Discover multi-tasking during your leisure time! New Books on CD for October

Choose your favourite story to listen to while you are doing other things. Browse through some of our latest books on CD, featuring history, crime, romance and more… Have fun!

Syndetics book coverPrinces at war : the bitter battle inside Britain’s Royal family in the darkest days of WWII / Deborah Cadbury.
“The personal lives of the British Royals were successfully kept out of the public eye by mutual agreement of the press and royal family, but this all changed in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne and spurned his responsibility for the sake of the glamorous American socialite and divorcee, Wallis Simpson. In Princes at War, Deborah Cadbury reveals evidence that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor colluded with Hitler to take back the British throne from Edward’s younger brother, King George VI, should Germany prevail in the War. Drawing on new research and recently released files, Deborah Cadbury shows that not only did George VI have to battle to lead his country but battle constantly to keep his brothers, and especially his older brother, in check.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower play : a novel / Danielle Steel.
“Fiona Carson is one of the most successful women in the country as the CEO of a large corporation while also trying to find time for the role she considers most important – that of mother to her two children. Liz Weston happily gave up her own promising law career to act as a ‘corporate wife’ to her husband of twenty-seven years, the CEO of the second-largest corporation in the country. Ashley Briggs is a thirty-year-old artist raising her twin daughters nearly on her own. Each will be forced to reevaluate everything they are sure of as they realize that with greater power comes higher stakes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWrongful death : an Anna Travis novel / by Lynda La Plante.
“Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered and that he has information to share. DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at Quantico, but before she can leave, she’s got to review the case. What should have been a simple matter of tying up loose ends becomes a political powder keg when the competence of the original investigation team is challenged. Suddenly, Anna is faced with a dangerous choice. Will she close ranks to protect her people or push to find the truth, no matter what the consequences?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Wednesday group [sound recording] / Sylvia True.
“Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone. As the women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, they work on coming to terms with their husbands’ addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives becomes more and more intertwined, until, finally, a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal and uncertain future head-on.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlood on snow / Jo Nesbø.
“This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented fixer for one of Oslo s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an innate talent for subordination but running through his veins is a virus born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . .” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe stranger / Harlan Coben.
“The Stranger appears out of nowhere. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives, it will end them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMarco Polo : the journey that changed the world / John Man.
“In 1271, a young Italian merchant named Marco Polo embarked on a groundbreaking expedition from Venice, through the Middle East and Central Asia to China. Marco Polo also revealed the wonders of Xanadu, the summer capital of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Almost 750 years later, acclaimed author John Man traveled in Marco Polo’s footsteps to Xanadu and then on to Beijing and through modern China in search of the history behind the legend. In this enthralling chronicle, Man draws on his own journey, new archaeological findings, and deep archival study to paint a vivid picture of Marco Polo and the great court of Kublai Khan.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Cavendon women / Barbara Taylor Bradford.
The Cavendon Women is the stunning sequel to Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Cavendon Hall. It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the earl has planned a family weekend. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. As old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns’ loyalty to the Ingham gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it’s up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade, and a new way of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Listen to your favourite stories – New Books on CD

Get inspired and have fun when you are walking or driving, running or doing your housework. Take a look at the titles we have listed for you, including contemporary fiction and non-fiction, intriguing mysteries and thought provoking family stories, revealing secrets, celebrations but also disappointments. Hear Dr. Agus discussing his new views on everything we know about health and how to give up believing in many myths that may actually be causing harm. Find a Book on CD that works for you at your local library and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverA spool of blue thread / Anne Tyler.
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first wife / Erica Spindler.
“As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grows older, those dreams transform, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who will sweep her off her feet and whisk her away from her ordinary existence. Then, suddenly, there he is. Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows. But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. At first Bailey ignores the whispers about the disappearance of Logan’s first wife, True, even as circumstantial evidence against Logan mounts. But finally, Bailey must make a choice: believe what everyone says–or bet her life on the man she loves, but is realizing she hardly knows.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe nightingale [sound recording] / Kristin Hannah.
“FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. A heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe swimmer [sound recording] : a novel / by Joakim Zander ; [translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel].
“Klara Walldeen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. But Klara has accidentally seen something she shouldn t have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep it hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe end of illness [sound recording] / David Agus.
“Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works-and fails-showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe temporary gentleman / by Sebastian Barry.
“Irishman Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman”–an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he’s writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel–as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer–has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDelicious! [sound recording] / Ruth Reichl.
“Billie Breslin has travelled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious , the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is suddenly shut down, the colourful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee”–a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries–until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art whisperer / Charlotte and Aaron Elkins.
“When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum, her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. But it s only when a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she s about to have her hands full. In her third mystery, Alix London must see through mirages in the desert to uncover the knotted history of the painting and save herself in the process.” (Syndetics summary)

