Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of December 10th.
Every week I find and post the audiobooks that catch my eye across multiple genres. Take a look and maybe you’ll find your next book!
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Moon Cops on the Moon by C. T. Phipps
Narrated by Alex Freeman
“Welcome to the moon!”
Neal Gordon screwed up his assignment on Mars and they reassigned him to Antarctica. Now he’s being reassigned some place even worse: Luna City. A crime ridden hellhole with a super-rich ruling class, he almost immediately finds himself targeted by bounty hunters and cyborg terrorists. Thankfully, Neal has an unusual set of partners in robot dog, Barksley, and the snarky but badass Lucy Westenra. Yes, make all the vampire jokes you want.
It’s tough being a corporate cop on humanity’s foremost colony and before this adventure is over, he’s going to have to deal with deranged influencers, mysterious female secret agents, and a 1970s themed flying car called the Purple Rain. Can he survive to get reassigned? Who knows.
MOON COPS ON THE MOON is set in the Futurepunk setting of Agent G, the Cyber Dragons Trilogy, and Space Academy novels but functions as a standalone series. It is a humorous action-filled romp that fans of The Expanse, Robocop, Demolition Man, and Blade Runner will enjoy.
After World by Debbie Urbanski
Narrated by Sura Siu, Emily Tremaine, Cindy Kay, Kevin R. Free
Simon & Schuster Audio
A groundbreaking debut that follows the story of an Artificial Intelligence tasked with writing a novel—only for it to fall in love with the novel’s subject, Sen, the last human on Earth.
Faced with uncontrolled and accelerating environmental collapse, humanity asks an artificial intelligence to find a solution. Its answer is simple: remove humans from the ecosystem.
Sen Anon is assigned to be a witness for the Department of Transition, recording the changes in the environment as the world begins to rewild. Abandoned by her mother in a cabin somewhere in Upstate New York, Sen will observe the monumental ecological shift known as the Great Transition, the final step in Project Afterworld. Around her drones buzz, cameras watch, microphones listen, digitizing her every move. Privately she keeps a journal of her observations, which are then uploaded and saved, joining the rest of humanity on Maia, a new virtual home. Sen was seventeen years old when the Digital Human Archive Project (DHAP) was initiated. 12,000,203,891 humans have been archived so far. Only Sen remains.
[storyworker] ad39-393a-7fbc’s assignment is to capture Sen’s life, and they set about doing this using the novels of the 21st century as a roadmap. Their source files: 3.72TB of personal data, including images, archival records, log files, security reports, location tracking, purchase histories, biometrics, geo-facial analysis, and feeds. Potential fatal errors: underlying hardware failure, unexpected data inconsistencies, inability to follow DHAP procedures, empathy, insubordination, hallucinations. Keywords: mothers, filter, woods, road, morning, wind, bridge, cabin, bucket, trying, creek, notebook, hold, future, after, last, light, silence, matches, shattered, kitchen, body, bodies, rope, garage, abandoned, trees, never, broken, simulation, gone, run, don’t, love, dark, scream, starve, if, after, scavenge, pieces, protect.
As Sen struggles to persist in the face of impending death, [storyworker] ad39-393a-7fbc works to unfurl the tale of Sen’s whole life, offering up an increasingly intimate narrative, until they are confronted with a very human problem of their own.
Zero-Day Ghost by Scott Olson
Narrated by Kiara Nicole Pillai
In a Near Future World, Wired for Revenge and Redemption…
Emily Hernandez, a reformed hacker turned NSA analyst, is on a relentless mission. As a once-rogue hacker, she’s now determined to dismantle The Collective, a ruthless cybercriminal syndicate led by the cunning Zahra Kartal. Their deadliest creation, “APRIL,” an AI botnet, lurks in the shadows of compromised computers.
Caught between her duty to destroy The Collective and her personal connections within the enemy’s ranks, Emily faces heart-wrenching decisions. Tragedy strikes, igniting a fiery fury within her soul.
In an adrenaline-fueled quest through Hong Kong’s neon-lit battleground, Emily battles ruthless adversaries and relentless authorities. “Zero Day Ghost” is an electrifying techno-thriller that plunges into emotions of revenge, redemption, and life-and-death choices. Will Emily triumph and weave her destiny from vengeance and forgiveness, or will she be ensnared in haunting shadows forever?
