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Audiobooks by Charlton, Lawson, Stewart, and Wodicka | Xpress Reviews


A historical mystery with romance, Lawson’s “furiously” poignant memoir, a nonagenarian has questions about her new neighbor, Wodicka’s latest is a sad, achingly sensitive story of two eccentric people

LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2015


Fiction from King, Kwan, Pitre; nonfiction on human trafficking, the Vikings, treasure hunters, Marco Polo. Documentaries on LGBT people in Cameroon, Hurricane Sandy, organ donation programs, plus new Trailers: What’s coming on DVD/Bu-ray

Audiobooks from Block, Graves, Grecian, Keillor, & Schultz | Xpress Reviews


Matt Scudder tries to save a gangster’s daughter, Lizzie Snow moves to Bearkill, ME, Grecian’s Scotland Yard detective meets Jack the Ripper, Keillor and company celebrate two score years on the radio, history through the Mailer & Buckley

Audiobook from Kardos | Xpress Reviews


Kardos’s latest is not quite compelling, not very suspenseful, but still enough fun, especially with Julia Whelan’s excellent narration

Audiobooks from Box, Clark, Spindler, and Trenow | Xpress Reviews


Joe Pickett is on the case in a new Box title; listeners fond of psychological thrillers will revel in Spindler’s cast of suspects, trail of clues, twists, and turns; Trenow’s historical fiction is hauntingly beautiful—a not-to-be-missed audiobook

LJ Media Reviews: September 15, 2015


Big fiction from Child, Deveraux, Lee, and L’Amour, coming-of-age Visions and Revisions. Top documentary Iris, shades of Susan Sontag, John Penton. Fast Scans of Clouds of Sils Maria, Woman in Gold, and more.

Bill Nye, Carly Simon, & a Biography of Joan Didion | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Nonfiction


Bingham, Emily. Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Tantor. ISBN 9781494567972. Read by Christina Delaine. Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: […]

A Ranch Dog, a Fairy Tree, and Learning About the Moon | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Early Elementary


Coville, Bruce. Amber Brown Horses Around. Live Oak. ISBN 9781430120148 Read by Dana Lubotsky. Gr 2-5—Amber Brown and her best friend, Justin, are spending the summer at Camp Cushetunk. Learning to ride Cinnamon, the sweetest horse ever, is so amazing that Amber doesn’t even mind shoveling the horse’s poop. Then Amber becomes the target of […]

Shannon Hale Launches a Series, How To Train Your Dragon Wraps Up | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Middle Grade


Cowell, Cressida. How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury. (How To Train Your Dragon, Bk. 12). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478961543. Read by David Tennant. Gr 3-7—In the series finale, listeners will learn how tiny Hiccup the Viking became king of his people and united humans and dragonkind. In Hiccup’s misadventures, the stakes have never been higher, as […]

Stories and Essays from Stephen King, Michael Cunningham, & Roger Angell | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks


Angell, Roger. This Old Man: All in Pieces. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780399565366. Reader TBA. The only writer elected to membership in both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Angell won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Essay award for “This Old Man,” which forms a […]