Audible’s “Thrills and Chills” sale through October 31

Just in time for Halloween, Audible is having a Thrills and Chills sale, with a goodly pile of audiobooks on sale for $6.95 through October 31. (Meanwhile, today’s Daily Deal is The Amityville Horror for $2.95, so there’s that, too.)

Here’s what most caught my eye in a scan through of the 158 titles:

The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I | [Stephen King] Horns: A Novel | [Joe Hill]

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Release Week: Manly Wade Wellman’s The Old Gods Waken, Eric Flint’s Islands, Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Daniel Abraham’s A Shadow in Summer, Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, and Tim Robbins reads Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

OCTOBER 15-21, 2014: Appalachian folk magic from the legendary Manly Wade Wellman, a full cast radioplay adaptation of an Eric Flint novella, new space sf, backlist epic fantasy from Daniel Abraham, Pynchon’s postmodern epic Gravity’s Rainbow, and Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian tale Fahrenheit 451 under the voice of Tim Robbins headline this week’s releases which also include: Ytasha Womack’s Rayla 2212, Chuck Palahniuk’s Beautiful You, Eliza Granville’s debut novel Gretel and the Dark read by Stefan Rudnicki and Cassandra Campbell, Pierre Grimbert’s third Secret of Ji novel, David Drake’s “Reaches” series, Frank Herbert’s Destination: Void, Sean Platt’s The Beam, Tonia Brown’s Devouring Milo, and! Certainty by Victor Levine, a debut novel from a narrator very near and dear to AudioBookaneers ears. In terms of other audiobook news, I was very happy to see some pre-order listings show up for the end of October: Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire and the first two books of Tad Williams’ Otherland series. Meanwhile, next week will bring highly-anticipated audiobooks including William Gibon’s The Peripheral, Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things, George R.R. Martin’s The World of Ice and Fire, Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, and Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

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Release Week: The Doubt Factory, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, The Lottery and Other Stories, and As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

OCTOBER 8-14, 2014:  October continues to be a month of bountiful harvests in terms of audiobooks, as my first pass for picks came up with 16 titles to strongly consider. So! After the four picks, do check out the “also out this week” (and perhaps even the “also also out this week”) listings. The “seen but not heard” titles include Julia Elliott’s The Wilds, Blake Butler’s 300,000,000, Beth Bernobich’s The Time Roads, and Kerry Howley’s Thrown, so there’s certainly plenty to read if your ears get tired. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

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Release Week: Ancillary Sword, Boy’s Life, The Maze of Games, The Chaplain’s War, The Lesser Dead, and Gillian Anderson’s A Vision of Fire

OCTOBER 1-7, 2014: In six picks from an absolutely packed week, we get a sequel to a many-multiple award-winning sf novel, a fantastical puzzle book, author-read audiobooks from World Fantasy Award-nominated author Christopher Buehlman and X-Files star Gillian Anderson, a highly-anticipated military sf debut built from the pages of Analog, and Robert McCammon’s classic Boy’s Life. We also get: new genre novels from John Twelve Hawks, Tina Connolly, Steven Brust, Richard Morgan, Anton Strout, Gwenda Bond, and David Weber and Timohy Zahn; a just-delayed audiobook for S.E. Grove’s The Glass Sentence; the second of the JJA/Howey “Apocalypse Triptych” anthologies; fiction (Marilynne Robinson‘s Lila and Liz Rosenberg’s The Moonlight Palace); and Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. (And still more, October really is going to be a huge month.) While the audiobooks we did get make for quite a long list to look through for a next listen, the “seen but not heard” crop is also long and strong, including James Maxey’s Bad Wizard, Johanna Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels, Rajan Khanna’s Falling Sky, Beth Revis’ The Body ElectricChristopher Fowler’s Nyctophobia, and a long list of fantastic anthologies including War StoriesNightmare CarnivalFearsome Magics, and the first Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Not much news to pass along this week, but! there is a free “Reckoners” audio short from author Brandon Sanderson and narrator Macleod Andrews: Mitosis. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Ancillary Sword | [Ann Leckie] Boy's Life | [Robert McCammon]

