Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of January 27th.

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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Nemesis by Jeremy Robinson

Nemesis by Jeremy Robinson
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Podium Audio

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New York Times and #1 Audible bestselling author, Jeremy Robinson, explores an alternate reality in which the events of Project Nemesis, soon to be a TV series from Chad Stahelski (director of John Wick 1-4) and Sony Pictures Television, played out very differently, creating a horrific and thrilling new world where sacrifice and vengeance are part of everyday life.

From the ashes of a devastated Boston, a harrowing legend emerges. Thirteen years prior, the colossal kaiju, Nemesis, ravaged the city in her relentless pursuit of retribution. Today, mankind’s survival teeters on the sacrificial offerings atop a chilling monolith known as The Altar, where the condemned pay the ultimate price to prevent Nemesis’s wrath from consuming humanity.

Agent Graham, a grizzled operative on the brink of retirement, finds himself tethered to the fiery, untested Agent Tilly. Together, they are the unlikeliest of partners within the Nemesis Special Operations group, the government’s first line of defense against the looming shadow of the massive Goddess of Vengeance. Their mission? To hunt down the enigmatic cult, Divine Retribution, before they can harness the devastating power of Nemesis to reshape the world to their warped sense of righteousness.

As Graham and Tilly plunge into Boston’s darkest underbelly, they face more than just the echoes of their city’s past. They must outwit cunning cultists, battle impossible monsters on the windswept beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, and forge an unexpected alliance with the motley and formidable all-female biker gang inspired by the Queen of Monsters, the ‘Nemesisters.’ Every step drives them closer to the unthinkable and asks the questions:

How many must be sacrificed to save the world from the ever-watchful gaze of Nemesis? How many more will she demand when the world needs to be saved?


Observer by Robert Lanza, Nancy Kress

Observer by Robert Lanza, Nancy Kress
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Robert Lanza, Nancy Kress

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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.


Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase

Womb City by Tlotlo Tsamaase
Narrated by Christel Mutombo
Recorded Books

This genre-bending Africanfuturist horror novel blends The Handmaid’s Tale with Get Out in an adrenaline-packed, cyberpunk body-hopping ghost story exploring motherhood, memory, and a woman’s right to her own body.

Nelah seems to have it all: fame, wealth, and a long-awaited daughter growing in a government lab. But, trapped in a loveless marriage to a policeman who uses a microchip to monitor her every move, Nelah’s perfect life is precarious. After a drug-fueled evening culminates in an eerie car accident, Nelah commits a desperate crime and buries the body, daring to hope that she can keep one last secret.

The truth claws its way into Nelah’s life from the grave.

As the ghost of her victim viciously hunts down the people Nelah holds dear, she is thrust into a race against the clock: in order to save any of her remaining loved ones, Nelah must unravel the political conspiracy her victim was on the verge of exposing—or risk losing everyone.

Set in a cruel futuristic surveillance state where bodies are a government-issued resource, this harrowing story is a twisty, nail-biting commentary on power, monstrosity, and bodily autonomy. In sickeningly evocative prose, Womb City interrogates how patriarchy pits women against each other as unwitting collaborators in their own oppression. In this devastatingly timely debut novel, acclaimed short fiction writer Tlotlo Tsamaase brings a searing intelligence and Botswana’s cultural sensibility to the question: just how far must a woman go to bring the whole system crashing down?

“A fierce, furious, and fearless debut that has its finger on the pulse—no, the gushing wound—of our world’s most invasive cruelties.”—Daniel Kraus, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Shape of Water


Into the Sunken City by Dinesh Thiru
Into the Sunken City by Dinesh Thiru

Into the Sunken City by Dinesh Thiru
Narrated by Rasha Zamamiri
HarperAudio

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“Steal-your-breath adventure.” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

Perfect for fans of Fable and House of Salt and Sorrows, this spectacular YA fantasy adventure debut is like nothing else, featuring a unique twist on Treasure Island, a magnetic second chance romance, and a thrilling heist where the reward is great—but the risks are even greater.

In the slowly sinking city of Coconino, Arizona, the days are long, the money is tight, and the rain never stops.

For Jin Haldar, this life is nothing new—ever since her father died in a diving accident, she’s barely made ends meet for her and her younger sister, Thara.

Enter Bhili: a drifter who offers Jin and Thara the score of a lifetime—a massive stash of gold hidden in the sunken ruins of Las Vegas.

Jin knows it’s too dangerous. She stopped diving after her father’s accident. But when her sister decides to go, Jin’s left with only one choice: to go with her.

A ragtag crew is assembled—including Jin’s annoyingly hot ex-boyfriend. From there, a high-stakes heist ensues that’s beyond even Jin’s wildest fears. Crumbling ruins, sea beasts, corsairs, and a mysterious figure named João Silva all lie in wait. To survive, Jin will have to do what she promised herself she’d never do again: dive.


