Here are just a few of the abridged and unabridged books on tape that hit the shelves this week at the Juneau Public Library.
"The Guest List, by Fern Michaels, read by Jen Taylor. Abby's life is finally perfect: Her first book is about to be published, she's going to be reunited with her long-lost sister, and she's got a new boyfriend. But the party that the two sisters plan to throw in celebration of their happiness could be their last: One of the guests will do anything to keep the past hidden. (unabridged)
"Daughter of Fortune," by Isabelle Allende, read by Blair Brown. An orphan brought up in Chile, Eliza falls in love with a lowly clerk and, pregnant, follows him to California during the Gold Rush. Though he proves hard to track down, Eliza finds something much more important: personal freedom. (unabridged)
"When Morning Comes," by Audrey Howard, read by Carole Boyd. At eighteen, Lucy finds herself the head of her family of four younger brothers and sisters. Marriage to a man who thinks her marvelous seems like the best option, but is eighteen too young to understand love? (unabridged)
"Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishment," by Dominick Dunne, read by the author. Dunne covers six high-profile trials, including that of his own daughter's murderer, in an informative and chatty way, pointing out the ironies and inconsistencies of our criminal justice system. (unabridged)
"Jack: Straight From the Gut," by Jack Welch, read by Mike Barnicle. As CEO of General Electric, Welch's management style is imitated all over the world. Here is his story, starting with his childhood, through his engineering days at GE and staggering ups and downs as GE's CEO. (unabridged)
"Envy," by Sandra Brown, read by Victor Slezak. Maris's life as a happily-married editor in New York begins to unravel after she travels to an obscure island off the Georgia coast to meet a new author. The author is as abrasive as his novel is intriguing, and she finds herself drawn to him against her will, beginning a devastating series of events. (2 copies, 1 abridged, 1 unabridged)
"Sharkman Six," by Owen West, read by Lee Sellars. Lieutenant Kelly, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, has just landed in Somalia with his men. Within minutes, one of them opens fire and kills an armed Somali bodyguard, and Kelly has to fight to keep his men's loyalty while minimizing censure by the international press, his superiors and Somalis. (abridged)
"Isle of Dogs," by Patricia Cornwell, read by Becky Ann Baker. Black humor abounds in this novel of an island off the coast of Virginia which declares war on its own state in order to protest new speeding laws. (abridged)
"Special Ops," by W.E.B. Griffin, read by Joe Morton. Griffin takes readers back to 1964, when Che Guevarra, having failed to take over the Congo, retreats to Cuba to prepare for a Bolivian takeover. He fails again, and dies in Bolivia. But who was really trying to stop him, and who was on his side? (abridged)
"Springwater Wedding," by Linda Miller, read by Jenna Stern. Having had enough of big-city life, two of Springwater's lost sheep have finally returned home. Maggie and J.T. are old sweethearts who never thought they'd meet again; when they do, the romance that has lay dormant for so long flares up again. (abridged)
If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site, www.juneau.lib.ak.us/library.