New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of April 29th on Brian’s Book Blog

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Star Splitter by Matthew J. Kirby

Star Splitter by Matthew J. Kirby
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya, Cory Myler
Listening Library

$9.47 Whispersync Deal with Kindle Purchase
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Survival and self-determination collide in this haunting, pulse-pounding science fiction novel from Edgar Award–winning author Matthew J. Kirby that spans both space and time.

2199. Deep-space exploration is a reality and teleportation is routine. But this time something seems to have gone very, very wrong. Seventeen-year-old Jessica Mathers wakes up in a lander that’s crashed onto the surface of Carver 1061c, a desolate, post-extinction planet fourteen light-years from Earth. The planet she was supposed to be viewing from a ship orbiting far above.

The corridors of the empty lander are covered in bloody hand prints; the machines are silent and dark. And outside, in the alien dirt, there are fresh graves carefully marked with names she doesn’t recognize. Now Jessica must unravel the mystery of the destruction all around her—and the questionable intentions of a familiar stranger.


Ascension by Nicholas Binge

Ascension by Nicholas Binge
Narrated by Peter Kenny
Penguin Audio

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2023 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST AND GOODREADS

A mind-bending speculative thriller in which the sudden appearance of a mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean leads a group of scientists to a series of jaw-dropping revelations that challenge the notion of what it means to be human

An enormous snow-covered mountain has appeared in the Pacific Ocean. No one knows when exactly it showed up, precisely how big it might be, or how to explain its existence. When Harold Tunmore is contacted by a shadowy organization to help investigate, he has no idea what he is getting into as he and his team set out for the mountain.

The higher Harold’s team ascends, the less things make sense. Time moves differently, turning minutes into hours, and hours into days. Amid the whipping cold of higher elevation, the climbers’ limbs numb and memories of their lives before the mountain begin to fade. Paranoia quickly turns to violence among the crew, and slithering, ancient creatures pursue them in the snow. Still, as the dangers increase, the mystery of the mountain compels them to its peak, where they are certain they will find their answers. Have they stumbled upon the greatest scientific discovery known to man or the seeds of their own demise?

Framed by the discovery of Harold Tunmore’s unsent letters to his family and the chilling and provocative story they tell, Ascension considers the limitations of science and faith and examines both the beautiful and the unsettling sides of human nature.


The Lake House by Sarah Beth Durst

The Lake House by Sarah Beth Durst
Narrated by Karissa Vacker
HarperCollins Publishers

$12.99 Whispersync Deal with Kindle Purchase
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Yellowjackets meets One of Us Is Lying in this masterful survival thriller from award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst.

Claire’s grown up triple-checking locks. Counting her steps. Second-guessing every decision. It’s just how she’s wired—her worst-case scenarios never actually come true.

Until she arrives at an off-the-grid summer camp to find a blackened, burned husk instead of a lodge—and no survivors, except her and two other late arrivals: Reyva and Mariana.

When the three girls find a dead body in the woods, they realize none of this is an accident. Someone, something, is hunting them. Something that hides in the shadows.

Something that refuses to let them leave.


Rogue by Alex Schuler, Kevin Weir - contributor

Rogue by Alex Schuler, Kevin Weir – contributor
Narrated by John Pirhalla
Level 4 Press, Inc.

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The final frontier is closer than we think …

As a war journalist, Jonah Wall saw enough of humanity’s horrors to last a lifetime. He wrecked his marriage, alienated his two sons, and escaped by working on an oil rig in Alaska, as far from civilization as possible.

But when he finds a spacecraft that was buried for millennia under the tundra, he is suddenly and reluctantly thrust into an unbelievable adventure. As the ship is being unveiled to the world, it mysteriously comes to life, taking Jonah, his estranged son, and a disparate group on a terrifying journey.

Our crew of unwilling travelers are transported to a network of planets with remnants of civilizations that are strangely familiar to Jonah and his companions. But something has wiped out every one of them, and the visitors are about to find out what it is.

Rogue is a sweeping adventure story through space and time and a profound exploration of humanity’s age-old obsession with its origins, its flirtation with self-annihilation, and people’s stubborn ability to find love even during the darkest moments.


