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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Black Duck (Book on CD)

Monday, April 14, 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)

Wednesday, March 26, 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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Solomon vs. Lord (audiobook)

Monday, January 28, 2008
Paul Levine

I am in the midst of listening to Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine which I dowloaded on my mp3 player. It's one that my husband and I both enjoyed listening to in the car on a long trip. There is a lot of humor that my husband enjoyed (and I rolled my eyes at or groaned at but still was entertained).

Here's the description listed:

She’s old-money Miami. He’s barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail—or, worse, in bed.

If you have an mp3 player (that's not an iPod) and you haven't dowloaded an audiobook yet - try it! It was easy to do!

Janice, Youth Services

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