Alexander Chee, Joshilyn Jackson, & Debuts To Watch | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Barton, Fiona. The Widow. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780147525192. Read by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, Jayne Entwistle, Steve West, & Mandy Williams. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living […]

Watch the Gettsburg Address, Go Inside a Painting, & Tour with a Boy Band | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Middle Grade

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Bosch, Pseudonymous. Bad Luck. (Bad Magic, Bk. 2). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478910572. Read by Aaron Landon. Gr 3-7–At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints, and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve.  […]

Learning To Love Slime Mold | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Early Elementary

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Duddle, Jonny. The Jonny Duddle Extravaganza. Brilliance. ISBN 9781489025234. Read by Rupert Degas. PreS-Gr 2–This collection features the following adventures: “The Pirate Cruncher”: A mysterious old pirate tells a tavern of salty seadogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. But once they set sail, he also mentions that it is guarded by the terrible Pirate […]

Best Media 2015: Music

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The cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton is easily the album of the year, selected (and rhapsodically described) by both LJ music contributors Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple as an essential library purchase. Their other selections include pop, rock, classical, jazz, and more.     Robin Bradford Halestorm. Into the Wild Life. Atlantic. I just […]

Best Media 2015: Video Games

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It’s been another great year for gaming. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 hit their stride in earnest, the Wii U proved to be the little console that could, and the PC continued to be the premier platform for innovative indie titles. Here’s how to spend this year’s money updating your circulating games collection and […]

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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  This year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Spoken Word Grammy Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced today. The spoken word category, which includes poetry, audiobooks, and storytelling, includes memoirs read by the authors and novels read by celebrities. The winner will be revealed during the Grammy Awards broadcast on Feb. 15, 2016. Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. S. & […]

Sister Act: Kristan Higgins and Her Narrators

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  Kristan Higgins, the author of If You Only Knew (HQN: Harlequin) recently had a virtual cup of coffee with the two narrators of the audio version of the book—Xe Sands, who reads Jenny’s chapters, and Amy Rubinate, who voices Jenny’s older sister, Rachel. Higgins asked the actors a few questions about the book and […]

Memoirs of Traveling Light, Escaping from a Cult, & Growing Up with Rosa Parks | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Nonfiction

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Bensen, Clara. No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504662185. Reader TBA. When Clara Bensen arranged to meet Jeff Wilson on the steps of the Texas State Capitol after just a few email exchanges, it felt like something big was going to happen. Clara, a sensitive and reclusive personality, was immediately […]

Yann Martel, Chris Bohjalian, & Sunil Yapa | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Fiction

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Alameddine. Rabih. The Hakawati. Brilliance. ISBN 9781511317832. Read by Assaf Cohen. In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father’s deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama’s grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of […]