Treat your ears to a feast and check out Grimm’s Fairy Tales produced by Listening Library. Whether you are new to listening to audiobooks or a seasoned veteran, the award-winning cast of narrators is bound to impress. Standouts include Katherine Kellgren’s Rapunzel, January LaVoy’s Cinderella, Jim Dale’s Rumpelstiltskin, and Alfred Molina’s The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.
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Sometimes we’re looking to be dropped into a rich, moody world that doesn’t bear much resemblance to our everyday. A favorite escape is to the dark streets of mid-century Los Angeles, in the company of legendary detective Easy Rawlins. In Charcoal Joe, Rawlins is asked to aid a promising Stanford student charged with the race-related murder of a white man in the late 1960s. Author Walter Mosley, winner of the 2016 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, once again creates a door to history with gritty settings, lifelike characters, and velvet words.
Narrator Michael Boatman knows that the language of a Mosley story is its power, and he emphasizes the swagger and silk of the characters’ dialogue. Descriptions are spun with a cadence that makes them reality, and hard-boiled tension is equally earned. It’s a smooth performance, and one Easy himself would approve.
This summer, Twitter users took to sharing online what they have been reading using #MPPLSummer16. Below is a sampling of the books that have struck Mount Prospect Library users enough to tweet about.
Summer isn’t over yet! Share what you’ve been reading using #MPPLSummer16!
The Summer Reading Challenge ends July 31st. If you’ve read 3 books since June 1, they may be applicable for the challenge! Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk to see and enter to win for a prize.
It’s Thursday the first time Ted sees it. Thursdays are the nights he and Lily talk about cute boys. This night they are debating the Chrises (Hemsworth, Evans, Pine, or Pratt?) but suddenly it doesn’t matter because there is an octopus perched like a birthday party hat on his dog’s head. The octopus, what others might call a tumor, is hungry, and its arrival changes everything.
Steven Rowley’s debut Lily and the Octopus is one of the warmest, wittiest, heart-squeeziest celebrations of love between pet and owner that you will ever encounter. Actor Michael Urie narrates with a nimble flexibility: barking out Lily’s staccato excitement, adding edge to the taunting of the octopus, and giving voice to Ted’s ongoing swirl of emotions. Ted and Lily’s tale will make you giggle, make you weep, and make you very, very glad such stories are in the world.
The winners of one of the most buzzed about Audiobook awards of the year were just announced! Experience one of these notable books on your commute, while washing the dishes, or relaxing by the beach this summer. For a full list of award winners and nominees, check out AudioFile.
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
by Kristin Hannah
Read by Polly Stone
by Jill Leovy
Read by Rebecca Lowman
by Jeffery Deaver
Read by Alfred Molina and a Full Cast
by Jenny Lawson
Read by Jenny Lawson
Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray
Read by January LaVoy
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Read by Lincoln Hoppe, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jonathan McClain
and a Full Cast
Born with Teeth
by Kate Mulgrew
Read by Kate Mulgrew
by Dave Silva
Read by George Guidall
The Patriot Threat
by Scott Berry
Read by Scott Brick
by Michael Crichton
Read by Scott Brick
by Robert Galbraith
Read by Robert Glenister
Ever wonder what Walt Whitman’s voice sounded like? Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, or e.e. cummings? In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry invites us to be ear-witnesses to history and art in its purest form. This collection of distinguished poets reading well-known works bares inflection, meaning, and musicality of crafted phrase.
These days we might prefer professionally-trained narrators and seamless productions, but there is illumination to be found in hearing even familiar lines read in the voices of those who dreamed them into existence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month by listening to the natural cadences of William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Maya Angelou, and a host of other extraordinary voices.
Are you craving sparkling conversation about movies, books, music, TV, celebrity, and all things considered? Treat yourself to The Best of Pop Culture Happy Hour, a sampler set of the greatest moments of NPR’s entertainment podcast. Anchored by the smart, informed, articulate, witty people you wish you could hang out with at parties, these roundtable discussions take on fiascos, movie trailers, the art of the mixtape, media depictions of the White House, and (our favorite) public radio voices.
Topics are focused and well-prepped, but there’s no predicting what happens once the give-and-take gets rolling – especially when one host’s mother is present to talk about nudity. Listen in, laugh along, and raise your pop culture quotient. Perhaps you’ll even find topics to impress at the next mixer you attend.
Am I a huge Martin Short fan? I must say, I was not until I listened to his autobiography I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend. Short narrated his book, and it was pretty wonderful. Both witty and poignant, I completely enjoyed peeking into both Hollywood and his wonderful marriage.
Greg Sestero’s memoir The Disaster Artist details his time as a reluctant star of the modern cult classic movie The Room, exploring his awkward friendship with the film’s bizarre writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau. Sestero’s narration of the audiobook allows him to show off his uncanny Wiseau impression across a series of hilarious anecdotes.
Just in time for your upcoming road trip, workout, daily commute, household chore, or well-earned rest, the winners of the 2016 Listen List are here to read you a story. Selected for outstanding narration, each title promises a thrilling listening experience that can’t help but satisfy. Choose your adventure and press play!
Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza