Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012Camilleri, Andrea. The Potter’s Field. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2011 March1Pottersfield Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012ISBN 9781455116959. $34.50; 5 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

In this 13th book featuring Sicilian detective inspector Montalbano, a body has been found chopped into 30 pieces and dumped in a field. While the detective and his team pursue the mystery of the victim’s identification and murder, a beautiful, sultry woman asks Montalbano to find her missing husband. The two cases soon are linked and further complicated by the possible involvement of one his investigators. Filled with Camilleri’s usual humor and irreverence, this story will delight more than just his fans. Prolific reader (more than 700 titles to his credit) Grover Gardner has narrated every English translation of this mystery series, and he continues to be the perfect voice for the irascible Montalbano. VERDICT Recommended for all public libraries that collect crime fiction. [The Penguin pb, published in September, was a New York Times best seller.‚ Ed.]‚ Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012Collins, Judy. Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. 2011. ISBN 9780307941343. $35; 9 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MUSIC/AUTOBIOG

The Grammy-nominated Collins has recorded more than 40 albums and still is writing and performing today at age 71. At the height of her career, Collins knew nearly everyone associated with the folk scene, and her story is filled with just as many tales of famous acquaintances such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, and Joni Mitchell as there are on the singing legend herself. Her own story, however, remains truly fascinating. She was a woman of her time, embracing the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll that went with the job, as well as the social activism that accompanied the era. Collins, who narrates in a dreamy voice, tells her story with honesty and doesn’t gloss over the dark parts, including a failed marriage, an eating disorder, alcoholism, and a troubled son. The best parts, however, are the snippets of Collins singing throughout as well as the five bonus tracks at the audiobook’s end. VERDICT As Richard Farina once said, [I]f amethysts could sing‚Ķthey would sound like Judy Collins. [This is sure to please serious music fans and all readers of a certain age, read the review of the Crown hc, LJ 4/15/11; the Three Rivers pb will publish in September 2012.‚ Ed.]‚ Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012Philbrick, Nathaniel. Why Read Moby-Dick ? 2 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 2¬Ω hMarch1Philbrick200 Audio Reviews, March 1, 2012rs. Books on Tape. 2011. ISBN 9780307969675. $19.95; 2 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; digital download. LIT

This brief title is historian Philbrick’s (The Last Stand) valentine to Herman Melville’s singular masterpiece‚ a book that, perhaps, is the most equally admired and avoided classic in American literature, although those who have embraced it know that it also is one of the few revered works capable of surpassing its formidable reputation. In numerous, brief chapters, Philbrick, who also narrates, presents in very simple terms his argument for why Melville’s briny story of obsession and revenge becomes more relevant as history glides forward like the Pequod on its doomed voyage. Maybe the key to understanding life’s mystery is knowing that, as aboard the ship, a madman is in charge, and you’re powerless to stop him. He scrutinizes the novel’s core characters‚ Ishmael, Queequeg, Pip, Starbuck, Ahab, and the whale itself‚ and ponders the ocean-deep well of Melville’s creativity and melancholy. He was a man whose zeal for life was matched by an equally profound sadness. VERDICT While heartwarming for Melville fundamentalists, whether Philbrick’s boundless enthusiasm for Moby-Dick is contagious enough to convince nonbelievers to take the 700-plus-page or 25-hour audio journey is debatable. But if this won’t do it, nothing will. Glorious! [While Philbrick may not persuade all readers who’ve been avoiding this tome to give it a try, he should succeed in swaying quite a few, read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 9/15/11.‚ Ed.]‚ Mike Rogers, Library Journal


The following titles are reviewed in the March 1 print issue. Visit our Reviews Center (Beta) for the full reviews.

FICTION

Black Mask Stories. Vol. 4: The Parrot That Wouldn’t Talk and Other Crime Fiction. ed. by Otto Penzler. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611744675. $29.95; digital download. F

Block, Lawrence. Deadly Honeymoon. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611204070. $39.95; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

Brown, Rita Mae. Murder Unleashed. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7¬Ω hrs. Recorded Bks. 2011. ISBN 9781449831516. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

Chandler, Elizabeth. Soulmates: Kissed by an Angel 3. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6¼ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611203745. $29.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Cussler, Clive & Graham Brown. Devil’s Gate. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¬Ω hrs. Recorded Bks. 2011. ISBN 9781461838289. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 10 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Hopkins, Ellen. Triangles. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2011. ISBN 9781461820307. $77.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 7 CDs. retail ed. S. & S. Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Karpyshyn, Drew. Star Wars: The Old Republic‚ Revan. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2011. ISBN 9780307967572. $40; 9 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. SF

Kelby, N.M. White Truffles in Winter. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¬Ω hrs. Books on Tape. 2011. ISBN 9780307970343. $40; digital download. F

Savage, Michael. Abuse of Power. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781427213747. $39.99; digital download. F

Taylor, John. Sherlock Homes: Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories. 2 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 2 hrs. AudioGO. 2012.
ISBN 9780792785385. $29.95; digital download. MYS

NONFICTION

Folsom, Burton W., Jr. & Anita Folsom. FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13¬Ω hrs. Tantor Audio. ISBN 9781452633916. $39.99; 11 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST/BIOG

Various. NPR American Chronicles: World War II. 3 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 3 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611745054. $24.95. HIST

Wilson, Frances. How To Survive the Titanic : The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¼ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781611204285. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

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