Summer's New Audiobooks
Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (BOOKS ON CD) -- Seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn't rich or settled, and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda's father firmly opposes the match. But when Scott finally sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to board a train to New York and marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Telling the bees by Peggy Hesketh (BOOKS ON CD) -- Albert Honig's most constant companions have always been his bees. A never-married octogenarian, he makes a modest living as a beekeeper, as his father and his father's father did before him. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled.
The Shanghai factor by Charles McCarry (BOOKS ON CD) -- An unnamed spy is dispatched to Shanghai to aid a shadowy U.S. agency known only as HQ. There he meets a mysterious woman named Mei and begins a torrid affair that threatens to expose him to Chinese intelligence, the notorious Guoanbu. As danger waits for him around every corner, and the enigmatic Mei moves into and out of his life, he finds himself drawn further into a deadly cat-and-mouse game between Guoanbu and HQ that threatens to end his life and destabilize East/West relations.
Poppet : the new Jack Caffery thriller by Mo Hayder (BOOKS ON CD/MP3) -- Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high-security mental health ward. But when the staff realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among the ward's patients, and that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate, and to track Isaac down before he can kill again.
The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman (BOOKS ON CD) -- A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.
The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (BOOKS ON CD/797.123 B) -- This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adof Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
Joyland by Stephen King (BOOKS ON CD) -- Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
The watcher in the shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (BOOKS ON CD) -- When fourteen-year-old Irene Sauvelle moves with her family to Cape House on the coast of Normandy, she's immediately taken by the beauty of the place--its expansive cliffs, coasts, and harbors. There, she meets a local boy named Ismael, and the two soon fall in love. But a dark mystery is about to unfold, involving a reclusive toymaker who lives in a gigantic mansion filled with mechanical beings and shadows of the past
Münster's case : an Inspector Van Veeteren mystery by Håkan Nesser (BOOKS ON CD) -- Waldemar Leverkuhn and 3 friends have won the lottery. By the end of the day after celebrating their win, Leverkuhn is drunk and stumbling. By the morning he is found dead. The police inspector and his team find themselves chasing after wisps of clues that have his, along with several murders linked together.
The great degeneration : how institutions decay and economies die by Niall Ferguson (BOOKS ON CD/306.09 F) -- What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions7the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail--are degenerating.