Category Archives: New Releases

New Nonfiction Listens for December

Read by: Mike Lenz

“Diligently researched, perceptive and well-written.” —Classic Rock

The first full-length biography of Eddie Van Halen—a searching, affectionate, and in-depth look at the remarkable life of a genuine musical virtuoso who changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll.

Read by: Christa Lewis

“There is sincerity and dedication behind this work.” —Paul Newman

Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is the first critical biography detailing the actress’s impressive film career and remarkable personal life.

Read by: Danny Campbell

Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Instant Anger Management is a take-anywhere guide for managing anger—whenever and wherever you are.

Read by: Leslie Howard

In Botanical Curses and Poisons, Fez Inkwright returns to folkloric and historical archives to reveal the fascinating, untold stories behind a variety of lethal plants, witching herbs, and funghi.

Read by: Mia Ellis

Edited by Roxane Gay

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s “intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible” (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of listeners.

Read by: Nancy Wu

“Readers seeking to go beyond the headlines about China will learn much from this account.” —Publishers Weekly

Be captivated and inspired by one man’s remarkable journey of survival through the upheavals that have shaped modern China.

Read by: Rebecca Mitchell

New York Times bestselling author

A popular in-depth exploration of the runes, reissued with a new chapter on rune divination, now part of the Weiser Classics series.

Read by: Christopher Douyard

“This book unites two compelling subjects in one remarkable narrative.” —Nicholas J. Cull, coauthor of Projecting Tomorrow

Superheroes, Movies, and the State deploys a thematic framework to analyze how five of the key themes of our time manifest in the superhero genre, and the role of the government in molding narratives around these topics.

New Fiction Listens for November

Read by: Délé Ogundiran

Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Read by: The author

“Unapologetically bold and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly

Slug and Other Stories is a revised and expanded edition of a contemporary cult classic. Now in audio, this collection is a testament to the messy anti-logic of queer feelings by a revelatory new voice.

Read by: Stephanie Rose and Nelson Hobbs

New York Times bestselling author

Catch up with all of your favorite characters from Heidi McLaughlin’s bestselling Beaumont series as they gather together in Vermont to partake in the festivities of the holiday season.

Read by: Neil Hellegers

Experience the start of a Portal Fantasy Saga from the international bestseller Kevin J. Anderson, author of the Dune Prequels, Duke of Caladan, numerous Star Wars novels, and over 160 other books.

Read by: L. Malaika Cooper

“A satisfying cozy mystery with likable characters and clues galore.” —Novels Alive

In this must-listen new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food café, Books & Biscuits.

Read by: Felicity Munroe and Sean Crisden

New York Times bestselling author

A’tam is the worst. Sure, he’s the prettiest man on the beach, but he’s a terrible listener. I’ve told him a dozen times that we’re not compatible—in SO many ways—and he refuses to take no for an answer. He had his chance with me, and he blew it. But A’tam thinks we should be mates.

Read by: Simon Vance

A stand-alone Jefferson Tayte novella from the author of the million-copy bestselling Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries.

Read by: Cindy Kay

New York Times bestselling author

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution. After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath.

Picks of the Week-November

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.

Devil’s Creek

About fifteen miles west of Stauford, Kentucky, lies Devil’s Creek. According to local legend, there used to be a church out there, home to the Lord’s Church of Holy Voices—a death cult where Jacob Masters preached the gospel of a nameless god. And like most legends, there’s truth buried among the roots and bones. Contains mature themes.

Note: Spooky season isn’t over yet! Horrifying childhood memories continue to haunt Jack as he flourishes in his art career, but everything comes to the surface when he goes back to Devil’s Creek, Kentucky, to settle his late grandmother’s estate. Home to the burned down Lord’s Church of Holy Voices, Jack is confronted by secrets that won’t stay hidden any longer. – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 11/23/21

Written by: Todd Kiesling

Read by:  Danny Campbell

In the Shadow of Deimos

Mars is the new frontier for humanity in this epic saga of inspiring planetary exploration from Jane Killick, author of the Freelancer series.

Note: Check out an exciting sci-fi adventure courtesy of Jane Killick set in the world of the hit tabletop game, Terraforming Mars. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

Written by: Jane Killick

Read by: Brian Holden

The Real Valkyrie

In the tradition of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra, Nancy Marie Brown lays to rest the hoary myth that Viking society was ruled by men and celebrates the dramatic lives of female Viking warriors.

Note: Nancy Marie Brown’s study proves that contrary to popular belief, women held a much greater role in Viking warrior culture than previously imagined. As she expertly reveals the fantasies we hold about history, gender, and culture, she brings the past into the sharp focus of the present – touching on some of the most pressing issues of our time. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 11/30/21

Author: Nancy Marie Brown

Narrator: Lu Banks

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

The most informed and in-depth reappraisal of America’s defense strategy in decades, this book outlines a rigorous but practical approach, showing how the United States can prepare to win a war with China that we cannot afford to lose—precisely in order to deter that war from happening.

Note: “One of the leading defense strategists presents the most thorough and thought-provoking looks at what the U.S. needs to do to prepare for an unlikely but possible conflict with China.  Colby explains in detail how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.  A remarkable look into what a conflict such as this would entail and how we go about in preventing future escalations.” – Scott Smith

Written by: Elbridge A. Colby

Read by: Mike Lenz

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

New Nonfiction Listens for November

Read by: Chris Abernathy

“A spell-binding scientific detective story.” —Andrea Mitchell

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus exposes the darkest secret in American nuclear history—sixty-seven nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands that decimated a people and their land.

Read by: Cassandra Campbell

An expert analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s three most powerful speeches reveals his rhetorical genius and his thoughts on our national character.

