In my mailbox


Not much happened this week, but I got a great audiobook in the mail. In fact, I WON this in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop from Leslie at Under my apple tree. I saw the book at the Goodreads Choice Awards and thought it might be interesting and the next thing you know is that I got an email telling me I won the audiobook! That totally made my day! Thank you, Leslie!
I am rather new to audio books and am eager to find out whether I like this format. A bonus with this one is that it is read by the author himself, how nice is that?

I won

Cover This is how you lose her by Junot Díaz

What was in YOUR mailbox recently? 


It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex–Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals

trexVery short synopsis:

Short e-book for the iPhone or iPad about the T-Rex and its living environment.





I read/listened to it in: English

I liked it:    Yes, but more important, my son liked it even more. This is my first step in the world of iPhone books (I don’t read e-books on the phone) and I was surprised at the convenience and possibilities. The book is short – and just right for the attention span of children. You can either swipe to get to the next page/scene or have it play itself on auto, and you can either read yourself or have the book read to you. A tap on an animal shows or tells the name of it and a tap on a word in the text has the word read to you. It’s a lovely, entertaining e-book for kids and has great illustrations to boot.
There are more books in the series about other dinosaurs as well.

For kids who like: Dinosaurs, especially T-Rex, and want to know more about them.

Product info and buy link :

Title It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex
Publisher Oceanhouse Media
I got this book from Publisher’s Weekly with a coupon code. A review was not required.
Buy link Buy It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex on iTunes


What children’s books for iPhone do you know and recommend?


Audio books?

I have never been interested in audio books. The only experience I have is Klaus Kinski reading Francois Villon in “Ich bin so wild nach deinem Erdbeermund”. That was ok, but it didn’t turn me into a big audio book fan.

The other day, however, I read this post on Beth Fish’s blog giving tips about how to start with audio books. What sold me the audio book idea now was the fact that I can listen and DO SOMETHING ELSE in the meantime. Sounds good for someone working, with two kids and a lot of hobbies.

Beth suggests to get something you already know and like for an easy start so eventually I got “Emma”. I know it very well, I like it, so I think that will work.

I got an unabridged English version from a German publishing house Bertz + Fischer, which is in mp3 format on one CD, read by Michael Page. I listened to a bit in the car and from that I think I could get used to it. Bertz + Fischer offer a lot of classics, including an interesting series of Shakespeare plays turned into prose by Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807. I’m not too fussed on Shakespeare, but maybe the prose versions will be more for me.

Has anybody any suggestions as to what I could listen to next. If possible with male readers, please. Let me know…