Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

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"LIBERMAN'S THIEF" A mystery by Stuart Kaminsky (6 hours, Brilliance Corporation, unabridged, $23.95)

The Edgar Award-winning author's stories abridge beautifully, because he is a master of the subplot. But those wonderful slices of human insight are inevitably lost in the shortened version. Fortunately, this production retains every word.

Kaminsky is particularly adept when working with his character Abe Lieberman, an aging homicide detective on the Chicago police force. It is the way Lieberman influences the people in the mini-stories that often reflects the drama.

In the telling, the author shows how the justice system and society have become twisted.

The main plot in this book involves George "Pitty Pitty" Patnik, a failing artist who survives by stealing from the rich. He is not without talent, but there is no way that he could survive on the proceeds from his realistic paintings.

As a result, he makes most of his money from his part-time job as a burglar.

It is something he does well. He wasn't always good at it, however. He became a very careful planner after a couple of turns in the slammer.

He does not want to go back to prison. Not enough to quit stealing, but enough as to use utmost caution when casing the homes of his potential victims. So it is just bad luck that he breaks into a house just in time to witness a murder.

What's worse is that the killer spots him.

As the reader, David Colacci is incredible, changing voices, accents and moods while quickly moving the story along. It is another yeoman performance by the publisher's repertory of narrators.

Brilliance audios must be listened to on a unit with balance control or with an adapter ($4.95) for headsets. The tapes and the adapters may be found in bookstores or ordered by calling (800) 222-3225.

***** "STAR WARS" and "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" Boxed set of the 23 original radio dramas produced for National Public Radio ($99.95 on 12 compact discs, HighBridge)

These brilliantly produced full-cast productions feature the music and sound effects from the movies. …

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