In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

Here are just a few of the new books on tape we're putting out on the shelves this week at the public library! Next week, I'll have the new books on CD for you.

• "Old Time Radio's Greatest Detectives." Do you remember when "Dragnet" was a radio show? If so, treat yourself to 30 hours of nostalgic listening - 60 of the best detective programs ever heard on the radio! Pick and choose between The Shadow, Philip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes, and more, and rediscover the radio era.

• "Ender's Game," by Orson Scott Card, read by a cast. This is a superbly atmospheric production of the story of Ender, a genius who is sent away to military school at the age of six in the hope that he will develop into the military leader that humanity needs in order to win the war with an alien species. By the time Ender is eleven, the war is at a turning point, and he must command a team of child soldiers in a desperate attempt to save the human race. (unabridged)

• "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer," by Ridley Pearson, read by Alexandra O'Karma. This companion novel to Stephen King's TV movie "Rose Red" is a spine-tingler written in the style of a journal kept by the main character, Ellen Rimbauer. Ellen's troubles begin when her husband builds his grand new mansion on a native American burial site, and they end when... well, I'll let you find out! (unabridged)

• "Sin Killer," by Larry McMurtry, read by Henry Strozier. The first of a four-part series set to explore life in the 1830s with the Berrybenders, an English family headed for the American West on a whim. The family thinks they are prepared for just about anything, until they meet Jim Snow, a.k.a. Sin Killer, a frontier preacher raised by natives, who has his eye on one of the family's daughters. Part satire, part western, all satisfying! (unabridged)

• "Hot Ice," by Nora Roberts, read by Carolyn McCormick. Bored, rich Whitney meets on-the-lam jewel thief Douglas when he hijacks her Mercedes just as the bullets start to fly. By the time they are safely away, Douglas is wounded and Whitney decides helping him out will spice up her life. They both get more than they bargained for, though, when they head for Madagascar to search out a legendary treasure from the time of the French Revolution. (abridged)

• "Law of Gravity," by Stephen Horn, read by Dylan Baker. When a Senate Intelligence Committee aide disappears, rumors fly about spies and security breaches. Philip Barkley, who desperately needs a second chance in Washington, is tagged to head the investigation that will deliver the "right" answer - the one that will maintain his party's hold on the White House. But Philip, despite his years in politics, still has his integrity, and as it becomes clear that someone big is covering up a dark secret, he has to weigh his integrity against his desire for success. (abridged)

• "Partner in Crime," by J.A. Jance, read by Debra Monk and Cotter Smith. Acclaimed mystery author Jance brings her two detectives together in a search for an artist's killer. Sheriff Brady calls in the Feds when she finds out that the murdered woman was under government protection when she was killed, and the Feds send Special Investigator Beaumont. Initially mutually distrustful, the two find that they are the only ones to watch each other's backs as they come up against a deadly conspiracy of silence. (abridged)

There's not enough space to mention everything we've gotten in recently, but if you are a fan of Diane Gabaldon, Tony Hillerman, Janet Evanovich, Faye Kellerman or Elizabeth Peters, keep your eye out for their new audio books!

Did you know the public library carries a magazine just for audio book fans? "AudioFile" has articles about audio books, interviews with their authors and narrators, and, best of all, reviews of fiction, non-fiction, and children's audio books. And remember, the library is always happy to try to get items for you that we may not own - talk to us!

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 ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' website and look for "In the Stacks."

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