Thoughts on *Private Life* by Jane Smiley (audiobook)

Private Life: A Novel written by Jane Smiley; read by Kate Reading
Audio CD unabridged, 13.5 hours on 11 CDs
Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 4, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0307715319

Back-of-the-box blurb: In the 1880s, Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post–Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the [...]

Thought on *Birds of a Feather* by Jacqueline Winspear (audiobook)

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs, book #2)
Audio CD (9 CDs, about 10.5 hours total)
Publisher: Sound Library; Unabridged edition (June 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0792736653

Birds of a Feather grabbed me even more than the original Maisie Dobbs.  Although I really enjoyed that first novel – and it gave the background for me to understand Maisie’s [...]

Thoughts on *Earth* by Jon Stewart (audiobook) ... DNF

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race; read by Jon Stewart
Audio CD
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (October 8, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1607886150

Back-of-the-Box blurb: Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when [...]

Thoughts on *The Swan Thieves* by Elizabeth Kostova (audiobook)


The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Read by:  Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, Sarah Zimmerman, and John Lee
Audio CD – 17 discs
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (January 12, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1600247453

Back-of-the-box blurb:  Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow has a perfectly ordered life–solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order [...]

Thoughts on *Homer & Langley* by E. L. Doctorow (audiobook)

Homer & Langley: A Novel written by E. L. Doctorow; read by Arthur Morey
Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2009); 6 CDs
ISBN-13: 978-0739334164

Back-of-the-box blurb:  Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers – the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They [...]

Thoughts on *Backseat Saints* by Joshilyn Jackson (audiobook)

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson; read by Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (June 8, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1607882220

Back-of-the-box blurb:  Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As “Mrs. Ro Grandee” she’s trapped in a marriage that’s thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self [...]

Do sound effects and music enhance the audiobook experience?

Have you seen all the excitement over at Devourer of Books?  Jen has organized an entire week dedicated to celebrating audiobooks – reviews, giveaways, and – my favorite – discussion posts.  Check out the topics she’s covering this week – why do you listen to audiobooks? do they ‘count’ as reading? what are some tips [...]

Thoughts on *What the Dog Saw* by Malcolm Gladwell (audiobook)

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell; read by the author
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (October 20, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1600249150

Back-of-the-box blurb:   Now the very best and most famous of Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorkerpieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology. Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard [...]

Thoughts on *Mr. Popper's Penguins* (children's audiobook)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater; read by Nick Sullivan
Audio CD: 2 disks
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (April 1, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1600246753

Back-of-the-case blurb:  Mr. Popper dreams about leaving his boring life and going on an adventure to the Antarctic. When the legendary Admiral Drake sends him a live penguin in response to his letter, [...]

Thoughts on *The Unnamed* by Joshua Ferris (audiobook)

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris; read by the author
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (January 18, 2010). 7 disks, 8.7 hours
ISBN-13: 978-1600248771

Back-of-the-box blurb:  He was going to lose the house and everything in it.  

The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would lose his family. He stood [...]