Radio Talking Book – July 2017

How does a book become an Audio Book? On Thursday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Communication Center […]

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How does a book become an Audio Book?

On Thursday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Communication Center is hosting a session for all users of the Radio Talking Book or any Audio books entitled “How does a book become an Audio Book?” We will have presenters from various sections speaking on what is involved and how the transformation actually happens. All are welcome. The session is free and will be at State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Ave. West, Suite 240, St. Paul. Feel free to bring a friend to this interesting session.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Hustle, by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Bestiary, by Donika Kelly, Look: Poems, by Solmaz Sharif, and When We Were Birds, by Joe Wilkins; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, by Rick Shefchik.


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, 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 651-539-2363.

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

In a Different Key, Nonfiction by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, 2016. 21 Br. Began June 27. Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Since that time, there have been many battles waged by the families of those who have it. Read by Diane Ladenson.

Words on the Move, Nonfiction by John McWhorter, 2016. 9 Br. Begins July 26. Language is always changing and we tend not to like that. It seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and less scary – the English language has always been in motion. L – Read by Parichay Rudina.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Midnight Assassin, Nonfiction by Skip Hollandsworth, 2016. 10 Br. Began July 3. In the late 1800s, as Austin, Texas, was becoming a cosmopolitan metropolis, a series of brutal murders rocked the city to its core. Before the violent spree ended, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders.  Read by John Gunter.

The Winter Fortress, Nonfiction by Neal Bascomb, 2016. 15 Br. Begins July 17. In 1942, the Nazis were poised to develop the atomic bomb. The ingredient they needed was only produced in one plant in Norway, a castle fortress on the edge of a gorge. It took a scientist-turned-spymaster to arrange the operation that ended its development. Read by Judith Johannessen.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Memory Jar, Fiction by Elissa Janine Hoole, 2016. 8 Br. Began July 5. Since the accident, Taylor’s memory is fuzzy but her boyfriend Scott has been in a coma. What will he remember? And she isn’t sure she wants him to remember. Taylor wants to find something solid so she can face the future and forgive herself.  L – Read by Laura Rohlik.

An Irish Country Love Story, Fiction by Patrick Taylor, 2016. 15 Br. Begins July 17. The snow on the ground cannot stop love from warming hearts in the village of Ballybucklebo. Not just the love between couples, but also the love of a pensioner for his missing dog, the love of local gentry on the verge of losing their estate, or Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly’s love for his longtime home. Read by Trish Barry.


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

Riverine, Nonfiction by Angela Palm, 2016. 11 Br. Began July 4. As a girl in rural Indiana, Angela finds a kindred spirit in the boy next door. But always feeling like an outsider, she leaves. Though her life carries her toward a future in art, she’s still drawn home. The place will never release its hold on her. Read by Carol McPherson.        

The Six, Nonfiction by Laura Thompson, 2016. 14 Br. Begins July 19. Born into privilege, the Mitford sisters were the “bright young things” of London high society of the ’20s and ‘30s. But as Fascism crept over Europe, the stark differences in their outlooks would reflect the political extremes of the era. RE – Read by Esmé Evans.


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

Addlands, Fiction by Tom Bullough, 2016. 10 Br. Begins July 10. The farming life on Funnon Farm is run by the Hamer family. As time moves from World War II to the present, the traditional life splinters in the face of inevitable change. The only constant is the land itself.  S – Read by Jack Rossmann.

The Other Einstein, Fiction by Marie Benedict, 2016. 10 Br. Begins July 24. Mileva Maric was always different from other girls, excelling in math and physics at university. But then fellow student Albert Einstein took an interest in her. Is there room for more than one genius in a marriage? Read by Jessica Banks.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Euro, Nonfiction by Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2016. 16 Br. Begins July 12. The 19 countries that share the euro currency – the eurozone – have been rocked by economic stagnation and debt crises. Hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, the euro has done the opposite. Read by Brenda Powell.

Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Only Daughter, Fiction by Anna Snoekstra, 2016. 8 Br. Begins July 10. Eleven years after Rebecca Winter disappeared, another woman claims to be her. Soon, the impostor is living Bec’s life. But Bec’s welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem and she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter. She soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large and that she is in imminent danger.  L – Read by Janelle Mattson.

Traces of Guilt, Fiction by Dee Henderson, 2016. 12 Br. Begins July 20. Police detective Evie Blackwell loves her job but wishes she could have a romantic life. Sheriff Gabriel Thane wishes the same. Evie is now helping launch a new task force focused on unsolved crimes. She’ll be working with the sheriff’s department on a couple of the most troubling missing person cases, and she finds some surprising connections.  Read by Laura Young.


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

The Quality of Silence, Fiction by Rosamund Lupton, 2016. 10 Br. Began July 3. Yasmin and her daughter, Ruby, arrive in Alaska only to hear that Ruby’s father, Matt, has been killed in an accident. They set out in the tundra to find him, convinced that he’s still alive. But someone is tracking them to stop them. L – Read by Nan Felknor.

Divorce Is in the Air, Fiction by Gonzalo Torné, 2016. 13 Br. Begins July 17. Joan-Marc is struggling with long-held illusions about the inexorable forward march of time. In the spirit of honesty, he decides to tell his second wife all the things that she doesn’t know about him – the story of his life. L – Read by Peter Danbury.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Road to Little Dribbling, Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2016. 17 Br. Begins July 10. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and present land. Now, he has traveled about Britain again to see what has changed – and what hasn’t. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, Bryson rediscovers this eccentric, endearingly singular country.  Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, Fiction by Chris Cleave, 2016. 14 Br. Began July 5. London, 1939. War is declared. Mary volunteers to be a spy but is made a teacher. Tom, who loves Mary, wants to ignore the war. His roommate Alistair enlists and falls in love with Mary. The three lives are entangled by love, war, violence, and passion. V,RE – Read by Don Lee.    

Good on Paper, Fiction by Rachel Cantor, 2016. 9 Br. Begins July 25. Shira Greene’s life has stalled. A single mom, living with her daughter and her gay friend Ahmad, she’s waiting for a job as a translator when her big break comes. But then, it seems that the work is impossible to translate. L – Read by Mary Hall.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Crosstalk, Fiction by Connie Willis, 2016. 18 Br. Begins July 11. A simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. Briddey is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests it prior to a proposal. But things don’t work out exactly as planned. Read by Chris Colestock.


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


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