Picks and Pans Review: New on Audio

UPDATED 09/05/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/05/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT


WRITING AGAINST A WEEKLY DEADLINE inevitably means that there are some duds in the Barry corpus, but at his best—on circumcision, for instance, or recycling cowboy underwear—he is almost Swiftian, though narrator Arte Johnson tends to signal the jokes too emphatically. (Dove, $16.95)

EMMA This memorable dramatizaton of Jane Austen's classic of courtship and caste in 19th-century England demonstrates once more why BBC radio remains one of that country's national treasures. (Bantam, $22)

HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANEY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS One-hundred-and-four-year-old Sadie Delaney and her sister Bessie, a mere 102, recount their experiences as middle-class blacks from the days of Jim Crow to the present in a recent best-seller. Whoopi Goldberg reads with an infectious relish for the sisters' guts and grace. (Audio Renaissance, $16.95)

SECOND NATURE A young man raised by wolves in northern Michigan is the natural suspect when a murder is discovered in the Long Island, N.Y., community where he is sheltered. Kate Nelligan keeps perfect control of the characters and pacing to maintain writer Alice Hoffman's nifty way with suspense. (Simon and Schuster, $17)

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