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Fiction for October
Unsaid by Neil Abramson. Read by Angela Brazil. 9 discs. 11+ hours.
“Abramson explores the interconnecting relationships between animals and people, as well as the sensitive topic of scientific animal testing. ..Thirty-seven-year-old lawyer David Colden is reeling from the death of his veterinarian wife, Helena, when he is approached by one of her colleagues, Jaycee, who worked with Helena teaching Cindy, a chimpanzee, to use American Sign Language. The funding for the chimpanzee project is about to come to a halt, and Jaycee initially wants David to obtain a court order so Cindy isn't used in scientific experiments. ..will resonate with animal lovers.”
Publishers Weekly 5/9/11
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Translated by Lisa Hartford. Read by Erik Davies. 13 discs. 15+ hours.
“Adler-Olsen, Denmark's leading crime writer, makes his U.S. debut with the superlative first in his Department Q series. In 2007, Copenhagen homicide detective Carl Morck narrowly cheats death when he and two colleagues are ambushed while checking out a crime scene. Morck is shot in the head, but one of his brother officers is killed, and the other left paralyzed and suicidal. When Morck finally returns to work, friction with his colleagues leads his boss to transfer him to head a new unit, Department Q, tasked with resolving "cases deserving special scrutiny" from across the country. .. Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted.”
Publishers Weekly 6/6/11
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. Read by Roger Allam. 10 discs. 10+ hours.
BCD Science Fiction Banks
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. Read by Peter Kenny. 14 discs. 16+ hours.
The Affair by Lee Child. Read by Dick Hill. 11 discs. 14 hours.
BCD Science Fiction Cline
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Read by Wil Wheaton. 13 discs. 15+ hours.
“ Cline brings his geeky ardor for 1980s pop culture to his first novel, an exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyberquest. Wade/Parzival, Aech, a droll blogger calling herself Art3mis, and two Japanese brothers embark on a grandly esoteric and potentially life-changing virtual Easter egg hunt and end up doing battle with a soulless corporation. Mind-twisting settings, nail-biting action, amusing banter, and unabashed sentiment make for a smart and charming Arthurian tale that will score high with gamers, fantasy and sf fans, and everyone else who loves stories of bumbling romance and unexpected valor. With a movie version in the works, Cline's imaginative, rollicking, coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”
Aleph by Paulo Coelho. Read by Mark Bramhall. 7 discs. 7 hours.
Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Read by John Keating. 8 discs. 8+ hours.
Split Second by Catherine Coulter. Read by Paul Costanzo and Renee Raudman. 11 discs. 13 hours.
The Race by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Read by Scott Brick. 9 discs. 11 hours.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Read by Tara Sands. 9 discs. 10+ hours.
Next to Love by Ellen Feldman. Read by Abby Craden. 9 discs. 10+ hours.
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier. Read by Will Patton. 7 discs. 7+ hours.
Victory and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. Read by Scott Brick. 8 discs. 10 hours.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. Read by Roy Dotrice. 38 discs. 49+ hours.
Second Nature: a love story by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Read by Rebecca Lowman. 11 discs. 12+ hours.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Read by Jim Dale. 11 discs. 13+ hours.
“Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus. Celia is a five-year-old with untrained psychokinetic powers when she is unceremoniously dumped on her unsuspecting father, Hector Bowen, better known as Le Cirque des Reves' Prospero the Entertainer. Hector immediately hatches a sinister scheme for Celia: pit her against a rival's young magician in an epic battle of magic that will, by design, result in the death of one of the players, though neither Celia nor her adversary, Marco, is informed of the inevitable outcome. What neither Hector nor his rival count on is that Celia and Marco will eventually fall in love.”
Publisher’s Weekly 5/16/11
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. Read by Samantha Quan and Carrington MacDuffie. 4 discs. 4 hours.
“Early 20th century on a ship of "picture brides" headed from Japan to San Francisco to meet Japanese workers who have arranged to marry them. The results are cumulatively overwhelming, as we become embedded in the hope, disenchantment, courage, labor, and resignation of these nameless women and their families across four decades.”
Library Journal 8/1/11
Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Read by Jeff Woodman and Jason Culp. 7 discs. 7+ hours.
Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Read by Rene Auberjonois. 12 discs. 12 hours.
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. Read by Hillary Huber. 10 discs. 12+ hours.
“A gazillionaire's daughter vanished in Africa years ago. The gazillionaire has paid fortunes to PIs with no returns, hence his interest in information specialist Vanessa Munroe, a gumshoe for the twenty-first century. She can't resist the mystery or the paycheck, and the first third here is a riveting procedural about how an informationist does business.”