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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks
Criminals have no respect for person or place, as evidenced in these top mystery audios, set in both far-flung locales and closer to home in Canada and the U.S. Outstanding readers bring murder and mayhem directly to listeners’ ears.
Bad Boy. By Peter Robinson. Read by Simon Prebble. 2010. 12hr. Recorded Books, CS, $82.75 (9781449840655); CD, $123.75 (9781449840662).
Possession of an illegal gun in Britain leads to serious events that ultimately endanger the life of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his easily influenced daughter. Prebble’s British-laced reading clearly delineates characters and skillfully escalates tensions.
Blood Safari. By Deon Meyer. Read by Simon Vance. 2010. 11.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $34.95 (9781615735440).
Emma le Roux sees a picture of a man wanted for murder who she believes is her missing brother. Her quest for the truth leads to terrible danger. Vance delivers a pitch-perfect reading of this chilling South African adventure.
Bury Your Dead. By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2010. 13hr. AudioGO, CD, $79.95 (9780792773436).
Analytical Armand Gamache is simultaneously embroiled in searching for the murderer of an archaeologist and reexamining a previous case in which he misinterpreted clues. Cosham’s mastery of a Québécois accent and his ability to convey the characters’ emotions distinguish his reading.
Capitol Game. By Brian Haig. Read by Scott Brick. 2010. 15hr. Books on Tape, CD, $50 (9780307748539).
A triple cross is deliciously intriguing, especially when it involves high corporate stakes and military-procurement deals. Brick’s delivery is flawless in this straight-from-the headlines tale.
The Confession. By John Grisham. Read by Scott Sowers. 2010. 14.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780307702944).
That Grisham is not a fan of the death penalty is abundantly clear in this moving story of an innocent young man on death row after being wrongfully convicted for killing a classmate. Sowers convincingly conveys the dread, compassion, desperation, and sorrow of those who labor to save the convict’s life.
Djibouti. By Elmore Leonard. Read by Tim Cain. 2010. 8hr. Harper, CD, $24.49 (9780062008503).
Cain’s silken tones guide listeners through Leonard’s story of Somali pirates and a filmmaker who lands in the middle of an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a tanker.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. By Stieg Larsson. Read by Simon Vance. 2010. 20hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307735010).
This third novel in the blockbuster series featuring computer hacker and gutsy heroine Lisbeth Salander is masterfully narrated by Vance in a variety of dialects.
An Impartial Witness. By Charles Todd. Read by Rosalyn Landor. 2010. 11hr. AudioGO, CD, $74.95 (9780792773184).
Landor is adept at establishing characters’ identities and providing credible ambience in this story of a WWI battlefield nurse who, while accompanying wounded soldiers home to England, gets involved in a murder case.
Moonlight Mile. By Dennis Lehane. Read by Jonathan David. 2010. 8.5hr. Harper, CD, $34.99 (9780062010865).
In soft, angry tones and a dark Boston accent, Davis reads this sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone (1998), in which married private investigators try to find a missing teenager who appeared in the first book as a kidnapped toddler.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning. By Nancy Pickard. Read by Tavia Gilbert. 2010. 9hr. Blackstone, CS, $65.95 (9781441747716); CD, $90 (9781441747723).
The release from prison of a convicted murderer causes the victim’s daughter to reexamine circumstances leading up to the crime. Gilbert’s reading distinguishes the richly drawn characters and rural Kansas setting.
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