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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

Picks of the Week-June 28

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.

The Suffragette’s Daughter

Michelle Salter presents Book 1 in the Iris Woodmore Mysteries.

Note: Fans of Anna Lee Huber and Downton Abbey will enjoy this engrossing historical crime mystery, and the first in the Iris Woodmore series. Iris is a journalist whose mother died tragically while fighting for women’s suffrage, though we soon find out that the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death are cause for great suspicion. Can Iris crack the case of her mother’s mysterious demise, or will the secrets lingering at her ancestral home reveal truths that were better left buried? -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Michelle Salter

Read by: Louise Williams

Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this bewitching color.

Note: In this fascinating exploration around the world journalist, Kai Kupferschmidt, explores laboratories, volcanic lakes, deep underground, and miles overhead to find the rarest naturally occurring color on the planet: Blue. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Kai Kupferschmidt

Read by: Jonathan Yen

Daughter of No Worlds 

Carissa Broadbent presents Book 1 in the War of Lost Hearts series. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Sarah J. Maas, follow Tisaanah’s journey in the first book in this new exciting epic fantasy series from Carissa Broadbent that will get your pulse pounding and have you on the edge of you seat. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: Carissa Broadbent

Read by: Dan Calley and Esther Wane

Golden Boy

New York Times bestselling author John Glatt tells the true story of Thomas Gilbert Jr., the disturbed young man accused of murdering his father, a Manhattan millionaire and hedge fund founder.

Note: True crime lovers are sure to devour Glatt’s newest book confronting how mental illness brought a wealthy “golden” boy into a spiral of violence and murder. -Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: John Glatt

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Picks of the Week-June 14

Summer is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start listening to a fresh new find while you go exploring or do your spring cleaning. 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.

Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage

Examining the legacy of racial mixing in Indian Territory through the land and lives of two families, one of Cherokee Freedman descent and one of Muscogee Creek heritage, Darnella Davis’s memoir writes a new chapter in the history of racial mixing on the frontier.

Note: Using personal family history and scholarly research, Darnella Davis opens wide the discussion of racial mixing in Indian Territory and the effects this rarely discussed heritage has on identity and national history.  -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

Written by: Darnella Davis

Read by: Janina Edwards

Horrid

From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Note: A haunting contemporary horror for fans of Stephen King and Agatha Christie, Leno confronts mental illness head on. Returning to your childhood home and readjusting to school life after your father’s death isn’t easy, it’s even harder when your mother is keeping an insidious secret locked within storage room that isn’t so empty as you’d once thought. Come take a look inside—I dare you. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 6/15/21

Written by: Katrina Leno

Read by: Heather Costa

Loving Deep (Steele Ridge Book 3)

Tracey Devlyn presents Book 4 in the Steele Ridge series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Romance? Check. Drama? Check. Keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat? Check! Loving Deep is such a great mix of family dynamics and tension filled romance that you’ll keep flipping the pages until the end. In the third installment of Steele Ridge, Britt & Miranda find themselves in a fight over Miranda’s family land. This steamy enemies to lovers is one you don’t want to miss! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 6/15/21

Written by: Tracey Devlyn

Read by: Tor Thom

Ellis Island: A People’s History

A dramatic, multi-vocal account of the personal agonies and ecstasies that played out within the walls of Ellis Island, as told by Poland’s greatest living journalist. This is the people’s history of Ellis Island—the people who passed through it, and the people who were turned away from it.

Note: We have all heard the stories and seen the photos of the huddled masses arriving at Ellis Island, but how many of us have heard the firsthand accounts of their experiences? Step back in time and listen to newly unearthed commentaries from those who passed through and worked at Ellis Island. Once thought lost to history, these diverse testimonies inspire the imagination and bring us closer to one of the United States’ most enigmatic and fabled locations. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 6/15/2021

Written by: Małgorzata Szejnert, translated by Sean Gasper Bye 

Read by: Carlotta Brentan

Picks of the Week-Nov. 9

The holiday season is upon us! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. 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.

How to Save the World for Free

How to Save the World for Free will galvanize you to think and live differently, covering all key areas of our lives, from food and travel to politics and sex.

Note: Climate change is a daunting topic, but with Natalie Fee’s handbook, you can find easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint! She explores ways to live green in all facets of our lives, as well as the bigger issues to combating global warming.-Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by: Natalie Fee

Read by: Shiromi Arserio

The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen González recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, González encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.

