Tag Archives: Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week-August 22

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Wraithforged

S. M. Boyce presents Book 2 in the Wraithblade series. Outlaw. Assassin. Aspiring warlord. Connor Magnuson’s been called many names, but which of them are true?

Note: The Wraithblade saga continues!  Return to the story of Connor as he struggles with god-like powers, even as new adversaries loom. – Greg

Publishing Date: 8/23/2022

Written by: S.M. Boyce

Read by: Wayne Mitchell

Lie To Me

A must-listen contemporary romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Natasha Preston.

Note: Natasha Preston is known as the queen of YA thrillers, however, her contemporary romances are just as good as her thrillers! And you don’t want to miss this new to audio new adult romance. In this story, Savannah and Kent meet for the first time and can’t stand each other. One hates liars and the other is holding nothing but secrets…- Jordan

Publishing Date: 8/23/22          

Written by: Natasha Preston

Read by: Stevie Zimmerman and Dan Calley

The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray

A must-listen historical time-travel story from O. R. Simmonds.

Note: For fans of Jerry Merritt, a brand new whirlwind historical time-travel mystery that will captivate you from beginning to end. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 8/30/2022

Written by: O.R Simmonds

Read by: Joel Froomkin

Picks of the Week-August 8

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

How to Stay Smart in a Smart World

How to stay in charge in a world populated by algorithms that beat us in chess, find us romantic partners, and tell us to “turn right in 500 yards.”

Note: Is AI really coming after your job? After your way of life? In How to Stay Smart in a Smart World, Gerg Gigerenzer explores the areas that AI succeeds in and where it still falls short and will likely continue to. The author removes the panic and technology jargon from the conversation, leaving a level-headed book that all of us can look to for an idea of what the future holds for Human-AI interactions. – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 8/2/2023

Written by: Gerd Gigerenzer

Read by: Joel Richards

Violets      

By Man Asian Literary Prize winner Kyung-Sook Shin, “a moving delve into a lonely psyche” that follows a neglected young woman’s search for human connection in contemporary Seoul (YZ Chin).

Note: An isolated young woman confronts her own loneliness and personal desires as she navigates a bustling city, a new job in a flower shop, and unwanted social pressures. Atmospheric in its prose, Kyung-Sook Shin’s Violets examines the perspective of a marginalized woman and the society that ignores her, in 1990s Seoul. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 8/2/22

Written by: Kyung-Sook Shin

Read by: Cindy Kay

Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts by combining influences drawn from around the world. Uncommonly determined, physically gifted, and artistically brilliant, Lee rose to fame as part of a wave of transpacific globalization that bridged the nearly seven thousand miles between Hong Kong and California. Like Water unpacks Lee’s global impact, linking his legendary status as a martial artist, actor, and director to his continual traversals across the newly interconnected Asia and America.

Note: A detailed look at the cultural impact of Bruce Lee, both in Asia and throughout the rest of the world.  A unique blend of cultural history and biography, Like Water, unearths the cultural strands that Lee intertwined in his rise to a new kind of global stardom.  A wonderful retelling of the legacy of the first Asian-American superstar.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date:8/9/2022

Written by: Daryl J. Maeda

Read by: David Lee Huynh

Zelensky

A must-listen biography on Volodymyr Zelensky.

Note: The first English-language biography of Volodymyr Zelensky.– Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 8/9/22

Written by: Serhii Rudenko

Read by: Mike Lenz

Picks of the Week-July 25

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

That Time in Paris

Logan Ryles presents Book 1 in the Wolfgang Pierce series.

Note: For fans of the Jack Ryan series and Gray Man series, Wolfgang Pierce is a multi-city espionage series that will keep you on your toes. All 6 books will be releasing from Tantor in 2022, so get ready to binge! – Jenn Eschrich

Written by: Logan Ryles

Read by: Kyle Tait

Publishing Date: July 19, 2022

Can’t Go Home

Melinda Di Lorenzo presents Book 1 in the Trinity Calhoun Mystery series. Contains mature themes.

Written by: Melinda Di Lorenzo

Read by: Nikki Zakocs

Publishing Date: 7/19/22          

Note: The first book in a new mystery series by Melinda Di Lorenzo and you do not want to miss this one! Trinity rushes back to her hometown when she finds out there was disappearance that is awfully similar to one from 20 years ago. Will Trinity be able to keep a clear head and figure it out or will she let her judgment get in the way? –Jordan Spellman

American Urbanist: How William H. Whyte’s Unconventional Wisdom Reshaped Public Life

This biography offers a rare glimpse into the mind of William H. Whyte, an iconoclast whose healthy skepticism of the status quo can help guide our efforts to create the kinds of places we want to live in today.

