New Audiobooks

* means it is also available on Playaway
** means it is only on Playaway at Chester County Library
Fiction
The 1st Victim by Tami Hoagburial rites
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
Burial Rites: a novel by Hannah Kent *
The Cursed by Heather Graham
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
The Directive: a novel by Matthew Quirk
The Dragon Business by Kevin J. Anderson
Field of Prey by John Sandford
Forget Me Not by Fern Michaels**dragon business
Ghost Ship: a novel from the NUMA files by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Keeper: a novel by John Lescroart
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline*
The Kill Switch by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood
The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
The Martian: a novel by Andy Weirmillion ways to die in the west
Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Raisins and Almonds: a Phyrne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood
Resistant by Michael Palmer
Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West: a novel by Seth MacFarlane**
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
The Skin Collector: a Lincoln Rhyme novel by Jeffery Deaver
Skin Game: a novel of the Dresden files by Jim Butcherskin game
The Son by Jo Nesbo*
The Spook Lights Affair: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Starfire by Dale Brown
Suspicion by Joseph Finder
Three Jack Reacher novellas: Deep down, Second son & High heat by Lee Child**
Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetrowalking on water
Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
When We Met by Susan Mallery

Nonfiction

Ask Deepak About Meditation and Higher Consciousness by Deepak Chopra
E.E. Cummings: a life by Susan Cheevere. e. cummings
History Decoded: the ten greatest conspiracies of all time by Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell
American chronicles: World War I by NPR
Love Life by Rob Lowe
Talk Like TED: the 9 public-speaking secrets of the world’s top minds by Carmine Gallo
The Women of Duck Commander: surprising insights from the women behind the beards about what makes this family work by Kay Robertson et alyou must remember this
You Can Begin Again: no matter what, it’s never too late by Joyce Meyer **
You Must Remember This: life and style in Hollywood’s Golden Age by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman

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New Releases 7/22

Moviesheaven is for real
The Single Moms Club
Cesar Chavez
Heaven is For Real
Transcendence
Dalziel & Pascoe season 10
Blue Ruin
Insomnia

Music
trouble in paradise
Nobody’s Smiling by Common
5 Seconds of Summer by 5 Seconds of Summer
Trouble in Paradise by La Roux
In Technicolor by Jesse McCartney

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Under the Skin (2014)

New on DVD is Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, as strange and unsettling a film as you will ever see. The visuals are nothing short of astounding, even gasp-inducing. Mica Levi’s music score will give you the creeps.

The story: A seductive young woman (Scarlett Johansson) drives a vanunder the skin around Glasgow, giving lifts to men she determines won’t be immediately missed. Her intention: luring them into an old house where they are…consumed? By the end, she (it?) seems to understand something about humans, might be acquiring empathy, could be having second thoughts about her life and mission. (Is she marooned on Earth? Is she some sort of queen “handled” by the men on motorcycles?) Glazer said of his film, “The body-soul thing, that paradox—the pleasure of consciousness and life and being in a body, and also how troubling it is and mystifying—is key in the film.”

In his April review, critic Richard Roeper called Under the Skin “by far the most memorable movie of the first few months of 2014. It’s as if the script for Species* had landed on Stanley Kubrick’s desk and he had decided to transform it into a stark mood piece that drills into your psyche and will stay there forever….I need to see this film again.” The movie mixes naturalism with the surreal, or as Jonathan Romney put it, its “nightmare mode.” The Huffington Post called it “a dark nightmare of images and sound, played out with perhaps the movies’ most alluring female star.”

Like the films of David Lynch, Under the Skin was not given a wide release, playing almost exclusively in one big city “art house.” In Philadelphia it was the Ritz East. Are suburbanites considered too plebeian for such movies? Is film distribution an imperfect science? Maybe it’s the R rating—exhibitors can’t make as much money from a film teens can’t see as from Captain America or Spider-Man.

