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Picks of the Week- June 15

It is June, which means we will be spending more time outside and will need something new to listen to of course! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis

Three Roads to the Alamo is the definitive book about the lives of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—the legendary frontiersmen and fighters who met their destiny at the Alamo in one of the most famous and tragic battles in American history—and about what really happened in that battle.

Note: Most Americans know the phrase “Remember the Alamo”! but not all the know the story behind it. William Davis takes the listener across early America and down the dusty roads to the Alamo, where we meet three very different men; two of whom were American folk heroes, legends in their own right before heading South, the third an ambitious land speculator who left his family back east to try to make it the new Republic of Texas. They fought for freedom and died for the cause of independence, and this is their story. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 6/10/2020

Written by William C. Davis

Narrated by David Colacci

 

The Deadly Dinner Party

The Deadly Dinner Party presents fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective stories written by a practicing physician.

Note: What would you get if you combined House and Sherlock Holmes? This book! Take a deep dive into some of history’s most fascinating medical mysteries. As accessible and thrilling as the best thriller novels, this one is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 6/16/2020

Written by Jonathan A. Edlow

Narrated by Joel Richards

 

Brave Enough

Travel with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins on her compelling journey from America’s heartland to international sports history, navigating challenges and triumphs with rugged grit and a splash of glitter.

Note: Jessie Diggins, the first-ever cross-country skiing Olympic gold medalist from the US, tells the story of how she made sports history. In her inspiring memoir, Diggins recounts her successes and the struggles she overcame in her journey to the podium.  -Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 6/16/2020

Written by Jessie Diggins (with Todd Smith)

Narrated by Allyson Ryan

 

Burden

Lila Felix presents Book 1 in the Bayou Bear Chronicles.

Note: Isolated Echo is bound to a clan she is trapped in until a comforting companion gives her a sense of belonging. Burden is the perfect paranormal romance for readers looking for a sweet story of love and acceptance, and an exciting start to Lila Felix’s Bayou Bear series. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 6/16/2020

Written by Lila Felix

Narrated by Alex Knox

Picks of the Week-May 11

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

The Business of Blood

Kerrigan Byrne presents Book 1 in the Business of Blood series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Fiona hasn’t stopped searching for Jack the Ripper since the day he murdered her best friend Mary two years ago, but now he’s back, and this time he’s after Fiona. A dazzling new sleuth’s tale perfect for fans of the Lady Sherlock series. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Justine Eyre

 

Terror at Bottle Creek

This is a thrilling survivalist story by Watt Key, the author of Alabama MoonDirt Road Home, and Hideout.

Note: At just 13 years old, Cort must rely on his survival training to keep two neighbor girls and himself alive during a hurricane. Fans of Hatchet will love this wilderness adventure story set in the eerie Alabama swamplands. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Watt Key

Narrated by Charlie Thurston

Confrontation

Confrontation is the first book in the epic new Baldwin’s Legacy series, written by the bestselling author of the Survivors series.

Note: The first in a new series from best-selling author Nathan Hystad, Confrontation takes a journey among the stars, where one man’s decisions could bring about an intergalactic war. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Nathan Hystad

Narrated by James Patrick Cronin

 

Zombies on the Block

Mike Evans presents Book 1 in the Zombies on the Block series.

Note: Seasoned apocalyptic author Mike Evans returns with another thrilling dystopian novel that is sure to engross zombie and horror fans alike! Zombies on the Block is the perfect read for anyone looking for an action-packed survival series with the comfort of comical relief. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 5/26/2020

Written by Mike Evans

Narrated by Tristan Morris

Picks of the Week-May 4

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers

In this fascinating memoir, Horwitz tells the unlikely story of a childhood dream come true, offering an unparalleled insider’s perspective on four dynamic and unpredictable decades of Mets baseball.

Note: Former Mets PR Director Jay Horwitz is one of the most memorable and believed off-field personalities in the history of the team. In his memoir, fans can take a ride through over 30 years of history inside one of the most interesting and wild franchises in sports. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Jay Horwitz

Narrated by Barry Abrams

 

The Prettiest Star

The Prettiest Star is a novel about sex and shame. And it is a novel that speaks to the question of what home and family means when we try to forge a life for ourselves in a world that can be harsh and unpredictable. Contains mature themes.

