“Pictures” of the Way We Were

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I’m currently reading Mark Harris’s Pictures at a Revolution, which explores how the five Academy Award nominees for 1967 reflected that pivotal time, how a couple of them changed movie making, while also giving great insider anecdotes along the way. I like it so much, I keep wanting to read passages aloud to someone (which makes strangers on the F train a bit nervous). So, I was happy to see the audio version get an enthusiastic review (“the kind of satisfying audio that makes listeners positively joyful to find themselves snarled in traffic”) in USA Today’s audio column.

Unfortunately, I can’t get it from my library. Like most libraries I checked, they have the book (with holds building), but not the audio.

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  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $79.99 (Tantor’s Web site shows a discounted price of $63.99 for buying direct from them. The price listed by USA Today is the retail price. The library edition is packaged in a library binder and provies lifetime free replacements. Tantor was recently covered in an LJ article).
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; Library ed. edition (March 10, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400136253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400136254

The reviewer also liked the audios of An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear (Macmillan Audio; unabridged, $39.95) which is owned widely, and Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me, which is not (perhaps because it’s abridged, but come on, this is not a sacred classic. And, aren’t you dying to hear Stephen Colbert read his entry?)

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  • Audio CD: $24.98, Abridged edition
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; (February 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594838828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594838828

The reviewer is not a fan of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, David Shields, read by Don Leslie (Random House Audio; unabridged, 6 hours, 41 minutes; $29.95).