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Year 2008 Top Audiobook Picks

Belong to Me
by Marisa de los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. As their individual stories unfold, the three women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined. Read by Julia Gibson.

Born Standing Up
by Steve Martin
Martin’s memoir offers up, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away." Read by the author.

Goldengrove
by Francine Prose
In a rustic New York village, Nico’s older sister Margaret drowned. 13 year-old Nico, confidant and decoy in Margaret’s clandestine romance, falls under the seductive spell of Margaret’s beau. But she comes to discover her own way of growing up and moving on. Read by Mamie Gummer.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
As Juliet Ashton and a native of the island of Guernsey exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends who formed the Society as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island. Read by various readers.

In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan
Pollan appeals to tradition and common sense. He cites the reasons why people have become confused about their dietary choices. He discusses the importance of enjoyable moderate eating, placing vegetables and fruits in the center of things, and meat to a side dish. Read by Scott Brick.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski
Born without the ability to speak, Edgar Sawtelle grows up on a Wisconsin dog farm. He uses sign and gesture to bond with the canine. When his father dies mysteriously, Edgar suspects that his uncle killed him and sets out into the wilderness with a trio of young pups. The tale is reminiscent of Hamlet. Read by Richard Poe.

There’s No Place Like Here
by Cecelia Ahern
Sandy Shortt, a six-foot, obsessive-compulsive detective and proprietress of a missing-persons agency, has spent her entire life looking for lost things and people. When Sandy gets lost in the woods one day, she discovers a mysterious and magical land where she finally finds all her missing things. Read by Sile Nic Fheorais.

Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Eight dazzling stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Read by Sarita Choudhury and Ajay Naidu.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris
A collection of David Sedaris' essays celebrates the foibles of the author's everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home. Read by the author.

When Will There Be Good News
by Kate Atkinson
As Joanna Mason's family wanders home along a country lane, Joanna's life is changed forever. Thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways. Read by Steven Crossley.