Note: Six years after leaving behind his small-town life in Appalachia, Brian returns home after losing his dreams, his friends, and his lover to the AIDS epidemic. Gorgeously written and incredibly moving, The Prettiest Star explores the bounds of family, grief, love, and understanding and highlights the forgotten part of the AIDS epidemic when gay men came home to die in the same rural communities they fought so hard to escape. The Prettiest Star was made the lists of: EW‘s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020, O Magazine’s “31 LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020,”  BookRiot’s “Most Anticipated Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020,” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “10 Southern Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020.”-Kim Budnick

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Carter Sickels

Narrated by Charlie Thurston and Tiffany Morgan

 

Airport

The #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about an airport thrust into chaos by a whiteout blizzard: “A spellbinder” (The Denver Post).

Note: Finally in audio! Arthur Hailey’s New York Times Bestselling Airport is a classic work of suspense and adventure. The basis for the blockbuster film from the 70’s this novel was described as a “spellbinder” by the Denver Post. As a destructive and blinding blizzard rages over the Midwest, endangering all in its path, the staff of Lincoln International Airport and the crew of a circling airliner must use all their wits and talents to land safely and save the lives of the passengers as chaos descends on the runway below. Return your trays to their upright and locked positions and buckle up for this edge of your seat ride!-Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Arthur Hailey

Narrated by B.J. Harrison

 

The House in the Woods

Mark Dawson presents Book 1 in the Atticus Priest series.

Note: Mark Dawson kickstarts another amazing thriller series with this latest book. While The House in the Woods deviates from the assassin plots that Dawson has become known for, this police procedural once again highlights Dawson’s skill for writing edgy characters that lead you through every twist and turn. Be sure to set aside a day for this book – you won’t want to put it down!-Jenn Eschrich

Publishing date: 5/19/2020

Written by Mark Dawson

Narrated by Simon Vance

Picks of the Week-April 27

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new batch of binge-worthy listens. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

That’s What I’m Talking About

Roy Firestone reflects on his life, his 40-year career in broadcasting, and the people he’s most admired along the way.

Note: This is a wonderful collection of essays by an icon of sports broadcasting. The bonus is that the extremely talented and funny Firestone narrates the book, and it is as entertaining (and funny) as you would expect it to be! -Ron Formica

Publishing date: 5/5/2020

Written by Roy Firestone

Narrated by Roy Firestone

 

The First World War: A Complete History

Martin Gilbert recounts the course of the First World War, the enormity of its cost, the advances it brought in technology, and its effect on European society.

Note: Sir Martin Gilbert a leading historian on the Twentieth Century and has shown there is such a thing as “true history,” he takes his research and storytelling to write a complete history of The First World War. He explains everything from the horrors of the war to the creation of new technologies of destruction as well as the aftermath that was caused by the war. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Martin Gilbert

Narrated by Roger Clark

 

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter

Note: In this heartwarming and fun coming of age story, Martin discovers the world of drag where he learns how to express himself through it. When his two worlds collide, Martin is faced with telling his friends about his new alter ego. If you enjoyed books like Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling and Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky, you’re sure to love Martin’s story! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Alyssa Zaczek

Narrated by Daniel Henning

 

Relic

Bronwyn Eley presents Book 1 in the Relic Trilogy.

Note: Fans of young adult fantasy will love Bronwyn Eley’s thrilling debut! Kaylan’s life is changed for the worst when she’s selected to be the king’s servant—follow her struggle against fate and magic as a rebellion unfolds. -Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 5/12/2020

Written by Bronwyn Eley

Narrated by Gabrielle Baker

Picks of the Week-April 20

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Hex Life

Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes.

Note: Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Caine, and Kelly Armstrong will love this collection of witchy, haunting stories. Dust off your broomstick, light your candles, and get ready for some dark reading. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Edited by Rachel Deering and Christopher Golden

Narrated by Amy McFadden

 

 

Dead of Winter

Melissa Pearl and Anna Cruise present Book 1 in the Aspen Falls series.

Note: A little bit mystery, romance, and a lot of women’s crime fiction this one is great for fans of Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Rosie is on the run from her drug dealer ex and decides the only place to hide is Aspen Falls, somewhere she never thought she’d step foot in again. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Melissa Pearl and Anna Cruise

Narrated by Meghan Kelly

 

 

On Eden Street

Peter Grainger presents Book 2 in the Kings Lake Investigation series.

Note: In his newest detective novel, Grainger’s intricate characters and stunning mystery will satisfy fans old and new. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Peter Grainger

Narrated by Gildart Jackson

 

 

Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

Edge of the Map traces the sharp twists and turns in Christine Boskoff’s life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer, through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattle-based Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer was lost in the 1996 Everest disaster.

