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Audio Reviews | May 15, 2012

starred review starMartin, Kat. Against the Fire. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461817932. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. ROMANCE

Building contractor Gabe Raines is awakened in the night to learn that one of his newest developments is burning. Police determine an arsonist is at work. When a fire is set in another of his projects, Gabe knows it’s a personal attack. Working with the police, he meets Mattie, an architect and volunteer at a family abuse center. Gabe is instantly attracted to the stunning redhead, but she is determined not to become romantically involved. The two keep running into each other, but she resists their mutual attraction as they work their way through the mystery of the arson attacks. Their relationship eventually becomes as hot as the fires. There’s a secondary romance, too, between Mattie’s friend Tracey and Gabe’s sidekick Sam. This second outing in the Raines of Wind Canyon series by Martin, who has written dozens of popular romances, is sure to be a hit with listeners who love mystery and passion. VERDICT Narrator Jack Garrett reads with depth and expression, enhancing the characters and action. Recommended for public libraries‚ especially for the many fans of spicy but not too graphic romance.‚ Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX

starred review starRice, Anne. The Wolf Gift. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17¬Ω hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780307877246. $45; 14 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Reporter Reuben Golding is assigned to interview Marchent Nideck about selling her uncle’s remotely located mansion, which overlooks the ocean and is set against a backdrop of gigantic redwood trees. Reuben promptly falls in love with the house‚ and is equally attracted to his hostess. During the night, Marchent and Reuben are attacked, but a furry beast bursts into the room and quickly dispatches the two assailants. In the scuffle, Reuben receives a wound that leaves him with the wolf gift. The story unfolds with the changes Reuben experiences as he quickly heals. Founded in werewolf lore and history, Rice’s latest work brings new elements to what it means to be one of these creatures. Ron McLarty’s magnificent narration draws the listener into the story, and the details of the tale are mesmerizing from the beginning. VERDICT Werewolf fans and anyone who enjoys Rice’s books, especially her vampire saga, will be drawn thoroughly into this one and find themselves hoping for a sequel. [The Knopf hc, published in February, was a New York Times best seller; see LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/27/12.‚ Ed.]‚ Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.‚ Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO

starred review starMaas, Jane. Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5¬Ω hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452635507. $71.99; 5 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR/BUS

The packaging blurb proclaims Maas to be a real-life Peggy Olson, right out of Mad Men, but this memoir and exploration of women’s roles in 1960s advertising proves that Maas was far more than the TV character. A major force in many ad campaigns at numerous agencies, Maas provides here an insider’s view of the social, political, gender, censorship, class, and related issues brought up by the popular series‚ and much the TV audience doesn’t get to see. Her book offers a highly informative and humorous look at not just the advertising industry but the plight and promise of working mothers of the time. VERDICT Coleen Marlo has won multiple audiobook awards for her narrations and along with the author makes the listener want to hear more stories. Essential for collections of history and media and women’s studies for and marketing courses.‚ Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

The following titles are reviewed in the May 15 print issue. Visit our Reviews Center (Beta) for the full reviews.


Bondurant, Matt. The Night Swimmer. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792785156. $69.95; 8 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Coulter, Catherine. Aftershocks. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6¾ hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455827688. $70; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. ROMANCE

George, Alex. A Good American. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11¬Ω hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611760385. $39.95; digital download. F

Landay, William. Defending Jacob. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¬Ω hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455113538. $81.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. Thriller

Morrow, Bradford. The Uninnocent: Stories. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792785255. $59.95;
digital download. F

Westlake, Donald E. The Comedy Is Finished. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¾ hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792784005. $64.95; 9 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS


Allison, Peter. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452636160. $71.99; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. TRAV

starred review starDarwin, Charles. The Darwin Selection: On the Origin of Species and The Voyage of the Beagle. 11 CDs. retail ed. abridged. 13 hrs. CSA Word. 2012. ISBN 9781906147730. $34.95. SCI

Gravano, Karen. Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy The Bull Gravano, and Me! 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781427221964. $24.99; digital download. AUTOBIOG/TRUE CRIME

Lester, Toby. Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6¬Ω hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452635361. $71.99; 5 CDs.
retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Parks, Eric & Casey Bankord. Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5¬Ω hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781613750414. $19.99; digital download. REL

starred review starSmith, Jean Edward. Eisenhower in War and Peace. 24 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 28¬Ω hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464002021. $123.75; 3 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG

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  1. Coleen Marlo says:

    Dear Michael,

    With Season six of “Mad Men” about to start, I popped by to revisit the post regarding my audiobook recording of “Mad Women,” by Jane Maas. Thank you to LJ for the starred review and thank you for taking the time to review so many other of my recordings! It is such an honor to be acknowledged by Library Journal! I have been a fan for many years and I am truly grateful for all that you do for the audiobook industry!
    Warm regards,
    Coleen Marlo