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Audiobooks November 2012
"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free."
~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997), French oceanographer
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Lionel Asbo: State of England: A Novel - by Martin Amis
Publisher: AudioGO
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/21/2012
Share Lionel Asbo%3a State of England%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781609989859
ISBN-10: 1609989856
Fiction. Lionel Asbo -- whose first run-in with the police occurred at the tender age of three -- is a ruthless, foul-tempered thug who raises pitbulls on hot sauce and booze. He's also the polar opposite of his nephew, Desmond "Des" Pepperdine, a brainy, biracial young man with a bright future ahead of him. Lionel, only six years older than Des, becomes the lad's guardian when Lionel's sister dies -- and attempts to mentor her son in his own unique fashion. While Des attends university and becomes a journalist, Lionel bounces in and out of prison until he unexpectedly wins the lottery, a windfall that enables him to engage in even worse behavior, albeit with fewer consequences. This offbeat, darkly humorous tale satirizes contemporary British culture while sensitively portraying a very unusual familial bond.
Telegraph Avenue: A Novel - by Michael Chabon
Publisher: Harper Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/11/2012
Share Telegraph Avenue%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780062205780
ISBN-10: 0062205781
Fiction. Best friends Nat Jaffee and Archy Stallings run Brokeland Records, a struggling vintage record store (is there any other kind?) in Oakland, California, while their wives, Aviva and Gwen, are partners in a midwifery practice. Chaos ensues with the announcement that former NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, one of the wealthiest African-American men in the country, has decided to open a megastore in the same neighborhood. Meanwhile, as their business threatens to fold, both Nat and Archy confront domestic dramas -- Archy can't escape his estranged father, a former blaxploitation film star with connections to the Black Panthers, while Nat's gay teenage son has fallen for Archy's newly discovered illegimate son (who shows up on his doorstep in the middle of Gwen's pregnancy). Despite the difference in setting, fans of Zadie Smith's White Teeth should enjoy this tale of closely intertwined families experiencing life-changing events.
This is How You Lose Her - by Junot Díaz
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/11/2012
Share This is How You Lose Her ISBN-13: 9781611761108
ISBN-10: 1611761107
Short Stories. Introduced in Junot Díaz's debut, Drown, and fleshed out in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the Dominican-born, New Jersey-raised Yunior de las Casas takes center stage in this collection of interconnected short stories. Haunted by memories of his long-absent father and coping with the terminal illness of his beloved older brother Rafa, Yunior, a talented writer, compulsively pursues -- and discards -- women with his signature combination of wit, self-deprecating charm, and self-delusion. Although Yunior's grown older, he hasn't necessarily matured...especially when it comes to love and relationships. For a penetrating character study of a flawed but sympathetic man, don't miss This is How You Lose Her.
Live by Night - by Dennis Lehane
Publisher: HarperAudio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/02/2012
Share Live by Night ISBN-13: 9780062204790
ISBN-10: 0062204793
Historical Fiction. Although his father is a cop, Irish-American Joe Coughlin -- whose older brother is Danny Coughlin, the protagonist of author Dennis Lehane's The Given Day -- opts instead to "live by night," pursuing the gangster's life of bootlegging, bribes, and bullets. In 1926, with Prohibition in full swing, he leaves his hometown of Boston to set up a rum-running business in Tampa, Florida. Life as a crime boss suits Joe just fine, until he falls for a beautiful Cuban woman with a passion for social justice -- a situation that endangers them both as ruthless rivals emerge and alliances shift. Gritty and atmospheric, this compelling, frequently violent saga of organized crime will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
At Sea
The Dressmaker: A Novel - by Kate Alcott
Publisher: Random House Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/21/2012
Share The Dressmaker%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780307970121
ISBN-10: 0307970124
Historical Fiction. Seamstress Tess Collins dreams of someday setting up her own dressmaking shop. Could a position as maid to Lady Duff-Gordon -- a leading fashion designer known by her professional name, "Madame Lucile" -- help her achieve her ambitions? Accompanying her mistress aboard the ill-fated Titanic, Tess attracts the attention of both a wealthy older gent and a young sailor while struggling to accommodate her self-absorbed employer's increasingly irrational demands. But the scandal that engulfs the survivors after the ship sinks -- one that implicates Madame Lucile -- forces Tess to decide whether she should stand by the wealthy, influential mistress who could make or break her budding career, or stand up for those who lost their lives in the disaster.
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War - by Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/04/2006
Share Mayflower%3a A Story of Courage, Community, and War ISBN-13: 9780143058755
ISBN-10: 0143058754
Nonfiction. If you've ever wondered if the legends surrounding the first Thanksgiving in 1621 are fact or fiction, National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick tells the real tale in Mayflower. This well-researched and engaging history of the New England Pilgrim settlement discusses the famed voyage and landing at Plymouth Rock, set-backs such as violence, disease, and King Philip's War, and the relationship between the newcomers and the native peoples. This "fascinating story" (The Boston Globe) is the perfect listen for American history buffs traveling over the river and through the woods.
The Lifeboat: A Novel - by Charlotte Rogan
Publisher: AudioGO
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/19/2012
Share The Lifeboat%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781611132489
ISBN-10: 1611132487
Fiction. In 1914, newlyweds Henry and Grace Winter book passage on The Empress Alexandra, a trans-Atlantic ocean liner. However, when the ship sinks, Grace's husband sacrifices his life for hers, leaving the 22-year-old widow adrift in a crowded lifeboat on open seas. With morale plummeting and supplies running low, Grace and her fellow passengers endure a harrowing struggle for survival under the stern authority of former crewmember Mr. Hardie as they await rescue. Structuring Grace's narration as eyewitness testimony during a court trial, this compelling psychological drama explores how human beings behave in desperate circumstances.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories - by Simon Winchester
Publisher: Harper Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/02/2010
Share Atlantic%3a Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories ISBN-13: 9780061866128
ISBN-10: 0061866121
Nonfiction. Having explored the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary in The Professor and the Madman, author Simon Winchester now dives into an equally vast subject: the Atlantic Ocean. Born less than 100 million years ago in the basin that formed when Africa and South America drifted apart, the Atlantic has played a prominent role in the development of modern Western civilization ever since humans "discovered" it a few thousand years ago. Combining geology, history, and personal reflection, Winchester (who's also a sailing enthusiast) presents a biography of a living ocean that continues to evolve.
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