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A pelican at Blandings [electronic resource]
The Master, PG Wodehouse, at his finest.
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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.
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Cover Art: I, robot /
I, robot
Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992.
A classic, which I "heard" first because the library had a surprise cassette version in a corner in the back. It was a lucky find. Asimov's genius comes through clearly in audio.
Adult Fiction ASIMOV
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Cover Art: The Lincoln lawyer [sound recording] /
The Lincoln lawyer [sound recording]
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.
Adult Fiction CONNELL
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Cover Art: The shaman sings /
The shaman sings
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!
Adult Fiction DOSS
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Cover Art: One for the money /
One for the money
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.
Adult Fiction EVANOVI
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Cover Art: The serpent's tale [sound recording] /
The serpent's tale [sound recording]
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.
Adult Fiction FRANKLI
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Cover Art: Expendable /
Expendable
Gardner, James Alan.
A great premise, and a powerhouse of a female lead.
Adult Fiction GARDNER
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Cover Art: The case of the missing servant : from the files of Vish Puri, India's
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Cover Art: Mrs. Kennedy and me /
Mrs. Kennedy and me
Hill, Clint
A nice nonfiction account with a fresh perspective. Clint Hill was Jackie's secret service agent. Recommended.
Adult Nonfiction Book E843.K4 H47 2012
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Cover Art: The cold dish /
The cold dish
Johnson, Craig, 1961-
Craig Johnson is a national treasure.
Adult Fiction JOHNSON
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Cover Art: The language of bees : a Mary Russell novel /
The language of bees : a Mary Russell novel
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.
Adult Fiction KING
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Cover Art: Fear nothing [sound recording] /
Fear nothing [sound recording]
Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
He would be my Guilty Pleasure except he writes too well! This title is a favorite because Koontz likes his eccentric hero-characters so much.
Adult Fiction KOONTZ
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Cover Art: Relentless : a novel /
Relentless : a novel
Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
Fun horror? I can't resist the premise: an author stalked by a psychotic critic!
Adult Fiction KOONTZ
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Cover Art: Red knife [sound recording] : a Cork O'Connor mystery /
Red knife [sound recording] : a Cork O'Connor mystery
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.
Adult Fiction KRUEGER
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Cover Art: To kill a mockingbird [compact disc] /
To kill a mockingbird [compact disc]
Lee, Harper.
A perfect book. Sissy Spacek is the perfect reader for it.
Adult Fiction LEE
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Cover Art: The eye of jade [sound recording] : a Mei Wang mystery /
The eye of jade [sound recording] : a Mei Wang mystery
Liang, Diane Wei, 1966-
Cindy Cheung does a superb job rendering the many voices and the book is better than a vacation.
Adult Fiction LIANG
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Cover Art: May Day /
May Day
Lourey, Jess, 1970-
Looney madcap amateur detective from Minnesota. Sure, a guilty pleasure...but definitely, this series is a pleasure.
Adult Fiction LOUREY
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Cover Art: The color of water [sound recording] : a Black man's tribute to his white mother
The color of water [sound recording] : a Black man's tribute to his white mother
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.
Adult Fiction 921 M12 2010
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Cover Art: The Double Comfort Safari Club [sound recording] /
The Double Comfort Safari Club [sound recording]
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency books are BETTER than a vacation.
Adult Fiction MCCALL
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Cover Art: Master and commander [compact disc] /
Master and commander [compact disc]
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.
Adult Fiction O'BRIAN
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Cover Art: Feet of clay : a novel of Discworld /
Feet of clay : a novel of Discworld
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.
Adult Fiction PRATCHE
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Cover Art: Dog on it : a Chet and Bernie mystery /
Dog on it : a Chet and Bernie mystery
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!
Adult Fiction QUINN
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Cover Art: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording] /
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording]
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.
Adult Fiction SHAFFER
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Cover Art: The help [sound recording] : a novel /
The help [sound recording] : a novel
Stockett, Kathryn.
Astonishingly good - I thought the audio couldn't improve on the printed version. I was wrong.
Adult Fiction STOCKET
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Cover Art: To say nothing of the dog, or, How we found the bishop's bird stump at last /
To say nothing of the dog, or, How we found the bishop's bird stump at last
Willis, Connie.
Discover this brilliant writer in one of her lighter stories (she can be dark).
Adult Fiction WILLIS
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