Whether you are going on a family trip, or just wish you were going, audio books are a wonderful choice for summer reading! You can listen as you drive, fly or day-dream at the beach. Many audio book formats are available through the library; you can borrow CD’s, or download books to your computer, an e-reader, or to an MP3 device. When you are selecting a title, just think about how you plan to listen, and get that version!
Romance? Murder? Travel? Mystery? Adventure? New or Classic? Fiction or Non Fiction? Whatever you like, you will find it. If it’s already checked out, just place a hold on it, and before you know it, it will be waiting for you at your requested branch. Here’s just a sample of what you can find at SDCL!
The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle
Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Peter Mayle’s newest and most delightful novel is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. It’s also a lot of fun. Random House _______________________________________________________________
Room [electronic resource] by Emma Donoghue
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Hachette _______________________________________________________________
Wolf Hall : a novel by Hilary Mantel [read by Simon Slater]
Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter’s efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price. Macmillan
Dashiell Hammett from the Smithsonian Collection [CD talking book]
This compilation of 11 radio programs based on Hammett material offers complete shows (often with ads), excellent sound reproduction, and fine actors, among them William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Humphrey Bogart. It’s interesting to hear alternate performances of THE MALTESE FALCON, especially from Mary Astor, who is more emotionally compelling than in the film version. Audiophile Magazine
Lifelong friends, Emma, Parker, Mackensie, and Laurel are the owners of Vows, a wedding-planning business located in an inherited mansion in Connecticut. This installment focuses on Emma, the beautiful and talented florist of the four, who finds herself attracted to handsome architect Jack Cooke, a friend with commitment issues. Angela Dawe’s sweet portrayals are perfect for this light story of love and friendship, which is spiced with hilarious glimpses into the details (and dangers) of wedding planning. The fascinating inner workings of the floral side of weddings add to the positive listening experience. An enjoyable escape. Audiophile Magazine
In Cold Blood [electronic resource] by Truman Capote [read by Scott Brick]
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. Random House
K2 by Ed Viesturs with David Roberts [read by Fred Sanders]
Focusing on seven of the mountain’s most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs and Roberts crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Random House
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