Several new audiobooks look interesting this week. Here’s a sampling of what’s new at Audible.com:
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel by Mathias Malzieu (translated by Sarah Ardizzone and narrated by Jim Dale) In 1874, Jack is born with a frozen heart and is abandoned by his mother.
Dr. Madeleine saves him by placing a cuckoo-clock in his chest. He grows up in her orphanage and is warned that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions. Of course, love cannot be avoided, and this sends Jack on a wild journey. I listened to the sample and Jim Dale’s narration is perfect, as usual.
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault (narrated by Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer) This debut novel contains coded clues, a phantom author, and an unsolved murder. Editorial assistant Billy Webb is working at the Samuelson Company as they prepare the new edition of the Samuelson Dictionary.
When he and a coworker discover some puzzling citations from a book that does no exist, they discover clues to a long-unsolved mystery. This one is right up my alley!
Hush: A Novel by Kate White (read by Aimee Jolson) White, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, offers up a thriller in which a woman becomes embroiled in murder case and finds herself hunted by the police and the killer.
The Ask: A Novel written and narrated by Sam Lipsyte. This black comedy puts a development officer in the position of reeling in the “ask”, a major potential donor to his university. It turns out the “ask” is more sinister than originally expected. I’m a fan of black comedy, so these hold some appeal for me.
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolis (read by Scott Brick) This book, about the Bernie Madoff scandal, is written in a fast-paced true crime fashion that makes it seem like fiction. The special edition download at Audible offers an exclusive 10th chapter that is not included in the print edition and includes testimony from three victims.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult (narrated by Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, Christopher Evan Welch, and Rich Orlow) Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. He cannot read social cues or express himself well. His focus is on forensic analysis. He listens to the police scanner and shows up at crime scenes to watch procedures. When a murder occurs that lead police to Jacob’s door, his Asperger’s syndrome behaviors make him appear guilty. I have mixed feelings about Picoult. I like her books in general, but she often opts for the easy out in the ending.
I’ll have to see what reviewers think of this one.
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