Picks and Pans Review: What's New on Audio

updated 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>SUDDEN EXPOSURE Berkeley lefties joining health clubs? It adds up to murder in Susan Dunlap's latest thriller, with reader Margot Kidder finding exactly the right tone and pace to animate the cops and kooks involved. (Durkin Hayes, $16.99)


It's not just the adventures of the heroine—lusty and faintly cockney in Frances Barber's brisk reading—that make Daniel Defoe's novel so enthralling but also the documentary glimpses of 18th-century low life, especially in London. (Penguin, $23.95)

PINOCCHIO So what if the beasties that abet and assail Carlo Collodi's wooden urchin sound as if they come from Belfast and Birmingham? Miriam Margolyes keeps them firmly in control in a totally engaging reading. (Penguin, $10.95)


Patrick Macnee is a breezy narrator, but his talents do not include an ear for Irish accents—which is more than a slight handicap in rendering Jack Higgins's yarn about Irish Protestant paramilitaries and an IRA man turned British spook. (Dove, 29.95)

A TALE OF TWO CITIES This imaginative, 375-minute BBC dramatization of the Dickens classic features Charles Dance {The Jewel in the Crown) doing a far, far better thing than he has ever done. (Bantam, $22)

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