Radio Talking Book – January 2015

Will you be able to get RTB books on BARD? BARD is the National Library Service’s on-line library. (BARD stands […]

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Will you be able to get RTB books on BARD?

BARD is the National Library Service’s on-line library. (BARD stands for Braille Audio Reading Download.) You can browse for books and magazines on BARD and download them 24/7 at your convenience. The Communication Center is working with the National Library Service to include some of our books on BARD, such as Minnesota-oriented casual reading. We are working through computer file technicality issues.  Once these are resolved, you’ll find us on BARD.  Stay tuned!


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Dog Songs, by Mary Oliver, and Underground, by Jim Moore; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing The Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro.

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

For the Benefit of those Who See, Nonfiction by Rosemary Mahoney, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 14. Rosemary Mahoney traveled to Tibet to report on Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind there, and on its founder Sabriye Tenberken. She also spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s international training center for blind adults.  Read by Sally Browne.

Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Empire of Necessity,Nonfiction by Greg Grandin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 15. The early years of American expansion were marked by human exploitation and environmental destruction. A prime example of this was when Captain Delano, a seal hunter, met up with a shipload of Africans who had mutinied against their slavers. Read by Jeanne Burns.

Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Mercy Snow, Fiction by Tiffany Baker, 2014. 11 Br. Began January 5. In the town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a steady rhythm of life. That rhythm is upset by a tragic bus accident that sets two families on a course of destruction. Read by Pat Lelich.

In Certain Circles, Fiction by Elizabeth Harrower, 2014. 7 Br. Begins January 20. Zoe and Russell, and Stephen and Anna, are two sets of siblings. They may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other’s shadow.  Read by Michele Potts.

Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Begins January 29. Helen marries Emmet Justice, a newly widowed television journalist and their marriage causes a rift between Emmet and his oldest friends who resent her presence. Hoping to mend fences, they join the group for a summer at his late wife’s home, Moonrise. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

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

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson,Nonfiction by William Souder, 2012. 19 Br. Began January 5. Rachel Carson was an unassuming biologist whose fourth book transformed our relationship with the natural world. Her book Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects. The book’s publication eventually led to the establishment of the EPA. Read by Edy Elliott.

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

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste,Fiction by Valerie Martin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 6. The ghost ship means many different things to different people. To the writer Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To the psychic Violet Petra, it is a nightmare. And to the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. Read by Mary Hall.

The End of Always,Fiction by Randi Davenport, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 22. In 1907 Wisconsin, seventeen-year-old Marie Reehs is determined to not marry a violent man, as her mother and grandmother did. Working in a job arranged by her father, Marie toils under the eye of an older man who has claimed her for his own. Read by Michelle Juntunen.

PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Command and ControlNonfiction by Eric Schlosser, 2013. 23 Br. Begins January 8. The world’s nuclear arsenals are not as safe as they should be. The combination of human fallibility and technological complexity poses a grave risk to mankind. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Midnight in Europe,Fiction by Alan Furst, 2014. 10 Br. Began January 5. Cristián Ferrar, A Spaniard living in Paris, is asked to help a clandestine agency trying to supply weapons to the Spanish Republic’s army. The effort puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism. V,L –Read by Dan Sadoff.

Ghost Month, Fiction by Ed Lin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins January 19. August is the month for honoring the dead in Taiwan. But Jing-nan is shocked to find that the dead include his ex-girlfriend from high school, Julia Huang. She was supposed to be in New York, so what was she doing selling betel nuts to truck drivers on the highway. The facts don’t add up. L – Read by Mike Piscitelli.

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

The Way Inn, Fiction by Will Wiles, 2014. 12 Br. Began January 1. Neil Double is a “conference surrogate,” hired by clients to attend industry conferences so that they don’t need to. But his latest job, at a conference of conference organizers, will radically transform him and everything he believes.  L – Read by Don Gerlach.

All the Light We Cannot See, Fiction by Anthony Doerr, 2014. 16 Br. Begins January 19. Marie-Laure and her father flee from the Nazis to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. In Germany, the orphan Werner becomes aware of the human cost of his activities with the Nazi Youth, so he travels, ending up at Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure. Read by Holly Sylvester.

Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, Nonfiction by Pat Conroy, 2013. 13 Br. Began January 5. Pat Conroy’s father was often brutal, cruel, and violent. But as he aged, he softened a bit. The Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. L – Read by Don Lee.

Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Nonfiction by Bill McKibben, 2014. 9 Br. Begins January 22. In the summer of 2011, Bill McKibben was jailed after leading the protest of the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. He recognized that action was needed if solutions to global warming were to be found. Read by John Hagman.

Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Light in the Ruins, Fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2013. 11 Br. Began January 5. In 1945, the Rosatis, a noble Italian family, are imprisoned in the walls of their villa as a German lieutenant courts teenaged Cristina. It will have lasting consequences. V,L – Read by Judy Woodward.

The Abomination, Fiction by Jonathan Holt, 2013. 14 Br. Begins January 20. A murdered woman is pulled out of the Grand Canal at Venice and, since she was dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest, she is known as the Abomination. Working her first murder case, Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is on the case. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann.

After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

While Beauty Slept, Fiction by Elizabeth Blackwell, 2014. 17 Br. Began January 9. When Elise hears her great-granddaughter recite the tale of the princess asleep in a tower, it opens Elise’s memory. She was the companion to that princess and the only one left who knows what happened so many years ago. Read by Connie Jamison.

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

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