From now until the first of June, you can win an Audible audio book of my Belle Époque mystery, Floats the Dark Shadow, narrated by Hollie Jackson. Four codes a week will be given away, with the winners chosen at random every Monday. I usually enlist the help of my cats and small crumpled balls of paper. Just make a comment here on this or any other post. You can also make a comment here about any page of my website that intrigues you. Leave your @ email address, or a way to contact you on Facebook or Twitter if you win.
I’ve very excited to have the audio book out in the world, and think Hollie did an excellent job. She is especially good with the creepy scenes! You can hear part of my detective’s first chapter here:
My husband and I are now more avid listeners to audio books ourselves. He is very difficult to find gifts for, and one Christmas I saw a deal on the CD of The Lord of the Rings and decided to get it for him, even though we hadn’t had a lot of luck with audiobooks in the past (I used to read to him in the car, until it started making me woozy). We both worship Tolkien’s book and the Rob Inglis version is fabulous, though you might have to hunt for it nowadays. With that success, I lucked out on my next several purchases and found readers that we liked for old favorites.
He is even more avid than I am, as I prefer to read a book or to watch to listening, and so most enjoy them in the car when those options aren’t as good. I also prefer to hear a book I’ve already read. I’m a fast reader but a slow listener….
I’m including links to four other books we found especially well narrated.
To Kill A Mockingbird, narrated by Sissy Spacek. I don’t think it gets any more perfect than this.
The Great Gatsby, narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. He understands the sparseness and the poetry of the book, and his voice is perfect for Nick.
Moby Dick, narrated by Frank Muller. Who knew that Moby Dick was funny as well as profound? Wherever there’s humor, Muller finds it and highlights it.
Our Man In Havana is an amusing satirical take on the spy novel, and Jeremy Northam has a fabulous voice.