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Audiobook: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rosie Project audiobook coverAustralian bachelor Don Tillman is a brilliant genetics professor whose social skills are anything but genius. He’s reached a point in his life at which he’s willing to deviate (slightly) from beloved routine in order to find a suitable life partner. A scientifically sound process is designed, and soon “The Wife Project” is underway. Enter Rosie, a woman who meets none of Don’s criteria and who has a personal project of her own. If your resolution is to explore upbeat fiction that appeals equally to men and women, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion passes with flying colors. Optimize your results by choosing the audiobook read by Dan O’Grady and enjoy hearing Don’s deadpan earnestness and inadvertent humor delivered in a native Aussie accent.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 30, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Humor, Romance

Audiobook: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Bellman and Black audiobook coverIf atmosphere is what you crave, you won’t go wrong with the fascinating Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. It is an unusual twist on a ghost story, one that is almost Dickensian in both tone and detail. As a boy, William Bellman commits one rash act that turns out to have consequences that will haunt for a lifetime. When a seemingly blessed adult existence falls victim to tragedy after tragedy, a desperate bargain with a mysterious man in black is his only option. Actor Jack Davenport reads in a dreamy, mood-enhancing style not unlike that of Neil Gaiman. With textured accents and a strong sense of pacing, his performance is both precise and enchanting. An otherworldly storytelling experience awaits.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on December 16, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books

Lists: Alternate Histories on Audiobook

Hitler's War book coverAlternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.

Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on December 6, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Lists

Lists: Celebrity Audiobook Narrators

Return of the Native audiobook coverIf there’s any better reading experience than Alan Rickman narrating an audiobook…we don’t know what it is. Or maybe we do. Maybe it is Will Wheaton narrating an audiobook or Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan or Jeremy Irons. There are so many fabulous, famous narrators!

Click here to check out audiobooks with celebrity narrators.

By Readers' Advisor on November 1, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Lists

Colleen’s Pick: White Cat

Colleen staff picks photoJesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

They Came Back

The Returned audiobook coverHarold and Lucille have already known heartbreak. Their son Jacob died in a tragic accident at his eighth birthday party. When he arrives on their doorstep fifty years later, but still only eight years old, they don’t know if this is a miracle or a sign of the end. Even more worrisome is that this isn’t an isolated incident. A massive population of the formerly dead have returned around the globe, and the living have to decide if it’s possible – or desirable – to reintegrate them into their lives. The Returned by Jason Mott is one of the season’s most buzzed-about releases, and narrator Tom Stechschulte creates a deeply resonant storytelling experience.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 23, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Winking with Proust

How Proust Can Change Your Life audiobook coverYou might think literary heavyweight Marcel Proust has nothing to say to you, but French author Alain de Botton wants you to experience How Proust Can Change Your Life. This book is a unique animal, blending wit, literary biography, and self-help to illustrate the power of reading and life experiences. The short chapters have pithy titles including “How to Be a Good Friend,” “How to Suffer Successfully,” and “How to Be Happy in Love.” The audiobook format best allows you to appreciate the humor, with narrator Nicholas Bell easily bringing out the lightness in the anecdotes and observations. Change your life with one of the books we are reading along with our friends in Sèvres, France.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 16, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Humor, Literary, Nonfiction

Tortured Souls Make Terrific Television

Difficult Men book coverFor a long time, bad guys were introduced primarily to add conflict for our heroes, but somewhere along the way, they grew on us. Those of you caught up in the final season of Breaking Bad know what we mean. Especially in the last decade, television has embraced a specific type of antihero, the “unhappy, morally compromised, complicated, deeply human characters who stir both our sympathy and our revulsion.” In Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, author Brett Martin explores not only signature characters of landmark series but also the show runners – the brilliant and often damaged men driving the programs through the casting, the writing, and the directing. What does the success of these shows have to say about those who craft them? And what does it say about those of us who watch?

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 26, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

LISTS: Romance Audiobooks

Beyond the Highland Mist book coverThe sultry heat of summer is dulling out. The wide open nights are shortening – but there is still time! Still time to crawl into bed or take a drive and let someone tease you away from real life. Have you tried listening to a romance novel on audiobook?

Click here for romance audiobooks that will make you shiver in the heat and quiver between the sheets.

By Readers' Advisor on August 16, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Lists, Romance

LISTS: Full-cast Productions

Complete Miss Marple book coverIf you love old time radio, you might like audiobooks. Both have professional actors stitching a story to the audience’s attention by sound alone. Try a full-cast audiobook where multiple actors narrate, thus bringing depth to the presentation.

For full-cast audiobooks, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on August 2, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Lists