Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of January 6th.
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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Destiny’s Paradox by C. T. Phipps, Frank Martin
Narrated by Gary Noon
Dark Destiny #2
Review Coming Soon!
Check out my reviews of other titles written by C. T. Phipps, Frank Martin
Check out my reviews of other titles narrated by Gary Noon
Ex-HOPE Activist and future dictator of the world, Rob Stone, is now a twenty-two year old college student at the ultra-high tech Conner University. Studying to be a corporate stooge in hopes of reforming Butterfly International from the inside, Rob has made some sociopathic friends as well as put most of his trauma behind him. All of that comes back when HOPE seemingly bombs his college to assassinate a bunch of future corporate fascists.
Implicated in the bombings, Rob finds history has been changed and new time travelers are continuing to play havoc with reality. His pacifist plans ruined, Rob has to decide to embrace his punk roots and fight fire with fire to save tomorrow.
Enjoy this exciting new chapter in the cyberpunk series by C.T. Phipps and Frank Martin!
Hayden’s World: Volume 2 by S.D. Falchetti
Narrated by Shamaan Casey
First contact with hostile aliens, maiden voyages of Earth’s first starship, and interstellar adventures await in this hard science fiction collection of the sixth and seventh stories from the Hayden’s World
In Erebus, James Hayden sacrificed the world’s first near-light-speed Riggs ship to make a remarkable discovery on the icy moon of Janus. Now, amidst mounting concerns about that discovery’s implications, he must assemble a crew to repair his crashed ship and fly it back to Saturn’s Cassini Station. But Janus still has secrets to discover, and the alien probe’s mission may not be finished.
In Janus 2, the crew of Gossamer Goose made disastrous first contact with the Silver Stars, costing them Earth’s first starship. Now, with the Centauri probe revealing a world with a breathable atmosphere and possible life, James Hayden must build the ship capable of taking them to the stars. But the Centauri worlds have their own dangers and mysteries, and not everything they find is what it seems.
The crew of Gossamer Goose returns for a planet-hopping interstellar adventure in the first full-length hard science fiction novel set in the Hayden’s World universe. Join James, Ananke, Hitoshi, Isaac, Julian, Ava, Beckman and new shipmate Willow as James’s dream finally becomes reality.
Scorpio by Marko Kloos
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Frontlines: Evolution #1
On a distant Earth colony, an orphaned survivor of an alien invasion discovers that the greatest world-ending dangers aren’t behind her.
It’s been eight years since an alien invasion drove a small surviving group of settlers to seek refuge in an underground shelter. Cut off from the rest of humanity, the ragtag band has maintained a narrowly functioning colony due to communal effort and salvage runs. Alex Archer has her own duties as a dog handler. While this off-world colony may be harsh, Ash, Alex’s black shepherd raised to sense threats, makes living in it a little nicer.
But the tenuous hide-and-seek with the monstrous species known as the Lankies is about to come to an end for Alex and her close-knit crew of soldiers, techs, and friends. When a salvage operation goes catastrophically wrong, the Lankies home in on the humans.
With hopes of a rescue long faded, all Alex has left is will—and the fear that there’s so much more to lose.
The Wall by Brian Penn
Narrated by Luke Welland
Review Coming Soon!
He could live forever. But is he willing to pay the price?
It’s 2099, and the former United States of America is in the midst of another civil war. In the wake of a revolutionary technology that grants people a second chance at life, an impenetrable wall divides the prosperous nation of Zion from the slums of MiddleLand. Stuck inside the wall and desperate to reunite with his fiancée, contraband smuggler Asher is hell-bent on finding a way out.
When his uncle offers him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Asher is faced with an impossible task: impersonate a talented Zion soldier and risk his life in the Canonization, a brutal gladiator duel against a champion who never loses. But defeating an unbeatable opponent and reuniting with his one true love is only the beginning. Asher thought the second life policy was outlawed. But the truth is far more sinister, and he soon finds himself caught up in the middle of a terrifying rebellion that will decide the fate of both sides of the Wall.
As an explosive and futuristic sci-fi adventure that artfully weaves together high-octane action and heart-stopping romance, The Wall presents an unforgettable YA dystopia that’s perfect for fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Dune.
Artifacts of an Ex by Jennifer Chen
Narrated by Cindy Kay
When Chloe Chang gets dumped via USPS after moving across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, her first instinct is to throw her box of memories in the garbage. Instead, she starts buying other teenagers’ breakup boxes to create an art exhibit, Heartifacts. Opening night is going great, until she spots Daniel Kwak illicitly filming his best friend’s reaction to his ex’s box. When she tries to stop him, an intense discussion ends up launching a creative partnership and friendship … and a major crush for Chloe.
There’s just one problem: Daniel is dead set on not being another rebound.
Five times he’s been the guy who makes the girls he’s dating realize they want to get back with their ex. And he refuses for there to be a sixth. Chloe insists she’s over her ex, but when he shows up unexpectedly with his new girlfriend, it turns out Daniel was right. Chloe isn’t ready for a new relationship.
She throws herself into making Heartifacts successful, but flashy influencers threaten her original vision for the exhibit. To create the exhibit she’s always wanted, Chloe needs to go back to basics, learn to work with artists in a more collaborative way, and discover what love can be. Only then will she convince Daniel she’s truly ready for everything they could be to each other.
