Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

What do you think about audiobooks? 

We resisted them for a long time—partly out of habit, and partly out of the idea that listening to an audiobook isn’t reading. It’s letting someone tell you a story.

And then it hit us. That’s the best thing about them.

Books didn’t come first in the evolution of story. Narration did: the mythologies we dreamed up by firelight in the caves of our ancestors; the fairytales we invented to pass long, winter nights; the magical hopes and dreams we shared beneath the harvest moon.

The magic of books came later, when we began to write them down. But books weren’t the first magic.

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Cover reveal! Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard! Coming in February, 2019!

Cover reveal! Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard! Coming in February, 2019!

Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard’s Bloodwitch is one of our most anticipated releases of 2019!!! It dropped its cover today and o…m…g! Stunning! Gorgeous! It’s not even up on Amazon yet, but we couldn’t WAIT to show you the SECOND we were allowed to!!! So AWESOME!!!

If you haven’t started the series yet, check out our 5-star review of the first book, Truthwitch, and then snap it up on Amazon (where the paperbacks are on sale at the moment, for even less than the ebooks)! If you’re up to date on the series, you can preorder Bloodwitch right now!!!

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Dystopian drama at its finest! A PW Best Book of 2016, and a Philip K. Dick Award Winner!

Dystopian drama at its finest! A PW Best Book of 2016, and a Philip K. Dick Award Winner!

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison

After the virus wiped out most women and children, the few females who survived have to hide, scraping out their survival on their own, trying to stay clear of the gangs of men who want to control them. To own them. But one of those women knows how to deliver babies, and the world needs her. Now, more than ever.

A unique dystopian drama, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife has a dash of The Handmaid’s Tale and elements of The Postman, but it’s a story all its own. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 and Philip K. Dick Award Winner. Just $1.99 for a limited time.

Our thoughts on the sample:

Steven | Love the cover!!! Interesting, unique take on the post-apocalyptic world. Piqued my interest and seems well worth a read!

Erin | Love the premise! Gripping sample! Jumps straight into the action. What happens next? What happens next???

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Just $1.99 for the next few days, this fantasy has us mesmerized!

Just $1.99 for the next few days, this fantasy has us mesmerized!

The City of Brass, by S. A. Chakraborty

We read the blurb, read the sample, and fell in love. At $1.99, we bought one for each of us. And then we bought one for Mom, too. It reminds us a bit of Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, even though it’s completely different. It’s also reminiscent of Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, although it’s different from that one, too. We love so many authors, but there are few who can paint a complete scene without explanations. The right dialog, the right details (two or three at most, thrown in casually), and the world comes alive.

We can’t wait to dig into this one, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

   

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Only $1.99 each for the entire Dead series by Anne Frasier!

Only $1.99 each for the entire Dead series by Anne Frasier!

Play Dead, by Anne Frasier

A baby abandoned in a cemetery. A city haunted by a dark past, full of voodoo and magic. And a killer on the loose…

We love when an entire series goes on sale, especially when it’s by Anne Frasier. Her books tend to be grounded in realism, with just enough hints of the paranormal to keep us wanting more, and they always keep us on the edge of our seat. Now, for a limited time, the ebooks of the Dead series are only $1.99 and even the paperbacks are more than half off!

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The GoT Graphic Novel is just $1.99! Winter is coming… with graphic style!

The GoT Graphic Novel is just $1.99! Winter is coming… with graphic style!

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One, by George R.R. Martin

Did you know Game of Thrones is now a graphic novel series? This gorgeous art, paired with the epic story by fantasy master George R.R. Martin, will blow you away. For a limited time, the first in the series is only $1.99. You won’t find a better deal than that.

   

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Today only! A Scalzi sci-fi award winner for just $2.99!

Today only! A Scalzi sci-fi award winner for just $2.99!

The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi

What if we solved space travel? And then, after we had settled countless planets, what if the solution showed signs of failing catastrophically? These are the questions behind The Collapsing Empire, which won the 2018 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. John Scalzi is one of the most entertaining science fiction authors writing today, and we’re thrilled to have found this deal!

   

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A free fantasy for your weekend! With more giveaways coming soon!

A free fantasy for your weekend! With more giveaways coming soon!

Bound, by Kirsten Weiss

You get a book… and you get a book…

When it comes to books, it doesn’t get better than free! But we don’t recommend just any free book. (Most of the time, you get what you pay for.) So we look for titles that actually excite us. Solid writing. Good reviews. An interesting premise. And we try to cross the sci-fi/fantasy spectrum. Dystopian science one day, cozy mysteries the next. This one’s a contemporary witchy mystery with a bit of romance, in the vein of Practical Magic. We downloaded ours as soon as we found it. And then we shared it with you!

   

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Just $1.99 each for the entire Wayward Pines trilogy! The sci-fi mystery thriller behind the TV series!

Just $1.99 each for the entire Wayward Pines trilogy! The sci-fi mystery thriller behind the TV series!

Pines, by Blake Crouch

Did you catch Wayward Pines when it was on television? If you did, what did you think? Erin loved season one (“Omg, so awesome!”), and now the books are all on sale! From now through the end of September, all three ebooks in the Wayward Pines trilogy are just $1.99 each. We love sales like this, with plenty of time to buy the first one for just $1.99 and read it, to see whether we want to snap up the other two while they’re still discounted.

We checked Netflix, by the way, and Wayward Pines isn’t on there. It’s on Amazon, but it’s not free. (Bummer.) Hulu won’t let you search anything unless you sign up (not cool!) so we don’t know about that one. Anyone want to search that for us and let us know?

 

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These Terry Pratchett stories are 80% off through the end of September!

These Terry Pratchett stories are 80% off through the end of September!

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories, by Terry Pratchett

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” —Terry Pratchett

We’ve been dying to find a Terry Pratchett sale! One of the greatest names in fantasy humor, Terry Pratchett spent an entire lifetime writing. These particular stories were penned back at the beginning, when he was just 17. He honed them a bit for this anthology, but not much. Such was the depth of his talent. The collection is just $1.99 through the end of September, and we snapped it up the second we found it. We’ve made it a lifetime quest to keep our minds open—making sure they’ll have room for stories like these.

   

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Three weeks until Dragon’s Code! Our countdown celebration starts today!

Three weeks until Dragon’s Code! Our countdown celebration starts today!

Okay, first things first. The ARC of Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey is here!!!!! It arrived right before DragonCon, but I wasn’t about to bring anything that precious into such a chaotic environment. No way. So I left it at home in its protective shipping envelope, and I started reading it after I recovered from my cold. I’m about 15% in, reading slowly to savor it, because I ALREADY DON’T WANT IT TO END!!!

It’s a genuine return to Pern, and I’m loving every second of it. Plus, we’re in countdown mode, people, because the actual release is THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY! I’ll share more about the read next week (don’t worry – no spoilers!) but in the meantime… here’s a $2.99 ebook from Anne McCaffrey to whet your appetite: Crystal Singer. It’s not a Pern book, but I read the whole trilogy several times and absolutely loved it!

In humanity’s space-faring future, there’s a planet with extremely precious crystals that can only be harvested by hand. “Crystal singers” literally sing to the crystals while cutting them, to keep them from shattering. The best singers can make a fortune, but there are side effects they don’t tell you about in the brochures…

Watch these Gigi McCaffrey and Anne McCaffrey posts over the next few weeks for contests and giveaways as we celebrate 50 years of Pern, and other amazing McCaffrey worlds! (Hint: click on that “Continue reading” link!)

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