New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of August 19th on Brian’s Book Blog

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Once upon a Lucky Star by N.D. Shar

Once upon a Lucky Star by N.D. Shar
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

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Read my review of Once Upon a Galactic Time (Alpha Red #1) here.

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited
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My name is Storm Redfield: Navy Commander, still kicking ass at 161 years old.

So far, I’ve had a good time in the twenty-third century. I discovered space travel and fought evil creatures in a distant star system. Made friends with a one-eyed Cyclopean who sounds like a British lord, discussed romance novels with a blushing AI therapist . . . And the cherry on the cake: had kinky sex with a gorgeous alien warrior.

When a quiet return to Earth turns into an almost deadly mission, my universe is tipped upside down all over again. A young girl with a hero crush, jail time, connecting to my inner cyborg . . . A mere prelude to the most insane challenge I’ve ever faced. My take on it?


Glitch by Erin Zak, Jackie D

Glitch by Erin Zak, Jackie D
Narrated by Lula Larkin, Charlie L. Wood
Self Published

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In the year 2287, the United States is no more. In its place stands Tekano, a utopian society that seems to have solved all the world’s problems. But as Amara Pierce, Secretary of History and daughter of the Tekano president, knows all too well, there are always secrets lurking beneath the surface of perfection.

Isa Adams, a Tekano Elite soldier, is the strongest and fastest in her unit. Her strength and skill are matched only by her stubbornness and the oversized chip on her shoulder. When the fate of Tekano is threatened by a group of rogue assassins fueled by their hatred for everything Tekano represents, Amara and Isa are brought together once again.

Their unforgettable romance was cut short by Isa’s need to protect Amara, but when the stakes are raised, they must work together to save their beloved Tekano. With the help of time travel, they set out to find the rogue assassins and stop them from halting the progress of the technology that has enabled the Earth to survive climate change.

As they face danger at every turn, Amara and Isa must confront their feelings for each other and decide if their love is strong enough to withstand the challenges that lie ahead.

Chasing Kane by Nate Wilson

Chasing Kane by Nate Wilson
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
Self Published

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By his mid-20s.…

Chase had built a dream life.

Why was he mentally beaten down?

As a superstar trader at his elite Dallas wealth management firm, Chase decided he was ready to cash out, so he sold his client base. There was just one catch. To close the deal, he had to agree to a three-year contract overseeing the transition.

That’s when things went south.

After a year, he couldn’t stand it.

But he was trapped.

Chase needed to escape The Firm. There was just one problem, they would want most of the money they paid him back. With his mental state in tatters, he makes the only move he can see.

With the money he had left….

…He fled to a tropical island.

That’s where he met Kane, a mysterious island native.

You’ll adore this psychological thriller, because Nate Wilson takes you on an adventure with scuba diving, lost ships, and an ending you won’t see coming.

Get it now.

Wide Awake by Steven Konkoly

Wide Awake by Steven Konkoly
Narrated by Seth Podowitz
Brilliance Audio

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A conspiracy to incite an American civil war. The desperate chase to stop it is on in a propulsive thriller by Steven Konkoly, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Deep Sleep.

After taking out a sleeper network, Devin Gray and Marnie Young are picking up the pieces of their disrupted lives. But the gravity of the conspiracy they helped to cripple is sucking them right back into the black hole of violence and subterfuge that nearly consumed them. Another sleeper network is awake.

A progressive congresswoman dies in a car explosion, vaporized by an American kamikaze drone—the beginning of the mayhem to come. What Devin dismantled is being rebuilt. The plan: ignite a civil war in the United States and burn America to the ground.

Seeds of unrest are planted. Threats are escalating. The clock is ticking as Devin, Marnie, and an unconventional team of allies play a cat-and-mouse game across the country to stop a domestic nightmare from coming true.

The Wrong Mr. Right by Stephanie Archer

The Wrong Mr. Right by Stephanie Archer
Narrated by Lee Samuels, Samantha Brentmoor
Self Published

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

“Don’t practice with Beck.” His voice was low, barely above a whisper. His gaze locked on mine. “You want to practice? You practice with me.”