Note: Edge of the Map is an inspirational and stirring adventure story based on the Life of Christine Boskoff. Remembered as the premiere female high altitude climber, Christine’s love of mountains took her to earth’s greatest heights and earned her global recognition. This book follows her steps from early climbs in the Rockies to her eventual disappearance in the Himalayas and the search and rescue effort that captivated the world. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Johanna Garton

Narrated by Emily Durante

Pick’s of the Week-April 13

 

April is the perfect time to pick up a new audiobook featuring our talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

I Lost My Girlish Laughter

A lost literary gem of Hollywood in the 1930s, I Lost My Girlish Laughter is a thinly veiled send-up of the actors, producers, writers, and directors of the Golden Age of the studio system.

Note: Tinseltown gossip, glamour, and scandal come to life in this recently unearthed comedic satire of Hollywood in the 1930s, deliciously written by the woman who witnessed it all. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Jane Allen

Narrated by Amy Rubinate

 

The Eighth Wonder of the World

With exhaustive research, exclusive interviews with family and friends, and an exploration of André’s amazing in-ring career and the indelible mark he left on pop culture, Laprade and Hébert have crafted the most complete portrait of a modern-day mythical being.

Note: Step into the ring with this biography of the legendary wrestler and actor. A great companion to the 2018 HBO documentary that Laprade also contributed to. From his life and family in France, to his worldwide travels as a top wrestling draw, and his acting career which included a beloved role in The Princess Diaries, this biography will keep you entertained. You won’t believe some of the stories of Andre’s life. – Dan Totten

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade

Narrated by Graham Rowat

 

A Life Without Water

Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built.

Note: A heartfelt story about family, love, and loss. Fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde will love this book. -Maddie Collins

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Marci Bolden

Narrated by Tanya Eby

 

The Immortal Conquistador

From Carrie Vaughn, author of the beloved Kitty Norville werewolf talk-show host series, comes the vampire origin story of Kitty’s famed ally, Rick—and his sudden turn to darkness in the seventeenth century.

Note: For fans of the Kitty Norville series comes the origin story of the character Rick and his journey into darkness. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 4/28/2020

Written by Carrie Vaughn

Narrated by Neil Hellegers

Picks of the Week-March 23

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

To Kill a Fae

C. S. Wilde presents Book 1 in the Hollowcliff Detectives series.

Note: To Kill a Fae is an exciting start to a series packed with magic, mystery, and compelling characters. Fans of Annette Marie will love this! –Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by C.S. Wilde

Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Break in Case of Emergency

Set in a small town in the 1990s, this is the story of a girl on the edge—of a breakdown, of family secrets, of learning who she really is.

Note: A raw and heartfelt story about a young girl learning to deal with her demons while also navigating family and friendships. For fans of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and How It Feels to Float, this book is sure to suck you in. –Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Brian Francis

Narrated by Chloe Cannon

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland

With the same skill, style, and storytelling flair that made his bestselling Capote a landmark literary biography, Gerald Clarke sorts through the secrets and the scandals, the legends and the lies, to create a portrait of Judy Garland as candid as it is compassionate.

Note: A candid and colorful biography of the enigmatic entertainer and icon, Judy Garland. For those captivated by Renee Zellweger’s recent Oscar-winning performance in “Judy.”–Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Gerald Clarke

Narrated by Erin Bennett

Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society’s normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating it.

Note: Every day, half a million people are jailed merely because they can’t afford to pay bail. Alec Karakatsanis, an award-winning civil rights lawyer known for, uses USUAL CRUELTY to challenge American society’s normalization of this common practice. The New Yorker calls this work “Passionately argued. . . . Karakatsanis sets out the moral and political philosophy that drives his work—that criminal law, and the manner in which it is selectively enforced, is a reflection of ‘power, racial bias, and economic self-interest.’”–Molly Miller

Publishing date: 3/31/2020

Written by Alec Karakatsanis

Narrated by George Newbern

Picks of the Week -March 16

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

 

Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels

An engaging history of the surprising, poignant, and occasionally scandalous stories behind scientific names and their cultural significance.

Note: Jonathan Todd Ross’ narration brings to life these stories of how organisms got their scientific names. Stories that are at times petty, heartwarming, humorous, or downright mean.  Fans of Mary Roach will want to check this one out! –Dan Totten

Publishing date: 3/17/2020

Written by Stephen B Heard, PhD

Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross

The Doughnut Fix

Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts.

