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Joe Posnanski, read by Joe Mantegna. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 13 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-44-235549-1

The controversy surrounding the recently deceased, legendary Penn State football coach and his role in the cover-up of a child sex abuse case involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is the focus of Posnanski's biography%E2%80%94though the book traces Joe Paterno's entire life and career. Narrator Joe Mantegna turns in a fine performance, capturing the unique vocal mannerisms of JoePa, while steering clear of caricature. In giving voice to Paterno's wife, Sue, Mantegna evokes no-nonsense determination and loyalty. The narrator adds a fitting dose of pathos to Paterno's intimate conversations with friends and family, as the coach simultaneously battles the scandal and a fast-growing cancer. Among the other highlights is Mantegna's animated portrayal of the University of Alabama's iconic coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Aug.)