Picks and Pans Review: Audio Books

updated 08/21/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/2006 01:00AM

Four for the Road

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek: Lee approved Spacek as the reader for this version of her Pulitzer winner about Scout, Jem and Atticus Finch set in '30s Alabama. Spacek's evocative, low-key narration does justice to Lee's timeless work.

Helen of Troy by Margaret George, read by Justine Eyre: The plummy tones of actress Eyre help this delicious recounting of doomed love go down like a Mister Softee on a hot day.

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass, read by Denis O'Hare: A poignant tale in which a Greenwich Village bakery owner tries to escape a sour marriage by heading west. Lesson? You can't outrun unhappiness. Tony Award winner O'Hare's gentle tone underscores the emotion.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, read by Martha Plimpton: The absorbing story about fraternal twins separated at birth by their physician father (who lies and tells his wife that one twin, who has Down syndrome, has died) is narrated with graceful simplicity by actress Plimpton.

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