Guthrie, A.B. The Way West. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624062964. $19.99. F
One of only a few Westerns to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this classic was first published in 1949 but is still deserving of the honor. The book continues the story begun in The Big Sky (1947) and follows the members of a wagon train on the Oregon Trail. The novel explores the sweep of the pioneer experience as Guthrie’s well-drawn characters experience love, death, beauty, and, ultimately, the redemption of the American frontier. Western audiobook fans will recognize the gritty delivery of Kevin Foley, who performs the book with typical verve. VERDICT Essential for all Western audio collections and a worthy listen for any fan of American historical fiction.
Hobb, Robin. Blood of Dragons.(Rain Wilds Chronicles, Bk. 4). 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624063060. $59.99; digital download. F
In this series conclusion (after City of Dragons), the young dragon keepers have colonized the ancient city of Kelsingra and struggle to survive and keep their fledgling dragons alive. They must locate and excavate the wells of mythical “silver” that their dragons require and protect themselves from the pirates who hunt dragons for their magical blood. Meanwhile, the ancient dragon Tintaglia, wounded and separated from the colony, carries the hope for survival of the next generation of dragons as well as the cure for a dying child born to the dragon keepers. Reader Anne Flosnik deftly performs the large array of human and dragon voices. VERDICT Fans of the series will want to hear the conclusion; recommended for fans of dramatic high fantasy. [“Hobb excels at telling big stories and juggling multiple story arcs. Fans of the author and of this series who eagerly await this installment will not be disappointed,” read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Harper Voyager hc, LJ 1/13.—Ed.]
Rindell, Suzanne. The Other Typist.8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761740. $39.95; digital download. F
In this crisp psychological thriller, debut novelist Rindell transports listeners to 1920s New York City during the height of Prohibition. Rose, a stenographer at a Lower East Side police department, excels at her job, taking great pride in her typing skills and work ethic. The conservative, somewhat prudish Rose, who was raised at a Catholic orphanage, becomes fascinated with the new typist, the glamorous Odalie, a charismatic woman with stylish clothes and bobbed hair who would have been right at home at one of Gatsby’s parties. As Rose and Odalie strike up a friendship and venture into the dangerous underworld of the speakeasies, Rose struggles to reconcile her job with her new social life. Gretchen Mol, who appears on HBO’s 1920s-set seriesBoardwalk Empire, delivers the perfect pacing and tone for this menacing thriller. VERDICT Highly recommended for all suspense fans. [“Fans of Patricia Highsmith’sThe Talented Mr. Ripley are sure to love Rindell’s debut novel, which parallels Ripley in its examination of our fascination with wealth and the potential consequences of keeping the wrong company,” read the review of the Putnam hc,LJ Xpress Reviews, 5/3/13.—Ed.]
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Brown, Dan. Inferno. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804128780. $50; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy’s Gone a Hunting. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470346157. $77.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Jones, Darynda. Fifth Grave Past the Light. (Charley Davidson, Bk. 5). 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427230799. $39.99; digital download. F
Ladd, Sarah. The Heiress of Winterwood. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781613753194. $32.99; digital download. F
Selasi, Taiye. Ghana Must Go. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470327194. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Willig, Lauren. The Ashford Affair. digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427232779. $26.99; Playaway digital. F
Atkinson, Rick. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945. (Liberation Trilogy, Bk. 3). 9 CDs. retail ed. abridged. 11 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780743527996. $34.99; 27 CDs. library ed.; 3 MP3-CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST
Bondy, Filip. Who’s on Worst? The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats, and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385362603. $40. SPORTS
King, Stephen. Guns. 1 CD. library ed. unabridged. 50 min. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781480522824. $19.97; digital download. SOC SCI
Koofi, Fawzia & Nadene Ghouri. The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Tantor Media. 2013. ISBN 9781452612881. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR
Morgentaler, Abraham. Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611884. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. HEALTH
Sedaris, David. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. AudioGO. 2013. ISBN 9781478924449. $64.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR
Stewart, Amy. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10¼ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622311392. $34.95; 8 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. SCI
Tolinski, Brad. Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452611006. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG
Turse, Nick. Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8¾ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622311910. $73; digital download. HIST
Wapner, Jessica. The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest To Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9¾ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622311774. $34.95; 7 CDs library ed.; digital download. SCI