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Picks of the Week-May 18

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

More Than a Sex Surrogate: A Unique Memoir About Intimacy, Secrets, and the Way We Love

More Than a Sex Surrogate: A Unique Memoir About Intimacy, Secrets and The Way We Love was written with the scorching knowledge that the injured world of sexuality still exists in shadows and is worthy of receiving a legitimate stage. Contains mature themes.

Note:  A quick glimpse into the therapy room of a professional surrogate partner. “Lilly” lives a double life. In one of them, she’s a high school teacher. In the other one, she is a professional surrogate who helps men work through their sexual problems. In this fascinating memoir, Seraphina Arden shares her insights on this unusual therapeutic process. -Molly Miller

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Seraphina Arden

Narrated by Tanya Eby

Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha

A practical guide for invoking the power and blessings of Tara, the beloved female Buddhist deity of Tibet.

Note: In a chaotic and uncertain world, we all occasionally need help grounding and centering ourselves. This guide will help you to manifest the archetypal Divine Feminine for healing, clarity, and empowerment. For fans of Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 5/29/2020

Written by Rachel Wooten, PhD

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

 

Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us

An eye-opening guide to the world’s best parenting strategies.

Note: Is self-isolating with kids posing new challenges? Christine Gross-Loh offers a surprising and informative parenting guide using strategies from the global toolbox. For fans of Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bebe and Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Sandahl’s The Danish Way of Parenting. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 5/29/2020

Written by Christine Gross-Loh

Narrated by Cindy Kay

 

The Planters

Victor Zugg presents Book 2 in the Ripple In Time series.

Note: The exciting sequel to A Ripple in Time, we follow former Federal Air Marshall Stephen Mason on an exciting new adventure! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 5/29/2020

Written by Victor Zugg

Narrated by Sean William Doyle

Picks of the Week-May 11

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

The Business of Blood

Kerrigan Byrne presents Book 1 in the Business of Blood series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Fiona hasn’t stopped searching for Jack the Ripper since the day he murdered her best friend Mary two years ago, but now he’s back, and this time he’s after Fiona. A dazzling new sleuth’s tale perfect for fans of the Lady Sherlock series. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Justine Eyre

 

Terror at Bottle Creek

This is a thrilling survivalist story by Watt Key, the author of Alabama MoonDirt Road Home, and Hideout.

Note: At just 13 years old, Cort must rely on his survival training to keep two neighbor girls and himself alive during a hurricane. Fans of Hatchet will love this wilderness adventure story set in the eerie Alabama swamplands. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Watt Key

Narrated by Charlie Thurston

Confrontation

Confrontation is the first book in the epic new Baldwin’s Legacy series, written by the bestselling author of the Survivors series.

Note: The first in a new series from best-selling author Nathan Hystad, Confrontation takes a journey among the stars, where one man’s decisions could bring about an intergalactic war. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Nathan Hystad

Narrated by James Patrick Cronin

 

Zombies on the Block

Mike Evans presents Book 1 in the Zombies on the Block series.

Note: Seasoned apocalyptic author Mike Evans returns with another thrilling dystopian novel that is sure to engross zombie and horror fans alike! Zombies on the Block is the perfect read for anyone looking for an action-packed survival series with the comfort of comical relief. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Mike Evans

Narrated by Tristan Morris

Picks of the Week-May 4

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers

In this fascinating memoir, Horwitz tells the unlikely story of a childhood dream come true, offering an unparalleled insider’s perspective on four dynamic and unpredictable decades of Mets baseball.

Note: Former Mets PR Director Jay Horwitz is one of the most memorable and believed off-field personalities in the history of the team. In his memoir, fans can take a ride through over 30 years of history inside one of the most interesting and wild franchises in sports. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Jay Horwitz

Narrated by Barry Abrams

 

The Prettiest Star

The Prettiest Star is a novel about sex and shame. And it is a novel that speaks to the question of what home and family means when we try to forge a life for ourselves in a world that can be harsh and unpredictable. Contains mature themes.

