Off the Shelf at the Swampscott Library

A good read can also be a good listen with the right narrator.

This article is by Alyce Deveau, director of the Swampscott Public Library.

A great number of patrons of the, including yours truly, listen to books on cd in their homes or in the car.  These books can become addictive at times as I find myself sitting in my driveway waiting to get to the end of a chapter.

At the library we purchase many popular titles in the cd format because of their popularity. 

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly is a great book on cd. The narrator is Peter Giles who does a very good job of narrating the story. So often if the narrator is poor, no matter how wonderful the story line is, the listener loses interest.

In this Connelly story, Mickey Haller who is “the Lincoln lawyer” is faced with another difficult case. He is the defense lawyer for Lisa Trammel who is facing a murder charge.

Lisa is accused of murdering a banker involved in handling her defaulted mortgage.  This book focuses on a problem that many people are facing today.  It is an enjoyable listen for all those who like books on cd.

A book by David Baldacci, One Summer, that I just enjoyed listening to is a sad but enjoyable one. This story is narrated by veteran actor Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

Both of these actors are voices on many books on cd and they recreate the stories with great skill. In this story Jack Armstrong is stricken with a terminal illness. The listener feels the pain of the 34-year-old man who is facing the loss of his wife and three children.

Jack’s plan is to live to see Christmas with his family, however, on Christmas eve the love of his life, his wife Lizzie, dies in a car accident.  Jack’s family is scattered to family members and Jack enters hospice.

Unexpectedly,  Jack recovers and he must reclaim his children and learn to live life as a single parent.

Check out our collection of books on cd or download some books through Overdrive on our website. Listening to a great book is another way of enjoying materials at the Swampscott Public Library. 


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