Sunday, December 18, 2011

Audiobook Giveaway

You might not have noticed, but I talk a lot about listening to books. I got into audiobooks when I was making a long commute via bus. I talked a little about it in my blog post here back in January of this year. Even though my commute is now five minutes, I still love listening to audiobooks.

Why?

Because anymore I have very little time to actually sit down and "read" a book. But I can listen to an audiobook anywhere! Well, not at church, though I'll freely admit there are times I'm sorely tempted during those late city council meetings.

Audiobooks are great when doing yard work, laundry, housework, grocery shopping--even while doing mindless projects at my day job. And long trips? Fabulous!

So, what's my point?

Earlier this week I posted a book review here for Brandon Sanderson's new book Mistborn: The Alloy of Law. I forgot to mention that I didn't read the paper book. I listened to the audiobook.

And it was freaktastic!

Michael Kramer, who reads all the books in Brandon Sanderson's The Mistborn series and The Way of Kings is well known to me. He and his wife, Kate Reading, are the narrators for the Wheel of Time series. I love their performances. I was thrilled when I downloaded the audiobook for The Host by Stephenie Meyer (which I liked more than the Twilight series) and found out that Kate was the narrator.

I know. I use the word "love" a lot. I think Michael is one of the best readers out there.

In association with the gracious people at  Macmillan Audio, I'm doing an audiobook giveaway--just in time for Christmas! If you've been wondering if you'd like audiobooks, here's your chance to try one out. It would also make a great gift.

It's simple and painless to have your name thrown into the contest mix:
  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Add a comment to this post, telling me you want your name entered and include your email address.
At 7 p.m. MST on December 21st I'll let random.org select a winner. I will forward your information to Macmillan Audio, and you will have the choice between a downloaded file or CDs (obviously you won't get the CDs in time for Christmas).

Following is a snippet from The Alloy of Law to give you a taste.

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31 comments:

  1. I certainly want my name entered for the audio book giveaway. I commute 1 hour each way to work and listen to audio books as I drive - better than listening to a Norwegian radio station.
    My email address:
    upperstreams@yahoo.com

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  2. Hello Donna! I am a new follower. I haven't listened to an audio book in a long time and am thinking this will be right up my alley. I have so many books I want to read and am not finding the time. :-) I would love to be entered into the contest. Thanks for stopping by my little world during the Blogfest. Have a great day! My email is: tracyjo11@gmail.com

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  3. I love audio books and that is how I get most of my reading these days. I have to have novels to stay sane. They also motivate me to do the laundry,dishes etc. since I listen to them while I do chores. I enjoy Brandon Sanderson books. Fingers crossed to win. I am a follower.
    My e-mail is: haws65@msn.com

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  4. Hello Donna, what a fun treat!! I also have a love affair with audiobooks. I started listening to them as my family grew and my opportunities to read a paper book continued to diminish. Now, I listen when ever I'm doing housework and the day to day "non-thinking" chores. Thanks for making this opportunity available to all of us...Merry Christmas! My email is: kellydawnzollinger@gmail.com

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  5. OOOH! Pick me! Reading the book now and have wondered if audio would be the way to go (although my commute is not very long.)
    You already have my email.

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  6. I just tweeted all about it. ;)
    I got into audio books too when I used to commute. It was early on when I started writing to so every free moment was spent listening to a book if I couldn't be reading it.
    :)

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  7. Please place my name in the pot. Thanks.

    Tom Blubaugh, author
    Night of the Cossack
    http://nightofthecossack.com
    tom12345@tnblu.com

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  8. I love to listen to audiobooks while I illustrate. Thanks for the contest.
    I'm a follower.

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  9. Oh yeah, after that snippet please enter me.I love that voice. You know my email (I hope!)

    I'm reluctant to post it publicly. My twitter account seems to have ended up on a few bathroom walls. You would die to see some of my new follower requests. YIKES!

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  10. Sounds fabulous! mrs.farmgirl AT gmail DOT com is my email. I'd love a copy of that.

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  11. Hi Donna! How fun. i love audio books. I get so much reading done in the car, gardening, sewing, cooking... Pick me, pick me. cindymhogan at yahoo dot com

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  12. Love audiobooks as well. Just this morning I was contemplating which book to listen to while I clean my house.
    Enter me, if you will. Shellybrownwriter at gmail

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  13. oh, I love listening to things when I'm on long drives--usually it's podcasts of my fave NPR shows. But I did download the free version of The Alchemist read by Jeremy Irons. It was my first experience w/abs... LOVE. :) <3

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  14. Wow! Just the thing for those jogs around the park while I wait for the seminary kids! I take a book EVERYWHERE. Ask my kids...;o)
    Yes, please put my name in the running. My email is:
    kwixylver@cox.net.

    Just to let me know, your comments are such candy for my soul! You make my day (week, month,year) on a regular basis. And the fact that you are so very busy with other things makes you shine like a newly licked lollipop. THANKS!

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  15. I'm afraid an audio book would make me terribly lazy. When I knit, I pop one of those CD books into the player...It's a great prize.

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  16. I'm one of those people who can't listen to audiobooks. I need to read the words or else my mind starts to wander. Okay, it still has a tendency of wandering, just not as much.

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  17. Recorded books are wonderful while canning, on an elliptical, walking a track or painting my house. Love to enjoy Brandon Sanderson's works in any format which allows me to fit more into a very busy schedule! He is a brilliant presenter as well.

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  18. I would love a CD auntskiutah@yahoo.com

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  19. Audio books make washing dishes a lot more fun than usual. :) Good luck to the entrants!

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  20. I would absolutely love to be entered to win this. I loved the series and am anxious to listen to this one as well. bjbeardall@yahoo.com or you know my other one. :)

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  21. Yes, please?

    dpowersking[at]gmail[dot]com

    I've been meaning to get into audio books more for my commute as well. It would be super helpful in getting those book read that I need to read. :)

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  22. I like audio books because you can listen while driving or working, but I still prefer reading because I can go at my own pace:)

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  23. I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thank you, thank you!
    Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorites :)
    september3hill[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  24. I've never listened to an audio book. I dunno, I guess I'm not feeling it, though I understand the concept of hearing a story while on a commute.

    This would be a new experience for me - if I win - so enter me please. jmwordsmith at gmail dot com.

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  25. I keep meaning to start listening to audio books while I'm doing chores, errands, etc., but I have yet to actually give these a try. I'm sure I'm too late to enter your generous give-away, but you've refreshed the audio book idea for me. Merry Christmas!

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  26. Hmm... I'm reading gibberish on this page and I wonder if it's just my PC or if your post today is a code of some sort. Well whatever it is, I certainly would like to win an audiobook, although I don't know how to enter as I can't really read the rules :D
    BTW, I'm giving away some books on my blog as well if you're interested.

    Have the Happiest of Holidays!

    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  27. I'd love to win. I'm a follower...
    mhovley at gmail dot com

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  28. Ooo! Enter me! I have never actually listened to an audio book before. And I love Brandon Sanderson. And Alloy of Law is one of my most anticipated books of the year!

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  29. I haven't listened to an audio book before, but this sounds like an especially good one! Count me in.

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