Picks of the Week-July 5

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

Blood’s Echo (Veranda Cruz Mystery book 1)

Isabella Maldonado presents Book 1 in the Veranda Cruz series. Contains mature themes.

Note: I love when crime authors have firsthand experience in law enforcement, criminal justice, psychology, or a field that brings them close to the action that they’re writing about. Author Isabella Maldonado spent twenty-two years on the force in roles such a police officer, hostage investigator, and even commander of the Special Investigations and Forensics Division. Her characters are real and the storyline plausible in a genre that sometimes goes a step too far into the absurd. If you fly through this series (book 2 releases September 14 and book 3 releases September 28) – check out her newer release, The Cipher, which is in development for a Netflix film starring Jennifer Lopez.  – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 7/20/21

Written by: Isabella Maldonado

Read by: Raquel Beattie

An Early Grave

Robert McCracken presents Book 1 in the DI Tara Grogan series.

Note: Fans of strong heroines and thrilling mysteries will love the first book in Robert McCracken’s DI Tara Grogan series!- Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 7/20/21

Written by: Robert McCracken

Read by: Henrietta Meire

Rainbow in the Dark: The Autobiography

The long-awaited autobiography by one of heavy metal’s most revered icons, treasured vocalists, and front man for three legendary bands—Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio.

Note: The long-awaited autobiography from the late, great rock and roll icon.  Ronnie James Dio takes you on a journey from his start in upstate New York, all the way through the sold-out arenas and stadiums during the pinnacle of his career.  Throughout the book, Dio candidly gives you a front row seat on the highs and lows of rock and roll stardom and how he was able to keep himself grounded through all the chaos the surrounds him.  Heavy Metal! – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 7/27/2021

Written by: Ronnie James Dio, with Mick Wall and Wendy Dio

Read by: Daniel Thomas May

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

Privacy Is Power calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.

Note: Carissa Veliz’s Privacy is Power offers a practical look at how corporations exploit our data and what we can do about it.- Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 7/27/2021

Written by: Carissa Veliz

Read by: Rachel Perry

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