Jul 252014

It’s time for this week’s free audiobooks from Sync. I’ve linked in the info from the ebook or audiobook version of each title (Amazon has the best reviews), followed by the link to get your copies free, with directions to ensure you get the complete download. You’ll need the Overdrive Console loaded this year (directions are on Sync’s website).

Start off with Headstrong ($4.95 Audible), by Patrick Link, narrated by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Mwine, Scott Wolf [L.A. Theatre Works].

Book Description
In the wake of increasing concern over brain trauma in professional athletes, Patrick Link has crafted a story about a retired NFL linebacker who must deal with a family tragedy and his own suffering because of the violence of his chosen sport.
Includes a conversation about brain injuries and sports with Dr. Robert Cantu, the Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo.

Headstrong is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ($12.59/$0.99 companion edition Audible), by Robert Louis Stevenson, narrated by Scott Brick, is the second selection for this week. As with most classics, there are many editions to choose from on Kindle; you can spend anything from nothing to a few dollars and probably get an edition that will work for reading along while listening.

Book Description
When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl’s family. The brute’s name is Edward Hyde.
A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.

In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.

Click HERE to get the free downloads. For each book, click on the Download Now button, enter your name and an email address, then click on the Get your FREE download now button; on some systems, you’ll be prompted to save an ODM file (others will run it automatically) and, if so, save it to your desktop, then click it after it downloads, to start Overdrive. Don’t stop until you see the Overdrive software open up (there is a link at Sync, if you don’t already have Overdrive installed).

Once in Overdrive, you’ll need to tell it where to save the files (just click OK to use the default location, since Overdrive will keep track of them for you), then again to actually start the download. By default, all parts of the book are downloaded; I would suggest not changing this in the last dialog box, just click on OK to get the download started. Make sure your audiobook is fully downloaded before the end of the week, as once the promo period is over, you won’t be able to get these for free (you can double click any title in Overdrive and will get a message that either it entirely downloaded or you’ll get a list of the “parts” and can download the ones that you don’t have).

You can’t get any titles that have been missed, but once they are loaded into Overdrive (which you will need to install, if you are not already using it for library books), they are yours to keep (there is no expiration date).

Jul 242014

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get 50% off on a Polk Audio N1 39″ Bluetooth Soundbar. Looks like it would be nice in an RV and not just for gamers (although those headed back to College may want one for their dorms).

If you are a Settlers of Catan fan, be sure to check back on the Lightning Deals this evening, when a Hardcover, Deluxe Collector’s Edition of the original novel goes on sale (or, pick up the Kindle edition for $4.99)

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Absence of Mercy ($1.99), by John Burley [HarperCollins].

Book Description
John Burley’s The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing tale of suspense involving a brutal murder and dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town.

When a brutally murdered teenager is discovered in the woods surrounding a small Ohio town, Dr. Ben Stevenson—the town’s medical examiner—must decide if he’s willing to put his family’s life in danger to uncover the truth. Finding himself pulled deeper into an investigation with devastating consequences, he discovers shocking information that will shatter his quiet community, and force him to confront a haunting truth.

With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, The Absence of Mercy is domestic drama at its best for fans of Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Jennifer McMahon, and Lisa Gardner.

More Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the US
Romance Midsummer Moon ($1.99) by Laura Kinsale [Open Road] – Historical Romance
SciFi & Fantasy The Shockwave Rider ($1.99) by John Brunner [Open Road] – Post-Apocalyptic
History The Trojan War: A New History ($2.99) by Barry Strauss [Simon and Schuster]
Kids The Odd Squad: Zero Tolerance ($1.99) by Michael Fry [Disney Hyperion] – Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 3 – 7
More Daily Deals
Audible Daily Deal The Demon Under The Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor’s Heroic Search for the World’s First Miracle Drug ($9.99 Kindle; $26.59 $3.95 Audible) by Thomas Hager, read by Stephen Hoye [Tantor Audio] – History
Nook Daily Find
and Kobo Daily Deal
Attachments ($1.99 Kindle, B&N, Kobo; $4.49 companion audiobook) by Rainbow Rowell [Plume / Penguin] – Contemporary Romance

Jul 242014

The Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the UK:

  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (£0.99 UK; $8.89 US; $3.99 companion audiobook) by Oliver Burkeman [Canongate Books]; An Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2012
    For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. Self-help books don’t seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth – even if you can get it – doesn’t lead to happiness. Romance, family life and work often seem to bring stress as much as joy. We can’t even agree on what ‘happiness’ means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? What if it’s our constant efforts to feel happy that are making us miserable? In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual collection of people – experimental psychologists and Buddhists, terrorism experts, spiritual teachers, business consultants, philosophers – who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. They argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it’s our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative, ‘negative path’ to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty – the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.
  • After the Execution (£0.99 UK; $5.79 US) by James Raven [Robert Hale]
    Lee Jordan has spent ten years on death row for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s lost everything – his wife, his dreams, his future. He finally enters the death chamber at the famous ‘Walls’ prison in Texas. He’s strapped to a gurney and given an injection of lethal drugs in front of witnesses. Minutes later he’s pronounced dead. But that’s not the end of it. After the execution comes the shocking revelation – Jordan is still alive. And to stop him talking he has to die all over again – before he brings down the entire American justice system. Video trailer at YouTube.
  • Dancing with Paris (£0.99 UK; $3.99 US; $1.99 companion audiobook), a Paris Time Travel Romance by Juliette Sobanet [Montlake Romance]
    In Paris, a past life promises a second chance at love.

    Straitlaced marriage therapist Claudia Davis had a plan—and it definitely did not involve getting pregnant from a one-night stand or falling for a gorgeous French actor. She thinks her life can’t possibly get more complicated. But when Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret—and the number-one suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow dancer. As past lives go, it’s a doozy…especially when an encounter with a handsome and mysterious French doctor ignites a fire in Claudia’s sinfully beautiful new body.

    But time, for all its twists and turns, is not on her side: Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer, clear Ruby’s name, and return to the twenty-first century. To do so, she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

Jul 232014
Free Book – Of Love and War (K/N/E)

Of Love and War, by Paul Doherty, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble and Google, courtesy of publisher Headline [Hachette]. Book Description In 1921, Lieutenant Henry Gilpin is scouring the country seeking out those who, perhaps, did not do their best for king and country in the Great War. In [...]

Jul 232014
Free Book – Black Beauty (K/N/E)

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo, courtesy of publisher Open Road. At Audible, the companion audiobook is $2.99. Book Description The timeless tale of a horse named Beauty With his fine black coat, his one white foot, and the distinctive white star [...]

Jul 232014
New Release Roundup

Some of the new releases for this week and the last that I found interesting (besides The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, of course, which I’ve already mentioned and am still reading, in between projects). Ice Shear ($12.74 Kindle; $4.49 companion audiobook), by M. P. Cooley [William Morrow / HarperCollins]; that’s likely to be [...]

Jul 232014
Daily Deals 07/23

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get started on your next PC build or give your existing machine an overdue upgrade with savings of up to 35% on select PC components and accessories. Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Lost Wife ($2.99 Kindle; $3.99 companion audiobook), by Alyson Richman [Berkley / Penguin]. Book Description A rapturous [...]