Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 12/10/17
Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip. Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.
It occurs to me that I have quite a few of books on my TBR list. With the holidays, I have extra curricular activities to get done, so I’ve been listening to audio books. I’m sure that’s quite noticeable by the posts I’ve been doing. With that being said, I’m going to focus on super audio books that I want to listen to.
I found a free audiobook that audible.com that might be kind of fun. Normally, these kinds of stories aren’t my bag, but this is a short listen of a little over 1 hour. This might be a good time to try out audio books with no expense.
Title: Gather ‘Round the Sound
Authors: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
Narrators: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, John Banks, Vern
Released: December 8, 2017
Publisher’s description: 2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently: a surprising and heartwarming documentary, a selection of stories from our partners around the world, and even some improvised comedic carols we hope will make you laugh as much as they did us.
The lineup includes:
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This mini-documentary centers around a peculiar holiday tradition at General Electric’s headquarters in Schenectady, NY. For two decades, GE has been receiving thousands of letters from kids – children who think they’re reaching Santa Claus. And every year, a handful of GE employees give up their December lunchbreaks to respond to each and every letter.
An Aussie Night Before Christmas, by Yvonne Morrison, performed by Magda Szubanksi
This rollicking rewrite of the famous old poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas gives the original version a hilarious Aussie twist. Magda Szubanski, Australia’s most trusted personality, caries this incredibly fun romp. Kangaroos pulling the sleigh, a beer for Santa, and all the over-the-top Australian lingo, it’s everything you’d expect.
The Music Coming from the House, by Paulo Coehlo, performed by Daniel Frances-Berenson
In this magical story from the author of The Alchemist – the master of the modern parable – a disguised king visits a poor village, and what he sees through the window of a house changes his life, and those of the occupants.
The Signal-man, by Charles Dickens, performed by Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, and John Banks
For literature lovers, the holiday season needs a little Dickens. We dug up a story of his that you may not be familiar with, originally published in the Christmas edition of a Victorian short story periodical. Of course, ghosts are involved in this 19th century work told by Simon Callow (Outlander) and Dan Starkey (Dr. Who).
A Very Improvised Holiday Musical
What would the holidays be without some carols? Vern, a New York City-based improv troupe, performs a few improvised holiday songs.
You think that anthologies only exist in print? Nope. One of my favorite authors got together a bunch of friends and put together the Monster Hunter Files. I really love the Monster Hunters. I’m behind in the Monster Hunter series, but I could totally get caught up with audio books.
Title: Monster Hunter Files
Authors: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Bailey Carr
Narrators: Jane Yellowrock, Monster Hunter
Released: October 3, 2017
Publisher’s description: For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large – and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases to total newbies’ initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world’s most elite monster fighting force.
Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War II. Uncover how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. And find out exactly what takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes. From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.
Featuring 17 all new tales based on Larry Correia’s best-selling series, from New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.
Also includes stories by Larry Correia, John C. Wright, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Kupari, and Brad R. Torgersen.
Nora Roberts – oh, sorry, J.D. Robb – will be releasing the next In Death book in January. Audible.com has pre-orders just like Amazon does. It’s simple to do and, granted, audio books cost more than print books, but when the narrator is good and the author is a favorite, I’m in a zone. Anyway, here’s the next In Death book – #46 – that I pre-ordered today.
Title: Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #46
Release: January 30, 2018
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Publisher’s description: Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, and takes on a case of death imitating art…
It was a stab in the dark.
On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime – from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama – and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
Often the audiobooks are released days after the print version. I’m not sure the reason for this other than expense and popularity. Making an audiobook is probably quite an undertaking. I don’t know the ins and outs, but hiring a good narrator is absolutely imperative. Anyway, Faith Hunter released her print and audio of Flame in the Dark on the same days as print. Thank you Ms. Hunter.
- Title: Flame in the Dark
- Series: Soulwood, Book 3
- Author: Faith Hunter
- Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
- Series: Soulwood, Book 3
- Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
- Release date: 12-05-17
Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times best-selling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.
Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED – the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead – and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more – or less – than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
You may not know that Audible has samples of the story just like print books. That’s really a sweet gig when it’s a new author or new narrator. I found this book that looked particularly interesting.
Title: Born in Fire
- Series: Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1
- Narrated by: Nicole Poole
- Series: Fire and Ice (Breene), Book 1
- Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
- Release date: 05-01-17
- Publisher’s description Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old-as-sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.
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