Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of January 20th.
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Antarctica Station by A.G. Riddle
Narrated by Morgan Hallett
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Check out my reviews of other titles written by A.G. Riddle
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At the end of the world, a groundbreaking scientific experiment will change everything.
Dr. Laura Reynolds had it all. A job she loved. The respect of her peers. Student debt she was slowly chipping away at.
And one day, it all went away.
She saw the wrong thing—a colleague’s mistake. And to escape, he framed her.
Laura’s only option is to join a secretive research project in Antarctica, where she hopes to keep practicing medicine and one day get her life back. But soon after arriving, she realizes that things aren’t what they seem in this advanced facility.
And perhaps something strange is happening in the world outside.
Welcome to Antarctica Station, A.G. Riddle’s first new sci-fi thriller in almost a year. It’s a deep dive into the science and history of Antarctica—with a twist few will see coming.
The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
When you bring back a long-extinct species, there’s more to success than the DNA.
Moscow has resurrected the mammoth, but someone must teach them how to be mammoths, or they are doomed to die out, again.
The late Dr. Damira Khismatullina, the world’s foremost expert in elephant behavior, is called in to help. While she was murdered a year ago, her digitized consciousness is uploaded into the brain of a mammoth.
Can she help the magnificent creatures fend off poachers long enough for their species to take hold?
And will she ever discover the real reason they were brought back?
A tense eco-thriller from a new master of the genre.
Intermission #1 by Josh Jones
Narrated by Mike Kersey
Chris Rose was a young man with most of his life ahead of him. Then came his untimely death. Now he’s trapped: the latest in a long line shepherding the worthy dead to their final resting place. Here in the Intermission, souls await their fate: a trip to an eternity in paradise, or annihilation in the discarded chunks of burning city refuse below.
There seems to be no hope of escape, until Chris discovers a group of scientists designing a portal that could lead him away from this place. Meanwhile trouble stirs nearby, as a family even more powerful than even the city’s guardians seek to use the laboratory’s secrets to their own ends, and their machinations threaten to put an end to everything…
Scum of the Earth by Alexander C. Kane
Narrated by Scott Aiello
Ezra Barker is a traitor. When the Merg invaded Earth, he didn’t fight or even hide. He cooperated, helping them as they seized control of the planet and began their pillaging of its resources. While others toil away in mines and quarries, Ezra works an office job, helping his boss, The Senator, rule over the swath of territory given to her by the Merg.
Sergeant Hayes is a brutal enforcer of the Merg’s rules. As an officer in the Health and Safety Department, he follows Merg orders, arresting, interrogating, and executing at their command.
With collaborators like Barker, The Senator, and Hayes, the Merg are strip-mining Earth, slaughtering its people, and destroying anyone who opposes them. The skies are gray, the air is poison, and the Merg seem invincible.
But there are others still fighting back.
Dreamer by Kris Bryant
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Books Inc
Sawyer Noel’s car troubles leave her coasting into the dreamy town of Ladybug Junction, Alabama, on her way to the Fetch Veterinarian Conference. She tries to make the most of it, but cell phone signal is limited, and the library is the only reliable place for Wi-Fi. The attractive, carefree librarian with her wild, curly hair and infectious smile helps the time go by quickly, and suddenly Sawyer isn’t in such a rush.
Macey Burr loves helping people. She happily throws herself into her work solving problems and enriching the lives around her. When a sexy stranger rolls through town, Macey goes out of her way to make the doctor feel at home. It’s easy to see past Sawyer’s hard exterior and impossible to ignore her full lips, sparkling blue eyes, and brilliant mind.
When life seems to be too good to be true and love is within reach, Sawyer and Macey discover the truth about Ladybug Junction, and the cold light of reality tests the hearts of these dreamers.
Hero by Thomas Perry
Narrated by Christina Delaine
HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Justine Poole takes her job seriously providing security for wealthy and high-profile Hollywood stars. When she prevents a brazen robbery at the Beverly Hills home of two of her clients—killing two of the five armed robbers in the process—she is initially lauded in the media as a local hero. But the spotlight soon puts her in the crosshairs of the crime kingpin behind the burglaries.
Unable to stand the embarrassment of his lackeys having been defeated by a lone woman, Mr. Conger puts in a call to the one man who can make his problems disappear. Known for his swiftness and subtlety, Leo Sealy will kill anyone for a price. All he needs is a name and a face, any starting point to pick up his victim’s trail. Luckily for him, the local news is as eager as he is for any information about the heroic bodyguard—and quick to broadcast their findings, regardless of what it might mean for her safety. But Sealy isn’t prepared for just how quick and resourceful Justine can be. So begins a cat and mouse game between two people who know more about how to take down one’s enemies than anyone else in the business.
Justine finds herself up against both a hardened killer and a fickle media landscape that can just as soon turn on her as celebrate her in this high-stakes thriller from the author of The Old Man.
Dead Sand by Brendan DuBois
Narrated by David Stifel
Lewis Cole Series #1
When a young waitress is found dead at a New England beachside resort, a retired defense analyst with a mysterious past must uncover the truth behind her murder.
Lewis Cole thought he’d left his demons behind. He was looking for serenity, retiring from his high-stress Defense Department job to become a magazine columnist living in the New Hampshire coast.
But when a teenage waitress turns up dead, Cole finds himself thrust into action. There is something about this town, and the circumstances surrounding her death, that just doesn’t add up.