Read by: George Newbern

“Even readers who have never visited the Crescent City will be moved by this incisive account.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Laying bare the relationship between structural inequality and physical infrastructure—a relationship that has shaped all American cities—Katrina offers a chilling glimpse of the future disasters we are already creating.

Read by: Tom Perkins

David McKean’s Watching Darkness Fall will recount the rise of the Third Reich in Germany and the road to war from the perspective of four American diplomats in Europe who witnessed it firsthand: Joseph Kennedy, William Dodd, Breckinridge Long, and William Bullitt.

Read by: Ron Butler

“Thank you Duane for keeping Prince and all of our hard work and legacies alive.” —Bobby Z, drummer for The Revolution

From Prince’s superstardom to studio seclusion, this second book in the award-winning Prince Studio Sessions series spotlights how Prince, the biggest rock star on the planet at the time, risked everything to create some of the most introspective music of his four-decade career.

Read by: Jim Seybert

“[Making Your Own Luck] is a great read, which I highly recommend.” —Jim Delany, former commissioner of the Big Ten Conference

In Making Your Own Luck, former Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass recounts how even a self-described “knucklehead” learned to be prepared to recognize and seize opportunities and thus make his own luck through life.

Read by: Gareth Richards

“This is investigative journalism as good as it gets.” —Roy MacGregor, OC, author of Canadians: Portrait of a Country and Its People

In the 1840s, the Donnelly family immigrates from Ireland to the British province of Canada. Almost immediately problems develop as the patriarch of the family is sent to the Kingston Penitentiary for manslaughter, leaving his wife to raise their eight children on her own.

Read by: Simon Vance

The Story of the Country House is a witty, well-researched and absorbing retelling of the story of the British country house.” —Julian Fellowes

The fascinating story of the evolution of the country house in Britain, from its Roman precursors to the present.

New Fiction Listens for October

Read by: Sara Powell

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

Girl, Woman, Other meets An American Marriage in this gripping story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew.

Read by: Nicole Poole

USA Today bestselling author

Hope is a young woman on the brink of a successful career as a jeweler. The last thing she needs right now is trouble, but trouble finds her when she’s caught trespassing on private property.

Read by: Gemma Dawson

New York Times bestselling author

Three years ago, Rosalind Courtenay stumbled from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, where she has been trapped ever since, leaving her husband and infant son behind. Now she’s found her way back.

Read by: Luke Daniels

Internationally bestselling series

Maybe Maulkin has taken a month off to hang out with his new elven girlfriend and learn how to swing his giant sword around, but hasn’t he earned a holiday?

Read by: Malcolm Hillgartner

Author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series

James Dashner leads us on a dark journey of generational horror as we visit The House of Tongues.

Read by: P.J. Ochlan

Internationally bestselling author

It’s one stranded ex-lawman against a world full of homicidal psychopaths. Psychopaths who might, or might not, be human.

Read by: Justine Eyre

New York Times bestselling series

Nalini Singh returns to the world of the Guild Hunters for the most highly anticipated novel of the beloved series—a love story so epic it’s been half a millennia in the making.

Read by: Gildart Jackson

Charlie Hills, former desk sergeant at Kings Lake Central, is in trouble. He hasn’t told Smith, his old friend and sparring partner, but someone has, and now the two former policemen are about to embark on a difficult and potentially dangerous search for the truth. For one of them, it could be life-changing.

New Nonfiction Listens for October

Read by: Elizabeth Wiley

“Beatrice and Uranio are true leaders and pioneers in the field of Enneagram studies.” –Russ Hudson, author of The Enneagram: Nine Gateways to Presence

A fresh approach to the Enneagram that encourages listeners to embark on their own hero’s journey for transformation.

Read by: Shaun Grindell

“When it comes to understanding the hidden workings of Serengeti, Anthony Sinclair is a scientist like no other.” –Sean B. Carroll, author of The Serengeti Rules

A Place Like No Other is Anthony Sinclair’s firsthand account of how he and other scientists discovered the biological principles that regulate life in Serengeti and how they rule all of the natural world.

Read by: The Author

“Debra Newell’s journey, her tale of survival, and her openness in sharing her story, is awe inspiring.” –Eric Bana

Now that articles, podcasts, newsmagazines, and miniseries have had their sensationalistic say, Debra Newell, the one woman who truly knows what it was like to survive “Dirty John” Meehan shares the full story—the reality—with the world for the first time.

Read by: Matthew Josdal

“Meticulously researched and endlessly fascinating.” –James Mirtle, editor-in-chief, The Athletic Canada

Join a ragtag group of misfits from Dawson City as they scrap to become the 1905 Stanley Cup champions and cement hockey as Canada’s national pastime.

Read by: Jim Seybert

“An indispensable guide to understanding the importance of place in one’s well-being and determining the right place at a given time in life’s journey.” –Chip Conley, author of Wisdom at Work

Wondering where to live in your later years? This strategic and thoughtful guide is aimed at anyone looking to determine the best place to call home during the second half of life.

Read by: Roger Wayne

It is a crime even the FBI must have considered fantastic and absurd.

The true story of the kidnapping of the heir to one of the wealthiest families in America.

Read by: Jonathan Yen

The Shattering is panoramic, astute, and compellingly readable.” -Nicholas Lemann, author of Transaction Man

Covering the late 1950s through the early 1970s, The Shattering focuses on the period’s fierce conflicts over race, sex, and war.

Read by: Dan Calley

Punk protagonist, legendary drinker, Irish musical icon. The complete and extraordinary journey of the Pogues’s notorious frontman from outcast to national treasure has never been told—until now.