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The Bright Beast by Alex Knowles
Narrated by Steve Campbell
Self Published

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Pain, pain is familiar. Pain can be ignored, it can be fought.

Regrouping with Princess Rair and the newly trained Bright Lord elite, the Moreu-Hi must return to Prime Zola.

Tytan won’t survive. Sickness ravages his body from within.

When the ancient Frost Ricto lay down their lives for his, Tytan continues to fight with every fiber of his being. He will carry out his mission.

Uniting with his estranged, now pregnant wife, things just got even more complicated. Torn apart on the inside as well as the outside, Tytan faces every demon from his past and his future.

A dying man is not yet a dead man. Even in their last moments, stars and heroes blaze with brilliant glory.

The Bright Beast is book five of The Bright Series.

The Black by Paul E. Cooley
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Fireside Audio

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Under 30,000 feet of water, the experimental exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it.

But as the team starts drilling exploration well after exploration well in their race to claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living in the oil, and it’s about to give birth to the greatest threat humanity has ever seen.

The first book in Paul E Cooley’s Parsec Award-winning series, The Black is a suspenseful thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and Carpenter’s The Thing right into listeners’ hands.

This second edition includes a completely revised text.

Stockholm Syndrome by Miranda MacLeod
Narrated by Stephanie Murphy
Self Published

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When a spy dials a wrong number, could it be the connection of a lifetime?

Leigh is a secret agent in peril whose life depends on reaching her agency’s emergency hotline. But when she dials the local public radio pledge drive by mistake, a spy-obsessed office temp named Amanda becomes her only hope for rescue.

Amanda thinks it’s an exciting game of make-believe until dangerous elements from Leigh’s past force her to reveal her true identity and take Amanda with her on the run.

The answers lie in Stockholm, but whether Leigh should be more frightened of the Russian mobsters who want her dead or Amanda when she realizes she’s been lied to is anyone’s guess. One thing is certain. If they can figure out a way to work together, the seasoned agent and the savvy civilian just might make the perfect team!

Beyond the Blue by TJ O’Shea
Narrated by Cindy Kay
Tantor Audio

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Numbers rule Dr. Mei Sharpe’s life. She has no husband, one friend, two daughters, and three random meetings with the same woman within four weeks. Once is chance, twice is coincidence, but upon the third meeting, even Mei in all her empirical rigidness must admit that perhaps the universe is giving her a nudge. A nudge that lands her directly in the path of Lieutenant Morgan Kelly—an affable, charming detective for the Sheriff Department’s brand-new cold case team working down the hall from Mei’s morgue.

More golden retriever than hard-boiled detective, Morgan is determined to pull the asocial widow out of her shell. As the icy scientist warms to her cheerful new friend, an irrepressible chemistry develops, and Mei begins to realize she’s perhaps a different number on the Kinsey scale than previously considered.

As Mei and Morgan struggle with guilt and grief, drama and desires, Mei finds her scientific austerity is no match for the universe and its nudges toward the startling revelation of what her heart really wants.

Cherry on Top by Georgia Beers
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Cherry Davis is turning her part-time influencer gig into a full-time venture. As Cherry on Top, she’s the happy, loved lesbian lifestyle guide with an enviable relationship, friends, and wardrobe. Reputation is crucial for her business, and if she uses some smoke and mirrors to spice it up? She doesn’t hurt anybody. Everyone else does it, too. Trolls might try to tell her she isn’t being authentic, but she’s tougher than they are. Her childhood gave her a thick skin.

Ellis Conrad dreams of becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. You know what she doesn’t dream of? Debunking politicians, local celebrities, and online influencers for the less-than-reputable site, 11th Commandment. But the truth is important, especially to Ellis, and besides, she really needs the money.

A chance meeting leaves Cherry and Ellis reeling from the unexpected intensity, and they both start to long for a different life, perhaps even one that includes each other. But when Ellis’ search for truth crashes into Cherry’s insta-filter world, do they have any hope at all of a happily ever after?

Extremophile by Rick Chesler
Narrated by Dan Delgado
Self Published

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A biotech company is poised to release its highly anticipated new product, a revolutionary swimming pool cleaning system that depends on an unlikely mix of exotic microorganisms. But when the president of the company’s son dies unexpectedly in his own private pool, the company’s product launch is thrust into uncertainty.

Determined to salvage his company and make a fortune in the process, CEO Dr. Harry Stone races around the world to collect hard-to-find microbes literally from the ends of the Earth in an attempt to meet the launch deadline with a secretly modified product. Meanwhile, on the domestic front, those closest to Harry search for their own way to survive under extreme conditions.

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
Narrated by Jean-Marc Berne
Mulholland Books

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From an award-winning author comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what’s left of his family—even if it means a descent into violence.

Buried in debt due to his young daughter’s illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the life he knew, Mario agrees to one final job: hijack a cartel’s cash shipment before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and a cartel-insider named Juanca, Mario sets off on the near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either a cool $200,000 or a bullet in the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel through the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are laid bare alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t return the same.

