Sound and Touch September 2021

Blind Low Vision NZ Library—Te Puna Whakamōhio

Blind Low Vision NZ, formerly Blind Foundation

Produced 2021 by Accessible Formats Service, Blind Low Vision NZ, Auckland.

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Welcome to the September 2021 issue of Sound and Touch

In this issue:



BookDrive Update

Book allocation issues

BookDrive magazine tips

Alexa News

Allied Press Newspapers

EasyReader News

Covid-19 Delay for this issue of Sound and Touch


At the time of writing and putting this issue together, New Zealand is in a nationwide lockdown. As I sit here and consider what Library news/updates I need to share with you, I find myself grateful. Grateful for the Library team and all the work they do behind the scenes. This is a dedicated team who always think about you. They go above and beyond to ensure you have access to audio books which during times like these are essential and appreciated more than words can express. In the short time I have been part of the Library team it wasn’t long before I began to admire and respect what the team does. The inner workings of the literacy world are fascinating, complex, structured, creative, legalistic and practical. Delivering audio books is not as straight forward as one would assume and I hope you will join with me in continuing to support this team who possess a skill set and passion for making audio books available to our community. Yen Tran, Interim Library Manager.


One of the many functions that make up the Library service is the Studio team. The skills in this team range from audio engineering, post-production and as you know, the wonderful world of narration. A world I would never fit into because I don’t have a creative bone in my body, this does however expose you to the multi-talented voice over artists that one uncreative person, like myself can only appreciate from afar. In August, one of our Narrators John Callen a New Zealand actor, director and teacher was the recipient of the 2021 Equity New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a prestigious award recognising John’s dedication to the creative arts for over 40 years. We are honoured to have John as part of the BLVNZ narration family.

BookDrive Update

If you registered to use our now retired CD service, you may or may not be aware this service has been replaced with BookDrive or Alexa. As the Library continues to evolve with our ever changing world, we recognize we need to provide a service for those that do not have access to wireless internet. This service is BookDrive. BookDrive still allows you to continue to use your DAISY player to listen to audio books and magazines. Instead of getting a bunch of CDs you will now receive a USB memory stick with up to 100 audio books and any magazine issues you are subscribed to. The selection of audio books is determined by the profile you had with our CD service. A BookDrive should cover your audio book needs for more than a month. The BookDrive is plugged into your DAISY player in the port found on the top left hand side corner. Once plugged in, you use the same buttons to navigate and read the books and magazines as you would use with CDs. When you have finished listening to your books, just send the BookDrive back to us in the Free Post cardboard box mailer and we will send it back to you with your next lot of audio books. If you are interested in BookDrive please call us on 0800 24 33 33.

BookDrive: Book allocation Issues

Est-ce que tu parles français? Do you speak French?

We are aware there have been French narrated books in your book allocation and not by request. A little glitch in our system has been allocating French books that we have now resolved. We appreciate your patience whilst we sought to find the cause and hope that a little French injected into your world did not make you crave patisseries.

BookDrive magazine tip

One of the most common enquiries we have been receiving is how to access magazines on your BookDrive.

1. You can access the magazine shortcut, by pressing the back title key when the BookDrive is first inserted

2. Use the title select keys to select a magazine issue; then you have to press the play button to listen to it

Just a kind reminder, magazine back issues are included every time you get a new BookDrive.

Alexa News

We are continuing to improve and develop our BLVNZ Amazon Alexa Skill. You will notice a change with the skill as we introduce a menu, in the new menu you can find the library as option 4. It will be slightly different to what you are used to, just follow the prompts to get to the Library.

Allied Press Newspapers

For all our clients in Otago and Southland (and anyone else who is interested), we have great news! Allied Press have agreed to give us a daily feed of their newspapers. This includes the Otago Daily Times. This brings the total number of newspapers available to 121 and we now have all the major newspapers in NZ available. At the moment, Allied Press newspapers are only available on Alexa, however we expect that they will be available on TIS and other services in the near future. We would like to Thank Allied Press for partnering with us. A full list of available titles is below.

  • Ashburton Courier

  • Central Rural Life

  • Hokitika Guardian

  • Hurunui News

  • The News Alexandra

  • Oamaru Mail Weekly

  • Otago Daily Times

  • The Clutha Leader

  • The Gore Ensign

  • The Southland Express

  • Timaru Courier

  • Mountain Scene

  • Southern Rural life

  • The Star Dunedin

  • The News Wanaka

  • The News Alexandra

EasyReader App News

You can access Calibre Audio through the EasyReader App. Calibre Audio is a U.K based library established in 1974. It has more than 12,000 audio titles available in digital format. These are all books in English, narrated by volunteer actors and voice professionals in the U.K. If you have a particular interest in U.K. subjects and authors, then Calibre Audio may be a useful addition to your EasyReader libraries. To access Calibre Audio, you first need to register for the service with your e-mail address. You can register with Calibre free at this website address:

Follow the sign-up instructions, and confirm your e-mail address. Once your membership is approved, you should then receive a follow up e-mail with your login details.

