Picks of the Week-August 22

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Wraithforged

S. M. Boyce presents Book 2 in the Wraithblade series. Outlaw. Assassin. Aspiring warlord. Connor Magnuson’s been called many names, but which of them are true?

Note: The Wraithblade saga continues!  Return to the story of Connor as he struggles with god-like powers, even as new adversaries loom. – Greg

Publishing Date: 8/23/2022

Written by: S.M. Boyce

Read by: Wayne Mitchell

Lie To Me

A must-listen contemporary romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Natasha Preston.

Note: Natasha Preston is known as the queen of YA thrillers, however, her contemporary romances are just as good as her thrillers! And you don’t want to miss this new to audio new adult romance. In this story, Savannah and Kent meet for the first time and can’t stand each other. One hates liars and the other is holding nothing but secrets…- Jordan

Publishing Date: 8/23/22          

Written by: Natasha Preston

Read by: Stevie Zimmerman and Dan Calley

The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray

A must-listen historical time-travel story from O. R. Simmonds.

Note: For fans of Jerry Merritt, a brand new whirlwind historical time-travel mystery that will captivate you from beginning to end. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 8/30/2022

Written by: O.R Simmonds

Read by: Joel Froomkin

Picks of the Week-August 8

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

How to Stay Smart in a Smart World

How to stay in charge in a world populated by algorithms that beat us in chess, find us romantic partners, and tell us to “turn right in 500 yards.”

Note: Is AI really coming after your job? After your way of life? In How to Stay Smart in a Smart World, Gerg Gigerenzer explores the areas that AI succeeds in and where it still falls short and will likely continue to. The author removes the panic and technology jargon from the conversation, leaving a level-headed book that all of us can look to for an idea of what the future holds for Human-AI interactions. – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 8/2/2023

Written by: Gerd Gigerenzer

Read by: Joel Richards

Violets      

By Man Asian Literary Prize winner Kyung-Sook Shin, “a moving delve into a lonely psyche” that follows a neglected young woman’s search for human connection in contemporary Seoul (YZ Chin).

Note: An isolated young woman confronts her own loneliness and personal desires as she navigates a bustling city, a new job in a flower shop, and unwanted social pressures. Atmospheric in its prose, Kyung-Sook Shin’s Violets examines the perspective of a marginalized woman and the society that ignores her, in 1990s Seoul. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 8/2/22

Written by: Kyung-Sook Shin

Read by: Cindy Kay

Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts by combining influences drawn from around the world. Uncommonly determined, physically gifted, and artistically brilliant, Lee rose to fame as part of a wave of transpacific globalization that bridged the nearly seven thousand miles between Hong Kong and California. Like Water unpacks Lee’s global impact, linking his legendary status as a martial artist, actor, and director to his continual traversals across the newly interconnected Asia and America.

Note: A detailed look at the cultural impact of Bruce Lee, both in Asia and throughout the rest of the world.  A unique blend of cultural history and biography, Like Water, unearths the cultural strands that Lee intertwined in his rise to a new kind of global stardom.  A wonderful retelling of the legacy of the first Asian-American superstar.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date:8/9/2022

Written by: Daryl J. Maeda

Read by: David Lee Huynh

Zelensky

A must-listen biography on Volodymyr Zelensky.

Note: The first English-language biography of Volodymyr Zelensky.– Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 8/9/22

Written by: Serhii Rudenko

Read by: Mike Lenz

Picks of the Week-July 25

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

That Time in Paris

Logan Ryles presents Book 1 in the Wolfgang Pierce series.

Note: For fans of the Jack Ryan series and Gray Man series, Wolfgang Pierce is a multi-city espionage series that will keep you on your toes. All 6 books will be releasing from Tantor in 2022, so get ready to binge! – Jenn Eschrich

Written by: Logan Ryles

Read by: Kyle Tait

Publishing Date: July 19, 2022

Can’t Go Home

Melinda Di Lorenzo presents Book 1 in the Trinity Calhoun Mystery series. Contains mature themes.

