Audiobook

A Woman's Place (Audiobook)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Lynn Austin
After the attack on Pearl Harbor draws the United States into war and cuts into the male workforce in factories, women are told they are needed for the war effort. Four women of different ages, from different backgrounds, and due to different circumstances take jobs as electricians in a Michigan shipyard in "A Woman's Place" by inspirational author Lynn Austin. Working as a team, the women evolve emotionally and psychologically as their friendship develops and they face personal and workplace issues. Christina Moore narrates the audio book; the library also has a print copy.

Doris, Reference
 

Traveler (Audiobook)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Ron McLarty
Traveler (Audiobook)

McLarty is able to bring his boyhood hometown of East Providence, RI to life as the main character Jono Reilly, goes back there when he gets notice that his first childhood love, Marie D'Agostino, has died suddenly. 40 years previously she had been shot in the back while walking through a field with Jono. It was a mystery. A motive was never determined and her assailant has never been found. He reopens the investigation with the help of a retired cop. McLarty's characters and settings are vivid and engaging.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

 

Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Harriet McBryde Johnson
This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth Services
 

The Memory of Running (Audiobook)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ron McLarty

Smithson Ide is a 43 year-old, 279 pound hard-drinking single man who suddenly finds himself on a cross-country “quest” via bicycle after both of his parents are killed in a car accident. The story of his boyhood and his beloved teenage sister’s descent into mental illness and eventual disappearance unfold as he makes his way from the east coast to the west coast by bicycle. While his many encounters along the way require the reader to believe that Smithy has a superhuman ability to survive, the characters and the stories they weave are worth the journey.

Kathleen Z, Library Director
 

Saving the World (Audiobook)

Monday, May 19, 2008
Julia Alvarez
Two stories intertwine as an award-winning Latino author living in Vermont narrates a story about her husband’s mission to the Dominican Republic to help eradicate AIDS as well as the story in her latest book about an ill-fated 19th-century Spanish expedition to Central America to prevent future smallpox epidemics. The main characters in this novel are well-developed and face some messy dilemmas in life, e.g. the ethics of ways people are saved from epidemics.

Kathleen Z., Library Director
 

Saving the World (Book on CD)

Monday, May 19, 2008
Julia Alvarez

Two stories intertwine as an award-winning Latino author living in Vermont narrates a story about her husband’s mission to the Dominican Republicto help eradicate AIDS as well as the story in her latest book about an ill-fated 19th-century Spanish expedition to Central Americato prevent future smallpox epidemics. The main characters in this novel are well-developed and face some messy dilemmas in life, e.g. the ethics of ways people are saved from epidemics.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Black Duck (Book on CD)

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Janet Taylor Lisle

It's the Spring of 1929 on the New England shore... Prohibition... Smuggling Liquor... and a dead body found on the beach.

So begins Black Duck the story of Ruben and Jeddy and their, along with most of those in the small community, involvement in rum-running. Black Duck is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that will have you on the edge of your seats at times. The author’s note at the end of the audio tells of the actual events that inspired the story.

Holly, Youth Services

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100 Cupboards (Book on CD)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
N. D. Wilson

One of those books on CD where I found myself wanting to drive for the sole purpose of listening! You know, where you sit in the garage for as long as you can get away with. Plus, I found myself telling everyone – adults and kids- how much I was enjoying the story. The back of the book on CD summed it up nicely…

“Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It’s an unfamiliar house- Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle and three cousins- so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowing turning….

Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors- ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room- with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

And the best part…100 Cupboards in the first of a new fantasy adventure! A great listen for ALL AGES.

Holly, Youth Services

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Icy Sparks

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio wasn't on my reading list, but I'm glad I stumbled across this audiobook.

Doris, Reference

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A Northern Light (Book & Book on CD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jennifer Donnelly

Think about what it means to make a promise...

It’s 1906 in up state New York.Mattie made a promise to her dying mother – to stay on the farm, helping her father raising her younger siblings.But Mattie wants to go to college.She has a way with words and a scholarship waiting.To help make ends meet, Mattie takes a job at one of the summer resorts.Here she makes another promise- to burn some letters for a guest.But before she does, the guest ends up dead.Does one have to keep a promise to a dead person?Even when it means giving up one’s dreams of college?Or when the letters could help solve the mystery surrounding a death?

Holly, Youth Services

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