Radio Talking Book – August 2015

Do you need something special recorded? If there are special materials that you would like to have recorded – a […]

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Do you need something special recorded?

If there are special materials that you would like to have recorded – a book not available through the National Library Service, a diary by an ancestor, a favorite cookbook, your religious materials, a user manual, or anything else, the Audio Services volunteers are there to serve you. You can contact Dan Gausman to make your special request at 651-539-1422, or if you are out of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, you may call our front desk at 800-652-9000 and ask for Dan.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Down Size, by Ted Spiker, and Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.; For the Younger Set(Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Last Two Seconds, by Mary Jo Bang, and How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, by Nick Lantz; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Stolen from the Garden, by William Swanson, and Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman.


Books Available Through Faribault

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota  Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault, MN. Their phone is 1-800-722-0550 and hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online, and you can access it by going to the main website,, and then clicking on the link Search the Library Catalog. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books via an inter-library loan by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.    

Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs from the last week, on the Internet at Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.   

Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Lives in Ruins, Nonfiction by Marilyn Johnson, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 11. Marilyn Johnson writes about archaeologists. Who chooses to work in ruins? What’s the allure of sifting through layers of dirt under a hot sun? Why do archaeologists care so passionately about what’s dead and buried – why should we?  Read by Lannois Neely.

The Ignorant Maestro, Nonfiction by Itay Talgam, 2015. 6 Br. Begins August 25. Great contemporary leadership mixes control and letting go. It promotes new knowledge by choosing to be ignorant, creates unity through embracing gaps, and enhances effectiveness by adopting keynote listening. Read by Dan Sadoff


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Story of the Jews, Nonfiction by Simon Schama, 2014. 22 Br. Began July 27. The Jewish world has been immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from Egyptians to Greeks, from Arabs to Christians. Their story, therefore, is everyone’s story. Read by Audray Rees.

Empire’s Crossroads, Nonfiction by Carrie Gibson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 26. Ever since Columbus stepped ashore, the Caribbean has been a stage for fantasies and competition between world powers. The story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters, but also fortune seekers, tourists, scientists, and pirates. Read by Chris Colestock.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Some Luck, Fiction by Jane Smiley, 2014. 15 Br. Began August 5. On their Iowa farm, Rosanna and Walter pass on their values to their wildly different children: from Frank, handsome, willful first-born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart. Read by Mary Hall.

Best to Laugh, Fiction by Lorna Landvik, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 26. As a child, Candy Pekkala seemed to get unhappy experiences in Minnesota. So when a cousin called with a Hollywood apartment available, Candy jumped at it. Moving to California was accompanied by temp jobs and trying stand-up comedy. Read by Diane Ladenson.


The Writer’s Voice, Monday, Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

A Spy among Friends, Nonfiction by Ben Macintyre, 2014. 12 Br. Began August 6. Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history. He rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, while secretly working for the enemy. And his two best friends trusted him implicitly, not knowing that their every word was sent to Moscow. L – Read by Esmé Evans.          

An Uncomplicated Life, Nonfiction by Paul Daugherty, 2015. 11 Br. Begins August 24. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome, but her parents refused to allow her to grow up needy. Through her love for others, her charisma, and boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. Read by Jim Gregorich.


Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Accidental Empress, Fiction by Allison Pataki, 2015. 21 Br. Begins August 3. At fifteen, Sisi had no idea what struggles and dangers she was taking on by marrying Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She upset political and familial loyalties to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and the world. Read by Laura Rohlik.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Putin’s Kleptocracy, Nonfiction by Karen Dawisha, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 10. Vladimir Putin went from jobless to president in three-and-a-half years. In that rise, he brought along his own cabal and the oligarchs they have created. They have looted billions and established a corrupt country ruled by a thieving regime. Read by Marylyn Burridge.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Furies, Fiction by Natalie Haynes, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 10. At a “last chance” school for teens, a teacher hides from her own tragic history by teaching the Greek classics to her troubled students. Lessons filled with themes of revenge, retribution, and fate start to have devastating consequences when the students take the tragedies to heart and begin interweaving this darkness into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury. L – Read by Myrna Smith.

Indefensible, Fiction by Lee Goodman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 24. When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall sees two men digging something she thinks is a grave, she reports it. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis investigates and turns up a body. But one body quickly leads to another. L – Read by Neil Bright.


Off the Shelf, Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Nightingale, Fiction by Kristin Hannah, 2015. 18 Br. Began August 3. Vianne Mauriac’s home is seized by the Nazis and she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Meanwhile, Isabelle, Vianne’s younger sister, joins the Resistance and risks her life time and again to save others. V,L,S – Read by Julie Bolton.

Funny Girl, Fiction by Nick Hornby, 2015. 12 Br. Begins August 27. Though she’s crowned Miss Blackpool in 1964, Barbara Parker would rather make people laugh than be a beauty queen. In London, a chance meeting with an agent leads to a new name, Sophie Straw, and an audition for a new BBC comedy that becomes very popular. L – Read by Beth Marie Hansen.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

This Changes Everything, Nonfiction by Naomi Klein, 2013. 24 Br. Began August 5. The inconvenient truth is that global warming is not about carbon; it’s about capitalism. We have been told that the market will save us when, in fact, the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. Read by Stevie Ray.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

A History of Loneliness, Fiction by John Boyne, 2015. 13 Br. Begins August 12. Father Odran Yates served as a chaplain at a boy’s school for almost thirty years and he was always content. But when scandal begins to engulf the church, Odran is taken from the school to serve in a parish whose priest has been removed. L – Read by Tom Speich.

Tesla, Fiction by Vladimir Pištalo, 2015. 17 Br. Begins August 31. Nikola Tesla was one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors. His rise and fall reveal the many dimensions of a visionary whose influence is still felt today.  L – Read by Bob Malos.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

City of Stairs, Fiction by Robert Jackson Bennett, 2014. 20 Br. Began August 6. The spy, Shara Thivani, has come to the city of Bulikov to catch a murderer. The city was once a brutal place ruled by the gods, and Shara suspects that the gods may not be as dead as they seem.  Read by Mike Piscitelli.


Abbreviations: V – violence, L – offensive language, S – sexual situations

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