Picks and Pans Review: New on Audio

updated 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>FOR READING WITH YOUR EARS

PROOF Some bounder is selling sham scotch in this odds-on entry from Dick Francis. A cast of 22 from BBC radio bring this typical Francis mix of turf, toffs, murder and nag-napping to a winning conclusion. (Bantam, $15.99)

AMERICAN STAR Boy gets girl, loses girl, gets girl in Jackie Collins's epic of studs and starlets read by the author in an accent that hovers unappealingly somewhere between north London and north Hollywood. (Simon & Schuster, $24)

THE CLIENT Actress Blair Brown's skills as a narrator and her dazzling portrayal of a farouche 11-year-old boy caught in a tug-of-war between cops and crooks makes you forget that John Grisham's latest bestseller runs a couple quarts low on plausibility. (Bantam, $23.50)

IT DOESN'T TAKE A HERO Apart from the odd lapse into self-congratulation and some melodramatic' martial music, II. Norman Schwarzkopf's account of Desert Storm and his life before it is surprisingly captivating (can it be those crusty tonsils?). Right-wingers may turn apoplectic at what he says about Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (he's a fan) and Rambo movies (not). (Bantam, $25)

THE BACHELOR HOME COMPANION

Humorist P.J. O'Bourke's household hints for postmodern playboys—whiskey with everything, heavy on the wry—play better in print than on tape. Adam Arkin sounds as if he rehearsed by reciting footnotes from Popular Mechanics. (Random House, $16)

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