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AmazonLocal Deal: Mobile App Exclusive: Free Voucher for $10 to Spend on Audiobooks from Audible.com

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Mobile App Exclusive: Free Voucher for $10 to Spend on Audiobooks from Audible.com

Here’s a new AmazonLocal deal! Claim your Mobile App Exclusive: Free Voucher for $10 to Spend on Audiobooks from Audible.com!

“Download the Amazon Local app to take advantage of this mobile app exclusive deal.

How to Get the Deal:
Download the Amazon Local app on your iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire
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Click on the deal (you may need to scroll down), claim the voucher, and enjoy!”

  • This deal is available only on the Amazon Local app through September 5, 2013
  • Voucher will expire if not redeemed on Audible.com by 11:59 P.M. EST on September 22, 2013
  • $10 balance will expire if not used toward the purchase of an item or items on Audible.com after 30 days from date of redemption
  • Available only to U.S. customers

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(Movie Trailer) ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (Starring Daniel Radcliffe)

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment

popout: Trailer for Kill Your Darlings

Oh, wow, yesss, I want to see this movie! It’s Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe (as Allen Ginsberg), Ben Foster (as William Burroughs), Dane DeHaan (as Lucien Carr), Michael C. Hall (as David Kammerer), Liz Olsen, Jack Huston (as Jack Kerouac) and more!

About the movie:

David Kammerer’s murder by Lucien Carr in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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AmazonLocal Deal: Free Voucher for 40% Off First Six Months of Membership to Audible.com

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Free Voucher for 40% Off First Six Months of Membership to Audible.com

Here’s a new AmazonLocal deal! Claim your Free Voucher for 40% Off First Six Months of Membership to Audible.com!

“Join Audible for $9 a month for your first six months! Give yourself the gift of time well spent. Pay just $9 a month for your first six months of Audible membership, then continue at the already-low current price of $14.95.”

  • Voucher will expire if not redeemed on Audible.com by 11:59 P.M. EDT September 2, 2013
  • Valid for new Audible.com customers only
  • Available only to U.S. customers
  • You must have an Amazon.com account and accept the Audible.com Service Terms of Use to redeem the code

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Book Review – The Racketeer by John Grisham

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

The Racketeer by John Grisham

Book Description:

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price — especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .

Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

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Okay, how did The Racketeer end up one of Amazon’s mystery/thriller Best Books of the Month picks for October 2012? Must’ve been a lean month or maybe they were judging it by the first half of the book (which was great) and ignored how things went downhill in the second half? I don’t get it. I was so annoyed I wanted to chuck my copy out the window by the time I was done…

The Racketeer introduces the main character, Malcolm Bannister, to us as this 43 y/o black lawyer who is halfway through his ten-year sentence for racketeering. Malcolm explains that he is innocent and reveals the circumstances behind his unjust incarceration. He’s lost his wife to divorce and missed out on his son’s growing up years. Malcolm came across as a disillusioned (ex-idealistic) good & honest guy, so I was really rooting for him when Malcolm reveals that he has a final card to play in his bid for freedom.

Here’s the situation: a federal judge is found murdered –  the FBI is stumped, no leads, no suspects – but guess what, Malcolm just happens to know who did it, and why. Malcolm is willing to name names BUT only for the right price (aka his freedom). Like I said, it’s a GREAT start. There’s suspense, excitement, I’m devouring pages, hoping Malcolm gets some redemption, marveling at how clever he is….  and had things stayed the course, I would have declared The Racketeer one of John Grisham’s best legal thrillers to date.

But. And that’s a big BUT.

But in the second half, John Grisham pulls the rug out from under us. I don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t go into details, but apparently, much of what we’d been told earlier by Malcolm ranged from half-truths to lies.  Needless to say, I was pretty much pissed off for much of the second half of The Racketeer (hence, wanting to throw my copy out the window). The plot changes were so bizarre and came out of left-field. I couldn’t understand what was happening. I didn’t know the main character anymore – Malcolm was turning out the opposite of who he claimed to be, and was off stalking this new character we’d never heard of, and unbelievably, the ‘love of his life’ pops up too (a woman who was barely mentioned in the first half, nary a hint that there was anything more between them other than some flirting). The ending was something out of Wild Things (the movie) mashed with The Sting (the movie). Bizarre, just bizarre.

Malcolm may have sailed off into the sunset much like Neve Campbell’s character in Wild Things, but as far as I was concerned, he’d turned from hero to zero. Good riddance to him. And good riddance to this book too – word of advice, don’t bother.

The Racketeer by John Grisham (Doubleday) is available on Amazon, B&N, Apple iBooks, Book Depository

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(Amazon UK Local) Free Voucher to Purchase 30 Selected Kindle Books for £1 Each!

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh, hey Amazon UK customers – be sure to pick up your new AmazonUKLocal Free Voucher to get up to 30 select Kindle books from the Amazon UK Kindle Store for £1 each!

“Find your next new read in this selection of Kindle books for £1 each. Use this free voucher from Amazon Local to indulge in a whirlwind romance, a nail-biting adventure or a page turning mystery.”

  • A free voucher to purchase up to 30 selected Kindle books for only £1 each
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying Kindle book purchase from Amazon.co.uk by 11:59pm 10th September 2013
  • Voucher can only be used against the Kindle books displayed here
  • Available only to UK customers on Amazon.co.uk

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I Want Sims 4!!!! (Here’s the trailer)

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Who else is considering pre-ordering The Sims 4 Premium Edition by EA Games? (I’ve read that for the first time, Sims can multi-task, among other improvements) It won’t be coming out til December 31, 2014 though, so in the meantime, here’s two videos to get more familiar with Sims 4!

popout: Trailer for SIMS 4

popout: Trailer for SIMS 4 (Gameplay)

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(Video) Official Trailer for Screen Adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

August 22, 2013 1 comment

popout: Trailer for Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

The official trailer for the film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief looks good! It’s directed by Brian Percival, and stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Joachim Paul Assböck.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Here’s a description of The Book Thief (published by Knopf Books for Young Readers):

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

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