Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s Weekly Showcase of New and Notable Audiobooks for June 16th!

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The Glory Years by Mink Elliott

The Glory Years by Mink Elliott
Narrated by Alex Rivers
SAGA Egmont

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What happens when “13 Going On 30” meets “Back to the Future”?

Kate O’Reilly longs for the good old days when music was better, friends were aplenty, and England’s football team almost reached the Euro ’96 finals. But as a busy mother with a suburban home and a dependable husband, those memories seem like a distant dream.

So when a freak electrical storm transports her back to 1996, Kate jumps at the chance to relive her glory days and maybe even right some wrongs. But as she dives headfirst into her past, will Kate realize that some things are best left in the past?

“The Glory Years” is perfect for fans of “About Time” starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson.

A journalist, author, and copywriter, Mink Elliott has worked on loads of magazines over the years, including J-17, New Woman, and Sky. “The Glory Years”, previously published as “A Mother Dimension”, is her third novel.


Moonbound by Robin Sloan

Moonbound by Robin Sloan
Narrated by Gabra Zackman
Macmillan Audio

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Robin Sloan expands the Penumbraverse to new reaches of time and space in a rollicking far-future adventure.

In Moonbound, Robin Sloan has written a novel with the full scope and ambitious imagination of the very books that lit the engines of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: an epic quest as only Sloan could conceive it, mixing science fiction, fantasy, good old-fashioned literary storytelling, and unrivaled enthusiasm for what’s next.

It is eleven thousand years from now . . . A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Ariel is a boy in a small town under a wizard’s rule. Like many adventurers before him, Ariel is called to explore a world full of unimaginable glories and challenges: unknown enemies, a mission to save the world, a girl. Here, as they say, be dragons. But none of this happens before Ariel comes across an artifact from an earlier civilization, a sentient, record-keeping artificial intelligence that carries with it the perspective of the whole of human history—and becomes both Ariel’s greatest ally and the narrator of our story.

Moonbound is an adventure into the richest depths of Story itself. It is a deeply satisfying epic of ancient scale, blasted through the imaginative prism one of our most forward-thinking writers. And this is only the beginning.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart

Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart
Narrated by Neill Thorne
Penguin Audio

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“The best kind of thriller. . . . Suspenseful, sentimental, and ultimately redemptive, Assassins Anonymous is a can’t-miss novel.”—S. A. Cosby, author of All the Sinners Bleed

In this clever, surprising, thriller, the world’s most lethal assassin gives up the violent life only to find himself under siege by mysterious assailants. It’s a kill-or-be-killed situation, but the first option is off the table. What’s a reformed hit man to do?

Mark was the most dangerous killer-for-hire in the world. But after learning the hard way that his life’s work made him more monster than man, he left all of that behind, and joined a twelve-step group for reformed killers.

When Mark is viciously attacked by an unknown assailant, he is forced on the run. From New York to Singapore to London, he chases after clues while dodging attacks and trying to solve the puzzle of who’s after him. All without killing anyone. Or getting killed himself. For an assassin, Mark learns, nonviolence is a real hassle.


Hummingbird by Odian Levy

Hummingbird by Odian Levy
Narrated by Ella Quence
PublishDrive

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Introducing the Thrilling New Novel: “Hummingbird”

Unlock the secrets of the mind with Psycorp’s cutting-edge military program, Hummingbird. Experience the intensity of unstoppable bloodlust in combat. Dive into the world of Kym Fenton, a fearless CIA operative on a mission to bring down a human trafficking capo. But when Psycorp’s plans are stolen and threatened to be sold on the black market, Kym must abandon her mission and race against time to prevent the catastrophic consequences of Hummingbird falling into the wrong hands.

Join Kym on a pulse-pounding adventure as she’s captured, drugged, and wakes up with her memory erased, only to be rescued by the enigmatic Dr. Jesse Larson, the creator of Hummingbird himself. Unravel the twisted conspiracy as Kym becomes the ultimate hitwoman for one adrenaline-fueled night, eliminating the masterminds behind Psycorp to save her country.

Feel the heart-pounding thrill as Kym dispatches her targets with deadly precision, embarks on a high-stakes detour to destroy Psycorp’s work, and confronts the shocking truth behind Dr. Larson’s true intentions. Can Kym trust anyone in this dangerous game of deception?