Note: Six years after leaving behind his small-town life in Appalachia, Brian returns home after losing his dreams, his friends, and his lover to the AIDS epidemic. Gorgeously written and incredibly moving, The Prettiest Star explores the bounds of family, grief, love, and understanding and highlights the forgotten part of the AIDS epidemic when gay men came home to die in the same rural communities they fought so hard to escape. The Prettiest Star was made the lists of: EW‘s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020, O Magazine’s “31 LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020,”  BookRiot’s “Most Anticipated Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020,” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “10 Southern Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020.”-Kim Budnick

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Carter Sickels

Narrated by Charlie Thurston and Tiffany Morgan

 

Airport

The #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about an airport thrust into chaos by a whiteout blizzard: “A spellbinder” (The Denver Post).

Note: Finally in audio! Arthur Hailey’s New York Times Bestselling Airport is a classic work of suspense and adventure. The basis for the blockbuster film from the 70’s this novel was described as a “spellbinder” by the Denver Post. As a destructive and blinding blizzard rages over the Midwest, endangering all in its path, the staff of Lincoln International Airport and the crew of a circling airliner must use all their wits and talents to land safely and save the lives of the passengers as chaos descends on the runway below. Return your trays to their upright and locked positions and buckle up for this edge of your seat ride!-Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Arthur Hailey

Narrated by B.J. Harrison

 

The House in the Woods

Mark Dawson presents Book 1 in the Atticus Priest series.

Note: Mark Dawson kickstarts another amazing thriller series with this latest book. While The House in the Woods deviates from the assassin plots that Dawson has become known for, this police procedural once again highlights Dawson’s skill for writing edgy characters that lead you through every twist and turn. Be sure to set aside a day for this book – you won’t want to put it down!-Jenn Eschrich

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Mark Dawson

Narrated by Simon Vance

Picks of the Week-April 27

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

That’s What I’m Talking About

Roy Firestone reflects on his life, his 40-year career in broadcasting, and the people he’s most admired along the way.

Note: This is a wonderful collection of essays by an icon of sports broadcasting. The bonus is that the extremely talented and funny Firestone narrates the book, and it is as entertaining (and funny) as you would expect it to be! -Ron Formica

Publishing date: 5/5/2020

Written by Roy Firestone

Narrated by Roy Firestone

 

The First World War: A Complete History

Martin Gilbert recounts the course of the First World War, the enormity of its cost, the advances it brought in technology, and its effect on European society.

Note: Sir Martin Gilbert a leading historian on the Twentieth Century and has shown there is such a thing as “true history,” he takes his research and storytelling to write a complete history of The First World War. He explains everything from the horrors of the war to the creation of new technologies of destruction as well as the aftermath that was caused by the war. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Martin Gilbert

Narrated by Roger Clark

 

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter

Note: In this heartwarming and fun coming of age story, Martin discovers the world of drag where he learns how to express himself through it. When his two worlds collide, Martin is faced with telling his friends about his new alter ego. If you enjoyed books like Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling and Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky, you’re sure to love Martin’s story! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Alyssa Zaczek

Narrated by Daniel Henning

 

Relic

Bronwyn Eley presents Book 1 in the Relic Trilogy.

Note: Fans of young adult fantasy will love Bronwyn Eley’s thrilling debut! Kaylan’s life is changed for the worst when she’s selected to be the king’s servant—follow her struggle against fate and magic as a rebellion unfolds. -Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Bronwyn Eley

Narrated by Gabrielle Baker

Picks of the Week-April 20

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Hex Life

Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes.

Note: Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Caine, and Kelly Armstrong will love this collection of witchy, haunting stories. Dust off your broomstick, light your candles, and get ready for some dark reading. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Edited by Rachel Deering and Christopher Golden

Narrated by Amy McFadden

 

 

Dead of Winter

Melissa Pearl and Anna Cruise present Book 1 in the Aspen Falls series.

Note: A little bit mystery, romance, and a lot of women’s crime fiction this one is great for fans of Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Rosie is on the run from her drug dealer ex and decides the only place to hide is Aspen Falls, somewhere she never thought she’d step foot in again. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Melissa Pearl and Anna Cruise

Narrated by Meghan Kelly

 

 

On Eden Street

Peter Grainger presents Book 2 in the Kings Lake Investigation series.

Note: In his newest detective novel, Grainger’s intricate characters and stunning mystery will satisfy fans old and new. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Peter Grainger

Narrated by Gildart Jackson

 

 

Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

Edge of the Map traces the sharp twists and turns in Christine Boskoff’s life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer, through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattle-based Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer was lost in the 1996 Everest disaster.

