Sound on! Sample this month’s best audiobooks.

Sound on! Sample this month’s best audiobooks.


‘Three Fires,’ by Denise Mina

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Known chiefly as a writer of Tartan noir, Mina is also the author of short, punchy novellas on historical personages. The first, “Rizzio” (2021) chronicled the life and murder of David Rizzio, the presumed lover of Mary Queen of Scots. The second, “Three Fires” looks at the life of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), scourge of the worldly, both lay and clerical, in 15th-century Florence. He railed powerfully against usury, gluttony, fornication, simony and luxury, and, more specifically, against women and homosexuality. The story of this committed killjoy ends on the scaffold, and — be warned — includes scenes of massacre, torture and execution. The book proceeds at a fast clip, narrated by Rachael Beresford, whose precise English voice resembles that of a well-brought-up young woman, her elocutionary style possessing the cadence of a recitation. It is an approach that accords perfectly with Mina’s staccato prose and air of indictment. (Tantor, Unabridged, 4 hours)


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