New and Notable Audiobook Releases for the Week of January 13th on Brian’s Book Blog

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Observer by Robert Lanza, Nancy Kress

Observer by Robert Lanza, Nancy Kress
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
The Story Plant

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If we can alter the structure of reality, should we?

Caro Soames-Watkins, a talented neurosurgeon whose career has been upended by controversy, is jobless, broke, and the sole supporter of her sister, a single mother with a severely disabled child.

When she receives a strange job offer from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sam Watkins, a great uncle she barely knows, desperation forces her to take it in spite of serious suspicions.

Watkins has built a mysterious medical facility in the Caribbean to conduct research into the nature of consciousness, reality, and life after death. Helped in his mission by his old friend, eminent physicist George Weigert, and young tech entrepreneur Julian Dey, Sam has gone far beyond curing the body to develop a technology that could solve the riddle of mortality.

Two obstacles stand in their way: Someone on the inside is leaking intel, and Watkins’ failing body must last long enough for the technology to be ready.

As danger mounts, Caro finds more than she bargained for, including murder, love, and a deeper understanding into the nature of reality.

A mind-expanding journey to the very edges of science, Observer will thrill you, inspire you, and lead you to think about life and the power of the imagination in startling new ways.


The Last Resort by Michael Kaufman

The Last Resort by Michael Kaufman
Narrated by Natalie Naudus, Joe Sanfelippo
Dreamscape Media

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It’s March 2034, six months after D.C. police detective Jen Lu and Chandler, her sentient bio-computer and wannabe tough guy implanted in her brain, cracked the mystery of Eden. The climate crisis is hitting harder than ever: a mega-hurricane has devastated the eco-system and waves of refugees pour into Washington, D.C. Environmental lawyer and media darling Patty Garcia dies in a bizarre accident on a golf course. Of the seven billion people on the planet, only Jen thinks she was murdered. After all, Garcia just won a court case for massive climate change reparations to be paid out by oil, gas, and coal companies.

Jen is warned off, but she and Chandler start digging. Signs point to Garcia’s abusive ex, a former oil giant, but soon Jen turns up more suspects who have an even greater motive for committing murder. Soon Jen is in the crosshairs of those who will ensure the truth never comes to light, no matter the cost, and has to move quickly before she becomes next on the killer’s list.


Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica

Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica
Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Gary Tiedemann
Harlequin Audio

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A husband’s disappearance links two couples in this twisty thriller from New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica

Jake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found.

Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.


Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper

Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper
Narrated by Megan Tusing, William DeMeritt
Mulholland Books

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Welcome to Mae Pruett’s Los Angeles, where “Nobody talks. But everybody whispers.” As a “black-bag” publicist tasked not with letting the good news out but keeping the bad news in, Mae works for one of LA’s most powerful and sought-after crisis PR firms, at the center of a sprawling web of lawyers, PR flaks, and private security firms she calls “The Beast.” They protect the rich and powerful and depraved by any means necessary.

After her boss is gunned down in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel in a random attack, Mae takes it upon herself to investigate and runs headfirst into The Beast’s lawless machinations and the twisted systems it exists to perpetuate. It takes her on a roving neon joyride through a Los Angeles full of influencers pumped full of pills and fillers; sprawling mansions footsteps away from sprawling homeless encampments; crooked cops and mysterious wrecking crews in the middle of the night.

Edgar Award-winner Jordan Harper’s EVERYBODY KNOWS is addicting and alarming, a “juggernaut of a novel” and “an absolute tour de force.” It is what the crime novel can achieve in the modern age: portray the human lives at the center of vast American landscapes, and make us thrill at their attempts to face impossible odds.


Doubt by Jenny Schwartz

Doubt by Jenny Schwartz
The Adventures of a Xeno-Archaeologist, Book 2
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Podium Audio

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Alien mysteries. Parental responsibilities. The scout ship Kangaroo has jumped into trouble.

Nora Devi intended to leave her old life behind. But when a quick detour to acquire the funds for a new identity goes awry, she finds herself plunged ever deeper into the troubles she hoped to avoid.

The Human Sector is a stash of fuel cells just waiting for a spark to explode. The Great Game of politics and power has shifted from the inner realm to the border. Captain Liam Kimani of the battlecruiser RC Genghis Khan is the man in position to suppress the explosion…or ride the wave of it.

It’s been half a millennium since the Stranding. Is the power of the royals still worth supporting, or is it time to risk everything for the chance to rejoin the rest of humanity?


Claws by Russell James

Claws by Russell James
Kathy West National Park Adventure Series, Book 1
Narrated by Rob Ellis
Severed Press

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National Park Service Rangers Kathy West and Nathan Toland are the only ones stationed at Fort Jefferson, a restored Civil War fort 60 miles off Key West, Florida. Two overnight campers go missing but before the rangers can investigate, shady Homeland Security Agent Glen Larsson arrives to close the park due to a purportedly imminent red tide.

Things quickly escalate out of control when mercenaries arrive to back up Larsson and imprison the rangers. Larsson’s plan is to free a cast of giant crabs to overrun the park, and then Florida beyond.

It’s up to Kathy and Nathan to escape the fort, and then, with the help of an old Coast Guard vet and a scientist with inside knowledge of the plot, to save millions of innocents from rampaging giant crabs. But Larsson’s evil plan has been decades in the making, and the crabs seem indestructible. It will take courage, teamwork, and perhaps the ultimate sacrifice to avert disaster.


