Spotlight on Texas Audio Books - Winter 2013

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Spotlight on Texas are books produced by volunteers at the Talking Book Program Volunteer Recording Studio in Austin and at the Recording Library of West Texas in Midland.

Newly recorded books are now being duplicated on digital flash cartridge. Titles previously recorded in analog format and distributed on cassette are being digitized for eventual distribution on digital flash cartridge.

We are slowly starting to offer Spotlight on Digital Texas Books on digital flash cartridges. For the immediate future we will include a shortened version of the publication as an insert within our quarterly patron newsletter which is distributed to patrons via email, large print, Braille and as an audio podcast file accessible on our blog at:

To order any of the books listed below, note the titles and DT book numbers you would like to request. Then call a Reader Consultant toll-free in Texas at 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, at 512-463-5458. A voicemail message service is available after hours and on weekends for you to leave book requests or other messages. Say your full name and patron number (if known) clearly when leaving messages and give the DT book number and title for each request. Book orders may also be sent in an e-mail message to:

Note the titles and book numbers you would like to request, then call us at any time with your order.

Ballad of Rocky Ruiz: A Luis Montez Mystery #1 (DT 6987) by Manuel Ramos. This mystery introduces Luis Montez, an aging Chicano activist and attorney whose practice and personal life are on the rocks. Twenty years ago, a gang attacked Montez’s former compatriots in the Chicano student movement and shot down their leader, Rocky Ruiz. Now the survivors are in danger. Some sex, profanity, heavy violence.

Fit to Die (DT 7005) by Karen Hanson Stuyck. Lauren Prescott is fifty, fat (according to her husband) and flat broke after he empties their bank account, closes his dental practice, and leaves town without a word of explanation. To land a magazine job, Lauren is writing a profile of a fitness guru who died while jogging, a death that looks increasingly suspicious the more she probes. Now Lauren must penetrate the brutal reality behind these two men’s public facades, unaware that a killer is also working with a deadline – to murder her. Heavy profanity, some violence.

Ghost of a Chance: A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery (DT 7031) by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, knows that times may change, but people are still people, some good, some bad, and most things can be explained with a little common sense – even the ghost haunting his jail. Could it be the same ghostly culprit looting the local cemetery? When Ty Berry, the president of one of two feuding historical societies, is found shot dead in a freshly dug grave, Rhodes decides the crime is of a more earthly nature.

How Perfect Is That (DT 7041) by Sarah Bird. Blythe Young’s recent divorce from Trey Dix has left her outside the protective bubble of Austin’s high society. As her catering business goes broke and the IRS starts to chase her down, Blythe seeks a haven at Seneca House, the housing co-op where she lived 10 years ago during college. Some profanity.

Twelve Mighty Orphans (DT 7025) by Jim Dent. The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas. Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team’s physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays. Violence and some profanity.



The Texas volunteers welcome your comments and suggestions. Send an e-mail message to the Volunteer Recording Studio at or write to us at Volunteer Recording Studio, Talking Book Program, PO Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927. If you live in the Austin area and are interested in volunteering to record books, please call 463-5546 for more information. Information about volunteering is available on this website: /tbp/vrs.html

Talking Book Program, Austin, TX, Winter 2013.


Talking Book Program
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
1-800-252-9605 (in Texas)
512-463-5458 (in Austin)
512-936-0685 (fax)

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