 

Reading by ear? Recent Books on CD

Listen to a collection of Books on CD, featuring murder mysteries, psychological thrillers and ideas and techniques how to improve your self-image and built a productive lifestyle. Choose a well-known English historian or an American motivational speaker and you are about to find something to listen to and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverThe girl on the train / Paula Hawkins.
“A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life–as she sees it–is perfect. And then she sees something shocking. Has she done more harm than good? “The Girl on the Train “is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDuplicate death / Georgette Heyer.
“An elegant card party turns deadly. Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancee of the inspector’s young friend, Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway’s prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady’s innocence but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it’s more than a little bit shady.” (Syndetics summary

Syndetics book coverMightier than the sword [sound recording] / Jeffrey Archer.
Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV “Buckingham’s” maiden voyage across the Atlantic – but how many passengers lose their lives? When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, imprisoned for writing a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. Harry’s wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the “Buckingham.” With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world’s most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families continues.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe secrets of midwives / Sally Hepworth.
“Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy–including the identity of the baby’s father– hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s–one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva’s pregnancy progresses, speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to stay motivated. Volume 1, Developing the qualities of success / Zig Ziglar.
“”How to Stay Motivated” provides you with clear and proven techniques to enhance your relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve your goals, and so much more Apply these winning steps from Zig Ziglar, the motivational master himself, to build a better, more successful, more satisfying life for you and your family. Change your picture change every facet of your life.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA fine summer’s day [sound recording] / Charles Todd.
“On a fine summer’s day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice. To the north, another man in love shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother’s death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe longest ride / Nicholas Sparks.
“Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFoundation [sound recording] : the history of England from its earliest beginnings to the Tudors / Peter Ackroyd.
“In this massive bestseller in England, one of Britain’s most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of the country. In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England’s prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. With his extraordinary skill, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, civil strife, and foreign wars through the narrative mastery of one of Britain s finest writers.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet Thursday / John Steinbeck.
“A sequel to the enormously popular ‘Cannery Row’, ‘Sweet Thursday’ recreates its bawdy, high-spirited world of bums, drunks and hookers, telling the story of what happened to everyone after the war.” (Syndetics summary)

Love listening to books?

Choose your favourite book on CD from this fabulous library collection for learning or leisure! Celebrate food and wine with Olly Smith, be enthralled by a thriller novel or learn how you can live a long life. Set up your CD player, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverThe language of flowers [sound recording] : a novel / Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
“The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. When she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe perfect witness [sound recording] / Iris Johansen.
“From the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller. She had the perfect life. She had the perfect cover. She was the perfect witness. Until they found her. From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once saw put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, you won’t see the twists coming.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe end of illness [sound recording] / David Agus.
“Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body, showing us how a new perspective will allow each of us to achieve a long, vigorous life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat & drink [sound recording] / by Olly Smith.
“Olly Smith knows how the combination of good food and drink helps harness memories of times past, and will show you how to achieve taste heaven by partnering the right food and drink. Written in the distinctive, fun style that has made Olly a hit on our television screens, it will be impossible not to be caught up by his enthusiasm for eating and drinking.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRobert Ludlum’s the Janson option [sound recording] / Paul Garrison.
“Paul Janson-a former Consular Ops legend known as “The Machine” for his deadly speed and accuracy-has a new mission. Sickened by the “sanctioned serial killings” ordered by the state department, Janson has left covert operations and is now a private security consultant. In partnership with deadly sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he only takes assignments that he believes will lead to the greater good. When American Synergy Corporation oil executive Kingsman Helms begs Janson to rescue his wife, Allegra, from Somali pirates, Janson and Kincaid view it as the perfect opportunity to infiltrate ASC. Is Allegra’s kidnapping for real, or is she merely a pawn in her husband’s machinations for control of the country? (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThat part was true [sound recording] / Deborah McKinlay.
“When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. Their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of Jackson’s colorful, but ultimately unsatisfying, love-life and Eve’s tense relationship with her soon-to-be married daughter. As each of them offers, from behind the veils of semi-anonymity and distance, wise and increasingly affectionate counsel to the other, they both begin to confront their problems and plan a celebratory meeting in Paris–a meeting that Eve fears can never happen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClose your eyes, hold hands [sound recording] : a novel / Chris Bohjalian.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily’s parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger.” (Syndetics summary)