Experience the explosive climax as Kym confronts her betrayer in a desperate race against time and poison coursing through her veins. Will she be able to get the answers she seeks before it’s too late, or will her life end in the ultimate act of sacrifice?

Don’t miss out on this electrifying pulse-pounder, “Hummingbird.” Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of action, intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that will leave you breathless and begging for more. Grab your copy now and embark on a thrilling journey that will haunt you long after the last word.

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Everyone I Kissed Since You Got Famous by Mae Marvel

Everyone I Kissed Since You Got Famous by Mae Marvel
Narrated by Mia Hutchinson-Shaw
Macmillan Audio

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Hollywood glamor meets “‘Tis the Damn Season” in this irresistibly buzzy sapphic romance, perfect for fans of Alexandria Bellefleur and Casey McQuiston.

Katie Price is known in every living room in America. A small-town Wisconsin girl who became an A-list star, she rarely makes it home, but this year is different . . . Little does she know it will lead her straight into the piercing blue-eyed gaze of Wil Greene.

A lot has happened in the decade since those cold Wisconsin nights when Wil and Katie drove around in Wil’s Bronco senior year. Since then, Wil’s law career hasn’t taken off. Her father passed away. And what started as a personal challenge—kissing a new person twice a week, every week—has made her a growing sensation, but her life is still stuck in phase one. Through the years, the two have never left each other’s thoughts and desires, but now suddenly, they are back in each other’s lives. Their reconnection is instantaneous, and the passion is palpable…but can it stand the test of time?

Witty, emotional, and steamy, Everyone I Kissed Since You Got Famous is an unforgettable romantic listen for everyone who almost kissed their best friend. And then finally did.

“Sweetly tender and arrestingly sexy.”—Kate Clayborn, author of Georgie, All Along

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.


Director's Cut by Carlyn Greenwald

Director’s Cut by Carlyn Greenwald
Narrated by Rachael Franco
Random House Audio

After taking a guest teaching gig, Oscar-winning Valeria Sullivan finds herself trapped in a battle of wits with her sexy co-professor, but can she keep her cool when things heat up in and out of the classroom?

At twenty-nine, Valeria Sullivan is a celebrated, award-winning actress. But when her acting options start to decline and her attempt to transition to directing is complicated by a bad interview on a late night show, Val decides she’s had enough of Hollywood. Intent on pursuing a neglected passion, she pours herself into a guest professorship at USC, hoping to transition to academia fulltime.

Standing in her way is her co-professor, Maeve Arko, whose brilliance and beauty is matched only by her contempt for Val. As Val rises to the challenges that teaching throws at her, though, Maeve starts to soften, and soon sparks are flying.

Now with a job and a girlfriend she adores, Val should be happy. But Hollywood isn’t done with Val quite yet. Her directorial debut, Oakley in Flames, starts getting attention, and soon Val has to choose between her obligations to her class—and Maeve—and the burgeoning dream Hollywood career she may not be ready to leave behind.


Looking for a Sign by Susie Dumond

Looking for a Sign by Susie Dumond
Narrated by Kimberly M. Wetherell
Random House Audio

“A sweet and spicy story about found family, taking chances on love, and getting through your Saturn return.”—Elissa Sussman, bestselling author of Funny You Should Ask

A newly single queer woman moves to New Orleans and sets off on a mission to find her most compatible match by going on a date with someone of each astrological sign in this rom-com from the Lambda Literary Award-nominated author of Queerly Beloved.

Reeling from a breakup with her long-term partner, Gray—an optimistic lesbian Aries—relocates to New Orleans for a new job. Gray wants to meet someone, settle down, and build the loving, accepting family she’s always wanted, but having been out of the dating scene for a decade, she has no idea where to start. After visiting an iconic astrologer, Gray and her best friend, Cherry, draw up a dramatic scheme: Gray will go on a date with someone of each zodiac sign to test their compatibility and get a jump start on creating the queer family of her dreams—all before her twenty-ninth birthday, when Saturn will usher in a major turning point in her life.

