Radio Talking Book – November 2009

Books Available Through Faribault Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and […]

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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 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 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. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of books 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 for your password to the site.

Access Press is among the publications featured in the program It Makes A Difference, heard at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m.

Against Medical Advice, Nonfiction by James Patterson, 2008. When he was five years old, Cory Friedman began having symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome – movement and sound that was involuntary. As he was given medications that were supposed to help, his symptoms got worse. L – Read by Ira Brooker. Six broadcasts. Begins Nov. 24.

Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Nonfiction by Kate Summerscale, 2008. In 1860, a child was killed and left at the bottom of a privy. The horror of the crime aroused fear and excitement across England, leading Scotland Yard to send its best man to investigate. Never able to prove his suspicions, he became the object of national scorn. Read by Judy McGuigan. 14 broadcasts. Began Nov. 3.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Entertaining Disasters, Fiction by Nancy Spiller, 2009. FW is a food journalist who writes about her wonderful dinner parties. But it is a sham. Her social paralysis prevents her from having any guests in her home. Then a new editor in town wants an invitation to one of these parties. L – Read by Jenny O’Brien. Eight broadcasts. Begins Nov. 18

Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Good Guys & Bad Guys, Nonfiction by Joe Nocera, 2008. The giants of the business world have lives as interesting as any in Shakespeare. Pride, ego, and revenge are sometimes prime motivators. But sometimes they act for purely business reasons. Read by Alvin Apple. 16 broadcasts. Begins Nov. 16.

Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Sea of Poppies, Fiction by Amitav Ghosh, 2008. The old slave ship, the Ibis, is the current home of sailors, stowaways, coolies, and convicts – Indians and Westerners. Its goal is to cross the Indian Ocean to fight in the Opium Wars. Read by Scott Ford. 23 broadcasts. Began Nov. 2.

PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Payback, Nonfiction by Margaret Atwood, 2008. Debt is an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies. The idea of what we owe one another is built into the human imagination and is one of its most dynamic metaphors. Read by Marylyn Burridge. Seven broadcasts. Begins Nov. 10.

Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Honestly Dearest, You’re Dead, Fiction by Jack Frederickson, 2009. Private Investigator Dek Elstrom has been asked to execute a will for a little cash. When he arrives to do that, he finds blood, evidence of a shattered life, and links to the darkest parts of his own past. L – Read by John Mandeville. 11 broadcasts. Begins Nov. 23.

Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Secret Speech, Fiction by Tom Rob Smith, 2009. In 1956, Khrushchev distributed a message to all of the USSR admitting that Stalin was a tyrant and that the country would change. But now former state officers need to face the truth, too; Leo Demidov’s past makes him a target for vengeance. L – Read by Dan Sadoff. 15 broadcasts. Begins Nov. 25.

Evening Odyssey
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Fiction by Geoff Dyer, 2009. Jeff Atman is a dissolute journalist who meets Laura while in Venice. Their romance blossoms quickly. Then in Varanasi, there is a man who may be Atman, who ends up renouncing pleasure. Are they two stories of one person? L,S – Read by Jack Rossman. 12 broadcasts. Begins Nov. 19.

Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday midnight

The Turtle Catcher, Fiction by Nicole Helget, 2009. Herman Richter returned from war to find his sister involved with a man from a rival family. Her decisions will become a tragedy that will haunt the town for generations. V,L,S – Read by Isla Hejny. 10 Br. Begins Nov. 23.

After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

A Good Woman, Fiction by Danielle Steele, 2008. Annabelle’s life changed when the Titanic sank. Working in a field hospital in France, she forgets her past until a meeting opens her heart. S – Read by Jeanette Schuh. 10 broadcasts. Begins Nov. 30.


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

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