“Astray” by Emma Donoghue (CD SS DONOGHUE)
Donoghue used her own immigrant-emigrant experience, delving into old newspapers and archives to create outstanding historical fiction. Disease, bad luck and circumstance combine to set her characters adrift. A prostitute, a con man, a mother trying to reconnect with her child-all these stories and more come to life with the expert voices of five different narrators.
“Beautiful mystery” by Louise Penny (CD M PENNY)
At a Canadian monastery famous for its rendition of Gregorian chant, someone commits murder. Chief Inspector Gamache and his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir investigate the evil underlying the silence. Ralph Cosham’s excellent narration highlights the different personalities of the policemen as they search for the murderer in the monastic community.
“Bring up the bodies” by Hilary Mantel (CD FICTION MANTEL)
Anne Boleyn has failed to produce a male heir for Henry VIII. Thomas Cromwell, Henry’s man, is all too ready to arrange for Anne’s exit, while Jane Seymour eyes Anne’s place as Henry’s queen. Simon Vance does a superb job with Mantel’s text, fully expressing Cromwell’s complexities. The sequel to “Wolf Hall,” it is the second in a planned Cromwell trilogy.
“Fault in our stars” by John Green (Y CD FICTION GREEN)
Two teenagers with cancer meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. It has laugh-out-loud moments as well as tremendous sadness, and narrator Kate Rudd catches each moment perfectly. This wonderful story is for listeners of all ages-it will break your heart.