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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

Picks of the Week-July 13

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.

 

Nothing Special VII: Ex Meridian

Police Lieutenants God and Day are under intense pressure from the chief to take back control of Atlanta’s streets. The last thing their task force needs is a pair of trained killers in town with a personal score to settle. Contains mature themes.

Note: A highly anticipated release in the much-adored Nothing Special series, author A.E Via takes on an action-packed thrill ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat! -Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 7/7/2020

Written by A.E Via

Narrated by Aiden Snow

 

Co-Wrecker

Meghan Quinn presents Book 1 in the Binghamton series. Contains mature themes.

Note: “The first in The Binghamton Series, Co-Wrecker is a story of coworkers to lovers. In this laugh out loud romance set in a small town, Andrew decides he wants to be with Sadie. Sadie, however, isn’t quite sure if she feels the same about Andrew. For fans of Melanie Harlow and Vi Keeland, you surely don’t want to miss this office love affair.” -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 7/14/2020

Written by Meghan Quinn

Narrated by Mia Madison and Tor Thom

 

Sex and World Peace

Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war.

Note: Examining gender violence in a global setting and questioning the legitimacy of protection laws for women, this book is sure to challenge the reader’s understanding of gendered aggression. Supported with glowing reviews from Emma Watson and Gloria Steinem, Sex and World Peace is a must-read for years to come. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 7/14/2020

Written by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett

Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

 

I Come With Knives

S. A. Hunt presents Book 2 in the Malus Domestica series

Note: Looking for something in the vein of Sookie Stackhouse but with more of an edge? S.A. Hunt has you covered with this story of a witch hunter hellbent on revenge, with Eva Kaminsky killing it on narration. -Dan Totten

Publishing date: 7/21/2020

Written by S.A. Hunt

Narrated by Eva Kaminsky

 

Slippery Creatures

KJ Charles presents Book 1 in the Will Darling Adventures. Contains mature themes.

Note: KJ Charles delights with another fast-paced and suspenseful m/m historical romance. Back from the war, Will Darling has inherited his uncle’s bookshop. What seems to be a stroke of luck, quickly turns into peril when a gang of criminals and the War Office demand information from Will.  The handsome and charming, Lord Arthur ‘Kim’ Secretan, offers his aide to Will and a mutual attraction grows. But is Kim who he says, and can he be trusted? Will holds a secret that could endanger thousands of lives, and as danger and emotion escalate, Kim is the only one who Will can turn to for help. Set in the Golden Age just after WWI, this first book in The Will Darling Adventures will captivate new fans and old with action, romance, and intrigue. -Kim Budnick

Publishing date: 7/21/2020

Written by KJ Charles

Narrated by Cornell Collins

Picks of the Week–June 29

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 Hacker and the State

Few national-security threats are as potent—or as nebulous—as cyber attacks. Ben Buchanan reveals how hackers are transforming spycraft and statecraft, catching us all in the crossfire, whether we know it or not.

Note: The world is moving ever more into cyberspace, and in this realm, hackers wield more power than ever before. Ben Buchanan’s The Hacker and the State investigates challenges to information security on a global level, and how nations have assimilated hacker tactics and adapted to this new normal. -Aaron Piccirillo

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by Ben Buchanan

Narrated by Christopher Grove

 

The Dead Girls Club

A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic—and terrifying—consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Note: Walters has crafted a twisted thriller of monsters and murder. A macabre supernatural tale that will keep you guessing until the end. -Kara Boucher

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by Damien Angelica

Narrated by Walters Devon Sorvari

 

Shards of Frost

Suzanne Wright presents Book 5 in the Mercury Pack series. Contains mature themes.

Note: Shifter fans get ready – the long-awaited audio conclusion to The Mercury Pack series is here… with Jill Redfield. You won’t be disappointed! (And if you’re a shifter fan who hasn’t been introduced to Suzanne Wright’s amazing worlds yet, get on it! Her newest series, The Olympus Pride, premiers in audio next month.) -Jenn Eschrich

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by Suzanne Wright

Narrated by Jill Redfield

 

From You to Me

K. A. Holt’s beautiful new novel is about grieving and growing up, and the ripples loss creates for a girl, a family, and a community.

Note: Coming from the author of award-winning House Arrest is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about a girl who learns how to cope and live her life after her older sister passes away. If you love books like Blended and Echo’s Sister, you’re sure to love From You to Me! -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by K.A. Holt

Narrated by Rachel Jacobs

 

The Fainting Room

Set in suburban Connecticut in 1983, The Fainting Room is about a young girl with a Philip Marlowe alter ego who becomes involved in a bizarre and ultimately destructive love triangle with a troubled married couple who take her in for the summer. Contains mature themes.

Note: When Ray and Evelyn take in a sixteen-year-old girl with no place to stay for the summer, the cracks in their marriage begin to show. Ingrid, with her blue hair, pet iguana, and “Detective Slade” alter-ego, becomes the catalyst in this intense story of secrets and desire. Dark and alluring with a dash of detective noir, The Fainting Room is perfect for fans of The Glass Hotel and All Adults Here. -Kim Budnick

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by Sarah Pemberton Strong

Narrated by Khristine Hvam

Picks of the Week- June 22

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.

 

Paris France

In Paris France Stein unites her childhood memories of Paris with her observations about everything from art and war to love and cooking. The result is an unforgettable glimpse into a bygone era, one on the brink of revolutionary change.

Note: In this classic memoir, Gertrude Stein unites her childhood memories of Paris with her observations about everything from art and war to love and cooking. The result is an unforgettable glimpse into a bygone era, one on the brink of revolutionary change. -Molly Miller

Publishing date: 6/23/2020

Written by Gertrude Stein

Narrated by Tanya Eby

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

No source is left untapped in this all-encompassing guide to supplying life-saving water after a disaster.

Note: Blogger Daisy Luther of TheOrganicPrepper.com has written the ultimate water survival guide for the everyday person. In this book, Daisy provides step-by-step instructions on how to have constant access to one of the world’s most vital resource, water! This book will teach you many techniques such as how to collect rainwater, treating water from lakes and rivers, and digging your own well for groundwater, preparing anyone for survival if disaster should strike. -Jordan Spellman

Publishing date: 6/23/2020

Written by Daisy Luther

Narrated by Emily Durante

The QB Bad Boy and Me

The funny, steal-your-heart breakout story about a cheerleader, a sexy football player, and the chaos of trying not to fall in love.

Note: From Wattpad sensation, Tay Marley comes a funny romance about a reluctant cheerleader and sexy football player. Falling for this bad boy QB could cost this cheerleader her dream of going to college for dance…..and possible her heart. This is a MUST read for fans of Abbi Glines and Beth Reekles. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 6/23/2020

Written by Tay Marley

Narrated by Caitlin Kelly

Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unprovable conspiracy theories.

Note: What makes the human brain prone to conspiracy theories? Rob Brotherton explores the history, psychology, and repercussions of our willingness to believe the unbelievable. Fans of Michael Shermer will enjoy this deep exploration of the realm between plausibility and paranoia. -Sonia Brand-Fisher

Publishing date: 6/30/2020

Written by Rob Brotherton

Narrated by Charles Constant

 

 

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- June 8

June is finally here, 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.

 

American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds Of The 1918 Influenza Epidemic

American Pandemic offers a much-needed corrective to the silence surrounding the 1918 influenza outbreak.

Note: A haunting account of the deadliest pandemic in recorded history and how it was quickly forgotten in the American mind soon after.  Many of the stories featured prove eerily similar to those happening during the current ongoing crisis. –Scott Smith

Publishing date: 6/9/2020

Written by Nancy Bristow

Narrated by Karen White

 

Winds of Wrath

Taylor Anderson presents Book 15 in the Destroyermen series.

Note: The 15th book in the Destroyermen series delivers all the expected action and suspense that the series is known for! Fifteen books in, and Anderson continues to surprise and delight with his riveting alternate history series! –Ron Formica

Publishing date: 6/9/2020

Written by Taylor Anderson

Narrated by P.J. Ochlan

 

A Wicked Snow

Gregg Olsen presents a must-listen supernatural thriller.

Note: Award-winning author and NYT bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s first-ever novel is now finally coming to audiobook format. With an excellent narration by Audie Award-nominated narrator Karen Peakes, this novel will scare you, and you’ll love it. –Ashley Fortier

Publishing date: 6/9/2020

Written by Gregg Olsen

Narrated by Karen Peakes

 

Twenty Palaces: A Prequel

Harry Connolly presents Book 1 in the Twenty Palaces series.

Note: In the exciting prequel to the Twenty Palaces series, we explore the origins of title character Ray and his descend into the mysterious underbellies of the paranormal underworld. Filled with magic, mystery, and suspense, this book will lead you on a thrilling ride. –Kristen Hummel

Publishing date: 6/10/2020

Written by Harry Connolly

Narrated by Daniel Thomas May

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 30

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.

Crave

Tracy Wolff presents Book 1 in the Crave aseries.

Note: Vampire’s are back, and better than ever! Fans of Twilight will love Crave. When Grace’s parents die unexpectedly in a car crash, she is sent to her Uncle’s boarding school in the depths of Alaska where she meets Jaxon Vega and the world as she knows it is turned upside down. -Kelly Srubas

Publishing date: 4/7/2020

Written by Tracy Wolff

Narrated by Heather Costa & Tim Paige

 

Just Add Magic

Take three friends. Add an old cookbook. Combine with cute boys and a pinch of magic . . . and see what kind of chaos ensues!

Note: What kind of trouble can three girls stir up when they find a magic cookbook? Can the recipes in it solve all their problems? Find out in this fun middle-grade book with a dash of magic! -Jannah McCowan

Publishing date: 4/7/2020

Written by Cindy Callaghan

Narrated by Jesse Vilinsky

 

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer

In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the “why.”

Note: Psychotherapist Lena Derhally investigates the 2018 Watts family murders with a delicate thoroughness that exposes the violence hidden within a seemingly perfect marriage. Both harrowing and informative, My Daddy is a Hero serves to be an insightful look into the unimaginable. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing date: 4/14/2020

Written by Lena Derhally

Narrated by Tanya Eby

 

Kaiju: Battlefield Surgeon

Fantasy meets horror in this gore-soaked, standalone LitRPG adventure!

Note: For fans of Gamelit, here’s something a bit different: giant monster action with a horror twist” -Greg Souza

Publishing date: 4/21/2020

Written by Matt Dinniman

Narrated by Joe Hempel