The digital revolution has opened the world of audiobooks to a new audience as listeners discover the ease of downloading the recorded version of books to smartphones and tablets. Sales of audiobooks continue to rise, but are still a small portion of publishers’ total business.
The industry is scrambling to keep up with the demand the popularity has created. In 2011, 7,237 audiobooks were published. In 2015, the number was nearly five times larger – 35,574.
Celebrity narrators have been recruited to promote and encourage consumers to give digital books a listen.
Carol sent a note recently that she had purchased the Kindle version of Anne of Green Gables for only 81 cents and then purchased the audiobook for $1.99 more. Rachel McAdams narrates this classic children’s story. Remember Ms. McAdams from The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, and Sherlock Holmes?
For another celebrity-read classic, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation TV Series) narrates The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Download the Kindle version free and buy the companion audiobook read by Offerman for only $1.99. Both of these Kindle/audiobook combinations are great gifts for children, too.
NOTE: You do not need to be a member of Audible to buy the companion audiobook when you have purchased the Kindle version.
Read more about celebrity narration in this USA Today article.
A roadtrip is a great time to enjoy an audiobook. My husband and I recently laughed, sighed and cried through My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg. The Kindle version is only $1.99; add the audiobook for $4.49 more. (That’s a steal of a price!)
Mr. Bragg narrates short chapters of his family, his childhood, his heritage, Southern cuisine, football and other topics unique to the Southeastern United States. Soft-spoken with a gentle accent, Bragg brings his pre-teen antics to life, endears listeners to his mother and her sisters and reflects on the changes that have occurred in his home state of Alabama. A very personal book, Mr. Bragg is honest in his praise and criticism of himself, his family and his heritage.
My husband described the book as “warts and all stories.” We both highly recommend it.
Publishers are offering great prices on Christmas romances this month. These four are selling for only $1.99 each. Enjoy a happily-ever-after book this weekend.
Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer.
In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI’s tour of duty. It will change the way you feel about what it means to be an American.
This book is for readers in teens and adults and is selling for $1.99 today.
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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.
This historical fantasy is for teens and adults and is selling for $2.99 today as it is the B&N price match.
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Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.
Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county … ?
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Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.
But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly.
Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.
Buy this popular novel for teens and adults for $1.99 today.
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
This survival story is for teens and adults and is selling for $1.99 today as it is the B&N price match.
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Love calls across the centuries in the River of Time Series. Buy this bundle of inspirational time-travel fantasy series written for teen and adults for $1.99 today.
WATERFALL: Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy.
CASCADE: When Gabi and Lia find themselves back in the fourteenth century—and in the middle of major battles alongside romantic knights in shining armor—they have no idea if they can get back. Or if they even want to.
TORRENT: When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in Torrent, the third and final book in the River of Time series.
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Buy this four-book bundle of teen and adult fantasies for only $1.99 today.
First Frost: I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It’s called psychometry – that’s a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people’s memories off almost everything I touch, even guys.
Touch of Frost: My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
Kiss of Frost: Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time.
Dark Frost: I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me–again.
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Warriors Super Edition: Moth Flight’s Vision is an epic stand-alone adventure in Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series! Set after the events of the Dawn of the Clans prequel arc, this Super Edition follows WindClan’s first medicine cat, Moth Flight, on a quest that changes the shape of the warrior Clans forever.
The five warrior Clans are newly formed, and the forest is at peace—but in WindClan, one young cat is troubled by strange visions that will lead her to a destiny no cat could have predicted.
This cat fantasy is for young adult and adult readers and is selling for $1.99 today.
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