Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Audio Book Giveaway and Review: DON'T BLINK by James Patterson and Howard Roughan; Read by David Patrick Kelly

CLOSED.
Thanks to the thrill-loving folks at
Hachette Book Group,
I have been authorized to
 give away three (3) audio book copies of
DON'T BLINK
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan.

Rules for entering this giveaway
are at the bottom of this post.



Publisher: Hachette Audio
Category: Fiction, Suspense & Thrillers

Format: Audio Book
Subformat: CD (Audio)
Edition: Unabridged
Publish Date: 9/27/2010
Price: $34.98/$39.98
ISBN: 9781607882343
Pages: 0

Description (from the publisher):
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. Shocked and shaken, he doesn't realize that he's accidentally captured a key piece of evidence. Ensnared in the city's most sensational crime in years, Nick investigates for a story of his own. Back off--or die--is the clear message as he closes in on the facts. Heedless, and perhaps in love, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.

Click here to listen to an excerpt.

My Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5 - More thrilling than predictable.

My Thoughts:  I think Patterson is generally a love 'im or hate 'im kind of author. Some readers can't get enough; others can't get far enough away. Myself, I actually sit on the fence. I crave a good thriller now and then, but generally rush through them so fast that I feel rather empty and let down once I'm done. And I feel guilty the whole time I'm reading them because I can't put them down but think I should be doing something more worthwhile. Then there's the fact that they can be formulaic - you KNOW the main character will survive no matter how nail-biting the tension. So, I end up not reading as many thrillers as I'm really interested in.

Audio books have been the perfect solution for me.  I get my thriller fix while driving to and from work - no reason to feel guilty because I CAN'T be doing anything else; and I can't rush through them because I'm not the one doing the reading!

I had a great time listening to the audio book version of DON'T BLINK by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. The authors don't blaze any new trails here, but they do assemble all the essential componants of a good thriller with an entertaining and humorous flair. The authors serve up a wise-cracking hero who can't help but find himself in desperate trouble; gruesomely horrible bad guys (and plenty of them); innocents held hostage; suspenseful twists and turns; and the hint of romance to provide a ray of hope and sunshine.

If you like Patterson, you're sure to enjoy DON'T BLINK. If you're new to his writing, this is a great place to begin.

The audio book runs approximately 7 hours. One caveat:  if you listen while you're driving, be aware that the last half of the last CD contains traffic noises - horns blowing, sirens, etc. - that sound convincingly like the real thing!


About the authors (from the publisher):
James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million books sold worldwide. He is the author of the top-selling detective series of the past twenty years--the Alex Cross novels, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, both of which were made into hit movies. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the new series of #1 New York Times bestsellers featuring Detective Michael Bennett of the NYPD. He won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, for his first novel. He lives in Florida. Click here to visit his website. 

James Patterson's lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new Web site, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids.

Howard Roughan cowrote Honeymoon and Sail with James Patterson and is the author of The Promise of a Lie and The Up and Comer. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son. Click here to visit his website.

RULES FOR ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY:

• Leave an original comment on this post telling me you would like to win. Include an email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you do win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com or geebee.reads [at] gmail [dot] com

You must leave an email address in order to qualify. If I can't contact you, you can't win!

• You can earn an extra entry by being or becoming a Follower or Subscriber of this blog and telling me about it in a separate comment.

• Blog about this contest and provide me with the link to the post in a separate comment, and I'll give you yet another entry.

• Tweeting about this contest and providing me the link in a separate comment will get you one more entry. I've added a Retweet button at the bottom of every post.

• Stumble this blog, Digg it, or Technorati Fave it, whatever, and leave a separate comment for another entry.

• Winners must provide a U.S. or Canadian street address. Hachette is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes.

• PLEASE NOTE: One win per household. If you win this title in another contest hosted at another blog, Hachette will only send one copy per household address.

Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 19, 2010.

• Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email announcing that they have won; if I don't hear from a winner, I will draw another name.

• Winners are determined using the sequence generator at Random.org.

Thank you to Anna
at Hachette Book Group
for making this giveaway possible.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

91 comments:

Jo-Jo said...

I also love listening to thrillers on audio...please enter me!
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

I'm also a follower.
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Lori L said...

I think audio books are the way to go to enjoy Patterson too - all the action without focusing on other aspects.
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Lori L said...

I'm a follower too!
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Autumn said...

I listened to The Postcard Killers and loved it. I'm sure this one will be just as good

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Autumn said...

I'm a follower via GFC

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Autumn said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/GalvezBookGirl/status/28812331720

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debbie said...

I am a big fan of james patterson, I would love to have this.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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Just Mom said...

Your comment about the traffic noises made me laugh. Once I had a train toy in the back of my car and as I bounced over a set of real railroad tracks, the toy went off....I about had a heart attack thinking a train was bearing down on me! I'm listenign to Swimsuit now - one of his creepier books, please enter me for this one!

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Just Mom said...

+1 I am a follower!
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Ruthie said...

I love thrillers. Please enter me, thanks.

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Ruthie said...

Email subscriber

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Patsy said...

I adore James Patterson and I adore mysteries. I would love to win.
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Patsy said...

I follow and I subscribe.
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janetfaye said...

I love the title of this book and I would like to win.

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Sandee61 said...

I'm a fan of James Patterson, whether its reading his books or listening to one. I like listening to audio books, when I'm doing my household chores or driving. Thanks for the entry in your giveaway! I'm also a subscriber to your blog which I enjoy very much.

Blessings,
Sandee61

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Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to win this book because I love James Patterson books. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Bons said...

Your review on Patterson in general is so spot on. I have friends who would "never" touch a Patterson book, (like me with Dan Brown). I just purchased the audio "Worst Case" by Patterson. Love the suspense that comes thru audios with Patterson's books. My husband is now trying this out as he flys twice every other week. Please consider me for your free "Don't Blink" give away. I'd be glad to review it on LibraryThing.com as well under Bons! bonniedeni@hotmail.com
Thanks greatly.
Bons

Bons said...

I do follow Sea of Books!
(I'm a nut for reading reviews)

Bons said...

Hey, check out my facebook post:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1392551125
Any James Patterson fans out there? this site is giving away a "Don't Blink" audio. I finished the "Worst Case" audio last month. Love the suspense while I'm sitting in traffic! It's like Calgon....take me away!
go here: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/audio-book-giveaway-and-review-dont.html?utm_source=fe...

Bons said...

I've posted this give-away on a site on LibraryThing.com as well!
http://www.librarything.com/topic/55160&newpost=1#lastmsg

under Bons comment for 10-27-10

Denny, Alaska said...

I'm a "fair weather" fan of Patterson's work. I find myself always wondering: how much did he write, and how much is the work of his co-author? Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

denny(dot)gill(at)gmail(dot)com

Denny, Alaska said...

+1 I follow via GFC; thanks.

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Risingsouth said...

My daughter and I love to listen to audio books. Count us in!

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Risingsouth said...

I am a subscriber by e-mail.

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Benita said...

I haven't read a Patterson book I didn't like. Thanks for the chance.

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Benita said...

Email subscriber.

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Benita said...

GFC Follower.

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librarypat said...

I am a Follower.

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librarypat@comcast.net said...

I am a Subscriber.

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librarypat said...

I find I don't like to read Patterson's books. The short chapter format feels choppy to me. However, I have enjoyed listening to many of his books. This sounds like another good one.

librarypat@comcast.net

misskallie2000 said...

I love Patterson and can't get enough of his books.. Would love to win this one since I have not read. I enjoy audio books as this allows me to work in my yard or around the house while I am cleaning. Makes the chores not so bad. lol
Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

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misskallie2000 said...

I am an old GFC Follower and email subscriber

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misskallie2000 said...

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grannyvon said...

I am a big James Patterson fan and would love to win this audiobook. My eyesight is not what it once was and audiobooks are the best route for me. Thanks for the chance to WIN! ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I follow on GFC and and subscribe by e-mail Thanks for the extra entry. ybutler@oppcatv.com

rubynreba said...

I have read James Patterson books before but have never had an audio book of his. I'd love to listen to this.
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rubynreba said...

I have read James Patterson books before but have never had an audio book of his. I'd love to listen to this.
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rubynreba said...

I am a follower.
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Barginmom said...

I would like to listen to this audio book in my car commute to work. Thanks for the opportunity,

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Barginmom said...

