Audio Reviews, July 2012

limpopo Audio Reviews, July 2012OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, July 2012 McCall Smith, Alexander. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¬Ω hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464037283. $102.72; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 9 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

The 13th outing in the long-running No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series cuts no new ground, but despite a chain of misfortunes to be sorted out, protagonist Precious Ramotswe maintains her common sense‚ based equanimity and solves all problems with gentleness and charm. All of the familiar characters are present, and the agency gets a wonderful surprise when Clovis Anderson, the author of Mma Ramotswe’s battered guidebook, The Principles of Private Detection, shows up on the doorstep. Narrator Lisette Lecat, originally from South Africa, reads with a musical accent that enhances a sense of being in Botswana and conveys the subtle humor of the tale. VERDICT This audiobook will delight the series’ many existing fans and is an excellent choice for any listener who prefers mysteries without violence or strong language. [The Pantheon hc was a New York Times best seller.‚ Ed.]‚ Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC

kellerman Audio Reviews, July 2012OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, July 2012 Kellerman, Faye. False Prophet: A Decker/Lazarus Novel. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611207774. $59.99; 11 CDs. retail ed. Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

This 1992 outing, which was the fifth title in Kellerman’s Decker/Lazarus mystery series, finds Peter Decker investigating the robbery, brutal beating, and rape of Lilah Brecht, owner of an exclusive California spa. Lilah’s three dysfunctional stepbrothers, the spa’s male employees, and a mentally challenged stableman become the prime suspects. As Peter’s investigation unfurls, his pregnant wife, Rina, continues to coach him in Jewish practice and his relationship with her children grows warmer. MitchellGreenberg ably brings the characters to life. His intonation and regional accents convey each character’s distinct personality. VERDICT Recommended for all Kellerman and mystery fans. [Full attention to detail and characterization caps a masterful effort. Another great escape, read the review of the Morrow hc, LJ 7/92.‚ Ed.]‚ Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland

train Audio Reviews, July 2012OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, July 2012Moorehead, Caroline. A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship, and Survival. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455160228. $90; 10 CDs. retail ed.;
1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Ultra-experienced reader Wanda McCaddon (600 titles at least) here wraps her accents around particularly horrific events in World War II France. Moorehead focuses on the women of the Resistance, many of whom came from the Communist Party. The Resistance grew slowly, but the Nazis were skilled, and 230 of these women eventually were captured and sent to Auschwitz in 1943. Only 49 returned. McCaddon reads without much emotion, letting the story’s events present the drama. VERDICT A powerful listening experience. [Although at times difficult to read, this book rightfully gives these women their place in our historical memory, read the review of the Harper Collins hc, LJ 8/11.‚ Ed.]‚ Don Wismer, Trustee Emeritus, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME


The following titles are reviewed in the July print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

FICTION

Cussler, Clive & Justin Scott. The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464035883. $92.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 8 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER

Hart, Carolyn. Death Comes Silently. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449010655. $55; 7 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. MYS

Higgins, Jack. The Khufra Run. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781441846921. $87.97; 5 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER

Howe, Katherine. The House of Velvet and Glass. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16¬Ω hrs. Hyperion Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781401326265. $44.99; 14 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. F

Kagen, Lesley. Tomorrow River. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10¬Ω hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9781609987572. $29.95; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F

Wodehouse, P.G. Galahad at Blandings. ISBN 9780857863058.

Wodehouse, P.G. Something Fresh. ISBN 9780857863058. ea. vol: 4 CDs. library ed. abridged. 5 hrs. CSA Word, dist. by Trafalgar Square. 2012. $24.95; 4 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. HUMOR

NONFICTION

Ferguson, Robert. The Vikings: A History. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14¬Ω hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452636238. $95.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; 14 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Herren, Chris & Bill Reynolds. Basketball Junkie: A Memoir. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452606293. $34.99; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. SPORTS

Lamott, Anne & Sam Lamott. Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6¬Ω hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611760484. $29.95; 6 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. MEMOIR

NPR. American Chronicles: Women’s Equality. 3 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 3 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611746747. $55; 3 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews, July 2012 Scheiber, Noam. The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452636382. $83.99; 8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD library ed./retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. POL SCI

Smith, RJ. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461842163. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; 12 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. BIOG/MUSIC

Spacek, Sissy & Maryanne Vollers. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Hyperion Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781401326241. $39.99; digital download. FILM/MEMOIR

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