In the EasyReader app, select the side menu button at the top left and go to Manage Libraries. Find Calibre Audio in the Library list and switch it on, and then go back to the side menu to launch the library. Enter your new Calibre membership number and password, and you should then stay signed in on your device.

You can search the whole Calibre collection in the All Books section or within subject categories by choosing a topic from the Categories section. Search results are ordered by the first name of the author, i.e. A.A. Milne comes before Boris Johnson.

EasyReader is available for Apple and Android devices, in the App and Play stores respectively.

Covid-19 delay for this issue of Sound and Touch.

Please excuse the delay in receiving your print or Braille copy of Sound and Touch. Because of the Level 4 restrictions in place at the time of writing this, we were unable to print or send Sound and Touch until we moved to Level 3 in Auckland. For future reference, during Level 4 we can put Sound and Touch on TIS and send via E-text. Please be reassured that all other Library services, e.g. Alexa, BookDrive, Booklink, EasyReader and TIS as well as our Contact Centre remain open during all alert levels.

Book reviews for recent titles, from our audio producer Simon Lynch

The Adventures of a Pope at Sea by Harry Pope

Every now and then, the Library adds a NZ self-published book of such calibre that we would recommend it for our Members. Harry Pope’s maritime memoir is one such book, a comprehensive and engaging book for any Member fascinated with boats, Auckland and New Zealand maritime history. Published circa 2006, Harry Pope’s extraordinary life and adventures on the seas chronicles his early days working as foreman at Chas Bailey & Sons, through yacht-building and yacht-racing exploits, to hair-raising tales delivering vessels around NZ and across the Pacific. Ripping yarns with snapshots of well-known and rough-hewn characters, with insightful NZ maritime history, this non-fiction audiobook brilliantly narrated by Paul Barrett is an entertaining, exciting read for lovers of recent NZ maritime history and adventure. Book number 137340

A High Country Life (Tales and Recipes from a New Zealand Sheep Station) by Philippa Cameron

This 2020 NZ non-fiction book will appeal to “foodies” amongst our Members, narrated by our wonderful “foodie” narrator Karen McLeod. A High Country Life is a “foodie” book with a difference, and as such the recipes and suggestions will resonate strongly with those with a sense of the past. Philippa lives with her husband, a 5th generation farmer working a 40,000-hectare high country station in Otago, and their two young daughters. The recipes and scale of what Philippa provides daily for the musterers is both fascinating and remarkable. A more pragmatic and practical approach one couldn’t find elsewhere, as Philippa shares her well-honed and learned tricks of the trade. The recipes are often basic but magnificent nonetheless, as she goes through each of the four seasons, talks about what she needs, and how she provides it. There is much to learn from this excellent book, written by one passionate Kiwi woman, an acknowledged expert in her kitchen. Book number 137859

Landmarks by Grahame Sydney, Brian Turner, Owen Marshall.

The liner notes accurately described this magnificent NZ book Landmarks as “a landmark book celebrating the work of three of our literary and artistic heavyweights”. Landmarks celebrates a deep connection to Central Otago by artist Grahame Sydney, fiction writer Owen Marshall and poet Brian Turner. Members will thrill to the amazing short stories of Owen Marshall and the simple evocative poetry of Brian Turner, which complement the paintings of Grahame Sydney. Brilliantly narrated by Madeleine Lynch, fans of quality NZ literature and the South Island are in for a rare treat with Landmarks and its deep connection to the soul of New Zealand. Book number 138410

New DAISY audio

This issue contains DAISY audio books added to the collection since the last issue of Sound and Touch in June 2021.


BA: Blackstone Audio Inc.

BN: DAISY audio Book Number

CNIB: (formerly known as) Canadian National Institute for the Blind

NLS: National Library Service

RNIB: Royal National Institute of Blind People

RNZFB/BLVNZ: Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind/Blind Low Vision NZ

Ulv: Ulverscroft

VAILS: Vision Australia Information and Library Service

Adult non-fiction

Asian Countries

India calling: an intimate portrait of a nation’s remaking by Anand Giridharadas. Journalist Giridharadas, a first-generation American, moves to his parents’ homeland of India in 2003 to work and record the societal changes wrought by the country’s economic boom. Details the cultural upheaval as younger Indians seek betterment and escape from restrictive traditions. Read by Mark Ashby in 9 hours, 40 minutes. NLS. BN 134015

Authors (Biography)

Pic: adventures in sailing, business and love, by Pic Picot. Long before rocketing to fame as a peanut-butter baron. Pic earned his keep making cool sandals for his schoolmates and expensive handbags for their mothers. Leatherwork paid for his OE. He went to flower-powered San Francisco, had a hair-raising entanglement with a Colorado drug gang, and lived in a bizarre squat in London, before returning to New Zealand. In February 2019, Pic’s Peanut Butter World opened. Pic’s unusual path to business success offers hope for anyone wanting to follow his or her dreams. His stories are exciting, full of insight, and very, very funny. Read by Mark Hadlow in 8 hours, 43 minutes. RNZFB. BN 138104

