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Picks of the Week-September 27

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

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

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

Join a ragtag group of misfits from Dawson City as they scrap to become the 1905 Stanley Cup champions and cement hockey as Canada’s national pastime.

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

Publishing Date:  10/5/2021

Written by:  Tim Falconer

Read by:  Matthew Josdal

Sankofa

Girl, Woman, Other meets An American Marriage in this gripping story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by a prize-winning writer who “brilliantly captures the essence of a people and a place” (Nicole Dennis-Benn).

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

Publishing Date: 10/5/21

Written by: Chibundu Onuzo

Read by: Sara Powell

The Original Glitch

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

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

Publishing Date: 10/5/21

Written by: Melanie Moyer

Read by: Emily Ellet

Picks of the Week- August 9

Summer isn’t over just yet. That means there is still plenty of time for sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

About Tomorrow…

A must-listen second chance romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. Contains mature themes.

Note: Abbi Glines is back with a touching contemporary romance just in time for the end of summer. About Tomorrow… is a second chance romance that brings together Sailor and Creed, who remember their shared New England summers and seek to heal from the memories that haunt them. – Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 8/10/2021

Written by: Abbi Glines

Read by: Jillian Macie

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life

Wheel of the Year takes you on a month-by-month journey of discovery through seasonal aspects of Paganism practiced both in recent and ancient times.

Note: Bring the magic of the seasons into your homespace with Wheel of the Year! This classic book, now in audio for the first time, details how to make each trip around the sun an opportunity to connect with the natural world through Pagan practices, ancient lore, and meaningful personal ritual. – Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 8/17/2021

Written by: Pauline Campanelli

Read by: Leslie Howard

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Screams From the Void

A new space horror from the author of Shut Up. Contains mature themes.

Note: A perfect storm of sci-fi, space opera, and horror, SCREAMS FROM THE VOID builds tension as Raina and the crew of the Demeter fight for survival against an alien creature…and each other. – Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 08/17/2021

Written by: Anne Tibbets

Read by: Amy McFadden

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The Pursuit of Love

Nancy Mitford presents Book 1 in the Radlett and Montdore Trilogy.

Note: The Pursuit of Love is the first book Nancy Mitford’s enduring Radlett and Montdore trilogy and  the basis for the new Amazon Prime series starring Lily James. Considered a classic this comedy follows the story of Linda Radlett as she falls in and out of love in aristocratic England in the 1930’s and 40’s. For fans of romance among the gentry, this is the start of the series for you.- Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 08/17/2021

Written by: Nancy Mitford

Read by: Bessie Carter

Picks of the Week-July 19

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West

Despite the dire need for medical help, it seemed most trappers, miners, and emigrants would rather suffer and die than be treated by a female doctor. With a determination and strength of spirit that resonates even today, the incredible women profiled in The Doctor Wore Petticoats are sure to inspire.

Note: If you were ever a fan of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” then this book is just for you! Chris Enss highlights the real stories of early women physicians in the Old West who fought against prejudice and hardships to be taken seriously in their professions, and as women overall. — Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 7/27/21

Written by: Chris Enss

Read by: Janet Metzger

Whisper

Tal Bauer presents a must-listen political thriller novel. Contains mature themes.

Note: The author of The Murder Between Us and Hush, has another thriller/suspense story coming to audio. Set in the early 2000’s, right after 9/11, Kris is a member of the CIA team set to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden. After failing, he is brought to the ground in Afghanistan, where he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. When a botched mission rips David from Kris’s life, Kris’s world starts to fall apart and for David when he finally dose come home, he’s someone entirely different. You don’t want to miss, Whisper, a political thriller by Tal Bauer.- Jordan Spellman

Publishing Date: 7/27/21

Written by: Tal Bauer

Read by: John Solo

A History of Evangelism in North America

A History of Evangelism in North America guides listeners on a tour through circuit riders and tent meetings to campus evangelism and online ministries.

Note: Editor Thomas Johnson has pulled together the voices of respected leaders and passionate scholars of evangelism in A History of Evangelism in North America. This single volume history is perfect those seeking a clear vision of the guiding principles and methodologies of prominent American evangelistic ministers. From the circuit rider ministries of the early republic to the camp meetings of the 19th century that sparked the 2nd Great Awakening and the Abolition movement to Billy Graham and a new generation of evangelist in the 21st century, A History of Evangelism in North America is a foundational text for those who study Christian history and the church in North America. – Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: Jul 27, 2021

Written by: Edited by Thomas Johnson

Read by: Christopher Grove

Picks of the Week-June 28

Summer is here! That means plenty of hours sitting pool and beachside, road trips, and of course, audiobooks! We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, so we had our acquirers narrow down some of their top picks for you.

The Suffragette’s Daughter

Michelle Salter presents Book 1 in the Iris Woodmore Mysteries.

