Fangoria’s Dreadtime Stories. Vol. 1. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4¼ hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792787952. $59.95; digital download. HORROR
These stories originally aired on satellite radio and on the web. The collection features six horror shorts: “Reincarnal” (reincarnated serial killer), “Wolf” (a modern-day werewolf story), and “A Good Head on His Shoulders” (a 1930s mob boss meets a Dr. Frankenstein type) are by Max Allan Collins; “A Fungus Among Us” (a fungus spreads by spores and creates zombies) by Steve Nubie; “The Late Shift” (you don’t want to meet these late-night workers) by Dennis Etchison; and “Living Space” (one apartment that is a really tight squeeze) by M.J. Elliott. Reminiscent of classic radio shows, the sound effects literally startle, scare, chill, and stun the listener. The sound is so real it’s scary, and the various casts of actors offer solid characterizations. The stories provide chilling surprises; host Malcolm McDowell is superb with his deep and somber voice. VERDICT Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys the horror genre or just likes a good scare.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll., Kansas City, MO
le Carré, John. A Murder of Quality. 4 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611760989. $29.95; 9 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. MYS
This second outing in le Carré’s George Smiley series finds the Cold War spy master not matching wits with the Russians but playing sleuth. When Ailsa Brimley, editor of the Christian Voice newspaper, receives a letter from a trusted contributor claiming that the woman’s teacher husband is planning to murder her, Ailsa asks old friend Smiley for assistance. When the woman is killed, Smiley travels to the Carne School in the British countryside to investigate. He quickly runs into a stone wall of well-meaning police who know nothing and snobbish schoolmasters who’ll say nothing, leaving him as puzzled as the listener. Narrator Michael Jayston delivers very subdued characterizations for the above-it-all Carne crew and is appropriately soft-spoken as the owlish Smiley. VERDICT As close to a cozy as le Carré gets, this title offers twists, turns, and dead ends aplenty that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until the very last word. Mystery fans and even those expecting a spy story will be charmed. Solid all around and perfect commuter fare.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
Spitz, Bob. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. 20 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 25½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449012895. $50; digital download. BIOG/COOKERY
This comprehensive biography about the utterly delightful and talented Child is so much more than a typical life story. It is also a worthwhile look at segments of American history such as homesteading, gold mining, and banking. Readers are also treated to an excellent introduction to fine French cooking, which Child Americanized and made more palatable to our tastes. Child took on the previously all-male bastion of cooking, particularly in France, and got right to its core. For example, she spoke directly to the wives of French fishermen to learn what they put in their bouillabaisse. She also had an astonishing influence on public/educational television in its early days. Narrator Kimberly Farr’s lovely French pronunciation and her skillful presentation of Child’s humor and style make listeners feel that an “insider” is chatting to them about a fascinating and beloved celebrity. VERDICT Chefs, cooks, and those who love good food will savor this title. Viva la Julia! [The Doubleday hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Susan Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL
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Ashley, Jennifer. The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. 9 CDs. library edition. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452607900. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital;
digital download. ROMance
James, Henry. What Maisie Knew. 8 CDs. library ed. 10 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792789901. $49.95; Playaway digital; digital download. CLASSICS
Joyce, Graham. Some Kind of Fairy Tale. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455162611. $90; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Klaussmann, Liza. Tigers in Red Weather. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611130577. $29.98; Playaway digital; digital download. F
le Carré, John. The Secret Pilgrim. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 3 hrs. AudioGO. 2010. ISBN 9780792773696. $39.95; digital download. F
McLaughin, Emma & Nicola Kraus. Between You and Me. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9¾ hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781442350274. $39.99; 8 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F
Michaels, Fern. Beyond Tomorrow. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5½ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611208702. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. ROMANCE
Netzer, Lydia. Shine, Shine, Shine. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781427221391. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Platt, Richard. As One Devil to Another. 3 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 3½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464045790. $36.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Kinsey, Leonard. The Dark Side of Disney. 3 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452608761. $29.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. TRAV
Lomong, Lopez & Mark Tabb. Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781613752012. $25.99; digital download. SPORTS