Audible’s Win-Win Sale through September 20: N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, David Mitchell, Joe Abercrombie, and more

Through 11:59 PM US Pacific Time, Audible’s Member-Only “Win-Win” sale lists a fairly huge pile of audiobooks — 234 titles! — for $4.95 each. Here’s what most caught my eye:

 

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  • By N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by Robin Miles — “A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal,and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.”
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  • By Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by George Guidall — “Helene Wecker’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.”

 

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  • By J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by Rob Inglis — Surely I do not need to put the book description here!
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  • By Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds — Pitched as a sort of Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game: “Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.”

 

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  • By Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds — Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013: “Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery – before it’s too late.”
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  • By Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki , Emily Janice Card — “There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English – but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see. Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.”

 

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  • By Guillermo Del Toro,  Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by Ron Perlman — “The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.”
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  • By David Mitchell
  • Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck — “Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people”, Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics – and their enemies.”

 

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  • By James S.A. Corey
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays — “Ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.”
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  • By R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine — “Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

 

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  • By Walter M. Miller
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner — “Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature – a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.”
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  • By Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews — “When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown – to Hell – where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan’s fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle – led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim – that stole his life.

 

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  • By Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by John Keating — “Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or make fast a knot, or pull an oar, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he’s surrendered his birthright and been given a woman’s place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland’s Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself – or half a king, at least – swear an oath of vengeance against the killers of his father, and lead a raid against the Vanstermen.”
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  • By Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by James Clamp — “Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later – unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.”
  
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  • By Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by David Colacci — “Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience – the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life – begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe. Sandoz is a part of the crew sent to explore a new planet. What they find is a civilization so alien and incomprehensible that they feel compelled to wonder what it means to be human.”
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  • By Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by Chris Kayser — “Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn’t long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world’s sole superpower. Three centuries later it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men – flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.”

Whew! A lot of titles to check out — not to mention Robert J. Sawyer’s Calculating God, Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, Wil Wheaton reading John Scalzi’s The Android’s Dream, and more — and not much time left to do so. Enjoy!

UPDATE: And there’s a pile of excellent fiction titles as well: Kate Atkinson’s wonderful A God in Ruins: A Novel; Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah; John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van; and more.

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