Month: October 2010

Let Audio Books Help You Learn another Language – Spanish

If you are one of the many folks that have always wanted to learn to speak Spanish, you probably realize the challenges involved in acquiring the skill. Whether you want to learn because your work requires it, you want to converse with neighbors or new friends or you are planning a dream vacation to a Spanish-speaking country; you are probably willing to work hard to reach your goal. There are a number of online courses, CD-based lessons, and classes offered at community colleges that promise to make you fluent in a few short months. No matter which method of...

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

With all the gushing the press has done over Jonathan Franzen and his latest novel, Freedom, do you suppose he was surprised to not be named as one of the finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards? Well, whether Mr. Franzen and his press fans are surprised, five books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature have been announced. Let’s take a look at the finalists for fiction, shall we? Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (narrated by Humphrey Bower) This historical fiction novel has garnered a bit of attention. It follows an English servant and an...

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Audio Book News: Bieber, Larsson, and Prince Charles

Rumors have been swirling for months about the possible existence of a fourth book in the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. The currently bestselling trilogy includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Larsson’s brother, Joakim, has confirmed that a manuscript for a fourth book does exist. However, it isn’t actually book four – he skipped that in favor of writing book five. Joakim received the manuscript ten days before his brother’s death. The family says that they will not publish the manuscript. Larsson’s companion, Eva...

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Audio Book News: Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

For the first time since 1982, a South American author is being honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Mario Vargas Llosa has been awarded the honor “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat”. Nobel Laureate Interesting Fact: Winners of a Nobel Prize are referred to as Nobel Laureates, because in Greek mythology, Apollo is represented as wearing a laurel wreath on his head. These wreaths were then awarded in ancient Greece to victors. The Nobel Prize is signified by the golden laurel. Mario Vargas Llosa is...

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New Audio Book Releases | Philip Roth, Nicole Krauss, and Michael Connelly

I am a lover of good fiction. This week, fiction lovers everywhere will be happy to see the list of awesome new audio book titles available on Michael Connelly offers up the sixteenth installment in his Harry Bosch series and Nicole Krauss follows up The History of Love with a new novel that sounds amazing. Legendary author Philip Roth releases his latest short novel that follows the cycle of Everyman, Indignation, and The Humbling. Philip Roth: Has released his 31st book, Nemesis, narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. In Nemesis, the 1944 polio epidemic hits a close knit Newark community. Bucky Cantor, a playground director who was unable to join the army due to weak eyesight, faces the realities of the disease as it ravages his charges at the playground. I haven’t read any Roth and am not sure I would start with this one, despite the exceptional reviews. Michael Connelly: Brings back Harry Bosch in The Reversal, narrated by Peter Giles. Bosch teams up with defense attorney Mickey Haller, who happens to be his half-brother, to investigate a dangerous retrial of a child murderer. Connelly is one of the best crime writers around. Yes, I will most definitely be reading this one. Nicole Krauss: I absolutely loved Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love. Her new novel, Great House, is narrated by Alma Cuervo, George Guidall, Celeste Ciulla, Paul Hecht,...

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