Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews

OrangeReviewStar Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews Higashida, Naoki. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism. 2 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 2½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781490602905. $30.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. AUTOBIOG

reasonijump042914 Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews This is the fascinating, frenetic, and emotionally affecting autobiography of a 13-year-old Japanese boy on the autistic spectrum. Ably introduced and translated by writer David Mitchell, who himself has a son with autism, it is presented in the form of brief answers to innocuous questions posed by laypersons, such as, “Why do you hum all the time?” or “Why do we have to ask you 50 times before you do something?” The answers are honest and open, and readers will find them genuine and engaging. While Higashida’s responses are often posited as “typical” for “us kids with autism,” listeners should be aware that they stem from one perceptive and astute individual. Narrator Tom Picasso relays an excellent balance of eagerness and innocence. VERDICT This exceptional listen will find an appreciative audience among all individuals affected by autism as it succeeds wildly at creating empathy and understanding.—Douglas C. Lord, New Britain P.L., CT

OrangeReviewStar Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews Oates, Joyce Carol. Carthage. 16 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 19½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780385366731. $60; 16 CDs. retail ed. Blackstone Audio; digital download. F

carthage042914 Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews Oates’s latest novel is a meticulously crafted, emotionally raw rumination on grief and the attempts of individuals, families, and a community to cope with catastrophic loss. On the edge of the wilds of the Adirondacks, in the town of Carthage, NY, Cressida goes missing. The youngest daughter of the prestigious Mayfield family, she was last seen with her sister’s ex-fiancé, Brett Kincaid, a beloved hometown hero–turned– physically and emotionally damaged Iraq War veteran. Brett confesses to killing Cressida—but is he hallucinating or reliving a traumatic experience from combat? Or is it true? Suspense builds as the novel unfolds in a series of flashbacks and from the viewpoints of multiple characters. The smooth, empathetic narration by Susan Erickson and David Colacci expertly moves this heartbreaking story along to its startling conclusion. VERDICT This quintessential Oates tragedy is essential for all fiction collections. [“This is a story about war, violence, mental illness, love, hatred, and, perhaps most of all, the will to survive and the healing power of forgiveness, all powerfully rendered by a master storyteller,” read the starred review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc, LJ 1/14.]—Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib.

OrangeReviewStar Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews Redman, Jason & John Burning. The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12¼ hrs. HarperAudio. 2013. ISBN 9780062282828. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. AUTOBIOGthetrident042914 Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews

Navy lieutenant Redman was a seasoned SEAL operator in the special operations community. A former enlisted sailor who was commissioned an officer, Redman graduated from U.S. Army Ranger school and completed combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. This autobiography would be very similar to Chris Kyle’s American Sniper or Chad Williams’s SEAL of God, except that Redman was seriously wounded in 2007 in Iraq and became a symbol for all wounded warriors when he put a sign on his hospital door instructing all who entered not to feel sorry for him. His transition from a rowdy, arrogant, and self-centered guy to a functioning leader and teammate is honest and humbling. His post-wound story is inspiring and simply fascinating. The narration of Erik Bergmann is masterly yet understated. verdict Highly recommended, especially for listeners with an interest in leadership.—Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Purity of Vengeance. (Department Q, Bk. 4). 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781611762396. $39.95; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Banks, Maya. Theirs To Keep. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452618395. $42.99; 6 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download.F

Bradley, Alan. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. (Flavia de Luce, Bk. 6). 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780307879875. $35; 7 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Caine, Rachel. Daylighters. (Morganville Vampires, Bk. 15). 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9871452612461. $40; 10 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. F

Finch, Charles. The Last Enchantments. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427241382. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781442368118. $29.99; digital download. F

Lovecraft, H.P. Eldritch Tales. 18 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 20 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781482951035. $160; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F

MacAlister, Katie. Noble Intentions. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452617213. $42.99; 9 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. F

Nguyen, Bich Minh. Pioneer Girl. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629234298.

$47.99; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. F

Scull, Luke. The Grim Company. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 15½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470392604. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; digital download. FANTASY

Zouroudi, Anne. The Taint of Midas. (Greek Detective, Bk. 2). 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629231747. $47.99; 8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

nonfiction

Brockman, John. This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452619149. 10 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. PHIL

Collins, Billy. Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems. 1 CD. library ed. unabridged. 1½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2013. ISBN 9780385366410. $20; 1 CD. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. POETRY

Gates, Robert M. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. 20 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 25½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804148641. $60; 20 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. POLITICS

Lepore, Jill. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470384944. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST

Percy, Jennifer. Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452619606. $39.99; 6 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. POL

Shteyngart, Gary. Little Failure: A Memoir. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781449849368; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. MEMOIR

Stossel, Scott. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 15½ hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804148900. $45; 13 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. PSYCH

Zoellner, Tom. Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452616728. $42.99; 10 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed; digital download. HIST

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