Choose your favourite CD Book title – Recent Picks for March

Welcome to a new selection of Books on CD chosen for you to listen, relax and enjoy. You will find some works of fiction and mystery, as well as travel and health books to keep you company and help you to begin your day with positive thoughts. And if you enjoy science fiction join us to celebrate the flair and great skill of the sci-fi literary genius Terry Pratchett, who passed away recently. We have chosen his novel ‘The long earth’.

Syndetics book coverThe long earth [sound recording] / Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.
“1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive – some said mad, others dangerous – scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that’s an understatement if ever there was one…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWorthy Brown’s daughter [sound recording] / Phillip Margolin.
“Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams. Unable to face the memories that await back home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Oregon–which in 1860 is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old. Worthy Brown, a slave from Georgia, journeys west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter, Roxanne, with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour reneges on his pledge, Worthy’s hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed. The fates of these desperate men intertwine in a breathtaking narrative about the extent of evil and the high price of true justice.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe goldfinch : [a novel] / by Donna Tartt.
“In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart, 13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Theo, stricken with grief and post-traumatic stress syndrome, seeks sanctuary with a troubled Park Avenue family and, in Greenwich Village, with a kind and gifted restorer of antique furniture. Fate then delivers Theo to utterly alien Las Vegas, where he meets young outlaw Boris. Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo’s churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt’s trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverGlitter and glue [sound recording] / Kelly Corrigan.
“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond–sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine–between mothers and daughters. When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it’s about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art whisperer / Charlotte and Aaron Elkins.
“When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum, her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite s despicable senior curator angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece. But it’s only when a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she s about to have her hands full.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe invention of wings [sound recording] / Sue Monk Kidd.
“From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe book of life [sound recording] / Deborah Harkness.
“The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they re­unite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches – with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its miss­ing pages takes on even more urgency. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSelf healing [sound recording] : creating your health / Louise L. Hay.
“Discusses the cause of illness, why we create disease and how to change false beliefs into positive, loving ones.” (Syndetics summary)

Choose your favourite ‘Book on CD’ title to celebrate the start of 2015

Enjoy listening to works of popular authors such as Margaret Atwood, Eleanor Catton and more, beautifully told by extraordinarily talented storytellers.

Syndetics book coverLeaving time / Jodi Picoult.
“For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe luminaries [sound recording] / Eleanor Catton.
“It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMalice [sound recording] / Keigo Higashino ; [translated by Alexander O. Smith].
“Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka’s best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school.” (Syndetics summary)

Book cover from SyndeticsThe handmaid’s tale / Margaret Atwood.
“Margaret Atwood presents a chilling dystopic novel set in the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, after a radical theocratic revolution. In a time of declining birthrates, fertile women are dispersed to high-ranking white men as baby-making handmaids. If a handmaid cannot reproduce, she is exiled to the Colonies, an uber-polluted wasteland. One of these handmaids, Offred, not only remembers her life before the revolution, but is determined to reclaim it.”
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe invention of wings [sound recording] / Sue Monk Kidd.
“Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou should have known [sound recording] / Jean Hanff Korelitz.
“Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe best of me / Nicholas Sparks.
“In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: “Can love truly rewrite the past?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPersonal / Lee Child.
“Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.” (Syndetics summary)

Enjoy listening to your favourite stories? – Recent Books on CD Picks for December

Here are some of the latest additions to our library collection of Books on CD. From historical fiction, thrillers and suspense to biographies and travel you are about to find a compelling story. Look for the authors you love and take them with you to keep you company when walking, driving or doing housework and have fun!

