Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012

keyhole Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012King, Stephen. The Wind Through the Keyhole. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461844556. $102.75; 9 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. FANTASY

King returns to the “Dark Tower” fantasy saga with this enchanting and entrancing stand-alone gem that doesn’t require knowledge of the previous entries. For series devotees, this book casts a bit of insight into Roland Deschain’s past. For novices, the story is a fascinating and timeless tale about a boy’s courage to avenge his father’s murder and his mother’s abuse, both at the hands of his stepfather. VERDICT This universal story is filled with magic, courageous acts, love, and terror. King does a credible job of narrating his own words. Recommended to King’s fans, especially “Dark Tower” lovers. [The Scribner hc was described as “a fairy tale so dark as to put the Brothers Grimm to shame.... with enough action, suspense, and even poignancy to fill a much larger work of fiction,” LJ Xpress Reviews, 4/13/12.—Ed.]—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.–Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO

heft Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012Moore, Liz. Heft. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¾ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455160150. $90 10 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

The characters in Moore’s second novel have both physical and emotional weight—heft to be lifted, balanced, and carried. Arthur, a professor–turned–obese urban hermit, and Kel, a high school student yearning for a life in professional baseball, have a known and unknown connection through Charlene, Kel’s mother and Arthur’s former student. Her decisions shift the balance in everyone’s lives. Narrators Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka do an excellent job of portraying Arthur (late 50s with a gravely, lonely voice) and Kel (young and brash yet old before his time), leaving the reader gasping for a sequel. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy evocative, emotional, absorbing, and intriguing fiction. [“Moore’s lovely novel...is about overcoming shame and loneliness and learning to connect. It is life-­affirming but never sappy,” read the review of the Norton hc, LJ 10/15/11.—Ed.]—J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA

carole king Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012King, Carole. A Natural Woman: A Memoir. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611133639. $29.98; 12 CDs library ed.; digital download. MUSIC/MEMOIR

Pop superstar King reads her intimate memoir in this must-listen audiobook. She embroiders her charming story with lively anecdotes, starting with her humble beginnings as a talented Jewish child in 1950s New York and continuing through her years writing Brill Building hits like “Loco-Motion” and “One Fine Day” with Gerry Goffin. The last half describes her doings after 1971’s legendary Tapestry album but keeps its focus on her family and day-to-day personal life. King’s story is playful and modest, while echoing the hope and promise of her entire generation. VERDICT Even nonaudiophiles should consider listening just for King’s narration. She laughs, does impressions, and even sings to bring her text to life as no one else could. Highly recommended. [The Grand Central hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Mark Swails, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS


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

FICTION

OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012 Black Mask Stories. Vol. 7: The Shrieking Skeleton and Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine. ed. by Otto Penzler. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611744767. $29.95; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; 6 CDs. library ed.; digital download. MYS

Clark, Mary Higgins. The Lost Years. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464035432. $77.95; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER

Denning, Troy. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Apocalypse. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9780739376775. $52.75; 14 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. SF

Fluke, Joanne. Cinnamon Roll Murder. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781461830382. $92.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 9 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

Graves, Sarah. Dead Level. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611205930. $59.99; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS

OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012Homer. The Iliad. tr. from Greek by Stephen Mitchell. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792784883. $89.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; 15 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. CLASSIC

MacNeal, Susan Elia. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¾ hrs. Books On Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449012031. $40; 8 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. F

Mystery Writers of America. Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455819256. $79.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 10 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. MYS

Picoult, Jodi. Lone Wolf. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464024160. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012Rash, Ron. The Cove. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6½ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611208047. $59.99; 5 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Ray, Jeanne. Calling Invisible Women. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5½ hours. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449010563. $40; digital download. F

Vincenzi, Penny. More Than You Know. 19 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 23½ hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792788560. $99.95; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.;
19 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

NONFICTION

Chaney, Lisa. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792787877. $79.95; 10 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. BIOG

Farrell, John A. Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned. 17 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 21½ hrs. Tantor Media. 2012. ISBN 9781452636313. $119.99; 17 CDs. retail ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. BIOG/HIST

Groth, Janet. The Receptionist. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8¼ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611747812. $29.95; 7 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR/LIT

Gutzman, Kevin. James Madison and the Making of America. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452636344. $90.99; 11 CDs. retail ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. BIOG/HIST

Haney, Hank. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780449010846. $35; 7 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. SPORTS

Morris, Dick & Eileen McGann. Screwed! 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. HarperAudio. 2012. ISBN 9780062206022. $39.99; digital download. ECON

OrangeReviewStar Audiobook Reviews, Sept. 1, 2012Shadid, Anthony. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455156603. $105; 10 CDs. retail ed.;
1 MP3-CD library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. memoir

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780307970299. $40; 11 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR

Taraborrelli, Randy J. After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family—1968 to the Present. 18 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 22 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611133929. $38.98; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG/HIST

Yager, Jan. When Friendship Hurts. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455877010. $59.97; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. PsYCH

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