Thursday, January 6, 2011

Audiobook Giveaway: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Thanks to Anna from Hachette I am able to give away up to 2 copies of this book!  Here is a summary of Cleopatra: A Life from the Hachette website:

Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra, the wealthiest ruler of her time and one of the most powerful women in history, was a canny political strategist, a brilliant manager, a tough negotiator, and the most manipulative of lovers. Although her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

At only 18 years old, Cleopatra was already one of history's most remarkable figures: the Queen of Egypt. A lethal political struggle with her brother marked her early adulthood and set the tone for the rest of her life; a relationship with Julius Caesar, forged while under siege in her palace, launched her into a deadly mix of romance and strategy; a pleasure cruise down the Nile followed, a child, and a trip to Rome, which ended in Cleopatra's flight. After Caesar's brutal murder, she began a nine-year affair with Mark Antony, with whom she had three more children. Antony and Cleopatra's alliance and attempt to forge a new empire spelled both their ends.

The subject of gossip and legend, veneration and speculation in her lifetime, Cleopatra fascinated the world right up to her death. In the 2000 years since, myths about the last Queen of Egypt have been fueled by Shakespeare, Dryden, and Shaw, who put words in her mouth, and by Michelangelo, Delacroix, and Elizabeth Taylor, who put a face to her name. In Cleopatra, Pulitzer prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff accomplishes a feat that has eluded artists and writers for centuries: capturing fully the operatic life of an exceptionally seductive and powerful woman, whose death ushered in a new world order.

Now for the giveaway!
I will be giving away one book for every 10 entries with a maximum of two audiobooks to give away.

Winners will be subject to the one copy per household, which means if you win the same title on another blog you will receive only one copy of the title.

To enter this contest you must be at least 18 and live in the U.S. or Canada. No PO Boxes please.

For one entry leave me a comment including your email address below.

For two additional entries, blog about this contest or add the link to your sidebar.

Please include your email so I will have a way to contact you if you win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as myemail.address AT gmail DOT com or myemail.address [at] gmail [dot] com.

You will have until January 29th to enter and I will draw for winners on or after January 30th.


NerdyMe said...

Great giveaway, I will spread the word on my blog.

Toystory said...

I really am a little unfamiliar with the entire Cleopatra Story, so I should really listening to this book.

Denny, Alaska said...

Thanks for adding my name to your giveaway!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read Cleopatra: A Life :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I really would like to read this book about Cleopatra.

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Carol N Wong said...

One of the most fascinating women to live. I had read about her in history books, but never a full story. Please enter me.


Esme said...

sign me up please-I love everything about Cleopatra.

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Anonymous said...

thank you for the chance to win - my fingers are crossed
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Elisabeth said...

We just picked this as one of our book club reads!

Please enter me!

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Erin said...

I love your book reviews! I've been wanting to read this Cleopatra book. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!