Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Barnhardt, Wilton. Lookaway, Lookaway. 13 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427229328. $49.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Barnhardt’s (Gospel) latest novel is a tour de force, chronicling a majestic Southern family’s rise and fall. The Johnston and Jarvis family saga spans several decades and is stunning in its honesty, cleverness, and dark humor. Jerene Jarvis Johnston strives to uphold her affluent Southern roots and traditions in Charlotte, NC, but as the 21st century progresses and society changes, she finds it harder to maintain the facade. Her four children lead vastly different lives from what she had envisioned for them, she’s constantly cleaning up her good-for-nothing alcoholic brother’s messes, her mother doesn’t have the decency to die and stop being a thorn in their side, and to top it all off her saintly husband, Duke, has some skeletons in his closet. Narrated brilliantly by North Carolina native Scott Shepherd, who gives all of the characters distinctive voices with perfect inflections and tones. VERDICT This engaging, inventive romp into the rise and fall of an eclectic Southern family is a must listen for fans of Southern literature and dark family sagas.—Erin Cataldi, Franklin Coll., IN

hesgone Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Caletti, Deb. He’s Gone. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614373. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

The morning after a boozy party, Dani awakes to find that Ian, her husband, is not at home. As his absence extends into days and weeks, Dani ricochets from worry to suspicion, guilt, and dread, frantically parsing their relationship for clues to Ian’s state of mind before he went missing. Caletti’s (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart) first adult novel is an addictive blend of mystery and searing self-scrutiny. It crackles with observations and revelations keen enough to compel listeners to tap rewind and scrutinize sentence after sentence. Cassandra Campbell incarnates each character flawlessly, imbuing Dani with good-heartedness and innocence that befriends listeners. VERDICT Fans of smart, mature fiction will be hooked.—­Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo

Hayder, Mo. Poppet. (Jack Caffery, Bk. 6). 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624065071. $59.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

In Hayder’s (Gone) latest, Caffery is still obsessed by some of the events described in previous series installments, but he must also take on a new case involving mysterious deaths at a local psychiatric hospital and the mistaken release of an inmate who may have been involved in the deaths. AJ LeGrande, the head psychiatric nurse, provides an alternate point of view and helps drive the story. Steven Crossley is at the top of his profession as reader and lets the characters shine through without distraction. VERDICT Listeners new to the series may want to start at the beginning; otherwise, highly recommended. [“Hayder’s latest installment in the Jack Caffrey series…is a creepy, twisty thrill ride that never stops and will give you the shivers if you dare to read this at night. This is another winner,” read the starred review of the Atlantic hc, LJ 5/15/13.—Ed.]—­Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA

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fiction

Agawa, Yoko. The Housekeeper and the Professor. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 978145261898. $29.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Beresford, J.D. Goslings. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624067198. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Crace, Jim. Harvest. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470333119. $72.75; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Cremer, Andrea & David Levithan. Invisibility. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624068515. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds. digital download. F

Deaver, Jeffery. The Kill Room. (Lincoln Rhyme, Bk. 10). 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Hachette Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781619696365. $39.98; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 King, Stephen. Joyland. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442359918. $29.99; 7 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Kwan, Kevin. Crazy Rich Asians. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780804120784. 2013. $50; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Penny, Louise. How the Light Gets In. (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk. 9). 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427233011. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Sandford, John. Silken Prey. (Lucas Davenport, Bk. 23).10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470351724. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Sullivan, Michael J.
The Crown Tower. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470340667. $123.77; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Zahn, Timothy. Allegiance: Star Wars. MP3 digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Random Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780804148191. $24; MP3 digital download. library ed. Recorded Bks. $95. F

Zane, Leonard. Captain Midnight’s Post-War Radio Years. MP3 digital download. retail ed. abridged. 8½ hrs. BearManor Media. 2013. ISBN 9781593932170. $21.95. (no CD edition.) F

Nonfiction

Anthes, Emily. Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6½ hours. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614434. $34.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. SCI

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Bailyn, Bernard. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America, the Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675. 22 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 26 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470359515. $123.75. 3 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Breitman, Richard & Allan J. Lichtman. FDR and the Jews. 13 CDs. unabridged. 16½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614922. $49.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library/ retail eds.; digital download. HIST

Ellis, Joseph. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780307943774. $35; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Guelzo, Allen C.  Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. 18 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 22½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385394338. $42; digital download. HIST

Jackson, Phil & Hugh Delehanty. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761672. $39.95; 9 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. SPORTS

Macomber, Debbie. Once Upon a Time. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442362734. $29.99; 5 CDs. library ed.; digital download. REL

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Nietzsche, Friedrich. On the Genealogy of Morals. tr. from German by Ian Johnston. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6½ hrs. Naxos Audiobooks. 2013. ISBN 9781843796848. $34.98; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. PHIL

OrangeReviewStar Audio Book Reviews | October 1, 2013 Rohde, David. Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452612706. $34.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. POL SCI

 

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