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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from--a place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. Beware a calm surface--you never know what lies beneath. Cast of Narrators:
Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel's voice
Sophie Aldred, as Jules
Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh
Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan
Laura Aikman, as Lena
Audio: Old love songs
Who hasn’t indulged in a few what-might-have-been moments? Still, most of us don’t get the chance to rekindle that old flame. Not so for the eponymous lead man in Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp, performed here with convincing intimacy by David Barker. Long ago, Adam, a British IT guy, was in Australia, doing his IT thing by day, playing piano and singing in a Melbourne bar at night. When Angelina, a beautiful young actress in a soapy TV series, asked him for a special song, it was passion at first glance. Implacably romantic, always on the edge of making the right move, Adam somehow just couldn’t do it. He never went back for Angelina. Out of the blue and 22 years later, Angelina emails and invites him to join her and her husband in France on holiday. A trifecta of crisscrossing midlife crises, it turns into a wild week, packed with sex, superb wine and nostalgia galore, set against the soundtrack Adam’s been playing for years (actually available on Spotify). Do we grow up and grow wiser? Do we ever really get a second chance? It’s good fun finding out.
THE DROWNING POOL
Off the “train” of her bestselling debut, Paula Hawkins now goes Into the Water, her second thriller to top the bestseller list in its first week of sales. This tale has all the psychological twists and turns that have become Hawkins’ hallmarks, as well as a baker’s dozen of unreliable narrators, given emotional life by five estimable audio readers. As you begin listening, pay close attention to the many voices and shifting points of view—all will become clear. When Jules is called to identify the body of her estranged older sister, Nel, found in a deep pool of the river that runs through the Northern English town where they grew up, she finds herself in a swirling maelstrom of malice and small-town intrigue. Was Nel’s watery death a suicide, an accident or murder? Fascinated by this “drowning pool” since she was a child, Nel had been working on a serious book about the pool and all the “troublesome women” who died in it—from the 17th-century witches to her own teenage daughter’s best friend just a few months ago. Why here, why then, why now? Listen on.
TOP PICK IN AUDIO
“So much has slipped away, but the smell of death lingers. Maybe the smell has entered my body and been welcomed as an old friend come to visit,” says the grieving, scheming queen Clytemnestra in the first few minutes of this exemplary audio version of Colm Tóibín’s novel House of Names, perfectly performed by Juliet Stevenson as Clytemnestra, Charlie Anson as Orestes and Pippa Nixon as Electra. We know the ancient story: Clytemnestra had waited more than a decade to kill Agamemnon, her husband and the murderer of their daughter. Then, after years of palace power plays, as violence begets violence, she is murdered by her own son, Orestes. Once again (as he did in The Testament of Mary), Tóibín so brilliantly evokes the emotions, inner thoughts and turmoil of his well-known characters that they become fleshed-out as never before. To say this is just a retelling of an ancient Greek tragedy sells this thrilling novel very short.