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Begging the Librarians-- get the audio, please (13 titles)
Glaring omissions from the audio catalog.
Like nothing on earth (14 titles)
Indescribable book experiences. Words fail me, literally.
audio or paper? (26 titles)
Favorite series good either way, authors with good readers, books with strong writing that can be seen or heard (your choice).

Localhostess's Comments    
Cover ArtDog on it : a Chet and Bernie mystery
by Quinn, Spencer.
I love this series and I wish he could write 'em faster. Warning: the stories of private detecting in the southwest USA are dictated by a dog. Promise: WHAT a dog he is!   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:37PM

Cover ArtThe Double Comfort Safari Club [sound recording]
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency books are BETTER than a vacation.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:36PM

Cover ArtMaster and commander [compact disc]
by O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.
Thank you, Patrick O'Brian, for leaving us such a beautiful, seafaring, character-driven series, and so very many treasured books.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:35PM

Cover ArtMay Day
by Lourey, Jess, 1970-
Looney madcap amateur detective from Minnesota. Sure, a guilty pleasure...but definitely, this series is a pleasure.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:33PM

Cover ArtMrs. Kennedy and me
by Hill, Clint
A nice nonfiction account with a fresh perspective. Clint Hill was Jackie's secret service agent. Recommended.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:32PM

Cover ArtThe shaman sings
by Doss, James D.
A fine location with lots of atmosphere (Southern Ute Reservation). A wild old lady protagonist, with some police help. Just enough woo-woo to help the plot along. And a fun writer with LOTS of books for you to discover!   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:30PM

Cover ArtOne for the money
by Evanovich, Janet
One of my guiltiest pleasures. Janet Evanovich burst on the scene to refresh us all with her crazy wit. This is the first screwball mystery with Stephanie Plum, Jersey girl.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:28PM

Cover ArtA pelican at Blandings [electronic resource]
The Master, PG Wodehouse, at his finest.   posted May 17, 2014 at 2:27PM

Cover ArtMr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore
by Sloan, Robin
Fresh, enjoyable, goofy, and like nothing on earth.   posted Jan 27, 2014 at 2:11AM

Cover ArtPortuguese 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtA 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtHave 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

Cover ArtTwo 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

Cover ArtShock [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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtA confederacy of dunces [compact disc]
Very, very, very, very odd.   posted Nov 28, 2009 at 4:19PM

Cover ArtPlay dead
by Rosenfelt, David.
His other offerings on CD are excellent.   posted Nov 28, 2009 at 4:16PM

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtLost 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

Cover ArtThe Eyre affair : a novel
by Fforde, Jasper.
The best kind of oddball Fantasy Detective hybrid.   posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:54PM

Cover ArtSpecial 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

Cover ArtDog on it : a Chet and Bernie mystery
by Quinn, Spencer.
This one is GOOD peculiar.   posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:53PM

Cover ArtRed 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtTo 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

Cover ArtFeet 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

Cover ArtTo 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

Cover ArtThe cold dish
by Johnson, Craig, 1961-
Craig Johnson is a national treasure.   posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:19PM

Cover ArtExpendable
by Gardner, James Alan.
A great premise, and a powerhouse of a female lead.   posted Oct 14, 2009 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtThe 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

Cover ArtRelentless : 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


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