Gray’s got her hands full getting to know her new city, proving herself at her new job, wooing twelve new paramours—cue bathroom hookups, ghosts, getting ghosted, incredible macchiatos, and celesbians—and making some surprising discoveries about her needs and desires. Even when the dating challenge throws a few curveballs that make Gray question what she believes that she’s destined for, she’s determined to finish what she’s started while the planets are still on her side.

* This audobook edition includes a downloadable PDF that contains New Orleans food and drink pairings for each sign and two recipes from the book.

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Love, off the Record by Samantha Markum

Love, off the Record by Samantha Markum
Narrated by Ellen Quay
Spotify Audiobooks

The Hating Game meets Alex, Approximately in this smart, chemistry-filled teen rom-com about two rival journalism students competing for the same position on their university newspaper.

Wyn is going to beat Three even if it kills her—or, preferably, him. Being freshmen staffers on the university newspaper puts them at the bottom of the pecking order—until a rare reporter spot opens up. Wyn and Three are both determined to get the position, starting a game of sabotage that pushes them to do their worst, from stealing each other’s ideas to playing twisted mind games. No road is too low when it comes to winning.

As Wyn’s search for the perfect story leads her to an anonymous, campus-wide dating app, she hits it off with a mystery man she thinks might be the cute RA from her dorm. But Wyn is all too familiar with being rejected because of her weight, and she’s hesitant to reveal her identity, even as she grows closer with someone who might be the guy of her dreams.

When Three breaks a story that’s closer to home than he or Wyn expects, the two must put aside their differences to expose the truth—and face their real feelings for each other, which threaten everything Wyn has built with her anonymous match.


The Proximity Factor by Jennifer Peel

The Proximity Factor by Jennifer Peel
Narrated by Stephanie Rose, Stephen Dexter
Self Published

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So . . . I signed up for something. Not a gym or Costco membership, which probably would have been wiser. Oh no, I signed up for a social experiment. You heard me right. I, Lanie Davenport, am going to be the subject of a scientific study. Do I know what this study is for? Not exactly. But I know it means I have to live with a stranger for twelve weeks and do a video diary once a week, answering the researchers’ questions. The bright side is that I’m getting paid, like a lot of money. The downside is that my roommate isn’t a woman like I supposed. I thought I would get a new BFF, but in her place is one Parker Remington. Mr. broody-leave-the-toilet-seat-up-don’t-talk-to-me-or-organize-my-Pop-Tarts-in-the-pantry. You get the picture.

But this I can’t have. I don’t know what this experiment is about, but I’m going to save it and make a difference in the world. And whether Parker likes it or not, he’s going to help me. Well, maybe. He’s a tough nut to crack, and I should probably leave well enough alone. But there’s just something about my gorgeous, older, genius-level roommate that makes me want to find out what makes him tick. I have a feeling if he would let me into his world, it would change mine.

But experimenting with the heart is the most dangerous research around. You never know what the outcome will be.

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Peel presents a hilarious grumpy-sunshine romance that will leave you swooning and smiling.


The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center

The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center
Narrated by Katherine Center, Patti Murin
Macmillan Audio

This program features a bonus scene and an author’s note—both audio-exclusives—and acknowledgments read by the author.

“Patti Murin offers a fun, vivacious performance of this lively romance…with steady pacing and a believable narration, this romance will charm listeners.”—AudioFile on Hello, Stranger

She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies—good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates—The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!—it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone—much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter—even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But . . . what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much . . . more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.


Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by Callie Dalton, Jason Clarke
Penguin Audio

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An Indie Next and a Hall of Fame LibraryReads Pick!

A forbidden, secret affair proves that all’s fair in love and science—from New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood.

Rue Siebert might not have it all, but she has enough: a few friends she can always count on, the financial stability she yearned for as a kid, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, one of the most promising start-ups in the field of food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-fought. Until a hostile takeover and its offensively attractive front man threatens to bring it all crumbling down.

Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, period. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal through—and he’s a man who gets what he wants. With one burning exception: Rue. The woman he can’t stop thinking about. The woman who’s off-limits to him.

Torn between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution out the lab and the boardroom windows. Their affair is secret, no-strings-attached, and has a built-in deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is risky business—one that plays for keeps.

Brian

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