Note: Edge of the Map is an inspirational and stirring adventure story based on the Life of Christine Boskoff. Remembered as the premiere female high altitude climber, Christine’s love of mountains took her to earth’s greatest heights and earned her global recognition. This book follows her steps from early climbs in the Rockies to her eventual disappearance in the Himalayas and the search and rescue effort that captivated the world. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Johanna Garton

Narrated by Emily Durante

Pick’s of the Week-April 13

 

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

I Lost My Girlish Laughter

A lost literary gem of Hollywood in the 1930s, I Lost My Girlish Laughter is a thinly veiled send-up of the actors, producers, writers, and directors of the Golden Age of the studio system.

Note: Tinseltown gossip, glamour, and scandal come to life in this recently unearthed comedic satire of Hollywood in the 1930s, deliciously written by the woman who witnessed it all. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Jane Allen

Narrated by Amy Rubinate

 

The Eighth Wonder of the World

With exhaustive research, exclusive interviews with family and friends, and an exploration of André’s amazing in-ring career and the indelible mark he left on pop culture, Laprade and Hébert have crafted the most complete portrait of a modern-day mythical being.

Note: Step into the ring with this biography of the legendary wrestler and actor. A great companion to the 2018 HBO documentary that Laprade also contributed to. From his life and family in France, to his worldwide travels as a top wrestling draw, and his acting career which included a beloved role in The Princess Diaries, this biography will keep you entertained. You won’t believe some of the stories of Andre’s life. – Dan Totten

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade

Narrated by Graham Rowat

 

A Life Without Water

Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built.

Note: A heartfelt story about family, love, and loss. Fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde will love this book. -Maddie Collins

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Marci Bolden

Narrated by Tanya Eby

 

The Immortal Conquistador

From Carrie Vaughn, author of the beloved Kitty Norville werewolf talk-show host series, comes the vampire origin story of Kitty’s famed ally, Rick—and his sudden turn to darkness in the seventeenth century.

Note: For fans of the Kitty Norville series comes the origin story of the character Rick and his journey into darkness. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Carrie Vaughn

Narrated by Neil Hellegers

Picks of the Week-April 6

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Hidden on the Fens

Joy Ellis presents Book 11 in the DI Nikki Galena series.

Note: A crime from 15 years ago resurfaces (has the killer returned for another young girl?), a sexual predator preys on recently widowed women, and a couple receives sinister Pagan artifacts in the 11th installment of the DI Nikki Galena series. If you’re already a fan of the series, be ready for more excitement in Greenborough and a chance to learn more about Joseph’s daughter, Tamrin. If you’re new to the series, you can jump in on book 11 (Ellis does an excellent job of recapping the important points/relationships) or you can binge all 11 books – prepare to be addicted either way!

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Joy Ellis

Narrated by Henrietta Meire

 

The Lasaran

Dianne Duvall presents Book 1 in the Aldebarian Alliance series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The Lasaran is the first book in the highly anticipated new series, The Aldebarian Alliance, a spinoff of the Immortal Guardians series from NY Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall. Award-winning narrator Kirsten Potter does a masterful job of creating a new universe that fans of the Immortal Guardians series will be hooked into.

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Dianne Duvall

Narrated by Kirsten Potter

The Chaos of Stars

A captivating novel of first love, Egyptian mythology, and family, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken.

Note: Fitting in and forming meaningful relationships is a hard-fought battle when you’re in high school, but when you’re the human daughter of Egyptian Gods, high school romance is the least of your worries. The perfect YA romance for fans of Kiera Cass.

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Kiersten White

Narrated by Elizabeth Klett

What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers

In the wake of her mother’s death, Jessica Pearce Rotondi uncovers boxes of letters, declassified CIA reports, and newspaper clippings that bring to light a family ghost: her uncle Jack, who disappeared during the CIA-led “Secret War” in Laos in 1972. The letters lead her across Southeast Asia in search of the truth that has eluded her family for decades.

Note: After the death of her mother, Jessica Pearce Rotondi excavates the clues of her uncle’s wartime disappearance in search of answers to the secrets and grief that has haunted her family for decades. A gorgeously written memoir of family and American history, What We Inherit is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking.

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Narrated by Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Picks of the Week-March 30

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Crave

Tracy Wolff presents Book 1 in the Crave aseries.

