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Audiobooks January 2014
"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger."
~ Emily Brontë (1818-1848), English novelist and poet, Wuthering Heights
New and Recently Released!
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - by Sebastian Faulks
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share Jeeves and the Wedding Bells ISBN-13: 9781427237828
ISBN-10: 1427237824
Fiction. Authorized by the estate of P.G. Wodehouse, Sebastian Faulks -- author of the lively James Bond sequel Devil May Care -- crafts another affectionate homage to beloved literary characters by sending bungling aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman, the inimitable Jeeves, on a new misadventure. Narrated by Bertie, this madcap romp evokes the vernacular of the original stories and incorporates elements of screwball comedy including foolproof plans that are anything but, mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, and misunderstandings that will require all of Jeeves' considerable brainpower to sort out.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - by Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2013
Share David and Goliath%3a Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants ISBN-13: 9781478980445
ISBN-10: 1478980443
Nonfiction. In his previous bestsellers, The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, English-Canadian journalist and New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell offered thought-provoking, often counterintuitive interpretations of current social science research, coming to some surprising conclusions in the process. In David and Goliath, Gladwell examines the possibility that there are advantages to disadvantages -- and vice versa.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything - by Chris Hadfield
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/29/2013
Share An Astronaut ISBN-13: 9781478978954
ISBN-10: 1478978953
Memoir. At age nine, after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on television, Chris Hadfield "knew, with absolute clarity" that he wanted to be an astronaut. It was a lofty dream -- for one thing, his native Canada had no space program. Nevertheless, through a combination of luck, pluck, and dogged perseverance, Hadfield achieved his goal, becoming one of his nation's few military test pilots before launching an equally distinguished career at NASA, one that culminated in a 146-day mission as Commander of the International Space Station (during which he recorded the world's first music video in space: a version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). Don't miss this inspiring memoir, which is also packed with fascinating details about everyday life as an astronaut.
White Fire - by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/12/2013
Share White Fire ISBN-13: 9781478926313
ISBN-10: 1478926317
Suspense Fiction. White Fire marks the long-awaited return of Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast of the FBI, whose expertise with respect to serial killers has stood him in good stead since his first outing in The Relic. When Pendergast's protégé, aspiring criminologist Corrie Swanson, examines the recently exhumed victims of a series of fatal grizzly bear attacks in 1867 Roaring Fork, Colorado, she makes a shocking discovery. However, the bear-mauled prospectors aren't the only suspicious deaths in Roaring Fork, now a posh ski resort. A modern-day serial killer is at work, slaughtering the area's wealthiest residents.
Stella Bain - by Anita Shreve
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/19/2013
Share Stella Bain ISBN-13: 9781478926269
ISBN-10: 1478926260
Historical Fiction. An American woman wakes up in a battlefield hospital tent in 1916 Marne, France. Although she's not certain, she thinks her name may be Stella Bain and that she's either a nurse's aide or an ambulance driver. Taken in by London surgeon August Bridge and his wife, Lily, Stella submits to psychoanalysis in an attempt to recover her memories. But will learning her identity and the truth about her past help or harm fragile, shell-shocked Stella?
Revisit the Classics
Wuthering Heights - by Emily Brontë
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2006
Share Wuthering Heights ISBN-13: 9789626343975
ISBN-10: 9626343974
Fiction. Set against the forbidding backdrop of the Yorkshire Moors, this tale of star-crossed lovers Catherine Earnshaw and brooding orphan Heathcliff is also a tragic saga of families bound together -- and subsequently destroyed -- by passion, jealousy, revenge, and betrayal. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's first and only published novel, appeared in print only a year before its author died in 1848; initially garnering mixed reviews, it has since become a classic for its Gothic atmosphere and high drama.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Tantor
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/11/2010
Share The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ISBN-13: 9781400115174
ISBN-10: 1400115175
Short Stories. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic consulting detective who resides at 221B Baker Street, has received even more attention of late, thanks to recent film and television adaptations. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collects 12 of Holmes' best-known cases, including "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League," and "The Man with the Twisted Lip." Sherlockians who can't get enough of their favorite sleuth will want to seek out the 43 additional stories and four novels that comprise the original Sherlock Holmes canon.
The Old Man and the Sea - by Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2006
Share The Old Man and the Sea ISBN-13: 9780743564366
ISBN-10: 0743564367
Fiction. Aged fisherman Santiago has gone 84 days without catching a single fish, an unprecedented losing streak that prompts the locals to deem the old man salao, "which is the worst form of unluck." Even his apprentice, Manolin, is forbidden to accompany him to sea. So Santiago sets out alone in his skiff to the Gulf Stream, where he hooks a giant marlin and engages in an epic struggle that will test his limits -- physically, mentally, and spiritually. The Old Man and the Sea, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953, was the final work by Ernest Hemingway to be published during his lifetime.
The Odyssey - by Homer
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2005
Share The Odyssey ISBN-13: 9780143058243
ISBN-10: 014305824X
Epic Poetry. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns, driven time and again off course..." Thus begins The Odyssey, the Homeric epic in which Odysseus, a hero of the Trojan War, attempts to return to his rocky island home of Ithaca -- despite the wrath of sea-god Poseidon, who's determined to keep him wandering indefinitely. Accompany Odysseus through storms, shipwrecks, and encounters with fantastical creatures both on land and at sea as he strives to reclaim his home and hearth.
Macbeth - by William Shakespeare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/03/2012
Share Macbeth ISBN-13: 9781442355934
ISBN-10: 144235593X
Drama. "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" A prophecy delivered upon a stormy heath by a trio of witches sows the seeds of tragedy in William Shakespeare's notorious "Scottish play." Valiant general Macbeth makes the fateful decision to seize control of his foretold destiny, and -- spurred on by the ruthless ambition of his wife, Lady Macbeth -- embarks on a campaign of murder and betrayal, in the process sacrificing his sanity and his soul. Don't miss this mesmerizing tragedy that blends supernatural chills and all-too-human flaws.
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