Picks of the Week-January 24

We don’t know about you, but it’s cold out here and all we can think of is curling up next to a cozy fire with a great audiobook.

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 Pastor

A thought-provoking, existential novel—as Liv searches for meaning and identity in her own life, she must find the words to connect, comfort and lead others.

Note: From the winner of the 2019 PEN Translation Prize comes a darkly satisfying novel about a new pastor in a remote Norwegian village confronting both her reality and her past. Named one of the Best Books of 2021 in Fiction by Publisher’s Weekly, The Pastor grapples with humanity, the fragility of consciousness, and the echoes of historical suffering that are contained within the book’s stark and brutal landscape.  – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Written by: Hanne Orstavik

Read by: Madeline Dauer

Publishing Date: 1/25/2022

Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers

Modeled on a famous 1940 bestseller—a pamphlet exposing appeasers of Nazi Germany—Guilty Men shows how the coronavirus crisis has been stoked by the callous and opportunistic decisions of powerful men.

Note: The death toll from Covid-19 in the United States inches ever closer to one million people. Could the response have been better? Did those at the top intentionally downplay the crisis? Were there bad actors who made moves intended only to line their pockets? John Nichols unpacks these questions and more as he shows how those at the top mishandled and profited off of the worst pandemic in generations.- Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 1/25/22

Written by: John Nichols

Read by: Patrick Lawlor

Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600–1900

A blend of biography, corporate history, and colonial history, this book offers a panoramic, new perspective on the enormous cultural, political, and social legacies, good and bad, of this first period of unfettered globalization.

Note:  In an age when giant tech firms are gaining power and influence over the everyday lives of people everywhere in the world author Stephen Bown offers a look back at a time when the first monopolies formed and pushed commerce into the age of exploration. Merchant Kings looks at history through the lens of the first big businesses and outlines the history and global power of such as the Dutch West India Company, the Hudson Bay Company, and English East India Company. Each with its own sphere of influence and exploitation this audiobook provides the listener insight into how big business took control of global resources and shaped the world we live in today. – Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 1/25/2022

Written by: Stephen R. Bown

Read by: Malcolm Hillgartner

The Norse Queen

Johanna Wittenberg presents Book 1 in the Norsewomen series. Contains mature themes.

Note: New year, new historical fiction trilogy! And even better, one based on the story of a real person – Viking Queen Åsa of Tromøy is a name unknown to most people, but here Johanna Wittenberg brings her to life with a strongly researched novel that weaves together pivotal moments in her life. Book 2, The Falcon Queen, to follow soon! – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 1/25/22

Written by: Joanna Wittenberg

Read by: Amy Landon

Tied Up in Knotts

In Tied Up in Knotts, a loving daughter provides a full-life narrative of her father.

Note: An uplifting and heartfelt biography of comic legend Don Knotts written and read by his beloved daughter Karen.  Following Don throughout all the highs and lows of his remarkable career, including some never-told stories behind the scenes at the Andy Griffin Show and Three’s CompanyTied Up In Knotts delves beyond Barney Fife nostalgia to tell the life story of a man and father. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 1/31/2022

Written by: Karen Knotts

Read by: Karen Knotts

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