Audible SF/F NOTE: moved to The AudioBookaneers

Monday’s haul easily crossed the threshhold to put together the “earlier this week" releases, including several Stanislaw Lem novels (including Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age), the much-lauded self-published sf series Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) By Hugh Howey, and Briarpatch By Tim Pratt (narrated by this blog’s own Dave Thompson). Meanwhile it’s a big Tuesday (August 28, 2012) for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio.

Mockingbird By Chuck Wendig, Narrated by Emily Beresford for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio — Length:9 hrs and 4 mins —after Blackbirds earlier this year, reviewed very warmly by The Guilded Earlobe. Here:Miriam is trying. Really, she is. But this whole “settling down thing” that Louis has going for her just isn’t working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year round. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis - who’s on the road half the time in his truck - is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does. Still, she’s keeping her psychic ability - to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them - in check. But even that feels wrong, somehow. Like she’s keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle. Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.”


Seven Wonders By Adam Christopher, Narrated by Nick Podehl for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio — Length:14 hrs and 37 mins — after his debut novel Empire State: A Novel early this year, Christopher takes another look at superhero fiction with his follow-up: Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be….”

The Corpse-Rat King By Lee Battersby Narrated by Michael Page for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio — Length:11 hrs and 19 mins — Page is the award-winning narrator of (among many other titles) Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and here takes on:Marius dos Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead. Just like the living citizens, the dead need a king - after all, the king is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are. And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: If he wants to recover his life he must find the dead king. Which he fully intends to do. Just as soon as he stops running away.”


Yeah, I mentioned it Monday, but once more with feeling: Briarpatch By Tim Pratt, Narrated by Dave Thompson — Length:10 hrs and 9 mins — “Darrin’s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago. Soon after losing her, he lost his job, and his car, and eventually his enthusiasm for life. He can’t imagine things getting worse - until he sees Bridget again, for the first time since she walked out, just moments before she leaps to her death from a bridge. In his quest to find out why Bridget took her own life, he encounters a depressive (and possibly immortal) cult leader; a man with a car that can drive out of this world and into others; a beautiful psychotic with a chrome shotgun; and a bridge that, maybe, leads to heaven. Darrin’s journey leads him into a place called the Briarpatch, which is either the crawlspace of the universe, or a series of ambitious building projects abandoned by god, or a tangle of alternative universes, depending on who you ask. Somewhere in that disorderly snarl of worlds, he hopes to find Bridget again.”

Also, there’s a new GraphicAudio title out this month that catches my eye. It’s The Highwayman, the first installment of The Saga of the First King by R.A. Salvatore, with part 2 coming in September and part 3 coming in October:


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Well, the release week for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 is not messing around. There are two dozen+ new audiobooks, including a pretty big list of big titles.

The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1 By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E. D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, and Cooper Moo, Narrated by Luke Daniels for Brilliance Audio — concurrent with its print and e-book publication from Amazon’s 47North, this is the first novel to come out of the serial novel project “The Mongoliad”, of which I’ve been a subscriber but which I haven’t followed terrifically closely since about chapter 5 or 6. I’m about 3/4 of the way through the audiobook at this point thanks to receiving a review copy, and Daniels (with whom I am familiar after his world on the Wild Cards anthologies and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles) employs a wide variety of voices to bring the motley cast of Christendom’s champions to audio; from Hungarians to Italians and Irishmen, to Germans and onwards east to their opponents in Mongolia. The much-awaited “sword porn” — meticulously researched and choreographed martial combat — appeared in the form of an impressive gladiatorial contest about halfway through. I’ll have more thoughts on this fairly short (13 hrs and 17 mins) novel soon:


Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4 By Kevin Hearne, Narrated by Luke Daniels for Random House Audio — speaking of Daniels’s work on Hearne’s series, here’s the 4th installment of the Arizona-dwelling Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, concurrent with its print and e-book release from Del Rey. Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins.

The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower By Stephen King, Narrated by the author for Simon & Schuster Audio — billed as “Book 4.5” of King’s The Dark Tower series, it’s another shorter audiobook at 10 hrs and 29 mins, and one which has already been reviewed quite positively over at The Guilded Earlobe. Here’s the publisher’s pitch: “King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man”, Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.”


Blackbirds By Chuck Wendig, Narrated by Emily Beresford for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio — 8 hrs and 7 mins — yet another non-doorstop-length novel, also already reviewed, and also quite positively, by The Guilded Earlobe. (Bob, do you ever sleep?!) Publisher’s pitch: “Miriam Black knows when you will die. Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days he will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. No matter what she does, she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.” Wendig is quite worth following on Twitter, by the way; his piece on Lady Gaga should be required reading for the new millennium. Update: Wendig wrote up his “Big Idea” (hint: “Everybody poops. Everybody dies.”) for Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

Lastly (well, above the fold at least) is the release of seven (seven!) audiobooks from Robert Silverberg, all out from Audible Frontiers, split between two narrators. First, the new audiobooks read by Stefan Rudnicki: Tower of Glass (8 hrs and 2 mins), The Stochastic Man (7 hrs and 13 mins), The Book of Skulls (8 hrs and 14 mins), and Dying Inside (7 hrs and 31 mins).


Second, the audiobooks read by Paul Boehmer: The World Inside (7 hrs and 51 mins), Up the Line, and Shadrach in the Furnace (10 hrs and 41 mins).


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