LaPlante, Lynda. Prime Suspect #1. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 9780792787280. $29.95; digital download. MYS
It’s not your average police procedural when Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison shows up to solve a murder. DCI Tennison battles not only the clock to catch a murderer of women but also the sexist attitudes of the male police personnel. She is a fully developed character whose attitudes resonate with the reader, and LaPlante’s plot is great. Davina Porter’s narration is near perfection in every aspect, from her accents to her masterly use of inflection; she makes listening a real pleasure. Note that LaPlante’s teleplay, made famous in the UK by Dame Helen Mirren, won an Edgar Award, which may generate additional interest. VERDICT This thoroughly enjoyable mystery is highly recommended.—Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania
Schofield, Michael. January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle To Save Her. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452634791. $71.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR
This is Schofield’s account of dealing with his very young and deeply troubled daughter, Janni, who is a sweet genius—when she is not being “evil” and uncontrollably violent. Physically lashing out at her parents and determined to harm her newborn brother, Janni has an unusually high tolerance for antipsychotic medications and ultimately begs to be taken back to the psychiatric ward and left there. She also is only five years old. The narrative is compelling and fast-paced, leaving the reader anxious to learn Janni’s fate. The audio production is very well performed by narrator Fred Patrick Lawlor, who does an amazing job of conveying emotion and uncertainty. VERDICT Readers with an affinity for memoirs and those interested in children’s mental illness as portrayed in literature will appreciate this work. [“The anxiety, frustration, and loss Schofield and his wife experience are palpable, so much so that the author’s tone is, at times, grating. Still, their heart-wrenching story—featured on 20/20 and Oprah—is bound to move parents and caregivers of children with similar psychiatric disorders,” read the review of the Crown hc, LJ 6/15/12.—Ed.]—Nicole A. Cooke, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Stewart, Rod. Rod: The Autobiography. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780449011270. $40; 10 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR/MUSIC
Rock legend Stewart traces his five-decade career from being the lead singer in the Jeff Beck Band and the group Faces through his highly successful solo years. Stewart is candid and humorous as he discusses his music, wild days on the road with his band, amusing anecdotes about his great friendship with Elton John, and a seemingly endless list of affairs and marriages with tall leggy blondes (all together he has been married three times and has eight children). Digressions along the way delve into his passion for cars, model railroads, and his most identifiable asset—his hair. Simon Vance expertly captures the man. VERDICT Stewart’s legions of lifelong followers and fans of rock ’n’ roll musician tell-alls will enjoy this amusing behind-the-scenes romp with “Rod the Mod.”—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence
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Block, Lawrence. Lucky at Cards. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9780792793250. $49.95; digital download. MYS
Child, Lee. A Wanted Man. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780307749628. $45; Playaway digital; digital download. THRILLER
DeMille, Nelson. The Panther. 11 CDs. retail ed. abridged. 13 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781619691803. $29.98; 9 CDs. library ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Francis, Felix. Dick Francis’s Bloodline. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781470303778. $92.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MYS
Jordan, Robert & Brandon Sanderson. A Memory of Light. 33 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 42 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427210241. $79.99; Playaway digital; digital download. FANTASY
Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior. 15 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 17 hrs. Harper Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780062124326. $44.99; digital download. F
Porter, Andrew. In Between Days. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781470808716. $100; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Pratchett, Terry. Dodger. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Dreamscape. 2012. ISBN 9781611209716. $59.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Tufo, Mark. Indian Hill. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452609584. $39.99; 10 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. SF
Wouk, Herman. The Lawgiver. 4 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781442357204. $24.99; 4 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F
Coburn, Tom & John Hart. Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan To Stop Washington from Bankrupting America. 8 CDs library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781452608808. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. POL SCI
Davis, Kenneth C. Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents. 19 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 23¾ hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780307877307. $50; digital download. HIST
Nasaw, David. The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. 24 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 31 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611761382. $59.95; 24 CDs. library ed.; digital download. BIOG/HIST
Winans, BeBe & Tim Willard. The Whitney I Knew. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5½ hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781613752722. $19.99; digital download. MUSIC