Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight on Audiobooks

updated 05/18/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/18/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Paradise

Toni Morrison's vocal repertoire ranges from the hypnotically lyrical to the provocatively robust—not unlike many of the passages in her saga of a black enclave in Oklahoma. (Random House, $25.95)

God Is My Broker This hilarious spoof on spiritual and financial gurus (and venal monks) by Christopher Buckley and John Tierney—reinforced by the verve of actor Mark Linn-Baker's reading—proves that satire can be an occasion of grace. (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $23.95)

Oscar and Lucinda Ralph Fiennes's reading, though lucid and intelligent, is too detached to bring to life Peter Carey's unforgettable tale of two eccentrics in 19th-century Australia. (Random House, $24)

Booth David Robertson's novel, which examines the Lincoln assassination through the eyes of an alleged coconspirator, is most memorable for the minutiae of life in 1860s Washington, related by Edward Herrmann with an appropriately courtly zest. (BDD, $23.95)

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