Note: I love this funny, heartwarming tale about a boy who starts a doughnut stand in his new small town. The perfect read for young foodies! –Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Jessie Janowitz

Narrated by Brian Holden

The Spies Who Never Were

The thrilling true story of the daring double agents who thwarted Hitler’s spy machine in Britain and turned the tide of World War II.

Note:  Calling all history buffs! This is the perfect listen for fans of the history of espionage and World War II history. — Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Hervie Haufler

Narrated by Derek Perkins

House Lessons: Renovating a Life

Have you ever fallen in love against all odds? Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our homes (and lives) better.

Note: New York Times bestselling author learning life lessons and how to make our lives better through the painstaking renovation of a 100-year-old home. –Scott Smith

Publishing date: 3/24/2020

Written by Erica Bauermeister

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Picks of the Week-March 9

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Hate Inc.

Part tirade, part confessional from the celebrated Rolling Stone journalist, Hate Inc. reveals that what most people think of as “the news” is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.

Note: A perfect book to help you sort through the chaos of the 2020 election cycle and the media that covers it. For fans of Ryan Holiday’s Trust Me I’m Lying and Daniel Boorstin’s The Image. —Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 03/10/2020

Written by Matt Taibbi

Narrated by Robert Fass

I Want You Gone

A must-listen psychological thriller from the author of the Dr. Pippa Durrant Mystery series.

Note: The one obituary you never want to read – is your own. A gripping new psychological thriller perfect for fans of Natalie Barelli and K.L. Slater. —Ashley Fortier

Publishing date: 03/17/2020

Written by Miranda Rijks

Narrated by Gemma Dawson

Druid Vices and Vodka

Annette Marie presents Book 6 in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series.

Note: Woven with wit and Annette Marie’s transfiguring storytelling magic, be prepared to be Spellbound once again! — Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 03/17/2020

Written by Annette Marie

Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today

The only comprehensive study of American presidents’ misconduct and the ways in which chief executives and members of their official families have responded to the charges brought against them, this new edition is designed to serve the same purpose as the original 1974 report: to provide the historical context and metric against which the actions of the current administration may be assessed.

Note: History buffs will love this is an enthralling dive into the controversies that surrounded US Presidents of the past and present! — Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 03/17/2020

Written by James M. Banner, Jr.

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Picks of the Week-March 2nd

March is loaded with talented authors and narrators. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

The Firethorn Crown

A kingdom of shadows. A soldier is sworn to protect. A princess silenced by love.

Note: Fans of young adult fiction will love this fairy tale-inspired story.  Follow Princess Lily on an adventure to break the curse put on her and her sisters before time runs out. If you love Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge then you will not be able to put down The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué! — Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 3/3/2020

Written by Lea Doue

Narrated by Zehra Jane Naqvi

Crooked Snake

Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard is the true story of Lepard, sentenced to life in Parchman for the murder of seventy-four-year-old Mary Young in 1959. During the course of his sentence, Lepard escaped from prison six times in fourteen years.

Note: Crooked Snake is a gripping account of Lovejoy Boteler’s kidnapping and his years-long quest to learn more about his captors. A True Crime memoir written by the victim, Crooked Snake offers a glimpse into a rural America that is fast fading, Boteler follows the exploits of Albert Lepard, a man who led a life of crime and 6 times escaped federal penitentiary. —Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 3/10/2020

Written by Lovejoy Boteler

Narrated by John McLain

The League and the Legend

In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The League and the Lantern, Jake Herndon must once again fight off dangerous intruders. This time the mystery is taken to a whole new level.

Note: Pack your bags because the adventure continues for Jake and friends as they go on the run to uncover another Civil War mystery. Filled with intrigue and humor, and packed with action, this book is hard to put down! Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will love it! —Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 3/10/2020

Written by Brian Wells

Narrated by Ramon De Ocampo

Prime Verse: Forced Login

For Hudson, the virtual world of PrimeVerse isn’t all bad. It’s beautiful; much nicer than overpopulated Earth. It almost feels like a vacation except for the volatile wildlife, lack of any amenities, and—oh yeah—the inability to log out.

Note: Looking for a new series? This debut LitRPG from R.K. Billiau has all the adventure you could want inside a gaming world.  Fans of Eric Ugland’s The Good Guys series will enjoy this series. —Greg Souza

Amazon #1 Best Seller in:

Humorous Science Fiction

  • Virtual Reality
  • Video and Electronic Game

Publishing Date: 3/10/2020

Written by R. K. Billiau

Narrated by Eric Jason Martin