November 23, 2010 · 7:24 pm
Harry Bosch is back, and this time it’s personal!
Thanks to Hachette Audio, we have two copies of The Reversal by Michael Connelly to give away in unabridged audio book form. Yes, not one word has been cut from the story and it comes with a bonus. The Reversal is read on 10 CDs by actor Peter Giles (who narrated Michael Connolly’s prior novel) and the bonus is a 2 CD set containing complete, uncut, copies of The Reversal and The Brass Verdict in MP3 format. That’s right, this audio book box contains 12 CDs and has a retail value of $39.98!
Here is the official synopsis of this legal thriller from the mega-selling author Michael Connelly:
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller never thought he could be persuaded to cross the aisle and work for the prosecution. Then convicted child killer Jason Jessup, imprisoned for twenty-four years, is granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, and his second chair, deputy DA Maggie McPherson.
But there’s a serious political taint on the case, and Haller and McPherson must face off against a celebrity defense attorney who has already started trying it in the media. Borsch searches for the runaway eyewitness who was the key to Jessup’s original conviction, but that trail has long since gone cold. Jessup, out on bail, grandstands for an eager press by day, but his nocturnal actions make Haller and Bosch fear the worst: this killer may have just gotten started.
“Connelly may be our most versatile crime writer… Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment.” Bill Ott, Booklist.
So how can you win a copy of this audio book with the bonus MP3 discs? It’s simple, just post a comment below with your name and e-mail address, or send an e-mail with this information to Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry. For a second entry, tell us what you’d like Santa to bring you for Christmas this year (We will keep it a secret, OK?).
You have until Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Midnight PST to submit your entry or entries. In order to be eligible to receive the audio book box, you must live in the continental United States and have a residential mailing address. Books will not be shipped to P. O. boxes or to business-related addresses. And, as always, Munchy the cat reserves the right to change the contest rules – including the closing date – at any time. So check back periodically at this site or risk getting your entry/entries in too late.
This is it for the complex rules. Be careful out there; good luck and good reading!
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August 29, 2010 · 6:04 pm
Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music by Barry Parker (Johns Hopkins University Press, $27.95, 274 pages)
“Music is sound but it’s a very special type of sound.”
An alternate title for this book might have been Music and Math for Morons, but it is seriously easy to understand. Yes, there have been many survey books out in the last few years attempting to explain the science of sound. Most of them have been too high-level for the average reader to understand, including this reader. Kudos should go to Barry Parker for translating a few not always simple-to-understand concepts into plain English.
It is clear that Parker loves having been born into a world that includes music. Reading this book is like listening to a teacher who worships his subject matter. Parker explains rhythm and the major types of music, and gives us an overview of how all of the major instruments – including the human voice – work. He examines the acoustics of classical concert halls, but he’s no snob when it comes to “new” recording techniques. He concludes his survey by explaining electronic (computer-generated) recordings and acceptance of the new world of iPods and mp3s.
Bach or Dylan? It’s all good.
This book was purchased by the reviewer at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.
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