NLS Operations Alerts


No. 14-58


DATE          :  August 6, 2014

TO                :  Network Libraries

FROM         :  Richard Smith, Chief, Network Division

SUBJECT   :  Network-produced books added to NLS collection



NLS is pleased to announce that thirteen network-produced audiobooks have been added to the NLS collection through the Multistate Center East (MSCE) Quality Assurance Program. Following each of the title descriptions listed below is a link to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website where the title is available for download. The titles may also be requested on cartridge from your multistate center as part of your yearly quota.  


Newly Added Network-Produced Audiobooks (by library)


From the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services, FL1A

Mike Mulligan y Su Màquina Maravillosa (Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel)
DBN 00016

20 minutos

por Virginia Lee Burton

leído por Norma Torres

Contra la amenaza de los nuevos aparatos de gasolina y motores de diesel, un hombre permanece fiel a su máquina de vapor y excava su camino hacia un final sorprendente—y feliz. Paro grados K a 3. (Against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, Mike Mulligan remains loyal to his steam shovel, Mary Anne, and digs his way to a surprising—and happy—ending. For grades K–3.)

Download Mike Mulligan y Su Maìquina Maravillosa


From the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, MO1A

Dictionary of Missouri Biography DBN 00023

85 hours, 52 minutes

by Kenneth Winn, Gary Kremer, and Lawrence Christensen

read by Mark Ashby

This work contains short biographies of more than seven hundred individuals—many of them native Missourians—who have contributed in some way to the course of state and national history.

Download Dictionary of Missouri Biography


From the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, NY1A

The Cement Garden DBN 00018

4 hours, 23 minutes

by Ian McEwan

read by Pete Larkin

First father died, then mother. Now the four children are left alone in a house that looks like a castle stranded among grim high-rises. McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting—or denying.

Download The Cement Garden


By Night in Chile DBN 00019

4 hours, 22 minutes

by Roberto Bolaño

read by A.J. Stetson

A fictional, feverish monologue of a flawed man and failed priest, the sick and aging Father Urrutia, takes place over the course of a single evening, and is written in a single paragraph. His ruminations cover Opus Dei, falconry, and private lessons on Marxism for Pinochet and his generals. Contains descriptions of violence.

Download By Night in Chile


Strange Forces DBN 00020

4 hours, 58 minutes

by Leopoldo Lugones

read by Laura Esterman

Twelve short stories by Argentinean fiction writer and poet Leopoldo Lugones, whose baroque style and paranormal fixations link him with kindred spirits such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Download Strange Forces


The Food Wars DBN 00021

5 hours, 11 minutes

by Walden F. Bello

read by Pete Larkin

Examines the food crisis and the imbalance in the most basic of human commodities and argues for the deglobalization of food production.

Download The Food Wars


China’s Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution DBN 00022

6 hours, 21 minutes

by Da Chen

read by David Beck

Author recounts his growing up in 1960s China, dropping out of school, joining a gang, and later, after Communist leader Mao’s death, studying day and night to earn a college education. For junior and senior high readers.

Download China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution


Azorno DBN 00024

3 hours, 50 minutes

by Inger Chistensen and Denise Newman

read by Rhoda Russell

A writer named Sampel recounts the events of his novel—or are they real events from his own life?

Download Azorno


Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront DBN 00025

6 hours, 44 minutes

by Nathan Ward

read by Pete Larkin

Author explores the corruption and violence of the 1940s New York waterfront. Contains descriptions of violence and strong language. 

Download Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront


City of Strangers DBN 00026

7 hours, 33 minutes

by Ian Mackenzie

read by David Beck

An act of violence sets in motion a series of events that change the life of Paul, his estranged older brother, and his dying father. Descriptions of violence.

Download City of Strangers


From the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, OK1A

When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation DBN 00014

11 minutes

by Tim Tingle

read by Nancy Cheper

When Rabbit challenges Turtle to a race, he gets his comeuppance—and Turtle gets a little help from his friend, Turkey. In the process we learn why Turtle's shell is cracked and why you never see Rabbit racing Turtle today. For preschool–grade 2.

Download When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation


Fibblestax DBN 00015

11 minutes

by Devin Scillian

read by Nancy Cheper

A young boy with a knack for coming up with fitting names for things competes with the high-handed man who has been assigning absurd names to see who will have the right to decide what things will be called. For preschool–grade 2.

Download Fibblestax


Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom DBN 00017

27 minutes

by Tim Tingle

read by Nancy Cheper

Mississippi before the Civil War. Martha, a Choctaw girl, makes friends with Little Mo, a slave boy on a plantation. One night, after Little Mo and his family are threatened, Martha helps them cross the river to freedom. For grades 2–4. 2006.

Download Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom


Congratulations to these network libraries.


For more information contact:

Richard Smith

Chief, Network Division

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