Guaranteed to change the way you listen to the world around you. From the early music of our Neaderthal ancestors to voicemails left by the dead, David Hendy explores the "sonic history" of humanity.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…