Note: In this timely book author Karen Gonzalez weaves together her family’s immigration story with similar narratives of biblical characters to draw a Christian focus on today’s immigration policies. Iin today’s America, where immigration is a hotly contested topic, Gonzalez’s voice comes through with a clear Christian message and critical approach to policy that invites the reader to discover a God that is focused and concerned with immigrants and their struggle to belong. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 11/10/2020

Written by: Karen Gonzalez

Read by: Joana Garcia

The Fossil Hunter

A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of a young girl who became a world-renowned paleontologist.

Note: Mary Anning is credited for laying the foundation for the theory of evolution, yet her work has not received the same attention as other historically distinguished scientists. Author Shelley Emling changes that in her account of the paleontologist’s life, exploring how Anning hunted for fossils as a young girl to support her family and ended making discoveries that would change the paleontology field forever. -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by : Shelley Emling

Read by: Rachael Beresford

The Ghost of a Memory

Bobbi Holmes and Anna J. McIntyre present Book 25 in the Haunting Danielle series.

Note: Welcome back to Marlow House in the newest installment of the Haunting Danielle series! Join Dani and Walt as they encounter the newest ghosts inhabiting their house—Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean the haunts are! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 11/10/20

Written by: Anna J. McIntrye & Bobbi Holmes

Read by: Romy Nordlinger

Picks of the Week-Nov.2

The holiday season is upon us! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. 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 Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

In The Last Giants, Levison Wood teams up with local trackers to gain insight into how this iconic species survives, camps out in the wild, meets the people and tribes living on the migration’s path, and joins the park rangers whose job it is to protect these land goliaths.

Note: Our company’s mascot and namesake is Tantor, the African elephant from Tarzan, so it would be amiss not to highlight THE LAST GIANTS. Travel writer, Levison Wood, has previously taken us to the Himalayas, Arabia, the Americas, and the Nile, and now turns from the landscape to the living to teach us about these beautiful creatures. Narrated by the author.  -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 11/3/20

Written by: Levison Wood

Read by: Levison Wood

Closer Than Blood

Gregg Olsen presents Book 2 in the Waterman and Stark series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The exciting follow-up to Victim Six in the Waterman & Stark mystery series. Follow Detective Kendall Stark as she hunts down a murderer with two faces. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 11/3/20

Written by: Gregg Olsen

Read by: Corey M. Snow

Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

Drawing on his personal fascinating story as a prosecutor, a defendant, and an observer of the legal process, Paul Butler offers a sharp and engaging critique of our criminal justice system.

Note: Author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men, Paul Butler presents a progressive and modern observation of discrimination in the criminal justice system. Butler intertwines the lyrical commentary in hip hop that exposes the excessive punishment and police brutality marginalized communities face. Let’s Get Free compels with the musical testimony of hip hop artists and engages the listener to contemplate a corrupt system. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 11/03/2020

Written by: Paul Butler

Read by: Leon Nixon

Aurora’s Angel

Lambda Literary Award Winner: Aurora’s Angel is a blend of action, adventure, and slow-burn romance centered around shapeshifters, set in a vivid fantasy world. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Eliza Andrews, this exciting debut by fantasy author Emily Noon takes us on a fantasy thrill ride filled with action, adventure, and romance. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 11/3/2020

Written by: Emily Noon

Read by: Abby Craden

Picks of the Week-October 26

Happy fall everyone! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. 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.

Healing Resistance

Activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anybody engaged in social progress and shifting society will find this mindful approach to nonviolent action indispensable.

Note: Following in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Kazu Haga provides an accessible guide for confronting injustice and implementing change through nonviolence.- Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date : 10/27/20

Written by: Kazu Haga

Read by: Tom Parks

Brothersong

TJ Klune presents Book 4 in the Green Creek series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Get ready for TJ’s newest installment in the Green Creek series, Brothersong! Carter sets out, leaving his family and pack behind, in pursuit of Gavin. The truth is more important, despite the danger it holds. You won’t be able to put down this book about how the sins of fathers pass down to their sons, and the rattling impact they hold. -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 10/27/20

Written by: TJ Klune

Read by: Kirt Graves

A Touch of Ruin

Scarlett St. Clair presents Book 2 in the Hades and Persephone series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Now that Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public, everything seems to go wrong. Persephone finds herself alone to deal with the fallout of a tragedy and makes a deal she may soon regret. Will her secret as the Goddess of Spring be exposed? Will Hades’ past evil deeds come to light? Can Persephone ever become Hades’ queen, or will she lose everything? In this second book of the Hades & Persephone saga, Scarlett St. Clair delivers thrilling mystery, betrayal, and more steamy romance.  -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 10/27/2020

Written by: Scarlett St. Clair

Read by: by Meg Sylvan

Let Them Eat Pancakes

For all those who love stories of adventure, delicious food, and overcoming the odds, Let Them Eat Pancakes will satisfy your appetite and leave you wanting even more.

