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Picks of the Week-December 6

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

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

PTL

Drawing on trial transcripts, videotapes, newspaper articles, and interviews with key insiders, dissidents, and lawyers, John Wigger reveals the power of religion to redirect American culture. This is the story of a grand vision gone wrong, of the power of big religion in American life and its limits.

Note: In PTL, author John Wigger gives insight to the rise and scandalous fall of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s empire. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 12/7/2021

Written by: John Wigger

Read by: L.J Ganser

Botanical Curses and Poisons

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.

Note: Explore the mysteries of the world’s most dangerous plants as reflected in history, magic, religion, and folklore. Perfect for fans of Amy Stewart, Michael Pollan, and Merlin Sheldrake. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 12/7/21

Written by: Fez Inkwright

Read by: Leslie Howard

Silent Parade

Keigo Higashino presents Book 4 in the Detective Galileo series.

Note: Earphones-Award-winning narrator David Shih brings Edgar Award Finalist Keigo Higashino’s beloved Detective Galileo to life in the latest installment of the series.  Fans of Peter Grainger and Stieg Larsson will want to check this one out. – Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 12/14/2021

Written by: Keigo Higashino

Read by: David Shih

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

Picks of the Week-Nov 15

Tis’ the season for beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Our Violent Ends

Chloe Gong presents Book 2 in These Violent Delights series.

Note: Returning to the evocative world introduced in These Violent Delights, fans are sure to delight in every treacherous, romantic, and sinister turn.  – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 11/16/2021

Written by: Chloe Gong

Read by: Cindy Kay

Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat

Swamplands highlights the unappreciated struggle being waged to save peatlands by scientists, conservationists, and landowners around the world.

Note: Edward Struzik’s Swamplands is a feat of popular science drawing attention to the environmental importance of this oft disregarded ecosystem. Follow along as Struzik paddles through the bogs, moors, fens, and marshes of the planet and discover the rich biodiversity of animals, insects, birds, and plant life that call the swamp home. Adventure too far off and folklorically regarded environments to learn how the preservation of these peatlands can help prevent forest fires, curb global warming and drought conditions. For those who revere nature and desire a better understanding of swamplands, this is the audiobook for you.  – Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 11/23/2021

Written by: Edward Struzik

Read by: Christopher Grove

The Murder of Professor Schlick: The Rise and Fall of the Vienna Circle

The Murder of Professor Schlick paints an unforgettable portrait of the Vienna Circle and its members while weaving an enthralling narrative set against the backdrop of economic catastrophe and rising extremism in Hitler’s Europe.

Note: What can the murder of the leader of one of history’s most influential philosophical movements tell us about the cultural and political shifts that would redefine the 20th century? The Murder of Professor Schlick is a fast-paced account of the Vienna Circle, the philosophers and scientists modernizing Enlightenment thought in the 1930s who put themselves in direct opposition to the rise of fascism. As their influence grew and their ideologies disseminated (at great risk to their personal safety), many were forced to emigrate while others paid the ultimate price. David Edmonds’ narrative reads like a thriller and will captivate everyone from the ardent historophile to the casual listener. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 11/23/2021

Written by: David Edmonds

Read by: Rick Adamson

Picks of the Week-Nov 1

Tis’ the season for pumpkins, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Death at Whitewater Church

Andrea Carter presents Book 1 in the Inishowen Mystery series.

Note: What could be a better setting for a mystery than the crypt of a deconsecrated church in Donegal, Ireland? Death at Whitewater Church is book 1 in Andrea Carter’s Inishowen Mysteries series – great for fans of Donna Leon and Joy Ellis.  -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 11/2/21

Written by: Andrea Carter

Read by: Heather O’Neill

A Bridge Between Us

K. K. Allen delivers her most breathtakingly poignant work in this thrilling romantic suspense about two star-crossed lovers and an ominous force that works against them. Contains mature themes.

