Friday, October 1, 2010

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Today is the first day of October and the beginning of NaBloWriMo which means I’ve joined the challenge to post on this blog each day of this month.

I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve posted every day since I began my blog. Having said that and signed up for NaBloWriMo, this will probably be the first month that I'll miss a day for some reason. LOL

This post is going to be lengthy. I’m sorry but I have eight wonderful audio books (thus the title) to give away thanks to Anna and the great folks at Hachette Audio Books. Each book will have a different deadline day. However, the overall guidelines are the same for all.

Here are the guidelines: To enter each giveaway, send me a separate e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win and the book title.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Hachette is advising winners that they will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail. (Winners here have always be great about letting me know if they have already won the book somewhere else so another winner can be selected. However, this announcement is something that has to be passed along from Hachette). And, just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. I have 3 copies of each audio to giveaway. Now for the audio books:

ROOM, A NOVEL by Emma Donoghue

The unabridged ROOM (ISBN:9781607886273) is read by Michael Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and Suzanne Toren.

To five-year-old Jack, ROOM is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

ROOM is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

You can listen to an excerpt.
The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 15.

DON’T BLINK by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

The unabridged DON’T BLINK (ISBN: 9781607882343) and is read by David Patrick Kelly.

Launched into the world of organized crime—one reporter searches for the truth in the best mob novel since The Godfather.

You can listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 16.


The unabridged THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART PRESENTS EARTH (THE AUDIO BOOK) (ISBN: 9781607886150) and is read by the author.

Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture - all in a lavishly produced audio book of approximately 200 minutes.

After two weeks of hard work and nights in the recording studio, they had their audio book. EARTH (The Book) is the definitive guide to our species. With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life's most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.

Listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 17.

SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks

The unabridged SAFE HAVEN (ISBN: 9781607886198) is read by Rebecca Lowman.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks adds an element of suspense to the story of a woman who must learn to trust again in order to allow herself to love again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 18.


The unabridged POWER THOUGHTS (ISBN: 9781607886310) is read by Sandra McCollom.

Joyce Meyer takes the principles that have made BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND a 3-million copy bestseller and brings them to a new level in her latest book.

Joyce Meyer has a knack for coining phrases-her fans call them Joyceisms-and one of her best loved is "Where the mind goes, the man follows." This was the basis for Battlefield of the Mind, and in her latest book, Meyer provides "power thoughts," bringing the reader to a new level of ability to use the mind as a tool to achievement.

Listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 19.


The unabridged SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (ISBN: 9781600244995) is read by the author, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and Cherry Jones.

Something new from the beloved David Sedaris: an audio book of short, acerbic, outrageously funny fables, featuring animals with unmistakably human failings.

Featuring David Sedaris' unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. 

You can listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 20.

C STREET by Jeff Sharlet

The unabridged C STREET (ISBN: 9781607886259) is read by Jeremy Guskin.

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Family returns with a blistering investigation of the true influence and reach of fundamentalism in American politics.

C STREET - where piety, politics, and corruption meet Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside the C Street House, the Fellowship residence known simply by its Washington, DC address. The house has lately been the scene of notorious political scandal, but more crucially it is home to efforts to transform the very fabric of American democracy. And now, after laying bare its tenants' past in The Family, Sharlet reports from deep within fundamentalism in today's world, revealing that the previous efforts of religious fundamentalists in America pale in comparison with their long-term ambitions.

Listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 21.


The unabridged KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL (ISBN: 9781609410384) and is read by the author.

The heartwarming true story of how one special Cocker Spaniel turned four strangers into family.

A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, KATIE is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. First, Katie trots into the lives of Pearl and Arthur, a warm-hearted elderly couple just a few doors down from Glenn. Later, John, a single Dad, and his rambunctious young son, Ryan, also move in and are seduced by Katie's charms.

All of their lives are profoundly changed as they are transformed from neighbors to friends to family, with Pearl as matriarch. The motherless boy finds a "Granny"; his Dad inherits a mother, Glenn discovers a confidante. Set in New York City, we witness nearly sixteen years of antics and family adventures spanning Hollywood high times, bad health, accidents, blustery winters, even the terrors of 9/11. Through it all, the family clings to each other, sharing a deep bond that give each comfort, support and security.

