Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

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"FATHER'S DAY" A novel by John Calvin Batchelor (15 hours, unabridged, Brilliance Corp., $25.95)

Is a palace coup possible in the United States? Perhaps, if the president became temporarily incapacitated and the vice president was ruthless enough. The No. 2 guy on the ticket could use Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to block the man in the Oval Office from reassuming his powers.

That's the situation explored by the author in this nail-biter read with immense skill by Bill Weideman.

Other things have to be involved, of course, such as a compliant Cabinet and enough support in Congress to make such a move a reality. Always possibilities to be sure. In addition, the man elected to the White House would have to have powerful enemies willing to calculate his weakness, and act upon it.

This political thriller has all the Byzantine elements that give Washington its character: savage infighting, blind greed, unbridled ambition and the pervasive saber-toothed need to bring down the powerful. This is not exactly a situation of good vs. evil. It's more on the order of winners and losers, and you're never quite sure how it's all going to turn out.

Brilliance Corp. tapes must be listened to on a stereo unit with a balance control, or with an adaptor ($4.95) for headsets. The library edition, which comes in a sturdy plastic case and which can be played on monaural as well as stereo units, is $89.25. The three-hour abridged Nova edition is $17. The productions may be found in bookstores or ordered by calling (800) 222-3225.

***** "BEGINNER SPANISH" A Pimsleur Language Program (4 hours, unabridged, Simon & Schuster, $25)

The publisher has released beginner tapes in Spanish and French, which are designed for the ear and not for the eye. Consequently, they are very basic and won't knock your s-o-c-k-s off. Through rote recitation, however, the system does provide one way to acquire some skill with the languages. …

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