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VERY, VERY, VERY DREADFUL: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 Albert Marrin Read by Jim Frangione Narrator Jim Frangione's emotional tone befits this nonfiction work about the influenza pandemic that raged from 1918 to 1920. Frangione re-creates dra- matic pictures of a flu that began in the crowded camps of WWI, swept through the congested trenches, and spread across the world, claiming 50-100 million lives. In addition, Frangione deliv- ers contextual material in an authoritative yet approach- a b l e m a n n e r . H i s t o n e switches easily from impas- sioned views to information about past plagues, medical advances throughout history, and the sci- ence of the virulent mutating virus. The author's extensive research is apparent. He pulls from first-person accounts, med- ical records, and newspaper articles and with aplomb weaves them into a narrative that works well as an audiobook. S.W. Listening Library 5.75 hrs. Unabridged Ages 12+ Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780525526087 $18.00 Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9780525526094 $45.00 (also DD) TRELL Dick Lehr Read by Bahni Turpin Listeners will appreciate the warmth and gumption that narrator Bahni Turpin brings to this startling story of injustice, inspired by the author's real-life report- ing. Teenager Trell Taylor is determined to reinvestigate the case that led to her father's wrongful conviction for murder. Trell enlists the help of a misanthropic investigative journalist to revisit witnesses and track down the real killer. Turpin captures the emotional pain that Trell and her mother face in the aftermath of her father's incarceration. The story also allows room for hard facts and journalism lessons. Turpin takes care to soften her "r"s to evoke a classic Boston accent for the big-name cops and prosecutors who want the case to stay buried. J.E.C. Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick 8.75 hrs. Unabridged Ages 12+ Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781536685565 $24.99 (also MP3, DD) Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781536685589 $49.97 A FEW RED DROPS: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Claire Hatfield Read by JD Jackson JD Jackson begins this historical audio- book about the 1919 race riot in Chicago in calm, measured tones. The text then provides backstory about how the people involved in the riots found themselves there. The story is both historically important and relevant today. Jackson's delivery is divided between being eloquent and being straightforward, as when he gives equal emphasis and an unchanging pace to such details as the devel- opment of unions and the social strata of the various gangs in Chicago. His over- all professorial delivery will appeal to listeners seeking an explanation of how and why the Chicago violence erupted, especially at a time when political agita- tion no longer seems so unlikely. E.J.F. Dreamscape 4 hrs. Unabridged Young Adult Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781520091365 $39.99 (also MP3, DD) THE 57 BUS: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives Dashka Slater Read by Robin Miles Robin Miles provides a solid narra- tion for investigative journalist Dashka Slater's balanced account of the trau- matic intersection of two Oakland teens' lives. This is a work of nonfiction in which many individuals are presented, both as Slater observes and analyzes them and through their interview responses. Since Slater includes the per- sonal expressive styles of the responders without quoting them verbatim, Miles must be careful to render the variety of perspectives without imbuing each with a voicing that weakens this accuracy in favor of dramatization. She succeeds in maintaining an even tone, for the most part, while pacing the performance so that listeners can follow this nuanced account of how differences in race, gender expression, and access to support shaped the two teens. F.M.R.G. Recorded Books 5.75 hrs. Unabridged Young Adult Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781501977152 $51.75 (also DD) THE MARCH AGAINST FEAR: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power Ann Bausum Read by Karen Chilton N a r r a t o r K a r e n C h i l t o n e c h o e s t h e determination of Civil Rights activists in Mississippi's often overlooked but hugely influential March against Fear in 1966. Its initiator, James Meredith, was shot early in the march, and his mission was adopted by a coalition of black leaders with sometimes competing agendas. As Martin Luther King, Jr., sought to temper more revolutionary members, Chilton conjures his famously Southern, delib- erate, and lyrical manner of speech. She rhythmically repeats the marchers' chant: "What do we want? Freedom! When do we want it? Now!" When young Stokely Carmichael becomes the group's most prominent spokesper- son, Chilton brings compelling intensity to his speeches and the marchers' new rallying cry: "Black Power. Black Power." Her measured narration evokes the steady tramp, tramp, tramp of feet marching toward justice. L.T. Recorded Books 4.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 12+ Library Ed.: CD ISBN 9781501967115 $46.75 (also DD) Young Adult Chilton echoes the determination of activists. 32 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com

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