Top 10 2012 – Audiobooks

Here are our most downloaded audiobooks for 2012:

1- Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Series, Book 2/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.” (Overdrive summary)

2- The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games Series, Book 1/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Series, Book 3/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survivied the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena live, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays (who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?). But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school… ” (Overdrive summary)

5- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The three friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts and Quidditch. Then mysterious and scary things start happening. First Harry hears strange voices, and then Ron’s sister, Ginny, disappears…” (Overdrive summary)

6- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter Series, Book 4/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“The summer holidays seem never-ending and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school term. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to learn and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to attend. But Harry needs to be on his guard at all times – his worst enemy is preparing a horrifying fate for him…” (Overdrive summary)

7- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter Series, Book 6/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succeed in the death-defying tasks ahead?” (Overdrive summary)

8- A King’s Ransom – The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series, Book 2/ by Jude Watson, read by David Pittu
“The Vespers have ordered Amy and Dan to find a legendary map that belonged to Marco Polo, and the hunt takes them to Easter Europe where they make a terrifying discovery about one of their supposed “allies.”” (Overdrive summary)

9- Fry’s English Delight: The Complete Series/ by Stephen Fry, read by Stephen Fry
“Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language – as heard on BBC Radio 4. Current Puns Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags? Metaphor The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word ‘metaphor’. Quotation The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here. Cliché Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.” (Overdrive summary)

10- A Brief History of Time/ by Stephen W. Hawking, read by Michael Jackson
“”Lively and provocative… Mr. Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher’s gifts-easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex proposition with analogies plucked from daily life.” -The New York Times
“Charming and Lucid…( A book of) sunny brilliance”. – The New Yorker
“This book marries a child’s wonder to a genius intellect. We journey into Hawking’s universe while marveling at his mind -The Sunday Time (London).
“He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit… His is a brain of extraordinary power.”-The New York Review Books.” (Overdrive summary)

Top 10 2012 – Non-Fiction eBooks

Here are our most downloaded adult non-fiction eBooks for 2012 – yes it’s The Fry Chronicles again at number 1 :

1- The Fry Chronicles/ by Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

2- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia/ by Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her. A funny, tender, utterly beguiling story about a woman’s search for happiness.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals/ by Jamie Oliver
“If you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he’ll show you how to make a complete meal in the time you’d normally spend on one dish. What you’ll be able to achieve in 30 minutes will absolutely blow your mind! This is not about compromising on quality. It’s about being organised, working fast and using shortcuts and clever tricks to put insanely delicious plates of food on the table in no time. Each meal has been carefully crafted so that there’s no faffing about – just good, fast cooking. Jamie has created complete menus of foods that go beautifully together and planned the recipes in a unique and easy-to-follow way. This kind of cooking is all about using every minute wisely, having fun and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant for. Once you start cooking this way, not only will you love it; you’ll never look back.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Civilization: The West and the Rest/ by Niall Ferguson
“If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe – Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland – would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened. What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy. Civilization takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world – from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles. It is the defining narrative of modern world history.” (Overdrive summary)

5- The Quantum Universe: And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does/ by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
“The authors of the international bestseller Why Does E=mc2? present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world” (Overdrive summary)

6- How to Do Everything iPad/ by Joli Ballew
“Tap into every feature of your iPad! Get the most out of the revolutionary iPad with help from this easy-to-follow guide. Covering both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, How to Do Everything: iPad shows you how to quickly master the basics, such as customizing your iPad, using the Multi-Touch screen, accessing the Internet through wireless and cellular connections, syncing, and backing up your data. Learn to use Mail, Safari, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, the App Store, and much more. View photos and video, create a slideshow, watch movies, use GPS, and play games. If you’re looking for a book as cutting-edge and streamlined as the iPad itself, you found it!” (Overdrive summary)

7- Loving Sex/ by Laura Berman
“Loving Sex is a frank, approachable book for couples. It is the first contemporary sex guide to put as much emphasis on emotional connection as on physical pleasure, providing the foundation for a lifetime of intimacy.
Written by Dr Laura Berman who has over 20 years’ experience of helping couples achieve greater intimacy, Loving Sex is guaranteed to help you experience the heady heights of physical ecstasy and emotional intimacy.” (Overdrive summary)

8- iPad 2: The Missing Manual/ by J. D. Biersdorfer
“The iPad is an amazing media device, once you really know how to use it. In this entertaining book, New York Times tech columnist and iPad expert Jude Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of this sleek tablet to surf the Web, send and receive email, watch movies and TV shows, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and even do a little iWork. It’s the book that should have been in the box.” (Overdrive summary)

9- Arguably/ by Christopher Hitchens
“A collection of the most important and controversial writings from the unapologetically provocative yet universally admired Christopher Hitchens.” (Overdrive summary)

10- iPad 2 Fully Loaded/ by Alan Hess
“Apple’s new iPad 2 offers new functionality, WiFi or 3G connectivity, a choice of data plans, and a new and more powerful iOS 4 operating system in a thinner, lighter device. This book shows how to get the most from every feature. It covers the two front- and rear-facing cameras, advice on using the multitouch display, and the pros and cons of WiFi vs. 3G. Then it explores video chatting with FaceTime, streaming music and movies to your HDTV, tips on shooting HD video, how to sync the iPad to your computer and transfer content, and much more.” (Overdrive summary)