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Year 2005 Top Audiobook Picks

1776 by David McCullough

(CD and Cassette)

In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence when the whole American cause was riding on their success. Read by the author.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell


Utilizing diversified case studies, Gladwell reveals that what we think as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how decision-making is based on the few particular details that we focus. Read by the author.

The Camel Club by David Baldacci


Baldacci takes listeners inside the nation's most elite power club and shows how far its members will go to protect their darkest secrets. Read by Jonathan Davis.

The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian


In 1936, six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and their spirited but vulnerable young mother manage to create a fragile nest at 238 North Pearl Street, Albany, New York. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and World War II, they live in the heart of the Irish slum with an interesting assortment of characters. Read by Lee Leoncavallo.

Eventide by Kent Haruf

(CD and Cassette)

A novel of small-town life in the high plains region around Holt, Colorado, follows the challenges, emotional upheaval, tragedies, and intertwined destinies of the local inhabitants as they cope with the changes they encounter. A continuation of the author’s immensely popular Plainsong (CD and Cassette). Read by George Hearn.

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

(CD and Cassette)

In a tale of romance, forgiveness and extreme sleep deprivation, four very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood. Read by Johanna Parker.

March by Geraldine Brooks


In a story inspired by the father character in Little Women and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences. Read by Richard Easton.

On Beauty by Zadie Smith


Englishman Howard Belsey, a disgruntled Rembrandt scholar, lives in New England with his faded-activist wife and their three disparate children. Large issues come into play when one son falls for the daughter of a rabid right-winger. Read by Peter Francis James.

To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman


Baltimore County homicide sergeant Harold Lenhardt faces a baffling case involving three former high school friends, including one who is comatose from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and another who continuously changes her story. Read by Alexandra O'Karma.