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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-May 9

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.

The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton

What if we truly belong to each other? What if we are all walking around shining like the sun? Mystic, monk, and activist Thomas Merton asked those questions in the twentieth century. Writer Sophfronia Scott is asking them today. In The Seeker and the Monk, Scott mines the extensive private journals of one of the most influential contemplative thinkers of the past for guidance on how to live in these fraught times.

Note: Winner of the 2021 Thomas Merton Award, The Seeker and the Monk, by Sophfronia Scott is a spiritual conversation between the unlikeliest pair. Scott, a non-Catholic Black woman, delves into the writings of the revered Trappist monk Thomas Merton and juxtaposes his contemplations against the culture milieu of the 21st century. Through Merton’s lens, Scott reflects on faith, ambition, nature, race, and prayer and invites the listener into a process of personal growth, exploration and understanding. For those who believe, like Merton said “we truly belong together” and seek a way to explain it, this is the audiobook for you.  – Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 5/10/2022

Written by: Sophfronia Scott

Read by: Kellye A. Saunders

Missing Pieces

Peter Grainger presents Book 4 in the Kings Lake Investigation series.

Note: Peter Grainger’s newest police procedural brings together all his well-loved attributes: dimensional characters, descriptive landscapes, and a thoroughly plotted mystery. This time in the form of a cold case whose answer may finally be solved with modern forensics. – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 5/10/2022

Written by: Peter Grainger

Read by: Gildart Jackson

Losing It

Shelli Stevens presents Book 1 in the Bro Code series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The first book in the Bro Code series by Shelli Stevens has come to audio and you do not want to miss it! In this brother’s best friend, Kristen is trying to have a little fun before joining the real world. Enters Blake, who knows that Kristen is off-limits in anything more than a friendship so he decides to be her wingman in having a little fun. It’s the perfect match for fun with no feelings or maybe not… -Jordan

Publishing Date: 5/10/22          

Written by: Shelli Stevens

Read by: Amy Melissa Bentley

Living Untethered

The book you need right now is finally here! From beloved spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer—author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul—this transformative and highly anticipated guide will be your compass on an exciting new journey toward self-realization and unconditional happiness.

Note: In Living Untethered, New York Times #1 Bestselling author Michael Singer, digs deeper into the concept of the “self” previously explored in The Untethered Soul.  This audiobook, narrated by the author, will compel you to question “who are YOU?” and how can you be the best you? – Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 5/10/22

Written by: Michael A. Singer

Read by: Michael A. Singer

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 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

Picks of the Week-February 7

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.

Gold:  How Gretzky’s Men Ended Canada’s 50-Year Olympic Hockey Drought

Gold is the definitive chronicle of how the men of Team Canada made history. Marking twenty years since the momentous victory, Tim Wharnsby delivers the inside story of how Gretzky built the team and Pat Quinn got them to the gold medal, featuring exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and personnel.

Note: Just in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 20th Anniversary of Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in 50 years, re-live the story of The Great One and Coach Pat Quinn leading the country that invented ice hockey to that elusive gold.  Featuring exclusive interviews with the players, coaches, and staff you’re sure to learn something new even if you are the most ardent hockey buff. – Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  2/1/2022

Written by: Tim Wharnsby

Read by:  Barry Abrams

One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America

One Quarter of the Nation is an in-depth look at the many ways immigration has redefined modern America.

Note:  An in-depth look at the many ways immigration has redefined modern America.  Nancy Foner dives deep to explain the impact immigration has had on the United States over the past two centuries, specifically when it comes to race and social order.  It reminds us that immigration has long been a part of American society, and shows how immigrants and their families continue to redefine who we are as a nation. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 2/1/2022

Written by: Nancy Foner

Read by: Laurel Merlington

Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and the World—and how to Repair it All

Fortune helps listeners understand how America was built upon systems and structures in ways that blessed some and cursed others, allowing Americans of European descent to benefit from the colonization, genocide, enslavement, rape, and exploitation of people of color.