The girl with seven names: a North Korean defector’s story, by Hyeonseo Lee with David John. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. Read by Josie Dunn in 10 hours, 53 minutes. BA. BN 137912

The shape of a life: one mathematician’s search for the universe’s hidden geometry by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis. A Fields medallist recounts his lifelong transnational effort to uncover the geometric shape, the Calabi-Yau Manifold that may store the hidden dimensions of our universe. Read by Arthur Morey in 13 hours, 3 minutes. BA. BN 137910

Crime and the Law

Busted! Stories from New Zealand’s leading private investigator, by Ron McQuilter. Busted looks at the intriguing world of investigating numerous complex cases in New Zealand and how technology has helped (and sometimes hampered) successful outcomes. Read by John Callen in 9 hours, 3 minutes. RNZFB.BN 137420

Gay and Lesbian

Crossing the lines: the story of three homosexual soldiers in World War II, by Brent Coutts. Brent Coutts brings to light the previously untold history of New Zealand homosexual soldiers in World War II, drawing on the experiences of ordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. At the centre of the story are New Zealand soldiers Harold Robinson, Ralph Dyer and Douglas Morison, who shared a queer identity and love of performance. Read by Paul Barrett in 10 hours, 10 minutes. RNZFB. BN 138145


Inglorious empire: what the British did to India, by Shashi Tharoor. In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. The author takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial “gift”—from the railways to the rule of law—was designed in Britain’s interests alone. Read by Paul Barrett in 14 hours, 41 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137421

The mirror steamed over: love and pop in London, 1962, by Anthony Byrt. In the early sixties at the Royal College of Art in London, three extraordinary personalities collided to reshape contemporary art and literature. Barrie Bates (who would become Billy Apple in November 1962) was an ambitious young graphic designer from New Zealand, who transformed himself into one of pop art’s pioneers. At the same time, his friend and fellow student David Hockney—young, Northern and openly gay—was making his own waves in the London art world. Bates and Hockney travelled together, bleached their hair together, and, despite being two of London’s rising art stars, almost failed art school together. And in the middle of it all was the secretary of the Royal College’s Painting School—an aspiring young novelist called Ann Quin. Read by Paul Barrett in 8 hours, 7 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137952

Food and Beverages

What’s for dinner: 80 weeknight favourites by My Food Bag & Nadia Lim. Here’s the answer to the question on everyone’s lips, “what’s for dinner?” This book contains eighty weeknight recipes, arranged by season. There are nutritional analyses, and gluten-free and dairy-free options. Read by Karen McLeod in 6 hours, 22 minutes. RNZFB. BN 135900

General (Biography)

My mother and other secrets by Wendyl Nissen. Wendyl’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s, and during her last days she told Wendyl the most amazing stories of her life. It was as if her failing memory was delving back into the past in one final desperate attempt for it to be remembered. Being adopted into a family who didn’t really need or want her, Wendyl’s mother had a difficult childhood. When Wendyl heard about the family secrets in her mother’s background, she was determined to get to the bottom of them. Read by Anne Spier in 7 hours, 21 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137625

Health and Wellbeing

Low vision by Helen Neal; introduction by August Colenbrander, MD. chairman, committee on Low Vision, American Academy of Ophthalmology. The author discusses low vision, a condition that affects millions of people and provides information about the causes, the services available, coping strategies and things to come in the field of eye care. Read by Bruce Hopkins in 5 hours, 59 minutes. RNZFB. BN 135901

Medicine (Biography)

Better: a surgeon’s notes on performance by Atul Gawande. Atul Gawande presents essays examining doctors’ reliance on diligence, integrity, and ingenuity to heal patients. He recounts a polio outbreak in India, military medical care in Iraq, and other cases in which doctors overcame obstacles and limitations to provide care. Read by Peter Berkrot in 7 hours, 41 minutes. NLS. BN 134107

New Zealand (Biography)

Straight from the pig’s mouth: the life and crimes of a Kiwi detective by Al Lester. This book takes you into the life of a New Zealand policeman. These stories range from humorous, strange and bizarre to extreme violence and murders. This was the life of the author who lived it for 31 years. He is a man who took policing seriously, always doing his level best to keep riff-raff in check and turn chaos into order. Read by Bruce Hopkins in 6 hours, 53 minutes. RNZFB. BN 99797

NZ and Pacific Non-Fiction

Losing the silver spoon by James Wilson. Born into a life of privilege, James Wilson was always too free-thinking to be kept down on the farm, content to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps. Slowly but determinedly he pulled away from tradition and set off on his own sometimes rocky and precarious path. Ten years at elite boarding schools didn’t snuff out his dreams of adventure, which subsequently found him travelling across the Sahara desert and down the length of Africa in a little Mini, and later uplifting his wife and four children to work as a farm advisor on a cattle farm in Malaysia. Read by Paul Barrett in 8 hours, 27 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137849

