Picks and Pans Review: Great Listening

updated 08/08/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/08/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Audio Books

HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson This is the first audio version of Pulitzer winner Robinson's acclaimed 1981 novel. Narrator Becket Royce smoothly and subtly captures the magic of her story of two sisters whose lives are defined by impermanence.

MAD GIRLS IN LOVE by Michael Lee West The author narrates this life-affirming novel about the enduring bond between three generations of southern belles; her warm Tennessee drawl brings the setting to life.

ELEVEN ON TOP by Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum, Evanovich's ditzy but delightful bounty-hunter heroine, returns—this time to solve her own career crisis. Actress Lorelei King gives each character a distinct—and hilarious—voice.

DUBLINERS by James Joyce More than 90 years after Joyce's groundbreaking work was published, other notable talents from Ireland-including writer Frank McCourt and actor Stephen Rea—narrate stories including "The Dead."

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