King of Shards has just been released as an audiobook in the United Kingdom and the European Union, which is great news, because some people had contacted me who wanted to download the audiobook, only to find the audiobook wasn’t available in their country. Well, that has changed! Here is the link to download audiobook from Audible. And the first one to comment here gets a code to download the free audiobook (available in the UK and EU only).
Update: the raffle has ended and the winners have been notified. Thanks for participating!
Friday, December 18th at 10am EST (The raffle has ended) I’ll be raffling off five copies of the King of Shards Audible.com audiobook and two copies of the book’s Advance Reading Copies (ARCs). King of Shards is an epic fantasy novel about a Lamed Vavnik, one of the thirty-six anonymous saints who uphold the world, who must team up with Ashmedai, the king of demon-kind, in order to prevent a cadre of demons from killing the other Lamed Vav and destroying the world. Raffle rules are below.
NPR Books called King of Shards, “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness.” Author N.K. Jemisin calls King of Shards, “A surreal and exotic adventure in a unique mythological setting. Scary, exhilarating fun!”
About the Audible.com audiobook:
Narrator Jonathan Davis has narrated books for Neal Stephenson, Paolo Bacigalupi, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Sawyer, among many others. He has also been narrating audiobooks for the Star Wars franchise for over a decade. Winners of the raffle will be given a code to download your free copy of the audiobook from Audible.com. An Audible.com subscription (free for the first month) is required to download the audiobook.
About the Advance Reading Copies (ARCs)
Winners of the raffle will receive one print copy of the ARC inscribed to the winner (or whomever you want). These are limited early editions of the King of Shards unavailable anywhere else.
To enter the raffle please follow these rules:
- Share a link to this post
- Share this post on your favorite social media platform (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc.) The buttons to the side of this post (or on the bottom if you are on a mobile device) can be used to quickly share this post. Sample text: “Author Matthew Kressel is raffling off audiobooks and Advance Reading Copies of KING OF SHARDS.”
- Paste a link to the share in the comments section
- In the comments section of this post, paste a link to your social media share as proof that you have done so. Make sure to leave a valid email address (hidden) so I can contact you if you win.
- Write whether you want the audiobook or ARC or both
- Write in the same comment whether you would prefer to receive the audiobook or ARC. E.g., “I would prefer to receive the audiobook.” Or , “I am entering for both audiobook and ARC.”
- Note that ARCs will only be mailed to the U.S. and Canada.
On Friday, December 18th, at 10am EST I will randomly select five winners for the Audible.com audiobook and two winners for the ARC from the commenters. I will contact the winners by email.
So that’s it! Please share this post and good luck to all!
Jonathan Davis has received critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has garnered accolades from Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Audio File Magazine. He is the recipient of the Audie Award for his narration of Robert Sawyer’s Calculating God (Audible Frontiers) and has been nominated for the Ben Franklin Award for his narration of Jose Saramago’s Blindness. Jonathan is honored to have narrated over thirty Star Wars titles for Lucas Film and Random House Audio, including Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord. He has narrated bestsellers for many of the top publishing houses and audio divisions, for authors as diverse as Neal Stephenson, David Baldacci, Brett Easton Ellis, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Junot Diaz. He has narrated over 150 audiobooks, including Shadow of the Wind, Snow Crash, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Stranger, The Chosen, The Windup Girl, Galapagos, and Glamorama. Jonathan resides in New Jersey with his wife Stacy, a librarian, and their daughter Olivia Simone.
While I was hiking in Switzerland this past summer, Jonathan emailed me with the following words that appear in King of Shards, asking how he should pronounce them:
I began typing a long list of pronunciation descriptions, when I thought, You know, why don’t I just record myself speaking them? Which would be easy, except I didn’t have my laptop handy, and my Chromebook didn’t have a microphone. Not to worry, I thought, I have a smartphone! Except I didn’t have a recording app. Then I’ll just download one! Except the wifi in the hotel was spotty. Eventually, I found, if I twisted myself into occult positions like some ascetic yogi I could get slow, but steady wifi. And here I remained, contorted into a human knot, recording these words into my phone. I recorded them twice, because I giggled the first time, because I kept thinking, I wonder if the guests in the adjacent room can hear me? And if so, what do they think of these strange words I’m chanting? Did they think I was speaking a foreign language? Reciting the words of some occult spell?
Eventually I was able to email Jonathan the mp3 file of the sounds. He was super appreciative! I haven’t listened to the audio book yet. Like everyone else, I have to wait until October 13th to download it, but I’m really looking forward to listening.