Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Are You Listening?

Audio books, whether on tape or CD, are more popular than ever and the library continues to add new titles every month in both formats. Sixteen new tapes hit the shelves in December. They run the gamut from Rose Conners' court room drama, False Testimony, to Jonathan Lethhem's memoir, The Disappointment Artist, to Camel Club, David Baldacci's latest thriller mixing Arab terrorists, nuclear threat, and political intrigue.

San Francisco figures prominently as a setting on both the fiction and non-fiction fronts. Sarah Tallman's second top-drawer mystery set in 1880s San Francisco, The Russian Hill Murders again features Sarah Woolson, the proto-feminist attorney first introduced to readers in The Nob Hill Murders. Simon Winchester takes on the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires which destroyed much of San Francisco in his most recent non-fiction offering, A Crack in the Edge of the World. This one is filled with eyewitness accounts, vivid descriptions and crisp prose.

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