Under the Skin is certainly not for all tastes. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), to which it has been likened in its style and ambiguity, it will bore and perplex some while others will be entranced. (The ticket seller at the Ritz East told my party that older people think it’s “too weird” while young audiences “love it.”) Even if the filmmakers had nothing profound to say, the film nevertheless inspires a multitude of questions about humanity and in that sense is wholly rewarding.   Slate.com was on target, concluding that “the film is bristling with ideas.”

This is only the third feature film from director Glazer. Like Under the Skin, Birth (2004), with Nicole Kidman, was not much seen . On the other hand, Sexy Beast (2000), a gangster saga with Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone, is held in high regard.

*Parallels with Species go only so far. In that 1995 film a message from space provided DNA sequencing that allowed humanity to create an alien whose goal they soon realize is to spawn deadly offspring. Species was an action film with its own debt to Them! , Alien, The Terminator and any film with chase and combat sequences in the Los Angeles sewers.

 

By Kim

References

Jake Coyle. “Scarlett Johansson on Polarizing ‘Under the Skin’: ‘I Never Experienced Anything Like That’.” www.huffingtonpost (4/3/2014).

Dan Kois. “Maneater.” www.slate.com (6/17/2014).

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, April 12, 2014.

Jonathan Romney, “Unearthly Stranger,” Sight & Sound (April 2014): 22-24, 26-27.

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New Releases 7/15

Moviespickpocket
Rio 2
Under the Skin
Orphan Black season 2
Hell on Wheels season 3
Pickpocket
Wrinkles

Musicmandatory fun
Yes! by Jason Mraz
The Black Market by Rise Against
World Peace is None of Your Business by Morrissey
No Fools, No Fun by Puss N Boots
Friends & Lovers by Marsha Ambrosius
Mandatory Fun by Weird Al Yankovic
Wish I Was Here soundtrack by various

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New Releases 7/8

Movies
Lone Survivorle week-end
Non-Stop
Le Week-End
The Raid 2
Endeavour series 2
Vicious
The Unknown Known
Maidentrip
Watermark
Nymphomaniac Vol. 1
Nymphomaniac Vol. 2
Prisoners of War season 1

Music
Isolate and Medicate by Seether1000 forms of fear
Trigga by Trey Songz
Paula by Robin Thicke
Don’t Kill the Magic by Magic!
The Midnight Ramble Sessions vol 3 by The Levon Helm Band
Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
I’m a Song by Jim Lauderdale
High Life by Eno & Hyde
1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
Redeemer of Souls by Judas Priest
Bridges by Mary Sarah
Now: Chicago XXXVI by Chicago
ShutUp&Jam! by Ted Nugent
Beautiful Goodbye by Richard Marx

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New Releases 6/24

Movies
Winter’s Talefracknation
Endless Love
300: Rise of an Empire
Enemy
Repentance
Blood Ties
Faust
Fracknation
$ellebrity
Afternoon of a Faun

Music

X by Ed SheeranHope in Front of Me
Hummingbird in a Box by Peter Frampton
Bridges by Joe
Once More ‘Round the Sun by Mastodon
Hope in Front of Me by Danny Gokey
While 1 2 by Deadmau5
Noise vs. Beauty by Bassnectar
Fuego by Phish

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Your Favorite Funny Movie Scenes

The funniest scenes on film?  It’s subjective, but here are a smattering of movie scenes of the sound era that make me chuckle or laugh whenever I recall or see them again.  What are your favorites?

Adam's Rib

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)  Pursued down the manse’s hall by the monster, our bumbling heroes slam the door and push up against it a bed.  However, the door opens into the hall.

Adam’s Rib (1950) Katharine Hepburn screeches when Spencer Tracy puts a gun barrel in his mouth—and bites it off.  “Licorice.”

Airplane (1980)  Barbara Billingsley translates jive for two Brothers.

