Picks and Pans Review: Great Audio

UPDATED 02/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

THE ACCIDENTAL by Ali Smith, read by Heather O'Neill and others A talented British ensemble turns this quirky family drama about a conniving guest into dinner theater.

THE NUMBER by Lee Eisenberg The author, a baby boomer nearing retirement, narrates his quirky report on the quality of your second life and how much money you'll really need to enjoy it.

THE BIG OYSTER by Mark Kurlansky, read by Tom Stechschulte Yes, oysters—but really a fascinating history of the mollusk's role in N.Y.C.'s development.

THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS' WEDDING PLANNER/DIVORCE GUIDE by Jill Connor Browne The author narrates her insouciant guide to matrimony, from sniffing out a groom to finessing the split.

MANHUNT by James L. Swanson This taut historical account of the tense search for Lincoln's killer, actor John Wilkes Booth, is thrillingly narrated by another actor —Richard Thomas.

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