April 27th #WhispersyncDeal roundup: Madeline Ashby, Peter Watts, Jo Walton, Robert J. Sawyer, Steven Erikson, and more

While I’m putting the finishing touches on the full #WhispersyncDeal roundup of the Monthly Deals in Kindle Books, today’s crop of Daily Deal eBooks with Audible Narration is too good to just share out one Tweet at a time. Feast your eyes and ears on:

Company Town by [Ashby, Madeline] Blindsight (Firefall) by [Watts, Peter] Among Others (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel) by [Walton, Jo]

Company Town by Madeline Ashby, read by Cecelia Kim for Audible for $2.99+$4.49 — “They call it Company Town–a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig–making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?”

Blindsight by Peter Watts, read by T. Ryder Smith for Recorded Books for $2.99+$3.99 — “Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn’t want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can’t feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they’ve been sent to find—but you’d give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .”

Among Others by Jo Walton, read by Katherine Kellgren for Audible for $2.99+$3.99 — “Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award and 2012 Hugo Award. Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.  Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…”

Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax by [Sawyer, Robert J.] Willful Child by [Erikson, Steven] Dark Run (Keiko Book 1) by [Brooks, Mike]

Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer, read by Jonathan Davis for Audible for $2.99+$3.49 — “Hominids is a strong, stand-alone SF novel, but it’s also the first book of The Neanderthal Parallax, a trilogy that will examine two unique species of people. They are alien to each other, yet bound together by the never-ending quest for knowledge and, beneath their differences, a common humanity. We are one of those species, the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they, not Homo sapiens, became the dominant intelligence. In that world, Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but is very different in history, society, and philosophy. During a risky experiment deep in a mine in Canada, Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe, where in the same mine another experiment is taking place.”

Willful Child by Steven Erikson, read by MacLeod Andrews for Brilliance Audio for $2.99+$4.49 — “A new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space. These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the… And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child.

Dark Run (Keiko Book 1) by Mike Brooks, read by Damian Lynch for Audible for $1.99+$3.99 — “The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth’s colony planets, searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past. But when a face from Captain Ichabod Drift’s former life sends them on a run to Old Earth, all the rules change. Trust will be broken, and blood will be spilled.”

Meanwhile, in addition to the the Kindle Daily Deals, there’s an Open Road Media deal today as well:

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon, read by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison for Blackstone Audio for $1.99+$3.99 — “In this genre-bending novel—among the first to have launched sci-fi into the arena of literature—one of the great imaginers of the twentieth century tells a story as mind-blowing as any controlled substance and as affecting as a glimpse into a stranger’s soul. There’s Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people’s thoughts and make a man blow his brains out just by looking at him. There’s Janie, who moves things without touching them, and there are the teleporting twins, who can travel ten feet or ten miles. There’s Baby, who invented an antigravity engine while still in the cradle, and Gerry, who has everything it takes to run the world except for a conscience. Separately, they are talented freaks. Together, they compose a single organism that may represent the next step in evolution, and the final chapter in the history of the human race. As the protagonists of More Than Human struggle to find out who they are and whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Theodore Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging, with suspense, pathos, and a lyricism rarely seen in science fiction. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards.”

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