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Musician Memoirs | LJ Reviews


A nonlinear exploration of Costello’s life and career; a candid, long-winded, and wickedly witty punk rock legend Lydon; an unexpected side of Smith

Sister Act: Kristan Higgins and Her Narrators

Amy Rubinate

  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 […]

LJ Media Reviews: November 15, 2015


Audio fiction from Abercrombie, Groff, Hobbs, Murakami, memoir from Hynde, Jang, self-help from Gilbert. For film fans, The Odd Way Home, American Experience: Walt Disney, new Fast Scans

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


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


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 […]

Historical Fiction of Note | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks


Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101922774. Read by Paul Boehmer & Cassandra Campbell. Of all the glamorous stars of 1950’s New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. […]

Gail Carriger Finishes the “Finishing School” Series | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Young Adult


Carriger, Gail. Manners & Mutiny. (Finishing School, Bk. 4). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478961826. Read by Moira Quick. Gr 8 Up–Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious. Sophronia would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and […]

Audiobooks from Hart, Leon, Reynolds, Scottoline & Serritella, and Silva | Xpress Reviews


Kate Reading does an excellent job narrating Hart’s Don’t Go Home; Commissario Brunetti investigates a stalking; Reynolds restricts himself here to a deadly dilemma; mother and daughter Scottoline and Serritella team up again; Silva is highly recommended for all Gabriel Allon fans

Library Olympics, Norse Myths, & Saving Baseball | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Middle Grade


Barnett, Mac & Jory John. The Terrible Two Get Worse. (Terrible Two, Bk. 2). Blackstone. ISBN 9781504661973. Read by Adam Verner. Gr 3-7–On their own, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. Now that they’ve formed a pranking duo, they’re terrible! But their powers will be tested when their favorite nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced […]

EllRay Jakes, Princess Posey, & Humphrey Return | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Early Elementary

Aiken, Joan. A Necklace of Raindrops. Listening Library. ISBN 9781101915738. Read by Lizza Aiken. K-Gr 3–These eight imaginative stories feature a flying apple pie, a cat that’s bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, […]