Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of December 30th.

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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The Art of War by Peter Cawdron

The Art of War by Peter Cawdron
Narrated by Katharine Chin, Seth Podowitz
First Contact
Podium Audio

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Commander Lisa Chao works in the US Navy’s Strategic Planning Center in Pearl Harbor.

When tensions rise with China over Taiwan, she has to unravel exactly what’s happening in the Pacific and why. What she uncovers leads America to war—but not with China.

Bullets and bombs are no match for an extraterrestrial warship that can fly between stars, but perhaps the answer to the coming war lies not in the present but in the past. Could Sun Tzu’s The Art of War provide humanity with a fighting chance against a technologically superior alien enemy?

First Contact is a series of standalone novels that explore humanity’s first interactions with extraterrestrial life.

Includes a special note from the author.


SubOrbital 7 by John Shirley

SubOrbital 7 by John Shirley
Narrated by Shawn Compton
Tantor Audio

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A routine rescue mission leaves a team of US soldiers, rescued hostages, and a prisoner trapped above Earth in a suborbital craft, in this cinematic action-packed near-future thriller, perfect for fans of Tom Clancy and Jack Carr

Lieutenant Art Burkett is called up to take part in a rescue mission. Three scientists have been kidnapped by the terrorist group Thieves in Law.

The rescue is swift. Art and his team return to military craft SubOrbital 7, intending to return to safety with hostages rescued and prisoners in tow. But Thieves in Law are not the only people looking for them. Art and his team must fight an ever-growing threat before time runs out for them, and possibly for the rest of the world.


To a Fungus Unknown by William C. Tracy

To a Fungus Unknown by William C. Tracy
Narrated by Adi Cabral
The Biomass Conflux #2
Tantor Audio

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Forty years after landing on Lida, the colony still isn’t finished.

Agetha has survived many more battles than she anticipated when she first landed on her new home planet. She’s older and wiser, has gained family and lost loved ones. And yet her reward for four decades of service is to be pushed to the colony’s outer edges with the other aging Generationals.

But that was only the beginning of her adventure.

The biomass has spent years studying the intruders who landed on its surface, carving a new home from its very essence. Never satisfied in its attempt to communicate with this new and invasive species, finally it has found a way to express its intentions. The colonists may never be the same.

Discover the fate of the colony in the second book of the Biomass Conflux trilogy!


Insider by Jordan Rivet

Insider by Jordan Rivet
Narrated by Talon David
The Lost Clone #3
Self Published

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Jane’s story continues in Book 3 of the Lost Clone YA dystopian science fiction series, a fast-paced adventure featuring mysteries, cool tech, slow-burn romance, and surprising twists!

After the disastrous confrontation with Janette’s colleagues, Jane seizes a rare opportunity to investigate her mysterious clone sponsor. She poses as Janette and infiltrates the organization that created them. Her objective: save her other batchmates before they’re decommissioned.

But the organization’s headquarters isn’t what it seems, and Jane encounters unexpected enemies inside. Even her allies are less reliable than she thought.

When Jane makes a shocking discovery, she’ll have to choose who to trust with her batchmates’ lives—and whether to become more like her sponsor in order to stop them.


National Security by Matt Sloane

National Security by Matt Sloane
Narrated by Adam Barr
Vince Carver Spy Thriller #1
Tantor Audio

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Vince Carver left the CIA with a dead friend and a close call. So much for so-called intelligence work. No longer knowing what he was fighting for, Carver switched to the private sector and swore he’d never go back. Armed with the elite skills of a special operator, he now leads a team of security specialists far from the battlefield. But everything changes when his convoy is ambushed on American soil. The three-letter agencies all want a piece of him, and the CIA is front and center.

His client, a semiconductor billionaire, may be selling secrets to the Chinese. As his bodyguard, Carver is the asset best placed to uncover the plot, and he begrudgingly commutes to Taipei for one last mission. Soon he’s embedded in a world of slick intrigue and fast lies. Carver is pitted against a resident security team led by a beautiful and enigmatic woman, but she’s far from the only one keeping secrets. When foreign agents gun for him, old doubts resurface, and not even the CIA is above suspicion.

