Audiobook Giveaways

When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother, Gladys Baker, was either dead or simply not a part of her life -- depending on the publicity campaign of the moment. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world. The complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes as Miss Monroe blazed a path to iconic glory is a story that has never before been told...until now.

David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, he combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy. Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right, Cross has something to say about everyone, including his own ridiculous self.

A Multi-Cast Production / Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army--and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered 11 children with her, including three sets of twins.

Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord.

In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda. The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children. This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa.

Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

GIVEAWAY: These are AUDIOBOOKS. I have 3 copies of each up for grabs - thanks to the lovely Anna at HBG.

Your comments will enter you in all giveaways unless otherwise specified. If you have a preference, also mention that in your comment.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, All About {n} button, etc.) Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes. Winners will be drawn Friday, December 11.

About Author

Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South.


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donnas said...

I love David Cross. Please enter me for his.

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Mitzi H. said...

Count me in too!!

I'm a follower on google.

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Juju at Tales of said...

Oooo I would love to be entered.
I'm interested in the Marilyn book.
Thank you so much.


sharon54220 said...

I would love to be entered.

I'm a follower for sure.

scottsgal said...

Great giveaway count me in!!

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Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

Great giveaway.

I linked to my sidebar here:

I am also a follower on google.

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Marjorie said...

Please enter me for the Marilyn
Monore giveaway, it would be
so good.
I follow by google reader.

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WotV said...

Following, twittering (@WotV) and commenting in hopes of the Hideous Men book... Thanks!

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Linna said...

Please enter me!

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Stacie said...

Please count me in.

I am a follower.

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janetfaye said...

I would like to enter.


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janetfaye said...

I follow - janetfaye

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Irene said...

Enter me please, my sweet neice had gone off to Kenya to work, I'd love to be able to discuss this with her on her return.

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

Great giveaway :D If I won, I would prefer the Marilyn Monroe audiobook. I've been wanting to read that!

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

Im a follower!

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I have your button on my sidebar @

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I've linked the contest on my sidebar @

Thanks again :D

Anonymous said...

Please count me in Nely...thanks.


dor said...

I like So you're one of Them, Seperate Country , Marylin Monroe.

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Lee P said...

Great giveaway! I would be happy to win any one of these interesting audiobooks. Thank you for this very nice giveaway.

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Karen H in NC said...

Great books, one and all, but I think I would like to win 'A Separate Country' or 'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'

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Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

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Lee P said...

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Sue said...

These all look fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm a Follower via Friend Connect.
I'm also a Twitter follower, @jakeLsewhere, and I tweeted this

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

A Separate Country sounds fascinating. I just followed you (and signed up for the Holiday Reading Challenge)!

Jenn said...

Awesome giveaway! I always love reading/watching anything Marilyn!
I would love to be entered into this giveaway.

I'm a follower


etirv said...

I would like to be entered for:
1. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
2. Interviews with Hideous Men


etirv said...



Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Aik said...

I have your button.

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I blogged.

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Anonymous said...

enter me please! New blog follower!

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Theresa N. said...

Please sign me up for the MArilyn Monroe and A separate Country, Thanks.:)
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Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway.



Anonymous said...

This is great! Please enter me in the giveaway!
I'm a follower.

Allison said...

Thank you for hosting this!

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edmontonjb said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Dina said...

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Bethie said...

Please count me in. I would love to win any one of these.

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rubynreba said...

I'd love to win one of these. Thanks!

rubynreba said...

I follow on google friend.

DarcyO said...

Please include me.

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DarcyO said...

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Allison said...

please enter me!
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dsandyboy said...

Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

My fav would be the marilyn monroe one,,great contest,thx..

FrankSandy said...

Please enter me.

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