The Devil Takes You Home is a panoramic odyssey for fans of S.A. Cosby’s southern noir, Blacktop Wasteland, by way of the boundary-defying storytelling of Stephen Graham Jones and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Survive by Jona Sheffield
Narrated by Duke Fontaine
Podium Audio

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The world is on the brink of destruction. Will humanity survive?

The coasts are flooding. Entire countries are wiped off the map. All over the world, people are fleeing inland. In 2042, there is only one season left: summer. Food has become increasingly scarce, diseases are spreading, and more and more people die every day. Now, in a frantic attempt to save mankind, the government wants to inject all citizens with brainbots to protect against diseases.

Julia Jennings, billionaire heiress and freedom fighter, suspects that there is more to it. Her father, Peter Jennings, experiences the consequences of the intervention himself in a dramatic way. FBI Agent John Stanhope is also unsure whether the state can avert the climate apocalypse. The last hope of mankind could be gigantic, ark-like spaceships, which embark for another solar system. Destination: the planet Lumera. Arrival time: the 24th century.

Can humanity save itself and ensure its continued existence? Or is it its own greatest enemy?

Complete climate collapse, deadly government conspiracies, and an exodus to a distant planet. The Lumera Expedition series is a fascinating sci-fi thriller about the desperate struggle for survival and the legacy of mankind from Germany’s bestselling sci-fi author Jona Sheffield.

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan
Narrated by Julia Whelan
HarperCollins Publishers

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From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger.

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her.

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.

Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor
Narrated by Sophie Loughran
Macmillan Audio

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In Hayley Scrivenor’s Dirt Creek, a small-town debut mystery described as The Dry meets Everything I Never Told You, a girl goes missing and a community falls apart and comes together.

When 12-year-old Esther disappears on the way home from school in a small town in rural Australia, the community is thrown into a maelstrom of suspicion and grief. As Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels arrives in town during the hottest spring in decades and begins her investigation, Esther’s tenacious best friend, Ronnie, is determined to find Esther and bring her home.

When schoolfriend Lewis tells Ronnie that he saw Esther with a strange man at the creek the afternoon she went missing, Ronnie feels she is one step closer to finding her. But why is Lewis refusing to speak to the police? And who else is lying about how much they know about what has happened to Esther?

Punctuated by a Greek chorus, which gives voice to the remaining children of the small dying town, this novel explores the ties that bind, what we try and leave behind us, and what we can never outrun, while never losing sight of the question of what happened to Esther, and what her loss does to a whole town.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

Oh, Great! I Discovered How to Cultivate a Farmer in 52 Easy Steps by Benjamin Kerei

Oh, Great! I Discovered How to Cultivate a Farmer in 52 Easy Steps by Benjamin Kerei
Narrated by Travis Baldree
Podium Audio

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Ever wonder what happened to the Isekai’d gamer who found himself incarnated into the overweight body of a LitRPG farmer, only to spit in the face of destiny and earn more money and experience than anyone ever dreamed possible? Fairytales would have you believe he lived happily ever after, but life doesn’t always match up to fairytale endings.

Accidentally murdered by a cleric in another universe during a botched resurrection, Arnold, a semi-pro gamer turned clerical error, has now become a thorn in the vindictive Northern Regent’s side. To make matters worse, he has a giant stuck in his well, and the adventurers’ guilds are pounding on his door for the chance to kill it (which is more than a little annoying, as all Arnold wants to do is focus on taking his trap method wide while he builds a farm to give down-on-their-luck farmers like him a chance).

However, there is “one” little problem with his plan: changing the world isn’t easy, and Arnold needs an entire industry that doesn’t currently exist.

And resource management is hard.

And trying to find good employees is difficult.

And Blackwood doesn’t have the infrastructure to support all these people (even if he does).

And the regent is out for blood and trying to ruin him.

And no matter what he tries, the giant won’t die.

And for some reason, Ranic wants him to find a goal that gives his life meaning.

So let’s see how well his happily ever after really goes…

Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by Ray Porter
Audible Originals

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Three 20-somethings are all that stands between an otherworldly threat and the survival of Earth in the latest thrill ride by Dennis E. Taylor, author of the Audible and New York Times best-selling “Bobiverse” series.

Jack Kernigan is having a bad day…a bad year…a bad life. After being booted out of MIT, he’s back in his Ohio hometown, working for the family business, facing a life of mediocrity. Then one day, out on a delivery, his truck hits…something. Something big…something furry…something invisible. And, it turns out, something not of this Earth.

Fate can play funny tricks. Which is why Jack suddenly finds himself the planet’s best hope to unravel a conspiracy of galactic proportions that could spell the end of the human race. All Jack and his best friends Natalie and Patrick have to defeat an alien threat is their wits, a lot of coffee, and a rather snippy AI named Sheldon. Plus, their own spaceship.

After all, if you’re going to rescue the world, the least you can get out of it is your own spaceship.

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