Revolution (YA Book on CD)

Thursday, June 16, 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)

Thursday, June 16, 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

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)

Wednesday, August 11, 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)

Wednesday, August 11, 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)

Wednesday, August 11, 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)

Wednesday, July 28, 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

Wednesday, July 21, 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)

Wednesday, July 14, 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)

Monday, July 5, 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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