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Published: Sunday, 7/22/2012

Heard any good books lately?

BY ALLEN PIERLEONI
SACRAMENTO BEE

Summertime reading is ever-popular, yes, but so is summertime listening. Given that, here's a sampling of new audiobook releases.

From Macmillan Audio

FICTION

● Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, read by Joshilyn Jackson: Drama and pathos take over the lives of a suburban mother and her astronaut husband.

● Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, read by Orlagh Cassidy: Secrets from the past change the lives of two women and their families.

● The Nightmare by Lars Kepler, read by Mark Bramhall: The sequel to the best-selling The Hypnotist.

NONFICTION

● Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman, read by Robert Petkoff: The mob vs. the LAPD. The movie is due this fall, starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone.

YOUNG ADULT

● Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read by Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Brown: The second title in the Sky Chasers series.

From Harper Audio

FICTION

● The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, read by James Langton: British secret agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun must save England once again.

● The Unseen by Katherine Webb, read by Claire Wille: Trouble comes to an English village in 1911, with the arrival of an occultist and a housemaid escaping the law.

NONFICTION

● Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, read by George Guidall: A thorough (and thoroughly entertaining) biography of newsman Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America."

● Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum, read by the author: The journalist explores the physical "nuts and bolts" side of the Internet.



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