Radio Talking Book - September 2009

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. Their phone is 1-800-722-0550 and hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online. Access it by going to the main website, http://education.state.mn.us, 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 www.mnssb.org/rtb. Call the staff for your password to the site.

 
Chautauqua
Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m.

Bottlemania.  Nonfiction by Elizabeth Royte, 2008.
With sales second only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming our most popular beverage. Only now, with the industry accounting for billions of dollars, have we begun to question the environmental and social fallout of what we’re drinking. Read by June Prange. Seven broadcasts. Begins Sept. 24.

 

Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Now the Drum of War. Nonfiction by Robert Roper, 2008.
Though Walt Whitman was a nurse during the Civil War, his brother fought in it and died in a prison camp. The family letters reflect an archetypal family during the conflict. L—Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 18 broadcasts. Began Sept. 2.

 

Bookworm
Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The World According to Bertie.  Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2009.
Six-year-old Bertie’s biggest problem is that his mother views him as a project. But now he has a little brother who he hopes will distract his pushy mother. Read by Judith Johannessen. 13 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 10.

 

Potpourri
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Honeymoon in Tehran. Nonfiction by Azadeh Moaveni, 2009.
Azadeh went to Iran to cover the rise of Ahmadinejad for Time magazine. Then she fell in love. As she prepared for marriage, the country’s harshness fell away. Read by Marylyn Burridge. 15 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 14.

 

Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Songs for the Missing.  Fiction by Stewart O’Nan, 2008.
When Kim disappears, people do everything to find her. But eventually, the cameras turn away and those closest to her have no one to help but themselves. Read by Stevie Ray. 11 broadcasts. Began Sept. 7.

 

PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded.  Nonfiction by Thomas L. Friedman, 2008.
The two biggest challenges of today are America’s loss of focus and the global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to fuel to forest. Minnesota native Friedman believes the solutions to the two problems are linked. Read by Malcolm McLean. 21 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 21.

 

Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Demon of Dakar. Fiction by Kjell Eriksson, 2008.
All clues in the murder lead to a popular restaurant named Dakar. But almost everyone involved in the restaurant has secrets in his past. And then there is another murder. L—Read by John Edmunds. 14 broadcasts. Began Sept. 8.

 

Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Brass Verdict. Fiction by Michael Connelly, 2008.
Defense attorney Mickey Haller’s new case was inherited from a murdered colleague. When he finds he himself is now a target, he teams up with Detective Harry Bosch to find the killer. V,L –Read by Neil Bright. 16 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 16.

 

Evening Odyssey
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

In the Dark.  Fiction by Brian Freeman, 2009.
The violence of Jonathan Stride’s past is spilling into the present. A friend of a murder victim is writing a book about the murder and uncomfortable secrets are being revealed. V,L — Read by Neil Bright. 15 broadcasts. Began Sept. 9.

 

Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday midnight

Chasing Darkness. Fiction by Robert Crais, 2008.
Cole got his client acquitted on a murder case. Now that client has committed suicide, leaving evidence that he was a multiple murderer after his release. L — Read by Jack Rossman. 10 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 14.

 

After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Spa.  Fiction by Fay Weldon, 2008.
The ten women at the Spa exchange life stories. They are all high-powered women who have burned paths through their worlds, destroying men along the way. L,S—Read by Licia Swanson. 13 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 28.

 

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