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Franklin & Lucy

Joseph E. Persico, , read by Len Cariou. . Random House Audio, $29.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7393-6841-1

Historian Persico offers a detailed look at the very colorful and expansive personal life of one of the most memorable and beloved presidents in American history. Len Cariou's reading is firm and authoritative, commanding an air of respect from the listener and in turn relating Persico's findings with absolute believability. Cariou's tone is unwavering, his voice well-defined and perfectly pronounced. The result is a story so thoroughly engaging that listening becomes compulsive. The result is endlessly informative, offering juicy tidbits about otherwise unknown occurrences in FDR's existence. Persico has clearly done his homework and unearthed some fascinating information, and Cariou succeeds in bringing the tales to life without editorializing. A Random House hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 21). (May)