Liberated life sentence by Jill Clarke. Jill Clarke talks about her experiences of being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five, and how she overcomes any challenges she has had to face. Read by Margaret Blay in 1 hour, 31 minutes. RNZFB. BN 138268


The Socrates express: in search of life lessons from dead philosophers by Eric Weiner. Retraces the journeys of forefront intellectuals from Epicurus and Gandhi to Thoreau and Beauvoir to illuminate how their practical and spiritual lessons can be applied in today’s unsettled world. Read by Margaret Blay in 11 hours, 34 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137626


I am a human being, by Jackson Nieuwland. The debut collection from one of Aotearoa’s most exciting emerging poets. Take part in a new transformation with every new page as the speaker becomes by turns an egg, multiple trees, a town crier, a needle in a haystack, and a cone of blue light in this incisive and pathos-filled exploration of what it means to be anything at all. Read by Owen Scott in 1 hour, 11 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137847

Religion (Biography)

Good morning, holy spirit by Benny Hinn. Pastor Benny Hinn shares the insights and the truths that God has taught him through the years. Read by John Leigh in 6 hours, 13 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137567

Science and Technology

The red limit, the search for the edge of the universe by Timothy Ferris. An updated version of Ferris’s popular account of astronomy and cosmology that sketches the major developments in the twentieth century with anecdotes about such famous astronomers as Hale, Shapley, and Hubble. Read by John Richardson in 8 hours, 31 minutes. NLS. BN 133915


Unbelievable, investigations into ghosts, poltergeists, telepathy, and other unseen phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology laboratory by Stacy Horn. Explores the history of Duke University’s Parapsychology Lab and the researchers’ efforts to either prove or debunk claims of ghosts, poltergeists, ESP, and other paranormal activity. Read by Jeff Allin in 9 hours, 40 minutes. NLS. BN 133868


Escape from Paris: a true story of love and resistance in wartime France. Based on official American, French, and German documents, histories, personal memoirs, and the author’s interviews with several of the story’s key participants, this book tells the true story of a small group of US aviators shot down over German-occupied France on Bastille Day, and rescued by a brave Parisian resistance family living and working in the Hôtel des Invalides, a complex of buildings and military memorials where Nazi officials had set up offices. Hidden in the complex, the Americans, along with dozens of other downed Allied pilots, hatched daring escape plots as the danger of discovery by the Nazis grew every day. Read by Maxwell Hamilton in 9 hours, 53 minutes. BA. BN 137922

Women’s Biography

Spilling the beans, by Clarissa Dickson Wright. Clarissa was born into wealth and privilege. As a child, shooting and hunting were the norm and pigeons were flown in from Cairo for supper. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father was a brilliant surgeon. However, he was also a tyrannical and violent drunk. Clarissa was determined and clever, though, and her ambition led her to a career in the law. At the age of 21, she was the youngest ever woman to be called to the Bar. Then disaster struck when her adored mother died suddenly. It was to lead to a mind-numbing decade of wild over-indulgence. Rich from her inheritance, in the end Clarissa had partied away her entire fortune. It was a long, hard road to recovery. Read by Anne Spier in 12 hours, 3 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137451

Educated by Tara Westover. The author, a daughter of survivalists, lived a life so far from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure she or her siblings received an education, and no one to intervene when one of them faced a problem. As a way out, she began to educate herself at the age of seventeen. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. A coming-of-age story that shares the gifts that an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Read by Catriona Macleod in 11 hours, 57 minutes. RNZFB. BN 136423

Adult Fiction


The good earth by Pearl S. Buck. A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner. Read by Margaret Blay in 10 hours, 15 minutes. RNZFB. BN 136886

Crime Fiction

Winter grave by Helene Tursten. A little girl disappears a few weeks before Christmas, and suspicion falls on the last person she was seen with: the mentally disabled teenage boy who gave her a ride home after school. When a second child disappears and a police officer is found dead, tensions in the small town of Strömstad reach an all-time high. Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom series, book 2. Sequel to: Hunting game BN 137282. Has sequel: Snow drift, BN 137623. Read by Gary Denvir in 8 hours, 11 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137423

Snow drift by Helene Tursten. One winter night, 28-year-old Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom receives a phone call that sends her reeling. It’s been fourteen years since her best friend disappeared from a nightclub in Gothenburg, but Embla recognizes her voice before the call abruptly disconnects. Embla is thrilled to learn Lollo is still alive, but before she can dive into the case, she gets another phone call this time from a relative. A man has been found shot dead in one of the guest houses he and his wife manage in rural Sweden. Could she come take a look? Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom series, book 3. Sequel to: Winter grave, BN 137423. Read by Gary Denvir in 9 hours, 5 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137623

Sleeping in the ground
by Peter Robinson. After a massacre outside a picturesque Yorkshire church, Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team must unravel a baffling mystery, and corner a killer hiding in plain sight. Inspector Banks series, book 24. Sequel to: When the music’s over, BN 120928. Has sequel: Careless love, BN 137914. Read by James Langton in 11 hours, 17 minutes. BA BN 137920


Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant, from Midnight Riot (BN 133746), hears a song drifting from the corpse of a murdered jazz player. As the investigation progresses, Peter begins to suspect that, his dad, a famous trumpet player, may be connected to the case. Violence and strong language. Read by Erik Sandvold in 12 hours, 10 minutes. NLS BN 133745

General Fiction

An orchestra of minorities, by Chigozie Obioma. Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, this novel is a contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria, it tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, who is separated from his love, Ndali. Note: contains theme of psychological and suicidal behavior. Read by Chukwudi Iwuji in 10 hours, 38 minutes. BA. BN 137916

Historical Novels

Remote sympathy, by Catherine Chidgey. Life in Buchenwald would appear to be idyllic. Lying just beyond the forest that surrounds the village—so close and yet so remote—is the looming presence of a work camp. Frau Greta Hahn’s husband, SS Sturmbannführer Dietrich Hahn, is to take up a powerful new position as the camp’s administrator. As the prison population begins to rise, the job becomes ever more consuming. Read by Catriona MacLeod in 15 hours, 27 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137942

The woman with the blue star, by Pam Jenoff. 1942. Sadie is living in the Kraków Ghetto when she meets Ella, an affluent Polish girl. The two become close, but their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Read by Jennifer Jill Araya, Emily Lawrence, and Nancy Peterson in 12 hours, 44 minutes. BA. BN 137924

The mirror & the light by Hilary Mantel. England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is decapitated. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell continues his climb to power and wealth envisioning a new country in the mirror of the future. But is it possible to shed the past like a skin? What will he do, if and when the king turns on him as kings are wont to. Thomas Cromwell triology book 3. Sequel to: Bring up the bodies, BN 80344. Read by Owen Scott in 34 hours, 26 minutes. RNZFB. BN 135540

Historical Romance

Kiss me, Annabel by Eloisa James. Miss Annabel Essex, the most unattainable of the four beautiful Essex sisters, decided long ago that if you kissed a man just once, you were probably safe. But when the dashing Earl of Ardmore tempts her with the promise of a kiss—and more—she resists, just as she snubs his teasing offers of marriage. Essex Sisters series, book 2. Sequel to: Much ado about you, not yet in collection. Has sequel: The taming of the duke, BN 134100. Read by Patricia Kilgarriff in 12 hours, 2 minutes. NLS. BN 134102

Horror and Supernatural

What ever happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell. Once an acclaimed child star, Baby Jane Hudson lost the spotlight to her sister, Blanche, until a tragic accident changed everything. Years later, the sisters live in a decaying mansion, and a crippled Blanche is helpless under the control of her sister, who is descending into madness. Read by Lorelei King & Peter Ganim in 10 hours, 22 minutes. BA. BN 137911

Mystery and detective stories

Blue moon by Lee Child. Two ruthless rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch to protect an old man in big trouble. Jack Reacher series, book 24. Read by Kevin Keys in 10 hours, 31 minutes. RNZFB. BN 136424

Broken ice by Matt Goldman. Shot through the arm with an arrow, Nils Shapiro should be in the hospital recovering. However, when a teenager goes missing, Nils knows one thing for sure: the clock is ticking on finding her. Nils Shapiro series, book 2. Sequel to: Gone to Dust, BN 136260. Read by MacLeod Andrews in 8 hours, 40 minutes. BA. BN 136248

The 18th abduction
by James Patterson. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case, which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Women’s Murder Club series, book 18. Sequel to: The 17th suspect, BN 137919. Has sequel: The 19th Christmas, not yet in collection. Read by January LaVoy in 7 hours, 54 minutes. BA. BN 137921

NZ and Pacific Novels

2000ft above worry level by Eamon Marra. Eamonn Marra’s debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Read by Paul Barrett in 5 hours, 11 minutes. RNZFB. BN 138141

Victory Park by Rachel Kerr. Kara lives in Victory Park council flats with her young son, just making a living by minding other people’s kids—her nightly smoke on the fire escape the only time she can drop her guard and imagine something better. But the truth is life is threadbare and unpromising until the mysterious Bridget moves in to the flats. Read by Christina Cie in 6 hours, 41 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137948


Still me by Jojo Moyes. Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. Read by Cheryl Lawton in 15 hours, 43 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137949

A caramel sky by Kayleen Hazlehurst. The dreams of two young lovers are shattered when a small nation at the ripple-edge of the world is plunged into war. Grace Freeman, the daughter of an English immigrant family, leaves her home in Auckland to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, and Charlie Harrison, an inventive electrical engineer, is sent by the Royal New Zealand Air Force to set up communications and intelligence-gathering operations throughout the island chains of the Pacific. Separated from his secret fiancé, Charlie and his team of “telemechs” face dangers from the sea and air, and in the disease-infested jungle of Bougainville. Only his deep connection with Grace sustains him. Will Grace and Charlie find each other again? Read by John Leigh in 10 hours, 29 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137427

