Audio books — on both tapes and CDs — are among our most popular offerings at your library, with so many people enjoying having good stories and nonfiction read to them by talented actors as they drive in their cars, clean their houses or walk with their portable CD players.
We have 776 CDs and 1,214 books on tape available for your listening pleasure at the Sisson Library. Our titles are mostly popular fiction, which include westerns, mysteries, science fiction and some classics. Nonfiction titles include biographies, history, self-help and language studies. We also have audio recordings of radio classics such as “The Inner Sanctum” and”“The Best of Boris Karloff.”
Among the recent additions to our CDs are:
• “The Last Dickens” by Matthew Pearl, read by Paul Michael, about a lost Dickens manuscript and a murder.
• “Paths of Glory” by Jeffrey Archer, read by Roger Allam, is a novel inspired by the true story of Mt. Everest climber George Mallory.
• “The Road Home” by Rose Tremain, read by Juliet Stevenson, is the story of an immigrant who arrives in the U.K. with little English and even less money.
• “Firewall” by Henning Mankell, read by Dick Hill, is part of the Kurt Wallander mystery series.
• “The Women” by T.C. Boyle, read by Grover Gardner, is an account of the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
• “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout, read by Sandra Burr, about a retired schoolteacher in a small Maine town.
• “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult, with various narrators, about a family facing the trauma of leukemia.
• “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, with various narrators, about a unique book club in wartime.
“Julie & Julia” by Julie Powell, the story of a bored secretary who reclaims her life by cooking every one of Julia Child’s recipes in her most famous cookbook, is a bestselling book and now a feature film starring Meryl Streep. “Dancing to the Precipice” by Carole Moorehead is the biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, daughter of French nobility and the chronicler of her age in the days of Louis XVI and Napoleon. “Prairie Tale” is the complicated autobiography of actress Melissa Gilbert, who became famous as a child on “Little House on the Prairie.” “What I Thought I Knew” is a memoir by Alice Eve Cohen about her high-risk pregnancy at age 44.
“Betrayals” by Carla Neggers, “The Neighbor” by Lisa Gardner and “There’s Something About St. Tropez” by Elizabeth Adler are romantic suspense novels. “About That Man” by Sherryl Woods is a romance in the Trinity Harbor series. New large print thrillers include “Knockout” in the FBI Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock series by Catherine Coulter, “The Apostle” by Brad Thor set in Afghanistan, “Killer Summer” by Ridley Pearson set in Sun Valley, “A Plague of Secrets” by John Lescroart set in San Francisco, and “Burn” by Linda Howard set in a cruise ship. “Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire” by Margot Berwin is an adventure story set in the Yucatan. “The Devil’s Punchbowl” is a murder mystery set in Nachez, Mississippi. “A Rogue of My Own” by Johanna Lindsey is an historical romance set in Queen Victoria’s court. “Dust to Dust: The Prophecy-Book 1” is the first in a new paranormal romance series.
“Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange” by Amanda Smyth is a novel about a young woman set in the tropics of Tobago. “Black Hills” by bestselling women’s writer Nora Roberts is set on a ranch in South Dakota. “The Fixer Upper” by Mary Kay Andrews is about a woman renovating an old family home in Georgia. “Dune Home” by Jane Green is a story of old flames and new friendships in a tony Connecticut town. “Omen” by Christie Golden is the latest in the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series. “A Summer Affair” by Elin Hilderbrand is about a successful woman who has it all and has an affair that may ruin her life. “Girl in a Blue Dress” by Gaynor Arnold is a novel inspired by the life and marriage if Charles Dickens.
“Glenn Beck’s Common Sense” outlines the Fox TV host’s case against what he sees as an out-of-control government.
“The Peep Diaries” by Hal Niedzviecki explores how Americans are learning to love watching themselves and their neighbors, thanks to new technologies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “Wired for War” by military expert P. W. Singer explores how technology is changing not just how wars are fought but also the politics, economics, laws and ethics surrounding war. “Travels in the History of Architecture” by Robert Harbison takes readers on a journey through the great themes of architecture from antiquity to the present day. “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture” by Ellen Ruppel Shell looks at our penchant for making and buying things as cheaply as possible. “Ask Me Anything” is a new reference book offering lists, trivia, facts, fun and information about just about everything.
Mysteries and suspense
“Cry for Help” by Steve Mosby is a thriller by one of the masters of crime fiction. “Dead Men’s Boots” by Mike Carey is the author’s third supernatural thriller featuring London-based ghost hunter Felix Castor. “Missing Mark: by Julie Kramer is next in the mystery series featuring TV reporter Riley Spartz. “Guardian of Lies” by Steve Martini is another in the series featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. “Undone” by Karin Slaughter is a suspense about a frantic police investigation in Atlanta.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Tammy Abeyta, Bud Brasher, Marilyn Copley, Muriel Eason, Ron Graydon, Martin Marguiles, Jim Mathison, Ellie McGinn, Martha Pyatt, Helen Richardson, Mary Ellen Saltzman, Betty Thomas, Susan Harris and Henry Williams.
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” — Chinese proverb.
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