Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library 2003
CS ISBN 0792729587 $49.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 0792729595 $64.95 Six CDs
Annabelle Murphy has a lot on her plate--two young children, a fire-fighter husband with post traumatic stress syndrome, and a stressful job as medical producer for a morning news show. When a grandstanding news anchor brings a vial of anthrax to the show and another producer dies of the disease, things go into high gear. As the author works for CBS News, it's no surprise that the text is a series of sound bites (151 chapters). Hearing "Chapter . . . " every few minutes, or even seconds, is disrupting. The cast of characters, some well painted vocally, is no surprise either--the ingénue on the make, the lecherous news anchor, the driven station manager. But Angela Pierce's steady narration keeps the production moving with some good scenes, interesting medical lore, and a plot that keeps the listener guessing. J.B.G.
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