4 audiobooks for August

We have four novels perfect for the beach.

2. "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir," by Jennifer Ryan


(Read by Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, Mike Grady; Random House Audio; 10 CDs; 12.5 hours; $45/ download; $31.50)

A consummate example of a novel enhanced by the audiobook production, this offers us distinct voices provided by six narrators and snippets of music and choir singers expertly used in an understated and effective manner.  The narrators are well-matched to their characters and bring energy and personality to the telling.  This delightful story of a British village in a time of war unfolds in epistolary style told from several perspectives.  Though not about WWII, it is always looming in the background as the village ladies realize their capabilities, romances unwind, and such topics as homosexuality, greed, and unwanted pregnancy keep the gossips busy.      Grade: A –

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