Audio Reviews | June 15, 2013

six 198x300 Audio Reviews | June 15, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | June 15, 2013 Coben, Harlan. Six Years. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781455855872. $87.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Coben (Stay ClosePlay Dead) returns with another suspenseful thriller that will keep listeners guessing until the final track. It’s been six years since Jake witnessed Natalie, the woman he loves, marry another man. When Jake sees that man’s obituary, it causes love and longing to come crashing back in a way he can’t ignore. He travels to the funeral in hopes of getting a new beginning with Natalie or at least some closure but instead unearths secrets that many people hope will stay buried. Jake’s love for Natalie and the fear that she is in trouble keep him looking for answers despite the promise he made to her long ago and the danger to his own life. Scott Brick portrays Jake with an unstable voice that leaves listeners unsure the character is a man on a desperate mission to unravel a mystery involving his lost love or just plain crazy. VERDICT Highly recommended for thriller fans. [“The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar,” read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Dutton hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 2/1/13.—Ed.]—Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | June 15, 2013 Le Carré, John. The Looking Glass War. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611760996. $39.95; 8 CDs. library ed; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F

This 1965 novel is one of le Carré’s finest early works. When a bumbling British spy agency learns that the Soviets may have placed missiles in East Germany near the West German border, a Polish agent who was valuable during World War II is reactivated and sent on an ill-defined mission. With its emphasis less on espionage than on bureaucratic dissension, this title prefigures Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The best scenes are the few featuring George Smiley, le Carré’s greatest creation, who views the events from afar with weary resignation. As always, Michael Jayston gives a masterly reading, slowing his cadences to underscore the humanity of the characters. VERDICT Highly recommended.—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | June 15, 2013 Angelou, Maya. Mom & Me & Mom. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449808245. $30; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR

Angelou, the incomparable memoirist and poet, arguably best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, here writes about her complicated relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. Since Angelou revealed much about her life in her earlier memoirs, there is a sense of completion in her most recent work. Read by the author, the memoir offers the best kind of intimate and honest listening experience. Those familiar with Angelou’s earlier works will be rewarded with a more complete picture of her life; listeners who are unfamiliar with them will discover a well-crafted and insightful introduction to the author. VERDICT Highly recommended for all audiences. [“This memoir is also a beautiful tribute to Baxter’s independent, vibrant, and courageous spirit. Because of Angelou’s popularity and her approachable writing, this book will have wide appeal,” read the review of the New York Times best-selling Random hc, LJ 3/15/13.—Ed.]—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence


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

fiction

Ballard, Mignon F. Miss Dimple Suspects. (Miss Dimple, Bk. 3). 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Dreamscape Media, 2013. ISBN 9781624063725. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Burton, Jaci. Changing the Game. (Play-by-Play, Bk. 2). 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611587. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. erotica

Cussler, Clive & Justin Scott. The Striker. (Isaac Bell, Bk. 6). 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761320. $39.95; digital download. F

Downie, Ruth. Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire. (Gaius Petreius Ruso, Bk. 5). 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611808. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Jansma, Kristopher. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624064203. $59.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Kellerman, Jonathan. Guilt. (Alex Delaware, Bk. 28). 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 978449808146. $45; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Kincaid, Jamaica. See Now Then. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5½ hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427226495. $29.99; 5 CDs. library ed.; digital download. F

Oates, Joyce Carol. The Accursed. 18 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 23 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780062243676. $40.99; digital download. F

Rose, Karen. Did You Miss Me? 17 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 21 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470842581. $123; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Talty, Stephan. Black Irish. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385360777. $40; digital download. F

nonfiction

Bell, Rob. What We Talk About When We Talk About God. 4 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 4½ hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780062237699. $14.99; 1 CD. library ed.; digital download. REL

Charan, Ram. Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449012574. $35; digital download. BUS

Feiler, Bruce. The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7¾ hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624062452. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail ed.; digital download. SELF-HELP

Goodman, Matthew. Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. 15 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 19 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385359726. $60; digital download. HIST

Morell, Virginia. Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780307970756. $40; digital download.SCI

O’Connor, Sandra Day. Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs.Books On Tape. ISBN 9780385360814. $35; digital download. POL SCI

Russo, Richard. Elsewhere. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449012536; $35; digital download. MEMOIR

Sandlin, Lee. Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470350772. $102.75; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Thavis, John. The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470899011. $105; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

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