Giveaway: Audiobooks

Kate Braestrup has been married and widowed, betrayed and betrothed, her personal spirituality constantly evolving along the way. How do God and love figure in our everyday lives and bonds with others? In MARRIAGE, AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY, she tackles these big questions with stories from her own relationships--romantic and familial, platonic and professional--much as Anne Lamott weaves her spirituality through her tales of parenthood.

With the same compassion and warmth that made Here If You Need Me a New York Times bestseller, Braestrup engages readers fully, regardless of their path in life. She tells us about teaching sex education for her daughter's eighth-grade class, and the welcome embrace extended toward her adopted nephew from Africa. She introduces the essential concept that charity--the key to all relationships--is a whole-hearted selfless emotion, which is but a hint of God's immense devotion. Kate Braestrup's very human outlook gives anyone seeking to understand human relationships a fresh perspective on what it is to love and be loved.

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour.

People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

Joshua Ferris' debut novel Then We Came to the End was both heralded by critics and a New York Times bestseller, and marked the arrival of a startlingly talented young writer. With THE UNNAMED, Ferris imagines the collision between one man's free will and the forces of nature that are bigger than any of us.

Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life. Tim has a loving family, a successful law career and a beautiful suburban home, all of which he maintains spectacularly well until his feet start moving again.

What drives a man to stay in a marriage, in a job? What forces him away? Is love or conscience enough to overcome the darker, stronger urges of the natural world? THE UNNAMED is a deeply felt, luminous novel about modern life, ancient yearnings, and the power of human understanding.

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, my spiffy 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 Saturday, March 13.


Mrs. DeRaps said...
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Mrs. DeRaps said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to win a copy of The Unnamed. I hear it's a great novel. Thanks!

Mystica said...

What a fabulous giveaway and what a range on offer.


Anonymous said...

Id love to win any of them except for the Ozzy one...(already have it...;D)

ninefly said...

I would like to sign up for the Swan Thieves please! been curious about this one for a while now, audio is a bonus 8D

+1 old follower
+1 sidebar


sharon54220 said...

I would love a chance to win all. What a great selection.

I am also a follower.

Kerry said...

I'd love either Swan Thieves or The Unnamed!

I also follow in Google Reader

kerrybu AT gmail DOT com


Tales of Whimsy said...


I would LOVE to be entered to win the first one (Marriage and Other Acts of Clarity) :)


Just Mom said...

Great giveaway! I would like any of these books! (Truthfully I'd like all of them but that sounds awfully selfish!)

Add one entry because I am a follower!

theroundfile at live dot com

The Brunette Librarian said...

I would love to win "I am Ozzy" :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

rubynreba said...

I would like any of these. Thanks for the chance!

+1 I am already a follower.


Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

I follow.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Sandy Jay said...

I'd like to win Ozzy.

I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

DarcyO said...

They all sound great! Please include me.

+1 follower
+1 follow on Twitter and tweeted:

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Unknown said...

I have left you a award on my blog (do not count me as participating in the give away i am in the UK)

Miss Haley said...

Awesome giveaway. I'd like to win any of them except the swan thieves (i have it :)

Miss Haley said...

I posted at my sidebar

Miss Haley said...

I posted at

Miss Haley said...

I have your button on my blog! thanks!

Miss Haley said...

and i'm an old follower :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Great giveaway - I would be interested in the Ozzy one.

journey through books @ gmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

Great giveaway. Please enter me for any of them - they all sound great!!

+1 I am an old follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

robynl said...

MARRIAGE, AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY is the one that I would love to be entered for; thanks so much and what a great giveaway.


Jess. said...

Please please please enter me for the Ozzy one :) I grew up listening to his music.

Posted the contest on my sidebar:

I'm a google follower & a twitter follower :)

Anonymous said...

great giveaway...would love to win any one of them...thanks for the opportunity


Cindy said...

enter me please :)


oodles of books.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I just became a follower of your blog.

Anonymous said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I'd love to win any of these!

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

i follow

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

i follow on Twitter

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I friend requested u on facebook

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

your button is on my page

Maria Delgado

justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36 said...

I am a follower.

TheOutspokenYam said...

I'd love to win any of these. Thanks for the chance!

Extra entries

+1 Following
+1 Tweeted:

Cheryl said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway. I would be delighted with any of them.

+1 I am a follower

skkorman said...

Thanks for having this great giveaway—I'm most interested in "The Swan Thieves."

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

dlhaley said...

WOW—what a great giveaway! I would love to win "Swan Thieves"!


Misusedinnocence said...

These all sound great! I would love to win any of them. =)

Misusedinnocence said...

I follow. :)

Anonymous said...

Enter me in all giveaways please!!

I'm a follower too.


nfmgirl said...

I'd love a shot at The Unnamed! Please count me in. Thank you!

nfmgirl said...


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Mary (Bookfan) said...
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nfmgirl said...


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nely, I just found out I won The Unnamed. So if you could throw my name in just for Marriage And Other Acts Of Charity I'd appreciate it : ) I removed my previous entry.

I'm a Google follower

I follow on Twitter

Blogged in my sidebar giveaways (4 audiobooks):

meah56 AT gmail DOT com

lag123 said...

I love audiobooks when I am driving or knitting. I have really been interested in The Swan Theives. Thanks you for this giveaway!

lag123 said...

I am a vintage follower thru google reader and GFC.

lag123 said...

I tweeted:

CherylS22 said...

Great giveaway! I'd like to win either "The Swan Thieves" or "The Unnamed".

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I follow in GoogleFriendConnect
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I'm a FB friend
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I subscribe via Google Reader
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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