Note: Both Camila and Ridge’s families have been in a feud for generations, they hope that maybe they can stop the feud and have everyone work together which is best for all. Things don’t go as they planned and Ridge ends up leaving Camila crushed so she decides to leave town. Years later Camila returns to the same town, that she once rushed to leave and finds out everything has changed including Ridge. For fans of Kandi Steiner and Melanie Harlow, you don’t want to miss this new to audio, romantic suspense by KK Allen. – Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 11/9/21                         

Written by: KK Allen

Read by: Sofia Willingham, Troy Duran

Ember

The final installment in the Elvish Trilogy is a tale of sacrifice, forgiveness, and the lengths we’ll go for those we love.

Note: In the epic conclusion of the Elvish Trilogy, we follow Ellina and Venick on a journey filled with larger than life battles and black magic! – Kristen Hummel

Written by: S.G Prince

Read by: Daniel Thomas May

Publishing Date: 11/9/2021

Picks of the Week-October 18

Tis’ the season for pumpkins, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

The Temple and the Lodge

From the authors of the international bestseller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a history of the Freemasons from the Knights Templar to America’s founding fathers.

Note: From the authors of the  best-selling Holy Blood, Holy Grail comes a new edition of this exploration of the Templar/Freemason connection, with a new foreword by occult historian Mitch Horowitz. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 10/26/21

Written by: Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh

Read by: Rick Adamson

A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans

From two of the world’s leading authorities on dogs, an imaginative journey into a future of dogs without people.

Note:  A thought-provoking look into what the world would be like for dogs if humans ceased to exist.  Challenging the notion that dogs would be helpless without their human counterparts, A Dog’s World enables us to understand these independent and remarkably intelligent animals on their own terms.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date:  10/26/2021

Written by:  Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff

Read by:  Karen White

The Lost Language

The quest to save the words of a dying language—and to find the words to save what may be a dying friendship—lies at the heart of this exquisite verse novel.

Note: A beautiful story in verse the whole family can enjoy and discuss together. Claudia Mills weaves deeper topics into this story about trying to save an endangered language. – Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: Oct 26, 2021

Written by: Claudia Mills

Read by: Erin deWard

In a Book Club Far Away

From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

Note: Fans of Jodi Picoult and Marci Bolden will love Tif Marcelo’s In a Book Club Far Away! Readers will be rooting for Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie as they confront past wrongs and rekindle their friendship.- Madeleine Collins

Publishing Date: 10/26/21

Written by: Tif Marcelo

Read by: Cassandra Campbell

Picks of the Week-October 11

Tis’ the season for pumpkins, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Black Hat, White Witch

Hailey Edwards presents Book 1 in the Black Hat Bureau series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Another great first in a series—this steamy, paranormal detective story from Hailey Edwards does not disappoint! A fantastic cast of characters, dynamic world-building, and thrilling tension will leave you wanting more of the Black Hat Bureau world. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 10/12/2021

Written by: Hailey Edwards

Read by: Stephanie Richardson

Two Pits and a Little Murder

Renee George presents Book 6 in the Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery series.

Note: Renee George presents Two Pits and a Little Murder, an exciting 6th installment to her Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery series. Recommended for anyone that has a love of mystery with a paranormal twist and a soft spot for rescued Pitbull’s. This is the ideal series to dive into for the Fall season – Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 10/19/2021

Written by: Renee George

Read by: Dara Rosenberg

Women Who Love Men Who Kill

Thirty years after she first asked the question, “Why do women fall in love with convicted murderers?,” Sheila Isenberg answers it anew in the age of the internet, smart phones, social media, mass shootings, celebrity worship of murderers, and modern prison dating. Contains mature themes.

Note: Women Who Love Men Who Kill got a revamp from the original 1991 edition with new case studies and with a look at how the digital age is transforming this phenomenon. Sheila still asks the same question, “why do women fall in love with convicted murderers?” as before but now looks at this in the 21st century with smart phones, social media and modern prison dating. With interviews with women who want relationships with these killer to psychiatrists and social workers on maybe why. You don’t want to miss, Sheila Isenberg 35 true stories of prison passion! – Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 10/19/21

Written by: Sheila Isenberg

Read by: Kate Zane

       

Fallen Empire

Marc Alan Edelheit presents Book 1 in the Born of Ash series.