No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall

No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
Narrated by Karissa Vacker
Macmillan Audio

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“Narrator Karissa Vacker … provides a pitch-perfect performance.”—Booklist, on What Lies in the Woods

Three sisters, two murders, and too many secrets to count.

Fourteen years ago, the Palmer sisters—Emma, Juliette, and Daphne—left their home in Arden Hills and never returned. But when Emma discovers she’s pregnant and her husband loses his job, she has no option but to return to the house that she and her estranged sisters still own . . . and where their parents were murdered.

Emma has never told anyone what she saw the night her parents died, even when she became the prime suspect. But her presence in the house threatens to uncover secrets that have stayed hidden for years, and the sisters are drawn together once again. As they face their memories of the past, rivalries restart, connections are forged, and, for the first time, Emma starts to ask questions about what really happened that night.

The more Emma learns, the more riddles emerge. And Emma begins to wonder just what her siblings will do to keep the past buried, and whether she did the right thing staying quiet about what was whispered that night: “No one can know.”

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.


The Chosen Girl by Elle Gray

The Chosen Girl by Elle Gray
Narrated by Emily Norman
Storyville FBI Mystery #1
Self Published

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As the planets aligned, something otherworldly began.
The town of Storyville was shifting, and amid the night the townspeople would experience the most spectacular and supernatural happenings…

For over a year, FBI agent Coraline Pratt had been tracking the sadistic Postcard Killer.
Forced to play his game, she followed the trail of breadcrumbs that stretched across the entire country to Storyville.
A town with many mysteries and possibly even answers to Cora’s hidden past.
From the moment she arrived in town, Cora felt something was different.
But while Cora hunts for the elusive killer, a young girl from town is abducted.
As she pivots to assist the local sheriff with finding her, Cora finds herself enveloped by a series of events that deepen the unknown.

While attempting to untangle the web she finds herself in the center of, she bears witness to strange things in town, things that defy rationality.
The townspeople believe that it’s a malevolent omen, a sign of terrible things to come.
And soon it seems that the killer drew Cora to Storyville believing she plays a key role in the twisted and terrible events that loom over the town.

They say your past has a way of catching up with you. For Cora Pratt, her past is going to change EVERYTHING…


The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky
Narrated by Mark Sanderlin
Harlequin Audio

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“Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!”—Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive and Kiss Her Once for Me

Ready. Set. Faux.

Holden James picked the worst time to have a meltdown. His chance to audition for his favorite game show, Madcap Market, should have been a moment of triumph—a glorious, loving homage to his adored mom, who died six years ago. Instead, he’s destroying the minibar in a grim Los Angeles hotel room…recently dumped, partnerless and sliding into a crushing black hole of anguish.

But the hotel service in abject misery is sublime. It even comes with an unfairly fit and sexy (smart-ass) concierge who arrives at the door with pizza, Monopoly and deliciously distracting forearms.

All Holden knows about Leo Min is that he’s beautiful and unexpectedly sympathetic, and the chemistry between them is beyond. Maybe it’s even enough to convince everyone, including the show’s casting directors, that they’re a real couple. All they’d have to do is crush the competition, win the huge cash prize and all of Holden’s problems—his broken heart, his buried grief, his complete lack of money and direction—will be fixed.

Of course, reality doesn’t quite work out that way. But love is an entirely different game…


Betting on the Best Friend's Brother by Melanie Jacobson

Betting on the Best Friend’s Brother by Melanie Jacobson
Narrated by Devon Sorvari, Blake Lockheart
Betting on Love #2
Podium Audio

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From brilliant geneticist to… bombshell on the prowl?!

My roommates say I’m a workaholic, so my best friend and bossiest roommate makes fixing my love life her summer project.

But makeover schemes? And blind dates with her weird library patrons? Not the answer.

Help!

Then she calls in her brother, Joey, as a dating coach, and it’s officially my worst nightmare.

Joey is one of Austin’s hottest heartthrobs, and I fell for him when I was fourteen. No other guy has ever measured up.

I’ll do anything to keep Joey from finding out—including putting up with a bombshell transformation—especially if fake lashes will hide my true feelings when he looks at me.

He rejected me once, and it nearly broke me. I’ll never give him that chance again.

Opposites attract in this swoony romcom. Meddling roommates, quirky neighbors, Ahab, the cursing parrot, found family, a sneaky matchmaker, and makeover shenanigans. This book follows characters introduced in book one of the Betting on Love series but is written as a standalone.


Wild Life by Opal Wei

Wild Life by Opal Wei
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Harlequin Audio

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They’re walking on the wild side…

The Plan was simple: find a cure for the cancer that nearly took her sister’s life. But for Zoey Fong, something about The Plan isn’t working anymore. Maybe it’s her unsuccessful research, maybe it’s burnout. But when a crucial tissue sample accidentally winds up in the hands of a very distracting—and disarmingly handsome—visitor, Zoey jumps at the chance to follow him home to retrieve it.

