Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2005
Ever wish you could get a new chapter of your favorite audiobook delivered directly to your iPod or MP3 player every week – for free? Now author Mark Jeffrey, together with popular scifi/fantasy website DragonPage.com, has gone and made that possible with his novel, The Pocket and the Pendant. The book is read by the author accompanied by soundtrack music by composer Bjorn Lynne (http://www.lynnemusic.com).
“There really aren’t a lot of free MP3 audiobooks out there,” said Jeffrey, “which really surprises me. It’s a great way to promote paperback and hardback novels, as well as give your existing audience a new way to experience the book.” Asked if he thought he was cannibalizing sales, Jeffrey said, “Absolutely not. We’re already seeing thousands of downloads each week, and new listeners are emailing me that they are purchasing paperback copies on Amazon as a direct result of listening to the podcasts.”
DragonPage.com is currently featuring three free podcast audiobooks, or ‘podiobooks’: "Morevi" by Tee Morris, "Earthcore" by Scott Sigler and "The Pocket and the Pendant" by Mark Jeffrey. New episodes for each – usually a chapter or two – are released each week. Subscribers use popular ‘podcatchers’ such as iPodder or other applications to get the new audio content delivered to them automatically. “Podcasting is an amazing thing,” Jeffrey said, “It’s like TiVo for audio.”
So far, five chapters of ‘Pocket’ have been released, with nine more to go. The free podcast is available from DragonPage.com (http://www.dragonpage.com), PodcastAlley.com (http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_detail.php?pod_id=2940) and the book’s website at PocketandPendant.com
About the Book:
ForeWord Magazine 'Book of the Year' 2005 Finalist.
From the Kirkus review:
"A sci-fi adventure steeped in the lore of an ancient civilization that will appeal to children and adults alike...driven -- and driven well -- by good old-fashioned sci-fi storytelling…
"Max Quick's life drastically changes after time suddenly stops. The young man of 12 -- harassed by bullies, living as an orphan in a violent home for boys and about to be thown into juvenile hall – is mysteriously immune to this chrono-freeze. He soon discovers other children who are impervious as well -- namely, Casey Cole and Ian Keating -- and the three find themselves embarking on a thrilling quest ... Heavily inspired by the folklore of the Sumer civilization of ancient Mesopotamia, the narrative shines brightest in the chapters that focus on the re-telling of this fascinating history. Jeffrey skillfully infuses the story with authentic historical context, and then thrusts this narrative into the future by introducing aliens, time travel and massive gems with the power to stop time and minds -- and difficult task indeed, but one that he successfully accomplishes."
Amazon.com review highlights:
"...few people have jammed as much imagination in a 212-page book as Mark Jeffrey has in "The Pocket and the Pendant." "Mind-boggling creativity …frankly, the concepts often left me speechless…The invented mythology that fuels the plot of this book…was absolute genius." "A Masterful Job…Even adults will be fascinated by the theories in this tale. Author Mark Jeffrey has done a masterful job of blending facts and theories together smoothly for an amazing story that readers will find utterly delightful." "A powerful thrilling read that brings you back and forth through scientific theory, childhood, and the meaning of the universe."
“The Pocket and the Pendant” is available from Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and from the book’s website at http://www.pocketandpendant.com in two formats: a high quality paperback edition retailing for $13.95 and a downloadable e-book edition for $5.00.
“The Pocket and The Pendant” by Mark Jeffrey – ISBN 1-4116-1323-6
About the Author
Mark Jeffrey has spent most of his life an entrepreneur, “The Pocket and the Pendant” released in fall, 2004 is his first novel. Jeffrey has co-founded three online media companies, the most recent of which was sold to Barry Diller’s IAC in 2004. His first project, The Palace was backed by Time Warner and attracted an audience of more than 10 million users and was selected as one of “The Best of 1996” by Entertainment Weekly. Mark has been named as one of Hollywood’s “50 Creatives to Watch” by Variety magazine. Mark loves riding his Harley, working out at the gym and writing about cool things. Although he grew up in the northern wildwoods of New Hampshire, he successfully escaped The Land of Ice and the Snow, and now lives near the beach in sunny, Santa Monica.
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