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A Brew To A Kill (#11 Coffeehouse Mystery) At the Village Blend, a Dash of Murder Makes For a Potent Brew…

Sit down and relax with a good cup of Joe while you cue up the latest Coffeehouse Mystery audiobook, A Brew to a Kill.


Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has branched out, garnering even more devoted customers with a coffee truck that sells her brew throughout New York City’s five boroughs. But a fatal hit-and-run—and a coffee bag full of contraband—tells Clare it’s time to catch a killer before she winds up in some seriously hot water…

Coffeehouse Mysteries Links:

View the delectable Village Blend Recipes & meet the Coffeehouse Mystery Characters:  Click Here

View the Official Coffeehouse Book Trailer:  Book Trailer

Murder By Mocha’s featured recipes:  Click Here (PDF)

Other Coffeehouse Mystery Audiobooks Available:

On What Grounds

Through The Grinder

Latte Trouble

Decaffeinated Corpse

French Pressed

Murder By Mocha

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AudioGO Celebrates the 2012 London Summer Olympics!

The roar of the crowds! The thrill of the competition! There’s no other sporting event quite like this one. Catch the Olympic fever and get ready for the games to begin with these great audio titles.

The Ration Book Olympics: When London Hosted the Austerity Games

Presented by Clare Balding, a four-time BBC Radio Olympic reporter

Take a look back at the last time the Olympics were held in London with this compelling chronicle of the 1948 Games. Three years after the end of the Second World War, rationing was still in force, bomb damage was in evidence and visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet, the Games, in true winning spirit, were a resounding success!


Gold Medal Summer

Gold Medal Summer written by Donna Freitas, narrated by Jaselyn Blanchard

Whether you think of Romanian Nadia Comăneci scoring the first perfect 10, Mary Lou Retton winning the All Around Gold, or Kerri Strug’s triumphant vault, gymnastics are the iconic sport of every summer Games!

Competitive gymnast and author Donna Freitas offers young listeners a terrific tale about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.


Steve Redgrave: In His Own Words

Steve Redgrave — In His Own Words

Meet Britain’s greatest Olympian of all time. Rower Steve Redgrave is one of only four athletes to win gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. He discusses his early days rowing and his post-race emotions, and memories of his last race in this exclusive audio.


The Taking Part

Presented by Tim Franks, BBC’s Sports News Correspondent

Winning isn’t necessarily everything. Just taking part in the Olympics can be a life-changing event and a tremendous honor. Journalist Tim Franks chronicles the story of the athletes at the historic and tragic Munich Games, painting a vivid picture of what it takes to make it that far and what it means ever afterward to be an Olympian.


1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion

This edition of BBC Radio 4’s Reunion was recorded in July 2005, just after the UK won the 2012 Olympic bid.

What happens when politics intervene with the Olympics? In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year’s Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event. This fascinating program  features members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year and reflect on the personal dilemmas they faced competing in the shadow of political opposition

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Free Download Available July 19-25, 2012–William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

AudioGO is proud to be a sponsor for this summer’s SYNC program.  SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience.

Antony and Cleopatra
By William Shakespeare
Read by a Full Cast
Published by AudioGO

The twin empires of Egypt and Rome mingle and clash in this towering tragedy. Impulsiveness, passion, mistaken identity, and dark humor all color the fascinating dalliance between Antony and Cleopatra, the larger-than-life pair at the center Shakespeare’s play.

“The challenge of taking a play created for the stage and translating it to the audio format may seem daunting, but this production does just that—exceptionally well.” –Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

–AudioFile Magazine

 

If you want to hear more Shakespeare, try the Arkangel Shakespeare Collection.  Arkangel Shakespeare offers the entirety of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories, specifically produced for audiobook release. This specially created Shakespeare audiobook library brings together a once in a lifetime collection of actors, many from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to commit all 38 plays to audiobook posterity.

Start collecting and listening to the Arkangel Shakespeare collection and discover, or rediscover, the wonder of Shakespeare’s work, the way it was meant to be heard.

Comedy

 

Tragedy

 

History

 

The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare Collection

Also available:

BBC Shakespeare Productions

Shakespeare for Children

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Hit the Road with these Recommendations!

Listening to an audiobook is a great way to help the time on the open road pass quickly.  A good narrator brings the authors text to life in new and exciting ways. Plus it can be lots of fun to choose a title set in a locale to which you are trekking. We invite you to choose one of these destination themed Road Trip Recommendations for your summertime drive. Maybe you’ll find yourself checking the GPS to see if you can skip the upcoming rest area or town in order to keep listening!

Maine

A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns

Massachusetts

Secrets of The Lost Summer by Carla Neggers

Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard by Steven Raichlen

Hard Knocks by Howie Carr


Connecticut

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier


New York

The Topless Tulip Caper by Lawrence Block

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle

The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins

(2012 Winner Best Audie Award Nonfiction)


New Jersey

Plugged by Eoin Colfer

Maryland

Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Charm City by Laura Lippman

In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman

Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman


Pennsylvania

Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters


Atlanta

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Criminal by Karin Slaughter


Mississippi

Huckleberry Finn (Classic Drama) by Mark Twain

Minnesota

Crewel World by Monica Ferris

North Dakota

The Score by Richard Stark

Texas

A Day That Changed America: The Alamo by Shelley Tanaka


Nevada

The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan


California

Schemers by Bill Pronzini

Betrayers by Bill Pronzini

Summer on Wheels by Gary Soto

Hush Money by Chuck Greaves

To view our entire collection, please visit us at www.audiogo.com

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Blog Tour for Karin Slaughter’s CRIMINAL — Daily Giveaways!

