4 new fiction audiobooks
Fiction dominates this month, with one thriller, one novel based on fact, and two easy-going tales from established authors.
1. 'The Other Einstein,' by Marie Benedict
(Read by Mozhan Marno; Random House Audio; seven CDs; eight hours and 30 minutes)
Mitza Maric met Albert Einstein in 1896 Zurich when she was one of the very few women attending Zürich Polytechnic where Einstein was a student. They dated and married, after which she receded to the shadows, though there has always been speculation that Maric contributed greatly to Einstein's much lauded theories. This fictional account of their relationship appears well researched (play the author's note at the end). Marno reads with emotion, subtly expressing joy, frustration, and anger. Though she doesn't attempt foreign accents, she does lower her vocal register for men. She also keeps the story flowing along when it occasionally bogs down as it is rather somber and sometimes repetitive.
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