Note: Vampire’s are back, and better than ever! Fans of Twilight will love Crave. When Grace’s parents die unexpectedly in a car crash, she is sent to her Uncle’s boarding school in the depths of Alaska where she meets Jaxon Vega and the world as she knows it is turned upside down. -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 4/7/2020

Written by Tracy Wolff

Narrated by Heather Costa & Tim Paige

 

Just Add Magic

Take three friends. Add an old cookbook. Combine with cute boys and a pinch of magic . . . and see what kind of chaos ensues!

Note: What kind of trouble can three girls stir up when they find a magic cookbook? Can the recipes in it solve all their problems? Find out in this fun middle-grade book with a dash of magic! -Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 4/7/2020

Written by Cindy Callaghan

Narrated by Jesse Vilinsky

 

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer

In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the “why.”

Note: Psychotherapist Lena Derhally investigates the 2018 Watts family murders with a delicate thoroughness that exposes the violence hidden within a seemingly perfect marriage. Both harrowing and informative, My Daddy is a Hero serves to be an insightful look into the unimaginable. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 4/14/2020

Written by Lena Derhally

Narrated by Tanya Eby

 

Kaiju: Battlefield Surgeon

Fantasy meets horror in this gore-soaked, standalone LitRPG adventure!

Note: For fans of Gamelit, here’s something a bit different: giant monster action with a horror twist” -Greg Souza

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Matt Dinniman

Narrated by Joe Hempel

Picks of the Week-March 23

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

To Kill a Fae

C. S. Wilde presents Book 1 in the Hollowcliff Detectives series.

Note: To Kill a Fae is an exciting start to a series packed with magic, mystery, and compelling characters. Fans of Annette Marie will love this! –Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by C.S. Wilde

Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Break in Case of Emergency

Set in a small town in the 1990s, this is the story of a girl on the edge—of a breakdown, of family secrets, of learning who she really is.

Note: A raw and heartfelt story about a young girl learning to deal with her demons while also navigating family and friendships. For fans of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and How It Feels to Float, this book is sure to suck you in. –Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Brian Francis

Narrated by Chloe Cannon

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland

With the same skill, style, and storytelling flair that made his bestselling Capote a landmark literary biography, Gerald Clarke sorts through the secrets and the scandals, the legends and the lies, to create a portrait of Judy Garland as candid as it is compassionate.

Note: A candid and colorful biography of the enigmatic entertainer and icon, Judy Garland. For those captivated by Renee Zellweger’s recent Oscar-winning performance in “Judy.”–Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Gerald Clarke

Narrated by Erin Bennett

Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society’s normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating it.

Note: Every day, half a million people are jailed merely because they can’t afford to pay bail. Alec Karakatsanis, an award-winning civil rights lawyer known for, uses USUAL CRUELTY to challenge American society’s normalization of this common practice. The New Yorker calls this work “Passionately argued. . . . Karakatsanis sets out the moral and political philosophy that drives his work—that criminal law, and the manner in which it is selectively enforced, is a reflection of ‘power, racial bias, and economic self-interest.’”–Molly Miller

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Alec Karakatsanis

Narrated by George Newbern

Picks of the Week -March 16

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels

An engaging history of the surprising, poignant, and occasionally scandalous stories behind scientific names and their cultural significance.

Note: Jonathan Todd Ross’ narration brings to life these stories of how organisms got their scientific names. Stories that are at times petty, heartwarming, humorous, or downright mean.  Fans of Mary Roach will want to check this one out! –Dan Totten

Publishing date: 3/17/2020

Written by Stephen B Heard, PhD

Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross

The Doughnut Fix

Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts.

Note: I love this funny, heartwarming tale about a boy who starts a doughnut stand in his new small town. The perfect read for young foodies! –Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Jessie Janowitz

Narrated by Brian Holden

The Spies Who Never Were

The thrilling true story of the daring double agents who thwarted Hitler’s spy machine in Britain and turned the tide of World War II.

Note:  Calling all history buffs! This is the perfect listen for fans of the history of espionage and World War II history. — Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Hervie Haufler

Narrated by Derek Perkins

House Lessons: Renovating a Life

Have you ever fallen in love against all odds? Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our homes (and lives) better.

Note: New York Times bestselling author learning life lessons and how to make our lives better through the painstaking renovation of a 100-year-old home. –Scott Smith

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Erica Bauermeister

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert