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Picks of the Week-December 6

We don’t know about you, but it’s cold out here and all we can think of is curling up next to a cozy fire with a great audiobook.

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

PTL

Drawing on trial transcripts, videotapes, newspaper articles, and interviews with key insiders, dissidents, and lawyers, John Wigger reveals the power of religion to redirect American culture. This is the story of a grand vision gone wrong, of the power of big religion in American life and its limits.

Note: In PTL, author John Wigger gives insight to the rise and scandalous fall of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s empire. – Kristen Hummel

Publishing Date: 12/7/2021

Written by: John Wigger

Read by: L.J Ganser

Botanical Curses and Poisons

In Botanical Curses and Poisons, Fez Inkwright returns to folkloric and historical archives to reveal the fascinating, untold stories behind a variety of lethal plants, witching herbs, and funghi.

Note: Explore the mysteries of the world’s most dangerous plants as reflected in history, magic, religion, and folklore. Perfect for fans of Amy Stewart, Michael Pollan, and Merlin Sheldrake. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 12/7/21

Written by: Fez Inkwright

Read by: Leslie Howard

Silent Parade

Keigo Higashino presents Book 4 in the Detective Galileo series.

Note: Earphones-Award-winning narrator David Shih brings Edgar Award Finalist Keigo Higashino’s beloved Detective Galileo to life in the latest installment of the series.  Fans of Peter Grainger and Stieg Larsson will want to check this one out. – Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 12/14/2021

Written by: Keigo Higashino

Read by: David Shih

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-November

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.

Devil’s Creek

About fifteen miles west of Stauford, Kentucky, lies Devil’s Creek. According to local legend, there used to be a church out there, home to the Lord’s Church of Holy Voices—a death cult where Jacob Masters preached the gospel of a nameless god. And like most legends, there’s truth buried among the roots and bones. Contains mature themes.

Note: Spooky season isn’t over yet! Horrifying childhood memories continue to haunt Jack as he flourishes in his art career, but everything comes to the surface when he goes back to Devil’s Creek, Kentucky, to settle his late grandmother’s estate. Home to the burned down Lord’s Church of Holy Voices, Jack is confronted by secrets that won’t stay hidden any longer. – Lindsey Wood

Publishing Date: 11/23/21

Written by: Todd Kiesling

Read by:  Danny Campbell

In the Shadow of Deimos

Mars is the new frontier for humanity in this epic saga of inspiring planetary exploration from Jane Killick, author of the Freelancer series.

Note: Check out an exciting sci-fi adventure courtesy of Jane Killick set in the world of the hit tabletop game, Terraforming Mars. -Greg Souza

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

Written by: Jane Killick

Read by: Brian Holden

The Real Valkyrie

In the tradition of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra, Nancy Marie Brown lays to rest the hoary myth that Viking society was ruled by men and celebrates the dramatic lives of female Viking warriors.

Note: Nancy Marie Brown’s study proves that contrary to popular belief, women held a much greater role in Viking warrior culture than previously imagined. As she expertly reveals the fantasies we hold about history, gender, and culture, she brings the past into the sharp focus of the present – touching on some of the most pressing issues of our time. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 11/30/21

Author: Nancy Marie Brown

Narrator: Lu Banks

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

The most informed and in-depth reappraisal of America’s defense strategy in decades, this book outlines a rigorous but practical approach, showing how the United States can prepare to win a war with China that we cannot afford to lose—precisely in order to deter that war from happening.

Note: “One of the leading defense strategists presents the most thorough and thought-provoking looks at what the U.S. needs to do to prepare for an unlikely but possible conflict with China.  Colby explains in detail how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.  A remarkable look into what a conflict such as this would entail and how we go about in preventing future escalations.” – Scott Smith

Written by: Elbridge A. Colby

Read by: Mike Lenz

Publishing Date: 11/30/2021

Picks of the Week-October 18

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.

The Temple and the Lodge

From the authors of the international bestseller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a history of the Freemasons from the Knights Templar to America’s founding fathers.

Note: From the authors of the  best-selling Holy Blood, Holy Grail comes a new edition of this exploration of the Templar/Freemason connection, with a new foreword by occult historian Mitch Horowitz. – Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing Date: 10/26/21

Written by: Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh

Read by: Rick Adamson

A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans

From two of the world’s leading authorities on dogs, an imaginative journey into a future of dogs without people.

Note:  A thought-provoking look into what the world would be like for dogs if humans ceased to exist.  Challenging the notion that dogs would be helpless without their human counterparts, A Dog’s World enables us to understand these independent and remarkably intelligent animals on their own terms.- Scott Smith

Publishing Date:  10/26/2021

Written by:  Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff

Read by:  Karen White

The Lost Language

The quest to save the words of a dying language—and to find the words to save what may be a dying friendship—lies at the heart of this exquisite verse novel.

Note: A beautiful story in verse the whole family can enjoy and discuss together. Claudia Mills weaves deeper topics into this story about trying to save an endangered language. – Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: Oct 26, 2021

Written by: Claudia Mills

Read by: Erin deWard

In a Book Club Far Away

From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

Note: Fans of Jodi Picoult and Marci Bolden will love Tif Marcelo’s In a Book Club Far Away! Readers will be rooting for Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie as they confront past wrongs and rekindle their friendship.- Madeleine Collins

Publishing Date: 10/26/21

Written by: Tif Marcelo

Read by: Cassandra Campbell

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