Note: Touted by The New York Times as “A marvelous new biography” American Urbanist tells the story of the work and genius of William Whyte, the urbanist and author who was an early leader in the environmental conservation and urban preservation movements. Author Richard Rein offers the listener a comprehensive biography that fully explains the influence Whyte’s ideas and writing had on American’s everyday life. From his advocacy against groupthink in corporate America to his push to preserve farmland to his ideas about public spaces in urban centers Whyte managed to shape the discourse of today’s economy, contemporary city management, and occupational innovation and creativity. This audiobook is a must-have for those seeking insight into urban planning, social issues, and the actual working order of the modern world. – Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 07/19/2022

Written by: Richard K. Rein

Read by: Tom Lemmon

As You Look

Verónica Gutiérrez presents Book 1 in the Yolanda Ávila Mystery series.

Note: Book One in a new series from Verónica Gutiérrez that’s full of suspense, mystery, and twists that will keep you guessing! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 7/26/2022

Written by: Verónica Gutiérrez

Read by: Kyla García

The Mind of a Bee

Exploring an insect whose sensory experiences rival those of humans, The Mind of a Bee reveals the singular abilities of some of the world’s most incredible creatures.

Note:  A groundbreaking look into the intelligence of bees, leading biologist and bee expert Lars Chittka takes listeners on a journey into the world of bees, showing beyond any reasonable doubt that bees have awareness, memories, basic emotions, intelligence, and personalities.  This book is a game-changer on how one perceives the actual intelligence of one of the most important insects in the animal world.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 7/26/2022

Written by:  Lars Chittka

Read by: Michael Butler Murray

Picks of the Week-July 18

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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. Roadtrips, poolside, or beachside? We’ve got you covered!

Predictive Astrology: Tools to Forecast Your Life and Create Your Brightest Future

A groundbreaking work that offers deep insights and astrological techniques for bringing the future to light.

Note: The new edition of this groundbreaking guide is perfect for those curious about parsing the future and interpreting their destiny. Bernadette Brady draws on her decades of expertise to invite new and experienced practitioners alike into the world of predictive astrology. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 7/1/22

Written by: Bernadette Brady

Read by: Rosemary Benson

Goddess of Filth

One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles. As Father Moreno’s obsession with Fernanda grows, Lourdes enlists the help of her “bruja Craft crew” and a professor, Dr. Camacho, to understand what is happening to her friend in this unholy tale of possession-gone-right. Contains mature themes.

Note: Castro delivers a gorgeously crafted horror story and a powerful coming-of-age tale that explores female sexuality, the bonds of friendship, and spiritual self-discovery. Fans of Mexican Gothic will love Goddess of Filth. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 07/12/2022

Written by: V. Castro

Read by: Stacy Gonzalez

America’s Great-Power Opportunity

In this timely intervention, Ali Wyne offers the first detailed critique of great-power competition as a foreign policy framework, warning that it could render the United States defensive and reactive.

Note: Since 1945, America has exerted great power and influence across the world. But over the last two decades, China and Russia have increasingly challenged that influence. How should the United States respond? Ali Wyne argues that rather than seeing this as an insurmountable challenge, it is in fact an opportunity to revitalize the nation’s global power and stature. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 7/12/22

Written by: Ali Wyne

Read by: Tristan Morris

Victory at Sea:  Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II

A sweeping, lavish one-volume history of the rise of American naval power during World War II.

Written by: Paul Kennedy

Read by:  James Cameron Stewart

Publishing Date:  4/12/2022

Note: Perfect for World War II buffs as well as those interested in international relations.  Kennedy looks at the rise (America) and falls (German, Japanese, French, Italian) of the navies involved in World War II.  Through this lens, he shines a light on the power balance in the world coming out of the war and through the years following it.- Dan Totten

Mobfather: The Story of a Wife and a Son Caught in the Web of the Mafia

In Mobfather, George Anastasia exposes what it really means to be married to the mob—and fathered by it. Based on years of reporting, thousands of pages of court testimony, and extensive interviews, Mobfather takes the listener deep into the heart of corruption. Contains mature themes.

Written by: George Anastasia

Read by: Tom Beyer

Publishing Date: 7/12/2022

Note: Summer is truly the perfect time for a new true crimes audiobook to sink into. Oftentimes though, you don’t learn about the family behind the mafia man; here, George Anastasia shares the story of a doomed marriage and a family life that fell apart as Tommy Del rose in the mafia. – Lindsey Wood

Picks of the Week-May 30

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

Blood and Fire:  The Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling’s Original Sheik

The captivating story of how The Sheik captured the imagination of a generation, conquered the wrestling business, and lost it all in a blaze of flame and glory.

