November 2009 Books on CD

 Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

The murder of John Li, a South L.A. liquour store owner, hits LAPD Detective Harry Bosch hard, and he promises Li’s family that he’ll find the killer. As he uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad–a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.–his world instantly explodes and the person he holds most dear is taken from him.

The Scarpetta Factor by Patrica Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta, now a senior forensic analyst for CNN, becomes embroiled in a surreal plot that includes a famous actor accused of an unthinkable sex crime and the disappearance of a beautiful millionairess with whom her niece Lucy seems to have shared a secret past.

Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German u-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon’s ‘lost cellar.’ Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they’ve just found.

 Between the Plums by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich presents a special addition to the Stephanie Plum series. For the first time ever, listeners can experience three between-the-numbers Stephanie Plum novels (Visions of sugar Plums; Plum lovin’; and Plum lucky) together in one entertaining audiobook. Join the ditzy yet lovable New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, as she gets lucky in Atlantic City, crosses paths with the smoldering Diesel, and tries to get into the holiday spirit, all while catching town-skipping criminals.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and prejudice, with hordes of zombies introduced to the quiet English village of Meryton.

 Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman

When psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide detective Milo Sturgis investigate the slaying of a young couple in a half-built mansion, they find themselves in the midst of high society’s secretive world of deception and debauchery.

 Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard graduate Tracy Kidder discusses the 1994 civil war and genocide which took place in Burundi and Rwanda.

 Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

 Her Feaful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, their mother’s twin sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another. The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in their neighbors’ fraying lives, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including perhaps their deceased aunt, who can’t seem to leave life behind.

 Rough Country by John Sandford

A long-needed fishing trip gets interrupted when Flowers receives a call to investigate a murder at a nearby women-only resort in northern Minnesota. As he inquires about the woman’s death, Flowers uncovers a shocking web of jealousy and deceit.

 A Change in the Altitude by Anita Shreve

Newlyweds Margaret and Patrick join a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the African mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In a time when the civil rights movement is in full force, three women, Minny, Aibileen, and Skeeter, start a movement that puts them all at risk. They show the town that, whether black or white, women can unite.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Born tough, Lily shoed her first horse at age six, moved to the western frontier at age fifteen, and soon learned to drive a car and fly an airplane. Always filled with adventure, Lily’s life held witness to several disasters, heartbreaks, and wars.

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

When an 82-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy, Albom goes back to his nonfiction roots and becomes involved with a Detroit pastor–a reformed drug dealer and convict–who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.

 Born Round by Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni, restaurant critic for The New York Times, offers an account of his lifelong struggle with food.

 The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, Dawkins’ “The Greatest Show on Earth” is a stunning counterattack on advocates of “Intelligent Design,” explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist “argument.”

 True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy

Senator Edward M. Kennedy speaks about his family, politics, and fifty years at the center of political events.

 The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

Novelist James Patterson teams up with non-fiction writer Martin Dugard to uncover the mystery shrouding the death of Tutankhamun, commonly known as King Tut. Ever since Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, many scholars have speculated on the boy king’s fate. Patterson and Dugard utilize modern technology, including X-rays and other forensic data, in an attempt to solve a 3,000-year-old mystery.



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