Picks and Pans Review: New on Audio

updated 11/01/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/01/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST


KATE NELLIGAN'S SKILLFUL CELTIC way with pacing and modulation enables her to slip seamlessy between mockery, irony, mischief and resignation while conjuring up the overwrought puppets of Edith Wharton's New York—and offer us the most touching Ellen Olenska around. (Random House, $17)

FIRST AMONG EQUALS Jeffrey Archer mines his experience in Parliament for this talc of three British pols with their sights set on No. 10 Downing Street. Michael York, in one of the few undistinguished performances of his career, makes it sound like the literary version of painting by numbers. (Harper, $16)

LOVE, LOVE AND LOVE These musings on love, lust, dreams and odds and ends, written by comedian and former Madonna sidekick Sandra Bernhard, are read by the author in a voice that perfectly matches the terminal banality of the prose. (Simon and Schuster, $12)

THE TE OF PIGLET In this sequel to The Too of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff attempts to turn the antics of Winnie and his chums into parables illustrating the wisdom of Taoism. Hoff also takes a sideswipe at his many critics, but since his studies have not given him the insight to recognize that he reads as tritely as he writes, perhaps someone should tell him. (Harper, $19.99)

MR. & MRS. BRIDGE In two separate, acclaimed novels, Evan S. Connell casts an unsentimental eye on a mid-century marriage in Middle America. Paul Newman's Mister (grave and gravelly) and Joanne Woodward's Mrs. (brittle and bewildered) prove again that this can be a medium of distinction. (Dove, $29.95)

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