Carver rediscovers his drive to fight. He may be guarding secrets vital to US national security, but he’s a private contractor to the bone. This is Carver’s show, and he knows the key to a timeless truth. When best-laid plans fall by the wayside, nothing can replace the indifferent precision of a man with a gun.


Do Not Open by Kiersten Modglin

Do Not Open by Kiersten Modglin
Narrated by Mara Wilson
Dreamscape Media

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On the day author Mari Morgan receives the email, she has little left to live for.

The message—simple yet utterly life-changing—offers a glimmer of hope to her dismal existence. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and if she takes it, it could change everything.

Mari’s immediate sense of unease is eclipsed only by her curiosity—elicited from the supposed fan on the other end of the email. Unsatisfied despite doing her due diligence, and with no way to discern the legitimacy of the sender, Mari takes a leap of faith and replies.

What harm could come from one innocent message?

Soon, as she comes face to face with her ‘number one fan,’ it’s all too clear things are not what they first appeared. Now trapped by a villain far more sinister than she could’ve crafted herself, the fate awaiting her is inspired by the darkest depths of the monsters in her own novels.

In order to escape and survive, Mari must use the strength of the heroines she’s spent years writing about. But this villain has spent years inside her worlds, too.

How will she defeat an evil who has learned from the best?

For fans of Misery, YOU, and Behind Closed Doors, million-copy bestselling author Kiersten Modglin brings us a haunting tale of obsession and survival in the form of a writer’s worst nightmare come to life.


The Weekend Retreat by Tara Laskowski

The Weekend Retreat by Tara Laskowski
Narrated by Emily Ellet, Karissa Vacker, Lisa Flanagan, Gail Shalan
Harlequin Audio

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A wealthy family’s vacation at their lush winery estate becomes a weekend to kill for in this deliciously twisted novel of suspense

“Absolutely captivating! A riveting and immersive puzzle for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan

Every year, the illustrious Van Ness siblings, heirs to a copper fortune, gather at their secluded winery estate for a joint birthday celebration. It’s a tradition they’ve followed nearly all their lives, and now they are back with their significant others for a much-needed weekend of rest and relaxation, away from the public spotlight.

With lavish comforts, gorgeous scenery, and indulgent drinking, the trip should be the perfect escape. But it soon becomes clear that even a remote idyllic getaway can’t keep out the problems simmering in each of their lives. As old tensions are reignited, the three couples are pushed to the edge. Will their secrets destroy them, or will they destroy each other first? And who’s been watching them from beyond the vineyard gates?

When a torrential rainstorm hits, plunging them into darkness, the answers prove all too deadly…

“Clever… [A] satisfying mash-up of Succession and Agatha Christie.”—Publishers Weekly


Chaos Agent by Lee Winter

Chaos Agent by Lee Winter
Narrated by Angela Dawe
The Villains Series #2
Tantor Audio

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What happens when the sweetest employee learns her boss’s evil secrets? This opposites-attract ice queen romance asks: Can a villain truly be redeemed?

CEO Michelle Hastings has foolishly promoted a kind, clueless activist to her full-time staff. Now, on top of fighting her inconvenient feelings, Michelle must hide the evil they do.

Eden Lawless relishes her new job, the hot boss who gives her butterflies, and her eccentric workmates who tell weird jokes about their day. Blackmail? Hacking? Doxing? Hilarious! But what if it’s not a joke? Would that mean Eden has to fight the boss she’s falling for?

Contains mature themes.


On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe

On the Plus Side by Jenny L. Howe
Narrated by Zura Johnson
Spotify Audiobooks

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What Not to Wear and Queer Eye meet All the Feels in this sparkling romantic comedy by Jenny L. Howe, in which the new guest on a popular plus-size makeover show has her style—and her love life—transformed.