Note: Fans of Anna Lee Huber and Downton Abbey will enjoy this engrossing historical crime mystery, and the first in the Iris Woodmore series. Iris is a journalist whose mother died tragically while fighting for women’s suffrage, though we soon find out that the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death are cause for great suspicion. Can Iris crack the case of her mother’s mysterious demise, or will the secrets lingering at her ancestral home reveal truths that were better left buried? -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Michelle Salter

Read by: Louise Williams

Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this bewitching color.

Note: In this fascinating exploration around the world journalist, Kai Kupferschmidt, explores laboratories, volcanic lakes, deep underground, and miles overhead to find the rarest naturally occurring color on the planet: Blue. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 7/6/2021

Written by: Kai Kupferschmidt

Read by: Jonathan Yen

Daughter of No Worlds 

Carissa Broadbent presents Book 1 in the War of Lost Hearts series. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Sarah J. Maas, follow Tisaanah’s journey in the first book in this new exciting epic fantasy series from Carissa Broadbent that will get your pulse pounding and have you on the edge of you seat. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: Carissa Broadbent

Read by: Dan Calley and Esther Wane

Golden Boy

New York Times bestselling author John Glatt tells the true story of Thomas Gilbert Jr., the disturbed young man accused of murdering his father, a Manhattan millionaire and hedge fund founder.

Note: True crime lovers are sure to devour Glatt’s newest book confronting how mental illness brought a wealthy “golden” boy into a spiral of violence and murder. -Kara Stebbins

Publishing Date: 7/20/2021

Written by: John Glatt

Read by: Shaun Grindell

Picks of the Week-Nov.2

The holiday season is upon us! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. 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 Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

In The Last Giants, Levison Wood teams up with local trackers to gain insight into how this iconic species survives, camps out in the wild, meets the people and tribes living on the migration’s path, and joins the park rangers whose job it is to protect these land goliaths.

Note: Our company’s mascot and namesake is Tantor, the African elephant from Tarzan, so it would be amiss not to highlight THE LAST GIANTS. Travel writer, Levison Wood, has previously taken us to the Himalayas, Arabia, the Americas, and the Nile, and now turns from the landscape to the living to teach us about these beautiful creatures. Narrated by the author.  -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing Date: 11/3/20

Written by: Levison Wood

Read by: Levison Wood

Closer Than Blood

Gregg Olsen presents Book 2 in the Waterman and Stark series. Contains mature themes.

Note: The exciting follow-up to Victim Six in the Waterman & Stark mystery series. Follow Detective Kendall Stark as she hunts down a murderer with two faces. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing Date: 11/3/20

Written by: Gregg Olsen

Read by: Corey M. Snow

Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

Drawing on his personal fascinating story as a prosecutor, a defendant, and an observer of the legal process, Paul Butler offers a sharp and engaging critique of our criminal justice system.

Note: Author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men, Paul Butler presents a progressive and modern observation of discrimination in the criminal justice system. Butler intertwines the lyrical commentary in hip hop that exposes the excessive punishment and police brutality marginalized communities face. Let’s Get Free compels with the musical testimony of hip hop artists and engages the listener to contemplate a corrupt system. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 11/03/2020

Written by: Paul Butler

Read by: Leon Nixon

Aurora’s Angel

Lambda Literary Award Winner: Aurora’s Angel is a blend of action, adventure, and slow-burn romance centered around shapeshifters, set in a vivid fantasy world. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Eliza Andrews, this exciting debut by fantasy author Emily Noon takes us on a fantasy thrill ride filled with action, adventure, and romance. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 11/3/2020

Written by: Emily Noon

Read by: Abby Craden

Picks of the Week-Sept 7

Can you believe it’s already almost fall? We can’t, but we do believe that there are endless audiobooks still to explore. 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.

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items

These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale.

Note: It’s never too early for Halloween! Get in the mood for the season by learning the spooky history of some of the most famous supposedly cursed items in history. You might have to leave the lights on, especially if there is a creepy doll around. -Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: J.W. Ocker

Narrated by: Tim Campbell

 

Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved

In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures.

Note: A down to earth and delightful look at some of the strange creatures that inhabit the earth and how some of their unusual traits have evolved.  -Scott Smith

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Kenneth Catania

Narrated by: Chris Sorensen

The Family Garden Plan

Melissa K. Norris, fifth-generation homesteader and host of the popular Pioneering Today podcast, explains how to plant a garden that will yield healthy, wholesome food throughout the year.

Note: The lessons presented here about the value of growing your own food are more timely than ever! Learn how to plan your garden space and start to follow a more sustainable lifestyle. From beginners to the more experienced gardener, this book is a great source for everyone. -Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Melissa K. Norris

Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens

There Goes Sunday School

There Goes Sunday School is a relevant and poignant story about two boys’ first real love in a conservative Christian community.

