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What We’re Listening To – January 2018 Picks

I spend a lot of time on my New Year’s Resolutions in January, mostly because I forget about them after a few weeks. This January, I’m trying to learn something new every day, listen to more podcasts, and try some new music. I think I’ve hit all three with this list. Here’s what I’ve been listening to so far in 2018:

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Smart Speakers to Try this Holiday Season

Smart speakers are hot gifts this holiday season, and with good reason. These voice-activated, internet-connected speakers have amazing capabilities that can take your listening to a new level, and now is a great time to purchase. The technology has had a few years to develop, and there’s a wide variety of equipment and price points. But where should you start?

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The Witchwood Crown: An Epic Return to a Classic Fantasy World

Twenty-four years is a long time to wait for a sequel. We have colleagues at the Penguin Random House offices who hadn’t been born the last time Tad Williams published an Osten Ard novel. But now, twenty-four years after the original publication of To Green Angel Tower, we have the first entry in a new trilogy following the characters of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy that captured imaginations years ago. Twenty-four years have passed in Osten Ard as well, and although the cast is largely the same as that of the original trilogy, the world of Osten Ard has become very different indeed. The Witchwood Crown is the best kind of sequel: it expands on the characters and world that made the original series memorable, giving them a new adventure and an updated world to explore.  Read more

Epic Fantasy Dessert and Appetizer: The Heart of What Was Lost

After more than twenty years, Tad Williams is returning to the world of Osten Ard, which he created in the bestselling Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. The Last King of Osten Ard trilogy is on the way in June, beginning with The Witchwood Crown. The series continues the story of Simon Snowlock, thirty years after he was crowned king following the events of MSaT. To bridge this considerable time gap, Williams has written The Heart of What Was Lost to set the stage for what’s to come in The Witchwood Crown. While MSaT was a coming-of-age epic, The Heart of What Was Lost is a relatively intimate war story that depicts two worn-down armies fighting a brutal campaign where one side faces complete extinction. Taking place directly after the events of To Green Angel Tower, the benevolent Human/Sithi alliance has saved the world and scattered the armies of their enemies, the Norns. The novella follows Duke Isgrimnur as he leads an army of Northern Rimmersmen to pursue the last of the Norns in an invasion of their harsh, frozen homeland, culminating in a brutal siege of their capital city, Nakkiga. Read more

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Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

December means it’s time for holiday shopping. But there are so many great audiobooks out there to listen to. How do you choose which ones to buy? We’ve made it easy for you! Click here to browse our brand new Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re looking for something for a sci-fi fan, a home cook, or a friend with a long commute, we’ve selected great titles for all types of listeners. Read more

What I’m Excited About: Return to Osten Ard with Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

I’m a big fan of A Song of Ice and Fire. I’ve read all of the books, listened to the audios, and have watched every episode of Game of Thrones. And even though I work at Penguin Random House Audio, I still can’t get an early look at The Winds of Winter. So to scratch my fantasy itch during the months between Game of Thrones seasons, I decided to try a new fantasy series. And I’m glad I did because I discovered the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams. This series, which inspired George R.R. Martin to write A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), is the perfect remedy for Winds of Winter anticipation. And the best part is that there will be more to listen to within the next few months.

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New York Comic Con 2016 Wrap-Up

What a weekend! New York Comic Con has just wrapped up, and we’re still getting over all the excitement. Thanks to everybody who came by the booth to spin our prize wheel or to play audiobook trivia. We hope that no matter what giveaway you spun, you’ll keep listening to audiobooks. If you’re looking for something to listen to on your new earbuds, check out for some sci-fi audiobook recommendations and a free download of The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. If you couldn’t make it to New York Comic Con this year, check out some of the highlights:

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Visit Us at New York Comic Con!

New York Comic Con is just about here! That means it’s time to break out your costume and poster tube and get ready to geek out! As we prepare for New York Comic Con this week, Penguin Random House Audio is celebrating all things sci-fi and fantasy. From our amazing Star Wars audiobooks to brand new hits like Dark Matter and Ninth City Burning, we have an audiobook for all sub-genres of sci-fi.
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The Perfect Horse or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lipizzaners

When I first heard the premise of Elizabeth Letts’s The Perfect Horse, I will admit I was skeptical after reading the description. I thought the title Saving Private Sea Biscuit would be more appropriate. I couldn’t imagine how anybody would put their life on the line in the middle of a world war save some purebred horses. I’ve read a lot of World War II stories and thought I had heard of everything, from the landings at Anzio to Operation Zitadelle. But once I had heard the story about the kidnapping of hundreds of horses told in The Perfect Horse, I realized that these horses were swept up in the war just like so many millions of people. And even though they were animals, their rescue by the U.S. Army was no less heroic. Although it does not feature the same battles as the typical World War II story, The Perfect Horse is just as interesting and thrilling. Whether you’re a fan of WWII history, or of thoroughbred horses, there’s something for you to love in this audiobook.

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