If you’ve yet to experience Amazon’s “Immersion Reading” on your Kindle or Kindle Fire, Amazon’s just given you a very good reason to give it a try: right now, there’s a 99 Cent Whispersync for Voice Sale going on in the Kindle Store, featuring 117 (mostly discounted) Kindle books with the accompanying Audible audiobook edition priced at just 99 cents when you buy it as an add-on, after purchasing the Kindle edition.
Whispersync For Voice is Amazon’s proprietary technology for keeping the audiobook and Kindle book editions in sync with one another as the reader switches back and forth between the two editions. It means you can start reading the Kindle edition, then switch to the audiobook in the car or at the gym, and the audiobook will pick up right where you left off in the Kindle book. Back home, you can return to the Kindle edition and once again, it will “know” where you left off in the audiobook edition. (Note that your Wi-Fi connection must be active for the bookmarks to be transferred between the two editions; this process takes place on Amazon’s servers).
You can also enjoy “Immersion Reading” when you own both the Kindle and audiobook editions of a book: open the Kindle book, but instead of reading it as you normally would, use the audio playback controls provided on the bottom menu bar to play the audiobook aloud. As the book is being read to you, the accompanying words will be highlighted on your Kindle or Fire screen!
The sale includes great books from every genre, such as:
WOOL Omnibus Edition, WOOL 1-5 – Hugh Howey (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $5.99)
In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger – Stephen King (4/5 stars, currently priced at $7.20)
Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape.
The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond…the Dark Tower.
Wild Heat – Bella Andre (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99)
He’s a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk.
She’s the sultry beauty he never saw coming.
Maya Jackson doesn’t sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she’s ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.
Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As the leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won’t back down from a blaze—or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. But when Maya’s life is threatened, his natural-born-hero instincts kick in, and Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing—–not the killer fire nor the killer hot on their trail—–can douse the flames…
Blackbirds – Chuck Wendig (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $4.89)
Miriam Black knows when you will die.
Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.
Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.
File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (4.5/5 stars, currently FREE!)
Charles Dickens’s classic tale of one family’s suffering during the French Revolution is brought to life in this audio adaptation. The voice of Audie Award-winning narrator Simon Vance sets the tone for the characters and creates the Dickens-esque mood of the times when the rich and the poor were far apart and no one was exempt from the ensuing wrath during the Revolution.
Vance’s tone varies from soothing to animated while creating different voices for the characters and using appropriate accents…a read-along while listening to the audio…would be particularly helpful for struggling readers.
— Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport High School, TX, for School Library Journal
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $3.99)
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!
“The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, [16 year old] Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.