This Just In: Audio Books

Six Brand-New (and Newly Arrived) Titles from the Audio Books Section*:

*I can only speak for ABC Den Haag here; I don’t believe ABC Amsterdam has a separate audiobooks section.  We’ll gladly send an audiobook Amsterdam’s way, though, if that’s the ABC you live closest to!

O – Anonymous, read by Campbell Scott

This is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard.  The novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world–some invented and some real.

Dead or Alive – Tom Clancy, read by Lou Diamond Phillips and Grant Blackwood

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” — a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent. The Campus has now turned their sights on the Emir, the number one terrorist threat to western civilization. A reclusive figure and mastermind of vicious terrorist acts, the Emir has eluded capture by the world’s law enforcement agencies. But now — with the help of ex-CIA agent John Clark and protégé Marine Colonel Ding Chavez — the Campus is in on the hunt. The mission: to bring the Emir in — dead or alive.

Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Polly Stone

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry, read by Mr. Fry himself

Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. This memoir details some of the turbulent and least well known years of his life.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar…: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes – Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein, read by Johnny Heller

Here’s a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It’s Philosophy 101 for those who know not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously.

Be the Packleader – Cesar Millan, read by Mr. Millan himself and Melissa Jo Peltier

Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog’s life-and your own. Filled with practical tips and techniques as well as real-life success stories from his clients (including the Grogan family, owners of Marley from “Marley & Me”) and his popular television show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, ” Cesar helps you understand and read your dog’s energy as well as your own so that you can move beyond just correcting behavioral issues and take your connection with your dog to the next level. The principles of calm-assertive energy will help you become a better pack leader in every area of your life, improving your relationships with friends, family, and coworkers. In addition, Cesar addresses several important issues for the first time, including what you need to know about the major dog behavior tools available and the difference between “personality” and “instability.” Ultimately, what emerges from “Be the Pack Leader” are both happier dogs “and” happier, more centered owners.