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Not Just for Teens

Most adult readers regard "teen" literature as something to be avoided, since they are "children's" books.  I once had a customer  request a particular book she had seen in Barnes & Noble.  She was really excited about reading it, however when I said that the book was in the Teen Room, she quickly said she didn't want it.  I couldn't persuade her to change her mind.  Many teens, especially Clarkstown teens, can and do read on an adult level.  Teen books usually indicate that the marketing department of a publishing house thinks the book will sell more copies if it is marketed to teens.  In the past several years, I've seen some teen books become wildly popular with the general public, such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and all the books by Stephenie Meyer. 

 

Fiction Audiobooks February 2011

BCD Baldacci
     Hell’s Corne
r by David Baldacci.  Read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.  12 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Cussler
     Crescent Dawn
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.  Read by Scott Brick.  12 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Davidson
     Me, Myself, and Why: a modern threesome
by MaryJanice Davidson.  Read by Renee Raudman.  6 discs.  7 hours.

February Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Baldacci

December Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Anderson
     Forge
by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Read by Tim Cain.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Auster
     Sunset Park
by Paul Auster.  Read by the author.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD Baldacci
     Hell’s Corner
by David Baldacci.  Read by Ron McLarty & Orlagh Cassidy: featuring a conversation between Ron McLarty and the author.  12 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Science Fiction Bear
     Hull Zero Three
by Greg Bear.  Read by Dan John Miller.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD Berry
     The Emperor’s Tomb
by Steve Berry.  Read by Scott Brick.  12 discs.  14 hours.

December Nonfiction Audiobooks

BCD B Adams
     First Family: Abigail and John Adams
by Joseph J. Ellis.  Read by Kimberly Farr.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD  B Bush
     Decision Points
by George W. Bush.  Read by the author.  16 discs.  18+ hours.

BCD B Jolie
      Angelina: an unauthorized biography
by Andrew Morton.  Read by Bronson Pinchot.  10 discs.  12 hours.

December Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Blum
     The Stormchasers
by Jenna Blum.  Read by Celete Ciulla.  12 discs.  13+ hours.

BCD Bradford
     Playing the Game
by Barbara Taylor Bradford.  Read by Catherine Harvey. 10 discs.  12 hours.

BCD Brewer
     Eighth Grade Bites
by Heather Brewer.  Read by Kevin Pariseau.  4 discs.  4+ hours.

BCD Brewer
     Ninth Grade Slays
by Heather Brewer.  Read by Kevin Pariseau.  6 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Cannell
     The Prostitutes’ Ball
by Stephen J. Cannell.  Read by Scott Brick.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Cather
     O Pioneers!
by Willa Cather.  Read by Kate Reading.  5 discs.  6 hours.

So Many Ways to Listen

This past month, we have added MP3 compatible CDs to our audio book collection.  These disks will play in any MP3 disk player and in any late model car disk player.  One major advantage is that most books will just have one disk and the lengthy books will usually have just two disks.  No more fumbling with changing disks in the middle of a book.  For those of you who listen in the car, no more temptation to change disks at that stop light on New Hempstead and look up to find the light has turned green and everyone is honking at you.  Some of our new titles include:

       1) The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell                                       

Mystery Audiobooks October 2010

CD Mystery Christie
     At Bertram’s Hotel
by Agatha Christie.  Read by Rosemary Leach.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Mystery Christie
     Elephants Can Remember
by Agatha Christie.  Read by John Moffatt.  6 discs.  6+ hours.
     “Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver calls upon old friend Hercule Poirot to help unravel the mystery behind the apparent double suicide of General and Lady Ravenscroft fifteen years earlier. In such a cold case, the two must rely on the memories of “elephants,” those older people who were around at the time, who recall events relating to the tragedy. John Moffatt’s narration is charming. Poirot’s Belgian accent and the variety of accents identifying British social classes are utterly believable. Moffatt’s sense of timing exactly captures the period, and no bon mot is left to chance. .., even Agatha Christie’s lesser works are entertaining, and Moffatt’s performance makes this one well worth a listen.”
     AudioFile 6/04-7/04

Fiction October 2010

CD Anglada
     The Violin of Auschwitz
by Maria Angels Anglada: translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent.  Read by David Colacci.  3 discs.  3 hours.

BCD Science Fiction Bova
     The Return
by Ben Bova.  Read by Stefan Rudnicki.  10 discs.  11+ hours.

BCD Brewer
     Ninth Grade Slays
by Heather Brewer.   Read by Kevin Pariseau.  6 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Cook
     Cure
by Robin Cook.  Read by George Guidall.  9 discs.  11+ hours.

BCD Cussler
    Lost Empire
by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood.  Read by Scott Brick.  10 discs.  11+ hours.

BCD  Rosnay
     A Secret Kept
by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Read by Simon Vance.  7 discs.  9 hours.

BCD Dickey
     Tempted
by Trouble by Eric Jerome Dickey.  Read by Dion Graham.  8 discs.  10 hours.

New City Champions --- Battle of the Books

In a contest between 10 libraries, our teens came in second place in The Battle of the Books at the beautiful new Warwick Library on Sunday, September 12.

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