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Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family. By Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold. Read by Barbara Rosenblat. 2009. 9hr. Oasis, CD, $29.99 (9781598595239).
Rosenblat captures Dutch accents and cadence so masterfully that listeners might imagine themselves on the streets of Amsterdam. Her warm tones embody Gies and share her haunting memories of WWII Amsterdam and, particularly, Anne Frank and her family, whom she helped shelter from the Nazis.
And the Mountains Echoed. By Khaled Hosseini. Read by Khaled Hosseini and others. 2013. 14hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781470361457).
Hosseini’s complex novel tackles Afghan history, traditions, stories, and far-flung families from the 1950s to 2010, but it is the narrators’ natural accents that ground the connecting stories, which reverberate with heartbreak, passion, and a strong sense of time and place.
The Book of Night Women. By Marlon James. Read by Robin Miles.
2009. 16hr. Penguin, CD, $39.95 (9780143144403).
Miles’ mesmerizing reading contrasts the accents and lyrical cadences of native Jamaicans with those of their British masters in this gripping historical tale of a slave revolt on a Jamaican sugar plantation.
Death of a Chimney Sweep. By M. C. Beaton. Read by Graeme Malcolm.
2011. 5.5hr. AudioGO, CD, $54.95 (9780792759577).
Malcolm’s realistic Scottish accents, from thick brogues to melodious lilts, takes listeners on a journey to a tiny town in the Highlands, where Constable Hamish Macbeth once again upstages more senior police officers and solves the crime in this cozy mystery series.
Faithful Place. By Tana French. Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds. 2010. 16hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781449821470).
Snatches of bawdy, off-key songs, imprecations, and rowdy colloquialisms combine with Reynolds’ convincing Irish accents to set the stage for this edgy crime drama set in a poverty-stricken Dublin neighborhood.
The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe. By Alexander McCall Smith. Read by Lisette Lecat. 2014. 10hr. Recorded Books, CD, $102 (9781490602943).
From her first inviting cadences, Lecat’s mesmerizing alto places listeners in Botswana. Her warmly expressive reading, gentle voice, calm and soothing tone, and distinctive rhythm and language immerse listeners in the lives of familiar series characters.
Unnatural Habits. By Kerry Greenwood. Read by Stephanie Daniel.
2013. 10hr. Brilliance/Bolinda, CD, $49.97 (9781743187371).
Daniel’s bright voice, breezy Aussie accent, and jaunty pace personify Phryne Fisher, a dashing flapper-era Australian sleuth with a social conscience, and capture her sophistication and wit while effectively portraying a large cast and rich panoply of local accents.
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