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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Featured Audio Giveaway-June 2018-Welcome to Lagos

June 5th, 2018 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

 

Read by Robin Miles

Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer. Read the full description.

“In her winning U.S. debut, Onuzo anatomizes a tumultuous city and its inhabitants, from street hustlers to well-connected government ministers. . . . Onuzo’s briskly plotted novel is a rewarding exploration of the limits of idealism and transparency against widespread cynicism and corruption.” Publishers Weekly

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 June 30, 2018. Open to the US only.
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May Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sherry Oliver, winner of last month’s giveaway, Enemies in Love. Thanks to all who participated.

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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.
See the Program Details for more information.

 


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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