.  Warning: it is quite violent.  The narrator, Saul Reichlin, is very good.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted (Audio Book on CD)

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Elizabeth Berg

I took this CD on a trip because I was intrigued by the title.  The first chapter was really very funny and made me want to stop at all the fast food restaurants on the way.   The sub title is "Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman rebels, kidks up her heels, and commits a small act of liberation"  And that describes the book.  Several of the chapters were good and others were not, one was even offensive and I fast forwarded it.  I didn't get through all of the 7 discs but did enjoy the parts I listened to.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Twenties Girl (Book of CD)

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sophie Kinsella
Lara Linton never knew her great-aunt Sadie until she started demanding her necklace at her funeral, and Lara was the only one hearing the 105-year-old, now a ghost. Despite coming off sounding like a lunatic, Lara stops the funeral and tells Sadie she'll look for the necklace. But finding the necklace is just one of many things for Lara to deal with, one being, keeping Sadie happy. This is another laugh out loud book by the author of the Shopaholic books.
Doris, Reference

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Spencer Quinn

Chet is the canine assistant to sleuth Bernie in Dog on It. Together they're on the trail of a missing teenage girl. You may have to reconsider your own dog's abilities after reading what wacky Chet does.

Doris, Reference


The Art of Racing in the Rain (Book on CD)

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Garth Stein

Everyone knows a dog is a man's best friend. In this book, the dog narrating the story truly exemplifies that adage. (I listened to the audio edition.)  Enzo has a love of car racing just as Denny, the man in his life who is known for his skill at racing in the rain. After the death of his wife, Denny puts his racing career on the back burner while he fights his in-laws for custody of his daughter. Enzo is there for him throughout it all with compassion and fierce loyalty. You'll rejoice at the ending.

Doris, Reference

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The Convict's Sword (Audiobook on CD)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I. J. Parker

One of a series of mysteries featuring Sugawara Akitada as the main character set in 11th century Japan (Heian era before the Shoguns).  Akitada, Senior Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, has vowed to find out who framed his friend, Haseo, who was condemned to die in exile more than 5 years previous.  Haseo left his sword behind as a clue to his past.   Akitada also becomes involved in solving the mysterious murder of a blind street singer.  All the while a smallpox epidemic is threatening the city.  This is set in the city of Heian-kyo which is modern-day Kyoto.  Characters are well-developed and the setting and time is brought to life.

As far as I know this is the only title and format that we have for this series, but many of the titles are available through MELCat

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Robert Vaughan

Todd Williams returns to Texas to take over the family ranch "Trailback" after his father's death.  He does so under an anonymous name because he plans on changing the longhorns out for herford cows.  However, he doesn't realize that the other ranchers won't " take to kindly" to the idea. This is a true western with action, a gunfighter and of course a pretty woman.  George Guidall does a great job narrating this story.  You'll laugh at some of the expressions and feel like you are watching an old John Wayne movie!  Check it out for yourself and enjoy.

Jan H., Technical Services

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Holmes on the Range

Friday, May 29, 2009
Steve Hockensmith

I liked the book, but LOVED the Book on CD! William Dufris, the narrator, is a hoot! I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.

1893 is a tough year in Montana. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle ranch, they’re not expecting anything more than hard work and bad pay. What they get is a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede. Old Red sees it as a perfect opportunity to employ his Sherlock Holmes-inspired deducifin’ skills and Big Red like it or not, is a long for the wild ride.

Jerilee C., Head of Adult Services

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