The hot, commitment-phobe surfer is going to find me a boyfriend…but now he wants me for himself.

In my small-town bookstore, I’m surrounded by book boyfriends, but I’ve never had one in real life. At almost 30, I’m painfully shy, I’ve never been in love, and my bookstore isn’t breaking even. Something needs to change, and I know exactly who’s going to help me—Wyatt Rhodes, the guy everyone wants.

He agrees to be my relationship coach, but his lessons aren’t what I expected.

Between surfing, mortifying dates, a town obsession with orc romance, and revamping my store into romance-only, his lessons are more about drawing me out of my shell than changing me into someone new. While we search for my Mr. Right, Wyatt and I become friends.

The laid-back surfer is sweet and encouraging…until I go on a date with another guy, and Wyatt doesn’t want me practicing with anyone but him.

Wyatt never wanted a relationship, but when we add praise-filled “spice lessons” to the curriculum, it’s clear he wants me. He’s leaving town and I’m staying to run my store, so it can’t work, but that doesn’t seem to matter to him.

He’s supposed to find me someone to fall for, but instead, we’re falling for each other.

A sizzling, hilarious small-town friends-to-lovers romantic comedy with a guaranteed HEA. This is the second book in the Queen’s Cove series but can be listened to as a stand-alone.

Rent to Be by Sonia Hartl

Rent to Be by Sonia Hartl
Narrated by Kirsten Leigh
Recorded Books

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

In this bright, laugh-out-loud rom-com, the grind of the millennial struggle is a lot more fun when you add falling in love to the mix, perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey and Beth O’Leary.

Isla Jane is living the millennial nightmare. She’s got a shiny new MBA and no way to pay for it, thanks to her dead-end entry-level job, and nowhere to live, thanks to her miserable salary. Going home to her parents is not possible, but for once Isla’s brother may be her saving grace. He’s out of town on business for a month, meaning the guest room in his condo is blissfully empty.

Or so Isla thinks, until she runs into Cade Greenley, her brother’s best friend—who’s crashing there while his own condo is undergoing renovations. When a desperate plan to sleep under her desk miraculously turns into a house-sitting job for one of the big bosses at her office, Isla is certain her luck has turned—with no one, Cade included, the wiser. It’s a perfect solution—until Cade catches her sunbathing at a mansion that is definitely not hers, and she admits she’s house-sitting because she can’t afford rent.

The pair strike a deal—Cade will keep Isla’s secret from her overbearing parents if she agrees to pose as his girlfriend at a few upcoming corporate events. The fun and friendly vibe of his office is a surprise compared to hers, but the biggest shock is that each “date” with Cade feels less and less fake. Suddenly she’s looking forward to every minute they spend together while the chemistry between them sizzles. As Isla’s house-sitting scheme begins to unravel, she’ll have to face the fact that her biggest lie of all is the one she’s telling herself: that she’s not falling in love with Cade

Electric Angel: A Cyberpunk LitRPG by Plum Parrot

Electric Angel: A Cyberpunk LitRPG by Plum Parrot
Narrated by Suzy Jackson
Podium Audio

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

Enter a frighteningly familiar dystopian world with the first book of a new series from the author of Falling with Folded Wings and Victor of Tucson.

In the year 2107, the world has both made astounding leaps forward and reduced humanity to its most basic existence. While the megacorps and those who rule them enjoy lives of extraordinary comfort and ease, most people barely scrape by, doing whatever they can to keep going.

Juliet Bianchi is one of the latter. She works cutting metal in a scrapyard and doesn’t have much to show for it except for a small group of equally bereft, fiercely loyal friends. Still, she maintains a bright disposition, possessing more hope and optimism than anyone would expect her to—and she’s going to need it . . .

When Juliet stumbles upon what looks like a botched kidnapping, the victim dispatches his abductors and lives just long enough to give her a stolen AI chip. This gift soon transforms Juliet from a worker bee into a killer queen. Armed with far more power and skill than she can comprehend—let alone control—she finds herself drawn into a shadowy world where survival itself counts as victory.

Juliet has never been one to push people around. But when it comes to fighting the corrupt corporate overlords, she’s more than happy to push back.

