Radio Talking Book – July 2024

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The State Services for the Blind website has some updates. The Radio Talking Book Radio News is posted online each month, with links to the audio promotions for each book. Find the updated pages here: Radio Talking Book 

Staff welcomes any feedback or suggestions, and comments about current books listeners would like to hear. Contact Joseph Papke at 651-539-2316 or [email protected]

For July, 19 new books will premiere.

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 Molly McGilp 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 at Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog. 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.  For updates, go to the Facebook site Minnesota Radio Talking Book.

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; 612-5627803


Monday – Friday 6 a.m.
On Class, nonfiction by Deborah Dundas, 2023. An examination of what happens when we don’t talk about poverty or class—and what will happen when we do. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. Five broadcasts; begins Mon, July 8.

The Cat’s Meow, nonfiction by Jonathan B. Losos, 2023. The past, present, and future of the world’s most popular and beloved pet, from a leading evolutionary biologist and great cat lover. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 17 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 15.

Past is Prologue*

Monday – Friday 11 a.m.
Empire, Incorporated, nonfiction by Philip J. Stern, 2023. A history that places the corporation―more than the crown―at the heart of British colonialism, arguing that companies built and governed global empire. Read by John Potts. 16 broadcasts; begins Wed, July 17.


Monday – Friday 12 p.m.
Olav Audunssøn 4 Winter, fiction by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally, 2023. The fourth and final volume in the Nobel Prize–winning author’s tumultuous, epic story of medieval Norway—the first new English translation in nearly a century. Read by Don Lee. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 1.

Barbara Isn’t Dying, fiction by Alina Bronsky, 2023. A bittersweet and hilarious novel about a marriage whose decades-old routine is suddenly upended. Read by Bonnie Swenby. Seven broadcasts; begins Mon, July 22.

Sentimental Education, fiction by Gustave Flaubert, 2023. A new translation of the classic novel about the romantic life of a young man at the time of the French Revolution of 1848. Read by Silvester Vicic. 19 broadcasts; begins Wed, July 31.

The Writer’s Voice*

Monday – Friday 1 p.m.
Pocketful of Happiness, nonfiction by Richard E. Grant, 2023. Academy Award–nominated actor Richard E. Grant’s moving and entertaining memoir about finding happiness in even the darkest of days. Read by Stuart Holland. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 8. – L

A Wild Path, nonfiction by Douglas Wood, 2023. A soul-satisfying journey through the wilderness that uncovers hope, healing, and the abiding grace of wild things. Read by Anna Pliner. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, July 22.

Choice Reading*

Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind, fiction by Molly McGhee, 2023. A magical-realist workplace satire infused with millennial anomie and a lot of heart. Read by Tom Speich. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 8. – L

The Librarianist, fiction by Patrick deWitt, 2023. The story of Bob Comet, a man who has lived his life through and for literature, unaware that his own experience is a poignant and affecting narrative in itself. Read by Philip Lowry. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, July 23. – L

Afternoon Report*

Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
Broken Code, nonfiction by Jeff Horwitz, 2023. A behind-the-scenes look at the manipulative tactics Facebook used to grow its business, how it distorted the way we connect online, and the company insiders who found the courage to speak out. Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts; begins Tue, July 2. – L

The Call of the Tribe, nonfiction by Mario Vargas Llosa, 2023. The intellectual autobiography of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Read by Nancy Johnson. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 22.  

Night Journey*

Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
Killing Monarchs, fiction by Cary J. Griffith, 2023. Two dead bodies and too many coincidences to ignore—in this outdoors mystery, special agent Sam Rivers must stop a murderous conspiracy. Read by Tom Speich. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, July 2. – L

The Taken Ones, fiction by Jess Lourey, 2023. Two girls vanished. A woman buried alive. Between two crimes lie decades of secrets yet to be unearthed in a pulse-pounding novel. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 12 broadcasts; begins Tue, July 16. – L

Off the Shelf*

Monday – Friday 8 p.m.
North Woods, fiction by Daniel Mason, 2023. A sweeping novel about a single house in the woods of New England, told through the lives of those who inhabit it across the centuries. Read by Dan Sadoff. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, July 10. – L, S, V, R  The English Experience, fiction by Julie Schumacher, 2023. Beleaguered Professor Jason Fitger chaperones Payne University’s annual “Experience: Abroad” to London and beyond, with eleven undergrads in tow. Read by Therese Murray. Seven broadcasts; begins Mon, July 29. – L


Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
All the Leaves Are Brown, nonfiction by Scott G. Shea, 2023. A biography of the iconic 1960s folk-pop group, The Mamas and the Papas. Read by Robb Empson. 18 broadcasts; begins Wed, July 18. – L

Good Night Owl*

Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
The Only One Left, fiction by Riley Sager, 2023. A Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier. Read by Julia Brown. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, July 17. – L

RTB After Hours*

Monday – Friday 11 p.m.
After Hours on Milagro Street (rebroadcast), fiction by Angelina M. Lopez, 2022. A professor and a bar owner in small town forced-proximity find sparks and more. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 13 broadcasts; begins Tue, July 2. – L, S

Molly Molloy and the Angel of Death, fiction by Maria Vale, 2023. A weird, adorable stunner of a romance where the Grim Reaper falls in love. Read by Lisa Bromer. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, July 22. – L, S

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Life in Light by Mary Pipher, read by Bev Burchett.  

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents First-Year Orientation, edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith, read by MaryBeth Redmond. – L.  

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Raised by Wolves: Fifty Poets on Fifty Poems, a Graywolf Anthology, read by Jim Ahrens.

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents The Lincoln Dell Cookbook by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor, read by Jill Wolf.   The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith, read by Yelva Lynfield followed by The Lincoln Dell Cookbook by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor, read by Jill Wolf.

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