The actual by Saul Bellow. Harry Trellman is an odd sort of guy but a keen observer. When Sigmund Adletsky takes him under his wing, he reunites him with the person Harry has loved dumbly for forty years. Read by Robert Fass in 5 hours, 52 minutes. BA. BN 137923

Romantic Suspense

Jarulan by the river by Lily Woodhouse. Matthew Fenchurch is the landowner of the northern New South Wales property Jarulan. His wife dead, daughters married and away, one son in New Zealand and the other fallen on a battlefield in France, he lives alone. When he builds a memorial for his son and others from the district who died fighting for the country, his daughters and their families return for the unveiling. There is someone with them who will change life at Jarulan forever. Read by Janice Finn in 13 hours, 42 minutes. RNZFB. BN 97371

Short Stories and Essays

Bug week & other stories by Airini Beautrais. From 1960s Wellington to post-Communist Germany, Bug Week traverses the weird, the wry and the grotesque in a story collection of human taxonomy. Read by Margaret Blay in 5 hours, 16 minutes. RNZFB. BN 137940

Life sentences: shared short stories by Peter Beatson, Tony Chapelle, David Fountain. A collection of short stories by three different authors. Arranged in “sets” of three stories, each beginning with the same sentence. Read by Cheryl Lawton in 6 hours, 34 minutes. RNZFB. BN 136608

The Family

The shadow sister: Star’s story by Lucinda Riley. Gathered at their childhood home to mourn their father’s death, Star D’Apliese and her five adoptive sisters receive tantalizing clues to their distinct heritages. Star—the most enigmatic of the sisters—is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London. Seven sisters series, book 3. Sequel to: The storm sister BN 132599. Has sequel: The pearl sister BN 132639. Read by Christine Hewton in 18 hours, 40 minutes. RNZFB. BN 132637

The pearl sister: CeCe’s story by Lucinda Riley. Gathered at their childhood home to mourn their father’s death, CeCe D’Apliese and her five adoptive sisters receive tantalizing clues to their distinct heritages. CeCe delves into the mystery of her familial origins. The only clues she holds are a black and white photograph and the name of a female pioneer who once traversed the globe from Scotland to Australia. Seven sisters series, book 4. Sequel to: The shadow sister BN 132637. Has sequel: The moon sister, in production. Read by Christine Hewton in 18 hours, 34 minutes. RNZFB. BN 132639

The rest is silence by Carla Guelfenbein; translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. At a long Wedding lunch, a twelve year old boy slips beneath the table of adults to hide from other children as his weak heart prevents him from joining his cousins’ games. He sets his MP3 player to record the voices chattering above him but then the conversation turns to his mother’s death and he overhears something he wasn’t meant to know. Read by Zee Monsalve in 8 hours, 17 minutes. RNZFB. BN 131257


American dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high-speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running. Read by Francis Mountjoy in 15 hours, 19 minutes. RNZFB. BN 136887

A silent death
by Peter May. Ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell. He decides to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman. Cristina’s deaf-blind aunt Ana is the centre of Cristina’s world, and of Cleland’s cruel plan. Will John Mackenzie be able to stop Cleland? Read by John Callen in 11 hours, 23 minutes. RNZFB. BN 135703

Tell me lies by J.P. Pomare. Psychologist Margot Scott has a picture-perfect life: a nice house in the suburbs, a husband, two children and a successful career. On a warm spring morning Margot approaches one of her clients on a busy train platform. He is looking down at his phone, with his duffel bag in hand as the train approaches. Read by Gary Denvir in 6 hours. RNZFB. BN 137290

War Stories

Tu by Patricia Grace. Three brothers, a war and secrets. Some years later, a niece and nephew come looking for answers. It is time for revelations. Read by Romy Hooper in 9 hours, 1 minute. RNZFB. BN 137624

Women’s Literature

Scented by Laurence Fearnley. A poignant search for identity through perfume. A university lecturer, and a professional, financially independent woman does not need a signature scent to know herself. However, job loss has an effect on her identity and she begins to construct a perfume of herself. Note by perfume note, referencing scent memories and recent events, she rebuilds herself. Read by Cheryl Lawton in 8 hours, 25 minutes. RNZFB. BN 135543

New braille and ebraille books

This issue contains braille and ebraille books added to the collection since the June issue of Sound and Touch. Adult braille books have a BN number as they are embossed upon request. Titles with more than five volumes will only be provided as ebraille. Please contact us to enquire as to whether a particular title is available for embossing.


UEB: Unified English Braille code

Ebraille: Electronic braille books held at Parnell Library

RNZFB: Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

CNIB: (Formerly known as) Canadian National Institute for the Blind

SE: Seeing Ear

f.: Computer file available for embossing

v.: volume(s)

The following braille books are contracted, single-spaced and double sided.