Oxygen: They Will Take Your Breath Away by Seth Rain

Oxygen: They Will Take Your Breath Away by Seth Rain
Narrated by Jack Jacobs
Self Published

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

They will take your breath away….

In 2137, each person is fitted with nanotechnology that measures every breath they take. Each person has an oxygen quota of 10 million litres. When they have used this up, they receive a letter telling them they have less than a day to live. But the rich people in Luxor City can buy Blue Oxygen–an oxygen replacement that does not use up a person’s quota. Jake thinks this system is unfair.

Then Bailey, Jake’s brother-in-law, receives his letter. Jake needs to find some Blue Oxygen to prolong Bailey’s life–and he’ll do anything to get it. But when Jake meets Astrid on his city raid, what he thought was a simple decision turns out to be one that could change life for everyone.


FauxVille by D.K. Pike

FauxVille by D.K. Pike
Narrated by Dan Matha
Steel Box Publishing

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

“After the pandemic, people hugged, friends and families reconnected, but a few short years later, we were back to shooting each other”.

David Miller is an amnesiac war veteran struggling to put the pieces of his life back together and adjust to civilian life in 2049’s PortCity.

His life is turned upside down when an old friend from the conflict shows up, warning him that the war isn’t over—and that there’s something buried deep inside his mind that the enemy are after.

What follows is a journey of self-discovery that explores subjects involving dissociative identity disorder, grief, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, simulations, and the singularity event.


Happy Place by Emily Henry

Happy Place by Emily Henry
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Penguin Audio

$7.49 Whispersync Deal with Kindle Purchase
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A couple who broke up months ago pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?


It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
Narrated by Tamika Katon-Donegal
Recorded Books

$7.49 Whispersync Deal with Kindle PurchaseKindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

In Miel Moreland’s heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.

Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been through a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.

But after a sudden falling-out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl … of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they’ll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.


The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith

The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith
Narrated by Justis Bolding, Michael Crouch
Recorded Books

$7.49 Whispersync Deal with Kindle PurchaseKindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited
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They Both Die at the End meets The Butterfly Effect in this YA novel by Joan F. Smith, where a teen uses her gift of foreknowledge to help a lifeguard save a drowning man—only to discover that her actions have suddenly put his life at risk.

It was supposed to be an ordinary day at the pool, but when lifeguard Nick hesitates during a rescue, seventeen-year-old December uses her gift of foreknowledge to save the drowning man instead. The action comes at a cost. Not only will Nick and December fall in love, but she also sees thathis life is now at risk. The other problem? They’re basically strangers.

December embarks on a mission to save Nick’s life and to experience what it feels like to fall in love—something she’d formerly known she’d never do. Nick, battling the shame of screwing up the rescue, resolves to make up for his inaction by searching for December’s mother, who went missing nine years ago.

As December and Nick grow closer, her gift starts playing tricks on her and Nick’s family gets closer to an ugly truth about him. They must both learn what it really means to be a hero—before time runs out.


Just One Summer by Chelsea M. Cameron

Just One Summer by Chelsea M. Cameron
Castleton Hearts #7
Narrated by Estella A.
Self Published

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited
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Hayden Lindsey expects to spend lots of time at the beach and with her cousin Piper when she temporarily moves in with her in Castleton, Maine. What she doesn’t expect is to bump into Alessi Mason at the bakery and fight her for the last cinnamon roll. The girl she used to spend every summer in Castleton with is all grown up and she probably doesn’t even remember the last time they saw each other and that kiss they shared when they were kids.

Hayden doesn’t think about it either. Much.

But now is no time for thinking about past kisses. Hayden is only in Castleton to get on her feet, get over her ex, and figure out how to quit her accounting job so she can focus on her online tie-dye shop. A romance with Alessi is the last thing on her mind.

That is, until Alessi is in a bind and Hayden comes to the rescue and that little spark Hayden felt during the kiss? Well, now it’s an inferno, and she isn’t the only one who feels it. Alessi has her own complications, and a relationship is the last thing she needs.

Alas, chemistry sometimes has other plans. Will Hayden and Alessi give in to everything pulling them together, or will they let too many obstacles pull them apart?


Brian

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