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What Money Can't Buy

Michael J. Sandel, author and narrator

Macmillan Audio

175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315

New York, NY 10010

9781427214928 $29.99

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a sharp criticism of modern society by Michael J. Sandel (Professor of Government at Harvard University). Sandel directly confronts one of the most important ethical questions of today - is it right for virtually everything to be for sale, from corporate "cap and trade" pollution privileges, to studies that pay people to test questionable new drugs, to hiring private mercenary organizations such as Blackwater to fight America's wars? What are the moral limits of markets, and how can their omnipresent reach be limited in areas where they don't belong? Is a marketdriven society truly what we want to become, and if not, how can it be changed for the better? A soul-searching analysis of the role that markets can and should perform in a democratic society (as well as the roles they must not perform!), What Money Can't Buy is fascinating, thought-provoking, and worthy of the highest recommendation for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 7 hours.

The Magicians' Guild

Trudi Canavan

Bolinda Publishing

186 S Long Swamp Rd., Jackson, ME 04921

9781743111116, $24.99,

The first book of 'The Black Magician Trilogy' by Trudi Canavan, "The Magicians' Guild" is set in a world where practicing magicians are required by King's Law to be members of a guild or suffer their magical abilities to be forever repressed and bound. Guild membership has become the exclusive province of magic users from the nobility or 'houses', while the common people, especially the annually displaced poor from the city, are felt to be inappropriate candidates for the privilege of guild membership. That is, until a young girl from the city slums discovers during the course of an annual protest that she has such powers. Slum dwellers or 'dwells' fear and despise the magicians. Fearing for her life and with the help of her closest friend and the 'Thieves', she seeks to hide from the magicians who are now seeking her out. The problem is that untrained and unchecked, her growing magical power will kill her. "The Magicians' Guild" is brought fully to life with the dramatic narrative skills of Richard Aspel in this complete and unabridged, 15 hour 45 minute, flawlessly produced audio book and will have listeners eagerly looking forward to the next two volumes of Trudi Canavan's 'The Black Magician Trilogy'!

Galaxy Press

7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200

Hollywood, CA 90028

L. Ron Hubbard was a mastery storyteller and one of the most diverse and successful writers during the 'Gold Age' of pulp magazines. In addition to Galaxy Press bringing back Hubbards short stories in print editions, they have made available a steadily expanding list of Hubbards wonderfully imaginative tales as multiple-cast, special effects, musically enhanced audio books that provide a complete and flawlessly produced 'theatre of the mind' experience for the listener. Among the newest additions to the growing audio book canon of Hubbard's work are an action/adventure tale set in the wilds of Africa. "All Frontiers Are Jealous" (9781592123384, $9.95) which first appeared in the pages of 'Five Novels Monthly' in June 1937. "Killer's Law" (9781592122769, $9.95) is a hard boiled mystery originally published in the September 1947 issue of 'New Detective Magazine'. This Galaxy Press audio book also includes Hubbard's mystery stories 'They Killed Him Dead', 'The Mad Dog Murder'; and 'The Blow Torch Murder'. Published in the October 1937 issue of 'Ward Birds', this audio book production of "Red Death Over China" (9781592123346, $9.95) is one of Hubbard's signature aviation yarns and also includes 'The Crate Killer' and 'Wings Over Ethiopia'. Hubbard was an especially gifted writer of westerns. "The Magic Quirt" was first read in the pages of the June 1948 issue of 'The Rio Kid Western'. This outstanding audio book collection also features two more Hubbard westerns: 'Vengeance is Mine!' and 'Stacked Bullets'. "While Bugles Blow!" debuted in the December 1936 issue of 'Five Novels Monthly' and is set North Africa as the French Foreign Legion becomes entangled in a blood feud between two warring tribes. High quality recordings showcasing stories that engage the listener's total attention from beginning to end, all of these audio book titles are enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.

Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel, author

Simon Vance, narrator

Macmillan Audio

175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315

New York, NY 10010

9781427225825 $39.99

The unabridged audiobook rendition of the sequel to the Man Booker Prize Winning historical novel "Wolf Hall", Bring Up the Bodies follows the strong-willed Anne Boleyn, wife to Henry VIII. Anne is beset with many troubles - she hasn't been able to give Henry a son, and she is a lightning rod for malicious attacks, leading up to a trial of her and her suitors for adultery and treason. Thomas Cromwell in particular is determined have Anne Boleyn's head - but at what cost? Tense and vivid in its retelling of ruthless high intrigue, Bring Up the Bodies is highly recommended especially for historical fiction aficionados. 12 CDs, 14.5 hours.

Dead Europe

Christos Tsiolkas, author

Humphrey Bower, narrator

Bolinda Publishing

186 S Long Swamp Rd., Jackson, ME 04921

c/o Brilliance Audio (distribution)

PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

9781743105948 $29.99

Read by Audie Award-winning performer Humphrey Bower, Dead Europe is the suspenseful, unabridged adaptation of a novel about a young Australian photographer on a journey through Europe. Though he dreams to experience the sophistication, wealth, and majesty of the Europe his father once described, the Europe he discovers is horrifically different. A tale of murder, suffering, revenge, and the dark repercussions of past evil, Dead Europe is as compelling as it is horrifying. Highly recommended. 11 CDs, 13 hours 40 min., tracks every 3 min. for easy bookmarking.

Children of Wrath

Paul Grossman, author

Kyle Munley, narrator

Highbridge Audio Books

201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220

Minneapolis, MN 55414

9781611748451 $34.95

Children of Wrath is the unabridged audiobook adaptation Paull Grossman's second mystery novel, continuing the story of Willi Kraus, the most famous Jewish detective of Germany Weimar Republic. The year is 1929, the Weimar Republic is struggling with the fallout of the Great War, enormous hyperinflation, and the threat of rebellion. In this heady and potentially dangerous setting, Kraus is called to investigate a burlap sack from the city's sewer system, filled with the horrific spectacle of children's bones with teeth marks on them, and a Bible with the phrase "children of wrath" circled in red. Kraus must confront a horrific menace, in this tautly suspenseful story of murder and the ominous press of a diabolical threat, sure to keep the reader guessing to the very end. 10 CDs, 12 1/4 hours.

Come Home

Lisa Scottoline, author

Maggi-Meg Reed, narrator

Macmillan Audio

175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315

New York, NY 10010

9781427213303 $39.99

Now available in an unabridged audiobook edition (including a bonus essay read by the author), Come Home is a tense blend of murder mystery and family drama. Jill Farrow is an ordinary suburban single mother, recovering from a divorce and doing her best to raise her thirteen-yearold daughter Megan. Then Jill's ex-stepdaughter Abby suddenly appears, bringing devastating news - Jill's ex-husband is dead. Abby pleads with Jill to find the killer, but Jill's investigation threatens to destroy the family stability she has worked so hard to earn. Part suspense, part exploration of where the limits of motherly duty lie, Come Home is an absorbing narrative from beginning to end, and a worthy pick for public library audiobook collections.

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

Joyce Carol Oates

Highbridge Audio Books

201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220

Minneapolis, MN 55414

9781611746013, $34.95,

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares provides seven tales of suspense and provides a range of dark mysteries spiced by a dual reading by Adam Verner and Christine Williams. In the title story a pre-teen vanishes from her home and while the adults search futilely, Marissa's life hangs in the balance as a warped classmate enacts a horrifying legend. Six other tales include the neverbefore-published Helping Hands. A fine account makes for a vivid set of tales recommended for any mystery audio collection.

American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar

Hachette Audio

237 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017-0010

9781611136173, $29.98,

AMERICAN DERVISH is narrated by the author who lends a dramatic and pointed voice to his memoir of a young American in love. The difference between this and any other coming of age story lies in his Pakistani heritage and a family life affected by the arrival of his mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. Mina brings the family happiness, deep spirituality that reinforces their Muslim faith, and a new purpose in his life. When she begins dating a family friend Hayat will make a decision that will bring terrible consequences to them all. It's an emotional look at religion and family life and is a powerful memoir of a Midwestern boy's striking life, and is a fine pick for any general lending library.
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