February 2024

Chris’ Audiobooks Picks: Heaven and earth Opens in new window

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (2023)

In this novel, author James McBride offers a complex web of characters comprised of the African-American and immigrant Jewish residents of the Chicken Hill section of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Their lives and experiences intertwine around the life of an orphaned deaf boy in a difficult, yet ultimately satisfying story of community on the margins of the establishment. Available as a Playaway and as an e-audiobook on Libby.

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None of This is True by Lisa Jewell (2023) 

Popular British podcaster Alix Summer has what she believes to be a chance encounter with her “birthday twin,” Josie Fair, at a local restaurant. A few days later, they unexpectedly meet again. In this suspense novel, Alix finds herself deeply invested in helping her new “friend” but discovers that not all that Josie has shared is true. Expertly narrated by a cast of readers. Available as a Playaway and as an e-audiobook on Libby.

 

Laura’s Picks:Attachments Opens in new window

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (2011) 

A funny and heartwarming story about an office romance. Two best friends know their work emails are being monitored by the “internet security officer” but that doesn’t stop them from sharing hilarious and private details about their lives with each other. Lincoln is the IT guy who knows he should issue a warning to them, but he can’t help becoming invested in their stories—and maybe falling in love? Search out Rowell’s short story collection, Scattered Showers, for an epilogue!

 

John’s Picks:

I/O by Peter Gabriel (2023)IO

The tenth studio album by Gabriel and his first of entirely new material in twenty-one years.  Meaning “Input/Output,” the album’s inception dates back to 1995 where Gabriel worked on songs here and there before becoming involved in other projects.  By the mid-2010’s, he had amassed some 150 songs in various forms, 12 of which were chosen for this new album.  Each album comes with two discs, a Bright-Side Mix and a Dark-Side Mix; different versions of each song.  The album may have taken almost thirty years to complete, but for fans alike, it was definitely worth the wait.

A Haunting in Venice (2023)Haunting

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, this third installment of the Hercule Poirot film series is based on the 1969 Agatha Christie novel, Hallowe’en Party.  Newcomers to this film include Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, and Tina Fey.  A decidedly darker entry of the film series in terms of both plot and aesthetic, it almost crosses the line between murder mystery and ghost story.

 

The Equalizer 3 (2023)Equalizer 3

The third and final installment of The Equalizer trilogy with Denzel Washington returning as retired DIA officer, Robert McCall.  In the film, McCall has settled in Italy to rest up after being injured and runs afoul of the Camorra crime organization.  Once again directed by Antoine Fuqua (who also directed Washington in Training Day), the film serves as a fitting conclusion to one of Washington’s most popular characters of the past ten years.

 

Lauren’s Picks:

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel (2023)Art Thief

The fascinating and thrilling true story of one of the most prolific art thieves in history. During the 1990s, Stéphane Breitwieser brazenly stole hundreds of items from museums across Europe while his girlfriend served as lookout. Unlike other art thieves, Breitwieser didn’t do it for the money. Instead, he kept the items for himself, amassing a collection to fill the rooms of his attic apartment. After pulling off heist after heist, Breitwieser grew bolder and more reckless, risking it all for art. Luck may have been on his side at first, but sooner or later it would run out, forcing him to face the consequences as his world crashed down around him.