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Year 2006 Top Audiobook Picks

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

by Fannie Flagg (CD and Cassette)

Flagg mixes humor, wisdom and pathos in creating a charming, life-affirming tale and a full cast of memorable characters. Read by Cassandra Campbell.

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

by Simon Winchester (CD and Cassette)

Dense with facts but light and breezy in style, Winchester recounts the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the longstanding dangers of the San Andreas Fault and the long-term consequences of the earthquake it caused. Read by the author.

Cross

by James Patterson (CD, Cassette and Playaway)

When Alex Cross works on the cases of a Georgetown serial rapist, he encounters evidence that triggers a connection to his wife's death many years ago. Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Read by Peter J. Fernandez and Jay O. Sanders.

Digging to America

by Anne Tyler (CD, Cassette and Playaway)

Two families meet by chance at the Baltimore airport, each awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. The "arrival party" is being celebrated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined. Read by Blair Brown.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer (CD and Cassette)

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious boy struggling to come to terms with his father's death in the World Trade Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he left behind, Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined. Read by various narrators.

Firefly Cloak

by Sheri Reynolds (CD)

Abandoned by their desperate mother, eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her brother, Travis, are left only with her favorite housecoat and the phone number of their grandparents, items that years later prompt Tessa Lee to search for what she has lost. Read by Jenna Lamia.

In the Company of the Courtesan

by Sarah Dunant (CD)

Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice. Read by Stephen Hoye.

A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby (CD and Cassette)

A former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. Read by Kate Reading, Simon Vance and Scott Brick.

The Man of My Dreams by

Curtis Sittenfeld (CD)

Hannah seems to have complicated relationships with her father, her gorgeous cousin and the boyfriends who adore her or break her heart. In her late 20s, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most. Read by Susan Denaker.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

by Kim Edwards (CD and Cassette)

Dr. David Henry, an orthopedic surgeon, is forced to deliver his own twins on a snowy night. When he sees that his newborn daughter suffers from Down's syndrome, he asks the nurse to take her to a home for the handicapped. The fateful decision haunts him. Read by Ilyana Kadushin.

Night

by Elie Wiesel (CD, Cassette and Playaway)

Through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, we behold the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet. Read by George Guidall.

Orbit

by John J. Nance (CD and MP3)

A passenger on a 2009 space flight, Kip Dawson, faces death after a micrometeorite damages the capsule and kills the pilot. Dawson types his epitaph on the ship's computer, unaware that he is broadcasting his writings on the Internet. Read by the author.

Thunderstruck

by Erik Larson (CD)

A portrait of the Edwardian era recounts two parallel stories - the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen, who murdered his wife and fled to America, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication - as the new technology is used to capture a killer. Read by Bob Balaban.

Twelve Sharp

by Janet Evanovich (CD, Cassette and MP3)

Stephanie, who freely admits her failings as a hunter of fugitives, faces a growing work backlog. Her ambivalence toward the two men in her life becomes harder to maintain when one of them, the mysterious Ranger, is accused of kidnapping his own daughter. Read by Lorelei King.

Two Little Girls in Blue

by Mary Higgins Clark (CD and Cassette)

Twin three-year-old girls are kidnapped, and only one of them has been recovered. When the returned daughter claims that the other twin is still alive and is in mortal danger, the mother goes on a desperate search. Read by Jan Maxwell.

Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen (CD)

When Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary student recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression. Read by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

by Timothy Egan (CD):

Egan follows a diverse cast of individuals and families across the affected region that covered close to 100 million acres. He weaves together eyewitness accounts of survivors now in their 80s and 90s. Read by Patrick Lawlor.