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Audio Book Review
Books to read with your eyes on the road

by Jonathan Lowe
Audio Book Reviewer

They say if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. So I approached the editors of BlueMurder.com with the idea for a CD of mystery road stories, and set them up with master narrator Dick Hill. The result? “Six for the Road,” an audio “six pack” of mystery stories for your driving entertainment.

The mysteries include “On the Road Again” about a hitchhiker that wanted to get out of the city, but he’s just thumbed a ride with the wrong trucker (actually the hitchhiker is the killer – that’s the twist). “A String of Pearls” is a story about a cop who has just been run down, and suspicion falls on his pretty, young wife. In “Lucky,” Calvin and PK had a good thing going that snowy November, but their luck runs out. “Joy Ride” asks if it’s not wise to drink and drive, what happens if you’re using a cell phone too? “One More for the Road” is about some unexpected customers at Lenox Liquors that rekindle a clerk’s thoughts of suicide. Bonus full cast audio drama “A Helping Hand” is a story about a wimp that gets a Harley, a beer and a whole new perspective.

There’s a full cast radio drama included on the CD, while road sound effects enhance the original production. The CD is $15 plus $2.50 shipping from Blue Murder Press 2340 NW Thurman Street Suite 202 Portland, OR 97210. Also available on cassette at $9.95 plus $2.50 shipping. (72 min.; Blue Murder Press; ISBN 0-9678809-6-3)

Dan Rather reads his new book, “The American Dream,” which includes essays and true stories of people from all walks of life hoping to achieve success in America. The CBS news anchor defines what success means to people, and reveals that the American dream is far from dead. Conclusion? Although we have our problems, the phrase only in America is still true today, and the United States remains the most sought-after refuge for those seeking freedom worldwide. This is an uplifting book that offers even cynics pause to reflect about where we came from and where we’re going. (6 hrs.; Harper Audio; ISBN 0-694-52552-9)

When the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed after delivering the bomb in WWII, almost 900 men went into the shark-infested sea and were adrift for days. When the Navy finally came to the crew’s rescue, only 321 remained alive. This true story, which inspired the movie “Jaws,” is now on audio. Titled “In Harm’s Way” by Doug Stanton, it is well read by actor Boyd Gaines. (6 hrs.; Harper Audio; ISBN 0-694-52435-2)

Too short for you? Or you can’t get enough? Try this unabridged legal thriller about a copycat killer of judges … “The Judgment” by D.W. Buffa will keep you guessing to the end, as read by actor Dennis Predovic. (14 hrs.; Time Warner Audio; ISBN 1-58621-065-3)

If your favorite show is “The Practice,” you might enjoy “The Great Divide” by T. Davis Bunn, about a retired lawyer who is drawn back into the practice of law at the request of a couple whose daughter disappeared while investigating slave labor at a U.S. factory that manufactures sports shoes in China. Buck Schirner lends his deep voice to the tale, and while he is not a particularly gifted actor in multiple voice character interpretation, his reading projects well over truck stereo speakers, and he does hold the interest even for those of us who usually yawn at courtroom drama. (6 hrs.; Nova Audio; ISBN 1-56740-928-8)

Most audio books can be rented by visiting Earful.com, or calling 1-800-5EARFUL. Reviewer Jonathan Lowe’s new novel is “Dark Fire,” about a man, tormented by nightmares, who must stay awake by drinking coffee. Available for rent on unabridged audio from Books in Motion at truckstops, or by calling 1-800-752-3199.

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