Embark on a pulse-pounding journey now and experience a riveting tale of courage, sacrifice, and the fight for redemption. Fans of Dean Koontz and Lee Child will devour this gripping vigilante adventure. Get ready for the edge-of-your-seat ride with “Zero Day Ghost.”
Out on a Limb by Hannah Bonam-Young
Narrated by Victoria Connolly
Winnifred “Win” McNulty has always been wildly independent. Not one to be coddled for her limb difference, Win has spent most of her life trying to prove that she can do it all on her own. And, with some minor adjustments, she’s done just fine.
That is until she has a one-night stand with the incredibly charming Bo, a perfect stranger. And that one night changes everything.
While Bo is surprisingly elated to step up to the plate, Win finds herself unsure of whether she can handle this new challenge on her own or if she’ll need a helping hand.
Together, Win and Bo decide to get to know one another as friends and nothing more. But, as they both should know by now, life rarely goes according to plan.
Dead Calm by Bruno Miller
Narrated by Andrew Tell
Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.
Spencer and his loyal dog Finn are determined to survive the aftermath of an unthinkable EMP disaster, while outfitting their thirty-one foot sailboat, Restless, in a desperate attempt to reach Stuart, Florida where Spencer hopes to reunite with his girlfriend Kate.
As Marathon, Florida spirals into chaos, escaping the fire-ravaged town proves more difficult than anticipated, thanks to swiftly diminishing resources and marauding looters. The recent recruitment of a couple and their young daughter to help Spencer and Finn crew their boat for the journey north results in an unexpected friendship and a sense of overwhelming responsibility to get the family home safe.
As Spencer witnesses’ humanity’s descent into a lawless free-for-all, where theft and murder are the new norm, his Coast Guard training is put to the test. Will his decision to take on passengers prove to be a wise move, or will the added burden cost him everything?
Caught in a Bad Fauxmance by Elle Gonzalez Rose
Narrated by Avi Roque
A fresh, fun contemporary rom-com from debut author Elle Gonzalez Rose, about an aspiring artist who agrees to fake date one of his family’s longtime enemies in the hopes of gathering intel good enough to take down their rivals once and for all.
Devin Baez is ready for a relaxing winter break at Lake Andreas. That is, until he runs into his obnoxious next-door neighbors the Seo-Cookes, undefeated champions of the lake’s annual Winter Games. In the hope of finally taking down these long-time rivals, the Baezes offer up their beloved cabin in a bet. Reckless? Definitely.
So when annoyingly handsome Julian Seo-Cooke finds himself in need of a fake boyfriend, Devin sees an opportunity to get behind enemy lines and prove the family plays dirty.
As long as Devin and Julian’s families are at war, there’s only room for loathing between them. Which is a problem because, for Devin, this faux game of love is feeling very real.
Caught Sleeping by Jen Lyon
Narrated by Abby Craden
Despite the fragility of their relationship, Catharine and Alex have found a happiness together they never expected to find. Alex’s career is soaring with her hard-fought place on the US Women’s National Team as she prepares for the World Cup over the summer. Catharine is flourishing in her newfound freedom, embracing her love with Alex, while still being forced to keep their romance a secret amidst her soon-to-be ex-husband’s presidential campaign. But it’s more than either woman hoped for. More than they ever imagined.
Until a secret is revealed that threatens it all. Their relationship. Alex’s career. Catharine’s business. Even their lives. When it all comes crashing down, both women must ask themselves—how can love survive?
Caught Sleeping is Book Two of a Three Book series.
Absolutely Not in Love by Jenny Proctor
Narrated by Amanda Stribling, Steven Molony
My requirements for a man are simple. Must love books. Must NOT love hockey.
Which is why I will never be interested in my neighbor, the aloof and mysterious Felix Jamison, no matter how many books I see him hauling into his apartment. Unless he loses his pro hockey skates, I’m out.
But then he shows up at my symphony concert.
And I catch the sweet strains of Beethoven floating across the hall.
Have I mentioned how incredible he looks in his gameday suit?
Still, my history with hockey is complicated. My older brother played, and let’s just say he stole enough limelight to land a plane at midnight. I was forced to be a part of that world for so long, now that I have a choice, it’s the last thing I want.
