Fifteen best-selling thriller writers contribute chapters to this mystery about an original Chopin score that hides a lethal secret. With Molina as your pacesetter, you can imagine crisscrossing the globe, dodging gunshots and making narrow escapes—as you finish your route in record time.
Love Letters of Great Men edited by Ursula Doyle (read by Anton Lesser)
Under the bright sun, lie back, shut your eyes, and listen to the lovesick likes of Beethoven, Keats, and Napoleon. Whether the missives are stoic or sweetly goofy ("I wanted to catch butterflies as letter-carriers to you"), British stage actor Lesser gives them timeless resonance.
For Daily Errands
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty (read by the author)
Podcast star Fogarty's witty collection is popcorn for the brain. Cue up a few lessons (about five minutes each) and get pointers on writing an e-mail to your boss or mnemonic devices for the trickiest grammar rules.
For the Evening Walk
The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson (read by the author)
Isaacson's expansive memoir traces his trip to the remote Mongolian steppe with his wife and autistic son, whose behavior begins to improve through encounters with horses, herders, and shamans. Candid and warm, Isaacson's narration feels like an epic tale told by an old friend.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 22, 2013