Featured Audio Giveaway-May 2018-Enemies in Love

May 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Allyson Johnson

A true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden history of race on the home front. Read the full description.

Enemies in Love expands beyond the beleaguered couple to examine some of the lesser-known aspects of the war, from the discrimination faced by African Americans in the military to the interaction between German prisoners of war and the communities that reluctantly housed them. A powerful tale of love against all odds. ”— Booklist

How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by May 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
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April Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Tryphine Schruba, winner of last month’s giveaway, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway-April 2018-The Perfume Burned His Eyes

April 2nd, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Michael Imperioli

Matthew is a sixteen-year-old boy living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. In the span of a few short months, he loses his two most important male role models: his father and grandfather. Read the full description

“Imperioli’s lived-in details about the city help make the world feel realistic…[The novel] is an immersive trip into its narrator’s memories of a turbulent time. Some fictional trips into 1970s New York abound with nostalgia; this novel memorably opts for grit and heartbreak.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by April 30, 2018. Open to the US only.
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March Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Debra Cantaluppi, winner of last month’s giveaway, Rainbirds. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—March 2018—Rainbirds

March 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by David Shih

Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan. Read full description

“A beautiful, well-crafted story, Rainbirds is an exploration of grief, love and loss. Clarissa Goenawan has written a powerful debut novel that will leave readers craving more.” —Hollie Overton, internationally bestselling author of Baby Doll

 

How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by March 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
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February Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Kevin Doyle, winner of last month’s giveaway, Dreadful Young Ladies. Thanks to all who participated.

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Mary Rose

February 13th, 2018 by cmcneil · Reviews

By Kaleigh Lawson

Written by Geoffrey Girard

Read by Henrietta Meire

When it comes to discovering a new read that will keep me hooked, I have always leaned toward the thriller, mystery and just an overall creepy book; so when I saw that Mary Rose is a mystery I thought to myself, “Sign me up.” This modern reworking of the classic ghost story written by J. M. Barrie kept me guessing and trying to figure out what exactly was going on, and it didn’t turn into a gory book which was a plus.

I really enjoyed how Geoffrey Girard painted a detailed picture by using descriptions that made you feel as though you were also exploring the island in the book right alongside the characters. Throughout the story, there were plenty of moments that kept the reader on the edge of their seat.

As for the ending, I am not really sure how I feel. I suppose the ending is definitely successful at one thing…It keeps you trying to figure out what actually happened. What was real? You continue to talk about the book after the story comes to an end.

Henrietta Meire was a great narrator choice for this book. I thought she did a wonderful job with the characters and keeping the readers enticed.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—February 2018—Dreadful Young Ladies

February 1st, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by John Lee

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning first collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. Read the full description.

“The eight short stories and one novella in Newbery Medalist Barnhill’s collection are haunting and beautifully told . . . Each story is written in intensely poetic language that can exult or disturb, sometimes within the same sentence, and evokes a dreamlike, enchanted mood that lingers in the reader’s mind. These tales are made to be reread and savored.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by February 28, 2018. Open to the US only.
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January Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Ediebe, winner of last month’s giveaway, The Night Market. Thanks to all who participated.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—January 2018—The Night Market

January 2nd, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

 

Read by James Patrick Cronin

The Night Market follows Carver as he works to find out what happened to him, soon realizing he’s entangled in a web of conspiracy that spans the nation. And that Mia may know a lot more than she lets on. Read the full description.

“A sharp and scary near-future thriller that delivers a dark message about society’s love affair with technology . . . the not-quite-nihilistic yet still utterly shocking revelations in the third act are the stuff of nightmares. You’ll never look at a flock of sparrows the same way again.”—Kirkus, Starred Review

How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. Open to the US only.
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December Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Gayle Cochrane, winner of last month’s giveaway, A Lady in Shadows. Thanks to all who participated.

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Black Dahlia, Red Rose

December 15th, 2017 by cmcneil · Reviews

By Kaleigh Lawson

Written by Piu Eatwell

Narrated by Robertson Dean

The Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell is the first true crime I’ve listened to on audio. I have to admit, I knew nothing about the case of the Black Dahlia before listening to this book. All I was aware of was that it was and is a highly sensational unsolved murder back in the 1940s.

What I found interesting is how the book is written. It comes across like a fictional tale, but the details included are all facts from police interviews and memoirs. She even researched specific details of the weather on specific days. This, combined with the absolute horror of the murder, almost seems as though something that HAS to be made up. But we are assured in the intro that everything mentioned is nonfiction.

