Radio Talking Book – February 2024

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All about Radio Talking Book 

Radio Talking Book is not just for listeners with visual disabilities. Anyone with difficulty reading or turning pages can enjoy the service. 

Hear programming on a hand-held mobile device, for either iOS or Android. Visit the Apple App Store for iOS, or Google Play for Android, and download the Minnesota Radio Talking Book app. 

The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at Listen to Radio Talking Book, and learn more about programs. 

Missed a book broadcast? Access it for one week following its original broadcast in the online weekly program archive. 

For help accessing the archive, contact Ronnie Washington at 651-539-1424 or [email protected]

If the book’s broadcast is no longer available in the archive, contact staff librarian Dan Gausman at 651-539-1422 or [email protected]

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available for loan through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is on their website. Click on the link Search the Library Catalog. Call the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 800-722-0550, Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm CST.  

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Audio information about the daily book listings is on the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424. The NFB-NEWSLINE service provides access to more than 500 magazines and newspapers. To learn more, visit NFB-Newsline.


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Outlive, nonfiction by Peter Attia, 2023. A groundbreaking manifesto on living better and longer that challenges the conventional medical thinking on aging. Read by Carol McPherson. 21 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 5.


Monday-Friday 12 p.m.
The Ski Jumpers (rebroadcast), fiction by Peter Geye, 2022. A writer and former ski jumper facing a terminal diagnosis takes one more leap—into a past of soaring flights and broken family bonds. Read by Tom Speich. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 5. 

You Are Here, fiction by Karin Lin-Greenberg, 2023. As a local shopping mall limps to its final closing, its employees and customers face the transition and discover their connections. Read by Carol McPherson. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 26.

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m.
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man, nonfiction by Paul Newman, 2022. The raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of the American film icon. Read by John Beal. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 15. 

Love, Pamela, nonfiction by Pamela Anderson, 2023. The actress, activist, and once infamous Playboy Playmate reclaims the narrative of her life in a memoir that defies expectation. Read by Jill Wolf. Six broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 29. – L

Choice Reading*

Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
Essex Dogs, fiction by Dan Jones 2023. A rip-roaring adventure full of blood, guts, and camaraderie set in 1346 during the Hundred Years’ War between France and England. Read by Gary Rodgers. 16 broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 7. – L, S, V, G 

The Clayfields, fiction by Elise Gregory, 2022. A novel told in short stories, set in a Wisconsin farming community. Read by Nancy Johnson. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 29. – L, S

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
Nine Black Robes, nonfiction by Joan Biskupic, 2023. An urgent and inside look at the history-making era in the Supreme Court during the Trump and post-Trump years. Read by John Potts. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 5. 

The Persuaders, nonfiction by Anand Giridharadas, 2022. An insider account of activists, politicians, educators, and everyday citizens working to change minds, bridge divisions, and fight for democracy. Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 16 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 26. – L

Night Journey*

Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
Every Man a King, fiction by Walter Mosley, 2023. A carefully plotted mystery about a black private detective investigating whether a white nationalist is being unjustly set up. Read by Dan Sadoff. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 12. – L, S, V, R 

The Collector, fiction by Daniel Silva, 2023. Legendary art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon joins forces with a brilliant and beautiful master-thief to track down the world’s most valuable missing painting but soon finds himself in a desperate race to prevent an unthinkable conflict between Russia and the West. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 26. 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
Murder at Minnesota Point, nonfiction by Jeffrey M. Sauve, 2022. The sensational true story of a young, unidentified woman found slain on the isolated sandy shores of Minnesota Point, Duluth, in 1894. Read by John Schmidt. Four broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 8. 

Cheerfulness, nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2023. Reflections on a simple, positive virtue from the Minnesota radio personality. Read by Jim Gregorich. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 14. 

Your Table Is Ready, nonfiction by Michael Cecchi-Azzoliza, 2022. A front-of-the-house Kitchen Confidential from a career maître d’hotel who manned the front of the room in New York City’s hottest and most in-demand restaurants. Read by Jim Gregorich. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 26. – L, S

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
Monarch, fiction by Candice Wuehle, 2022. A debut novel about a teen beauty queen who discovers she’s been a sleeper agent in a deep state government program. Read by Diane Dahm. Nine broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 22. – L

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m.
The Rope Artist, fiction by Fuminori Nakamura, 2023. The aftermath of the murder of a bondage teacher reveals the darkest corners of the human mind in this chilling new mystery from the master of Japanese literary noir. Read by Stuart Holland. Eight broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 5. – L, S, V 

A Long Time Dead, fiction by Samara Breger, 2023. A lush, Victorian romance, drenched in blood and drama, about the lengths two women will go to secure a love that cannot die. Read by MaryBeth Redmond. 16 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 15. – L, S

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents a rebroadcast of Toxic Positivity by Whitney Goodman, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents The Rat Queen by Pete Hautman, read by Parichay Rudina.  

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Low by Nick Flynn, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Civil Service by Claire Schwartz, read by Mary Knatterud 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Born of Lakes and Plains by Anne F. Hyde, read by Tony Lopez.  

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