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THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS: A Story of War and What Comes After Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil Read by Robin Miles This true story of survival is told in a tender and aching style by narrator Robin Miles. She captures the wonder, pain, and confusion of two sisters, Clemantine and Claire Wanmariya, who survived the Rwandan genocide to become refugees in America. Miles moves us through the horrific anecdotes as remembered by the younger of the sisters. As Miles recounts these, her honest, bracing tone captures the disillusionment of childhood tragedy and the magnitude of loss. We are swept back and forth from the past to the pres- ent—the violence in Kigali jangles with the scene of the sisters being welcomed on the "Oprah" show. Miles shows her artistry as a performer by handling these contrasts with precision. Listen to this with a box of tissues nearby—you'll need them. M.R. Random House Audio 9 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525526285 $40.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525526308 $40.00 (also DD) THE SEASONS OF MY MOTHER Marcia Gay Harden Read by Marcia Gay Harden A c t o r M a r c i a G a y H a r d e n ' s v o i c e radiates love in her unusual memoir. Using her mother's expertise in Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, as a frame, she gathers a touching collection of sig- nificant moments from her own life. While there are a few reminiscences about the Oscars and life on the set, this isn't a peek into Hollywood glamour. Her mother, Beverly, is the constant star as Harden's lyrical prose meanders back and forth in time from her upbringing in a globe-trotting naval family through her struggles as an actor and then to her career success, with all the ups and downs involved. Harden's tone is even and gentle, only occasionally becoming a frustrated growl under her breath when she voices self-doubts and her frustra- tion with her mother's descent into Alzheimer's. The listening experience is intimate and inspiring. S.T.C. Simon & Schuster Audio 8.5 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9781508257141 $17.99 28 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com Biography & Memoir REPORTER: A Memoir Seymour M. Hersh Read by Arthur Morey You know an audiobook is a success when listening to it makes weeding your garden or painting your fence fun. That's the case with this memoir by Seymour Hersh. The investigative reporter's journalistic writing style is straightforward, easy to follow, and eminently suited to audio. Topping that off is the narration of Arthur Morey, who adopts a conversational tone exactly suited to the material. He expresses the author's outrage over issues such as the Vietnam War and chemical and biological weapons. Yet he also is effective during more personal passages. Hersh offers glimpses of a variety of key late-twentieth-century political figures, giving the audiobook some especially meaty content. Overall, this well-written production is enjoyable to listen to, even while weeding. R.C.G. Random House Audio 14 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780739384237 $40.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525637691 $40.00 (also DD) "Hersh entirely inhabits this book; he's aggressive, he's fierce, no nonsense, no sentiment. He's not a shouter—I didn't shout, but I tried to be sure to maintain his intensity." —Narrator Arthur Morey Morey adopts a conversational tone exactly suited to the material. ROOM TO DREAM David Lynch, Kristine McKenna Read by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna It's no surprise that avante-garde film- maker David Lynch's memoir/biography is far from ordinary. Lynch and his close friend, journalist Kristine McKenna, have compiled a multifaceted look at this singu- lar talent. Lynch delivers his point of view in a slightly scratchy tenor. He sounds hon- est, amused, and friendly as he recounts moments from his childhood and later life that profoundly influenced his filmmak- ing. From his observations, we hear the young visionary emerging. McKenna's chapters offer a more traditional biography filled with facts. Her intelligent reading extracts rich details from candid interviews with Lynch's friends, family, ex-wives, and ex-lovers, along with agents, actors, and others. Delving into his experiences with such films as Eraserhead, Dune, Blue Velvet, and more, Lynch's audiobook always fas- cinates. S.J.H. Random House Audio 15.75 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525526940 $50.00 (also DD) Books on Tape Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525526964 $50.00 (also DD)

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