Note: Mike, a closeted high schooler, tries to blend in with the rest of his religious community. But when the pastor’s son discovers his secret, an unexpected romance begins. Fans of Love, Simon will love this novel! -Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 9/15/2020

Written by: Alexander C. Eberhart

Narrated by: Joel Leslie

Picks of the Week-Sept 1

Can you believe it’s already almost fall? We can’t, but we do believe that there are endless audiobooks still to explore. 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.

 

Brimstone Bound

Helen Harper presents Book 1 in the Firebrand series.

Note: Vampires, werewolves, and murder. Oh my! You won’t want to miss the first installment of Helen Harper’s exciting new paranormal shifters series. This is one supernatural mystery and romance ready to be devoured. -Kara Boucher

Publishing Date: 9/3/2020

Written by: Helen Harper

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart

Yellow Jessamine

A new horror novella by Caitlin Starling, author of The Luminous Dead, a 2019 nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel.

Note: Evelyn Perdanu, powerful heiress to a shipping dynasty, lives apart from her dying country, pushing away those who would try to get close. One of her ships carries home a mysterious plague that begins to devour Delphinium, a city already in decline. All who become ill share one strange symptom—they are obsessed with Evelyn. With everything at stake, Evelyn and her devoted assistant, Violetta, search for answers to clear her name before everything is lost. Starling’s gorgeous, gothic prose sets the scene as tension builds and horrific truths come to light. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 9/5/2020

Written by: Caitlin Starling

Narrated by: Heather Wilds

Grave Beginnings

R. R. Virdi presents Book 1 in the Grave Report series.

Note: Fans of the Dresden Files need to check out Grave Beginnings by R.R. Virdi, a new voice in paranormal urban fiction with a noir twist. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 9/8/2020

Written by: R.R. Virdi

Narrated by: Travis Baldree

How We Vote: Innovation in American Elections

In How We Vote, Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown explore how election officials work, how ballots are cast and counted, and how jurisdictions try to innovate while also protecting the security of the voting process.

Note: The 2020 general election stands to be the most important in modern U.S. history and you may need a straightforward guide to the American voter system and your voting rights. With, How We Vote, you can cut through the fat of the American electoral process and get to the meat of how elections work. Learn how election officials protect voter’s rights and facilitate elections to an ever-diversifying population and how they are innovating the process to show how we will be voting in the future. Don’t go to the polls misinformed and skeptical, learn all you need to know about making your vote count with How We Vote. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing Date: 9/8/2020

Written by: Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown

Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens

Picks of the Week- August 10

It is the “Dog Days of Summer” what better way to cool off than with a good book. 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.

 

Hunted

Erica Woods presents Book 1 in the Feral Souls Trilogy. Contains mature themes.

Note: For fans of Stacey Brutger and Jaymin Eve, this new paranormal series takes us on an exciting new adventure filled with action, adventure, and romance. -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 8/15/2020

Written by Erica Woods

Narrated by Isabelle Ruther and Aiden Snow

 

Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice

In Skimmed, Andrea Freeman tells the riveting story of the Fultz quadruplets while uncovering how feeding America’s youngest citizens is awash in social, legal, and cultural inequalities.

Note: Andrea Freeman tells the story of the Fultz quadruplets and the baby formula company that exploited them for profit. Skimmed highlights the making of a modern public health crisis, the four extraordinary girls whose stories encapsulate a nationwide injustice, and how we can fight for a healthier future. -Molly Miller

Publishing date: 8/18/2020

Written by Andrea Freeman

Narrated by Randye Kaye

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

Hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses cover the basics, and then some, including topics on college living; finding people, places, and patience; classes; dating; the party scene; and money.

Note: Ranked the #1 go-to guide for going to college, this New York Times bestseller covers everything you ever wanted to know about life on campus. From academics to social life to stress management and everything in between, The Naked Roommate has you covered. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 8/18/2020

Written by Harlan Cohen

Narrated by Brian Holden

 

The Coma

Having been attacked on the Underground, a man wakes up in a hospital and begins to question his emergence from a coma in this dark psychological drama.

Note: If you want to be transported away take a trip into this dreamy and eerie book by the director of Ex-Machina and screenwriter of 28 Days Later. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 8/18/2020

Written by Alex Garland

Narrated by Shaun Grindell

 

The Crank Palace

James Dashner presents a new novella in the Maze Runner series.

Note: In Dashner’s latest installment in the Maze Runner series, which runs concurrent to the latter part of The Death Cure, we finally get a closer look into everyone’s favorite character – Newt. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing date: 8/25/2020

Written by James Dashner

Narrated by Mark Deakins

Picks of the Week-July 27

Summer is in full swing, 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.

