We say goodbye to the month of June as we hose down with some SPF and head for the beach. First let’s take another look at the best of June 2012. In a seemingly endless election season, one thing we have to look forward to is the nightly skewering of the news media by the comic geniuses at The Daily Show. The person responsible for bringing it to life is comedian and writer Lizz Winstead, who talks about her life and career in her new book of essays, Lizz Free or Die.
In a seemingly endless election season, one thing we have to look forward to is the nightly skewering of the news media by the comic geniuses at The Daily Show. The person responsible for bringing it to the small screen is comedian and writer Lizz Winstead, who talks about her life and career in her new book of essays, Lizz Free or Die. Speaking of politics, Maggie Linton talks with Ron Reagan Jr. about his father - his book is My Father at 100. And we'll take another peak behind the scenes of Audible as we go Behind the Mike with narrator Khristine Hvam.
And just like that, summer is over! Before we pull out the sweaters and boots, let’s take a look at the best of September. We met Ernie Cline, who turned his obsession with 80’s pop culture into a clever and winning science fiction novel called Ready Player One.
Hie ye to 'The Castle', a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ('The Vicar Of Dibley', 'Four Weddings & A Funeral') and Neil Dudgeon ('Life Of Riley').In the first episode, De Warenne is in trouble as an official enquiry into the Crusades gets mixed up with a Talent Competition and a Dragon of Mass Destruction. Plus embroidery gets a right dissing. Next, Sir John grapples with both an adulterous affair and a tin of pilchards.
Today we’ll meet rising star Erin Morgenstern, whose neo-Victorian vision for a Night Circus has been attracting a lot attention. Next, Maggie Linton meets John Michael Greer who calms us all down with his latest - Apocalypse Not: Why Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong. Then, Audiofile’s Robin Whitten drops by to talk about the remarkable work of writer A. S. Byatt.
Series 2 of the rollickingly funny sitcom set whay back when...Thrill! - as brave knight Sir William De Warrenne comes back from the Crusades and tries to buy a castle with a combined dungeon/gym. Swoon! - as young Lady Anne watches handyman Sam Tree grease a rusty hinge. Sympathize! - as Lord of the castle Sir John hires the latest top-of-the-range horse, but can't work out what to do with the built-in ashtrays. And get out your dictionary as the medieval equivalent of Gordon Ramsey tries to prepare a banquet with a mandolin and some very old swear words....
"Great Period Comedy with modern twist"
It’s the end of June so let’s take stock and listen to some of our favorite conversations from this past month. Today we’ll meet someone who is already a star both on Broadway and on the small screen. Raul Esparza makes his mark as the narrator of Stephen King’s Under the Dome. Maggie Linton sits down to chat with bestseller Mary Higgins Clark about her 32nd novel…Daddy’s Gone A Hunting. And one of our favorite thriller writers, Brad Meltzer, put together a book of inspiring stories for his new child – he calls it Heroes for My Son and we’ll listen in. But first, Maggie has the top-ten downloads for June from audible.com.
Today we’ll take another look at the best of the blustery month of March with a rousing space opera with James S. A. Corey’s stunning novel, Leviathan Wakes. Next, Maggie Linton meets Kate Morton whose new novel The Secret Keeper not surprisingly reveals some long buried secrets.
Hie ye to The Castle, a rip-roaring sitcom starring James Fleet (The Vicar Of Dibley), Neil Dudgeon (Life Of Riley), Martha Howe-Douglas (Horrible Histories), & Ingrid Oliver (Watson & Oliver)Lovelorn daughters, paparazzi who work for What Ho Varlet! magazine, designer codpieces, and the invention of central heating: this is medieval England seen from a 21st century comedy perspective.
Today bestselling thriller author Lisa Unger takes us to an idyllic small town – that’s where the worst things always happen. Her new novel is called Fragile. Next, Maggie Linton follows the trail of the Lincoln assassination with James Swanson and his book, Bloody Crimes.
Two things on everyone’s mind right now – politics and the future of our society, and The Hunger Games. There’s one book that neatly intersects both obsessions, and I’m delighted to welcome Lois Lowry, the author of the original young adult dystopian novel, The Giver. Speaking of politics, Maggie Linton sits down with Vince Flynn and sorts out the bad guys in his new book, Kill Shot.
There’s a world of superheroes and arch mortal enemies living right under our noses, and most of the time, we are blissfully unaware. Amy Stewart talks Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects and sort of freaks me out.
Today it’s a visit to Elizabethan England, as New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness puts her magical couple, Diana and Matthew in the court of the Queen herself in her sequel to A Discovery of Witches – this one is called Shadow of Night. Next, Maggie heads to the great outdoors with Park Ranger and author Shelton Johnson as they talk about his novel, Gloryland.
Today we put August into the record books, which frankly doesn’t seem possible, because now Fall is in striking distance. That’s not such a bad deal. Before we let go, let’s take a listen to the best of August on This is Audible. We’ll start with a visit to Elizabethan England, as New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness puts her magical couple, Diana and Matthew in the court of the Queen herself in her sequel to A Discovery of Witches – this one is called Shadow of Night.
It’s family drama this week – from the grand canvas of European royalty to disgraced American gentry. I’ll talk with the acknowledged source for all things romantic and royal, Philippa Gregory about her newest novel, The Lady of the Rivers. Next, Maggie Linton sits down with the king of weeper, Nicholas Sparks, and they’ll talk about his book, The Best of Me.
It’s been an unusual month, season and year weather wise, so as we say goodbye to the stormy, balmy month of November I thought it would be instructive to take another listen to dystopian SF author Paolo Bacigalupi talk about his award winning novel The Drowned Cities.
This is Thanksgiving week – my favorite holiday. Great food and no gifts to buy. We at Sirius XM hope you and yours are safe, dry, and have loads of things to be thankful for. Something I’m extremely thankful for is the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting and talented writers working today. For instance! We’ll meet Gigi Levangie Grazer who talks about her new book, The After Wife.
Welcome to the end of the beginning! Of 2013 that is. The winter winds are blowing and it’s a great time to settle in with some great audio books. Here are our favorites from the month of January. Today we’ll meet one of the reigning queens of YA fiction, the delightful Libba Bray – we’ll tell some ghost stories and talk about her new novel, The Diviners. Next, Maggie meets the King of the Brat Pack, Andrew McCarthy and they talk about his journey through life in his book, The Longest Way Home. And we’ll find out how captaining a boat is good practice for captaining your life with It’s Your Ship by Captain D Michael Abrashoff.
We had so many best of lists that our coverage of the finest audiobooks of the year spilled over into the New Year. Today we’ll hear some thoughts from our good friend and audio connoisseur Robin Whitten – from Audiofile Magazine. She’s got a different perspective on what makes good listening.
Did you enjoy some lovely spring weather? How about some great audiobooks and conversations? It’s time to take a look over our shoulders back at May. ‘What if?’ – that’s the question that drives a writer, really. For instance – what if God was a teenage boy? Author Meg Rosoff took that question and ran with it in her delightful new novel There Is No Dog.