Featured Audio Giveaway—March 2019—The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King

March 4th, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Danny Campbell

Raising the literary bar to a new level, Jerome Charyn re-creates the voice of Theodore Roosevelt, the New York City police commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-be twenty-sixth president through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly combining superhero dialogue with haunting pathos.

“A rendering of Teddy Roosevelt’s early life that spotlights formative moments in colorful, entertaining episodes. Charyn makes artful use of historical fact and fiction’s panache to capture the man before he became one of the great U.S. presidents and a face on Mount Rushmore.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review 

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Roosevelt” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by March 31, 2019. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.


January Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Jay French winner of last month’s giveaway, Sounds Like Titanic. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—February 2019—Sounds Like Titanic

February 7th, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Elizabeth Wiley

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician—or so she thinks.

“It’s difficult to write a funny, angry book. It’s even harder to write a merciless, empathetic book. But here comes Jessica Hindman, doing the impossible with a funny, angry, merciless, empathetic book that’s not only a hugely entertaining memoir, but an insightful meditation on a time in our nation’s recent history whose strange and ominous influence grows more apparent by the day.” —Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and coauthor of The Disaster Artist

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Titanic” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by February 28, 2019. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.


January Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sherry Oliver winner of last month’s giveaway, The Current. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—January 2019—The Current

January 2nd, 2019 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called “astonishing,” “engulfing,” and “outstanding” by national media, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

“[An] outstanding thriller . . . Johnston imbues each character with believable motives. The nuanced plot delves deep into how a community—and surviving relatives—deal with the aftermath of a death.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Current” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by January 31, 2019. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.


December Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to John Smith winner of last month’s giveaway, Help!. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—December 2018—Help!

December 3rd, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Thomas Brothers

The fascinating story of how creative cooperation inspired two of the world’s most celebrated musical acts.

“A sweeping history of 20th-century popular music….A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art.” —Kirkus Reviews

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Beatles” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by December 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.


November Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Elliot Berger winner of last month’s giveaway, The Kinship of Secrets. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—November 2018—The Kinship of Secrets

November 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Janet Song

From the author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter comes the riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart.

“Heartfelt…will greatly appeal to readers who enjoy the multicultural novels of Lisa See and Amy Tan, stories that enlighten as well as entertain.” —Booklist Starred Review

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Secrets” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by November 30, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


October Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cathryn Wright winner of last month’s giveaway, The Wish Child. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—October 2018—The Wish Child

October 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Simon Vance

This internationally bestselling historical novel follows two children and a mysterious narrator as they navigate the falsehoods and wreckage of World War II Germany.

“Chidgey’s understated and poetic revelations of the banalities of day-to-day life under siege, as the German war effort fails, communicate the corrosive horrors of war . . . Chidgey’s controlled revelation of the identity of her shadowy narrator gradually illuminates the true horrors endured by the rest of the characters in this devastating work.” ―Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

 

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Child” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by October 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


September Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Robert Hotchkiss winner of last month’s giveaway, Paris in the Dark. Thanks to all who participated.

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Feature Audio Giveaway—September 2018—Paris in the Dark

September 4th, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Robertson Dean
With Paris in the Dark, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler returns to his lauded Christopher Marlowe Cobb series and proves once again that he can craft “a ripping good yarn” (Wall Street Journal) with unmistakably literary underpinnings.
“This high-spirited adventure by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler is an antic concoction of genre clichés, literary sendups, personal homages, fanciful history and passages of great writing.”―New York Times Book Review, on The Hot Country

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Paris” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by September 30, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


August Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Susan Trower winner of last month’s giveaway, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. Thanks to all who participated.

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Feature Audio Giveaway-August 2018-Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

August 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

 

Read by Keith O’Brien

Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic CityFly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history wherein tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

“A vivid, suspenseful story of women determined to defy gravity—and men—to fulfill their lofty dreams.” —Kirkus Reviews

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Planes” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by August 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


July Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Bob Conklin winner of last month’s giveaway, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway-July 2018-The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir

July 2nd, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Jonathan Cowley

An enthralling, emotional memoir that recounts the ups and downs of coming-of-age, set against the music and literature of the 1970s.

“Caveney writes beautifully…Ultimately, though, it is not necessarily the writing but the raw emotion that remains with the reader, that and the hope for another volume of memoirs as memorable as this one.” —Booklist Starred Review

How to Win This Audio CD

  1. Send an email to newsletter@highbridgeaudio.com
  2. Put the words “Caveney” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by July 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


June Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sharon Gorley winner of last month’s giveaway, Welcome to Lagos. Thanks to all who participated.

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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

June 22nd, 2018 by cmcneil · Reviews

By Denise Conejo

Written by  Robert W. Fieseler

Read by Paul Heitsch

Did you know that:

1) On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a much-beloved hangout spot for the gay community of New Orleans.

2) 31 men and 1 woman died.

3) This was the largest mass murder of gay folks until the 2016 Orlando Pulse attack.

And yet, the fire was taken lightly by all major newspapers and radio outlets. Despite the magnitude of the fire, government officials made no comments on the deaths of these 32 individuals. The media minimized the fact that the victims were LGBT patrons because at the time they couldn’t grapple with talking about people who weren’t supposed to exist. Essentially, it seemed that the Up Stairs Lounge fire “had disappeared willfully, hushed by a nation not ready to look.” (Preface, xix)

Robert Fieseler’s timely-written book, Tinderbox: The Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, (narrated by Paul Heitsch) is an unprecedented reclamation of a forgotten piece of LGBTQA+ history. A history that Fieseler asks us to remember as being essential in propelling the Gay liberation movement. This book is a call to our humanity. This book is required reading.

A proverbial coming out of the closet, Tinderbox does much more than give readers and listeners an unfolding of this tragic event, but also serves as an exposé of our nation’s intolerance towards the gay community and their indifference in times of tragedy involving gay folks. Fieseler weaves a nuanced narrative that reflects the New Orleans subterranean gay culture of 1973, which was a community of men and women still very much in the closet. Terrified of losing everything they’d worked for—careers, families, and relationships—being outed was a fear realized for the victims and survivors of the fire when friends, families, and co-workers learned of their whereabouts that night.

Told as an intimate portrait of the 32 lives lost, Tinderbox is made more intimate by Paul Heitsch’s reading of the book. At times it was difficult to discern whether I was listening to Heitsch’s raw and genuine emotions coming through or rather a well thought out performance meant to reflect and carry the gravity of the events being described. In other words, the narration was flawlessly executed. Paul Heitsch transforms the audiobook into the moment of silence that the remaining friends and families of the victims have been asking for and were never given; especially for the survivors who lost their loved ones and closest friends that night. At the very start of the first chapter, Fieseler asks “what does it mean to remember?” I would argue that remembering humanizes and recognizes those often left within the margins of history. In celebration of Pride month, why not remember.

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