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Release Week: Tobias Buckell’s Hurricane Fever, Benjamin Parzybok’s Sherwood Nation, Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse, Howard Jacobson’s J, and David Cronenberg’s Consumed read by William Hurt

SEPTEMBER 24-30, 2014: I already knew this was going to be a big week, ahead of a huge October slate (previewed by Bookpage, io9, SFSignal, and BuzzFeed) and then several surprises made coming up with a manageable set of picks a nearly impossible task. Beyond the five audiobooks I do highlight this week, there’s plenty more to check out in the “also out” listings including Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light, Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Jason Mott’s The Wonder of All Things, Jonathan L. Howard’s latest “Brothers Cabal” book, a new full cast production of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, a Recorded Books collection of Asimov’s Robot Dreams, Rich Horton’s Superheroes anthology, and! Elizabeth May’s debut The Falconer comes to audio as well. I’m also updating the October Whispersync Deal Roundup with a big list of titles from SFSignal’s monthly ebook sales listings. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Hurricane Fever | [Tobias Buckell] Sherwood Nation | [Benjamin Parzybok]

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October Whispersync Deal Roundup: Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon, Tim Pratt’s Heirs of Grace, James Blaylock’s The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, and more (UPDATED!)

October is here, and so a new crop of monthly e-book deals are live. While quite a lot of the September roundup remains live as well (outside of the specifically monthly price drops) here’s what’s new:

NOTE: Updated on Tuesday Oct 7 with a pile of new listings! And again on Oct 15!

Kindred | [Octavia E. Butler] The Dark Is Rising: Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence | [Susan Cooper]

Octavia Butler’s Kindred ($2.09+$3.49) — Narrated by Kim Staunton for Recorded Books, this is one of the all-time-great novels of any genre in my opinion, and a fantastic audiobook: “The first science-fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of African-American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. Author Octavia E. Butler skilfully juxtaposes the serious issues of slavery, human rights, and racial prejudice with an exciting science-fiction, romance, and historical adventure. Kim Staunton’s narrative talent magically transforms the listener’s earphones into an audio time machine.” Continue reading

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Release Week: Wolf in White Van, Afterworlds, Rooms, Horrorstör, and Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2014: Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and this release week roundup is more than a week late. But! I can’t do my usual trick of combining two weeks into one roundup, because there’s just too many great titles coming out here as summer turns to fall. This week: a full review of John Darnielle’s affecting Wolf in White Van, along with picks from YA (Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds) and horror (Lauren Oliver’s adult debut Rooms and Grady Hendrix’s bizarre and aptly-published-by-Quirk-Books Horrorstör), and Terry Pratchett’s essay collection A Slip of the Keyboard. Also out this week: an omnibus edition of Ellen Kushner’s Riverside novels, Robin Cook’s groundbreaking medical thriller Coma, Benjamin Whitmer’s Cry Father, Will Wiles’ The Way Inn, a US release for Audible’s original dramatic production The Child, and a pair of shorts: Roberto Trotta’s The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is (read by Bronson Pinchot) and Robertson Dean’s narration of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Meanwhile in podcast land, part two of the Baen audio drama “Islands” debuted on the Baen Free Radio Hour, and! episode one of Mur Lafferty’s Ghost Train to New Orleans, a free podcast of her second “Shambling Guides” novel, published by Hachette Audio in March. In “seen but not hear” a few which really catch my eye, including Jenna Black’s “Game of Thrones meets House of Cards” contemporary urban fantasy The Gifted Dead and Greer Gilman’s Small Beer Press-published Exit, Pursued By a Bear. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Wolf in White Van | [John Darnielle] Afterworlds | [Scott Westerfeld]