Yield by Kirsty Bright

Yield by Kirsty Bright
The Titanium Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by Elliot White
Self Published

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We must evolve if we want to survive.

The world as we know it is ending. The Farm offers children protection from the destruction, but there’s a price to be paid for their safety. Once inside the gates, the children undergo an extreme transformation, turning them into the most ruthless of weapons.

Hybrids: part human, part animal.

Ares is unlike the rest. Waking 14 years after the experiment, he shies away from danger, fears hurting others, and resists the training program intended to help him get used to his new abilities-or kill him. But The Farm is hiding secrets, and if Ares is going to survive, he’ll have to surrender all that he believes in and everyone he cares about in order to discover the truth. Would you sacrifice your humanity to save the ones you love?


The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker

The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker
Narrated by Erika Schindele
Dreamscape Media

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Vibrantly funny, endearingly sweet, and a love letter to all things rom com, Jayne Denker’s The Rom Com Agenda is a story of two people finding love right when they least expect it.

You know how the story’s supposed to go…but love makes its own plans.

STEP 1: Find yourself
Leah Keegan is used to being alone, especially after taking care of her sick foster mother for the past year. But now there’s nothing keeping her in the sweet town of Willow Cove. It’s time to move on. Again.

STEP 2: Win back the one who got away
Eli Masterson thought he and Victoria were meant to be together until she decided to jet off to Rome for a year. Eli is determined to win her back. But how?

STEP 3: Become a romantic hero
Changing Eli’s physical appearance is easy, but to turn Eli into the sophisticated-yet-vulnerable ideal man, his girl pals force him to watch classic rom-coms. And take notes.

STEP 4: Fall in love?
Inadvertently drawn into the makeover scheme, Leah ends up being Eli’s guide through the wild world of meet-cutes and grand gestures. Even though she believes Eli doesn’t need to change a thing about himself. Even though she just might be falling for Eli . . . and Eli falling for her.


The Crusader Series: Books 1-3 by Tom Abrahams

The Crusader Series: Books 1-3 by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press

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A surprise attack. A grid down. A fight for survival.

John Beck wants to be a good man, a great father, and a supportive husband. Though his inner demons have put those goals far out of reach. Could the end of the world be the beginning a second chance for Beck? When a surprise EMP attack on the United States sends the nation into a tailspin, Beck goes into action. He works to be the man he always wanted to be and in the process becomes a legend.

Book 1: Best Laid Plans

John Beck is the hero we don’t deserve but he’s exactly who we need when the world falls apart.

When a surprise EMP attack kills the power grid across most of the United States, the nation crumbles but a hero rises. John Beck makes it his mission to help the weak against the strong in a new, lawless wilderness. All the while, he fights the demons of his past as he searches for the only family he has left.

Book 2: No Good Deed

Apocalyptic survivor John Beck has beaten the wolves who prey on the sheep. But can he defeat his own demons on his path to redemption?

John Beck is on a mission to find his daughter. After learning she has left him handwritten letters as clues, he and new friends embark on what could be the end of his quixotic odyssey to reunite with his daughter. But before he finds her, dangerous obstacles stand in his way and they could as quickly kill him as lead to his salvation.

Book 3: One in the Hand

John Beck is a man possessed. But can he right the wrongs without succumbing to his own demons?

After barely surviving his wounds, the legendary John Beck is at the mercy of others. Will he listen to their counsel or will he defy their wishes and again set out on a fool’s errand? It’s a mission that could just as easily undo the good he’s done as it might redeem him once and for all in an unforgiving world where the real power lies with those who take it from those not strong enough to hold on.

One in the Hand is book three in The Crusader EMP Post-Apocalyptic Series and is perfect for fans of Kyla Stone, Franklin Horton, AR Shaw, Ryan Schow, and Jack Hunt.


Tier Trilogy: Books 1-3 by Cindy Gunderson

Tier Trilogy: Books 1-3 by Cindy Gunderson
Narrated by Cindy Gunderson
Button Press

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A virus nearly wiped out the human race. But is controlled survival a future worth living?

The post-apocalyptic routine couldn’t be better for Kate. Doing her part to rebuild the world’s population, her husband and their genetically privileged children are her pride and joy. But as her spouse becomes distant, she fears her flawless family is on the brink of collapse.

Confused and distraught as he continues to withdraw, Kate finds comfort in a handsome younger man who mentors her son. But as she and her new beau become entwined, her husband suddenly reasserts his claim. And giving in to his renewed loyalty could set their carefully ordered society ablaze.

Will Kate build the life she dares desire or be stained by betrayal?

The Tier Trilogy is a gripping, thought-provoking saga. If you like heartfelt characters, clean romance, and fresh takes on dystopia, then you’ll adore Cindy Gunderson’s binge-worthy tale.


Digital Dreams and Other Distractions by Kerry Nietz

Digital Dreams and Other Distractions by Kerry Nietz
Narrated by Joseph Robert Courtemanche
Self Published

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Software developer turned storyteller Kerry Nietz brings artificial wonders to life. Digital Dreams and Other Distractions is essential Nietz—nine tantalizing tales of synthetic futures, unfolding across a background of stars.

In this surreal landscape, dying legends haunt sheltered keeps, young boys reconstruct ancient giants, astronauts push the boundaries of the solar system, and metal nightmares reign over faraway rocks. Alluring and compelling, Digital Dreams is a multifaceted blend of mystery, imagination, and devotion—as thrilling as interstellar exploration, and as dangerous as another day at the office.


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