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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Six Degrees of Recommendation - Audiobooks for June 2014

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Usually, the staff use the Six Degrees format to recommend DVDs.  Because June is National Audiobook month, we're diverging a bit and recommending a list of audiobooks.  The rules of our game are simple ONE-  any audio format, TWO- the item must be available from Illinois Heartland or Overdrive Audio and,THREE - each selection must be based on something, anything from the previous title.  The results are explained below.  Links between selections are highlighted in purple.

1) Alana T.: City of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Foster (Overdrive Audio).  Semi-alternate Chinese history with a bit of magic.  Because of a one child rule, unwanted girls are raised in a special city where they learn special skills.  One by one, girls start dying and the main character must find out why.  2) Amanda E.:  Alanna (Young Adult audio CD)  The first adventure by Tamora Pierce.  Similar feminist themes, unappreciated girls and magical fantasy elements.  3) Hope K.:  The Host (Overdrive Audio)  Similar fantasy feel, about a girl hijacked by an alien soul and the two personalities merging and remaining separate.  Love story.  4) Cary H.:  Die Trying by Lee Child (Playaway).  Jack Reacher series; this story is early enough the series that Jack is still a bit vulnerable and emotional as he is paired up with a female FBI agent and their two personalities clash withing a puzzling, chaotic mystery.  5) Gwen B.: The Divide by Nicholas Evans (Playaway).  A great mystery about the body of a young woman found in the ice of a remote mountain creek.  6) Judy T.: Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney (Overdrive Audio)  A classic cozy British mystery.  This is narrated by Davina Porter who is absolutely perfect for all of the voices in this Edwardian 'who done it.'  7) Anne W.:  The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (audio CDsWritten by a British author, these charming books tell the story of a young half-mermaid girl and her adventures throughout the deep sea.  8) Allyson  : The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer (audio CD)  This is the third book in the sea of trolls series.  Rick has to deal with an undead sea creature and eventually his journey takes him to the Islands of the Blessed.  9) Ike D.:  Escape From the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew by Alex Kershaw.  (audio CD) Ocean theme - story of the legendary submarine "TANG"  and the crew  captured and held by the Japanese in WWII.

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