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Home Grown is the charming adventures of one family’s mission to build a deeper, lasting connection to land and community on their Vermont farm.

Note: With uncertain school openings in the fall and a growing need for parents to take a primary role in the education of their children, Ben Hewitt’s Home Grown offers his experiences in-home “unschooling”. More than just a parenting guide, this book is a reflection on the strength of family values and a life prioritized in the natural world and it is a perfect fit for any parent who seeks a stronger connection to both. -Nick Pouliot

Publishing date: 7/28/2020

Written by Ben Hewitt

Narrated by Chris Sorensen

Once Upon an Eid

Once Upon an Eid is a joyous short story collection by and about Muslims, edited by New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed and Morris finalist S. K. Ali.

Note: A collection of short stories geared toward children, written by some of today’s most remarkable Muslim voices. A perfect listen to explore the joyful celebration of Eid and Islamic culture. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 7/28/2020

Written by Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

Narrated by Siiri Scott and Neil Shah

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia is a thrilling account of the Cold War spies and spycraft that changed the course of history.

Note: This nonfiction read will have young readers engrossed in learning about the Cold War history. The action-packed stories about spies and spycraft will have them entertained until the very end. This is the perfect history read for fans of Bomb. -Jannah McCowan

Edited by Marc Favreau

Narrated by Curt Bonnem

The Boy at the Back of the Class

Told with humor and heart, The Boy at the Back of the Class offers a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

Note: Onjali’s debut novel tells a heartwarming, empowering, and moving story about Ahmet, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. After his class finds out about Ahmet’s past, they become determined to help reunite him with his family. The Boy at the Back of the Class is a timely and accessible books for children to learn how to be an ally, and a great addition to your personal library! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 7/28/2020

Written by Onjali Q Rauf

Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya

Kill Sleep Repeat

From the bestselling author of The Social Affair and HER comes an intense and deadly provocative thriller which follows a woman who, in a fight for survival, realizes her job may cost more than it pays.

Note: Thriller fans will love Britney King’s Kill Sleep Repeat. Charlotte Jones leads a double life—one as a suburban mom and another as a globe-trotting assassin. When the lines between her two lives blur, how long can she keep her taste for murder a secret? -Maddy Collins

Publishing date: 7/28/2020

Written by Britney King

Narrated by Suzanne Elise Freeman and Sean William Doyle

 

Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., one of the world’s leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the American era after 1945.

Note: Esteemed political scientist and foreign policy expert, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., examines the role of ethics in the foreign policy decisions of U.S. presidencies from 1945 to the present. This timely analysis is great for fans of Andrew J. Bacevich and Michael J. Sandel. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 7/31/2020

Written by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Picks of the Week-July 20

Summer is in full swing, 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.

 

The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know

The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know® offers an engaging overview of this irreplaceable ecosystem and the challenges it faces.

Note: Is your Instagram travel board growing larger every day as travel takes a backseat to health and safety? Then take this time to learn about an amazing place. Author Mark J. Plotkin and narrator David Colacci will take you on a journey through the Amazon, where you’ll learn all about the flora, fauna, indigenous tribes, and the conservation efforts at work to save this beautiful and earth-supporting ecosystem. -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing date: 7/21/2020

Written by Mark J. Plotkin

Narrated by David Colacci

 

Rare Earth

Rare Earth is a gritty, science-fiction thriller and debut novel about an unconventional hero and second chances.

Note: Fans of Arthur C. Clarke will find much to love in this debut hard sci-fi novel by Kurt Allan. -Greg Souza

Publishing date:7/28/2020

Written by Kurt Allan

Narrated by Derek Shoales

 

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell

The first comprehensive biography of iconic singer-songwriter Chris Cornell.

Note: The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Chris Cornell.  This book thoroughly chronicles the life story and prolific output of one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time. -Scott Smith

Publishing date:7/28/2020

Written by Corbin Reiff

Narrated by Michael Butler Murray

 

The Toddler in Chief

In The Toddler-in-Chief, Drezner takes listeners through the different dimensions of Donald Trump’s infantile behavior, from temper tantrums to poor impulse control to the possibility that the President has had too much screen time.

Note: Daniel W. Drezner delves into the behaviors of our “Toddler-in-Chief,” documenting the myriad ways in which the president has been described, in many instances by his own allies, as infantile and immature. Along the way we see just what sort of effect this is having on American democracy, policy, and culture. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date:7/28/2020

Written by Daniel W. Drezner

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

 

The Shadow Club

Neal Shusterman presents Book 1 in the Shadow Club series.

Note: The Shadow Club begins with innocent practical jokes, but when someone frames the club for a dangerous trick that leads to the serious injury of the school track star, the club will have to find the true perpetrator to clear their names. -Ashley Fortier

Publishing date:7/28/2020

Written by Neal Shusterman

Narrated by Brian Holden