Thursday, June 21, 2012

June Audiobook GIVEAWAY Blowout!

Penguin Books has graciously offered a giveaway of each of the following audiobooks . . . . descriptions are from Penguin’s website.  I have a few reviews to post, but will be gone for a long weekend for my sister’s bridal shower in Michigan.  I will have a lot to post next week!

The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury
Unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hours
Read by Richard Ferrone

FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend, archaeologist Tess Chaykin, heroes of Raymond Khoury's bestselling Templar novels, return in another edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from present day back to 1700s Mexico-and possibly beyond.

What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous-and so unsettling-that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization?

What if powerful forces on both sides of the law got wind of that drug and launched a vicious, uncompromising pursuit to possess it?
 In Raymond Khoury's million-copy-selling Templar novels, Reilly and Tess traveled the globe to unravel ancient mysteries with present-day ramifications. In The Devil's Elixir, they find themselves dragged into a race-against the clock, against a brutal drug kingpin known as "El Brujo"-the sorcerer-and even against government authorities-to merge two divergent trails, one several hundred years old, the other as current as a heartbeat, that could drag humanity to the brink of self- destruction.
Packed with the nonstop suspense and unexpected twists Raymond Khoury fans delight in, The Devil's Elixir is destined for bestseller lists everywhere.

Unnatural Acts Reviews for Unnatural Acts by Stuart WoodsAn Excerpt from Unnatural Acts

Stuart Woods is in top form…and so is his perennially popular hero, Stone Barrington!
When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case—and an old one comes back to haunt him---he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes…and plan new ones.

From Manhattan’s mahogany-paneled law offices to its modern penthouse lofts and dimly lit nightclubs, the trail of entrapment and murder leads to a shocking act that no one could ever have anticipated.
Read by Tony Roberts, approximately 8 hours playing time.
Shades of Hope by Tennie McCarty
One of the foremost experts on eating addiction, Tennie McCarty uses her own inspiring story, as well as the treatment from her famous retreat center, Shades of Hope, to help readers break the endless cycle of diets.

This is not a guide to losing weight. There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another without understanding why because they never look beyond their plates. McCarty believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution. An interactive book that asks readers to be a part of their healing, Shades of Hope shares the teachings, therapies, exercises, and mind-set that McCarty has used and developed throughout her career in treating addiction. Drawing from her own personal story, as well as those of her patients, McCarty shows readers how they can create new relationships—with food, their loved ones, and themselves.
Read by C.J. Critt, foreword read by Ashley Judd.  Approximately 11 hours of playing time.

Core of Conviction by Michele Bachmann and Susan Ericksen

Michele Bachmann is one of the most compelling leaders in America. But despite all the magazine covers and cable television stories, most people don't know who she really is, where she comes from, or what she believes. So she decided to tell her own story and let the reader decide.

As you'll learn in this fascinating memoir, Bachmann wasn't the type of kid who started dreaming about the White House in elementary school. She grew up in Iowa and Minnesota as a typical midwestern girl, grounded by her family and her faith. She was raised to believe in the American dream: that anyone could succeed if they worked hard and took advantage of this country's boundless opportunities.
 She followed her dreams to college and law school, pursued a career as a federal tax attorney, started a successful business with her loving husband, raised five great kids and (over time) twenty-three foster children. By her early forties she was very happy as a full-time mom and homemaker and was a leading education reform advocate in Minnesota.
 Then she became what she calls "an accidental politician."
 The political insiders who ran Minnesota held a one-party line-Al Franken-style liberalism. Bachmann became especially concerned about a state-mandated education curriculum that stressed political correctness over academic excellence. She started making calls, writing letters, and recruiting others to act. When her state senator (an entrenched insider) refused to listen, someone had to challenge him for his seat. No one else volunteered, so Bachmann jumped in-and won.
 That was the start of an amazing journey from obscurity to the state senate, to the U.S. Congress, to an underdog campaign for president. Along the way her style has been consistent. She says what she means and she does it. She is the rare political figure who fights for her beliefs. She speaks from the heart, with common sense about limited government, the sanctity of life and marriage, the power of free enterprise, and the need to confront America's enemies. She also talks about putting principles above partisanship, even if that means ruffling the feathers of the Republican elite.
 As Bachmann puts it, the Republican coalition is traditionally a "three-legged stool"-economic conservatives, social conservatives, and national security conservatives. Like Ronald Reagan, she represents all three groups. And in addition, as the founder of the Tea Party caucus in Congress, Bachmann considers the Tea Party the dynamic fourth leg of the coalition, in support of a return to constitutional conservatism.
 This book will show you why Michele Bachmann believes ordinary people can take on the establishment and win. "Armed with values and faith, supported by family and fellow citizens, together we can do much. We can secure what people are yearning for-the chance to take our country back. Just watch."
 Read by Michele Bachmann.  Approximately 9 ½ hours of playing time.
Giveaway Details
If you would like to win a copy of any of these audiobooks please leave a comment about which audiobook you would prefer and why.  If you prefer more than one, order them from favorite to least favorite.

As part of your comment, you must include an email address. If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner.

For an additional entry, blog about this giveaway or post it on your sidebar. Provide a link to this post in your comment.

I will be using (or a monte carlo simulation in excel) to pick the winners from the comments.

This contest is only open to US and Canadian residents (Sorry!).

No P.O. Boxes.

The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday July 6, 2012.

Please make sure to check the second week of July to see if you are a winner. I send emails to the winner but lately I have been put in their "junk mail" folder instead of their inbox.

Good luck!


  1. Awesome giveaway!
    1. Unnatural Acts
    2. Devils Elixir

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  2. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. These are all unique and interesting for different reasons. Special and would be appreciated greatly.
    1. Shades of Hope.
    2. Devil's Elixir
    3. Unnatural Acts.

  3. Great giveaway. All interest me very much since they offer different genres. Thanks.
    1. Shades of Hope
    2.Unnatural Acts.
    3. Devil's Elixir.

  4. 1. Devil's Elixir
    2. Unnatural Acts

    The first book has the archaeological aspect which interests me and the second has that New York seedy nightclub setting that is just great for a mystery book.


  5. 1. Devil's Elixir
    2. Unnatural Acts


    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  6. I want to listen to:

    1. The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury
    2. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods

    Thanks for the great giveaways.