Based upon a widely-read article in Family Circle, here is an unforgettable story about the love that makes a family-one that transcends the hard realities of time, tragedy, and inevitable loss.

Listen to an excerpt. The deadline for this audio giveaway is Oct. 22.

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Thanks for stopping by. Take time to enjoy a few minutes with a good book today, you’ll never know where it will take you.


  1. Mason - I love it that you post every day. I learn something every time I come here, so trust me, your fans are grateful! But I know what you mean about this being the month that something goes wrong. Well, we will be pulling for you. And thanks for hosting such a fine giveaway. Looks like some interesting books :-).

  2. Mason, you're a braver woman than me. EVERY day? I'll cheer you on!

    Some nice give aways. I love Katie Up and Down The Hall.

    Hugs, my friend!

  3. Every day? I post twice a week and I can hardly keep up with that. LOL! Great selection of books. I read ROOM then afterward listened to it on audio to hear the story told in Jack's five year-old voice. The audio was incredible, especially after reading the book.

  4. Mason, You are an awesome blogger and I'm so glad to know you. You are quality, my friend. Good luck on the October WriMo.


  5. I'm doing NaBloWriMo as well!
    And Squirrel Seeks Chipmunks sounds like a personal ad.

  6. I've seen a lot of press about Room, Wow, what a marketing blitz it's been given!

    And happy blogging to you with NaBloWriMo :)

  7. Margot, you are the one I learn from. Your post always inspire me to think differently and more in-depth about books than I normally would.

    Sia, hugs back my friend. I'm looking forward to listening to Katie Up and Down The Hall, but I know it's probably going to be sad or at least have sad parts.

    VR, Room does sound interesting. I enjoyed the little excerpt they provided. I can see where it was definitely add to the story coming from a child sounding voice.

    Teresa, you are too kind with your words. Thank you so much. I'm honored to be your friend.

    Alex, good luck with NaBloWriMo. I hadn't thought about the Squirrel title, but you're right it does. LOL

    Joanne, there does seem to be a big push with Room. There was a good bit more about it that I could have used but I knew the post was lengthy as it was.

    Thanks all for the encouragement with NaBloWriMo. We'll see how it goes.

  8. Yummy...lots of goodies. So sorry to hear about Kate Collins' husband. I predict you won't have any trouble blogging every day.

  9. I didn't know there was such a thing as NaBloWriMo. I think we're close at our blog, but not perfect. Good going to a super-prolific solo blogger!

  10. Good luck on the challenge. I know you'll do great! Happy October.

  11. I blog (almost) every day too, but am doing the NaBloWriMo--it is the group activity thing... I love the together-efforts.

    And AMAZING set of contests! I shared on Facebook and will include a link on my Monday blog, which is scheduled to be a bit of a mishmash of stuff.

  12. Wow, those are some great books. I can't enter because I don't really live in the US or Canada right now but I hope you have a lot of requests.


  13. I am so impressed with your commitment and ability to stick with it so wonderfully, Mason! and thank you for the introduction to some terrific books!!

  14. Hi Mason! Good luck with NaBloWriMo. I'd never heard of it until I saw your mention of it. I have a hard time getting one or two posts a week done.

    I've never listened to an audio book before. You mention some very interesting ones in your post.

    I retweeted your post. Have a great weekend!

  15. Hi Mason .. great set of books - quite a few take my fancy .. and I'll no doubt get to read or listen to them in due course ...:

    Room - sounds fascinating .. but a bit frightening

    The Daily Show - sounds an interesting listen ... sort of my blog type ..

    Safe haven .. well I always like reading about the Carolinas ..

    Power Thoughts .. & the author .. that's another interesting take on the mind ..

    Good luck with all the writing - sounds like life is organised sort of .. and you'll get there - I'll be thinking of you .. happy writing .. Hilary

  16. no need to enter me, I just posted this on win a book.

  17. i'd never heard of NaBloWriMo before, I think I'll follow along and see if I'm inspired to join next year!
    personally i'm intrigued by Chipmunk & Squirrel, and the Daily Show. I'm a recent convert to audio books.


    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  18. Thanks so much for such an easy user-friendly contest format. It makes it very welcoming. I plan to stop back every day.

  19. What an awesome giveaway. I would be interested to win any of them except Katie Up and Down the Hall as I already have it in book form. Thanks for the chance to win. Power Thoughts would be my first choice. :)

    Cindy W.



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