Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

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"FLOATERS"

A novel by Joseph Wambaugh (6 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $22.95)

No one writes police procedural stories with the knack of Joseph Wambaugh, and he is at his ablest in this tale of the waterfront scene on San Diego's Mission Bay during the America's Cup yacht races.

Even if the Cup has little relevance to most of the world, it is the ultimate prize in a chase before the wind, kind of a damp Kentucky Derby, Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 all wrapped up into one. And no one appreciates the meaning of the award more than Ambrose Lutterworth, one of those failed aristocrats who is a member of the San Diego Yacht Club because of his family name and not because he is a remarkable sailor or has elephant dollars.

In fact, Ambrose is the Keeper of the Cup, which, at 63 years of age, is his one observable accomplishment in life. It is a job he wants to preserve for himself, but the only way for him to do that is for the Americans to win against challenger New Zealand.

Still, Ambrose thinks of a method, and the way is with the help of Blaze Duval, a beautiful masseuse who finds it pays to never rub her clients the wrong way. For Ambrose to put his plan into action, all she has to do is make friends with one of the New Zealand crane operators, and then slip him a mickey.

Everything seems to be going as Ambrose intends, then a couple of people wind up murdered, and his plan is in jeopardy. The killings bring in members police department's vice, homicide and the harbor patrol units, each of whom works to solve the crimes but each has different suspects in mind.

This is an ear-grabbing production with a story that provides some surprises, and Ron McLarty is at the top of his game as the narrator.

BDD Audios may be found in bookstores or ordered by calling (800) 223-6834, ext. 9479.

"1812"

A novel by David Nevin (18 hours, unabridged, Brilliance Bookcassette, $27.95)

It takes a talent with the gifts of Dick Hill to read a sprawling story of this nature, and keep the listener's interest from start to finish. It is the War of 1812 (13, 14 and 15), and major American personalities of the period emerge full-blown and three-dimensional, giving substance to a conflict that is rich in detail. …

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