Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wednesday Earplugs- the Weekly audios- Dec 9th

It has been a bummer week for listening...the AV unit in my car went catywhompas and was out of service for almost a week.  I finally got it partly fixed today, but the MP3 and CD disc slot still don't work right -so if I want to listen to a taped book while I'm driving, it's "Too bad, so Sad.."  BUMMER.

Since my listening has been limited to the house or walking outside, it was a slow week.
 Here's the wrap-up:

Excursion to Tindari
Andrea Camilleri
narrated by Grover Gardner

Another in the Inspector Montalbano series. The irrascible detective hasn't improved his social skills one bit, but other members of his team are learning to interpret his moods. In this story, they are looking for the killer of a playboy found dumped in front of his apartment, and tracking down a missing elderly couple who were last seen on a bus trip to Tindari. While at first the cases don't seem to be related, as clues emerge, and with the 'help' of one of the local maffiosi, our crew of brilliant detectives discover that they all lived in the same apt building. 

No spoilers....this is an enjoyable series, and I think getting better with each one. Recommended

About Face
 by Donna Leon
narrated by David Colacci

It seems it has been the week for Italian crime stories.  Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series, set in Venice is one of my favorites.  In this one, Brunetti must deal with corruption in the Carabinieri, his parents-in-law, a once gorgeous model with a seriously deformed face who quotes Cicero at dinner parties, toxic waste, garbage, and of course a murder.  These stories never fail to delight me...and David Colacci's narration and ability to inflect just enough Italian into the English is perfect.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
by Irene Pepperberg
narrated by Julia Gibson

I also tried twice to get into this one, and just couldn't --it looks like it should be a great story, about a parrot who lived to be over 30 years old and who exhibited great intelligence and ability to learn, but I was just not about to get interested.  So, it's back to the library for now, and I'll look for it in print to see if that makes it more palatable.

So what's in your earphones these days?  Are you taking advantage of ear-reading opportunities while you wrap presents, bake cookies, or shovel snow?  Drop us a comment so we can compare notes.


  1. I'll skip the parrot, but both of the others sound good. Montalbano and Brunetti...I will have to check them out.

  2. Alex and Me was a favorite audio book of mine--awesome. I'm listening to Lovely Bones; Sebold (reread), and Finding Grace; VanLiere


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