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Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk
Narrated by Will Damron
“Quirk has earned his spot in the front ranks of thriller writers. Opens with a bang and keeps exploding for three hundred pages.” (David Baldacci, New York Times best-selling author of A Minute to Midnight)
Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land in this electrifying tale from the author of The Night Agent – a propulsive political thriller reminiscent of the best early Baldacci and Grisham novels.
As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer”, he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities – before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.
His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations – as all the evidence points to Nick.
Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth – a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.
To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.
“This one is a gritty, intense political thriller, filled with nuance and dire exploits. Totally entertaining. A treat from start to finish.” (Steve Berry, author of The Malta Exchange)
Contest: A Dane Maddock Adventure by David Wood
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
From the USA Today best-selling author of Loch and Solomon Key comes a brand new, action-packed Dane Maddock Adventure!
A treasure lost in the desert. A notorious unsolved murder. A contest where the stakes are life and death.
When treasure hunters Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake travel to the Mojave Desert to help launch an adventure race, they make a baffling discovery – a dungeon room hidden high in the desert hills, and beyond, a previously undiscovered network of caverns that seem to go on forever. But someone will kill to protect the secrets that are hidden there.
When an attempt is made on Maddock’s life, the assassin’s trail sets the former Navy SEALs on a search for one of the greatest legends of the southwest. But to find it, they must unmask the notorious Black Dahlia killer!
Classic archaeological adventure for the modern reader! Fans of Indiana Jones, Dirk Pitt, and National Treasure will love the Dane Maddock Adventures!
Takeover by Duncan McGeary
Narrated by Kevin Meyer
When a peaceful protest at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument becomes an armed takeover, Hart Davis knows he has to play along with the occupiers to protect his former girlfriend park ranger Nicole Nelson and her coworkers.
Amid escalating tension and factionalism within the armed camp, and surrounded by the FBI and the media, Hart and Nicole try to negotiate a peaceful end to the volatile situation. But what they don’t know is that, with help from inside, actual terrorists are about to take over the camp.
Suddenly, the sides aren’t so clear-cut, and former antagonists must become allies as they try to survive the crossfire, protect the hostages, and escape with their lives.
Sandblast by Al Pessin
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
The ultimate patriot mission
The plane carrying the Secretary of Defense is blown out of the sky. The Defense Intelligence Agency greenlights an unprecedented response – Operation: Sandblast.
Pentagon Covert Ops runner Bridget Davenport, must find someone to infiltrate the Taliban, get to the terrorist mastermind, and at all costs stop his plan for an attack more destructive than 9/11. Bridget finds young California-raised Afghan-American Lieutenant Faraz Abdallah. His heritage and military training make him the perfect undercover agent, but no one knows whether he can do the job.
Success depends on Faraz’s ability to fool the Taliban’s top leaders and become a terrorist, while remembering why he’s really there. Bridget believes in him, but it will take everything she has to keep the president and the top brass from pulling the plug…
Hypertek by Micky Neilson
Narrated by Mark Boyett
Business has never been deadlier….
Blake Harley is a Skiptracer – a kind of bounty hunter – on the faraway construct world of Concourse Prime. Hired by a corporate client to secure an overdue product, he’ll make some quick cryp and be on to the next job. Easy.
Except, this job is anything but simple. The product is tied to the immensely powerful and ultra-secret Hypertek, leaving Blake with a choice: be a good soldier, or refuse to help MagnaCorp become the most powerful entity in the system.
Another problem: everyone else in Concourse Prime is gunning for the product as well, from the demi-humans ruling its seedy underbelly to the CEOs inhabiting its gleaming superscrapers – people far more sinister than Hypertek.
Blake fights to survive while he wrestles with his decision. In the end, it’s just one big threat that could plunge humanity into an all-out interstellar conflict. What’s the big deal?
Don’t miss Hypertek by New York Times best seller Mick Neilson, the first book in a thrilling cyberpunk series. It’s perfect for fans of Altered Carbon, Blade Runner, and J.N. Chaney.
