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.
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 a romantic fantasy of Old New York with author Helene Wecker and her novel, The Golem and the Jinni. Next, Maggie Linton talks with Chris Columbus, who moves from the screen to the page with his new young adult novel House of Secrets. And no one brought Greek mythology to life like Edith Hamilton. Now her classic text has been adapted for audiobooks, and we’ll listen in on the gods and goddesses of Olympus in Mythology. But first, Maggie has the top-ten Young Adult downloads from audible.com.
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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.
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.
If you’re feeling a little Downton Abbey withdrawal we’ve got just the thing with the latest novel from Jacqueline Winspear, who knows the era between the wars very well. Her newest featuring detective Maisie Dobbs is called Elegy for Eddie. Next, Maggie Linton talks with someone on a more current beat – mystery writer Andrew Gross talks about the real event that led to his latest, 15 Seconds.
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.
May came and went pretty quickly, but we did squeeze in some very interesting conversation with some great writers, and even had a little Hollywood starpower on board. So here’s the best of May at This is Audible. We’ll take a trip across the country with some less than four star accommodations. Christina Baker Kline takes us along for the ride with her new book, Orphan Train.
Today we’ll take a look at the world of steam punk from the ground up – way up – with the final book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, Goliath. Maggie Linton talks with Harvey Makay about applying business strategy to your own real life in his book, The Mackay MBA of Selling in The Real World. And we’ll take a sneak listen to the first work of fiction from CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Monday Mornings.
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 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.
One of history’s coldest murder cases is the death of Mozart. Was he poisoned? Author and journalist Matt Rees tried out his theory in Mozart’s Last Aria. Next, Maggie Linton talks with young adult author Lauren Oliver about her new fantasy novel, Pandemonium. And we’ll go Behind the Mike in our continuing conversation with audible’s talented voice actors and meet Mark Vietor.
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....
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You might remember Kristen Johnston from her Emmy winning performance as the alien Sally on Third Rock From the Sun. She spent much of her career hiding a secret which literally almost killed her. She talks with startling frankness and complete hilarity about her experiences in her memoir Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster.
Dragons are hot property these days and one of the pioneers of dragons in fiction was the late Anne McCaffrey. I sat down with her son Todd McCaffrey about her legacy, the past, and future of Pern, and about his own work. Next, Maggie Linton chats with thriller master Stephen Hunter who has picked his Soft Target. And we’ll go Behind the Mike in our continuing conversation with Audible’s talented voice actors and meet Therese Plummer.
This is the week every nerd and her sister descend on San Diego for Comic Con. Along with all the folks in costumes are a lot of talented writers getting up close and personal with their fans. I was lucky enough to talk with bestseller Naomi Novik at a recent event and we’ll talk about her latest Temeraire novel, Crucible of Gold.
Today we’ve got a bit of a theme – how military life is viewed through the prism of fiction. First, we’ll meet an author who was truly a pioneer – Elizabeth Moon has been writing military themed science fiction since that was simply not what ladies wrote about. Maggie Linton introduces us to Matthew Dunn, who also writes about the military, in the case of Sentinel, it’s a thrilling take on the Cold War.
It's interesting that even though we grownups should know better, so many of us still manage to tweet or post about things the world has no business knowing. The little glowing screen is as much a part of our lives as our families, and the idea of the online confessional proved to be the core of a smart and funny book by Melanie Gideon: Wife 22. Then, a little more old school but still welcome: Debbie Macomber talks with Maggie Linton about her latest, The Inn at Rose Harbor.
Today Michelle Moran is here to talk about her latest trip in the time machine – this time to Cleopatra and Anthony, and their children. Her latest book is Cleopatra’s Daughter. Next, Maggie Linton talks with Jim McManus about the great new American pastime – poker – in his book Cowboy’s Full.