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Audible's $7.95 sale through January 2, including Lev Grossman, Haruki Murakami, Cherie Priest, and more

Posted on 2012-12-28 at 14:20 by Sam

Audible is having a "Holiday Relief Sale" which lists 100+ audiobooks for $7.95 through January 2, and includes quite a few good sf/f listings. In particular, if you haven't yet picked up Lev Grossman's The Magicians: A Novel, narrated wonderfully by Mark Bramhall, now is absolutely the time. The best "deal" appears to be on Haruki Murakami's Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World which normally lists for $44. And! Two books in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century. There are also plenty of new

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Today's Daily Deal: Neil Gaiman and Neil Gaiman Presents

Posted on 2012-12-07 at 16:40 by Sam has been offering Daily Deals this December, and today (Friday, Dec 7) brings a 50% off deal on a list of titles by Neil Gaiman and from Neil Gaiman Presents.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) | [Neil Gaiman] The Drowning Girl | [Caitlin R. Kiernan]

From Gaiman's American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to Anansi Boys, Good Omens to The Graveyard Book; to the "Presents" titles Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners (by Ellen Kushner), Light (by M. John Harrison), and my pick for best new novel of 2012, The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan.

The sale

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Audible's editors pick the best audiobooks of the year (and a so-far rundown of The Lists)

Posted on 2012-12-04 at 19:18 by Sam

While I'm most eagerly awaiting Bob Reiss's picks over at The Guilded Earlobe, the first of the big year-end "best of the year" audiobooks lists is up, from as a Best of 2012 featurette, collecting their editors' picks in quite a few categories, the top 10 Listener Favorites of the year, and additional picks from six editors. (Note: since the original post, I've added a few more run-downs of some best-of-the-year lists.)

First, those Listener Favorites, which included six (count 'em!) sf/f

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Release Week: The Rise of Ransom City, The Dresden Files, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and City of Dark Magic

Posted on 2012-11-28 at 14:49 by Sam

The last Tuesday in November brings new books in beloved series, as well as a Conan O'Brien-blurbed romp through a fantastical Prague. Still, it's another sequel which most catches my eye, and another sequel (Hannu Rajaniemi's The Fractal Prince) which I'm most disappointed to not see in audio this week.

That most-anticipated title for me this week is The Rise of Ransom City: The Half-Made World, Book 2 By Felix Gilman, Narrated by Ramon De Ocampo and Gregory Itzin for Audible Frontiers -- Length: 14 hrs

Posted in regular, Release Week | Tagged city of dark magic, cold days, dresden files, felix gilman, iron druid chronicles, james marsters, jim butcher, kevin hearne, luke daniels, magnus flyte, release week, the rise of ransom city

Release Week: Robert Jackson Bennett, Seanan McGuire, Joel Rosenberg, and A.A. Attanasio

Posted on 2012-11-21 at 16:27 by Sam

Two of 2012's most missing audiobooks and two backlist books from two of my favorite authors highlight the pre-Thanksgiving release week.

The Troupe By Robert Jackson Bennett, Narrated by Luis Moreno for Recorded Books -- Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins -- Published in February in print and ebook by Orbit, it's been a leading contender for "most missing audiobook" all year for me, and leads off the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012 - SF/F/H list: "Best-selling author Robert Jackson Bennett has won widespread

Posted in regular, Release Week | Tagged aa attanasio, joel rosenberg, robert jackson bennett, seanan mcguire, the troupe

A second look at Downpour

Posted on 2012-11-19 at 15:49 by Sam

A little over a month ago, I gave my first thoughts on Downpour, a new DRM-free multi-publisher audiobook service from Blackstone Audio. Still officially in "Beta", I've had another month of buying, downloading, and listening, so it's maybe time to give a bit of an update.

A new iOS app version released in late October solves an occasional issue with play position save, by far the biggest issue for me. And an Android app is also available now, though I haven't been able to test it yet. (If Kobo wants to

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Release Week: Red Country, Annotated Shannara, six from Christopher Priest, and Goblin Secrets

Posted on 2012-11-14 at 18:33 by Sam

In a packed week of exciting mid-week releases by Kameron Hurley (Rapture) and Walter Jon Williams (The Fourth Wall), it's Joe Abercrombie's Red Country which leads the way in new audio releases. However, all the news isn't great, as there is apparently no forthcoming audiobook for Cherie Priest's latest Clockwork Century novel, The Inexplicables.

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie, read by Steven Pacey for Hachette Audio -- Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins -- The third standalone novel in the world of Abercrombie's

Posted in regular, Release Week | Tagged cherie priest, christopher priest, goblin secrets, joe abercrombie, kameron hurley, red country, shannara, terry brooks, walter jon williams

Dave Reviews: Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

Posted on 2012-11-09 at 17:47 by Dave

Dreadnought, by Cherie Priest Narrated by Kate Reading Length: 13 hours, 24 minutes

War is Hell – Especially for a Nurse

It’s probably important to state right off the bat that I wasn’t a huge fan of Boneshaker. There are several reasons for this, and it should be noted that I read it, and didn’t listen to it, and that may have contributed to my overall feelings. But I like Cherie Priest’s work – in particular, I loved the Eden Moore Southern Gothic Ghost story “Four and Twenty Black Birds” (and if it

Posted in regular, reviews | Tagged cherie priest, dave thompson, dreadnought, macmillan-audio, review

Release Week: Cooper's The Creative Fire, McDevitt/Resnick's The Cassanda Project, Brandon Sanderson's The Emperor's Soul, Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic, and more

Posted on 2012-11-07 at 15:16 by Sam

November gets off to a big start, with a long list of noteworthy releases, four of which I'll highlight at a little more length, and several more worth checking out as well. (Meanwhile, my "most missing" this fairly busy week is Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts, out in hardcover and ebook from Pyr.)

The Creative Fire: Book One of Ruby's Song By Brenda Cooper, Narrated by Yetta Gottesman for Audible Frontiers -- Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins. Out in print and ebook from Pyr, it's a book I was very excited to

Posted in regular, Release Week | Tagged alice hoffman, brandon sanderson, brenda cooper, forge of darkness, practical magic, release week, steven erikson, the cassandra project, the creative fire

Release Week: A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, Ruins, and a Neil Gaiman gift edition and charity short

Posted on 2012-10-31 at 17:43 by Sam

The last release week in October has a few intriguing new titles, along with a new "gift edition" of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and, as Dave already mentioned, a free short story by Gaiman as well.

A Sudden Outbreak of Magic: Contagious Magic By Michael Jasper, Narrated by Alyson Grauer is the one I've been waiting on the longest. At 8 hrs and 16 mins it is the first book in a series, in which book two is out in print and ebook, and book three is coming soon. I've been following the route of this book from

Posted in regular, Release Week | Tagged emily janice card, michael jasper, neil gaiman, orson scott card, release week, stardust, stefan rudnicki

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