Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of February 18th.

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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Tailspin by Dawn Chapman

Tailspin by Dawn Chapman
Narrated by Neill Thorne, Stephanie Németh-Parker
Podium Audio

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Cybernetics, mounting debt, and a flight for survival.

In the sprawling city of Artem, Rus dreams of soaring the skies, while Pim, a tiny hybrid of walrus and rat, faces a world of cruelty. Both are thrust into situations they never imagined, their fates bound by the unforgiving tides of destiny.

Rus, a fearless runner by day and racer by night, stands at the brink of eviction, with his family’s home hanging in the balance. After a catastrophic accident, he’s faced with a life-changing choice: undergo experimental modifications and be forever indebted to the ominous M-Corp or be left to perish. As Rus grapples with his new reality, Pim’s journey of hope and despair intertwines with Shay, a ten-year-old scavenger, revealing the harshest aspects of city life.

From the luxurious heights of helo flying to the grimy underbelly of the city transporting mods, their tales are a testament to resilience, the friends they meet along the way, and the relentless pursuit of dreams in the face of insurmountable odds. Dive into a world where technology pushes boundaries, and every decision has repercussions that echo throughout a city on the edge.

Tailspin is a cyberpunk-inspired LitRPG featuring a rich kid, yet still a rags-to-riches adventure!


The Ancient Code by T.S. Falk

The Ancient Code by T.S. Falk
Narrated by Nathaniel Priestley
The Ancient Secrets #1
Podium Audio

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After barely escaping from his last project alive, Professor Elliot Brand wanted to spend a few calm months lecturing in London.

But when a billionaire presents him with the perfect mystery, he can’t resist and soon finds himself in a dangerous world of Nepali spies, ancient ruins, and a truth about humanity that might change the world forever… or end it.

Blending real science with fiction, this book takes you on a journey into the origins of mankind and its many mysteries. For fans of A.G. Riddle and James Rollins.


How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly
Narrated by Lindsey Dorcus, Gail Shalan
Nashville Love #3
Forever

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Chemistry sizzles in this workplace rom-com set in the world of high school basketball as the author of Love & Other Disasters delivers a sapphic romance full of humor and heart.

When a smart-mouthed junior joins East Nashville High’s basketball team, Coach Julie Parker’s ready for the challenge. What she’s not prepared for is the teen’s new foster parent, a super-hot ex-WNBA baller and star of Julie’s fantasies. Julie knows the cool and confident Elle Cochrane is way out of her league. But despite being completely tongue-tied around her, somehow Julie persuades Elle to step in as her assistant coach.

Elle has not been on a court since her career-ending injury, but she can’t seem to resist Julie, who is just as adorable as her nervous babbling. Maybe because being around her makes Elle feel sparks for the first time in long while—which is why she offers to help when Julie reveals her lifelong insecurity about dating and how she wishes she could practice at it…like sports. As Elle helps Julie navigate dating life, lines grow increasingly blurred, and the two must decide whether they’ll stay on the sidelines—or finally take their shot.

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Doomsday Recon by Jason Anspach, Ryan Williamson

Doomsday Recon by Jason Anspach, Ryan Williamson
Narrated by Mark Boyett
Doomsday Recon #1
Podium Audio

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U.S. Cav Trooper Nephi Bennett’s Humvee went from Panama to hell in the blink of an eye. Now, he needs to find his way back home—if he can live that long.

The year is 1989. America has just invaded Noriega’s Panama. And Specialist Bennett’s platoon of Cav Scouts are in country… with, frankly, not a whole lot to do.

Until a freak rainstorm somehow transports the entire platoon—Humvees, weapons, and all—to another world. A world controlled by a wicked Aztec god.  The Land of the Black Sun.

In a heartbeat, the Scouts find themselves fighting for their lives against savage beasts, witches, zombies, subhuman tribes seeking sacrifices… and even themselves. Fuel runs low, ammo grows scarce, and their only allies are a tribe of all-female warriors and a single fledgling sorceress with a decidedly mean streak.

