4 adventurous audiobooks for a summer of exploration

Travelers play a major role in each of the four audiobooks on the agenda this month.  All titles are available to download from www.audible.com.

3. "The Rocks," by Peter Nichols

(Read by Steve West, Random House Audio; 12 CDs; 15 hours)

Beginning in 2005 and reaching back to 1948, this novel retraces and explains the “inciting incident” that leads to the tragedy with which the novel opens: Two elderly former spouses living on the island of Mallorca attack each other so violently they tumble down a cliff to their deaths.

Because the story travels back through time the material can be a bit confusing.  However the scenery sounds lovely and the characters are interesting. With a lovely British accent and an ease with Spanish words, West brings a graceful energy to the material. Before you read, please be aware: The sex is candid, as is some of the language. 

Grade: B Plus

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