Written by: Melinda Di Lorenzo

Read by: Nikki Zakocs

Publishing Date: 7/19/22          

Note: The first book in a new mystery series by Melinda Di Lorenzo and you do not want to miss this one! Trinity rushes back to her hometown when she finds out there was disappearance that is awfully similar to one from 20 years ago. Will Trinity be able to keep a clear head and figure it out or will she let her judgment get in the way? –Jordan Spellman

American Urbanist: How William H. Whyte’s Unconventional Wisdom Reshaped Public Life

This biography offers a rare glimpse into the mind of William H. Whyte, an iconoclast whose healthy skepticism of the status quo can help guide our efforts to create the kinds of places we want to live in today.

Note: Touted by The New York Times as “A marvelous new biography” American Urbanist tells the story of the work and genius of William Whyte, the urbanist and author who was an early leader in the environmental conservation and urban preservation movements. Author Richard Rein offers the listener a comprehensive biography that fully explains the influence Whyte’s ideas and writing had on American’s everyday life. From his advocacy against groupthink in corporate America to his push to preserve farmland to his ideas about public spaces in urban centers Whyte managed to shape the discourse of today’s economy, contemporary city management, and occupational innovation and creativity. This audiobook is a must-have for those seeking insight into urban planning, social issues, and the actual working order of the modern world. – Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 07/19/2022

Written by: Richard K. Rein

Read by: Tom Lemmon

As You Look

Verónica Gutiérrez presents Book 1 in the Yolanda Ávila Mystery series.

Note: Book One in a new series from Verónica Gutiérrez that’s full of suspense, mystery, and twists that will keep you guessing! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 7/26/2022

Written by: Verónica Gutiérrez

Read by: Kyla García

The Mind of a Bee

Exploring an insect whose sensory experiences rival those of humans, The Mind of a Bee reveals the singular abilities of some of the world’s most incredible creatures.

Note:  A groundbreaking look into the intelligence of bees, leading biologist and bee expert Lars Chittka takes listeners on a journey into the world of bees, showing beyond any reasonable doubt that bees have awareness, memories, basic emotions, intelligence, and personalities.  This book is a game-changer on how one perceives the actual intelligence of one of the most important insects in the animal world.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 7/26/2022

Written by:  Lars Chittka

Read by: Michael Butler Murray

Picks of the Week-July 18

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Predictive Astrology: Tools to Forecast Your Life and Create Your Brightest Future

A groundbreaking work that offers deep insights and astrological techniques for bringing the future to light.

Note: The new edition of this groundbreaking guide is perfect for those curious about parsing the future and interpreting their destiny. Bernadette Brady draws on her decades of expertise to invite new and experienced practitioners alike into the world of predictive astrology. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 7/1/22

Written by: Bernadette Brady

Read by: Rosemary Benson

Goddess of Filth

One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles. As Father Moreno’s obsession with Fernanda grows, Lourdes enlists the help of her “bruja Craft crew” and a professor, Dr. Camacho, to understand what is happening to her friend in this unholy tale of possession-gone-right. Contains mature themes.

Note: Castro delivers a gorgeously crafted horror story and a powerful coming-of-age tale that explores female sexuality, the bonds of friendship, and spiritual self-discovery. Fans of Mexican Gothic will love Goddess of Filth. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 07/12/2022

Written by: V. Castro

Read by: Stacy Gonzalez

America’s Great-Power Opportunity

In this timely intervention, Ali Wyne offers the first detailed critique of great-power competition as a foreign policy framework, warning that it could render the United States defensive and reactive.

