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New and Featured Audiobooks for 07/05/12:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new audiobooks (or at least new to us) added to our library collection, which come in several different formats…

Audiobooks on CD…

FICTION:

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, and read by Mark Hammer

Star Wars: Fate Of The Jedi – Conviction by Aaron Allston, and read by Marc Thompson

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, and read by Fisher Stevens

1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber, and read by Sandra Burr

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly, and read by Peter Giles

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac, and read by Grover Gardner

Behind The Curtain by Peter Abrahams, and read by Colleen Delaney

Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown, and read by Dick Hill

Running Blind by Lee Child, and read by Dick Hill

Supreme Power by Jeff Shesol, and read by Mel Foster

Brought In Dead by Jack Higgins, and read by Michael Page

NON-FICTION:

A Country Of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, The Mexican War And The Conquest Of The American Continent by Robert W. Merry, and read by Michael Prichard

Adapt: Why Success Always Stars With Failure by Tim Harford, and read by Jonathan Keeble

Physics Of The Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny And Our Daily Lives By The Year 2100 by Michio Kaku, and read by Feodor Chin

Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survivial, Resilience, And Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, and read by Edward Herrmann

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek and read by the author

And we also have Audiobooks in the Playaway format…

FICTION:

The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, and read by Aimee Lilly

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, and read by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones

Revenge Of The Kudzu Debutantes by Cathy Holton, and read by Marguerite Gavin

Master And Commander by Patrick O’Brian, and read by Simon Vance

The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens, and read by Justine Eyre

Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer, and read by Mark Deakins

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King, and read by Lindsay Crouse

The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter, and read by Buck Schirner

The Cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, and read by Hillary Huber

NON-FICTION:

Arabic For Dummies by David F. DiMeo

Animal Magnetism: My Life With Creatures Great And Small by Rita Mae Brown

The Face Of Battle by John Keegan, and read by Robert Whitfield

Rapid Italian, vol. 1

As the subtitle promises: “200+ essential words and phrases anchored into your long-term memory with great music.” I guess you can’t go wrong with that, right?

A Country Of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, The Mexican War, And The Conquest Of The American Continent by Robert W. Merry, and read by Michael Prichard

Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret by T. D. Jakes and read by the author.

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If you are unsure about the playaway format, check out our previous post on audiobooks selections, which has a little more information.

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Please note that audiobooks mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

06/27/12.

06/14/12.

06/07/12.

05/31/12.

05/01/12.

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New and Featured Books: Lisbeth Salander.

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The American film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander/Millennium novels, is due to be released this Tuesday, December 20, and it’s easily one of the most anticipated movies of this year, let alone this holiday season. The film, directed by David Fincher, and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, has a lot of hype and good buzz surrounding it, as well as a lot to live up as far as expectations.

The novels by Larsson have been among our most requested items this past year (and the year before), but I wanted to remind you as well that we also have the novels in audio format and that we also have the two original Swedish film adaptations of the books, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. To me, the first of the Swedish movies is okay, but just okay, and the second one, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is somewhat less than “just okay,” but for a lot of us, they’ve been decent holdovers while we waited for the new film version of the story.

Normally I wouldn’t hype the remake of a film, but I will happily make an exception here just because I didn’t think the original Swedish movie was a good adaptation at all, let alone a particularly great movie. I’d actually say that just the trailer that you see above for Fincher’s film was more successful on both counts than the original movie version. But maybe I’m biased in that I really like David Fincher’s work, as well as Daniel Craig, wwhom I didn’t use to like, but who won me over with his portrayal of James Bond and some of the other films he’s done in the past few years.

And Rooney Mara (who was in Fincher’s The Social Network as well as the remake of Nightmare On Elm Street) looks extremely promising in the very unique role of hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander.

Interesting side note: The stars of the original Swedish movies, Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, both have movies out this week as well. Rapace is in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (and will appear in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien pseudo-prequel Prometheus) and Nyqvist is the villain in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Larsson’s novels are hardly high art but if you haven’t read them yet, now is a good time to start for a good mystery/thrill ride.

And if you get a chance to see it, let us know what you think of the new movie.

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.