Note: Marc Alan Edelheit, a modern master of historical fantasy, has turned to the future to bring us an exciting new sci-fi saga beginning with Fallen Empire. – Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 10/26/2021

Written by: Marc Alan Edelheit

Read by: John Lee

Picks of the Week-October 4

Tis’ the season for pumpkins, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Punishment Without Trial

An impassioned, urgent argument about the future of criminal justice reform, Punishment Without Trial will change the way you view the criminal justice system.

Note: A significant examination of the use of plea bargaining and how it impedes true criminal justice reform. A must-read for anyone concerned in the U.S.’s criminal justice system and mass incarceration. – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 10/12/2021

Written by: Carissa Byrne Hessick

Read by: Christina Delaine

‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy

Leslie Langtry presents Book 1 in the Greatest Hits Mysteries.

Note: The first book in Leslie’s hilariously enthralling Greatest Hits Mysteries series is finally here! Gin’s family business isn’t like anyone else’s, and when she is given a new target it just might ruin everything they’ve worked for. If you’re looking for a dark comedy that keeps you on the edge of your seat, look no further! – Kelly Srubas

Publishing Date: 10/12/21

Written by: Leslie Langtry

Read by: Emily Durante

White Pines

The new cosmic-folk-Celtic-cult-fantasy-horror novel from Gemma Amor, the Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Dear Laura and Cruel Works of Nature. Contains mature themes.

Note: Amor is a terrific storyteller. In White Pines, a mysterious tale, set in England and Scotland, is created that will pull you in as it becomes more chilling and sinister as it builds to the conclusion. For anyone who waits all year for October to break out the horror stories (but there’s never a wrong time!).  – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 10/12/21

Written by: Gemma Amor

Read by: Helen Langford

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Black Widows: A Novel 

For fans of The Wife Between Us and The Dry comes a chilling murder mystery that takes a domestic thriller’s classic question—”Did his wife kill him?”—and twists it into an completely new type of suspense.

Note: Which wife is responsible for Blake Nelson’s murder? Who can they trust? The police? Each other? Find out in this chilling suspenseful murder mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat!- Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 10/12/2021

Written by: Cate Quinn

Read by: Katherine Fenton, Stephanie Cannon, and Jennifer Woodward

Picks of the Week-September 27

Tis’ the season for pumpkins, beautiful fall leaves, sweaters, and of course, cuddling up with a great audiobook…

We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down a few of their top picks for you.

Klondikers:  Dawson City’s Stanley Cup Challenge and How a Nation Fell in Love with Hockey

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.

Note:  Get ready for the upcoming hockey season with a look back at when hockey first truly became Canada’s national pastime.  Follow along as a group of misfits from The Yukon Territory travel (for almost 25 days!) to Ottawa to take on the favored Ottawa Silver Sevens.  All against a backdrop of Canada embracing modernization as it enters the 20th century.  Sure to appeal to any fan of hockey, characters, or Canada!- Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  10/5/2021

Written by:  Tim Falconer

Read by:  Matthew Josdal

Sankofa

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, by a prize-winning writer who “brilliantly captures the essence of a people and a place” (Nicole Dennis-Benn).

Note: When Anna’s mother dies, and with her marriage ending and her only child constantly on the move, Anna comes to meet someone through the pages of a diary long hidden – her father. Sankofa is an example of the perfect audiobook with writing and narration that complement each other beautifully. A must listen! – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 10/5/21

Written by: Chibundu Onuzo

Read by: Sara Powell

The Original Glitch

A must-listen sci-fi novel from Melanie Moyer.

Note: When a sentient AI creation escapes the deceased Dr. Kent’s lab to terrorize the world, grad student Adler must save humanity with the help of his friend Laura before it’s too late. Fans of Annalee Newitz and Becky Chambers will enjoy this heartfelt sci-fi adventure.- Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 10/5/21

Written by: Melanie Moyer

Read by: Emily Ellet

Picks of the Week- September 13

School is back in session and fall is just around the corner! 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.

Black Sunshine

A contemporary dark romance with a vampire twist, from the New York Times bestselling author of A Nordic King and Sins & Needles. Contains mature themes.