Providence by Max Barry
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
From the ingenious author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon: a brilliant work of science fiction that tells the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour – alone, together, at the edge of the universe.
The video changed everything. Before that, we could believe that we were safe. Special. Chosen. We thought the universe was a twinkling ocean of opportunity, waiting to be explored.
Afterward, we knew better.
Seven years after first contact, Providence Five launches. It is an enormous and deadly warship, built to protect humanity from its greatest ever threat. On board is a crew of just four – tasked with monitoring the ship and reporting the war’s progress to a mesmerized global audience by way of social media.
But while pursuing the enemy across space, Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson confront the unthinkable: Their communications are cut, their ship decreasingly trustworthy and effective. To survive, they must win a fight that is suddenly and terrifyingly real.
Sibs by F. Paul Wilson
Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella, Tim Campbell
Repairman Jack author F. Paul Wilson’s most daring, most erotic, most deeply terrifying novel
After vowing never to return, Kara Wade is back in New York City. She’s come to claim the body of her twin sister, Kelly, and to find out how she died. No secret as to the cause of death – a nearly nude, 12-story plunge from a room in the Plaza Hotel – but Kara is determined to learn what led to that plunge.
Enlisting the help of an old lover, now an NYPD detective, Kara delves into her sister’s life. Startling and bizarre facts begin to surface. Instead of answers, Kara finds more questions. Who was the stranger Kelly became during the months prior to her death? What was behind the perverse, decadent lifestyle she came to embrace so passionately?
Kelly’s psychiatrist hints at a terrible secret in her past. But Kara shares that past with her twin. Is the sinister influence that drove Kelly into her bizarre double life about to overtake Kara as well?
The Roommate Arrangement by Jae
Narrated by Lori Prince
A feisty comedian. A former cop with a wounded heart. An unusual roommate arrangement…
Comedian Stephanie Renshaw hopes to finally get her big break in LA. A chance encounter lands her the perfect apartment close to the comedy clubs, but it comes with a catch: She needs a roommate to afford the rent.
Enter Rae Coleman, a former police officer working the door at one of the top comedy clubs. After getting injured in the line of duty and losing her job with the LAPD, Rae guards her wounded soul behind a tough exterior.
At first, the two clash horribly before a tentative friendship develops. Bit by bit, Steph manages to break through the walls Rae has built around her.
But Steph has never been in a relationship, preferring casual flings, and Rae isn’t sure she’s ready to be happy again. Will they find the courage to open themselves up to love?
Defying Gravity by Davi Mai
Narrated by Keira Grace
This isn’t a book with lots of violence, war, or death in it. There’s enough of that in real life, and if you’re into that kind of thing, then there’s plenty of other books out there for you.
This is a story about the stuff that we don’t have enough of in real life. Love, tolerance, bravery, and leadership. And it is a story about humanity’s first attempt to live in space and how two young women save us all from our own stupidity.
Oh, it also features zero gravity, interracial, lesbian lovemaking.(Because, there isn’t enough of that in real life, either)
The Green Knight by Chris Dietzel
Narrated by Greg Tremblay
Near the border between two kingdoms, a vessel full of innocent passengers is destroyed. While the extent of the impending retaliation is unknown, its inevitability is not. Galactic war is approaching.
In a seedy bar in a distant corner of the solar system, a knight clad entirely in green armor puts forth a grisly challenge. The only person to accept the knight’s game is a woman who spends her time drinking and thieving.
These two acts, occurring in different parts of the galaxy, both lead to the same spot: The planet that will soon fall under attack.
Welcome to Space Lore, where Arthurian legend meets Star Wars. Epic space fantasy will never be the same.
Devoted by Dean Koontz
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying threat to humanity and the singular compassion it will take to defeat it.
Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening.
A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.
Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.
Shattered Sword (A LitRPG Adventure) by TJ Reynolds
Narrated by Andrea Parsneau
A broke gamer. A deadly online world. Can Dhalia level up fast enough to keep the debt collectors at bay?
