September Whispersync Deal Roundup

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September Whispersync Deal Roundup

Posted on 2014-09-12 at 14:45 by Sam

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]

Today (Friday) only, Open Road Media has set the ebook price for their edition of Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow to “free”. This edition is Whispersync for Voice enabled with the fantastic Blackstone Audio production from March of this year, read by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir, for $2.99. “Originally published in 1895, Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow is a marvel of supernatural fiction that has influenced a number of writers in the genre, most notably H. P. Lovecraft. Its powerful combination of horror and lyrical prose has made it a classic, a masterpiece of weird fiction that endures to this day. There is a book that is shrouded in mystery. Some even say it’s a myth. Within its pages is a play - one that brings madness and despair to all who read it. It is the play of the King in Yellow, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days. The King in Yellow is a collection of stories interwoven loosely by the elements of the play, including the central figure himself.”

And ending sometime quite soon, Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer is on sale in ebook for $2.99; via Whispersync for Voice the Caroyln McCormick-narrated audiobook can be had for $3.99. “Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.”

Next, there’s a fairly robust Win-Win Sale at Audible, with 200+ books at $4.95 each through September 18. So you’ve got a week or so for these. On glancing through, here’s what caught my eye there:

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas | John Scalzi Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1 | Ben Aaronovitch Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2 | Richard Kadrey

Redshirts by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton

Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, Book 1) by Ben Aaronovitch, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, Book 2) by Richard Kadrey, read by MacLeod Andrews

Gateway | Frederik Pohl The Drowned Cities | Paolo Bacigalupi Among Others | Jo Walton

Gateway by Frederik Pohl, read by Oliver Wyman, with an introduction by Robert J. Sawyer

The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, Book 2) by Paolo Bacigalupi, read by Joshua Swanson

Among Others by Jo Walton, read by Katherine Kellgren

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay | Michael Chabon The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer | Siddhartha Mukherjee

Fiction: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, read by David Colacci

Non-Fiction: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, read by Stephen Hoye

OK! Now onto the more usual monthly Whispersync deal roundup. I’ll start as usual with SFSignal’s monthly roundup on ebooks (bigger list), which leads to (among others):

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1 | Faith Hunter Dead Witch Walking | Kim Harrison

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown) for $3.99+$3.99 read by Wil Wheaton (UPDATE: This appears to be a $12.99 Whispersync Upgrade at this time.)

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1): A Jane Yellowrock Novel by Faith Hunter (Roc) for $1.99+$3.99 read by Khristine Hvam

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1) by Kim Harrison (HarperCollins) for $5.69+$3.49 read by Marguerite Gavin

Six Heirs: The Secret of Ji, Book 1 | Pierre Grimbert A Calculated Life | Anne Charnock The Dragon Business | Kevin J. Anderson

Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji Book 1) by Pierre Grimbert (AmazonCrossing) for $4.99+$1.99 read by Michael Page

A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47North) for $3.99+$1.99

The Dragon Business by Kevin J. Anderson (47North) for $3.99+$1.99

The Far Time Incident | Neve Maslakovic Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1 | Paul Antony Jones

The Far Time Incident (The Incident Series Book 1) by Neve Maslakovic (47North) for $3.99+$1.99

Extinction Point (Extinction Point series Book 1) by Paul Antony Jones (47North) for $3.99+$1.99

No Lasting Burial: The Zombie Bible | Stant Litore Heirs of Grace | Tim Pratt

Death Has Come Up into Our Windows (The Zombie Bible)What Our Eyes Have Witnessed (The Zombie Bible), Strangers in the Land (The Zombie Bible), and No Lasting Burial (The Zombie Bible) by Stant Litore (47North) for $3.99+$1.99 each

Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt (47North) for $3.99+$1.99

UPDATE: SFSignal posted 50 more ebooks in an update to its own listings, and a glance-through found these Whispersync deals:

Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo Thorn Jack: Night and Nothing, Book 1 | Katherine Harbour Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel | Sarah J. Maas

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo for $3.99+$3.49

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel (Night and Nothing Novels) by Katherine Harbour for $1.99+$4.49

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas for $2.24+$3.49

Bitterwood: Dragon Age, Book 1 | [James Maxey]

AND! While not on SFSignal’s lists, James Maxey’s Bitterwood (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 1) is currently free on Kindle, with a $1.99 Whispersync-for-Voice upgrade to the Dave Thompson-narrated audiobook.

Last month I focused on Podium Publishing’s Whispersync-enabled titles, and since mid-August they’ve added more:

Mindbender: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 3 | David A. Wells Hellifax: Mountain Man, Book 3 | Keith C. Blackmore Yesterday's Gone: Season 2 | Sean Platt,David Wright

Mindbender (Sovereign of the Seven Isles Book 3) by David A. Wells, for $2.99+$2.99

Hellifax (Mountain Man Book 3) by Keith C. Blackmore, for $3.99+$2.99

Yesterdays Gone: SEASON TWO (THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIAL THRILLER) (Yesterday’s Gone Book 2) by Sean Platt and David Wright, for $2.99+$3.49

Speaking of publisher-specific pathways to deals, some new 47North releases are certainly priced to move:

The Paper Magician | [Charlie N. Holmberg] A Cold and Broken Hallelujah: Long Beach Homicide, Book 3 | [Tyler Dilts] Girl on a Wire | [Gwenda Bond]

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series) by Charlie N. Holmberg, read by Amy McFadden for Brilliance audio for $4.99+$1.99

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah (Long Beach Homicide) by Tyler Dilts, read by Patrick Lawlor for Brilliance Audio for $4.99+$1.99

Looking forward, Gwenda Bond’s Girl on a Wire is one of the current “Kindle First” selections, meaning it’s available pre-release this month for $1.99; October 1 at release it will be $4.99 and (likely, though not guaranteed) Whispersync-for-Voice-enabled for an additional $1.99.

Finally! On to the actual Kindle Monthly Deals list:

Harrowgate | [Kate Maruyama] Nefertiti | [Michelle Moran]

Kate Maruyama’s Harrowgate for $1.99+$1.99, read by Nick Podehl for Brilliance Audio

Michelle Moran’s Nefertiti: A Novel for $3.79+$3.99, read by Cassandra Campbell for Books on Tape

And actually there’s one more, via Orbit’s “Orbital Drop”, which has Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox Book 1) for $1.99 in ebook for two more weeks; the title is Whispersync-for-Voice enabled at $3.99, read by Emily Durante for Tantor Audio:

Fortune's Pawn: Paradox Series, Book 1 | [Rachel Bach]

Whew! That’s it, that’s all I’ve got to pass along this month. Enjoy…

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