Airplane 2 (1982)  Moonbase captain William Shatner is contacted and asked to help with a rescue mission.  It turns out that Shatner’s mug is not being viewed on a monitor, rather a window because he opens the door to provide his answer and expertise.

Bananas

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)  Attempting to thwart teen Shirley Temple’s crush on him, Cary Grant decides to play along and act her age.  Upon coming to her house and meeting her grandfather, Grant says, “I know a man.” “What man?” asks gramps.  “Man with a power.” “What power?” “Power of who-do.” “Who-do?” “You do.” “I do what?” “Know a man.”

Bananas (1971)  Woody Allen leads a guerilla army to topple a Central American dictator.  On the way to the capital Woody and his lieutenants enter the Bar Rest. El Verde and order 1,000 grilled cheese, 300 tuna, and 200 BLTs.  Woody is reminded that Fernandez wants his on a roll.

Biloxi Blues (1988)  Matthew Broderick is oppressed by the Mississippi heat during Basic Training and complains, “It never got this hot in Brooklyn.  It’s like Africa hot.  Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.”

Coming to America

Bringing Up Baby (1938)  To cover Katharine Hepburn’s torn dress posterior, Cary Grant latches onto her and they walk out of the room , legs in sync.

Coming to America (1988)  John Amos, owner of the McDowell’s hamburger emporium, is told by employee Louis Anderson that he’s wanted out front.  When he comes out he encounters the glaring King of Zamunda (James Earl Jones) in his lion-skin vestments accompanied by his wife and assorted minions.

Father of the Bride (1950)  Spencer Tracy has a dream in which he can’t get down to aisle to give daughter Elizabeth Taylor away.  The floor ripples, his clothes are torn to shreds.  Everyone is looking at him, aghast.

A Foreign Affair (1948)  When staid Congresswoman Jean Arthur asks John Lund how he knows so much about women’s clothes he responds, “My mother wore women’s clothes.”

The Graduate (1967)  At poolside during his college graduation party, Dustin Hoffman is offered advice about his future by one of his father’s corporate chums:  “One word:  Plastics.”

Harold and Maude (1972)  Harold’s Uncle Victor (CharlesTyner), an Army “lifer” with one arm, gazes upon the portrait of patriot Nathan Hale and yanks on a lanyard below his service bars and pulls his empty sleeve up in salute.

The In-Laws (1979)  Dentist Alan Arkin is introduced to Central American dictator Richard Libertini by Peter Falk.  The dictator introduces Arkin to his “hand” puppet Senor Pepe, who gives Arkin a kiss.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)  Accidentally locked in a hardware store basement, Sid Caesar and Edie Adams make valiant efforts to break out, from using a sledgehammer to charging into the wall on a forklift.

Meatballs (1979)  While loading up the children for Camp Mohawk, Tripper (Bill Murray) is asked by a local newscaster to explain why the camp costs $1,000 a week.  Tripper reveals that they will once again perform Shakespeare in the round and host a political roundtable at which Henry Kissinger and Yassur Arafat will appear.  “But the real excitement,” Murray adds, occurs during “sexual awareness week” at the end of which the winner gets to pillage neighboring towns.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)  King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his men cannot pass the wood until they give the guardian knights “a shrubbery!”

Murder by Death (1976)  “What the hell kind of a circus was it?” asks Peter Falk of Eileen Brennan after she tried to explain her strange childhood.

The Naked Gun (1988) In trying to determine the assassin at a baseball game, Inspector Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) incapacitates and assumes the identities of scheduled National Anthem –singing tenor Enrico Pallazzo and the plate umpire.  When Drebin’s umpire mask comes off during an altercation, a spectator (Mark Holton) leaps up and yells, “It’s Enrico Pallazzo!”

A New Leaf (1971)  Clumsy but rich biologist Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May) asks suitor Walter Matthau if he’s “ever tasted Mogen David’s Extra Heavy Malaga Wine with Soda and Lime Juice.”