I subscribed to your email updates!
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Linda Kish said...

I love James Patterson's books.


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Emma said...

I am a subscriber by email.augustlily06(AT)aim(DOT)com.

Emma said...

I like James Patterson's books.DON'T BLINK sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. augustlily06(AT)aim(DOT)com.Thank you.

Susan said...

I want to win this audio book because I really enjoy the James Patterson books.
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Susan said...

I subscribe by email to this blog.
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jewelknits said...

I'm like you with the thrillers. I know that they're somewhat predictable, but they're so much FUN to read! Like you, I often run through them very quickly. But I think a good, fun read is always welcome. AND I really like Patterson!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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Steve Capell said...

I love James Patterson books so this audio book would be perfect for my audio library. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Bonnie said...

Last year before my cataract surgery, I couldnot enjoy reading until I was given an audio book. Now I am hooked. I've been hooked on Patterson since Roses are Red. Wow. Two pleasures in one. Bonnie
newdaw at gmail(dot)com

linda604b said...

This would be a great win. I can listen to the book while cooking dinner.

Stephanie said...

I love Patterson. It's been awhile since I've read anything by him, been busy with all my other books. Personally, I've never done an audio book, but I have a long drive coming up in December and I think this would help!
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Ginny said...

I just finished this book last week, it was SO good! I'd love to win this & give it to my grandma as a surprise. She prefers audiobooks, so she'd be so happy!

Ginny said...

I'm a follower

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Sheila Deeth said...

The kids are grown--mostly flown--so the opportunities for travel are increasing; likewise the need for good audio books to listen to while traveling.

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misskallie2000 said...

I love James Patterson and would love to win this audio-book.

Please enter me in the drawing and thanks for the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I am an old GFC Follower and email subscriber

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JHS. said...

Hubby loves Patterson, so would like to win this for him.

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JHS. said...

GFC follower.

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JHS. said...

RSS reader.

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jewelknits said...

I follow via GFC as jewelknits!

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Jennifer said...

HI, Patterson hasn't written a book yet that I could pass up reading. I'd love to win a copy.

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Anonymous said...

I have only read the Alex Cross series from Patterson and I think they are pretty good. This would be a change.

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Bcteagirl said...

I am trying to get more into audiobooks next year, and Patterson seems like a good place to start. Thank you for the contest!
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Bcteagirl said...

I follow via google friend connect!

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Cindy W. said...

I love James Patterson's work and would really love to win Blink. I'm traveling to Texas for Christmas and would love to listen to it on the way. Thanks for the chance to win.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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wmmahaney said...

I am new to reading James Patterson. Currently I have only read one of his books. This one sounds great.
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wmmahaney said...

I follow in GFC
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mindy said...

james patterson is always wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Mia J. said...

I am a big James Patterson fan and would like to be entered. Thank you.

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Janelle said...

Haven't heard a thriller in a long time, but love James Patterson. Count me in!
Thanks for a wonderful giveaway & chance to win!
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Janelle said...

I'm an email subscriber, too!
Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
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Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here.
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bettycd said...

audio books are a great way to cope with commuting traffic - thanks on the headsup about the traffic noises at the end
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ps - bloggers run their blogger id's public and list a contact email there ... if we get lucky and win, it is readily available just not openly listed in threads. Scammers are not into working to harvest email addresses - they just move on to those blogs that require all posts to openly list the addresses. Use of a spam-thwarting format provides us little or no protection. Spammers who want to harvest emails have no problem sorting out the spam-thwarting formats. Please reconsider the unnecessary risk you put us at. If you draw a winner who does not have an email in their profile - disqualify them and draw someone who does. Thanks for considering

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Joanne said...

I would love to win

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spynaert said...

i'd like to win
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janetfaye said...

I am email subscribed.

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Renee G said...

I would love to listen to this since one day a week I have about a 3 hour commute (round trip). I'll remember to listen to the last cd when I'm not driving however.
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Renee G said...

I follow as Renee G on GFC.
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Tara said...

I absolutely love James Patterson! I would be thrilled to own this audiobook!

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Jeff said...

Ive started listening more to Audio Books and would love another good book to listen to!!

I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sunnymay said...

James Patterson writes compelling books and I'd love to hear his book on tape.