Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013

tombs Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013 Cussler, Clive & Thomas Perry. The Tombs. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611761375. $39.95; digital download. F

Cussler’s globe-trotting archaeologists, husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, are off on another fantastic adventure, one that will both educate and entertain Cussler’s legion of readers. While working on their latest dig, the Fargos become aware of an incredible treasure left by one of the most mysterious figures in history—Attila the Hun. Most of the available information on Attila is a mixture of myth and reality, but with the aid of a German scientist, the Fargos begin to decipher clues as to the locations of five burial sites where Attila hid his plunder. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones after the treasures. A Russian businessman specializing in illegal drug sales will stop at nothing to get his hands on the five hordes, even if it means killing the Fargos. VERDICT Cussler and seasoned mystery novelist Perry (The BoyfriendPoison Flower) are a potent combination and bring high energy to this suspenseful chapter in the lives of Sam and Remi. Longtime Cussler reader Scott Brick is practiced at giving his narration the perfect amount of humor and drama. Cussler’s books, even in an age of gratuitous murder, sex, and violence in fiction, remain “gentlemanly” works in which plot is paramount and the characters skillfully drawn. Readers will be fascinated by the life of Attila the Hun while enjoying nonstop action on the part of Cussler’s dynamic duo. Highly recommended. [“Cussler delivers another adventure of nonstop, nerve-wracking suspense,” read the review of the Putnam hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 9/14/12.—Ed.]—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

woodrell Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013 Woodrell, Daniel. Give Us a Kiss. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5½ hrs. AudioGO. 2012. ISBN 9781611137132. $54.99; digital download. F

Woodrell’s (Winter’s Bone) hillbilly noir tale unfolds through Doyle Redmond, a crime writer of little (actually no) acclaim, who chucks his phony intellectual life at a California university when he discovers his wife openly cheating on him for the sole purpose of possibly getting her poetry published. Tossing a few measly possessions into a pillowcase, Doyle takes his wife’s Volvo and drives that yuppie-mobile all the way home to the Ozark hills, where he is immediately welcomed with the loan of a .32 caliber “lady stinger” by his dad, General Joe, and cut in on a potentially profitable dope deal by his older brother, Smoke. Woodrell’s novels are character-driven carnivals in which plots are incidental although always a wild ride. VERDICT The dialog here is solid and the players unforgettable. Narrator Brian Troxell’s accented presentation brings out both the humor and the sometimes deadly seriousness of each episode. The story also has as close to a happy ending as Woodrell musters. Both raunchy and dangerous, this will have listeners demanding a sequel.—Mike Rogers, Babylon, NY

art forger Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | April 15, 2013 Shapiro, B.A. The Art Forger. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611749274. $34.95; 8 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download.F

What if a forger discovered that the painting she was forging might itself be a forgery? That is Claire Roth’s dilemma in Shapiro’s (The Safe Room) fascinating novel about the art world, major thefts, and the struggle for authenticity. Claire’s reputation was ruined after a scandal in which she covered for a famous artist; since then she has made a meager living painting for Reproductions.com. When she is offered money and a show of her own if she will agree to make a copy of a famous Degas stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston, she jumps at the chance but quickly becomes suspicious that the supposed original is a fake. ­VERDICTShapiro expertly includes details about Degas, Isabelle Gardner, and the art world, as well as describing techniques used by artists and forgers. The first-person narrative is professionally and skillfully read by Xe Sands. This work is highly recommended and will be popular with fans of literary fiction and anyone with an interest in the art world. [“This well-researched work combines real elements…with the understanding that the art world is as fragile and precarious as the art itself…. A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups,” read the review of the New York Times best-selling Algonquin hc, LJ 8/12.—Ed.]—Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI


The following titles are reviewed in the April 15 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Fiction

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4½ hrs. Dreamscape. 2012. ISBN 9781624062155. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. CLASSIC

Brooks, Terry. Wards of Faerie. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14½ hours. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780307913661. $45; digital download. F

Daheim, Mary. The Wurst Is Yet To Come. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¼ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012.
ISBN 9781611206906. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Fuentes, Carlos. Adam in Eden. 5 CDs.
library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781624060755. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Harrison, Jim. The River Swimmer. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470838577. $55;
1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Millet, Lydia. Magnificence. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611209839. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Morais, Richard C. Buddhaland Brooklyn. 8 CDs.
library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455166534. $76;
8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail ed.; digital download. F

Niven, Larry & Edward M. Lerner. Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781455127009. $90;
1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. SF

Patterson, James & Marshall Karp. NYPD Red. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611137101. $34.98; 6 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Wilhelm, Kate. By Stone, by Blade, by Fire.
12 CDs. unabridged. library ed. 14½ hrs.
Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781470846367. $118; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Nonfiction

Barofsky, Neil. Bailout: An Inside Account
of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street.
 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged 9½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781470832209. $90;
1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. BUS

Greenberg, Amy S. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¾ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611748819. $78; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Hunter, Rielle. What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781470832544. $76;
1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16¼ hrs. Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 9780449011317. $45; digital download. SOC SCI

Watson, Robert A. with Ben Brown. Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Mission Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781610456029. $21.98; digital download. BUS

Wiencek, Henry. Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611749892. $34.95; 9 CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST

Worick, Jennifer. Things I Want To Punch in the Face. 3 CDs. library ed. 3 hrs. AudioGO. 2013. ISBN 9780792795254. $39.95; digital download. HUMOR

Worth, Jennifer. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times. 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611749243. $39.95; digital download. MEMOIR

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