But the fun has only just begun. Things in the Land of the Black Sun are about to become far more dangerous than Specialist Bennett could have ever imagined. For an ancient evil awaits…

…and Bennett and his fellow Cav troopers will meet it with blood and steel.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Associated Press bestselling author Jason Anspach and Ryan Williamson in this brand-new military fantasy series. If you’re a fan of modern warriors and weapons laying the hate on the armies of ancient evil, this is just the story you’ve been waiting for.


Starship for Rent by M.R. Forbes

Starship for Rent by M.R. Forbes
Narrated by Paul Heitsch
Quirky Algorithms

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When Noah sees an advertisement offering him a chance to rent a starship, he’s convinced it has to be a trick.

Already having the worst day of his life, he’s willing to do anything for a distraction, including following a random stranger’s directions to the middle of nowhere to see a ship he doubts exists. Except there is no trick. The starship is real. And Noah’s life will never be the same.

All he has to do is sign the agreement and hand over the cash.

Joined by his wisecracking friend and a woman he met online, he’s about to discover that the universe is more dangerous, bizarre, and amazing than he ever imagined.

And the biggest problem with leaving home may be surviving long enough to come back.

If you like robot-head starships, improbable heroes and intergalactic mayhem, you’ll love Starship For Rent, the latest sci-fi romp from bestselling author M.R. Forbes.


The Friendship Study by Ruby Barrett

The Friendship Study by Ruby Barrett
Narrated by André Santana, Meg Sylvan
Harlequin Audio

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“Barrett writes with tremendous care for anyone who has ever felt lonely.” —Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate

Jesse Logan doesn’t want a fresh start. He wants his old life back—before an injury made his career as a firefighter impossible, before his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s got so bad he doesn’t recognize Jesse anymore. When a friend tells him about a paid psychological study, Jesse sees it as a chance to get back to the man he was while making a little extra cash.

All Lulu Banks is asking for is a fresh start. Back home after a devastating breakup, she’s struggling to find her place. She’s always been a lot—too loud, too eager, too obvious about her feelings. The friendship study seems like a great idea…until she’s paired with Jesse Logan, who recently ghosted her after a blind date that led to a steamy make-out session.

Now that old familiar tension is back. Despite the program’s strict “no romance” rule, Jesse and Lulu are quick to find a work-around that allows them to explore their tenuous connection. And soon they’re on their way to total self-improvement…

As long as they don’t get caught.


The Catch by Amy Lea

The Catch by Amy Lea
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro Foster
The Influencer Series #3
Penguin Audio

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A grumpy lobster fisherman tosses a fashion influencer’s impeccably curated life overboard in the next romantic comedy from international bestselling author Amy Lea.

In a last-ditch effort to rescue her brand from the brink of irrelevance, Boston fashion influencer Melanie Karlsen finds herself in a rural fishing village on the east coast of Canada. The only thing scarier than nature itself? The burly and bearded bed-and-breakfast owner and fisherman, Evan Whaler—who single-handedly disproves the theory that Canadians are “nice.”

After a boating accident lands Evan unconscious in the hospital, Mel is mistaken for his fiancée by his welcoming yet quirky family, who are embroiled in a long-standing feud over the B&B. In a bold attempt to mend family fences, Mel agrees to fake their engagement for one week in exchange for Evan’s help with her social media content.

Amid long hikes and campfire chats, reeling in their budding feelings for each other proves more difficult by the day. But is Mel willing to sacrifice her picture-perfect life in the city for a chance at a true, unfiltered love in the wild?


Ready or Not by Cara Bastone

Ready or Not by Cara Bastone
Narrated by Alex Finke
Random House Audio

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A surprise pregnancy leads to even more life-changing revelations in this “absolutely buoyant read” (Elle, The Best and Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2024, So Far).

