Xpress Reviews: Audiobooks | First Look at New Books, July 12, 2013

Week ending July 12, 2013

Brennan, Allison. Stolen. (Lucy Kincaid, Bk. 6). digital download. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427233738. $26.99; Playaway digital. F
In Brennan’s (Stalked) latest romantic suspense, Lucy Kincaid’s boyfriend, Sean Rogan, is featured; Kincaid surfaces later in the story. The plot centers on a rogue FBI agent who’s hacking into both personal and government computers. Sean goes undercover to aid the FBI in a sting operation, but since he must keep Lucy and his family in the dark, it threatens to alienate him from everyone he loves. Narrator Kate Udall does an admirable job of keeping the listener on track and engaged, but the story is overly long, with so many characters that listeners will struggle to tell them apart.
Verdict Those who enjoy works by authors such as Heather Graham and Catherine Coulter might wish to give Brennan a try.—Sandra C. Clariday, Tennessee Wesleyan Coll. Lib., Athens

DeMille, Nelson. Rendezvous. 1 CD. retail ed. unabridged. 1 hr. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312016. $9.95; 1 CD. library ed.; digital download. F
This gem of a short story concerns a Vietnam veteran recalling his recon patrol’s fatal encounter with a female Vietnamese sniper. Scott Brick’s gritty reading perfectly relates the fear, terror, and anger of each of the men of the patrol as they battle this skilled assassin. The story does not end well for the team, and Brick does a splendid job of relating the narrator’s bitterness at not knowing the fate of his adversary but vowing to make the score even should he and she ever cross paths again.
Verdict Public libraries should consider.—Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg

Ensler, Eve. In the Body of the World. 4 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781427231697. $24.99; digital download. MEMOIR
In this complex, fascinating view of womanhood, activist Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) takes listeners from the Congo, where she encountered rape and violence against women, to the United States, where she finds herself battling late-stage uterine cancer. As she copes with her diagnosis by recognizing, acknowledging, and accepting her body and self and correlating them to the larger world, Ensler, reading her own work, gives dramatic voice to her shock, fear, amazement, and personal growth.
Verdict Will be of interest to those interested in the women’s movement, feminism, and biographies.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

Mosley, Walter. Stepping Stone and Love Machine. (Crosstown to Oblivion, Bk. 3). 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6¼ hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781624065842. $59.99; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
Mosley (Little Green) takes a walk on the apocalyptic side with this set of paired novellas. Each story explores the potential of the human mind to expand beyond a singular consciousness. In “Stepping Stone,” the more emotionally satisfying tale, mailroom clerk Truman Pope has his world turned upside down when he encounters a woman named Minerva, whom only he can see. Through Minerva’s guidance, Truman begins to discover his true godlike nature as he finds himself mentally experiencing the lives of people worldwide, but then he learns that his powers also have the potential to cause a massive global disaster. In “Love Machine,” scientist Lois Kim is tricked into joining the collective Co-Mind, a psychic community in which all participants share communal thoughts and memories as part of a mad scientist’s plan to take over the world. Mosley’s exploration of the potential for human mental interconnectivity is intellectually intriguing but so dry and highly theoretical as to lack real emotional impact. When the cataclysmic events finally unfold, it’s hard to care that much, despite capable narration by JD Jackson and Sean Crisden.
Verdict Recommended for libraries where Mosley is popular or where the previous two installments of the “Crosstown to Oblivion” series have been in demand. [“This double book will probably sell because Mosley has many admirers, but it’s not very good,” read the review of the Tor hc, LJ 3/1/13.—Ed.]—Claire Abraham, Keller P.L., TX

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"