4 engaging audiobooks for busy readers

A love story disguised as a courtroom drama. A mystery in which World War II is a major character. An ingenious send-up of Manhattan's elite literary society. And a thought-provoking road trip. All four are strong stories and all make for engaging audio books. Happy listening!

1. 'Sandrine’s Case,' by Thomas H. Cook

 Read by Brian Holsopple

8 CDs, 10 hours

Bravo to Cook for giving us a story that slowly grows with intensity and depth as we discover what Sandrine did to and for her husband Samuel, a self-involved professor. We begin with a trial, where it is clear that Sandrine died of an overdose of Demerol and booze. The prosecutor is making a decent case against her husband, claiming he murdered her and set up the crime scene. You won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling, or gasping, when it becomes clear how her death actually came to pass in this insightful, cleverly nonlinear novel. Holsopple has a deep, slightly gravelly voice, delivers believable changes for minor characters, and uses just enough emotion to underscore but never overpower the story.

Grade: A

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