Today kicks off the blog tour for Karin Slaughter’s riveting new audiobook, CRIMINAL. Narrated by award-winning actress Kathleen Early, CRIMINAL delves deep into both the past and the present, spinning an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets. Drop by each of our blog tour stops to hear exclusive audio clips, win your own copy of CRIMINAL, and read reviews from fabulous audiobook bloggers. There’s also a Q&A with Karin where we finally find out what’s #1 on her bucket list.

Monday, July 9: Literate Housewife

Tuesday, July 10: Teresa’s Reading Corner

Thursday, July 12: Book Addict Reviews

Friday, July 13: In Real Life

Monday, July 16: Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog

Tuesday, July 17: You’ve GOTTA Read This!

Wednesday, July 18: Alison’s Book Marks

Thursday, July 19: Jen’s Book Thoughts

Can’t wait for your chance to win a copy? Get it here.

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Exclusive: Karin Slaughter Dishes on Audiobooks and Her New Release, CRIMINAL

It’s finally here! Karin Slaughter’s next hotly anticipated novel in her Atlanta series, CRIMINAL, offers double the mystery for listeners, connecting a killing from 1975 to a present-day murder that has some shocking personal repercussions for Detective Will Trent. The dark and thrilling novel is narrated by Kathleen Early, with just the right Southern twang, according to Atlanta native Karin. She kindly shared some of her thoughts about audio narration and CRIMINAL exclusively with AudioGO:

For me, the hardest part about touring is when folks ask me to read from my book.  It’s difficult not just because I’m not a fluent out-loud reader, but because I feel the constant need to edit myself as I’m reading: why did I choose that word?  I should’ve made that paragraph shorter.  Why is anyone listening to me when it’s so awful…wah!!!

There’s a reason lots of authors drink.

That being said, I was very curious to see how Kathleen Early handled the reading of Criminal.  I had the pleasure of speaking to Kathleen on the phone the day of the recording, and I was able to express to her that Sara shouldn’t sound like somebody shook a trailer park to see what accent would drop out.  Likewise, Amanda, Faith and Evelyn are not country bumpkins.  They are educated women.  They don’t wear Daisy Dukes and swill beer.

This is a real problem southerners have with so-called southern accents: they all tend to either sound trashy or Gone With the Wind.  While I’m a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, we’ve moved on a bit since the 1930s and not everyone in the region sounds like they’re speaking with a mouth full of mint julep.

Fortunately for me, Kathleen got it.  She’s a Texas gal, and she knew without me saying that Texas isn’t the south, and that there’s a different cadence to the colloquialisms of rural Georgia and that of a large, cosmopolitan city like Atlanta.  And I was very pleased to find when I got my finished copies of the recording that she incorporated this into her reading.

While I love all my books, I feel a special kinship with Criminal in particular.  The research alone took me a solid year.  In the book, are a lot of different women who have varying points of view, and the story cuts back and forth in time-from 1970s Atlanta to present day.  I based some of the story on interviews I had with female police officers who came up in the 70s and had to put up with some of the resistance I talk about in the book.  The present day stuff with Will Trent, where you learn along with Sara Linton some of the awful things that happened to him in the past, is especially meaningful to me.  While reading a book aloud is really just one person’s interpretation, I think the voices in the audio book are spot-on, and I hope that y’all enjoy listening to the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

~ Karin Slaughter

For more on CRIMINAL, check out Karin’s intriguing microsite at http://www.karinslaughter.com/criminal/, featuring vintage Atlanta photos and map, a 1970s playlist, and some fascinating videos highlighting the period!

Check back here on Monday, July 9th, as we launch our Criminal audio blog tour with lots of chances to win free CDs and downloads of this thrilling listen.

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Elliott’s Katama Kirs Recipe from Steven Raichlen’s New Audiobook Island Apart

It has been a pleasure sharing the recipes that have made cameos in Steven Raichlen’s novel Island Apart and the exclusive audio companion piece Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart.  We couldn’t think of a better way to end the week than with a cocktail that looks decadent and is refreshing to drink (and easy to make!)

Steven Raichlen interviewed on King 5 News in Seattle, WA

You can also watch an interview with Steven discussing his novel and making this cocktail on air.

Katama Kirs Recipe

Serves 2 and can be multiplied as desired.

3 tablespoons wild blueberry syrup (see note below)

12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) champagne or prosecco 

6 to 8 fresh blueberries

Pour the blueberry syrup into the bottom of 2 champagne flutes. Gradually add the champagne or prosecco, gently swirling the glass to blend the ingredients. Add the blueberries and serve at once.

Note:   A kir is a French aperitif consisting of crème de cassis (black current liqueur) topped off with dry white Bourgogne Aligote wine.  Elliott gives the beverage a New England twist by using blueberry syrup and Champagne.  The drink takes its name from Katama Bay off Chappaquiddick’s south shore where the Hermit often goes clamming and fishing.  Blueberry syrup is available at natural foods stores and most supermarkets.  Two good brands are Walden Farms and Stonewall Kitchen. 

© Steven Raichlen, 2012.   All rights reserved.

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