Syndetics book coverRipper [sound recording] / Isabel Allende.
“Super-smart high-school senior Amanda Martin is obsessed with an Internet role-playing game, Ripper (as in Jack), and oversees a group comprising four other brilliant misfit teens from around the world as well as her grandfather, who raised her. As Amanda and her cyber-brigade investigate a series of ritualistic murders no one else believes are connected, Allende richly portrays a range of intriguing characters, from Ayani, a famous Ethiopian model and women’s rights activist, to Attila, a heroic war dog. Allende’s tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked is sharply perceptive, utterly charming, and intensely suspenseful.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThink! [sound recording] : before it’s too late / Edward De Bono ; read by Nicholas Bell.
“The world is full of problems and conflicts. So why can we not solve them? According to Edward de Bono, world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is getting worse: we are so accustomed to readily available information online that we search immediately for the answers rather than thinking about them. De Bono examines why we think the way we do from a historical perspective and uses some of his famous thinking techniques combined with new ideas to show us how to change the way we think.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGlitter and glue [sound recording] /Kelly Corrigan.
“Kelly Corrigan examines the sometimes nourishing, exasperating, and occasionally divine bonds between mothers and daughters. She shares her journey between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, and how admiring someone can change over time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSomerset [sound recording] / Leila Meacham.
“In the prequel to the best-selling Roses, Meacham examines the early history of the three founding families of Howbutker, TX, from 1835 to 1900. The Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts leave their Eastern homes to travel west before Texas becomes a state. Silas Toliver gives up the woman he loves to marry Jessica Wyndham, accepting money from Jessica’s wealthy father that he needs for his dream of establishing a plantation of his own. Jessica’s abolitionist activities in South Carolina had forced her father’s hand, and Silas’s mother warns him that his land will be cursed because nothing good can come from what was built on the sacrifice of love for selfishness and greed. The three founding families remain linked for generations, but the Tolivers and their beloved Somerset plantation are at the heart of Meacham’s novel as they struggle to overcome the family curse.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverWorthy Brown’s daughter [sound recording] / Phillip Margolin.
“Margolin, author of 17 popular legal thrillers, pens a historical novel set in 1850s Portland, Oregon, based on an actual legal suit brought by a black family against a white slave owner. Free man Worthy Brown sues his former master for his daughter’s freedom. Out of sheer spite and wicked lust, Caleb Barbour refuses to release 15-year-old Roxanne to her father, despite Oregon’s law against slavery. Worthy hires down-on-his-luck lawyer Matthew Penny to bring a legal custody suit, though circumstances conspire against them.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverDeep sleep with medical self-hypnosis [sound recording] / Steven Gurgevich.
“On this simple-to-use, two-CD program, listeners will learn to restore normal, restful sleep patterns and awaken in an energized, refreshed state. Drawing on more than 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, Dr. Gurgevich guides listeners through medically proven techniques to help put an end to sleepless nights, including: Using the mind-body connection to produce deep, restorative sleep and return to sleep easily; guided sessions of hypnosis that evoke the hypnagogic state — the transition state between wakefulness and sleep; and hypnotic inductions that, once learned, work faster than any sleeping pill.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReturn to the olive farm [sound recording] / by Carol Drinkwater.
“After sixteen months of travelling round the Mediterranean in search of the ancient secrets of the olive tree, Carol returns to her beloved olive farm in the south of France. However, the homecoming celebrations are overshadowed by disturbing discoveries. The plight of the honey bee has become an international crisis and Carol is faced with unsettling news about the hives on her own olive farm.” (Syndetics summary)