Dhalia has to pay off her dead father’s bills or risk her life in the lithium mines. Which…no thank you. Besides, the world is run by tech, and this gamer girl is determined to explore the virtual world her father was so obsessed with and get rich while she’s at it.
So, she sells everything and rents a premium VR pod to play Eternal Online.
Enter the toughest realm available? Check.
Discover the fastest way to loot without dying…in progress.
But when Dhalia finds an epic quest chain that others have overlooked, she thinks she’s struck gold. What she doesn’t expect is to make friends with two deadly warriors and one powerful creature, or find a world boss gunning for them all.
Experience the start of an Epic LitRPG adventure perfect for fans of Travis Bagwell, Carrie Summers, and Outspan Foster.
Ebola K Trilogy by Bobby Adair
Narrated by Adam Verner
Beezle Media, LLC
In the jungles of Uganda, Ebola has mutated into an airborne strain. Now, all it takes is a little nudge, and the virus explodes across the planet. Panic, disbelief, and disinformation leave people unprepared to react. They hoard. They flee. They turn to violence.
Austin Cooper is stranded in Africa, at the epicenter of the outbreak. His sister, an NSA analyst, is pulling strings to locate him, while trying to understand what is going on. In Colorado, Austin’s parents are fighting to stay alive as millions are infected. And then billions.
Countries start to crumble, and society teeters on the brink of collapse. Will anyone survive?
Buy Ebola K Trilogy and live the terror of seeing everything fall apart.
Star Forged by J.N. Chaney, Terry Maggert
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
The Forge is coming back online, weapons hot and searching known space for signs of the Golden.
When Dash and Leira repair a powerful scanner, it finds something unusual in a distant system – the remains of an ancient battlefield. Custodian tells of a fight lost long ago, leaving drifting debris around the faraway star.
But the battlefield isn’t forgotten. A human colony has taken hold nearby, and on their world, a single, massive ship has crashed.
And it is sending out a signal.
In a race against the enemy, Dash and his team will try to salvage the secrets of a Golden ship, warn the colony of the oncoming war, and brace for impact as more enemies streak across the stars to hunt down the one person who can stop them.
Escape from Virtual Island by John Lutz
Narrated by Paul Rudd, Jack McBrayer, Sue Galloway, Jane Krakowski, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Dratch, Henry Winkler, full cast
Looking for an escape from reality? Then look no further!
Escape from Virtual Island is an epic comedy adventure starring Paul Rudd, written by John Lutz of Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and 30 Rock, and produced by Broadway Video.
Rounding out the ensemble cast in this genre-hopping, madcap comedy are Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer, Wine Country and A.P. Bio’s Paula Pell, Late Night with Seth Meyers’ Amber Ruffin, and 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit.
The Audible Original also features the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis, Jane Krakowski, Olivia Wilde, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch, Henry Winkler, and a host of other comedy favorites.
About the story:
In the year 2038, there’s only one destination that can play host to the world’s wealthiest adventure seekers: the Pengalaman Island Resort and Virtual Reality Theme Park. Located on a private South Pacific island, guests here live out their wildest fantasies in custom-made virtual reality simulations while also enjoying the usual amenities of an exclusive five-star getaway.
All is relatively breezy until famed billionaire and avid guest, Mr. Wagner (Sudeikis), goes missing within a virtual simulation. His only hope? A daring rescue led by Derek Ambrose (Rudd), the maladjusted heir to his mother’s resort empire, and his ragtag search party consisting of Faith (Ruffin), a tech-nerd extraordinaire (and naturally, his ex); Ramona Kurtz (Pell), the foul-mouthed head of island security; and Beasley (McBrayer), the resort’s lead concierge and Ambrose family confidant.
What ensues is a high-octane, comedy throwback filled with memorable performances throughout, and a reminder that real life can be the ultimate experience if you’re just willing to open your heart and dive in headfirst.
Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. This audio comedy features adult language, sexual content, and virtually every innuendo you can literally imagine. Discretion is advised.