Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012Flynn, Vince. Kill Shot. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461805809. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 10 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER

CIA assassin Mitch Rapp is sent to Paris to eliminate a Libyan terrorist. Only his supervisors should know of this operation, but Rapp’s cover is blown, and he barely escapes. Certain that there is a mole, he sets off to unearth the traitor while trying to stay alive. This is Flynn at his best, and Mitch Rapp fans hoping for a solid follow-up to 2010′s American Assassin won’t be disappointed. George Guidall is one of the finest narrators around, and he brings his expertise to this tautly written and highly suspenseful thriller. VERDICT Flynn, Rapp, and Guidall are a winning trifecta; for every collection. [The Atria/Emily Bestler hc was a New York Times best seller.‚ Ed.]‚ Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012King, Stephen. The Stand. 37 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 47 hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449008607. $100; 37 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. HORROR

Released in 1978, King’s apocalyptic novel, even at a whopping 1200-plus pages, had been trimmed by 150,000 words. A restored version followed in 1990, and that unexpurgated text here makes its audiobook debut‚ and it’s well worth the wait. The story offers the author’s signature scenes of horror, but King devotes much time to describing a world gone mad and the people left to populate it after a virus wipes out most of the planet’s population. Even though there are hundreds of characters, only a handful are primary, and King shows his skill at making them real, as the uncanny talent of narrator Grover Gardner brings them to life. His reading is flawless, his timing is spot-on, and his slightly Southern accent makes even curse words sound amusing. VERDICT Despite the price and the daunting listening time, this audiobook belongs in every library.‚ Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012Kyle, Chris with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10¬Ω hrs. Harper Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780062209498. $29.99; digital download. AUTOBIOG

Iraqi insurgents called him The Devil, but to American and coalition forces fighting in Iraq, U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Kyle was a guardian angel. The native Texan delivers a mesmerizing and solidly built personal narrative of a little-known but fascinating aspect of the war. The honesty, humor, and details of Kyle’s life remind one of Charles Henderson’s classic Marine Sniper about the late Carlos Hathcock. VERDICT This well-crafted story makes one laugh and cry and is essential for understanding those who have given themselves to the American military in the long struggle against terrorism. John Pruden’s masterly narration is well paced and incorporates a skillful use of accents. Highly recommended. [The Morrow hc, published in January, was a New York Times best seller.‚ Ed.]‚ Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.


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

FICTION

Block, Lawrence. Chip Harrison Scores Again: A Chip Harrison Mystery. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792779711. $54.95; Playaway digital; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012Dau, Stephen. The Book of Jonas. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452635972. $53.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 5 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Jance, J.A. Left for Dead. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¬Ω hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461835202. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 9 CDs. retail ed. S. & S. Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

Kerouac, Jack. The Sea Is My Brother. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455153251. $55;1 MP3-CD; Playaway digital. F

Kinsella, Sophie. I’ve Got Your Number.11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13¬Ω hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780739383285. $40; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Kleypas, Lisa. Rainshadow Road. 7 CDs. library ed.. unabridged. 8 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781441847676. $79.97; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. ROMANCE

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012Le Carré, John. The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel. 16 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 20¬Ω hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611760880. $49.95. F

Martin, George R.R. A Storm of Swords. (Song of Fire & Ice, Bk. 3). 39 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 47¾ hrs. Random Audio. ISBN 9780449011904. $90; 39 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. Fantasy

Parameswaran, Rajesh. I Am an Executioner: Love Stories. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¾ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611205664. $59.99; 8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Ullman, Ellen. By Blood. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455127207. $105; 12 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

NONFICTION

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews and News, June 1, 2012Black, Dustin Lance. 8. 2 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 2¼ hrs. L.A. Theatre Works. 2012. ISBN 9781580818896. $29.95; retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. DRAMA

Gilbert, Martin. Churchill: A Life, Part 1 (1874‚ 1918). 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 9781445839080. $79.95; 10 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD; digital download. BIOG

Jacobs, A.J. Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780743598767. $39.99; 9 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. HEALTH

Lashinsky, Adam. Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired‚ and Secretive‚ Company Really Works. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6¬Ω hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611130959. $26.98; digital download. BUS

Shange, Ntozake. Lost in Language and Sound; or, How I Found My Way to the Arts‚ Essays. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792784685. $59.95; 6 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. AUTOBIOG/LIT

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