Adult non-fiction

Actors and Entertainers (Biography)

I can’t make this up: life lessons by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss. Comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart’s memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself. It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. Hart takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he has overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. 4 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 125676

Business and Economics

Steinway & Sons by Richard K. Lieberman. Lieberman traces the history of one of the world’s most famous instrument makers. Founded in 1853, the Steinway company quickly rose to prominence and maintained its reputation with improvements in piano technology and creative marketing. Lieberman describes the company’s passage through two world wars, bitter labour disputes, growing competition, and five generations of family ownership, which ended in 1972 when the family sold the company to CBS. 6 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121197

General (Biography)

When Eve was naked: a journey through life by Josef Skvorecky. Skvorecky’s autobiography told in stories. Collected here in a chronological sweep, they take the reader through the stages of the author’s life, and bear witness to some of the twentieth century’s most eventful and tragic times—from prewar Prague through the Nazi occupation and World War II. 5 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121489

General Non Fiction

The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell. A journalist proposes that fads are social epidemics in which little changes have big effects. He refers to the one dramatic moment during such a contagion, when everything can change all at once, as “the tipping point.” Gladwell also analyses trends to further explain his theory. 5 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121526


Who will cry when you die? Life lessons from the monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma. Sharma shares 101 life lessons that will help the reader to simplify and enrich their life. The lessons range from starting a journal to waking up earlier to relieving stress midday by taking a mini-vacation in your office. 2 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121502

Science and Technology

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos, so Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. 2 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 125741

Adult fiction


The assassins of Tamurin by S.D. Tower. Orphan Lale grows up abused, unloved, and resented—until, at age 11, she enters Three Springs, a place where the wards of Mother Midnight are trained to become perfect spies and cold-blooded, ruthlessly efficient killers. At age 20, Lale stands poised to play her role and claim vengeance, but she falls in love with the man she must destroy. 6 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 122689

General Fiction

Between the stillness and the grove: a novel by Erika de Vasconcelos. Traces the lives and loves of two Armenian women. Dzovig is a young woman brought up in the aftermath of the Armenian genocide and Vecihe is the mother of Dzovig’s dead lover, Tomas. Slowly, over time, they both come to terms with the events that have led them to suffer the tragic consequences of political unrest. 3 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121493

Historical Novels

Memoirs of a geisha: a novel by Arthur Golden. A fictionalized account of the life of a typical geisha in Japan in the 1930s and 1940s. Sayuri recalls how as a nine-year-old she and her sister are sold to a geisha house as their mother lies dying. From then on Sayuri learns the traditional exotic arts for pleasing men. Winner of the 1999 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 11 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121486

Mystery and Detective Stories

Lost girls by Andrew Pyper. Bartholomew Christian Crane is a dedicated criminal defence lawyer, but he’s never had a murder trial. When a small town teacher is accused of murdering two of his female students, Bartholomew heads to the northern town to defend him. Barth begins to feel an eerie connection to the victims, whose bodies have yet to be found, and the distinction between dream and reality begins to fade. Strong language. 5 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121499

The haunting of Maddie Prue by Alfred Silver. Maddie Prue is eternal and has lived a series of lives throughout time. During one of these lives she died a violent death and it is up to Henry Ryon, who seems to live cursed lives over and over, to discover the secret behind her death. 4 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121503

The Family

The hero’s walk: a novel by Anita Rau Badami. Sripathi Rao lives in his crumbling ancestral home in India with his extended family. His daughter left years earlier to study in America and remained in Canada after marrying a Canadian man. Then Sripathi receives the news that his daughter and her husband have been killed and that his seven year old granddaughter must now come to live with him and the family in India. 5 f, UEB. CNIB. Ebraille 121491

Junior Collection

Broken pride by Erin Hunter. For generations, the African plains have been ruled by a strict code: only kill to survive. But treachery lurks in the unlikeliest of places, and some animals will stop at nothing in their thirst for power. When an unthinkable act of betrayal threatens to shatter the long-standing peace, three young animals—a lion, an elephant, and a baboon—are thrust together in an epic battle for survival. Has sequel: Code of honor: 136960. Available as: Braille 136956, Etext 136955

Stories from Arendelle. Spooky things start to happen when Anna and Elsa discover a secret door that leads to hidden passageways within the castle walls. What will the sisters find? Packed with mystery and adventure Phantoms of Arendelle will keep fans guessing right to the last page! Believing Kristoff has taken the day off work, Olaf volunteers himself for the role of Official Substitute Ice Master and Deliverer, with the help of Sven! Will Kristoff be able to stop his friends in time? Follow the loveable pair and their trail of chaos, in Olaf & Sven on Thin Ice! Available as: Braille 137587

Sky dragon by Anh Do. Amber knew she’d been given an incredible power, but was it a freak accident, or was there something she was supposed to do with it? Controlling her new ability might be the hardest thing Amber has ever done. Especially when she is running for her life. Who is her mysterious enemy? What connection does he have to Amber’s past? And, most importantly, does Amber have what it takes to truly become … Skydragon? Available as: Braille 137653

Snot chocolate by Morris Gleitzman. A collection of short stories in the popular style of Morris’s Give Peas a Chance and Pizza Cake—except, of course, even funnier! In the title story, a kid struggles to save the career and reputation of a parent afflicted with chronic unconscious nose-picking. Available as: Braille 136923

