Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013Bulawayo, NoViolet. We Need New Names. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624066382. $59.99; digital download. F

This coming-of-age novel follows a young girl in Zimbabwe as she and her displaced family and friends must adapt to and cope with a harsh, violent world. Readers meet ten-year-old Darling in her dusty, poverty-stricken shantytown and accompany her as she grows to college age in the United States while living with her aunt. Poignant and heart-wrenching prose tells the tale of Darling’s journey and extends a universal message of longing for a homeland that is forever out of reach. The narration by Robin Miles, who adjusts Darling’s accent throughout her life and circumstances, is inspired and masterly. Although written from the perspective of a child and a teenager, the content and language make this title more appropriate for older teens and adults. VERDICT Highly recommended for listeners who are interested in contemporary fiction. [“Darling’s is the freshest voice yet to spring from the fertile imaginations of the wonderful young writers (Adichie, Ndyaia, Mengestu) who are exploring the African diaspora in America. A worthy addition to the canon,” read the starred review of the Little, Brown hc, LJ 5/15/13.—Ed.]—J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA

gatsby Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781480529953. $49.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F

Fitzgerald’s classic novel depicts the times, sounds, attitudes, and lives of many Americans in the 1920s. Upon moving to the West Egg area of Long Island to sell bonds in New York, unassuming narrator Nick Carraway becomes involved with, though never quite a part of, several segments of the alternating languid and furiously paced lives of individuals with money and time to spend. When he meets his neighbor the mysterious Jay Gatsby at a wild party in the neighborhood, Nick becomes entwined in Gatsby’s hopeful plan to rekindle his continuing love for Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan. Themes of reality vs. fantasy, hope vs. obsession, the idle rich, and the American dream are beautifully threaded to offer readers a tapestry that has come to embody the time period. Narrator Jake Gyllanhaal gives an understated performance filled with nuance and a thoughtful appreciation of the written word. Never overpowering, Gyllanhaal allows time for readers to draw their own conclusions and investigate their own interpretations of the novel’s many facets. This fresh audio production will inspire readers to experience the classic anew. VERDICT This is an essential purchase for libraries not owning this novel in audiobook format and for those wanting to use the popular movie poster found on the audiobook cover as a conduit for enticing new listeners.—Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights P.L., TX

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013Zuckoff, Mitchell. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780062283443. $39.99; digital download. HIST

Zuckoff (journalism, Boston Univ.; Lost in Shangri-La) here writes an account of the U.S. cargo plane that crashed into the Greenland ice cap on November 5, 1942, and the subsequent attempts to rescue the survivors. Four days later, the search and rescue plane also crashed. The ensuing narrative is a fascinating reminder of the sacrifices of American military personnel and their families. Well read by the author, this is an extraordinary tale of adventure and heroism. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of suspense, military history, and adventure. [“This tale of true heroism, human ingenuity, and sacrifice by ordinary people in the face of a bitter enemy is for anyone interested not only in World War II aviation or modern scientific techniques for locating missing aircraft but in popular histories of real adventure,” read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Harper hc, LJ 4/15/13.—Ed.]—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of Northern Alabama, Florence

fiction

Day, Sylvia. Entwined with You. (Crossfire, Bk. 3). 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781469220758. $59.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Gran, Sara. Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway. (Claire DeWitt, Bk. 2). 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622311521. $73; Playaway digital; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761801. $39.95; 12 CDs. library ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Koontz, Dean. Deeply Odd. (Odd Thomas, Bk. 6). 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781469248721. $89.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Littlefield, Sophie. Garden of Stones. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614403. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Roy, Lori. Until She Comes Home. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470881733. $90; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427221148. $23.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Stevens, Taylor. The Doll. (Vanessa Munroe, Bk. 3). 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385359832. $ 40; digital download. F

nonfiction

Barra, Allen. Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470333133. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. SPORTS

Bergoglio, Jorge Mario & Abraham Skorka. On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804164122. $35; digital download. REL

Collins, Steven & Latayne C. Scott. Discovering the City of Sodom. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Christian Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781610457057. $24.98;

digital download. ARCHAeol

Knox, Amanda. Waiting To Be Heard. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780062237613. $39.99;

digital download. MEMOIR

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | September 1, 2013LeDuff, Charlie. Detroit: An American Autopsy. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7¾ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312047. $29.95; 6 CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST

Lowndes, Leil. How To Create Chemistry with Anyone: 75 Ways To Spark It Fast and Make It Last. 4 CDs. library ed. abridged. 4¼ hrs. Listen & Live Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781593166502. $23.95; digital download. SELF-HELP

Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452613420. $44.99; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. SCI

Snow, Richard. I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614465; $39.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG

Stein, Ellen. That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781482916003. $118; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HUMOR

Thomas, M.E. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¼ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385362405. $40; digital download. PSYCH

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