Audiobook

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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Traveler (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 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

 

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
 
 
 

A Woman's Place (Audiobook)

Wednesday, September 10, 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
 

Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Wednesday, August 27, 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)

Wednesday, August 27, 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)

Tuesday, May 20, 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)

Tuesday, May 20, 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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