Note:  Step into the ring with one of the most infamous and influential wrestlers of all time in this biography of The Sheik.  Modern extreme and hardcore wrestling owes almost everything to the Sheik, who initiated the bloody and wild brawling style in the ’50s and trained two of its most iconic and enduring participants, Sabu (his real-life nephew) and Rob Van Dam, but there is much more to the man behind the gimmick.  This book explores his life in ways never done before.  Even the most knowledgeable fan is in for a treat and a bucketful of new knowledge with this one!- Dan Totten

Written by:  Brian R. Solomon

Read by:  Brian R. Solomon

Publishing Date:  5/31/2022

National Park Mysteries & Disappearances: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, with 12.1 million recreational visits in 2020. Aside from crowds of hikers, campers, and general tourists, there’s a dark side to the Smokies, the town of Gatlinburg and the surrounding foothills. From strange disappearances, grisly murders and bone-chilling paranormal hauntings and ghost sightings; this pristine paradise has a lot more to offer than just serene hiking trails or camping.

Note: Steve Stockton investigates the mysterious dark side to one of the country’s most visited parks. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 5/31/2022

Written by: Steve Stockton

Read by: Chris Abernathy

Picks of the Week-May 23

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

LORD OF ETERNAL NIGHT

Ben Alderson presents Book 1 in the Darkmourn Universe series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The author of the hit Dragori series returns with another inclusive high fantasy saga beginning with The Lord of Eternal Night. – Greg

Written by: Ben Alderson

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Publishing Date: 05/17/2022

Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

A fascinating account of Russia’s famous dissident and the politics he embodies.

Note: This engrossing biography of Alexei Navalny offers perspective on the life, beliefs, and impact of one of Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics.  – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 5/24/22

Author: Jan Matti Dollbaum, Morvan Lallouet, and Ben Noble

Written by: Rob Heaps

Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built

An unforgettable chronicle of one of nature’s greatest achievements, Zero to Birth describes how the brain’s incredible feat of orchestrated growth ensures that every brain is unique, and how breakthroughs at the frontiers of science are helping us to decode many traits that only reveal themselves later in life.

Note:  A groundbreaking look into how the human brain develops, from conception to old age.  Extensively research by one of the world’s leading neuroscientist but laid out in an easy to listen format, this is a must have for anyone interested in really knowing what makes the human brain so remarkable. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 5/24/2022

Author: W.A. Harris

Narrator: Michael page

Picks of the Week-April 26

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons

In Game Wizards, Jon Peterson chronicles the rise of Dungeons & Dragons from hobbyist pastime to mass-market sensation, from the initial collaboration to the later feud of its creators, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

Note: Author Jon Peterson’s Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons delivers an essential history for anyone who has ever tossed a D20.  – Greg

Publishing Date: 4/26/2022

Written by: Jon Peterson

Read by: Chris Andrew Ciulla

Legacy in the Blood

Catherine Maiorisi presents Book 4 in the Chiara Corelli Mystery series.

Note: For fans of Gerri Hill, author Catherine Maiorisi presents book 4 in the thrilling Chiara Corelli Mystery series where detectives Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker work together to solve a mysterious murder. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 4/26/2022

Written by: Catherine Maiorisi

Read by: Abby Craden

From Rebel To Ruler

On the centennial of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the definitive history of how Mao and his successors overcame incredible odds to gain and keep power.

Note: Tony Saich provides an authoritative account of the Chinese Communist Party – how it came to power, the major players involved, and where it stands one hundred years after its founding. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 4/26/22

Written by: Tony Saich

Read by: Nigel Patterson

The Transcendentalists and Their World

The Transcendentalists and Their World offers a fresh view of the thinkers whose outsize impact on philosophy and literature would spread from tiny Concord to all corners of the earth.

Note: The Transcendentalists and Their World is the latest installment of Robert Gross’ history of the town of Concord, Massachusetts, and is a worthy follow-up to the Bancroft Prize-winning The Minutemen and Their World. This audiobook is both historiography of this New England town and a biography of the Transcendentalist writers of the mid-1800s. Full of exacting insight The Transcendentalists and Their World seeks to explain why Concord was the epicenter of this unique form of American Individualism. Deeply researched, this audio edition is a must-have for those seeking an on the street view of an early American Renaissance. – Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 4/26/2022

Written by: Robert A. Gross

Read by: Paul Brion

Picks of the Week-April 18

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

Lilac

A must-listen romance. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of B.B. Reid’s Broken Love series, you do not want to miss her new to audio, unorthodox, enemies to lovers story!-Jordan

Publishing Date: 4/12/22          

Written by: B.B. Reid

Read by: Jillian Macie, Jason Clarke, Teddy Hamilton & J.F. Harding

The King’s Shadow:  Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria

HL Marsay presents Book 2 in the Chief Inspector Shadow Mystery series.

