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DRM-free audiobook of Rapture of the Nerds

News from Boing Boing: Blackstone has produced a new audiobook edition of Rapture of the Nerds, the gonzo post-Singularity novel Charlie Stross and I published in 2012, read by John Lee — as with all my Downpour audio titles, it’s DRM-free and available without territorial restrictions (tell your friends!). Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander … and when … Read entire article »

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Audio Books: Full cast readings bring out best in collections

News from The Providence Journal: By Alan Rosenberg
Journal Staff Writer Posted Apr. 12, 2015 @ 12:01 am A pair of short-story collections offer surprising delights — not least the talents of the full casts that read them. “Get in Trouble: Stories,” by Kelly Link, read by Grace Blewer, Kirby Heyborne, Tara Sands, Robbie Daymond, Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Ish Klein, Susan Duerden and Kirsten Potter. Unabridged, 10 hours. Random House Audio, $ 40. “Get in Trouble” is Link’s first collection of stories for adults in a decade, and it’s a treat. Her off-center characters — drunken superheroes and ghost-loving teens, has-been movie stars and evil twins — inhabit her stories as though they were real, and almost always in a way that makes you wish for more. One specialty of Link’s is the slow reveal. The leadoff … Read entire article »

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Can We Live With the Unsolved Mysteries in Ali Smith’s Twisty, Elusive Novel?

News from Slate Magazine: To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of How To Be Both, click the arrow on the player below. This month, Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman dig into Ali Smith’s complex, baffling, and bewitching novel, How to Be Both. Are the twinned narratives—about a prickly teenager and a Renaissance painter—effective or gimmicky? Should we be consoled or creeped out by the idea of a voyeurism-powered universe? And is it more satisfying when books resolve their mysteries, or leave them hanging? Next month the Audio Book Club will try to tame Helen Macdonald’s genre-defying H Is for Hawk. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in May! Visit our  >>> Read the full article Related News: News from CollegeNews: Source: Instagram // Miranda Lambert Friday morning nominations for the 50th … Read entire article »

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Aidan Gillen to teach The Art Of War in new audiobook

News from A.V. Club DC: Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones (Source: HBO) Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones (Source: HBO) Mar 31, 2015 11:15 AM Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War is perhaps the most widely read and revered text on military strategy in existence. And now the ancient manuscript has made its way into a new audiobook, narrated by the velvety Irish voice of actor Aidan Gillen. Gillen is known for playing schemers and social climbers, including Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Tommy Carcetti on The Wire, both characters that would probably utter sultry proverbs like “let your plans be dark and impenetrable as nig……………. continues on A.V. Club DC >>> Read the full article Related News: News from … Read entire article »

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‘Audio Books’ App Updated With CarPlay Support and Refreshed Interface

News from Mac Rumors: The iOS app for today received an update to overhaul the browsing experience, dedicated audio player, and even allow full integration with CarPlay “and select in-car infotainment systems”, to allow its users to listen to audiobooks while driving. The company didn’t release much information on the update outside of the release notes, so there isn’t any word yet on how easy and fluid the experience is when pairing with CarPlay. It does, however, appear to be the first dedicated audiobook app to announce compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay system. Elsewhere in the update, introduced a more “minimalist look and feel” to the app, tweaked the controls and experience of the audio player, and re-shuffled the settings page to make more critical information easier to navigate through. Considering the … Read entire article »

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