As Cole delves deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the coastal community, he must navigate a web of deceit and danger, making unlikely alliances in his desperate search for justice. Grappling with a past marked by tragedy, he will first have to confront his own darkness and self-doubt.
Can Lewis Cole catch a shadowy killer and find peace within himself? Or is he in way over his head?
Dive into the first thrilling novel in New York Times bestselling author Brendan DuBois’s Lewis Cole series. With a dark blend of mystery and twists, Dead Sand is a must-listen for fans of James Patterson and Michael Connelly.
The Companion Project by Chelsea Curto
Narrated by Grayson Quill, Angel Moore
WANTED: One very fake date to a very real event.
Henry Dawson is many things—successful, charismatic, good-looking . . . and, most recently, a liar. A stupid fib to his parents about bringing a date to their anniversary party is causing him to scramble, attempting to fix his mistake.
Emma Burns lives a double life. By day, she’s a civil rights attorney. By night, she’s the mastermind behind RB’s Companions. When hired, she platonically accompanies men to social events, whether it’s as a girlfriend, friend, or business associate. She does her job well.
After receiving an inquiry from a desperate new client, she agrees to be his girlfriend. What she doesn’t account for is the mystery man to be Henry, the notorious playboy, fellow lawyer, and coworker she’s known for years. Communicating under aliases to protect their identities, the pair find themselves captivated by one another, and are shocked when they finally meet face-to-face.
The two might be experts in the courtroom, but they’re hardly professionals when it comes to matters of the heart. Pretending to date is easy. When the lines between real and fake blur, getting what they want becomes way more complicated.
Stand Up Guy by Nina Kaye
Narrated by Karen Bartke
Isis Publishing Ltd
After a string of failed relationships – romantic and platonic – Lea’s had enough of watching life happen without her. When she bumps into Shep, a comedian at the Edinburgh festival in need of accommodation, it feels like destiny. And voilá – Lea now has a lodger and some company.
The two get on like a flat on fire, and Lea can’t resist falling for outgoing Shep. But she knows it’s a mistake that will cost her heart – he’s just another guy passing through, after all. And with Shep’s stand-up routine edging him closer to his big break, there’s no way he’ll stick around.
Love is no laughing matter as the festival draws to a close. Can Lea find the confidence to step up and confess her feelings to Shep? Will he want to stay?
On the Edge by K. Bromberg
Narrated by Robert Hatchet, Kit Swann
Full Throttle Series #2
JKB Publishing, LLC
A spicy, only-one-bed Formula 1 romance from New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg.
Surely this can’t be the only solution to overhaul my tarnished rep—faking a romance with the good girl intern?
But that’s what my agent says. Just a few months of taming my ways—of shedding Formula 1’s party boy image—will land me a lifetime branding deal. One I desperately need.
The key condition?
Pretend I’m madly in love with my new girlfriend. The quiet wallflower who I figured wouldn’t put me in my place. Yeah. This girl is anything but that.
Maddix Hart is defiant and intelligent. Loyal and real. Determined and sexy. And damn it to hell, before I know it, she’s in my head, in our bed . . . and if I’m not careful, she’ll see there’s more to me than the man I show the public. She’ll discover the man I hide from the world. The one who struggles to live up to the unrealistic expectations that should never have been mine.
All I have to do is make sure no one sees the truth behind our farce.
But instead, I let my heart get involved. I begin to believe the lie. And now with everything on the line—the deal, a championship, us—am I willing to risk it all to make her see what the rest of the world believes? That we belong together.
Some Kind of Blunderful by Livy Hart
Narrated by Zura Johnson, Edward Black
Mia Madden is pretty sure that the road to dating app hell is paved with suspiciously hot profiles. Take tonight’s date, for example. Alex Conroy is unreasonably gorgeous—he’s got that whole “board-room in the streets, lumberjack in the sheets” happening—but he also represents everything she loathes about corporate hustle culture. Yet another lousy date to laugh-cry about later.
Except, it turns out that Alex is also the hot-shot new boss her dad can’t stop complaining about—the Forbes thirty-under-thirty company fixer of his nightmares. Worse, their respective best friends are dating. F. M. L. Suddenly, Mia and Alex are constantly thrown together, whether they’re forced to double date, trapped on a sunset cruise, or having to mingle at the company picnic. Not awkward at all.
Now she’s stuck in a romantic-comedy of errors, where she’s kinda, sorta accidentally dating her enemy. And she’s not sure which is worse: that he could ruin her dad’s career, or that she might actually like him.
Contains mature themes.
All Downhill With You by Julie Olivia
Narrated by Lynn Barrington, Christian Leatherman
Honeywood Series #1
The moment we meet, it’s all downhill.
My job is providing happiness and smiles at Honeywood Fun Park, and Emory Dawson is the frown our park didn’t ask for.
When our star roller coaster malfunctions with me on board, the manufacturer’s heir and lead engineer, Emory, vows to renovate the attraction. So instead of having a fun summer season as Marketing Manager for Honeywood, I’m now saddled with playing host. Wonderful.
Emory is the opposite of a good time. He’s the grump that won’t stop grumping, and our arguments escalate quicker than my heart rate after a roller coaster’s fall.
He knows I can see right through his broody gaze and big ideas. Repairing the coaster? More like overhauling his own company’s reputation, regardless of whether it helps our local theme park.
But when our firm handshakes start lingering too long, or when his muscled thighs rest against mine under the table, I’m thrown for a loop.
Most roller coasters are fun, but I’d like to get off this emotional one, please.
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