Radio Talking Book – July 2018

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Volunteer Readers Sought

Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.


Radio Talking Book App for Smartphones

Listeners can now enjoy Radio Talking Book on their handheld mobile devices. The SERO app is available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms.

  • On iOS: go to the App Store and search for Sero. Select the “Serotek Corporation” button and download the app.
  • On Android: go to the Play Store, pick the “Navigation Drawer,” and search for Sero. Select “Sero (formerly iBlink Radio)” and download the app.
  • Once there: run the app and select the “Reading Services” category. Then search for Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network and select it. You’ll need a password to access the stream: call 651-539-2363 or toll-free 1-800-722-0550 to receive one.


Weekend Programming

  • Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) presents “Living in a Mindful Universe” by Eben Alexander and Karen Newell, read by Beverly Burchett.
  • For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) presents “The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding” by Alexandra Bracken, read by Jim Tarbox.
  • Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) presents “Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs,” read by Scott McKinney.
  • The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) presents “November’s Fury” by Michael Schumacher, read by Chris Colestock; followed by “Gunflint Burning” by Cary J. Griffith, read by Tom Speich.



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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.

Donate to the State Services for the Blind at


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Bunk – Nonfiction by Kevin Young, 2017. Forgers, plagiarists, and frauds create backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and our “post-factual” world. Read by Bonita Sindelir. 22 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, July 10.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist – Nonfiction by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington, 2018. Two men spent years in prison for rape and murder before being exonerated, while the killer remained free. Read by Tom Speich. 15 broadcasts; began Monday, July 2. – G

Praetorian – Nonfiction by Guy de la Bedoyere, 2017. Created to defend the Roman emperor and his family, the Praetorian Guard grew in its dangerous ambition. Read by Mike Piscitelli. 15 broadcasts; begins Monday, July 23.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Ladivine – Fiction by Marie NDaiye, 2016. When Clarisse Riviere is murdered, it is up to her daughter Ladivine to figure out who her mother was and what happened to her. Read by Mitzi Lewellen. 12 broadcasts; begins Monday, July 9. – L

Rosie Colored Glasses – Fiction by Brianna Wolfson, 2018. Rosie and Rex, two opposites, fall in love against all odds. But Willow, their daughter, is stuck between her parents’ two worlds. Read by Linda Kayser. 10 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, July 25.


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

Rumi’s Secret – Nonfiction by Brad Gooch, 2017. The Persian poet Rumi has been compared to Shakespeare and St. Francis of Assisi, yet his life has remained the stuff of legend. Read by Bonita Sindelir. 11 broadcasts; began Wednesday, July 4.

In The Midnight Hour – Nonfiction by Tony Fletcher, 2017. The story of legendary blues and soul singer Wilson Pickett displays his dynamic studio work and contentious road life. Read by Greg Olson. 12 broadcasts; begins Thursday, July 19. – L,S


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

The Impossible Fairy Tale – Fiction by Han Yujoo, 2017. The story of two schoolgirls: the nameless “Child” who struggles to make her mark on the world, and her classmate Mia, whose privileged life is everything the Child’s is not. Read by Linda Kayser. 9 broadcasts; began Thursday, July 5.

This Could Hurt – Fiction by Jillian Medoff, 2018. Five unusual people in the corporate world support each other while hoping to keep their jobs in a changing economy. Read by Carol McPherson. 15 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, July 18.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Fit For the Presidency? – Nonfiction by Seymour Morris, Jr., 2018. If Americans were to apply the standards used by executive recruiters, would a Presidential candidate make it past the front door? Read by Marylyn Burridge. 15 broadcasts; began Thursday, June 28.

Raven Rock – Nonfiction by Garrett M. Graff, 2017. A secret ring of bunkers surrounding Washington D.C. is designed to protect high-ranking government officials in case of an attack. Read by Linda Kayser. 22 broadcasts; begins Thursday, July 19.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

A Curious Beginning – Fiction by Deanna Raybourn, 2015. In Victorian London Miss Veronica Speedwell plans a world journey, then meets a German baron who turns up murdered. Read by Isla Hejny. 13 broadcasts; begins Thursday, July 12.

Seconds to Midnight – Fiction by Philip Donlay, 2017. Two researchers in Northern Canada watch an airplane crash into a frozen lake. Then a survivor tells them, “Don’t let them know I’m alive – they’ll kill everyone.” Read by Neil Bright. 12 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, July 31.


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

The Risen – Fiction by Ron Rash, 2016. In 1969, two teenage brothers compete for a beautiful girl. When the girl’s body is found decades later, the estranged brothers are forced to reconcile. Read by John Marsicano. 5 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, July 11. – V,L,S

How to Think Like a Cat – Nonfiction by Stephane Garnier, 2018. The subtle art of feline living can reduce stress, build independence, and influence the world around you. Read by Parichay Rudina. 4 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, July 18.

The Daily Show (The Book) – Nonfiction by Chris Smith, 2016. For seventeen years, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” redefined television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. Read by Mike Piscitelli. 19 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, July 24. – L


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Border – Nonfiction by Kapka Kassabova, 2017. A writer returns to Bulgaria, which she left twenty-five years before, to explore the boundaries it shares with Turkey and Greece. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 15 broadcasts; began Tuesday, June 25.

Language at the Speed of Sight – Nonfiction by Mark Seidenbert, 2017. The science of reading combines cognition, neurobiology, and linguistics. Yet more than half of Americans read only at a basic level. Read by Toni McNaron. 16 broadcasts; begins Monday, July 16.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Wildman – Fiction by J.C. Geiger, 2017. High-school valedictorian Lance has his whole life planned – until his car breaks down in the Washington State wilderness. Read by Jeffrey Weihe. 9 broadcasts; began Tuesday, July 3. – L

Beartown – Fiction by Frederik Backman, 2016. A small-town junior hockey team in Sweden is about to compete in a national tournament. The town’s hopes and dreams rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenagers. Read by Don Gerlach. 17 broadcasts; begins Monday, July 16. – L,S


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Winter Sisters – Fiction by Robin Oliveira, 2018. Two young girls lost in a blizzard are found, and have suffered an unspeakable trauma. Civil War military doctor Mary Sutter provides healing and seeks justice. Read by Michele Potts. 13 broadcasts; begins Friday, June 29. – L, G

The Flight Attendant – Fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2018. Airline attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up one morning in a Dubai hotel room to discover a dead man in her bed. Could she have killed him? If not, who did? Read by Laura Young. 11 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, July 18. – L, S



V – violence
L – offensive language
S – sexual situations
RE – racial epithets
G – graphic descriptions




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