4 audiobooks that are great for a little escapism

Four bestselling authors offer a good dose of escapism with a little education thrown in. All titles are available from Audible.com or can be downloaded from your local library.

1. 'Sycamore Row,' by John Grisham

Read by Michael Beck (Random House Audio, 16 CDs, 20 hours and 50 minutes)

John Grisham takes us back to the characters we first met in “A Time to Kill.” It is now 1988, three years after we first encountered well-meaning lawyer Jake Brigance. Jake is handling a nasty inheritance case involving a suicide, a holographic will, a boatload of angry relatives, and some truly distressing family history. Both the story and the narrator grab you from word one, despite some repetition and occasional unnecessary detail. Michael Beck is a wonder, however, consistently delivering Southern dialects from gruff, liquored-up old men to polite young women. Characters drive this story and will hook you as much as the plot. Grade: A-

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