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Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

Audiobooks from Andrews, Barclay, Ewan, & Willig | Xpress Reviews

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Urban fantasy from husband-and-wife team Andrews, a mess from Barclay, a mystery/thriller from Ewan, and a spy-filled historical romance from Willig

Steve J. Martin on The Small Big | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Steve J. Martin is the director of Influence at Work in the United Kingdom; his work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wired. He is the coauthor, with Robert B. […]

Snowden, the Maker Movement, and Award-winning SF | December Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

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Audio in Advance offers previews of selected audiobooks two months ahead of publication, along with recommended picks and occasional interviews with notable authors and narrators. Baker, Jo. Offcomer. Dreamscape Media. Read by Nicola Barber. Longbourn author Baker sets her latest against the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Claire is a recent Oxford graduate […]

New Murakami, Gabaldon and Son, & a novel of the Bloomsbury Group | December Audio in Advance | Fiction

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Audio in Advance offers previews of selected audiobooks two months ahead of publication, along with recommended picks and occasional interviews with notable authors and narrators. Blackwell, Juliet. Keeper of the Castle. Tantor. Read by Xe Sands. In the latest “Haunted Home Renovation” mystery, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, is managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped […]

Snipers, tycoons, and a new Pepys | December Audio in Advance | Nonfiction

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Audio in Advance offers previews of selected audiobooks two months ahead of publication, along with recommended picks and occasional interviews with notable authors and narrators. Avadian, Brenda  & Eric M. Riddle. Stuffology 101: Get Your Mind out of the Clutter. Blackstone. Reader to be announced. “Stuffologists” Avadian and Riddle share four decades of experience dealing […]

Audiobooks from Adams, McCullough Jr., & Palmer | Xpress Reviews

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Concise and well-organized advice from the dad of Dilbert, a slog from McCullough Jr., and plot twists from Palmer for those who persevere

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.

Nonfiction Takes the Cake: From Middle East History to Memoir to Physics for Poets | Audiobook Reviews

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Recommend Bird’s The Good Spy for students of Middle East and late 20th-century history, Brierly’s Long Way Home to memoir listeners, and for erudite, lifelong learners Kouzes’s Physics for Poets.

Talking with Alasdair MacLean | Music Matters

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LJ talks to Alasdair MacLean, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the English rock band The Clientele. He spent 2012 writing daily at his public library and is widely known for the literary references in the lyrics of the band’s elegant chamber pop and 1980s alternative music.

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