New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of August 25th on Brian’s Book Blog

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The Methuselah Paradox by T.R. Harris

The Methuselah Paradox by T.R. Harris
Narrated by TJ Clark
Tantor Audio

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

A cure for aging is all the rage these days, with scientists only a few decades away from extending life to 150 years or more. So when Dr. Ben Peterson is offered twenty million dollars to develop the so-called Body Fortress Drug—a cure for all disease—he was surprised as anyone when he actually did it! However, along the way, he also developed the opposite, a drug that leaves the body susceptible to ALL diseases . . . the perfect biological weapon.

This is a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster ride of scientific intrigue and of a billionaire madman’s obsession to live forever. And now he’s sent his army of henchmen after the only people in the world who can stop him… an NSA ‘thief’ and his crippled father, along with a beautiful CDC epidemiologist. The stakes have never been higher. Succeed… or three-quarters of the world’s population will die.

Now, this trio of reluctant heroes is in a desperate race to provide an antidote to the deadly formula before the madman can fulfill his ultimate desire: To live forever . . . and without competition from other human beings. And he has seventeen billion dollars to work with to make sure he gets what he wants.

The Nine by J.A. Konrath

The Nine by J.A. Konrath
Narrated by Jet Malakai
Self Published

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

After former Chicago cop Tom Mankowski found out the truth behind his birth, he discovered others with the same secret.

Some want to live out their lives in hiding.

Some are fighting to make the world better.

And some are trying to destroy all life on Earth.

Tom and the friends he made during the blockbuster best seller The List have reunited to take down this dangerous government experiment, one engineered historical figure at a time…even if it sets them on a crash course with the worst villains mankind has even known.

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it….

If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) listener, the Konrath scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.

The Nine by JA Konrath
Scary – 6
Violent – 7
Funny – 8
Sexy – 3
Crossover – Characters also appear in the Jack Daniels Thriller series and the Jack Daniels and Associates Mystery series.

The List by Kiersten Modglin

The List by Kiersten Modglin
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya, David Bendena, Michael Crouch
Dreamscape Media

$7.47 Whispersync Deal with Kindle PurchaseKindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited
Check out my reviews of other titles written by Kiersten Modglin
Check out my reviews of other titles Narrated by Jennifer Jill ArayaMichael Crouch

Ten years ago, the small town of Bates, South Carolina, was changed forever with the appearance of a slip of paper. Six names. Six people set to die. Six months later, they were gone. But the list maker was far from done with their town.

Like clockwork, new lists come out every six months. To keep their names off of them, the citizens go to extraordinary lengths and keep terrifying secrets. Someone is controlling their town. But who? And, most importantly, why?

When Connor and Jordyn Atwood move to Bates, they see firsthand how far their new neighbors are willing to go to protect themselves. Will the Atwoods succumb to their newfound surroundings? Or will they fight to protect the town they now call their home?

With everything at stake and no one to trust, the Atwoods quickly learn the list maker has one important rule: Do what you’re told…or find your name on The List.

Beyond the Hallowed Sky by Ken MacLeod

Beyond the Hallowed Sky by Ken MacLeod
Narrated by Elliot Chapman
Tantor Audio

Mathematician Lakshmi Nayak receives a letter from her future self about faster-than-light travel. The equations work, and the letter itself seems to prove the possibility will someday be realized.

But her paper on the topic is fiercely criticized, and she’s warned away by a sinister Alliance agent. After defecting to the Union, she gets an unexpected offer: “I can build your ship.” Shipbuilder John Grant learns of a secret project, which unknown to the world has been traveling to the stars for decades: Black Horizon.

Biologist Emma Hazeldene works for Black Horizon on an alien world, Apis, whose life has clearly come from Earth, investigating rock formations that are thought to be an alien, crystal-like intelligence. But refugees exiled to a hard life in the wilds of Apis already know more than the scientists have ever suspected. Everything changes when the rocks wake up, with dire results. As secrets emerge and rival powers seize advantage, three worlds are shaken to their foundations—and all involved have to fight for their lives, and their futures.

Science fiction legend Ken MacLeod begins a new space opera trilogy by imagining humankind on the precipice of discovery—the invention of faster-than-light travel unlocks a universe of new possibilities, and new dangers.

With a Minor in Murder by Karis Walsh

With a Minor in Murder by Karis Walsh
Narrated by Paige McKinney
Bold Strokes Book Inc

Check out my reviews of other titles Narrated by Paige McKinney

Officer Clare Sawyer, newly arrived at the University of Washington’s campus police department, hopes her investigation of a murdered professor will give her a chance to show her worth and prove to herself she made the right choice leaving the big city behind.

Life on campus brings back uncomfortable memories, but she is determined to do her job and remain on the outskirts of the academic world. Until Professor Hart walks into her interrogation room….

Architectural historian Libby Hart found her true home when she entered college, and she hasn’t left academia since. She loves her friends, her job, and the gorgeous buildings surrounding her. When the harsh reality of murder brings chaos into her world, she tries to help Clare restore order on campus.

Clare and Libby are from different worlds, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore their growing feelings for one another—until the murderer targets Clare, and danger threatens to destroy their happiness.

Curves for Days by Laura Moher

Curves for Days by Laura Moher
Narrated by Michelle Price, Paul Bellantoni
Dreamscape Media

Rose Barnes has got curves for days—and to Angus Drummond, the big, bearded contractor working on her new house, she’s the perfect thorn in his side. Little does she know Angus is perturbed on a daily basis by his attraction to this cheery, smart-ass woman with her sunshiny enthusiasm, her kindness, and her beautiful body.