Davy Hsieh’s rugged island estate is no manicured suburban park. His plan is simple: establish a legitimate animal sanctuary and embrace life as a hermit to make up for a sketchy past. Zoey invading his fortress of solitude should not, under any circumstances, be a romantic development.

And yet it’s the single most invigorating week of their lives…when they’re able to set their many differences aside and embrace it. Stranded amid all manner of flora and fauna—including a semidomesticated cougar called Baby—Davy and Zoey first have to survive the island. Then they’ll need to take a leap of faith, maybe even trusting in each other, to save it.


Turn the Page by Ali Spooner

Turn the Page by Ali Spooner
Narrated by Heidi Bindhammer
Cast Iron Farm Series #5
Affinity Rainbow Publications

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Continue the journey with Whit and Eli in this final installment of the Cast Iron Farm series. The brilliance of their twins, Mack and Zack, rapidly develops, challenging Whit and Eli to keep up with their education. Their sensitivity to others and kindness are far beyond their youth and a testament to the family’s efforts to help them grow into young adults. In addition to more adventures, a budding romance, and wedding bells ring for the Fortner family once more as a new generation begins life on Cast Iron Farm.


The Improbable Meet-Cute by Christina Lauren, Abby Jimenez, Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, Ashley Poston, Sariah Wilson

The Improbable Meet-Cute by Christina Lauren, Abby Jimenez, Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, Ashley Poston, Sariah Wilson
Narrated by Marli Watson, Andrew Gibson, Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber, Bailey Carr, Aure Nash, Amy McFadden, Jesse Vilinsky
Amazon Original Stories

What makes love stick? Is it the irresistible spark when you lock eyes across a piazza in Rome? Is it feeling the earth move under your feet? (Wait—that was an actual earthquake.) In these six serendipitous short stories, bestselling authors turn improbable first encounters into hopelessly romantic happy ever afters.

The Exception to the Rule by Christina Lauren

On February 14, an accidental email to a stranger opens the door to an unexpected relationship in a captivating short story by the New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners.

Worst Wingman Ever by Abby Jimenez

They’re falling in love, yet they’ve never met. Maybe fate can intervene in a heartwarming “what-if” short story about new beginnings by the New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly.

Rosie and the Dreamboat by Sally Thorne

For a hopeful and hopeless romantic, it’s love at first sight—with a little twist—in a hilarious short story about finding Mr. Right by the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game.

Drop, Cover, and Hold on by Jasmine Guillory

It takes nothing less than a fateful natural disaster to throw two opposites together in a ground-shakingly charming short story by the New York Times bestselling author of Drunk on Love.

With Any Luck by Ashley Poston

Every person she kisses finds their true love, and it’s never her—until now, in this funny and magically romantic short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics.

Royal Valentine by Sariah Wilson

Valentine’s Day becomes a Roman holiday for a princess in disguise in a dizzyingly romantic short story about making wishes come true by the USA Today bestselling author of The Chemistry of Love.


A Team of Four by Brad Lee

A Team of Four by Brad Lee
Narrated by Stacy Carolan
The Unsanctioned Asset #4
Simply Sensible Entertainment Inc.

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What happens when America’s enemies join forces?

America is under attack. Saboteurs infiltrate the country to wreak havoc on unexpected – and undefended – targets. And danger strikes close to home, forcing former SEAL “Axe,” brilliant young intelligence analyst Haley, and retired Admiral Nalen to fight for their lives.

Mere days after their latest efforts to prevent World War III, the team is thrown back into the fire against mysterious new enemies.

The team is in the dark, struggling to identify their adversaries and uncover the plot against the country.

They’re outmatched and outgunned.

But with Haley, they are never outsmarted.

With Axe, they are never out of the fight.

Will the combined forces of America’s enemies succeed?

Or can Axe and Haley stay alive long enough to save the United States from an unimaginable fate?

Join them as they put their lives on the line to protect each other… and a country in grave danger.


Exordia by Seth Dickinson

Exordia by Seth Dickinson
Narrated by Sulin Hasso
Macmillan Audio

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Michael Crichton meets Marvel’s Venom in award-winning author Seth Dickinson’s science fiction debut

“Viciously funny, vivid to the point of horror, and entirely profound.”—Arkady Martine

“Magnificent. . . . A science fiction action juggernaut.”—Tamsyn Muir

“Anna, I came to Earth tracking a very old story, a story that goes back to the dawn of time. It’s very unlikely that you’ll die right now. It wouldn’t be narratively complete.”

Anna Sinjari—refugee, survivor of genocide, disaffected office worker—has a close encounter that reveals universe-threatening stakes. Enter Ssrin, a many-headed serpent alien who is on the run from her own past. Ssrin and Anna are inexorably, dangerously drawn to each other, and their contact reveals universe-threatening stakes.

While humanity reels from disaster, Anna must join a small team of civilians, soldiers, and scientists to investigate a mysterious broadcast and unknowable horror. If they can manage to face their own demons, they just might save the world.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com.

Brian

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