The first volume of the hit cyberpunk LitRPG series—with more than a million views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!

Donick Walsh and the Reset-Button by Nathaniel Shea

Donick Walsh and the Reset-Button by Nathaniel Shea
Narrated by Shea Taylor, Joel Leslie
Nathaniel Shea

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Donick Walsh: king of the school bullies, secret dancer, closet-case. What’s to be done when a football injury means he can never play again? Dance in the school musical, of course! Not like he has a choice. Fingers crossed his father doesn’t find out!

Enter Michael Penrose: theatre-kid, and Donick’s former best friend. For years Michael has been the object of Donick’s ridicule simply because Michael is out and proud, and Donick is afraid.

Suddenly confronted with his old friend, Donick sinks under the weight of the guilt of his past. How can a bully make amends for all the hurt he’s caused? How can a closeted ex-high school football player make peace with the very real crush he suddenly has on a boy? And what in the world can be done to hit the reset-button on an entire life? Donick Walsh and the Reset-Button examines the confusing nature of what it means to forgive, the discovery of living one’s authentic self, and yes, even the joys and pains of first love.

White Sun War by Mick Ryan

White Sun War by Mick Ryan
Narrated by Joshua Saxon
Tantor Audio

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After decades of poising on the brink, the United States and China finally go to war when China invades the island of Taiwan. Deploying their most futuristic technologies in this grand strategic competition of the twenty-first century, the stakes could not be higher. Not only the future of the Taiwanese people but the fate of the world lies in the balance.

In an era when humans no longer just use machines, but partner with them in all aspects of military operations, this fictional account views this future war through the eyes of the American, Chinese, and Taiwanese caught up in the maelstrom, revealing the heartbreak, courage, leadership, and despair of high-tech warfare played out on land, at sea, in space, and in cyberspace.

White Sun War asks listeners to ponder anew an essential question for the future of security in western Pacific and the entire Indo-Pacific region: is a war for Taiwan winnable?

Tides of Fire by James Rollins

Tides of Fire by James Rollins
Narrated by Christian Baskous
HarperCollins Publishers

In the latest riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, an international research station in the Coral Sea comes under siege during a geological disaster that triggers massive quakes, deadly tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. To stop the world from burning, it’s up to Sigma Force to uncover a secret buried at the heart of our planet.

The Titan Project—an international research station off the coast of Australia—discovers a thriving zone of life in an otherwise dead sea. The area teems with a strange bioluminescent coral that defies science, yet holds great promise for the future. But the loss of a military submarine in the area triggers a brutal attack and sets in motion a geological disaster that destabilizes an entire region.

Massive quakes, volcanic eruptions, and deadly tsunamis herald a greater cataclysm to come—for something is stirring miles under the ocean, a threat hidden for millennia.

As seas turn toxic and coastlines burn, can Sigma Force stop what has been let loose—especially as an old adversary returns, hunting them and thwarting their every move? For any hope of success, Commander Gray Pierce must search for a key buried in the past, hidden deep in Aboriginal mythology. But what Sigma could uncover is even more frightening—something that will shake the very foundations of humanity.

Skull Road by Keith C. Blackmore

Skull Road by Keith C. Blackmore
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Podium Audio

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A lone survivor embarks on a post-apocalyptic quest for revenge in the seventh installment of this gritty zombie-thriller series.

Killing the sadistic warlord known as the Dog Tongue took everything Gus Berry had, including the woman he loved. Now, all he wants is to get away from the bloody scene of their final showdown. But when he heads west in a stolen truck, a brutal snowstorm forces him to turn back—and seek refuge in the Dog Tongue’s former headquarters.

Though it’s littered with human carnage, the abandoned luxury hotel has a lot to offer a guy like Gus. But in addition to soft beds and working toilets, he encounters still-lurking dangers both living and undead. Determined to destroy the Dog Tongue’s followers once and for all, he resolves to follow their ominous trail wherever it may lead . . .

Combining dystopian suspense and zombie-killing action with complex characters and dark humor, Skull Road is the seventh book in Keith C. Blackmore’s thrilling Mountain Man series—perfect for fans of HBO’s The Last of Us


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