Received: I finally put in some fall requests a couple weeks ago, and Brilliance Audio took me pretty seriously to the tune of 5 titles. Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson, read by Neil Peart; The Mongoliad Book 2 by Neal Stephenson et al, read by Luke Daniels; The White Forest by Adam McOmber; Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, read by Ralph Lister; and Night Watch.
Received: Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, read by Stefan Rudnicki (and cast) for Macmillan Audio. Coming concurrent with hardcover and e-book release from Tor on July 17.
Received: from Blackstone Audio, two MP3-CD audiobooks: HAMLET’S FATHER by Orson Scott Card, read by Stefan Rudnicki (published May 1); and A SHORT, SHARP SHOCK by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by Paul Michael Garcia (published April 1).
Received: Three MP3-CD review copies from Blackstone Audio, including:
- EXOGENE by T. C. McCarthy, read by Bahni Turpin — to be published in CD, MP3-CD, and digital audio March 1, 2012 — sequel to last year’s excellent debut GERMLINE
- TO MARRY MEDUSA by Theodore Sturgeon, read by Stefan Rudnicki and directed by Emily Janice Card — published in CD and MP3-CD 2/1/2012, in digital audio 2/24/2009 — A work of classic sf from 1958: “Up until one minute ago, Gurlick was merely a specimen of homo sapiens, and a substandard specimen at that. But now this craven, seething, barely literate drunk has ingested a spore that traveled light-years before touching down on our planet, a spore that has in turn ingested Gurlick, turning him into a host for the Medusa, a hive mind so vast that it encompasses the life forms of a billion planets—a hive mind that is determined to ingest Earth as well.”
- A DOOR INTO OCEAN by Joan Slonczewski, read by Rosalyn Landor, produced by Stefan Rudnicki, and directed by Gabrielle de Cuir — published in CD and MP3-CD Jan 1, 2012 and in digital audio 7/31/2008, this 1986 novel won the John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel — “A groundbreaking work both of feminist science fiction and of world-building, hard science fiction.”
Received: Six (6!) audiobooks from Blackstone Audio:
- Mr g: A Novel about the Creation
- Little, Big: or, The Fairies’ Parliament
- The Hum and the Shiver: The Tufa Novels, Book 1
- A Canticle for Leibowitz
- Immortality, Inc.
- The Sum of All Men: The Runelords, Book One
I’ve started onto Mr g already, and hope to fit the others in over the next month or so. I’m really excited about Little, Big and The Hum and the Shiver, and look forward to hearing how one of my all-time favorite novels, A Canticle for Leibowitz, sounds.
Audiobook received: Burning Chrome by William Gibson, read by Jonathan Davis, Dennis Holland, Kevin Pariseau, Victor Bevine, Jay Snyder, Brian Nishii, LJ Ganser, Oliver Wyman, Eric Michael Summerer, and Marc Vietor, on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio. Already out on December 13, this is a physical audiobook for the Audible Frontiers production which was released in December 2009. (One quibble is that the back cover (or anywhere else on/in the packaging) doesn’t have the table of contents; for a short story collection this really needs to be somewhere.)
Also pictured: Fantine, wondering if this audiobook is food, friend, or foe.
Received: Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, narrated by Scott Brick for Macmillan Audio, Jan 3, 2012: “83 years after the last thinking machines were destroyed in The Battle of Corrin, great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind. … [A] riveting science fiction epic that explores the growing contest between Reason and Faith.” Audio excerpt available at the link.
Also pictured: Link, stoically observing the desert that is an area rug.