Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook Reviews

OrangeReviewStar Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsCunningham, Michael. The Snow Queen. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427233387. $29.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

snowqueen0624141 Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsCunningham’s (The Hours) latest is the story of Barrett and Tyler, two brothers living in Brooklyn in the early 2000s, each facing his own midlife struggle. Tyler is engaged to Beth, who has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer, and Barrett has moved in with them, having just been dumped by his boyfriend. Despite its title, the novel doesn’t follow the structure of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and only lightly references that story’s images of snow, mirrors, and enchantment. The appeal of Cunningham’s Snow Queen lies in the author’s expert rendering of the setting and social group the book revolves around, in his gift for the internal monologs of his characters, and in his wonderful prose, rather than in a strong plot. Narrator Clare Danes delivers an exceptionally good performance. Her clear, thoughtful reading is suited to both Cunningham’s moments of soaring, lyrical language and to the casual, irreverent tone of the dialog among friends. verdict A well-written novel that’s enriched by the audio performance. [“In concise yet descriptive language, Cunningham weaves the secret of transcendence through the mundane occurrences of everyday life,” read the starred review of the Farrar hc, LJ 3/15/14.]—Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA

OrangeReviewStar Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsDahl, Julia. Invisible City. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427239549. $29.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

invisiblecity062414 Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsDahl’s debut novel takes place in an ultra­orthodox neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts is assigned to cover the brutal murder of a Hasidic Jewish woman. As Rebekah uncovers the secrets of the very private community, she must face her own ever-present longing for the mother who abandoned her in infancy to return to her own ultraorthodox society. Andi Arndt does an excellent job narrating. She captures Rebekah’s mood changes, her loneliness, and her youthful enthusiasm for her job. verdict Recommended for the mystery collection of all public libraries. [“In her gripping debut mystery, veteran journalist Dahl creates an intriguing protagonist seeking justice for a victim’s family as well as the truth about her own origins,” read the review of the Minotaur: St. Martin’s hc, LJ 5/15/14.—Ilka Gordon, Aaron Garber Lib., Cleveland

OrangeReviewStar Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsGoodall, Jane & Gail Hudson. Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants. 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781478927556. $30; Playaway digital; digital download. GARDENING

seedsofhope062414 Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsGoodall (Reason for Hope) and her frequent coauthor Hudson here cover the use and abuse of plants in food, medicine, clothing, worship, and fuel. The work also examines farming practices, such as large-scale plantation farming of single, profitable plants that destroy natural diversity and contribute to human poverty. While the work at times takes on a gloomy, pessimistic tone, Goodall and Hudson provide examples of individuals and groups attempting to bring about change by working on organic farming; preservation of seeds for future use; conservation of forests, grasslands, and wetlands; and business practices that minimize impact on the environment. Cautionary tales are intermixed with Goodall’s reminiscences of a childhood spent in the English countryside and her studies of primates in Africa. The audiobook includes a PDF file of images from the print work. Reader Edita Brychta does an excellent job of telling the tale. ­verdict Recommended to all listeners who are interested in expanding their knowledge on environmental issues.—Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

OrangeReviewStar Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsPrice, Daniel. The Flight of the Silvers. 17 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 21¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9871470382063. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

flightofthesilvers062414 Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsIn the first of a new series, sisters Hannah and Amanda Given are opposites in every way, but when the world suddenly comes to an end, they are both recipients of silver bracelets from mysterious but vaguely familiar strangers. As they and the handful of other survivors start their lives over in a strange new world, they have to fight off enemies they don’t know, learn to control their temporal abilities, and figure out how to find the one person who might save them. Rich Orlow demonstrates his incredible versatility, with spot-on characterizations ranging from an Australian teen to a New York cartoonist. This thrill ride will leave the listener desperate for the next installment. verdict Recommended for fans of Nick Harkaway and those who enjoy genre-crossing stories. [“Price’s strong, engaging characters and fast-moving plot will keep readers on their toes. Highly recommended for fans of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction,” read the starred review of the Blue Rider hc, LJ 2/15/14.]—Donna Bachowski, ­Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., FL

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fiction

Berenson, Alex. The Counterfeit Agent. (John Wells, Bk. 8). 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470397685. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Box, C.J. Stone Cold. (Joe Pickett, Bk. 14). 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470328153. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Donoghue, Emma. Frog Music. 11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781478927105. $30; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. 29 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 37 hrs. Naxos Audiobooks. 2013. ISBN 9781843796824. $152.98; digital download. F

OrangeReviewStar Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook ReviewsDoughty, Louise. Apple Tree Yard. 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781480577541. $69.97; 12 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Li, Yiyun. Kinder Than Solitude. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781440752414. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Lippman, Laura. After I’m Gone. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. HarperAudio. 2014. ISBN 9780062265258. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F

McCarthy, Cormac. The Counselor. 3 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 3½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781490612614. $36.75;1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Meyler, Deborah. The Bookstore. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452618593. $42.99; 9 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

Ohlsson, Kristina. Unwanted. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11 hrs. Dreamscape Media. 2013. ISBN 9781624065552. $59.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Quindlen, Anna. Still Life with Bread Crumbs. 6 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781480533141. $79.97; 6 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. F

Rich, Nathaniel. Odds Against Tomorrow. 9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452643113. $83.99; 9 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F

nonfiction

Buckland, Raymond. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781452619736. $44.99; 12 CDs. library ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. PARAPSYCH

Chua, Amy & Jed Rubenfeld. The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. 6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781611762464. $29.95; 6 CDs. library ed. Recorded Bks.; digital download. SOC SCI

Gollner, Adam Leith. The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever. 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452614076. $49.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. SOC SCI

Hart, Matthew. Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal. 7 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452617718. $39.99; 7 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. BUS

Leonard, Christopher. The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781494500719. $39.99; 9 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. BUS

Rath, Tom. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. 4 CDs.

library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781480580794. $52.97; 4 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail ed.; digital download. HEALTH

Solomon, Deborah. American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. 17 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 19¾ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781470388799. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. ART

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts. 5 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 6¼ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781494500245. $39.99; 5 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. HUMOR

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