Audiobook Noir Giveaway – International

There is something about crime noir that just begs for audiobook adaptations. Maybe it is all the voice-overs by gumshoe detectives at the beginning of cold black and white detective novels, I’m not sure. To kick off Audiobook Week, I have a three of the newer Black Mask Stories audiobooks from Highbridge Audio to give away. Black Mask published pulp crime fiction in the first half of the 20th century, and editor Otto Penzler has selected some of the very best pieces for inclusion in his Black Mask Stories series. This prize pack includes volumes six, seven, and eight and this giveaway is open internationally.

This is the first of five Audiobook Week prize pack giveaways, and the only one which I am able to offer internationally. To enter, please fill out the form below by noon Central on Wednesday, June 27th.

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2011-2012: Your Audiobook Year – Audiobook Week Discussion

If you wrote a post on this or any of my other discussion topics today, Monday June 25th please leave your link in the Mr. Linky before midnight Central time (US) and you will be eligible to win a prize.

Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.

This has been a very audiobook-y year for me. Since last year’s Audiobook Week, I’ve listened to more than 50 audiobooks, adding up to well over 500 hours or 20 days of audio. This does not even count many of the titles I listened to while doing first round judging for the Audie awards.
All of the moving we’ve been doing was really a boon for my listening, we’ll see how I do in this next year with twins.

With all of that listening, you’d better believe I listened to some fabulous audiobooks. Here are some of my favorites from the last twelve months, in the order I reviewed them:

What about you? What were the highlights of your audiobook year?

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Audiobook Week 2012 Prizes

Below are the participation prizes for Audiobook Week 2012.

If you were told that you won a book, please look through the list and choose with one you would like, then email audiobookweek(at) with your top three choices, in order. Crossed out books have already been selected by someone else and are no longer available. Please make sure that the book you select is available to be shipped to you. International winners – please let me know if nothing is available for you, or if nothing available interests you, and I can make some other options available.

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Listen Up! Audiobook Week 2012 Details and Discussion Topics

As you probably know, June 25-29, 2012 is Audiobook Week here at Devourer of Books! If you haven’t heard about Audiobook Week yet, check out my first post on the topic.


There will be a lot going on here, and I hope that you will consider taking part! I will have daily reviews as well as daily discussion/exposition topics on audiobooks. At the end of each of my reviews and each discussion topic I will have a Mr. Linky for you to leave a link to your audiobook review/discussion post. If you have anyone guest post on your blog about audiobooks, or write on another audiobook-related topic you can link those posts under the discussion topics as well. I f you would like to participate but do not have your own blog, feel free to leave your own reviews and responses in the comments of the appropriate posts.


I’ve had some generous sponsors, so I have LOTS of copies of audiobooks to give away to give away next week. Every day I will choose at least one person who has included a link to a review and one person who has included a link to a discussion post to win an audiobook, and will choose at least one other winner from commenters here next week. A few other participants will also have opportunities to win. I will have a list of all the audios I have available (and where they can be shipped), winners will email me their choice at and I will remove the selected title from the list. Since I’ll be choosing from the Mr. Linky, PLEASE make sure your blog has an easily found way to contact you!

Daily Discussion Topics:

In case you like to write your posts ahead of time and schedule them, here is a post topics for Audiobook Week (feel free to expand on any of the topics below in whatever way you feel led):

Monday: 2011-2012, Your Audiobook Year
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.

Tuesday: So You Want to Review Audiobooks…
Discuss the essentials of audiobook reviewing. What do you make sure to include? What do you want to see when you read other people’s reviews?

Wednesday: Mid-week Audiobook Week Meme
This will not be up until the morning of Wednesday, June 27th, but it will be short and fast, so check in and join the fun.

Thursday: What Makes a Good Narrator?
Who are your favorite narrators and why? What do you look for in a narrator? Have a preference between male or female narrators?
Alternate suggestion: Narration preferences – single narrator, multiple narrators, full cast, etc.

Friday: Listen Up!
Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Find reviews? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us!

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Audiobook Week 2012 – Listen Up!

Audiobook Week is coming! Audiobook Week is coming!

Okay, so, it isn’t coming all THAT soon, but I would like to get it on everyone’s radar, especially because between now and then I’ll be thinking about moving and having twins in addition to focusing on Audiobook Week. But still, it is coming!

This year, due to the lateness of Book Expo America, Audiobook Week will be held from June 25-June 29th, as a last hurrah for June is Audiobook Month. This year Jen from A Book and A Latte will be joining the Audiobook Week team as the Editor of Prize Fulfillment (so you all still get your prizes if the twins come early).

If you aren’t familiar with Audiobook Week, this is an event I hosted in both 2010 and 2011. I post an audiobook review every day for that week, and encourage other bloggers to do likewise and to link those reviews up daily. Thanks to some very generous audiobook publishers, we have prizes to award to those who participate*. Posting audiobook reviews is not the only way to participate, either. At least two weeks before the event I will be announcing the Audiobook Week daily discussion topics. Bloggers are encouraged to write about any and all of the discussion topics that interest them. As with the reviews, discussion posts that are linked up with that day’s topic make the blogger eligible for prizes. Simple, really!

So start stockpiling those audiobook reviews now, and let me know at if you have any topics you are dying to discuss with the listening community so I can consider them for this year’s daily discussion topics. Oh, and if you are so inclined, please do grab the Audiobook Week button:

If you need more audiobook goodness in your life between now and then, don’t forget to check out my weekly audiobook feature Sound Bytes, which includes a roundup of other bloggers’ audiobook reviews, and the Armchair Audies!

*Publishers, if you are interested in donating audiobook prizes to Audiobook Week, please email

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