UglyDolls: the movie novel adapted by Arden Hayes; screenplay by Alison Peck; story by Robert Rodriguez. The UglyDolls of Uglyville—Ox, Ugly Dog, Lucky Bat, Wage, and Babo—spend each day partying and welcoming new UglyDolls to their town. They truly believe that things couldn’t be better! But one UglyDoll disagrees. Moxy longs to go to the fabled Big World and belong to a child of her very own. Available as: Braille 137599

Wundersmith: the calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. The book includes an excerpt of the next book in the series—Hollowpox: the hunt for Morrigan Crow. Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs. To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s new friends, turning them against her. Sequel to: Nevermoor: the trials of Morrigan Crow: 136355. Available as: Braille 136472

The toilet ghost by Becka Moor. Anything can happen at Wigglesbottom Primary and it always does. Are the boy’s toilets haunted? Can Miles McKay’s stinky shoe tell the future? Is the story-time carpet cursed? So what are Class 2R going to do about it all? Available as: Braille 137597

The short but brilliant career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker. Lucas Weed hasn’t really made any friends at his new school, so when the cool kids suggest he carry out a prank in class, Lucas thinks it might be his path to being accepted. And when the pranks keep getting more and more outrageous and with videos uploaded to YouTube Lucas Weeds popularity soars! Available as: Braille 137596

Princess Cora and the crocodile by Laura Amy. Princess Cora is a very unhappy queen-in-training but that changes when she receives a pet crocodile from her fairy godmother. Available as: Braille 134944

Loblolly boy and the sorcerer by James Norcliffe. The loblolly boy has the gift of flight. He is invisible to most people, apart from the sensitives; is much coveted by sinister collectors; and he has the power to exchange identities with others. In this story, he is trying to find the boy who stole his life so he can exchange back, but standing in his way are the jugglers, the unpredictable Gadget Man and the sinister Sorcerer. Available as: Braille 136176

Ice wolves by Amie Kaufman. Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives. So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’ only true friend. Has sequel: Scorch dragons: 136633. Available as: Braille 136379

When Dad came home by Vanessa Hatley-Owen; illustrated by Rosi Colligan. The story about a family with dad coming back home after the war. It movingly depicts how family love can help heal the mental wounds of war. Available as: Twin Vision 135820

Vernon Bright & the end of the world by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. Vernon Bright, mad boy scientist, tackles gravity. He’s challenged to a weight-lifting contest by the PE teacher and invents an anti-gravity machine. The machine is confiscated and locked in the gym while still switched on. Read by Nigel Lambert in 2 hours, 55 minutes. Available as: Daisy 137781

The white wolf by Gary Russell. When Sarah Jane receives a strange letter from Eddison Clough, her curiosity is aroused. For Eddison possesses a photograph proving he was once close friends with her Aunt Lavinia—but he has no memory of ever having met her. Intrigued, Sarah Jane and Luke go to visit him and, with Clyde and Rani, they explore the village of Wolfenden. Read by Elisabeth Sladen in 01 hour, 10 minutes. Available as: Daisy 137783

Young Adult Collection

Passion by Lauren Kate. Desperate to unlock the curse that condemns her love for Daniel, Luce revisits her past incarnations trying to understand her fate. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance through the ages could go up in flames … forever. Sequel to: Torment: 127046. Available as: Braille 133322

Life in a fishbowl by Len Vlahos. Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive. Available as: Braille 137580

The ask and the answer by Patrick Ness. Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode! A story of resistance under the most extreme pressure. Sequel to: The knife of never letting go: 128756. Has sequel: Monsters of men: 127544. Available as: Braille 132595

The stars beneath our feet by David Barclay Moore. In the wake of his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself. Unable to celebrate the holidays, he constructs a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center. Available as: Braille 136500

Assault by Brian Falkner. The Angel team are back behind enemy lines, as part of Operation Magnum. The fate of the human race hangs in the balance. But as the ill-fated mission runs into trouble, Lt Ryan Chisnall is forced to make an awful decision that could have dire consequences for the entire human race. Has sequel: Task Force: 134946. Read by John Leigh in 07 hours, 01 minutes. Available as: Daisy 134950

The deadly sky by David Hill. A young boy is thrilled to be with his mum on her work trip to the remote Pacific island of Mangareva. But his holiday is darkened by violent anti-nuclear protests. And what he doesn’t know is that when he boards Flight 766 for home, his life and the lives of others will be changed forever. Read by Owen Scott in 5 hours, 24 minutes. Available as: Daisy 136146

Unbroken: a Ruined novel by Paula Morris. Sixteen-year-old Rebecca meets the ghost of a troubled boy when she returns to New Orleans for spring break and finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery from more than a century ago. Historical. Whodunit. Sequel to: Ruined: 131184. Read by Gary Denvir in 6 hours, 09 minutes. Available as: Daisy 131377

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