Sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan is trying to survive a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion, while trying to save her five-year-old brother Sam from a training camp that was created by the Others. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.
A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right.
Now that spring is here, perhaps your book group would enjoy an outing to the theater. Did you know many plays and musicals currently on Broadway are based on or adapted from books? Your book club could read the book and then go see your favorite characters come to life on the Great White Way. Here are some show stopping recommendations:
American Psycho (Musical opening April 21) adapted from the novel American Psychoby Bret Easton Ellis.
Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun.
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish.
Inspired by true events, an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.
The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for fifteen years.
I recently asked my coworkers to tell me about some of their favorite audiobook experiences. Here’s what I heard about audiobooks:
“A favorite book on CD was Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is a children’s book that revolves around a harmonica that makes its way into different hands as three intertwined stories come together. The best part of this audiobook was how it incorporated the harmonica music into the story!”
-Pam S., Reference Librarian
“I love audio books, but the three that stand out to me at the moment are:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer, & Coolidge by Amity Shales.
Unbroken is just such an amazing story, and the fact that Louie Zamperini found a way to forgive his Japanese captors is beyond amazing to me. I came to listen to this because I always knew a little bit about his story, but I wanted to learn more.
The Tenth Justice is an exciting story that kept me involved throughout the entire audio book. It’s a great, quick fiction that is great to listen to during a run (which is when I most often listen to audio books). I came to listen to this audio book after learning watching his show TV “Decoded.”
Coolidge is a very in-depth book about our 30th President. Calvin Coolidge has always interested me so I decided to listen to this while training for a marathon, and it did not disappoint.”
-Jason, Systems Librarian
“For me its a toss-up between A Man Called Oveby Fredrik Backman and The Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd. I loved a A Man Called Ove for its charm and feel good message about the importance of being a good person. The narrator has a great delivery too. The Invention of Wings was a wonderful historical fiction novel about the friendship between a wealthy Southern girl and a young slave. Having two different narrators for the characters of Handful and Sarah really add to the story and make the characters come alive.”
-Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian
“Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – The story grabbed me from the beginning… and the narrator’s voice was wonderful to listen to.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Another dimension was added to the book because of the dramatic readings of the actresses narrating it. I don’t think I would have noticed it had I just been reading it.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.- I enjoyed listening to it because it was an emotional and intense read. I felt more connected to the characters listening to them.
World War Z by Max Brooks – There are multiple narrators, most of them well known actors (Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Jerry Ryan, Mark Hamill to name a few). It’s interesting because so many people are involved in this audiobook – which is a narrative about the war against zombies.”
-Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
“I don’t get to listen to audiobooks very frequently, but I loved A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Hailey Forsythe. Since it is written in letter format, it is perfect as an audiobook. I enjoyed it so much since it follows her life from childhood to the end. It spans so much history (from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s) and her development from an innocent girl to a courageous, confident woman.”
-Sue Ann, Head of Children’s Services
“Here are 2 audiobooks:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This audiobook was beautifully narrated by Adjoa Andoh. Her voice easily captured the language and culture of the main character’s home country, Nigeria, giving the listener an immersive experience.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: This author/narrator is a humorist and comedian so I thought it would be better to listen to the book rather than read it. I was right, with many laugh-out-loud scenes it made driving more enjoyable.”
-Rosemarie B, Children’s Services Librarian
“For me it’s two mystery series, both by the same author: M. C. Beaton‘s Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series. I started by listening to the first of each a few years ago and I’m still at it. I have read some of them in print but I enjoy them very much more in audio. I like listening to British accents and these have had every kind you could imagine. Plus they are often laugh out loud funny. I’m also enjoying listening to Robert Galbraith‘s (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym) Cormoran Strike mystery series. The reader, Robert Glenister, makes all the characters distinctive and Rowling is proving she’s no fluke.”
-Sonia, Reference, Librarian
What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Please tell us in the comments.