A Night in Casablanca (1946)  Hiding in a war criminal’s (Sig Ruman) hotel room, Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx foil the Nazi’s attempt to pack his steamer trunks by removing the contents every time his back is turned.

The Odd Couple (1968)  Oscar (Walter Matthau) confronts Felix (Jack Lemmon) about all the irritating little notes he leaves in their apartment.  “We Are All Out Of Cornflakes—F U.  Took me three hours to figure out that F U is Felix Ungar!”

One, Two, Three (1961)  West Berlin Coca-Cola rep McNamara (James Cagney) wants to break into the Communist market where all those Cossacks and Volga boatmen thirst for the pause that refreshes.  With his bumptious blonde secretary (Lilo Pulver) in tow, he entertains three Communist apparatchiks at a nightclub.  To the tune of the orchestra’s “Yes, We Have No Bananas” the secretary dances on the table with flaming shishkabob sticks, one of which is caught by the aged orchestra leader without missing a beat.

Only Two Can Play (1962)  Attempting to exit unseen from the home where he has been trying to consummate a  relationship with a town councillor’s wife, Peter Sellers keeps running into guests and pretends to be the butler and a plumbing inspector.  Not knowing the house, he keeps opening closets and doors that foil his escape.  It is a preview of Sellers ‘ bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Operation Petticoat (1959)  Hoping to sink an anchored Japanese vessel, Cary Grant’s plan comes to naught when a nurse accidentally and prematurely launches the torpedo.  An explosion is heard but when Grant looks through the periscope he finds that “We sunk a truck!”

Send Me No Flowers (1964)  When Doris Day demands that Rock Hudson reveal the name of the woman with whom he pretends to be having an affair, he answers, “Dolores.” Doris wants a last name.  Rock scans the wall of the train station baggage room where this conversation takes place, spots a Smokey the Bear poster and announces, “Yellowstone.”

So Fine (1981)  Ryan O’Neal is being chased by mobster Richard Kiel, a mountain of a man.  “A giant?  Was he well dressed?” asks Jack Warden, garment district impresario.

Stripes (1981)  When Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates) is injured, Bill Murray and the platoon finish Basic Training on their own and at graduation explain to the general (Robert J. Wilke), “That’s a fact, Jack!”

That Touch of Mink (1962)  Learning that Doris Day is being taken to a seedy motel, Cary Grant exclaims in disgust, “Al’s Motel. (harumph!)  Sounds like a place where you bring your own light bulbs.”

Topper Takes a Trip (1939)  Escorted through a hotel by the ghost Marian Kirby, Topper (Roland Young) seems to be floating on air or having a fit.

Who Was That Lady? (1960)  Inadvertently mixed up with Communist spies and the FBI, Tony Curtis and Dean Martin are kidnapped and wake up in what they think is a Red submarine.  Intending to sabotage it, they begin smashing pipes and releasing water.  Trouble is, they are not in a submarine, rather the basement of the Empire State Building.

Young Frankenstein (1974)  To show the townsfolk that he has indeed created life, Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) teaches the monster (Peter Boyle) to sing and dance on stage.  However, the creature doesn’t do it well enough and the audience hisses and boos and pelts him with garbage.

Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)  Each time Ron Leibman’s Captain Esteban is ready to order the firing squad to shoot, the drummers begin drumming.

By Kim

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New Releases 6/17

Moviesthe lego movie
The Lego Movie
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Machine
The Attorney
2 Autumns, 3 Winters

Music
Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
Think Like a Man Too by Mary J. Bligezaba
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Zaba by Glass Animals
Let’s by Adam Schroeder
Favorite Waitress by The Felice Brothers
Mutineers by David Gray
A Town Called Paradise by David Tiesto
A.K.A. by Jennifer Lopez
Band of Brothers by Willie Nelson

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2014 Audie Winners!