Note: Escape to Paris with New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson’s indulgent new memoir. Hitting notes both thought-provoking and comical, Carlson’s follow-up to Pancakes in Paris is not to be missed.-Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 10/27/2020

Written by: Craig Carlson

Read by: Tim Campbell

Picks of the Week-Sept 21

Happy fall everyone! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. 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.

 

Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction To The Women Of The Torah And The Throne

Womanist Midrash is an in-depth and creative exploration of the well- and lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Using her own translations, Gafney offers a midrashic interpretation of the biblical text that is rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless.

Note: Read by the author, Rev. Wilda C. Gafney, this notable text of Black feminist theology centers and examines the marginalized women within Hebrew scriptures through the lens of the womanist tradition. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 9/29/2020

Written by: Wilda C. Gafney

Narrated by: Wilda C. Gafney

 

The Van Gogh Deception

Deron Hicks presents Book 1 in the Lost Art Mysteries.

Note: Deron Hicks has masterfully woven details of art history and forgery into this action-packed middle-grade mystery. A wonderful listen for the whole family to enjoy together. You will be entranced in a high stakes race to stop art thieves and piece together the true identity of the main character. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 9/29/2020

Written by: Deron Hicks

Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan

 

Victim Six

Gregg Olsen presents Book 1 in the Waterman and Stark series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Gregg Olsen delivers a stunning, page-turning thriller. Start the investigation with Waterman and Stark and discover what happened to victim six. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 9/29/2020

Written by: Gregg Olsen

Narrated by: Corey M. Snow

 

Crush

Tracy Wolff presents Book 2 in the Crave series.

Note: The much-anticipated sequel to Tracy Wolff’s blockbuster novel, Crave, picks up with Grace awakening to the past four months a blank slate in her mind. With Jaxon by her side, she tries to understand the fragmented memories coming to her while also fending for her life against those at Katmere who want her dead. You don’t want to miss this thrilling installment in the Crave series! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 9/29/2020

Written by: Tracy Wolff

Narrated by: Heather Costa & Tim Paige

Picks of the Week-Sept 14

Can you believe it’s already almost fall? We can’t, but we do believe that there are endless audiobooks still to explore. 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 Fantastic Flatulent Fart Brothers’ Big Book of Farty Facts

Do you secretly think farts are not only funny but fascinating? Then you should listen to this gas-powered encyclopedia about the windy and wacky science, history, and art of musical gas! Makes a perfect gag gift or bathroom listen.

Note: 2020 has been a stressful year for parents and children alike, so take an hour out of your day to listen to The Fantastic Flatulent Fart Brothers’ Big Book of Farty Facts with your middle-grader. You’ll both learn startling facts about the smellier parts of life and have loads of laughs! -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 9/22/2020

Written by: M.D. Whalen

Narrated by: Peter Berkrot

 

The Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal

An engaging conversation with our most respected public intellectual around how a global Green New Deal has the potential to save humanity and the planet.

Note: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin make the case for transitioning to a green economy, showing that it is still possible to create a better world for future generations despite the growing threat of climate change. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 9/22/2020

Written by: Noam Chomsky, Robert Pollin

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin

 

Salvation

Terri Anne Browning presents Book 1 in the Angels Halo MC Next Gen series. Contains mature themes.

