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Year 2002 Top Audiobook Picks

Bel Canto


by Ann Patchett: Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice-president, a lavish party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. A band of terrorists breaks in during the performance of Roxanne, opera's most revered soprano. What begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Fiction.

The Corrections


by Jonathan Frazen: Enid Lambert has set her heart on bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Winner of the National Book Award. Fiction.

Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Optimum Health


by Andrew Weil: Weil presents a complete course on how to feel better, live longer, and enhance your health naturally. Nonfiction.

Empire Falls


by Richard Russo: Fortysomething Miles Roby, proprietor of the local greasy spoon, as well as a large cast of secondary characters from every social stratum of his depressed New England mill town, struggle with their own demise while the town tries to survive. A 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner. Fiction.

Face the Fire


by Nora Roberts: The conclusion to the bewitching Three Sisters Island trilogy. Fiction.

John Adams


by David McCullough: Historian McCullough shows why Adams is America's most overlooked and underappreciated president and founding father, the man most responsible for the passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. A Pulitzer winner. Nonfiction.

The Lovely Bones


by Alice Sebold: Raped and murdered at age 14, Susie begins with a compelling description of her death. During the next ten years, she watches over her family and friends as they struggle to cope with her murder while she begins the difficult process of healing. A seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful, touching, even funny novel about family, memory, love, heaven and living. Fiction.

Miracle at St. Anna


by James McBride: In this World War II fiction based on a real-life massacre at St. Anna di Stazzema, a small village in Italy, four soldiers in the 92nd, all-black, segregated Buffalo Division befriend a six-year-old Italian boy. Fiction.

The Nanny Diaries

(Audiocassette and CD)

by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus: Based on the authors' experiences as nannies to Manhattan's elite, the novel unveils the dysfunctional family life among the upper crust of Manhattan's Upper East Side. It makes for a fascinating, engaging, and ultimately sad story as college student Nanny, a NYU student employed by Mrs. X to take care of young Grayer. Fiction.

No Place Like Home


by Barbara Samuel: The unforgettable story of a family bound together by tradition - and the emotional journey of an estranged daughter risking everything for a second chance at life and love. Fiction.

This Rock


by Robert Morgan: This follow-up to the phenomenally successful Gap Creek (CD) transports listeners to the Appalachian Mountains of the 1920s. Told in turn by Ginny, the boys' mother, and Muir, the boy who searches for fulfillment with the church while his brother, Moody, battles inner demons. Fiction.

Savannah Blues


by Mary Kay Andrews: "Weezie," an antique forager who lives in a carriage house on the same property as her ex-husband, becomes the prime suspect for the murder of his fiance. Fiction.

Scorched Earth


by David L. Robbins: One parched summer, the white deacons of Victory Baptist Church in Good Hope, Virginia, order the body of a mixed-race infant to be exhumed from the graveyard and buried at the Negro church. Richmond lawyer Nat Deeds must find out the truth before the town is torn apart. Fiction.

Sleep No More


by Greg Iles: A woman presumed dead from John Waters' previous love affair resurfaces. John finds his happily married life being torn apart. Fiction.

Standing in the Rainbow

(Audiocassette and CD)

by Fannie Flagg: A feel-good novel captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people in post-war Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where 10-year-old Bobby Smith, his mother, a local radio personality Neighbor Dorothy, and an assortment of interesting characters, reside. Fiction.

Stone Kiss


by Faye Kellerman: Murder hits close to home as one of Peter's relatives is found dead in a seedy Manhattan hotel room. Missing from the scene is the dead man's teenage niece. A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel. Fiction.

Theodore Rex


by Edmund Morris: Sequel to Morris' Pulitzer-winning first book on Theodore Roosevelt, it focuses on the presidential years, 1901 through early 1909, during which time the U.S. "acquired" the Philippines and the right to complete and operate the Panama Canal. Nonfiction.

The Zion Covenant Series

by Bodie Thoene:

Predating the events of the Zion Chronicles Series, the first book Vienna Prelude (Audiocassette) opens in pre-World War II Austria. Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, is of Jewish heritage but has adopted an Aryan stage name in order to travel and play in Germany. Other titles in the series: Prague Counterpoint (Audiocassette); Munich Signature (Audiocassette); Jerusalem Interlude (Audiocassette); Danzig Passage (Audiocassette); plus Warsaw Requiem (Audiocassette)