Audio Reviews | December 2013

claire Audio Reviews | December 2013OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470360207. $72.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Danticat (Brother, I’m Dying) offers a spare story of loss, human failings, great sacrifice, and love. Seven-year-old Haitian Claire ­Limyè Lanmè’s mother died in childbirth. The girl’s father, Nozias, a fisherman who desperately needs to leave the village to make more money, is struggling with the decision to allow someone else to raise his daughter. He settles on Gaelle Lavaud, a prosperous fabric store owner who lost her own daughter, and tries to convince her to take his. On her seventh birthday, Claire goes missing. Danticat moves backward in time to tell the stories of Claire and her neighbors as the community comes together to find the missing child. Veteran narrator Robin Miles captures the French/Creole pronunciation beautifully and immerses the listener in the setting. VERDICT This beautifully written story transcends its Haitian setting to tell a universal story of human connectedness. [“[Danticat] has the ability to conjure up the rarified air of Haiti as she manages to pull tightly at one’s heartstrings; this novel is no exception,” read the starred review of the Knopf hc, LJ 9/1/13; one of LJ’s Best Books of 2013, see p. 26.]—Judy Murray, Monroe Cty. Lib. Syst., Temperance, MI

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013McDermott, Alice. Someone. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427213105. $29.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

McDermott, winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Charming Billy, returns after a seven-year absence from the publishing world with this elegantly descriptive portrait of a single ordinary life. Marie Comme­ford is a bespectacled Irish-Catholic child hanging out on a stoop in pre-Depression Brooklyn. As the scattered vignettes of her life unfold, Marie experiences early romantic heartbreak, a brief career in a funeral parlor, a happy marriage, and the birth of several children, including one labor that is hair-raising in its brutality. Through it all, Marie’s literal myopia indicates a figurative inability to see things and people as they are, including her beloved father, who dies at an early age in circumstances that indicate possible alcoholism. In this manner McDermott suggests that all of us are blinded to the harsher realities of life by our hopes, dreams, and losses. The beauty of this book lies not so much in the fairly ordinary events of Marie’s life but in the lushly descriptive details, read with simple lilting charm by Kate Reading, that lure the listener into treasuring the intimate, truthful, and sometimes painful glimpses of a lifetime viewed from every age. Verdict Gorgeous language and honest simplicity make this story of one woman’s life into a work of art. Highly recommended for all public library collections. [“While McDermott’s is a quiet style, fans of her earlier work will be thrilled to come across this simple, bittersweet story,” read the review of the Farrar hc, LJ 8/13.]—Claire Abraham, Keller P.L., TX

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013Marwood, Alex. The Wicked Girls. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452615974. $39.99; 2 MP3-CDs/12 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

In 1986, 11-year-old girls Bel and Jade were convicted of murdering a four-year-old who had been casually and negligently placed in their care. Twenty-five years later, they are out of prison, have new names, and are living productive (but very different) lives. Bel (now Amber) works as a midlevel supervisor of the cleaning crew of Funnland, a seaside amusement park. Jade (now Kirsty) is a freelance print journalist in addition to being a wife and mother. When a series of murders take place around Funnland, Kirsty is assigned to report on them, and the girls meet for the first time since their trials. Both fear the events surrounding the murders will explode their carefully arranged lives and expose their previous identities. Anna Bentinck’s reading of this effective psychological thriller is flawless, in a variety of characterizations that range from four-year-old girl to 40-year-old male sociopath. VERDICT Highly recommended. [“Marwood has written a terrific thriller, full of dark turns and dread, and the twisty ending will stick with readers long after they finish the book,” read the starred review of the Penguin hc, LJ 7/13.]—Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA

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Fiction

Bender, Aimee. The Color Master. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7½ hours. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804148467. $40; digital download. F

Billingham, Mark. The Dying Hours. (Tom Thorne, Bk. 11). 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312818. $34.95; 1 MP3-CD/ 8 CDs. library ed.; digital download. F

Grafton, Sue. W Is for Wasted. (Alphabet Mysteries, Bk. 23). 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780307704337. $45; 14 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. F

Keller, Julia. Bitter River. (Bell Elkins, Bk. 2). 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781469216522. $64.97; 10 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013King, Stephen. Doctor Sleep. 16 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 18½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470345785. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed. S. & S. Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Leighton, M. Everything for Us (Bad Boys, Bk. 3). 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781480505872. $14.99; 8 CDs. library ed.; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14½ hrs.

Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624067105. $59.99; digital download. F

Plame, Valerie & Sarah Lovett. Blowback. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624069499. $59.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Pynchon, Thomas. Bleeding Edge. 16 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 18¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470389413. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs/16 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Roth, Veronica. Allegiant. (Divergent, Bk. 3). 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624063237. $29.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781743169582. $59.97; 1 MP3-CD/10 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Woodrell, Daniel. The Maid’s Version. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781478924562. $27; 4 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital. F

nonfiction

Berg, L. Scott. Wilson. 26 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 32½ hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781442365872. $75; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. BIOG

OrangeReviewStar Audio Reviews | December 2013Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804128117. $45; 14 CDs. retail ed. S. & S. Audio; digital download. MED

Hawking, Stephen. My Brief History. 2 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 2 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804164306. $15; digital download. MEMOIR

Johnson, Kirk W. To Be a Friend Is Fatal: The Fight To Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452615592. $39.99; 1 MP3-CD/9 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR

Mellen, Andrew J. Unstuff Your Life! Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9787480528369. $49.97; 1 MP3-CD/9 CDs. retail ed.; digital download. SELF-HELP

Paterniti, Michael. The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781480541047. $49.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. MEMOIR

Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. 17 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 28½ hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9780143145011. $39.95. HIST

St. Germain, Justin. Son of a Gun: A Memoir. MP3 digital download. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780804128896. $57; retail ed. Random Audio. MEMOIR

Suarez, Ray. Latino Americans:The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013.

ISBN 9781622312542. $34.95; 1 MP3-CD/9 CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST

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