Saturday, October 1, 2011

From MONEYBALL to THE BIPPOLO SEED

Michael Lewis is one very lucky man, yet again, in having his 2003 book MONEYBALL just produced by Columbia Pictures, starring Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  The new packaging and audiobook edition is read by audio superstar Scott Brick. (See our interview of Scott at this site.)  TENSION CITY by Jim Lehrer is a new Presidential Debate retrospective, with actual excerpts of debates and interviews of candidates, from Kennedy/Nixon to Obama/McCain.  Called the "dean of moderators," Lehrer (of PBS Newshour) also reads the book.  THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy is a young adult adventure involving Russian spies and secrets linked to a famous book, read by Cristin Milioti.  John Sandford's latest is SHOCK WAVE, read by Eric Conger, about a bomber attacking a superstore chain trying to enter a Minnesota river town.  Erin Morgenstern gets lucky having Jim Dale read her book THE NIGHT CIRCUS, which is reminiscent of Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."  L.A. Theatre Works offers up THE GRADUATE, adapted as an audio drama by Terry Johnson, and starring Kathleen Turner and Matthew Rhys.    Linda Howard's PREY is read by Abby Craden, and involves rival hunting businesses, with a bear on their trail.  The latest Star Wars new republic book is HEIR TO THE EMPIRE by Timothy Zahn, read by Marc Thompson (both are veterans at this.)  It is set five years after the Death Star was destroyed, when Princess Leia and Hans Solo are married and expecting twins.  ON BORROWED TIME is a stand-alone novel by David Rosenfelt, with an intriguing plot involving a man whose car accident has somehow erased his fiancĂ©'s existence.  Unfortunately, the narrator here isn't as good as in previous Rosenfelt books.  Tony Roberts reads Stuart Woods' latest, SON OF STONE, about an interruption in the life of Stone Barrington in the form of a former love.  The BLACK MASK mystery stories from the early 20th Century get some Black Lizard collections on audio for the first time in DEAD END and DOORS IN THE DARK, edited by Otto Penzler, and featuring writers like Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and Dashiell Hammett read by Oliver Wyman, Pete Larkin and others.  For Dexter fans, there's DOUBLE DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay, the author who inspired the series.  He also reads the audiobook, which is about Dexter dealing with a witness to his dark side.  THE STRANGER'S CHILD by the award winning Alan Hollinghurst is an historical literary novel set in England in 1913, and is read by English actor James Daniel Wilson.  Susan Denaker reads A PLAIN AND FANCY CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Keller, about two women, one a public relations executive in New York, the other raised Amish in Pennsylvania, who discover they were switched at birth. Christmas is approaching.  What to do?  On the fun side is a collection of lost Dr. Seuss stories titled THE BIPPOLO SEED, read by a dream team of narrators including Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, William H. Macy, Joan Cusack, and Edward Herrmann.  Jeffrey Sachs explores how America--both in Washington and as a culture--has failed to recognize and adapt to global economic changes.  Can we ever get out of this mess and compete again on the world stage?  What will it take for individuals and political parties to do?  THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION is read by Richard McGonagle.  The hidden history of the White House and Wall Street is revealed by Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind in CONFIDENCE MEN, read by James Lurie.  WAR OF THE WORLDVIEWS is an interesting dialogue (ie. argument) between a major new age spiritualist and a theoretical physicist.  Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow discuss cosmology, evolution, the brain, and God.  Decide for yourself who is right, or if they both are (or aren't.)  And DEAD END IN NORVELT, written and read by Jack Gantos, is the offbeat story of a kid by the same name (this is both non-fiction and fiction) who's given the assignment of helping a eccentric neighbor compile a history of their town by typing resident obituaries.  Very unusual and quirky stuff, indeed.
 

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