|Localhostess's Book Lists|
|Begging the Librarians-- get the audio, please (11 titles)
Glaring omissions from the audio catalog.
|Like nothing on earth (14 titles)
Indescribable book experiences. Words fail me, literally.
|audio or paper? (21 titles)
Favorite series good either way, authors with good readers, books with strong writing that can be seen or heard (your choice).
|Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore |
by Sloan, Robin
Fresh, enjoyable, goofy, and like nothing on earth. posted Jan 27, 2014 at 2:11AM
|Portuguese irregular verbs |
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
The first German Philologist Professor Doctor book about nutty academics and international miscommunication. Short romp. Just for fun. posted Jan 27, 2014 at 2:00AM
|The case of the missing servant : from the files of Vish Puri, India’s "most pri|
by Tarquin Hall
One of those "free vacation in a safe, cozy, yet wondrous locale"--as opposed to Dr. Siri or Bangkok 8 (they are too perilous)--this is a fun audio. Probably fine on paper, but Sam Dastor needs a listen, he surrounds you with the wonder of India, and makes the cute cozy multiple-case detective yarn well worth borrowing. posted Jul 31, 2013 at 5:35PM
|A pelican at Blandings [electronic resource]
There are good and bad audiobooks from PG Wodehouse. Some readers too veddy veddy precious, some happy romps! This stars the silly but brilliant voice of Brit star Nigel Lambert as the wack-a-doodle party peer Gally at Blandings Castle. While I agree Jonathan Cecil outshines him a bit, this is a pretty good way to search some very fine British satire/comic novels...by reader name. You’ll be glad you grabbed the audio book. posted Jul 31, 2013 at 5:32PM
|The help [sound recording] : a novel |
by Stockett, Kathryn.
Astonishingly good - I thought the audio couldn't improve on the printed version. I was wrong. posted Mar 15, 2011 at 6:44PM
|The color of water [sound recording] : a Black man's tribute to his white mother|
by McBride, James, 1957-
A fine biography. In audio, Andre Braugher and Lanie Kazan lift it to heavenly heights. It moves along briskly and takes you for a trip you won't soon forget. posted Mar 15, 2011 at 6:42PM
|Have space suit, will travel [electronic resource]
Heinlein's YA yarn is good for all ages. I listened to the production (done play-like with good readers) with Daniel Bostik at the helm. Recommended. posted Mar 15, 2011 at 6:38PM
|Two plays for voices [sound recording] |
by Gaiman, Neil
Get your Gaiman as a well-produced and -acted playlet or two. Worth listening for sure! posted Mar 15, 2011 at 6:34PM
|Shock [compact disc] |
by Cook, Robin
Read it in print. The audio emphasizes the poor characterization and pedestrian pace of this book, which is just a bit of diverting fun on the page. posted Sep 20, 2010 at 1:31PM
|The book thief [sound recording] |
by Zusak, Markus.
Brilliant writing shines through when a great voice reads it aloud. Yes, the Nazi era is awful. Yes, the story is told by Death. There is a relish for life and the ordinary Germans who battle through the horrible times which lifts this book up. And this narrator does some fine voices for the Germans. posted Sep 20, 2010 at 1:25PM
|A confederacy of dunces [compact disc]
Very, very, very, very odd. posted Nov 28, 2009 at 4:19PM
|Play dead |
by Rosenfelt, David.
His other offerings on CD are excellent. posted Nov 28, 2009 at 4:16PM
|The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording] |
by Shaffer, Mary Ann.
I'm very glad to have listened to this epistolary novel (excellent in any format) because the British voices are brilliant and bring the book alive. posted Nov 28, 2009 at 4:09PM
|Lost on planet China [sound recording] : [the strange and true story of one man'|
by Troost, J. Maarten.
Brutally honest. posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:55PM
|The Eyre affair : a novel |
by Fforde, Jasper.
The best kind of oddball Fantasy Detective hybrid. posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:54PM
|Special topics in calamity physics [compact disc] |
by Pessl, Marisha.
I wish I had read it on paper instead of listening. posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:54PM
|Dog on it : a Chet and Bernie mystery |
by Quinn, Spencer.
This one is GOOD peculiar. posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:53PM
|Red knife [sound recording] : a Cork O'Connor mystery |
by Krueger, William Kent.
Wonderful Minnesota Hero-Writer. I love all the books in this series. This one is a good example of how well they translate to audio. Update 2013: ummm, my praise in 2009? Way way way too faint. Really heavily recommended. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:36PM
|The Lincoln lawyer [sound recording] |
by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Michael Connelly's books are usually police procedurals; this is a new protagonist. They're all very good. I'm recommending this one because in audio it snapped with life. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:33PM
|To say nothing of the dog, or, How we found the bishop's bird stump at last |
by Willis, Connie.
Discover this brilliant writer in one of her lighter stories (she can be dark). posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:30PM
|Feet of clay : a novel of Discworld |
by Pratchett, Terry.
I'm just plain crazy about Terry Pratchett. No one does Genial Satire better these days. And the Discworld is fun, fun, fun. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:28PM
|To kill a mockingbird [compact disc] |
by Lee, Harper.
A perfect book. Sissy Spacek is the perfect reader for it. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:25PM
|The cold dish |
by Johnson, Craig, 1961-
Craig Johnson is a national treasure. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:19PM
by Gardner, James Alan.
A great premise, and a powerhouse of a female lead. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:16PM
|The serpent's tale [sound recording] |
by Franklin, Ariana.
A fine writer, lost to us now. This one in the series (#2) is my favorite to listen to, but they are all excellent. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:05PM
|The language of bees : a Mary Russell novel |
by King, Laurie R.
If you buy the premise, these novels are addictive. Some are better audio "listens" than others. This is one of her best. posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:02PM
|The eye of jade [sound recording] : a Mei Wang mystery |
by Liang, Diane Wei, 1966-
Cindy Cheung does a superb job rendering the many voices and the book is better than a vacation. posted Oct 9, 2009 at 1:31AM
|Relentless : a novel |
by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
Fun horror? I can't resist the premise: an author stalked by a psychotic critic! posted Oct 9, 2009 at 1:29AM