Note: Since 1945, America has exerted great power and influence across the world. But over the last two decades, China and Russia have increasingly challenged that influence. How should the United States respond? Ali Wyne argues that rather than seeing this as an insurmountable challenge, it is in fact an opportunity to revitalize the nation’s global power and stature. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 7/12/22

Written by: Ali Wyne

Read by: Tristan Morris

Victory at Sea:  Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II

A sweeping, lavish one-volume history of the rise of American naval power during World War II.

Written by: Paul Kennedy

Read by:  James Cameron Stewart

Publishing Date:  4/12/2022

Note: Perfect for World War II buffs as well as those interested in international relations.  Kennedy looks at the rise (America) and falls (German, Japanese, French, Italian) of the navies involved in World War II.  Through this lens, he shines a light on the power balance in the world coming out of the war and through the years following it.- Dan Totten

Mobfather: The Story of a Wife and a Son Caught in the Web of the Mafia

In Mobfather, George Anastasia exposes what it really means to be married to the mob—and fathered by it. Based on years of reporting, thousands of pages of court testimony, and extensive interviews, Mobfather takes the listener deep into the heart of corruption. Contains mature themes.

Written by: George Anastasia

Read by: Tom Beyer

Publishing Date: 7/12/2022

Note: Summer is truly the perfect time for a new true crimes audiobook to sink into. Oftentimes though, you don’t learn about the family behind the mafia man; here, George Anastasia shares the story of a doomed marriage and a family life that fell apart as Tommy Del rose in the mafia. – Lindsey Wood

Picks of the Week- June 27

Summer is officially here! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Age of Bronze

Jez Cajiao presents Book 2 in the Rise of Mankind series.

Note: Jez Cajiao’s Rise of Mankind series continues in another fast-paced epic fantasy full of conflict inside and out. – Greg

Publishing Date: 06/28/2022

Written by: Jez Cajiao

Read by: Neil Hellegers

The Return of the Russian Leviathan

In this book, Sergei Medvedev argues that this new wave of Russian nationalism is the result of mentalities that have long been embedded within the Russian psyche.

Note: The Return of the Russian Leviathan is for anyone looking to understand contemporary Russia and its relationship to both its neighbors and the West. But this is not simply a history of Russia, it is an exploration of the psyche and motivations of a political regime rooted in a nostalgia for empire.- Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 6/28/22

Written by: Sergei Medvedev

Read by: Christopher Douyard

The World’s Greatest Detective

Caroline Carlson, author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, returns with The World’s Greatest Detective, a story of crime, tricks, and hilarity for those who know that sometimes it takes a pair of junior sleuths to solve a slippery case.

Note: When a detective is found murdered before Hugh Abernathy’s crime-solving contest for all of Detective’s Row, two amateur sleuths step up to try to crack the case. The problem is, Toby is not a very good sleuth, and his friend Ivy isn’t allowed in the elite circle of high-ranking investigators. Will they be able to solve what comes to be known as the World’s Greatest Mystery? Young fans of Nancy Springer and Trenton Lee Stewart will enjoy the twists, turns, and surprises of The World’s Greatest Detective. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 6/28/2022

Written by: Caroline Carlson

Read by: Kitty Kelly

Picks of the Week-June 20

Summer is officially here! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Cursed

K. K. Allen presents Book 1 in the Enchanted Gods series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Cursed is perfect for people who love a mix of romance, adventure, and fantasy in their books. Katrina is different and after tragedy hits, she is sent to live with her only family left, she learns a lot more than she bargained for. Powerful forces, mythological enchantments, and evil prophecies you do not want to miss this one!-Jordan

Publishing Date: 6/7/22            

Written by: K.K. Allen

Read by: Rose Dioro

Mystic Madness

Kim Richardson presents Book 8 in the Witches of Hollow Cove series.