Everly Winters is perfectly happy to navigate life like a good neutral paint color: appreciated but unnoticed. That’s why she’s still a receptionist instead of exploring a career in art, why she lurks but never posts on the forums for her favorite makeover show, On the Plus Side, and why she’s crushing so hard on her forever-unattainable co-worker. When no one notices you, they can’t reject you or insist you’re too much.

This plan is working perfectly until someone secretly nominates Everly for the next season of On the Plus Side. Overwhelmed by the show’s extremely extroverted hosts and how much time she’ll have to spend on screen, she finds comfort in a surprising friendship with the grumpy but kind cameraman, Logan. Soon Everly realizes that he’s someone she doesn’t mind being noticed by. In fact, she might even like it.

But when their growing connection is caught on camera, it sends the show’s ratings into a frenzy. Learning to embrace all of herself on national TV is hard enough; can Everly risk heartbreak with the whole world watching?


Labor of Love by Cara Malone

Labor of Love by Cara Malone
Narrated by Victoria Landon
Lakeside Hospital #4
Self Published

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What if your soulmate arrives the day after you decide to stop looking for her?

Hot-shot obstetrician Mercedes Stone is killing it at work, but she has a dirty secret. She’s the daughter of a hoarder. She’s built her life around her research but when her mother’s condition reaches a crisis point, she must drop everything to come home.

Lily Thomas is a pediatrician quickly approaching 40 and all she’s ever wanted is a family. She’s given up on finding Ms. Right, but the day she meets Mercedes – who’s taking a temporary job at Lakeside Hospital – is the same day Lily learns she’s finally pregnant.

They fall for each other hard and fast – it has to be fast because Mercedes is going home in six months to wrap up a vital clinical trial and soon, Lily will have a newborn baby to love. What’s the harm in a quick fling?

But as Mercedes digs out her mother’s house, she begins to realize there’s more for her at home than just junk. What she and Lily swore was just a fling is beginning to feel a lot more like… family.

Labor of Love is a standalone novel in the bestselling Lakeside Hospital series. The books in this series can be listened to in any order.


How to Kiss Your Enemy by Jenny Proctor

How to Kiss Your Enemy by Jenny Proctor
Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Philip Alces
How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother #3
Tantor Audio

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How is it possible for the chemistry between two chefs to be hotter than a ghost pepper yet colder than liquid nitrogen?

When THE Tatum Elliott shows up to run the catering kitchen at my family’s farm and event center, I don’t trust her any more than I did back in culinary school.

But like it or not, she’s here. On my territory. My turf. In the kitchen that shares a building with my farm-to-table restaurant. And she can’t seem to keep her hands off my parmesan.

Our old rivalry flares to life faster than a flambe, but there’s something else flaming between us too. And it’s heating up quicker than anything we’re making in the kitchen.

But I can’t forget that Tatum is the daughter of Christopher Elliott—America’s most famous chef. She belongs in a big city, in a restaurant with her name on it. Not running the catering arm of Stonebrook Farm.

Whatever her reasons for being here now, I can’t see her permanently walking away from the fame and fortune her father can offer her, no matter how well she fits in on the farm—how well she fits with me.

She’ll leave eventually—I’m sure of it. I just have to make sure that when she does, she doesn’t take my heart with her.


How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel
Narrated by Stephanie Rose
Tantor Audio

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My parents warned me to never date a coworker, but did I listen? Oh, no. I thought Jackson Montgomery and I had a forever kind of thing going. We even have the cutest couple’s name, PB & J, short for Presley Benson and Jackson. I guess he didn’t think it was all that cute because he just broke up with me. To make matters worse, he’s the newly appointed vice principal for the school where I teach drama, which makes him my boss. That probably means he won’t want to make out in the prop room anymore.

Fortunately, my best friend found a plan on the internet for how to get over your ex. It seems legit. All I have to do is stay away from him for ninety-days. That’s a tough one, seeing as we work together, but I’m willing to do anything to make this pain go away. There’s just one problem. Jackson has decided he wants me back. So, what’s a girl to do? Stick with the plan, of course.

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Peel presents a deliciously amusing workplace romance.


Brian

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