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Listening Librarians ® THE DINNER Herman Koch, read by Clive Mantle Mantle perfectly captures the brooding narrator's sardonic tone as he relates this shocking and unforgettable story of two brothers and their wives grappling with a family crisis. THE DEATH OF SWEET MISTER Daniel Woodrell, read by Nicholas Tecosky A heartbreaking and disturbing "country noir" novel of a young man growing up poor in the Ozarks, with the folksy speech of the mountains at its lyrical best when spoken aloud. HEFT Liz Moore, read by Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka This is a quietly wrenching story with a hopeful ending, and the two narrators are superb—Szarabajka's voice is rich and expressive, a perfect counterpoint to Heyborne's youthful, angst-filled tone. THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS Claire Messud, read by Cassandra Campbell Defining herself as "an invisible woman living a quiet life of desper- ation," a schoolteacher becomes increasingly obsessed with a stu- dent and his family. An emotionally connected portrayal by Campbell. 5 SERIES I REVISIT Engaging mysteries, atmospheric settings, vivid characters, and narrators who allow me to multitask: NERO WOLFE Rex Stout, read by Michael Prichard VICKY BLISS Elizabeth Peters, read by Barbara Rosenblat LORD PETER WIMSEY by Dorothy Sayers, read by Ian Carmichael HERCULE POIROT Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Frasier JANE MARPLE Agatha Christie, read by various narrators Renée Young Recommends June/July 2014 ■ 69

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