Year 2007 Top Audiobook Picks
The Book of the Deadby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (CD and Playaway)
FBI Agent Pendergast is in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit while his psychotic brother is about to perpetrate a horrific crime. When the Tomb of Senef is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening at a celebrity-studded New York gala, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. Read by Scott Brick.
Christine Fallsby Benjamin Black (CD)
Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family. Read by Timothy Dalton.
The Echo Makerby Richard Powers (CD)
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister, Karin, returns to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, Mark believes that this woman is really an impostor who looks just like his sister. Read by Bernadette Dunne.
The Inheritanceof Loss by Kiran Desai (CD)
In an isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. His thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Read by Meera Simhan.
Loving Frankby Nancy Horan (CD)
In 1903, Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her husband commissioned the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home for them. A powerful attraction develops between Mamah and Frank, and in time, the lovers, each married with children, embark on a course that will shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. Read by Joyce Bean.
Luncheon of the Boating Partyby Susan Vreeland (CD)
Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoirâ's masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a cafe terrace along the Seine at a time when Paris was healing after the Franco-Prussian War. Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life. Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love. Read by Karen White.
On Chesil Beachby Ian McEwen (CD and Playaway)
In a hotel overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress his/her anxieties about the wedding night to come. This book presents the story that tells how the course of life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken. Read by the author.
Runby Ann Patchett (CD)
Set over a period of 24 hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. Read by Peter Francis James.
Still Summerby Jacquelyn Mitchard (CD and Cassette)
Best friends since high school, Tracy, Olivia and Holly plan a reunion cruise on Olivia's yacht, along with Tracy's adopted teenage daughter, Camille. The cruise unravels through a series of small missteps, betrayals, and tensions between Tracy and her daughter. Soon the four women find themselves lost at sea and fending off modern-day pirates. Read by Kirsten Potter.
Summerlandby Michael Chabon (Playaway )
In Summerland, conditions are always ideal for playing baseball. But the small beings called ferishers that keep things going are in peril, and they need a hero - a baseball star, in fact - to vanquish their foe. Read by the author.
The Sunday List of Dreamsby Kris Radish (CD)
For as long as she can remember, Connie has tinkered with her list of dreams each Sunday. But she has never actually done anything about these dreams. And it's about time. Number 7 on the list: Find and reclaim estranged daughter Jessica. So Connie sets out for New York to find her daughter who, it turns out, is part owner of the most successful sex toyshop in America. Read by Christina Moore.