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December 27th, 2011 · No Comments · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

New Audiobook Titles to Look Forward to in 2012:

The following audio book titles have been nominated or have won awards in 2011.  They are on order here at Manchester, so be on the look-out to put a hold on these babies, soon!

Author:  William Shakespeare

Reader:    Full Cast

Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2011.

In this classic Shakespeare play, a tormented prince seeks revenge for his father’s death, facing tragic consequences along the way.  2011 Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album.

Author:  Michael Crummey

Reader:  John Lee

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon.  Kirkus Reviews Best fiction of 2011.

Reader:  Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

Author:  Elizabeth Letts

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money. He reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road. But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. Goodreads Choice Awards.

Author:  Dan Savage & Terry Miller

Reader:  Marguerite Gavin, Paul Michael Garcia

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

In the wake of a bullying epidemic that has seen LGBT students targeted with abuse around the world, authors Dan Savage and Terry Miller offer this inspiring collection of essays to help bullying victims overcome their mistreatment.  Goodreads Choice Awards.

Author:  J. R. Ackerley

Reader:  Ralph Cosham

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

J. R. Ackerley never considered himself an animal lover. However, when he came into possession of a German Sheppard, he embarked on a sixteen-year companionship that changed his life and gave him a newfound perspective on relationships.  Audible’s Best of 2011:  Editor’s Picks & Customer Favorites.

Author:  Jean Thompson

Reader:  Cassandra Campbell

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

At Anita’s wedding in 1973, fissures start to form within the Erickson family. Her brother Ryan dreams big and plots his escape from Iowa. He is joined by a traumatized veteran who shows him the ups and downs of freedom. Torrie, the youngest daughter, also wants to escape. However, her decisions bring about dire consequences for the entire family.  Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011.

Author:  Karleen Koen

Reader:  Karleen Koen

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

Karleen Koen chronicles Louis XIV during his first year as King of France. Told through the voices of young Louis and his mistress, Koen’s novel captures the essence of seventeenth century France and its court politics.  Library Journal’s Best Books of 2011.

Author:  Ben Ryder Howe

Reader: Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2011

When his wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decided to put everything she had in a deli as a gift to her parents, Ben Ryder Howe’s life was forever changed. Now, Howe is living with his in-laws, spending his days at his job with the Paris Review, and spending his nights working at the deli. Here, Howe reveals how owning a deli transformed his life and gave him a new perspective. Best Books of 2011.

~Amy H.~

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