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Whispersync Daily Deal: The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, read by Simon Vance

Posted on 2014-04-18 at 14:46 by Sam

Friday, April 18, 2014: Today's Kindle Daily Deal listings includes Tim Powers' 1989 novel The Stress of Her Regard for $1.99 with a $1.99 Whispersync for Voice upgrade to the Audible edition, read by Simon Vance for Blackstone Audio, a fantastic audiobook which Dave calls "without a doubt one of the most terrifying and disturbing books I've read or listened to" and which I reviewed as "a wonderful and dark novel of a fictionalized Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Keats, and of the more completely fictional

Posted in Whispersync Deals | Tagged simon vance, the stress of her regard, tim powers

Audible's "Begin at the Beginning" sale, including Tad Williams, Richard Kadrey, Mira Grant, Paolo Bacigalupi, and more

Posted on 2014-02-11 at 18:37 by Sam

Running through February 19,'s Begin at the Beginning sale on first books in a series includes 206 books all priced at $4.95. Now, 206 titles is a pretty long list. Here's what caught my eye, with covers and "PICK:" notations for the ones I really recommend, which include Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan, Gene Wolfe's Shadow of the Torturer, Mira Grant's Feed, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, Paolo Bacigalupi's Shipbreaker, Tad Williams' The Dirty Streets of Heaven, and Michael J. Sullivan's The Crown

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged alan cumming, jonathan davis, leviathan, michael j sullivan, mira grant, paolo bacigalupi, richard kadrey, sandman slim, scott westerfeld, simon vance, tad williams, tim gerard reynolds

Whispersync Daily Deal: Celebromancy, Clive Barker's The Books of Blood, House of Bathory, and Cassandra Rose Clarke's The Assassin's Curse

Posted on 2014-01-24 at 15:12 by Sam

Friday, January 24, 2014: Four more deals to share today, starting with Celebromancy: Ree Reyes, Book 2 by Michael R. Underwood, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal for Audible Frontiers, book two in the series after Geekomancy and on sale for $1.99 Kindle, offering a $1.99 Whispersync for Voice upgrade to the Audible edition. "Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production

Posted in Whispersync Deals | Tagged AudioGO, cassandra rose clarke, Celebromancy, Chris Patton, clive barker, crossroad press, Dick Hill, Geekomancy, House of Bathory, Kathleen Gati, Linda Lafferty, mary robinette kowal, Michael R Underwood, peter berkrot, Ree Reyes, simon vance, Tania Rodrigues, The Assassin's Curse, The Books of Blood

Release Week: Shovel Ready, The Emperor's Blades, Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse, Shawn Speakman's The Dark Thorn, Gateways, and Clive Barker's The Books of Blood

Posted on 2014-01-15 at 20:23 by Sam

JANUARY 8-14, 2014: This week the name of the game is "fantasy", though near-future noir (Shovel Ready), the latest Peter Clines (Ex-Purgatory, read by Jay Snyder), classic sf from Asimov (read by Scott Brick) and Vonda McIntyre (read by Gayle Hendrix), and most singularly the Frederik Pohl tribute anthology Gateways (read by the voice of Pohl's Gateway, Oliver Wyman) do make for a more diverse range of offerings. But the lion's share of my picks this week? There are swords, there are blades, there are

Posted in Release Week | Tagged alex bledsoe, books of blood, clive barker, eddie lacrosse, gateways, oliver wyman, shawn speakman, shovel ready, simon vance, stefan rudnicki, the emperor's blades

Release Week: Nicola Griffith's Hild, Lewis Shiner's Collected Stories, and Simon Vance narrates John Harwood's The Ghost Writer and Clive Barker's collection of First Tales

Posted on 2013-12-18 at 20:40 by Sam

DECEMBER 11-17, 2013: Finally! Amidst one of the quietest weeks yet on the year, Nicola Griffith's Hild is in audio at last, along with a multi-voiced production of Lewis Shiner's magnificent Collected Stories and enough chilling tales to send you even closer to the fire this winter, with Simon Vance reading both John Harwood's The Ghost Writer and Clive Barker's First Tales, and (in the also out listings) a pair of Spokenworld/Ladbroke productions have excellent narrators reading classic tales from Ambrose

Posted in Release Week | Tagged clive barker, hild, janis ian, john harwood, lewis shiner, nicola griffith, simon vance, stefan rudnicki, the ghost writer

Release Week: The Darwin Elevator, Kill City Blues, Nexus, Frostarc, Antidote Man, and Jay Lake's City Imperishable

Posted on 2013-08-05 at 18:1 by Sam

JULY 24-30, 2013: July comes to a close with: another in a long line of strong 2013 debuts, narrated by one of the best in the business; the latest Sandman Slim; a well-received late 2012 sf novel of near-future nano-drugs; an early 2013 self-published sf novel which first came to my attention for its striking cover art and is now here as well-produced self-published audiobook; an audio original; and the two novels in Jay Lake's City Imperishable series. And! Plenty more to pick from this week as well

Posted in Release Week | Tagged antidote man, jamie sutliff, jason m hough, jay lake, luke daniels, nexus, ramez naam, richard kadrey, sandman slim, simon vance

Listening Report: March 2012

Posted on 2012-04-03 at 19:16 by Sam

Six audiobooks this month, down from eight last month, this time heavily skewed toward sf (5) over fantasy (1):



  • To Marry Medusa By Theodore SturgeonNarrated by Stefan Rudnicki for Blackstone Audio — Rudnicki’s a fan of Sturgeon’s, and I’ve heard him on More Than Human which, along with To Marry Medusa, explores the idea of emergent parapsychology. It’s a reminder that, along with Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, science fiction (and science) actually took telepathy quite seriously
Posted in Sam's Monthly Listening Report | Tagged a door into ocean, arctic rising, james sa corey, jay snyder, jefferson mays, joan slonczewski, leviathan wakes, mm buckner, monthly listening report, rosalyn landor, simon vance, stefan rudnicki, the gravity pilot, the stress of her regard, theodore sturgeon, tim powers, to marry medusa, tobias s buckell

Audiobook review: Viriconium by M. John Harrison, read by Simon Vance

Posted on 2012-02-16 at 14:2 by Sam

Last month the blog welcomed contributor Dave Thompson with his review of Tim Powers’s The Stress of Her Regard, read by Simon Vance. Today he returns with another review, setting his ears on Viriconium by M. John Harrison, read by Vance for Neil Gaiman Presents:

Review by Dave Thompson: “A Not As Young Man’s Return Journey to Viriconium”

I have been to Viriconium once before – and appropriately – I find that the landscape of the city seems to have shifted since the last time I was here. Sometimes, it’s a

Posted in regular | Tagged dave thompson, m john harrison, neil gaiman presents, review, simon vance, viriconium

Review: The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, read by Simon Vance

Posted on 2012-01-17 at 14:0 by Sam

I’m pleased to welcome a new regular contributor to the Audible SF/F blog: Dave Thompson. While we have plans (a podcast? two-contributor reviews?) he’s starting out with a review of The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers, read by Simon Vance for Blackstone Audio. Out in April of 2011, the novel was originally published in print in 1989 by Ace Hardcover. A new book, Hide Me Among the Graves: A Novel is due out in March from William Morrow.

Review by Dave Thompson

There’s a tense scene early on in Tim

Posted in regular | Tagged blackstone audio, dave thompson, review, simon vance, the stress of her regard, tim powers

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