Okay, Cupid by Mason Deaver
Narrated by Meyers Max
As a cupid, Jude thinks they understand love a little bit more than the average human. It makes sense—Jude’s been studying love their whole teen life. And, yes, there have been some bumps in the road, and they’re currently on probation for doing something that they absolutely, definitely shouldn’t have done… but they’re ready to prove they can make matches without ever getting involved.
Only… Jude’s next assignment isn’t about setting up two adults. No, this time Jude has to go to high school, with kids their own age. And the assignment is a tough one: two best friends who are meant to be more than just best friends… but who aren’t currently speaking to each other after a huge falling out.
Jude thinks they’ve got this one all under control, and that they won’t get involved whatsoever.
Which proves that maybe Jude hasn’t learned the first lesson of humans and love … It’s complicated.
Last Call at the Local by Sarah Grunder Ruiz
Narrated by Gary Furlong, Karissa Vacker
Love, Lists & Fancy Ships #3
Opposites attract when a free-spirited American singer-songwriter with ADHD teams up with a charming Irishman to revitalize his family’s pub in the next heartfelt romance from the author of Luck and Last Resorts.
Raine Hart is used to the challenges of living with ADHD. It’s why she ditched her life in Boston to busk around Europe as a traveling musician. No boss. No schedule. No one to disappoint but herself. But when a careless mistake in Ireland leaves her unable to perform, she sees no other option but to give up her nomadic life.
Since inheriting the Local, Jack Dunne has wanted to make the pub his own. But the baggage of running a family business and the intrusive thoughts that stem from his OCD make changing things a challenge.
Over a pint with handsome, tattooed Jack, Raine accidentally insults him and the pub. Instead of taking offense, Jack, impressed by her vision of what the pub could be, offers her a job bringing it to life.
But when Raine and Jack develop feelings for one another their opposite lifestyles won’t accommodate, it becomes clear the pub isn’t the only thing that needs reinventing. As the end of their business collaboration draws near, they’ll have to find a way past the limits they’ve placed on themselves or let go of a love that could last a lifetime.
Gunflower by Laura Jean McKay
Narrated by Casey Withoos
W. F. Howes Ltd
The brilliant new short story collection from the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author of The Animals in That Country.
A family of cat farmers gets the chance to set the felines free. A group of chickens tells it like it is. A female-crewed ship ploughs through the patriarchy. A support group finds solace in a world without men.
With her trademark humor, energy, and flair, McKay offers glimpses of places where dreams subsume reality, where childhood restarts, where humans embrace their animal selves and animals talk like humans.
The stories in Gunflower explode and bloom in mesmerizing ways, showing the world both as it is and as it could be.
Anna O by Matthew Blake
Narrated by Dan Stevens, Hannah Curtis, Sarah Cullum, Christine Rendel
“A riveting, unsettling crime novel that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. Is Anna O a sleeping beauty or a sleeping killer? Matthew Blake’s tension-filled thriller is as elusive and mysterious as sleep itself.”—Nita Prose, #1 New York Times author of The Maid and The Mystery Guest
Joining the ranks of Gillian Flynn, A. J. Finn, and Alex Michaelides, Matthew Blake delivers the thriller of the year: a dark, twisty, and shocking mystery about a young woman who commits a double murder while sleepwalking, and then never opens her eyes again.
THE WORLD WILL KNOW HER NAME
What if your nightmares weren’t really nightmares at all?
We spend an average of 33 years of our lives asleep. But what really happens, and what are we capable of, when we sleep?
Anna Ogilvy was a budding twenty-five-year-old writer with a bright future. Then, one night, she stabbed two people to death with no apparent motive—and hasn’t woken up since. Dubbed “Sleeping Beauty” by the tabloids, Anna’s condition is a rare psychosomatic disorder known to neurologists as “resignation syndrome.”
Dr. Benedict Prince is a forensic psychologist and an expert in the field of sleep-related homicides. His methods are the last hope of solving the infamous “Anna O’” case and waking Anna up so she can stand trial. But he must be careful treating such a high-profile suspect—he’s got career secrets and a complicated personal life of his own.
As Anna shows the first signs of stirring, Benedict must determine what really happened and whether Anna should be held responsible for her crimes.
Only Anna knows the truth about that night, but only Benedict knows how to discover it. And they’re both in danger from what they find out.
Hunted by Thomas Parrott
Narrated by Mia Barron
Tom Clancy’s The Division #3
An Agent turned rogue poses an apocalyptic threat to the Division, unless her former friends can eliminate her first, in this rip-roaring installment of the Operation Crossroads series.
Division agent Maira Kanhai is alive. Maira Kanhai has gone rogue. When Brenda Wells learns that her old recruit’s—and close friend’s—watch has turned red, she refuses to believe it. Yet the agents sent to track Maira down have irrefutable evidence saying otherwise. With the threads holding the Division together fraying under heavy assault, Brenda desperately assembles a specialized Division cell and heads out to learn the truth. In the blistering heat of the American Southwest, they face grave danger at every turn. There they learn that other deadly parties are stalking Maira too, hoping to use her to destroy the Division once and for all.
The Complete Battle for Mars Series by Dietmar Wehr
Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
The Battle For Mars technothriller series chronicles the clash between two countries to learn the secrets hidden on Mars.
Four SpaceX colonists are doomed to die in Mars orbit unless visionary entrepreneurial billionaire Chase Konrad can save them. The Daedalus Mission develops into something far more mysterious and deadly than Konrad expects. The follow-on X-ray, Omega, and Tango missions will shock you with their revelations of what really could be on Mars.
This realistic sci-fi thriller, which could be the subject of tomorrow’s headlines, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last second.
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