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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