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Before I begin discussing new audiobook releases, I have a couple of news items to pass on… First, don’t forget that on May 1, Stories for Haiti will be available for download from the iTunes store. All proceeds go to the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti, so please buy a copy!

Also, the 3rd Annual Tournament of Books winner was determined on Audible this week: In a surprise win, The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, beat Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. One last note…

Mark your calendar for an Audible live event with Harlan Coben on Facebook April 21 at 7pm EST.

Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel by Yann Martel, narrated by Mark Bramhall. I read Life of Pi a couple of years ago when my oldest son had to read it for Honors English class. Neither of us liked it. When my middle son had to read it this year, I groaned because I thought he would have a similar reaction. I was surprised at the way he looked at it differently and had a whole new perspective on it. He didn’t make me love it, but I hated it less.

So with that in mind, I think I’ll ask him if he wants to read Beatrice and Virgil together. I have no idea how a story named after a donkey and a howler monkey that is supposed to examine life, truth, and responsibility is going to be… but I bet my son and I will have some amazing discussions along the way.

Audio Book Life of Pi by Yann MartelThe Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark, read by Jan Maxwell. I used to really enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clark’s work. She was one of the first thriller writers that I picked up when I moved quickly through the YA section and into adult fiction. I liked the fast paced, easy to read style… and actually continued to read her books for many years.

When she started with those Lottery Winner stories, it was over. I had drifted on to other authors and those books sealed the deal. I was done. But with the release of The Shadow of Your Smile, I am tempted to revisit the Clark of my youth. Family secrets, family fortunes, and criminal investigations just might make good reading….

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker, read by John Glover. I haven’t read Dekker. I may have to start now, though. An FBI Special Agent is on the trail of a Denver serial killer… with the help of some residents of a psychiatric institution for gifted individuals. I really love this concept. I think I’ll mosey over to the library web site and put myself on the list for this one.

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