Since this book was published there has been a lot of discussion on whether Eatwell broke the case. Did Eatwell find the real killer? I can’t say that I definitively believe or don’t believe that she has solved the decades-old murder of Elizabeth Short, but I will say that the book keeps the listener “hooked.” You can’t help but keep listening to discover the next bit of evidence revealed and theories exposed. I even found myself doing a little research of my own, so I could put names to faces and discover more about the lives of the people mentioned in the book.

The icing on the cake is Robertson Dean. He is—to me—the ideal narrator for the story. His deep tone add to the mystery and fluidity of the story. So, if you are a fan or true crime in any form, then you’ll be sucked into this book.

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Featured Audio Giveaway—December 2017—A Lady in Shadows

December 1st, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Read by Nicola Barber

New York Times bestselling author Lene Kaaberbøl returns with her beloved protagonist Madeleine Karno—an ambitious young woman who shatters the confines of nineteenth-century France as she struggles to become the first female forensic pathologist and hunt down what appears to be a Jack the Ripper copycat. Read the full description.

“Madeleine’s inquisitive mind and candid voice are enough to keep us reading.”—The New York Times Book Review

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How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by December 31, 2017. Open to the US only.
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November Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Debra Cantaluppi, winner of last month’s giveaway, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. Thanks to all who participated.

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The Myth of the Mustang

November 13th, 2017 by cmcneil · Reviews

By Kaleigh Lawson

Imagine standing in the open prairie, feeling the wind whip your hair into a mess of tangles and staring out onto a heard of wild mustangs. Imagine tumbleweeds blowing across the dry sage-covered earth and seeing for miles out to the horizon. Imagine what the Wild West must have looked, sounded and smelled like.

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Several years ago I was given the opportunity to visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. It is places like this that have been giving homes for once wild horses to roam free again, and are working to keep the spirit and myth of our nation’s wild mustang alive. I have always been a lover of horses, but after visiting the sanctuary and meeting some of the hundreds of wild horses that call this 11,000-acre piece of land home, I have an even deeper fondness and passion for these majestic creatures. To me, it always seemed like they knew something I didn’t, and I think the mustangs I met in South Dakota certainly did.

While many of these horses are still very much wild and prefer to keep their distance from visitors (and actually only make an appearance from time to time), there were a handful that had grown fond of the humans who brought them in. We drove over rocky ground, through valleys and past creeks to find where many of the horses were grazing. I climbed out of the pickup truck and looked out over the horses. It was beautiful. To my surprise, some of the horses came up to greet me and nuzzle me with their noses. I was given a warning by our tour guide to not turn my back to one of the approaching mustangs as he was known to become jealous of other horses and could fight. I didn’t want to be in the middle of that.

Photo By Tim Davis

Photo By Tim Davis

In David Philipps’ Wild Horse Country, not only does he speak about the people who rescue many of the wild mustangs, he goes into extensive detail about the history and life of the Mustang. From their status and symbol among American’s to their conflict with ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He writes about their rise and fall, including the stint in American history where these wild horses were captured and used for dog food. We learn about the brave men and women who stood up and gave a voice for these animals and the still very present battle of how to maintain the bands of horses from overpopulating lands and finding a humane way to do so.

I thought the book did an excellent job sharing both sides of the issue. Even though I consider myself to be a wild horse advocate, I could still see where the ranchers were coming from. To a point (killing aside, of course). The book allows you to weigh, measure and determine your own opinion on the matter. If you are a horse lover, I caution you, after you listen to this book you’ll find yourself Google-ing how you can help, where you can donate, and where the issue currently stands today.

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

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Featured Audio Giveaway—November 2017—Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

November 1st, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

 

Read by Peter Berkrot, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, and Piper Goodeve

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was. Read the full description.

“Ruth Emmie Lang’s prose has the earthy warmth of a campfire story, best enjoyed in the woods and under the stars. Her contemporary spin on the American folktale, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, bristles with charm and curiosity, and its oddball hero, Weylyn Grey, will make you want to follow him into the forest.” ―Winston GroomNew York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump

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How to Win This Audio CD

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

Entries must be received by November 30, 2017. Open to the US only.
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October Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cathryn Wright, winner of last month’s giveaway, Her Body and Other Parties. Thanks to all who participated.

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