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Year 2003 Top Audiobook Picks

Bleachers

(CD and Cassette)

by John Grisham: Neely Crenshaw whose NFL prospects ended abruptly returns home for the first time in years to join a nightly vigil for his former coach Rake. Neely struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards Rake, and to rekindle love in his ex-girlfriend. Fiction.

Blessings

(CD and Cassette)

by Anna Quindlen: A baby left at Blessings, a vast estate owned by an ancient matriarch named Lydia Blessing is discovered by Skip Cuddy, the handyman who happens to be an ex-con. He cares secretly for the baby for four months, in the process forming a bond with Mrs. Blessing. Fiction.

The Center of Everything

(CD and Cassette)

by Laura Moriaty: Ten-year-old math prodigy Evelyn Bucknow, living in Kansas with her single mother and deeply religious grandmother, believes she is destined to marry Travis, the boy next door. But as she grows up, she experiences the heartbreak of a love not meant to be. Fiction.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(CD and Cassette)

by Mark Haddon: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic 15-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Fiction.

Eat Cake

(CD)

by Jeanne Ray: Ruth loves to bake cakes. If there is a crisis, she bakes a cake. Now that her mother and father decide to move in with her, with her two teenagers, a husband out of a job, her life becomes a delightful concoction that comes with its own icing. Fiction.

The Footprints of God

(CD and Cassette)

by Greg Iles: Appointed as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure cooker of groundbreaking science and colossal ambition. Fiction.

The Jester

(CD and Cassette)

by James Patterson: Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted by knights in search of a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. Only by taking on the role of a jester is he able to infiltrate his enemy's castle. Fiction.

The Namesake

(CD)

by Jhumpa Lahiri: Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle in Cambridge after their arranged marriage. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts more readily than his wife. They name their son Gogol after the Russian author in memory of a catastrophic accident years ago. Gogol knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Fiction.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

(CD and Cassette)

by Alexander McCall Smith: In contemporary Botswana, sleuth Precious Ramotswe decides to go against tradition and start her own business - a detective agency. Soon she is in the thick of several perplexing cases. Fiction.

Orchard

(CD and Cassette)

by Larry Watson: Ned Weaver is an internationally acclaimed painter in Door County, Wisconsin. Sonja Skordahl, a Norwegian immigrant and wife of Henry House, finds herself defined by her roles as wife and mother. As circumstances land Sonja in Ned's studio, she becomes more than his model and more than an object of desire. Fiction.

The Piano Tuner

(CD and Cassette)

by Daniel Mason: Edgar Drake lives a quiet life in late 19th-century London as a tuner of rare pianos. When he is summoned to Burma to repair the instrument of an eccentric major, Anthony Carroll, Edgar bids his wife good-bye and begins the months-long journey east. Fiction.

Salt: A World History

(CD and Cassette)

by Mark Kurlansky: From its single origin, to the other discoveries made because of it, fascinating tales of salt and the people who have been involved with it through the ages are interwoven here. Nonfiction.

Saul and Patsy

(CD and Cassette)

by Charles Baxter: In a small city of Five Oaks, Michigan, Saul & Patsy live their life together in blissful romance. The birth of their daughter, and Saul's obsessive 16-year-old boy student change all that. Fiction.

Twelve Times Blessed

(CD and Cassette)

by Jacquelyn Mitchard: True Dickinson is celebrating her 43rd birthday with friends on a snowy night in Cape Cod. On the drive home, she slides into a snow-filled ditch and is saved by a young man she met earlier at the restaurant. Fiction.

The Wedding

(CD and Cassette)

by Nicholas Sparks: To save his own marriage, a middle-aged man takes inspiration from his in-law''s enduring love. Fiction.