“Bastone delivers on this truly heartwarming, funny, and real story. Come for the dog bar, stay for the special, slow-burn romcom.”—Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author

Eve Hatch lives for surprises! Just kidding. She expects every tomorrow to be pretty much the same as today. She loves her cozy apartment in Brooklyn that’s close to her childhood best friend Willa, and far from her midwestern, traditional family who has never really understood her. While her job is only dream-adjacent, it’s comfortable and steady. She always knows what to expect from her life . . . until she finds herself expecting after an uncharacteristic one-night stand.

The unplanned pregnancy cracks open all the relationships in her life. Eve’s loyal friendship with Willa is feeling tense, right when she needs her the most. And it’s actually Willa’s steadfast older brother, Shep, who steps up to help Eve. He has always been friendly, but now he’s checking in, ordering her surprise lunches, listening to all her complaints, and is . . . suddenly kinda hot? Then, as if she needs one more complication, there’s the baby’s father, who is (technically) supportive but (majorly) conflicted.

Up until this point, Eve’s been content to coast through life. Now, though—maybe it’s the hormones, maybe it’s the way Shep’s shoulders look in a T-shirt—Eve starts to wonder if she has been secretly desiring more from every aspect of her life.

Over the course of nine months, as Eve struggles to figure out the next right step in her expanding reality, she begins to realize that family and love, in all forms, can sneak up on you when you least expect it.


Apocalypse Me by Noct

Apocalypse Me by Noct
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Aethon Audio

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He doesn’t want to destroy the world. Problem is, he’s an Apocalypse.

Zeke and his friends are enjoying the city when suddenly, the apocalypse begins. Which one?

ALL OF THEM.

Lucky (or unlucky) enough to be chosen as an apocalypse himself, Zeke sets off to [Devour] his way to the top!

It wouldn’t be so bad, but his best friend’s out to kill him, that rock has a gun, and everything, literally everything, has gone to hell. Zeke just came out here to have a good time, and honestly, he’s feeling so attacked right now.

Don’t miss the start of an epic LitRPG Apocalypse Series that perfectly balances action, comedy, and pure, unadulterated chaos. It’s like Chainsaw Man meets Battle Royale!


The Book of Love by Kelly Link

The Book of Love by Kelly Link
Narrated by January LaVoy
Random House Audio

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In the long-awaited first novel from short story virtuoso and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link, three teenagers become pawns in a supernatural power struggle.

“A heart-wrenching exploration of love and loss.”—Time

“A dreamlike, profoundly beautiful novel [that] pushes our understanding of what a fantasy novel can be.”—Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times Book Review

The Book of Love showcases Kelly Link at the height of her powers, channeling potent magic and attuned to all varieties of love—from friendship to romance to abiding family ties—with her trademark compassion, wit, and literary derring-do. Listeners will find joy (and a little terror) and an affirmation that love goes on, even when we cannot.

Late one night, Laura, Daniel, and Mo find themselves beneath the fluorescent lights of a high school classroom, almost a year after disappearing from their hometown, the small seaside community of Lovesend, Massachusetts, having long been presumed dead. Which, in fact, they are.

With them in the room is their previously unremarkable high school music teacher, who seems to know something about their disappearance—and what has brought them back again. Desperate to reclaim their lives, the three agree to the terms of the bargain their music teacher proposes. They will be given a series of magical tasks; while they undertake them, they may return to their families and friends, but they can tell no one where they’ve been. In the end, there will be winners and there will be losers.

But their resurrection has attracted the notice of other supernatural figures, all with their own agendas. As Laura, Daniel, and Mo grapple with the pieces of the lives they left behind, and Laura’s sister, Susannah, attempts to reconcile what she remembers with what she fears, these mysterious others begin to arrive, engulfing their community in danger and chaos, and it becomes imperative that the teens solve the mystery of their deaths to avert a looming disaster.

Welcome to Kelly Link’s incomparable Lovesend, where you’ll encounter love and loss, laughter and dread, magic and karaoke, and some really good pizza.

Brian

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