July 2009

Audio Books

Looking for something new to read during the dog days of summer? Here’s a sampling of audiobooks released this week. Mystery/Suspense The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (read by Simon Vance) is the sequel to Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While readers can listen to this volume as a stand-alone crime novel, [...]


Not long ago, I wrote about Amazon’s Kindle 2 with its Text-to-Speech feature. The option lends an electronically voice to downloaded books on the Kindle device. This is no substitute for audiobook narration, but some publishers are crying foul, saying that this violates copyrights and will affect audiobook sales. Raising Questions The Author’s Guild has [...]

Audio Books MP3 Player

I’ve been thinking about audiobooks, which I’m sure is no surprise. I have listened to children’s literature, suspense/thrillers, literary fiction, and nonfiction in recent weeks. As I was considering purchasing Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell and narrated by Lorna Raver, I began to wonder what kind of book translates [...]

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

If you are looking for an author who can offer an unflinching perspective on controversial topics, perhaps Jodi Picoult is worth a listen. Addressing everything from complicated health issues to school shootings, Picoult doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff. Plain Truth (narrated by Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren) I discovered Picoult when a friend [...]

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