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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Airborn (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Kenneth Oppel

A creatively original Victorian era fantasy where airships are one of the major modes of transportation.The style has been compared to that of Jules Verne with adventures, storms, pirates, strange creatures and a bit of romance.The descriptions of the airships makes it possible to believe that they really existed.The last 1/3 of the book is a “page-turner’ with non-stop action.A very captivating fantasy written for upper elementary age readers, but also a “great read” for adults, too.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

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Kira-Kira (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Cynthia Kadohata

This 2005 Newbery Medal winner is written for a middle and high school audience, it will also appeal to adults.The Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is in kindergarten.The sense of time and place is vividly portrayed as Katie’s older sister, Lynn, teaches her to have a positive outlook on life no matter what is happening around them.Kira - Kira means shining or glittering in Japanese.Despite the hardships, grief and the prejudice the family experiences, they are able to support each other and maintain a loving and stable home.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Book on CD)

Friday, December 12, 2008
Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell describes dramatic transformation of changes such as unknown books into bestsellers, as epidemics. In one of his examples, he describes Paul Revere as a “Connector” and a “Maven” who knew almost everyone in the region and had much information about the British.This is why he was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively which may have been a major “tipping point” in the revolutionary war.A few people can make a big difference in the world if certain factors fall in place.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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My Life as a Fake (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Peter Carey

This award-winning Australian writer spins a tale that feels like it moves you through a surreal labyrinth. He is gifted at making his exotic settings and eccentric characters captivating. The plot around the central theme of a literary hoax jumps back and forth through four time frames 1938, WWII, 1972 and 1983 and in four locations, England, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s a bit quirky and disjointed, but a beguiling story.

Kathleen Z, Library Director


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