Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013

after Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013Hainey, Michael. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452613017. $34.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR

Hainey was a young boy when his newspaperman father died suddenly. His stoic mother refuses to talk about the death, and Hainey’s secret perusal of his father’s obituaries leads him to believe there is more to the story than he has been told. Hainey follows his father’s journalism footsteps, and as an adult he uses his reporter’s skills finally to get to the bottom of the story that has defined his life. This compelling memoir is read by Dan John Miller, whose voices, pacing, and talent for conveying nuance and emotion bring Hainey’s text to life. VERDICT Hainey deftly weaves family history and personal memory into his quest for the truth about his father, creating for the reader an incredible and captivating story. Highly recommended. [“Readers may intuit quickly what happened the night of Hainey’s father’s death, but the portrait of the bygone world of the Chicago newspaper industry and the slow unraveling of the puzzle surrounding Bob Hainey’s life, rather than his death, will keep readers interested beyond that point,” read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 3/21/13.]—Amy Koester, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., Wentzville, MO

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013 Palin, Michael. Brazil. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. AudioGO. 2013. ISBN 9781624600784. $29.95; digital download. TRAV

Palin (Himalaya) is on the road again, this time to Brazil. Over a trip lasting 75 days he covers the country’s history, art, geography, politics, flora, fauna, and anything else that strikes his fancy. Along the way he talks to an array of people as he describes adventures that include participating in Rio’s Gay Pride Parade; meeting a five-legged cow named Surprise; visiting a German enclave complete with beer and lederhosen; and interviewing a former president. Palin’s observations are warm, witty, and insightful, while his self-deprecating humor illustrates just how and why his travelogs are so successful. It’s impossible to imagine anyone except Palin telling his own story and he does it to perfection. VERDICT Even those with just a smidgen of interest in Brazil will be captivated by Palin’s special style and delivery. [“The book’s upbeat style will appeal to audiences who have enjoyed travel writings such as Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and J. Maarten Troost’s Lost on Planet China and The Sex Lives of Cannibals,” read the review of the Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s hc, LJ 8/13.]—Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL

light Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013Bohjalian, Chris. The Light in the Ruins. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780307917430. $35; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed. Random Audio. Playaway digital; digital download. F

Bohjalian (The Sandcastle Girls) sets his latest novel in World War II Italy. The grounds of the strategically located villa of the ­Rosatis hold Etruscan treasures of interest to the Nazis. The family is caught in a no-win situation in 1943 that will have implications in 1955, as the survivors are tracked down and gruesomely murdered. The author weaves a strong cast into two vividly told situations that Serafina Bettini, a Florentine police investigator, must deal with, along with her personal history as a World War II partisan. Reader Cassandra Campbell handles the various accents with skill, and Mark Bramhall uses haunting menace as the revenge-driven killer. verdict Highly recommended for fiction listeners. [“Thoroughly gripping, beautiful, and astonishingly vengeful, this novel is a heartbreaker. Bohjalian’s latest turn to historical fiction is immensely rewarding,” read the review of the Doubleday hc, LJ 5/15/13.]—Joyce ­Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

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fiction

Blake, James Carlos. The Rules of Wolfe: A Border Noir. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8¾ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622311170. $25; 1 MP3-CD; library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Bledsoe, Alex. Wisp of a Thing. (Tufa, Bk. 2). 1 MP3-CD. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781482915624. $29.95; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Castillo, Linda. Her Last Breath. (Kate Burkholder, Bk. 5). 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427231024. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Dane, Lauren. Taking Chase. (Chase Brothers, Bk. 2). 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452613772. $34.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Deveraux, Jude. True Love. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385367271. $40; retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. F

Disclafani, Anton. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470370480. $123.75; MP3-CD. retail ed. Penguin Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Evanovich, Janet & Lee Goldberg. The Heist. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385366946. $35; retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013 Fowler, Karen Joy. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781470881436. $76; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Harbison, Beth. Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427230843. $34.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Harwood, John. The Asylum. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781482911091. $90; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013 Mark, David. Original Skin. (Aector McAvoy, Bk. 2). 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470364762. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed. Whole Story Audio Bks.; digital download. F

Stine, R.L. A Midsummer Night’s Scream. 4 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427231642. $24.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

nonfiction

Barnett, Kristine. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449009642. $40; 9 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MEMOIR

Bering, Jesse. Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. MP3 digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427235268. $17.99. SOC SCI

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013 Booth, Stanley. The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 18 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781482911039. $118; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. MUSIC

Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611761696. $49.95; digital download. HIST

Christensen, Kate. Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites. MP3 digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Random Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780804149013. $20. Memoir

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | October 15, 2013 Klosterman, Chuck. I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). MP3 digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442362970. $23.95. SOC SCI

Persico, Joseph E. Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II. 20 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 24½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780449012208. $65; digital download. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. HIST

Taylor, Corey. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven; or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452642444. $71.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. MUSIC

 

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