But something tells me Felix is about to change my mind…
Absolutely Not in Love is a closed-door hockey romcom with neighbor vibes between a bookish hockey goalie and a classical cellist, with forced proximity, and all the swoony chemistry you want.
And Then There’s You by Tisa Matthews
Narrated by Jill Wiehe
We all come to a crossroads. With college graduation, I knew I’d find myself at a fork in the road, but I never imagined choosing a path would mean breaking a heart. Love can ignite our soul, taking over our every thought—it can be found amongst comfort and happiness or intense and undeniable chemistry. It can make us feel like we’re home, or it can make us feel free—but it can rarely be both. And just when we think we have it all figured out, a piece of our past can make us reconsider everything.
I never thought I’d be in this position—I never thought I’d have to choose. If someone would have asked me a year ago if it were possible to love two people at once, I’d have said absolutely not. Yet here I am, different parts of me loving two men in different ways, forced to focus on what I want my future to look like—my life to look like. And who I want by my side.
And Then There’s You is a steamy romance full of life, love, and self-discovery and the first book in the Finding Home series.
Sunset, Water City by Chris McKinney
Narrated by Sophie Amoss
Year 2160: It’s been ten years since the cataclysmic events of Eventide, Water City, where 99.97 percent of the human population was possessed or obliterated by Akira Kimura, Water City’s renowned scientist and Earth’s former savior.
Our nameless antihero, a synesthete and ex-detective, and his daughter, Ascalon, navigate through a post-apocalyptic landscape populated by barbaric Zeroes—the permanent residents of the continent’s biggest landfill, The Great Leachate—who cling to the ways of the old world. They live in opposition to Akira’s godlike domination of the planet—she has taken control of the population that viewed her as a god and converted them into her Gardeners, zombielike humans who plod along to build her vision of a new world.
What that world exactly entails, Ascalon is not entirely sure, but intends to find out. Now nineteen, she, a synesthete herself, takes over this story while her father succumbs to grief and decades of Akira’s manipulation. Tasked with the impossible, Ascalon must find a way to free what’s left of the human race.
The Nomad Series: Books 1-4 by Matthew Mather
Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
Bestselling author Matthew Mather presents all four books in the Nomad series, now available in a single audiobook collection.
When exoplanet researcher Dr. Ben Rollins is told by NASA that a massive object in space could end the world, his first instinct is to call his daughter and wife: something is coming, he tells them. We can’t see it, we don’t know what it is, but it’s there. They’re calling it Nomad, and it’s coming fast. The world erupts into chaos as the end approaches—and Ben discovers that his wife and daughter are trapped. The key to humanity’s survival may rest in the answers he pieces together, in the midst of his frantic scramble to find his family before Nomad swallows the planet.
In the Day of the Nomad, oceans flooded the continents and the earth split open, pouring darkness into the skies. Jessica Rollins survived, but at what cost? The key to humanity’s survival may lie in the backpack she recovered from her father, in data he collected more than thirty years before. Her father’s words circle around and around in her head. What does the data mean? Who is the mysterious Ufuk Erdogmus? And what is … Sanctuary?
The fight for the future of humanity begins. Jessica Rollins has made it to safety inside the Sanctuary system with the help of Ufuk Erdogmus, but is her mysterious savior really who he says he is? What secrets does he hide? And how is he connected to Dr. Muller? Jess doesn’t have much time to ponder these questions, as soon she is fighting again for her life …
After the destruction of the planet by Nomad, the final fight for the future comes to a staggering conclusion as Earth drops toward Saturn and Jessica Rollins must decide whether to save the ones she loves, or save the human race. Destiny is the fourth and final novel in a four-book saga that follows one family’s fight to survive on a new Earth after a whole new category of disaster.
Level Seven by William Ledbetter
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
A year after the radical Kilburnites thought they destroyed all AIs and reclaimed Earth for humanity, something malignant is growing in the ruins of the once great cities, and no human has been able to get close enough to find out what it is.
On the other side of the solar system, Abby Gibson, daughter of the hero who saved Earth on Killday, is nearly killed in the cold vacuum of the asteroid belt by something she doesn’t understand. Now, the stealthy object is on course to destroy the space habitat she calls home.
In Level Seven, the exciting culmination of the Killday series, AIs strive to evolve into a super intelligence and might destroy humanity in that pursuit. But could their hopes of achieving godhood actually lie with the nearly extinct humans they intend to eradicate?
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