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There is an interesting mix of titles on Audible’s latest bestseller list. It is much more diverse than the list of NY Times Bestsellers. New and old audiobooks make up this week’s eclectic mix.

Under the Dome by Stephen King (read by Raul Esparza) King has another hit on his hands with this intricately woven story of a small town that finds itself trapped under an invisible force field.

I wasn’t wowed by the narration, but the book itself is like a return to the older King stories that I greatly enjoyed.

Dean KoontzBreathless by Dean Koontz (read by Jeffrey Cummings) I was relieved that Koontz kept his sarcasm and sharp wit in check for this novel. Some of his recent works were a little too humorously caustic for me. Unfortunately, I was not thrilled with the storyline of Breathless.

The set-up was great. A series of seemingly unrelated characters appeared to be barreling toward some incredible and powerful event. New and strange creatures which were apparently integral to this mess of a plot were less interesting than they should have been. Somewhere along the way everything dissipated into a boring, slow, letdown. Even the narration was bland. Don’t waste your time on this one. I wish I hadn’t.

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (read by John Bedford Lloyd) The previously unpublished manuscript, discovered after Crichton’s death, is certainly a departure from his previous themes. No science or science fiction here. I haven’t read this yet, but I plan to check out the pirate tale by one of my favorite authors.

Blood Work by Michael Connelly (read by Dick Hill) Interest in Connelly’s work must have been stirred up by his recent release of 9 Dragons. Blood Work is a fantastic story in which a former FBI agent resolves to solve the murder of the woman whose heart he received as a transplant. If you are looking for a fast paced crime thriller, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization’s Best Bits by Steve Wiegand and Erik Sass (read by Johnny Heller) I am a fan of mental_floss magazine. My son loves to read the interesting bits of sometimes obscure knowledge. This book is by the minds behind the magazine. Presented in their usual funny style, they accurately cover bits and pieces of world history.

I think this one might make a perfect Christmas gift for my son!

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