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Brief Answers to the Big Questions

The Thrill of Knowing Stuff (in Five Audiobooks)

Brief Answers to the Big QuestionsThis time of year, I want to be inspired and enlightened about things that matter while also being entertained. I seek hope about the future, even if that hope is tethered to a “what must happen to save the world” to-do list. Yes, watching the Great British Baking Show and listening again to Henning Mankell’s AN EVENT IN AUTUMN (read by the marvelous Simon Vance) have been satisfying diversions. But now I’m looking for empowerment, energy, and the happiness that comes from knowing stuff.

You too? Well, here are five audiobooks to get us started, beginning with Stephen Hawking’s BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS. Hawking’s “parting gift to humanity,” according to NPR, this short audiobook offers an eloquent and moving consideration of all that science has given us and the challenges left to face. Ben Whishaw’s gentle clear voice stands in eloquently for Hawking, making the science easy to understand and the human lessons significant. This will be one to play more than once and treasure forever. Read more…

CD Reiss

Intense Romantic Suspense from CD Reiss

Rough EdgeNot all romance audiobooks are meet-cutes and happily-ever-afters. Author CD Reiss won the 2017 Audie Award for Erotica for MARRIAGE GAMES, narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe. The first audiobook in her new series, ROUGH EDGE, takes on war, violence, and sex. The content may not be for every listener, but narrators Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden hold the complex psychological plot together with their well-crafted performances. Read more…

Elisabeth Rodgers

Elisabeth Rodgers on Vendetta

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers shares insights into VENDETTA, a new thriller from the author of the Eve Duncan and Kendra Michaels series. Don’t worry, Elisabeth doesn’t have any spoilers in this video—just enough to get you intrigued.

“She’s fighting for her life in a classic Iris Johansen international nonstop heart-pounding race to the finish”—Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers

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Craft A Life You Love

5 Audiobooks for the New Year

Craft A Life You LoveI don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I can’t help but see the new year as a chance to carve out more down time, to be a better scheduler, and to enjoy more time with friends and family. Every January when I open my new planner and hang the new calendar, I promise myself that this is the year I break the busyness cycle.

Researchers and social observers note that most of us are, in fact, less busy than we feel. Theories for this disconnect abound. For example Science Alert makes an argument that technology, information overload, and too many leisure choices add to our anxiety levels. The Guardian puts the blame on our DIY lifestyle. By booking our own travel or acting as our own bankers, we not only have to make time for those chores but we also miss out on face-to-face interactions, which can brighten our days. Read more…

E Quint on Lundegatan

Warming Up to Winter with Nordic Noir

E Quint on LundegatanAs I look up into the gray skies of Brooklyn and know that the winter sun, which has barely shown its face for days, will be disappearing behind the skyscrapers of Manhattan in an instant, I feel an affinity with the bleak and coffee-filled settings of Nordic Noir.

Many of us were introduced to the genre by Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO and David Largercrantz’s follow-ups, the latest one being THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE, all narrated by the award-winning Simon Vance. Having listened to all of the audiobooks numerous times, I am really looking forward to the next one, THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE, which is scheduled for release in August 2019. I actually went super fangirl on a recent trip to Stockholm and searched for Lisbeth Salander. At least I found the street where she grew up—Lundegarten. Ironically, I got to experience Sweden during the heat of summer with beautiful blue skies when the sun never sets. Read more…