Note: Not many people have heard of Charles Masson and after listening to The King’s Shadow you’ll be left wondering why.  Follow along on his adventures as he traverses 19th-century Asia in search of Alexandria.  Thrilling from start to finish, and peppered with moments that will make you think, “I don’t believe it” if you like adventure, danger, and intrigue you must check this one out!- Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  4/12/2022

Written by:  Edmund Richardson

Read by: Julian Elfer

Your Data, Their Billions: Unraveling and Simplifying Big Tech

Your Data, Their Billions is a guidebook to everything at stake in our digital society, from Big Tech’s overreach into our daily lives to its practices that threaten our democracy. Knowledge is power—and it starts here.

Note: “A guide for any user of the internet to know what really happens with your information while online.  “Big tech” knows all your secrets and sells them to the highest bidder—this is a must-have for the everyday tech user and explains how it happens, why it matters, and how to protect yourself and your most precious commodities, your identity and privacy.” – Scott Smith

Written by: Jane S. Hoffman

Read by: Natalie Duke

Publishing Date: 4/19/2022

Overwatch

Logan Ryles presents Book 1 in the Reed Montgomery series.

Note: Reed Montgomery only has one hit left on his contract, but when he accepts a job close to home a quick retirement for this marine turned assassin is no longer an option. Full series coming to audio! – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 4/19/22

Written by: Logan Ryles

Read by: Gary Bennett

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential.

Note: This engrossing account of the Ukrainian Revolution forefronts the insights and experiences of those who lived it. Retrospectively poignant as well as inspiring, this book will move readers seeking to learn more about the history that brought us to where we are today. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 4/19/22

Written by: Marci Shore

Read by: Callie Beaulieu

Picks of the Week-March 21

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

Luckenbooth

Luckenbooth is a bold, haunting, and dazzlingly unique tale about the stories and secrets we leave behind—and the places that hold them long after we are gone.

Note: Past and present collide in this British literary chiller. Luckenbooth is a haunted tale of a cursed building and its eccentric, vibrant residents.- Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 3/22/2022

Written by: Jenni Fagan

Read by: Fiona McNeill, Cathleen McCarron, David McCallion, and Jeff Harding

The Trial of Julian Assange

The shocking story of the legal persecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the dangerous implications for the whistleblowers of the future.

Note: Through the example of Julian Assange, Nils Melzer reveals the complicated ways in which unchecked power can grow, and shows how even the most democratic nations are sometimes just a hair’s length away from tyranny and censorship. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 3/22/22

Written by: Nils Melzer

Read by: Gareth Richards

Cricket

Willow Hadley presents Book 1 in the Cricket Kendall series. Contains mature themes.

Note: New in town and looking for guidance, Cricket Kendall is hoping for an exciting new start. Under the care of her aunt Aurora, Cricket makes her debut at Emery Ridge as a senior and witch-in-training. Navigating her new environment and discovering power, Cricket must also face her growing feelings for a particular werewolf pack in town. Follow along with Willow Hadley’s exciting paranormal romance series Cricket Kendall. – Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 3/22/2022

Written by: Willow Hadley

Read by: Monica King and Chris Chambers

Picks of the Week-March 14

Spring has sprung! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to listen to all of the new audiobooks releasing this month!

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.

In My Dreams I Hold  Knife 

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive story.

Note: For fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, author Ashley Winstead presents a psychological thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat! – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 3/8/2022

Written by: Ashley Winstead

Read by: Vanessa Johansson

Sex Ed for Grown-Ups

Sex Ed for Grown-Ups is an open and honest guide that empowers adults to talk to young people about all things sex and relationships.

Note: Talking to children and teens about sex is notoriously tough. Author Jonny Hunt turns an awkward conversation into an accessible and ongoing dialogue for kids of all ages. Sex Ed for Grown-Ups will help adults talk to the young people in their lives openly and honestly about sex and sexuality. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 03/15/2022

Written by: Jonny Hunt

Read by: Chris Sorensen

The Trees: A Novel

An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone.

Note: Recently longlisted for a PEN/Faulkner award Percival Everett’s new novel The Trees is a masterful blend of literary trope and moral commentary. A murder mystery that begins in a small town in Mississippi eventually leads to a national reckoning that examines the history of lynching in America. Fast-paced and witty Everett’s success is presenting humor alongside horror and addressing the legacy of violence and racism in the Old South. The Trees is an audiobook that is instantly listenable and will have a long-lasting impact. – Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 03/15/2022

Written by: Percival Everett

Read by: Bill Andrew Quinn