Note: Author Kim Richardson introduces the 8th installment of the hilarious and charming The Witches of Hollow Cove series: Mystic Madness. This binge-worthy fantasy series has everything: romance, adventure, and is delightfully lighthearted with its comedic heroine Tessa. Mystic Madness is the perfect book to pick up for avid fans of magical, witchy hijinks!- Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 6/14/2022

Written by: Kim Richardson

Read by: Devon Sorvari

An Heir Comes to Rise

C. C. Peñaranda presents Book 1 in the Heir Comes to Rise series.

Note: Book 1 in this action-packed debut fantasy series is filled with sorcery, sword fights, and adventure.  – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 6/21/2022 

Written by: Chloe C. Peñaranda

Read by: Elizabeth Evans

Picks of the Week-May 30

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Blood and Fire:  The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling’s Original Sheik

The captivating story of how The Sheik captured the imagination of a generation, conquered the wrestling business, and lost it all in a blaze of flame and glory.

Note:  Step into the ring with one of the most infamous and influential wrestlers of all time in this biography of The Sheik.  Modern extreme and hardcore wrestling owes almost everything to the Sheik, who initiated the bloody and wild brawling style in the ’50s and trained two of its most iconic and enduring participants, Sabu (his real-life nephew) and Rob Van Dam, but there is much more to the man behind the gimmick.  This book explores his life in ways never done before.  Even the most knowledgeable fan is in for a treat and a bucketful of new knowledge with this one!- Dan Totten

Written by:  Brian R. Solomon

Read by:  Brian R. Solomon

Publishing Date:  5/31/2022

National Park Mysteries & Disappearances: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with 12.1 million recreational visits in 2020. Aside from crowds of hikers, campers, and general tourists, there’s a dark side to the Smokies, the town of Gatlinburg and the surrounding foothills. From strange disappearances, grisly murders and bone-chilling paranormal hauntings and ghost sightings; this pristine paradise has a lot more to offer than just serene hiking trails or camping.

Note: Steve Stockton investigates the mysterious dark side to one of the country’s most visited parks. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 5/31/2022

Written by: Steve Stockton

Read by: Chris Abernathy

Picks of the Week-May 23

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

LORD OF ETERNAL NIGHT

Ben Alderson presents Book 1 in the Darkmourn Universe series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The author of the hit Dragori series returns with another inclusive high fantasy saga beginning with The Lord of Eternal Night. – Greg

Written by: Ben Alderson

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Publishing Date: 05/17/2022

Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

A fascinating account of Russia’s famous dissident and the politics he embodies.

Note: This engrossing biography of Alexei Navalny offers perspective on the life, beliefs, and impact of one of Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics.  – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 5/24/22

Author: Jan Matti Dollbaum, Morvan Lallouet, and Ben Noble

Written by: Rob Heaps

Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built

An unforgettable chronicle of one of nature’s greatest achievements, Zero to Birth describes how the brain’s incredible feat of orchestrated growth ensures that every brain is unique, and how breakthroughs at the frontiers of science are helping us to decode many traits that only reveal themselves later in life.

Note:  A groundbreaking look into how the human brain develops, from conception to old age.  Extensively research by one of the world’s leading neuroscientist but laid out in an easy to listen format, this is a must have for anyone interested in really knowing what makes the human brain so remarkable. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 5/24/2022

Author: W.A. Harris

Narrator: Michael page

New Nonfiction Listens for May

Read by Vance, Simon  

The Inner Game reveals the secrets of chess at the highest level, from dirty tricks behind the scenes to bugged conversations, stolen tapes and sexual intrigue, and opens up the strange inner world of the Chess Grandmasters, men of a narrow but all-consuming passion.

“A wonderful achievement… so tense, so gripping and so readable.” Stephen Fry

        

Read by Christine Rendel  

This Very Short Introduction describes how the key players and watershed moments in labor history shaped the state of human resource management today. Adrian Wilkinson shows how human resource management covers the relations between employees and their employers, and explores the range of HR practices, processes, and line management activities.

Read by Christopher P. Brown  

A premier historian penetrates the fog of corruption and cover-up still surrounding the murder of a Stanford University founder to establish who did it, how, and why.

