Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork Princess. (Infernal Devices, Bk. 3). 13 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 15½ hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442334762. $23.95; 14 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
The final volume of Clare’s beloved trilogy (Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince) opens with the wedding of Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs, which is promptly interrupted by a thrilling battle. While the demon-fighting Shadowhunters at the London Institute come under attack, Tessa is kidnapped by Axel Mortmain and his sinister automatons, the Infernal Devices. Will Herondale races to save Tessa as Jem suffers life-threatening injuries, and Tessa discovers that she is stronger than she ever realized. This thrilling novel is filled to the brim with romance, action, and adventure. Narrator Daniel Sharman ably conveys danger, drama, and sensitive emotions. VERDICT Listeners will be left dizzy from breathtaking, twisty plot turns as well as the unexpected conclusion to this enchanting series. [The McElderry: S. & S. hc was a New York Times best seller. See the Q&A with the author on page 64.—Ed.]—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L.
Perry, Thomas. The Boyfriend. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611488 $34.99; 1-MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Perry (Butcher’s Boy) launches another excellent series starring protagonist Jack Till, a highly respected and now retired homicide detective who works as a private investigator. Though he’s initially hired to find the murderer of a call girl, the action quickly escalates into a search for a clever, manipulative hit man. The intensity of the story takes an occasional short break whenever the gentle side of Till is revealed in interactions with his 24-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome. The pacing is rapid, Till is an intrepid hero, and the ending is satisfying. Reader Robertson Dean (winner of nine Earphones Awards, 2010 Best Voice in History & Historical Fiction) continues his track record as an excellent narrator who can effectively switch among a variety of characters. VERDICT Enthusiastically recommended for the vast fan base that Perry has built up as well as those who enjoy a battle of wits between adversaries. [“A guaranteed winner,” read the starred review of the Mysterious Pr: Grove hc, LJ 3/15/13.—Ed.]—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
Russell, Karen. Vampires in the Lemon Grove. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385367462. $40; digital download. F
Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell’s (Swamplandia) latest collection of short stories concern people to whom the very worst has already happened in most cases…or has it? In “Reeling for the Empire,” Kitsune has, like many other girls, been tricked into working at a Japanese silk mill; the girls are literally being transformed into human silkworms. Joy Osmanski narrates the story with the full weight of Kitsune’s despair and self-recrimination followed by her embracing of the possibility of metamorphosis. The unbearably creepy and suspenseful “Proving Up,” which won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Fiction, involves a pioneer boy who must carry a glass window through a prairie winter blizzard to another homestead in order to get that family the all-important deed of ownership. The boy finds a field full of crosses made of human bones and a monster more frightening than anything he could have anticipated. Jesse Bernstein does a masterly job of voicing this tale, conveying the boy’s determination, growing horror, final acceptance of his inevitable fate, and the seeming innocence of the second narrator’s final line. Another standout is “The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis,” read by Robbie Daymond, which explores the banal brutality of high school bullies toward the missing classmate they mercilessly tormented for reasons unknown even to them. VERDICT Russell’s characters all experience bizarre, profound changes that leave listeners with a sense of unease and strangeness thanks to the weird and wonderful worlds she creates. Highly recommended. [“This story collection will be a welcome installment for Russell’s fans and is sure to win her many new ones as well,” read the review of the Knopf hc,LJ 2/15/13.—Ed.]—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Lib., CA
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Bishop, Anne. Written in Red. 15 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 18½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470327552. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Dobson, James & Kurt Bruner. Fatherless. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781619692732. $29.98; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Higgins, Kristan. The Best Man. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 978452611501. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Macomber, Debbie. Starting Now. (Blossom Street, Bk. 9). 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780307939104. $40; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Milchman, Jenny. Cover of Snow. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385366229. $45; digital download. F
Roby, Kimberla Lawson. The Perfect Marriage. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5¼ hrs. AudioGO. 2013. ISBN 9781619698888. $54.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Woods, Stuart. Collateral Damage. (Stone Barrington, Bk. 25). 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781470333218. $72.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz. The Prisoner of Heaven. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781445024615. $19.99; digital download. F
Douglas, John & Mark Olshaker. Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice.11 CDs. library ed. unabridged 14 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470839215. $90; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. POL SCI
Godin, Seth. The Icarus Deception. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385366694. $40; digital download. BUS
Goldacre, Ben. Bad Pharma. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611693. $44.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. HEALTH
Marshall, Lisa B. Smart Talk. (Quick & Dirty Tips). 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427229731. $29.99; Playaway digital; digital download. SELF-HELP
Moss, Michael. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449808719. $45; digital download. HEALTH
Rollyson, Carl. American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452641850. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. LIT/BIOG
Shlaes, Amity. Coolidge. 18 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 21 hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780062119124. $44.95; 18 CDs. library ed.; digital download. BIOG
Summitt, Pat & Sally Jenkins. Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385360494. $45; digital download.MEMOIR/SPORTS
Taylor, Craig. Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now—As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781470344405. $123.75; digital download. SOC SCI