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4 audiobooks from around the world

We travel the globe this month with tales from Canada, New York City, Somalia, and the old West.

1. 'News of the World,' by Paulette Jiles

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(Read by Grover Gardner; Brilliance Audio; five CDs; six hours)
Captain Jefferson Kidd is a lonely widower who travels through Texas in 1870 reading the news to earn a living. He suddenly finds himself saddled with a 10-year-old girl who was captured by the Kiowa and must be returned to her German immigrant family.  A surprising bond forms between the two as they face danger and adventure while crossing hostile territory. Jiles, who is also a poet, writes expressively and compellingly of a time that she clearly researched thoroughly. Gardner, a favorite narrator, has a distinctive voice that is full of personality that delivers sophistication or gruff Germanic gruffness, as needed.  A –

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