Note: Lisa Sharon Harper, a leading Christian activist, explores how societal systems and structures constructed in America around race have broken families of color. This is an eye-opening account for anyone looking to know more about and heal the world from the destruction of systemic racism. – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 2/8/2022

Written by: Lisa Sharon Harper

Read by: Lisa Sharon Harper

Bright Midnight

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Nordic King and Racing the Sun comes a wildly romantic STANDALONE about a young American abroad in Norway who runs into the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Contains mature themes.

Note: The author that brought you A Nordic King and The Pact is back with another book, a cute second chance romance that is completely swoon-worthy. Shay is traveling around Europe, seeing everything she can see, the one place she still has yet to visit, Norway. She wants to see the land of the midnight sun, however, she does not want to run into the boy who broke her heart eight years before… You don’t want to miss Karina Halle, new to audio, Bright Midnight. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 2/8/22            

Written by: Karina Halle

Read by: Nina Archer and Tristan James

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our societies differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

Note: Anyone interested in the cultural history of Japan cannot afford to miss this landmark piece of anthropology by Ruth Benedict.  – Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 2/8/2022

Written by: Ruth Benedict

Read by: Cindy Kay

Picks of the Week-January 24

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.

The Pastor

A thought-provoking, existential novel—as Liv searches for meaning and identity in her own life, she must find the words to connect, comfort and lead others.

Note: From the winner of the 2019 PEN Translation Prize comes a darkly satisfying novel about a new pastor in a remote Norwegian village confronting both her reality and her past. Named one of the Best Books of 2021 in Fiction by Publisher’s Weekly, The Pastor grapples with humanity, the fragility of consciousness, and the echoes of historical suffering that are contained within the book’s stark and brutal landscape.  – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Written by: Hanne Orstavik

Read by: Madeline Dauer

Publishing Date: 1/25/2022

Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers

Modeled on a famous 1940 bestseller—a pamphlet exposing appeasers of Nazi Germany—Guilty Men shows how the coronavirus crisis has been stoked by the callous and opportunistic decisions of powerful men.

Note: The death toll from Covid-19 in the United States inches ever closer to one million people. Could the response have been better? Did those at the top intentionally downplay the crisis? Were there bad actors who made moves intended only to line their pockets? John Nichols unpacks these questions and more as he shows how those at the top mishandled and profited off of the worst pandemic in generations.- Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 1/25/22

Written by: John Nichols

Read by: Patrick Lawlor

Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600–1900

A blend of biography, corporate history, and colonial history, this book offers a panoramic, new perspective on the enormous cultural, political, and social legacies, good and bad, of this first period of unfettered globalization.

Note:  In an age when giant tech firms are gaining power and influence over the everyday lives of people everywhere in the world author Stephen Bown offers a look back at a time when the first monopolies formed and pushed commerce into the age of exploration. Merchant Kings looks at history through the lens of the first big businesses and outlines the history and global power of such as the Dutch West India Company, the Hudson Bay Company, and English East India Company. Each with its own sphere of influence and exploitation this audiobook provides the listener insight into how big business took control of global resources and shaped the world we live in today. – Nicholas Pouliot

Publishing Date: 1/25/2022

Written by: Stephen R. Bown

Read by: Malcolm Hillgartner

The Norse Queen

Johanna Wittenberg presents Book 1 in the Norsewomen series. Contains mature themes.

Note: New year, new historical fiction trilogy! And even better, one based on the story of a real person – Viking Queen Åsa of Tromøy is a name unknown to most people, but here Johanna Wittenberg brings her to life with a strongly researched novel that weaves together pivotal moments in her life. Book 2, The Falcon Queen, to follow soon! – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 1/25/22

Written by: Joanna Wittenberg

Read by: Amy Landon

Tied Up in Knotts

In Tied Up in Knotts, a loving daughter provides a full-life narrative of her father.

Note: An uplifting and heartfelt biography of comic legend Don Knotts written and read by his beloved daughter Karen.  Following Don throughout all the highs and lows of his remarkable career, including some never-told stories behind the scenes at the Andy Griffin Show and Three’s CompanyTied Up In Knotts delves beyond Barney Fife nostalgia to tell the life story of a man and father. – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 1/31/2022

Written by: Karen Knotts

Read by: Karen Knotts

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-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-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