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Release Week: Broken Monsters, My Real Children, The Rabbit Back Literature Society, and Jay Lake’s Last Plane to Heaven

SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2014: One of the quietest weeks in overall numbers in a good while nonetheless has very, very much to recommend it, with US audio releases for the latest novels from Lauren Beukes and Jo Waltonan eagerly-awaited Finnish speculative fiction, and Jay Lake’s posthumous final collection Last Plane to Heaven. Also out this week: John Shirley’s historical fiction Wyatt in Wichita well ahead of the planned print/ebook release, Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy concludes with Edge of Eternity, Kelly Barnhill’s The Witch’s Boy, Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, a fantastic Skyboat Media production of Christopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop, and Jonathan Kellerman (with son Jesse) revisits the legendary golem of Prague with The Golem of Hollywood. Seen but not heard selections include the Nick Mamatas-edited Phantasm Japan anthology, Helen Marshall’s collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Beth Cato’s The Clockwork Dagger, and (both already out in audio mid-week) Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle and Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer. Meanwhile, in podcast land, the Baen Free Radio Hour has just included part 1 of a 4-part radioplay miniseries for which I had a small part: “a full-cast, lushly produced audio drama adaptation” of the novella “Islands” by Eric Flint, set in the world of the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Broken Monsters | [Lauren Beukes] My Real Children | [Jo Walton]

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Release Week: Station Eleven, City of Stairs, Hieroglyph, Monstrous Affections, and Gregory Maguire’s Egg and Spoon

SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2014: A highly-praised post-apocalyptic fiction, a secondary-world fantasy, an optimistic hard sf anthology, a young adult fantasy anthology, and an “all ages” fantasy lead a crowded week which also includes Daryl Gregory’s “dark, degenerate, and sublime” We Are All Completely Fine, Karen Miller’s The Falcon Throne, Angus Watson’s Age of Iron, Siobhan Adcock’s ghost story The Barter, Paula Guran’s anthology Zombies: More Recent Dead, Benedict Cumberbatch reading William Golding’s The Spire, and the first two books in David Gerrold’s War Against the Chtorr. Speaking of series, Steven Gould’s Jumper series continues with Exo and Kim Harrison’s Hollows series concludes with The Witch with No Name. And it’s a packed week in the “seen but not heard” listings as well, with (among others) Nancy Kress’s Yesterday’s Kin, etc. Jonathan Wood’s Yesterday’s Hero, D. Harlan Wilson’s Primordial: An Abstraction, M.C. Planck’s Sword of the Bright Lady, Benjamin Parzybok’s Sherwood Nation, Darin Bradley’s Chimpanzee, and Stephen Graham Jones’ collection After the People Lights Have Gone Off, and Laila Lalami’s historical fiction The Moor’s Account. In terms of news and links and such, as usual there’s news a-plenty. Last week I shared the official announcement that Patrick Rothfuss would be narrating his forthcoming novella, and this week I’ll link to another read by the author title to look forward to soon: John Darnielle’s narration of Wolf in White Van is pretty fantastic. In other news and links, narrator Luke Daniels shared A Brief History of Talking Books for the Blind and Recorded Books answered Tantor’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with aplomb. Meanwhile, as I detailed as part of the September Whispersync Roundup (which has since been updated to include a few more deals) Audible’s Win-Win Sale ends on September 18. All right! Get listening! By the time you read this, The Rabbit Back Literature Society, Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters, and Jay Lake’s Last Plane to Heaven will all be out. Enjoy…

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

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September Whispersync Deal Roundup

Out with the deals of August and in with the deals of September! As usual, the daily #WhispersyncDeal posts on Facebook/Twitter cover the more ephemeral deals, but here’s some titles to check out all September long — but first, some deals that either end today (Friday) or in a week:

The King in Yellow | [Robert W. Chambers] Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1 | [Jeff VanderMeer]

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