Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Best Audiobooks of 2007

If you're as addicted to audiobooks as I am, you're always looking for books that lend themselves to being read aloud. Here's a list of audiobooks on CD taken from Library Journal's list of the best audiobooks of 2007 (just the ones the library owns). Book descriptions were taken from the audiobooks' cases.

Fiction:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
"Mariam and Laila are born a generation apart but are are brought together by war and fate. Together they endure the dangers surrounding them and discover the power of both love and sacrifice."

The Quickie by James Patterson
"When Lauren Stillwell, an NYPD cop, discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour in this rollercoaster ride of thrills."

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
"Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and officer of Israeli intelligence, is summoned to travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst, where he uncovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground."

The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith
". . . Isabel becomes entangled in an art world mystery. At an auction, two paintings attributed to a deceased artist hit the market at the same time, and both paintings have unusual elements--such as the appearance of a person the painter could only have known after his supposed date of death. Could the works be forgeries? Or for that matter, might the artist still be alive?"

Nonfiction:

Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen King
"This author team, writing in an engaging, accessible style, is the first to reflect on the recent discovery of the "Gospel of Judas" and how that text provides insight into explaining how Jesus' followers understood his death, why Judas betrayed Jesus, and why God allowed it."

Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams
"Based on a $9 million research project led by author Don Tapscott, Wikinomics shows how masses of people can participate in the economy like never before. They are creating TV news stories, sequencing the human genome, remixing their favorite music, designing software, finding cures for diseases, editing school texts, inventing new cosmetics, and even building motorcycles."

In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
"Lee and Bob Woodruff share the never-before-told story of their romance, their career pursuits, and their determination in the face of a tragedy that captivated America, Bob's near-fatal brain injury suffered when an explosive device detonated near the tank he was riding in while reporting on the Iraq War."

1 comment:

Cate said...

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" is very interesting book. I too got this one from Audible...