Note: Black Sunshine is the perfect book if you want a little bit of everything, a little contemporary, a little suspense with a little fantasy and of course vampires. As Lenore approaches her 21st birthday she doesn’t know that she’s a vampire, however, others do. Absolon, a criminal of sorts, kidnaps Lenore to help her learn the ways of being a vampire or to possibly kill her, he’s not exactly sure which. Soon she find her parents are not her real parents but actually a pair of vampire slayers who took her when she was a baby. As more and more secrets unravel for Lenore, and with her life on the line, she needs to decide who to trust. You don’t want to miss Black Sunshine by Karina Halle! – Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 9/21/21

Written by: Karina Halle

Read by: Sofia Willingham

Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai

In a narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Saumya Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption. A moving testament to the impact of fickle desires, Castaway Mountain reveals that when you own nothing, you know where true value lies: in family, community, and love.

Note: A tale of love, despair, poverty, and hope set in the Deonar garbage mountains of Mumbai, Castaway Mountain is a thrilling snapshot of India through the eyes of the garbage pickers who rely on these mountains for survival. The perfect book for readers of Behind the Beautiful Forevers. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 09/28/2021

Written by: Saumya Roy

Read by: Jeed Saddy

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

Every traveler knows that space in a backpack is limited, so on your next trip, carry the only guide you’ll ever need—this one—and take to the great outdoors with confidence.

Note: Experienced and novice hikers alike will love Rick Curtis’s updated classic! Equipped with detailed advice on camping safety, ultralight packing, and time-tested trail strategies, travelers can adventure into the outdoors with confidence after listening to this guide. – Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 9/28/21

Written by: Rick Curtis

Read by: Matthew Josdal

Age of Stone

Jez Cajiao presents Book 1 in the Rise of Mankind series.

Note: From the author of Brightblade comes an exciting new novel in the best Game Lit tradition, Age of Stone. – Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 9/28/2021

Written by: Jez Cajiao

Read by: Neil Hellegers

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Dangerous Magic

Monica Fairview presents Book 1 in the Mr. Darcy’s Magic series.

Note: A magical variation of Jane Austen’s beloved book Pride and Prejudice, we follow the intricate relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy filled with magic and romance. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 9/28/2021

Written by: Monica Fairview

Read by: Jennifer M. Dixon   

Picks of the Week-September 6

School is back in session and fall is just around the corner! 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.

With You Forever

Chloe Liese presents Book 4 in the Bergman Brothers series.

Note:  You won’t want to miss this fourth installment in Chloe Liese’s Bergman Brothers series! A marriage of convenience between two people who have secretly been crushing on each other……who usually avoid each other. How quick will this marriage of convenience turn into the real deal? This is a wonderful #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author. – Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 9/14/2021

Written by: Chloe Liese

Read by: Nelson Hobbs and C. J. Bloom

Phoenix Burning

Isabella Maldonado presents Book 2 in the Veranda Cruz series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Recipient of a starred Publisher’s Weekly review and named one of Book Riot’s Best 25 Suspense Books of 2018, Phoenix Burning brings us back into the exciting world of Detective Veranda Cruz. This series is perfect for anyone who is a fan of female sleuths. Book 3, Death Blow, releases in audio September 28! – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 9/14/21

Written by: Isabella Maldonado

Read by: Raquel Beattie

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World

An epic history of the Mongols as we have never seen them—not just conquerors but also city builders, diplomats, and supple economic thinkers who constructed one of the most influential empires in history.

Note: A new groundbreaking look at one of the great and misunderstood empires in civilized history.  Marie Favreau digs deep into how the Mongols not only amassed the largest conquest of land in history, but also how they brought an innovated way of governing to control this vast empire, rewarding skillful administrators and diplomats to fostered an economic order that was mobile, organized, and innovative.  This book is a great reassessment of one of the great civilizations of the middle ages. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 9/14/2021

Written by: Marie Favereau

Read by: Anne Flosnik

White Nights

Melissa de la Cruz presents Book 2 in the New Blue Bloods Coven series.

Note: “An unrelenting continuation of the beloved Vampires of Manhattan series by acclaimed author Melissa de la Cruz. Follow in Oliver’s pursuit of Finn Chase and Ara’s investigation into a mysterious surge and sudden disappearance of the Nephilim that leads to the remotest parts of the Scandinavian Peninsula.” – Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 9/21/21

Written by: Melissa de la Cruz

Read by: Chris Chambers