Note: What happens when a motorcycle club princess and a town sheriff get together? The perfect recipe for disaster is created! So when Lexa, daughter of the President of Angels Halo MC returns home from college for the summer and meets Ben, the local lawman, you can bet your tailpipe drama hits. Ben can’t seem to stay away from Lexa, nor does he want to, as she’s the only one that calms the storm brewing inside him. Even though he doesn’t care who she is and what she’s a part of, the feelings aren’t mutual for shy, yet fierce, Lexa. There are concerns about Ben and where his loyalties lie. With her dad running the MC they don’t need the Sheriff sniffing around their business. Will Lexa stop keeping Ben away and finally let him in? Find out in the first book in Angels Halo MC Next Gen by Terri Anne Browning. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 9/22/2020

Written by: Terri Anne Browning

Narrated by: Tina Wolstencroft & Erik Bloomquist

 

Shadow’s Messenger

T. A. White presents Book 1 in the Aileen Travers series

Note: New suspenseful series from author T.A White, we follow investigator Aileen Travers as she navigates the dark underworld of the paranormal and finds who her true enemies and allies are. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 9/22/2020

Written by: T. A. White

Narrated by: Natasha Soudek

 

Picks of the Week-Sept 7

Can you believe it’s already almost fall? We can’t, but we do believe that there are endless audiobooks still to explore. 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.

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items

These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale.

Note: It’s never too early for Halloween! Get in the mood for the season by learning the spooky history of some of the most famous supposedly cursed items in history. You might have to leave the lights on, especially if there is a creepy doll around. -Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: J.W. Ocker

Narrated by: Tim Campbell

 

Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved

In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures.

Note: A down to earth and delightful look at some of the strange creatures that inhabit the earth and how some of their unusual traits have evolved.  -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Kenneth Catania

Narrated by: Chris Sorensen

The Family Garden Plan

Melissa K. Norris, fifth-generation homesteader and host of the popular Pioneering Today podcast, explains how to plant a garden that will yield healthy, wholesome food throughout the year.

Note: The lessons presented here about the value of growing your own food are more timely than ever! Learn how to plan your garden space and start to follow a more sustainable lifestyle. From beginners to the more experienced gardener, this book is a great source for everyone. -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Melissa K. Norris

Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens

There Goes Sunday School

There Goes Sunday School is a relevant and poignant story about two boys’ first real love in a conservative Christian community.

Note: Mike, a closeted high schooler, tries to blend in with the rest of his religious community. But when the pastor’s son discovers his secret, an unexpected romance begins. Fans of Love, Simon will love this novel! -Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Alexander C. Eberhart

Narrated by: Joel Leslie

Picks of the Week-Sept 1

Can you believe it’s already almost fall? We can’t, but we do believe that there are endless audiobooks still to explore. 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.

 

Brimstone Bound

Helen Harper presents Book 1 in the Firebrand series.

Note: Vampires, werewolves, and murder. Oh my! You won’t want to miss the first installment of Helen Harper’s exciting new paranormal shifters series. This is one supernatural mystery and romance ready to be devoured. -Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 9/3/2020

Written by: Helen Harper

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart

Yellow Jessamine

A new horror novella by Caitlin Starling, author of The Luminous Dead, a 2019 nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel.

Note: Evelyn Perdanu, powerful heiress to a shipping dynasty, lives apart from her dying country, pushing away those who would try to get close. One of her ships carries home a mysterious plague that begins to devour Delphinium, a city already in decline. All who become ill share one strange symptom—they are obsessed with Evelyn. With everything at stake, Evelyn and her devoted assistant, Violetta, search for answers to clear her name before everything is lost. Starling’s gorgeous, gothic prose sets the scene as tension builds and horrific truths come to light. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 9/5/2020

Written by: Caitlin Starling

Narrated by: Heather Wilds

Grave Beginnings

R. R. Virdi presents Book 1 in the Grave Report series.

Note: Fans of the Dresden Files need to check out Grave Beginnings by R.R. Virdi, a new voice in paranormal urban fiction with a noir twist. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 9/8/2020

Written by: R.R. Virdi

Narrated by: Travis Baldree

How We Vote: Innovation in American Elections

In How We Vote, Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown explore how election officials work, how ballots are cast and counted, and how jurisdictions try to innovate while also protecting the security of the voting process.

Note: The 2020 general election stands to be the most important in modern U.S. history and you may need a straightforward guide to the American voter system and your voting rights. With, How We Vote, you can cut through the fat of the American electoral process and get to the meat of how elections work. Learn how election officials protect voter’s rights and facilitate elections to an ever-diversifying population and how they are innovating the process to show how we will be voting in the future. Don’t go to the polls misinformed and skeptical, learn all you need to know about making your vote count with How We Vote. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 9/8/2020

Written by: Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown

Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens