Most of us working here at the library love to read. And some of us like to listen to our books from time to time. Here are some audiobooks we have been enjoying lately:
Pam M., Assistant Library Director –
“I am listening to 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. It is the story of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born in Newark in 1947, and tells about four different alternative futures for him. It is narrated by the author which makes the listening experience great because his voice is so believable as the voice of an older Archie. It is 29 CDs, but I don’t want it to end – – you really look forward to hearing about Archie’s parallel lives and what comes next.”
Megan, Systems Manager –
“World War Z by Max Brooks. With a cast of over 20 famous actors doing the voices, including Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, and Jeri Ryan, it was an amazing listening experience.”
Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian –
“I have found an audiobook narrator that I love listening to. Bahni Turpin has narrated some wonderful YA books such as The Sun Is Also a Starand Everything, Everythingby Nicola Yoon. She is also the narrator ofThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which has won numerous awards including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. My next audiobook will be The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas which is another YA book narrated by Ms. Turpin.”
Rosemarie B., Children’s Services Librarian –
“I just finished listening to The Two Family House by Lynda Loigman. The story is about two Jewish families living in Brooklyn during the 1950’s. The narrator uses a “Jewish-Brooklyn” accent which adds to the sense of place and time. Listening to an audiobook adds an emotional dimension to a story.”
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services –
“I just finished Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson for the Afternoon Book Discussion. The narrator truly brought the characters to life.”
Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian –
“I recently finished listening to The Princess Diaristby Carrie Fisher, a funny, poignant autobiography about Fisher’s early days making the first Star Wars Movie. A flawed but creative and talented person that left us too soon.”
Betty P., Reference Librarian –
“I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb. The book is about 7 hours long. It was short and entertaining. The typical Wally lamb book concerning women’s issues.”
Sonia, Health Reference Librarian –
“Every once in a while I like to listen to one of James Patterson’s books because they have brief chapters which makes it easier to listen to them in short spurts. The one I am listening to now is The Black Book which had great reviews for its audio version. I’m enjoying it because I am suspecting almost everyone, except the hero, of being the bad guy (or girl).”
In what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year. The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here goes:
When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.
An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s lif
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family’s financial woes, her father’s absence, and her brother’s growing violence.
“This YA book is set in NYC during the summer of 1977, and reading about the terror of Son of Sam, the blackout and all the crime was really eye-opening for me. I tend to forget how dangerous it was in the city back then because for as long as I can remember, it’s been cleaned up and Disney-fied, but 1977 was a crazy time to be a teenager!”
In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435–at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.
“This was the Dracula story reimagined as a dark and brooding teenage girl. The settings and the story were magical. Loved it!”
When her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.
“This is a dystopian trilogy where the color of your blood (red or silver) determines your fate. Some similarities to the Hunger Games, but very well-written and has a fabulous female protagonist.”
(All summaries from the publishers.)
Keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of our favorite reads of 2016!
“This is a brand new book that is based on the Manson murders of 1969. From start to finish I was caught up in Evie’s desire to be accepted by the group of girls. Cline’s prose is so vivid that you almost smell the jasmine in the hot California air. I can’t recommend this book enough!”
with Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, Librarians
Monday, March 14, 2016
“Gossiping and sharing their personal secrets on e-mail in spite of their company’s online monitoring practices, Beth and Jennifer unwittingly amuse Internet security Lincoln, who unexpectedly falls for Beth while reading their correspondence.” -from the publisher
Winter is a great time to cozy up and read. Here is what some of our staff is reading at the moment:
Lisa H., Reference Librarian, “I had read great reviews about The Ex by Alafair Burke before I started reading and so far I haven’t been disappointed. I can’t wait to find out if Olivia’s ex is guilty or not.”
Agreeing to defend her long-ago ex-fiancé when he is arrested for a triple homicide involving his wife’s murderer, a top criminal lawyer confronts formidable doubts in the face of mounting evidence.
Barney, Reference Librarian, “I am currently finishing up two series – The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney – five action/thrillers that I happened upon by chance. And Robert Harris has finally published the conclusion of his Cicero trilogy – the most recent book, Dictator, follows Cicero during the final years of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Empire.”
Returning to Washington to uncover the truth about why the CIA betrayed him, former elite agent-turned-Gray Man Court Gentry discovers that the case is still very much under discussion and that he has stumbled onto a secret that powerful enemies will kill to keep.
With his life in ruins, an exiled Cicero plots a comeback to become Rome’s supreme senator.
In 1939 San Francisco, Alma falls in love with Ichimei, the gardener’s son, who is sent to an internment camp, but although they reunite, they must hide their love, until in old age her caregiver and her grandson learn about their secret passion.
Pam M, Assistant Library Director,is reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon “on my Kindle”.
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier
Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian,is reading Eleanor By Jason Gurley.
Years after an accident claims her twin’s life and triggers her father’s abandonment and mother’s ascent into alcoholism, Eleanor begins to experience supernatural dissociations that reveal her parents’ unhappy pasts and her role in helping them heal.
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services,“I just finished The First Order by Jeff Abbott.”
Two brothers. One dead, executed by extremists on a grainy video. The other forged into a top undercover agent. But now, Sam Capra has reason to believe that his brother, Danny, may be alive. Sam Capra is on a one-man mission to find his brother . . .and to stop a war.
Sonia, Health Reference Librarian,“I’m reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I have a thing for reading books like this, all about why we do the things we do. This one presents its information in a very easy, not at all dry style and is fascinating.”
Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.
Pam S., Teen Services Librarian,“I am reading Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.”
A nomadic lawyer because of frequent death threats, Sebastian Rudd takes on a case involving a brain-damaged young man accused of murdering two little girls.
Pressured by an ambitious patron who would buy a cardinalship, a 16th-century relic hunter and his reckless artist best friend unsuccessfully forge a shroud before being placed in the custody of loutish mercenaries to steal the celebrated Shroud of Chambéry.
Ed, Head of Reference Services,is reading “Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA book about refugees fleeing Prussia during WW II, Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason – prequel to the Erlendur mystery series set in Iceland and The Big Knockover by Dashiell Hammett – short Pulp Mystery (1920s-1940s) stories, primarily in his Continental Op series.”
Frantically racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive
Detective Erlendur, who works for the shadowy Marion Briem, investigates the case of a man who may have been thrown from an airplane and a cold case disappearance of a young girl.
Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. He is also the hero of most of the nine stories in this volume. The Op’s one enthusiasm is doing his job, (which) entail taking on a gang of modern-day freebooters, a vice-ridden hell’s acre in the Arizona desert, and the bank job to end all bank jobs, along with such assorted grifters as Babe McCloor, Bluepoint Vance, Alphabet Shorty McCoy, and the Dis-and-Dat Kid.