“[L]ikely to be the last word on the case, including a plausible solution.…This is an instant genre classic.” ― Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Read by Xe Sands  

Amid the excitement of the early twentieth century, hundreds of young women spend their days hard at work painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark radium paint. The painters consider themselves lucky—until they start suffering from a mysterious illness. The Radium Girls: Young Readers Edition tells the unbelievable true story of these incredible women, whose determination to fight back saved countless lives.

Read by Joe Barrett

A story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place. This is a memoir of families across generations of peace and of war, of homes that become lost and hopes that are kept, and a belief in a future that’s better than the present.

Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies  

Ex-Commando, proud dad-of-three and bestselling author of Commando Dad: Basic Training, Neil Sinclair is back with this briefing on how to inspire and entertain your kids in the great outdoors.

Read by Michael A. Singer 

The book you need right now is finally here! From beloved spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer—author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul—this transformative and highly anticipated guide will be your compass on an exciting new journey toward self-realization and unconditional happiness.

Living Untethered is an invaluable guide for gaining perspective of our true nature, and helping us to show up more authentically than ever.” —Light Watkins, author of Knowing Where to Look 

Read by Adam Barr 

An overview of the state of manufacturing in America, both past and present, and how this sector and the jobs it creates in essential to the American economy.

There’s no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil. With his vast knowledge of science and energy, history and business, he brings new insights to every topic he examines.-Bill Gates

Picks of the Week-May 9

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton

What if we truly belong to each other? What if we are all walking around shining like the sun? Mystic, monk, and activist Thomas Merton asked those questions in the twentieth century. Writer Sophfronia Scott is asking them today. In The Seeker and the Monk, Scott mines the extensive private journals of one of the most influential contemplative thinkers of the past for guidance on how to live in these fraught times.

Note: Winner of the 2021 Thomas Merton Award, The Seeker and the Monk, by Sophfronia Scott is a spiritual conversation between the unlikeliest pair. Scott, a non-Catholic Black woman, delves into the writings of the revered Trappist monk Thomas Merton and juxtaposes his contemplations against the culture milieu of the 21st century. Through Merton’s lens, Scott reflects on faith, ambition, nature, race, and prayer and invites the listener into a process of personal growth, exploration and understanding. For those who believe, like Merton said “we truly belong together” and seek a way to explain it, this is the audiobook for you.  – Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 5/10/2022

Written by: Sophfronia Scott

Read by: Kellye A. Saunders

Missing Pieces

Peter Grainger presents Book 4 in the Kings Lake Investigation series.

Note: Peter Grainger’s newest police procedural brings together all his well-loved attributes: dimensional characters, descriptive landscapes, and a thoroughly plotted mystery. This time in the form of a cold case whose answer may finally be solved with modern forensics. – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 5/10/2022

Written by: Peter Grainger

Read by: Gildart Jackson

Losing It

Shelli Stevens presents Book 1 in the Bro Code series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The first book in the Bro Code series by Shelli Stevens has come to audio and you do not want to miss it! In this brother’s best friend, Kristen is trying to have a little fun before joining the real world. Enters Blake, who knows that Kristen is off-limits in anything more than a friendship so he decides to be her wingman in having a little fun. It’s the perfect match for fun with no feelings or maybe not… -Jordan

Publishing Date: 5/10/22          

Written by: Shelli Stevens

Read by: Amy Melissa Bentley

Living Untethered

The book you need right now is finally here! From beloved spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer—author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul—this transformative and highly anticipated guide will be your compass on an exciting new journey toward self-realization and unconditional happiness.

Note: In Living Untethered, New York Times #1 Bestselling author Michael Singer, digs deeper into the concept of the “self” previously explored in The Untethered Soul.  This audiobook, narrated by the author, will compel you to question “who are YOU?” and how can you be the best you? – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 5/10/22

Written by: Michael A. Singer

Read by: Michael A. Singer