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Picks of the Week-June 20

Summer is officially here! 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!

Cursed

K. K. Allen presents Book 1 in the Enchanted Gods series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Cursed is perfect for people who love a mix of romance, adventure, and fantasy in their books. Katrina is different and after tragedy hits, she is sent to live with her only family left, she learns a lot more than she bargained for. Powerful forces, mythological enchantments, and evil prophecies you do not want to miss this one!-Jordan

Publishing Date: 6/7/22            

Written by: K.K. Allen

Read by: Rose Dioro

Mystic Madness

Kim Richardson presents Book 8 in the Witches of Hollow Cove series.

Note: Author Kim Richardson introduces the 8th installment of the hilarious and charming The Witches of Hollow Cove series: Mystic Madness. This binge-worthy fantasy series has everything: romance, adventure, and is delightfully lighthearted with its comedic heroine Tessa. Mystic Madness is the perfect book to pick up for avid fans of magical, witchy hijinks!- Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 6/14/2022

Written by: Kim Richardson

Read by: Devon Sorvari

An Heir Comes to Rise

C. C. Peñaranda presents Book 1 in the Heir Comes to Rise series.

Note: Book 1 in this action-packed debut fantasy series is filled with sorcery, sword fights, and adventure.  – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 6/21/2022 

Written by: Chloe C. Peñaranda

Read by: Elizabeth Evans

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 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-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-January 17

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.

Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace

Showing Up is a revolutionary step-by-step guide—by and for men—to ending toxic masculinity and leveraging men to enact heart-based leadership, increase diversity, bolster the bottom line, and create a culture so everyone in the workplace wins.

Note: “A revolutionary step-by-step guide – by and for men – to ending toxic masculinity” especially, in the workplace. For men to embrace healthy masculinity in leadership roles in a company, while also identifying unhealthy masculine behaviors. How to build up and be inclusive for underrepresented groups in the workplace. This book is one that every man should give a listen to, you just might learn something.- Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 1/4/22            

Written by: Ray Arata

Read by: Steven Bowlby

Season of the Witch

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll—from the Beatles to Black Sabbath—and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.

Note:  The fascinating connection between Occultism and Mysticism and the roots of rock ‘n’ roll is explored in this analysis of rock through the years.  Gildart Jackson expertly narrates our journey from those early days up to today.  This one is sure to grab you if you have any interest in music or the supernatural. – Dan Totten

Publishing Date:  1/18/2022

Written by:  Peter Berbegal

Read by:  Gildart Jackson

Cheese Sex Death

Filled with audacious prose, Cheese Sex Death is a delightfully approachable guide to artisan cheese that will make just about anyone worship at the altar of Cheesus.

Note: Erika Kubick brings her passion for cheese to this delectable artisan guide. A must-listen for the cheese obsessed! – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 1/18/2022

Written by: Erika Kubick

Read by: Erika Kubick

The 10,000 Year Explosion

A provocative and fascinating new look at human evolution that turns conventional wisdom on its head, The 10,000 Year Explosion reveals the ongoing interplay between culture and biology in the making of the human race.

Note: Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending offer a unique, modern perspective on human evolution’s relationship to civilized life. – Greg

Publishing Date: 1/18/2022

Written by: Gregory Cochran, Henry Harpending

Read by: Jonathan Yen

Ball of Fire

In Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball, Stefan Kanfer goes beyond the icon to examine the difficult life and enduring work of the most influential woman in modern American comedy.

Note: Author Stefan Kanfer examines the life and legacy of one of the most beloved comics and television stars of all time-Lucille Ball. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 1/18/2022

Written by: Stefan Kanfer

Read by: Nan McNamara

Picks of the Week-December 27

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.

A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War

A Question of Freedom tells the story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history.

Note: In this critically acclaimed winner of the Mark Lynton Prize in History and the SHEAR Best Book prize, listeners learn the history of the “freedom suit,” where enslaved individuals could file lawsuits against slaveholders to claim their freedom. This thoroughly researched account vividly brings to life the efforts of five generations of enslaved families in Prince George’s County, Maryland, whose fight brought them up against a powerful assembly of slaveholders, as well as the Supreme Court. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 12/14/2021

Written by: William G. Thomas III

Read by: David Sadzin

Under A Falling Star

A must-listen romance. Contains mature themes.

Note: Perfect for those who love both romance and Christmas, you don’t want to miss this office romance by Jae. Austen is an employee at an international games company and her first job is to decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby. While doing this, Austen’s boss gets hit in the head by the tree topper and she takes her to the ER. Dee has an instant attraction towards Austen but she does not know that Austen is technically her employee. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 12/21/21       

Written by: Jae

Read by: Abby Craden

Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story

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

Note: The first full-length biography of Eddie Van Halen—a searching, affectionate, and in-depth look at the remarkable life of a genuine musical virtuoso who changed the course of rock ’n’ roll.  Brannigan goes in-depth to explore the highs and lows of the Eddie Van Halen story.  A must-listen for any music fan! – Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 12/28/2021

Written by: Paul Brannigan

Read by: Mike Lenz

Black Cowboys of the Old West

A long overdue testament to the courage and skill of black cowboys, Black Cowboys of the Old West finally gives these courageous men their rightful place in history.

Note: There’s a lot of American history that, while not hidden, is not widely known. That so many cowboys of the Old West were actually Black could be a surprise to many; Hollywood (and history books) has always shown us a white majority presentation of cowboys, yet one-fourth of their number were Black. Jesse Stahl, Nat Love, and Charley Willis are just a few of the cowboys that we should know more about, and Tricia Martineau Wagner handily provides a strong introduction here. – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 12/28/2021

Written by: Tricia Martineau Wagner

Read by: Allyson Johnson

Tomb of the Queen

Joss Walker presents Book 1 in the Jayne Thorne, CIA Librarian series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Writing under the pen name, Joss Walker, New York Times bestselling thriller author J.T. Ellison delivers a powerful debut paranormal fantasy. Cowritten with USA Today bestselling fantasy author Alisha Klapheke, the Jayne Thorne, CIA Librarian series is perfect for fans of A Discovery of Witches. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 12/31/2021

Written by: Joss Walker

Read by: Erin Moon

New Fiction Listens for November

Read by: Délé Ogundiran

Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

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

Read by: The author

“Unapologetically bold and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly

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

Read by: Stephanie Rose and Nelson Hobbs

New York Times bestselling author

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

Read by: Neil Hellegers

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

Read by: L. Malaika Cooper

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

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

Read by: Felicity Munroe and Sean Crisden

New York Times bestselling author

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

Read by: Simon Vance

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

Read by: Cindy Kay

New York Times bestselling author

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

Picks of the Week-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 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