Angus feels he has a debt to pay to the world and doesn’t deserve love until he pays it. Best to keep his mind on his work and his hands to himself. But the more Rose sees of Angus’s gruff, honorable thoughtfulness, and the more rusty laughter she surprises from him, the more she wants him too.

As their unlikely friendship becomes love, antagonism turns to partnership, and Rose’s house becomes a home. But Rose is keeping a secret that could blow up everything with Angus, and sure enough, it comes to light at the worst possible time…

Not Today, Cupid by Jennifer Bonds

Not Today, Cupid by Jennifer Bonds
Narrated by Neva Navarre, Tim Paige
Tantor Audio

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

The Proposal meets The Hating Game in this irresistibly funny Valentine’s Day story from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bonds about getting ahead—and in over your head—with a too-hot, too-uptight Texas billionaire . . .

Notes from Triada Investment Meeting:

As compiled by Scarlett Evans—executive assistant, grad student, and reluctant admirer of CEO Nick Hart’s snacktastic abs

Well, my fellow corporate drones, it’s another less-than-exciting investor meeting with the executives (Loud Talker, Human Buzzword, Master Delegator). And at the front, CEO Nick Hart, the world’s coldest—and ok, unbelievably sexy—tech badass. The man hasn’t smiled in the history of ever, he runs a tight ship filled with miserable employees, and gosh, he just really does not love feedback. Especially from me.

Development updates, acquisition delays, and…holy hell, why does he keep looking at me? I don’t work for him. I work for his brother. Which is good, because otherwise I’d spend every meeting secretly wondering what actually lies beneath that cool, aloof demeanor. Like, is he an uptight geek in the boardroom…and a sexy-assed freak in the bedroom?

He’d better not find out I’m the one stuffing the company suggestion box. What’s so wrong with a Valentine’s Day Social, anyway? But the fact that my notes are less professional and more entertainment is one seriously dangerous game. Because if he ever found out what I really thought of him, there’d be all kinds of sweet, delicious hell to pay…

Player Manager: A Sports Progression Fantasy by Ted Steel

Player Manager: A Sports Progression Fantasy by Ted Steel
Narrated by Luke Francis
Podium Audio

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

Could a seemingly average Premier League fan oversee a football club better than a top manager? Max is starting to think so . . .

Max Best is not living his—ahem—best life. His job’s a drag, his home’s a shooting gallery, his hopes are nil, and lately, even his beloved game of football has devolved from a chaotic, ecstatic delight into a cold, calculating equation complete with stats, tech terms, and mindless lingo. But then Max rescues a mysterious old man from a mugging. “Nick” seems friendly enough . . . until he innocently asks his savior, “Would you sell your soul to be a top football manager?”

Naturally, Max says yes, and in that instant, everything changes. Suddenly, whenever he watches a footie match, the skills and attributes of every player are visible to him within an eyes-only display. While he’s terrified at first, he quickly learns to appreciate his abilities—even embracing them to gain his own level-ups and experience. And he’s going to need them.

Because his otherworldly talent is about to have a massive effect on his real-world existence, catapulting him from small local matches to the insanity of top-tier football. But the more he succeeds, the more he’s torn between the simple, happy fanatic he once was and the master of the pitch he’s becoming. Soon Max will have to ask himself: Is football really a matter of life or death? Or is there something more important worth fighting for?

The first volume of the hit progression-fantasy series—with more than 700,000 views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!

After You Vanished by E. A. Neeves

After You Vanished by E. A. Neeves
Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Disney Hyperion

SADIE meets WE WERE LIARS in this YA heartfelt mystery, in which one girl desperately searches to find out what happened to her missing sister.

Teddy’s favorite place is Bottomrock Lake, where sunfish swim in their little saucer nests and lilypads edge the shore. She’s worked there as a lifeguard every summer, including last year, when her twin sister Izzy waded into the lake for a midnight swim and never came out. Now, Teddy can’t stop scripting stories for where she went. Izzy was an accomplished swimmer, so she couldn’t possibly have drowned. And if she did somehow drown, where’s her body and why is her passport missing?

When Toby, the gorgeous jerk who was with Izzy on the night she vanished, comes to Bottomrock to work as a lifeguard alongside Teddy, she can’t help but be suspicious. How many of her sister’s secrets does he hold? And how can Teddy unearth them—without falling for the boy who watched her sister disappear?

Told from Teddy’s point of view directly to Izzy, AFTER YOU VANISHED is a heartfelt mystery that will have listeners trying to piece together the secret life of a sister who’s gone.

Summer Hates Christmas by Rachel Dove

Summer Hates Christmas by Rachel Dove
Narrated by Claire Storey
Boldwood Books

Kindle Edition Currently Available with Kindle Unlimited

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…isn’t it?

Summer Hastings HATES Christmas. She loves sunshine, the beach and running her travel agency, sending people off to their dream destinations – even if she doesn’t get to see the world for herself. For Summer, Christmas sucks!

So, when handsome and charming Noel Pritchett moves his pop-up Christmas shop in to the store next to hers, Summer sees red. Noel loves Christmas…and he quite likes Summer too, if only he could break through the anti-Christmas armour she has surrounded herself with.

Just why does Summer hate Christmas so much? And can Noel be the one to prove to her that it really is the most wonderful time of the year?

An enemies to lovers, grumpy sunshine, rom com from bestselling author Rachel Dove.

Please note: this is a re-issue of Summer Hates Christmas by Rachel Dove


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