Clarke, Richard A. & Robert K. Knake. Cyber-War: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781494500184. $39.99; 8 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. POL SCI
In the worst-case scenario presented in this grim work, a massive cyberattack on American infrastructure cripples the nation in 15 minutes. Clarke (Your Government Failed You) and Knake, both experts in American national security, open this work with accounts of Russian cyberattacks against Georgia and Estonia and similar North Korean assaults on the United States. They then outline weaknesses in American computer networks, including overreliance on flawed Microsoft software and a business and government environment hostile to even reasonable regulations to ensure the security of computer networks. The work closes with a set of proposals to improve computer security, including the establishment of a closed, secure network for government, financial, and infrastructure transactions. Reader Pete Larkin does an excellent job presenting the story. Verdict This disturbing but important work is recommended to all listeners.
Novak, B.J. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804164757. $30; 6 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Novak, best known for his work on the American TV show The Office, has written a funny, neatly put-together book that lends itself especially well to audio. The stories are mostly very brief explorations of a central clever idea but are so well executed that they manage to lift off the ground just a bit more than we have any right to expect. Some of the more resonant stories include a sequel to the famous tortoise and the hare allegory, the story of the “Best Thing in the World Awards,” and a longer piece about a man who orders a sex robot and ends up with the first artificial intelligence capable of falling in love. The author himself reads most of the stories, and it is delightful to listen to stories read with both the skill of an actor and the understanding of the writer. He has also enlisted quite a few recognizable voices (including Mindy Kaling, Jason Schwartzmann, and Emma Thompson) and generally uses them to good effect. Verdict A very entertaining audiobook, great for lovers of humor but strong enough to appeal to discriminating short story fans as well. [“Contemporary humor aficionados and fans of David Sedaris, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Mindy Kaling, Novak’s costar and friend, are most likely to pick this one up and should enjoy it,” read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 1/14.]
Vanderbes, Jennifer. The Secret of Raven Point. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629234175. $59.99; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed.; digital download. F
In Vanderbes’s (Strangers at the Feast) vivid World War II drama, small-town boy Tuck Dufresne enlists and goes missing in Italy. His sister Juliet’s strategy to resolve his fate—abandoning college hopes for nursing certification, lying about her age to work in a field hospital near the Italian front—affords controversial discoveries. Contending with her mobile medical unit’s dismaying patient care workload, teenaged Juliet encounters even thornier issues: her attraction to a married doctor and the case of a soldier abused and traumatized by his fellows for being “different.” Vanderbes unflinchingly but sensitively depicts Juliet’s widening perspective amid devastating collateral damage and harrowing injuries. Ably voicing German, Italian, and American regional accents, Susie Berneis enhances the absorbing tale, imparting nuances in Juliet’s outlook as she comes of age with grace and grit. VERDICT Highly recommended, particularly for book groups and historical fiction fans seeking authentically rendered, character-driven stories. [“While not all the mysteries here are resolved, the only disappointing thing about this book is that it has to end,” concurred the starred review of the Scribner hc, LJ 11/15/13.]
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Evanovich, Janet & Lee Goldberg. The Chase. (Fox & O’Hare, Bk. 2). 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780385366984. $35; 8 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Feldman, Joshua Max. The Book of Jonah. 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427236210. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Golden, Christopher. Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy. 15 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 19 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452619354. $54.99; 15 CDs. library ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
Harris, Robert. An Officer and a Spy. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804165693. $45; 13 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Horan, Nancy. Under the Wide and Starry Sky. 14 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 17 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780449808122. $50; 14 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Jance, J.A. Moving Target. (Ali Reynolds, Bk. 9). 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781442367234. $39.99; 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. Recorded Bks.; digital download. F
Lawhon, Ariel. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804148887. $45; digital download. F
Martin, Valerie. The Ghost of the Mary Celeste. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¾ hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629231891. $59.99; 10 CDs. retail ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Pavone, Chris. The Accident. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804165990. $40; 10 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Shotwell, Vivien. Vienna Nocturne. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804128421. $45; 8 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. F
Watkins, Claire Vaye. Battleborn. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470368166. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. F
Allen, Jonathan & Amie Parnes. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804149273. $45; 13 CDs. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. POL SCI
Churchwell, Sarah. Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13¼ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452646695. $90.99; 11 CDs. retail ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. LIT
Drury, Bob & Tom Clavin. The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470394707. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. HIST
Orton, Eric. The Cool Impossible: The Coach from “Born To Run” Shows How To Get the Most from Your Miles—and from Yourself. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470392468. $56.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. SPORTS
Weir, Alison. Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World. 19 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 23 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470376376. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; digital download. HIST
Worth, Jennifer. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse. 8 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781622313440. $39.95; 8 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. MEMOIR