Here are the winners of the 2014 Audies:

AUDIO DRAMAstill foolin' em
Oliver Twist; by Charles Dickens; Narrated by Joe Holgate, Henry Goodman, Bill Sykes, Geoffrey Palmer, Roy Hudd, Finty Williams, and full cast; Tyndale House

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Still Foolin’ ’Em; by Billy Crystal; Narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
The Elephant Whisperer; by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence; Narrated by Simon Vance; Tantor Media

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army; by Robert Watson; Narrated by Bob Souer; eChristian

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12Matilda
Matilda; by Roald Dahl; Narrated by Kate Winslet; Penguin Audio

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus; by Atinuke; Narrated by Mutiyat Ade-Salu; Recorded Books

CLASSIC
The Complete Sherlock Holmes; by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Narrated by Simon Vance; Brilliance Audio

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTIONStorm King
Pete Seeger: The Storm King; by Pete Seeger; Narrated by Pete Seeger; Hachette Audio

EROTICA
Carrie’s Story: An Erotic S/M Novel; by Molly Weatherfield; Narrated by Shana Savage; Audible, Inc.

FANTASY
Wisp of a Thing; by Alex Bledsoe; Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki; Blackstone Audio Inc.

FICTIONDoctor Sleep
Doctor Sleep; by Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton; Simon & Schuster Audio

HISTORY
Devil in the Grove; by Gilbert King; Narrated by Peter Francis James; HarperAudio

HUMOR
Still Foolin’ ’Em; by Billy Crystal; Narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
A Story of God and All of Us; by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; Narrated by Keith David and the Authors; Hachette Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
Keeping Hope Alive; by Dr. Hawa Abdi; Narrated by Robin Miles; Hachette Audio

LITERARY FICTIONGoldfinch
The Goldfinch; by Donna Tartt; Narrated by David Pittu; Hachette Audio

MULTI–VOICED PERFORMANCE
World War Z: The Complete Edition; by Max Brooks; Narrated by Max Brooks and full cast; Random House Audio/Books on Tape

MYSTERY
Unleashed; by David Rosenfelt; Narrated by Grover Gardner; Listen & Live Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
Still Foolin’ ’Em; by Billy Crystal; Narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio

NON-FICTIONDavid and Goliath
David and Goliath; by Malcolm Gladwell; Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell; Hachette Audio

ORIGINAL WORK
Thirteen; by Scott Harrison and others; Narrated by Barnaby Edwards et al.; Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd

PACKAGE DESIGN
Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker’s Edition; by Kevin J. Anderson; Narrated by Neil Peart; Brilliance Audio

PARANORMAL
Reviver; by Seth Patrick; Narrated by Ari Fliakos; Macmillan Audio

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
You Are a Badass; by Jen Sincero; Narrated by Jen Sincero; Tantor Media

ROMANCElongest ride
The Longest Ride; by Nicholas Sparks; Narrated by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy; Hachette Audio

SCIENCE FICTION
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance; by Lois McMaster Bujold; Narrated by Grover Gardner; Blackstone Audio Inc.

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
Sherlock Holmes in America; by John L. Lellenberg et al.; Narrated by Graeme Malcolm; Audible, Inc.

SOLO NARRATION — FEMALE
The Twelve Clues of Christmas; by Rhys Bowen; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren; Audible, Inc.

SOLO NARRATION — MALE
The Goldfinch; by Donna Tartt; Narrated by David Pittu; Hachette Audio

TEENS
Viva Jacquelina; by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren; Listen & Live Audio

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
The Hit; by David Baldacci; Narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy; Hachette Audio

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New Releases 6/10

Moviesjack ryan
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Ray Donovan season 1
Rizzoli & Isles season 4
Resurrection season 1
True Detective season 1
The Missing Picture
Brazil With Michael Palin
Capital
Omar
Devil’s Knot

Musicstockholm hynde
Lazaretto by Jack White
Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
Whispers by Passenger
Hebrews by Say Anything
Stockholm by Chrissie Hynde
2014 Warped Tour Compilation by various

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