Hello! And welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of November 5th.
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The Paleontologist by Luke Dumas
Narrated by Graham Halstead
Simon & Schuster Audio
A haunted paleontologist returns to the museum where his sister was abducted years earlier and is faced with a terrifying and murderous spirit in this chilling novel.
Curator of paleontology Dr. Simon Nealy never expected to return to his Pennsylvania hometown, let alone the Hawthorne Museum of Natural History. He was just a boy when his six-year-old sister, Morgan, was abducted from the museum under his watch, and the guilt has haunted Simon ever since. After a recent breakup and the death of the aunt who raised him, Simon feels drawn back to the place where Morgan vanished, in search of the bones they never found.
But from the moment he arrives, things aren’t what he expected. The Hawthorne is a crumbling ruin, still closed amid the ongoing pandemic, and plummeting toward financial catastrophe. Worse, Simon begins seeing and hearing things he can’t explain. Strange animal sounds. Bloody footprints that no living creature could have left. A prehistoric killer looming in the shadows of the museum. Terrified he’s losing his grasp on reality, Simon turns to the handwritten research diaries of his predecessor and uncovers a blood-soaked mystery 150 million years in the making that could be the answer to everything.
Cachalot by Alan Dean Foster
Narrated by Eric Jason Martin
From a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sci-fi fantasy set on an aquatic planet, where cetaceans are thriving and humans dying at an alarming rate.
Welcome to Cachalot, a planet made almost entirely of water, an ocean refuge for Earth’s marine mammals, rescued from near extinction at the hands of humans thousands of years ago. Free from predators and human impact, the whales thrive in their new home, growing in size and intelligence. Everything is perfect. Until humans decide to establish floating towns on Cachalot, drawn by the planet’s abundant natural resources. Now someone or something is killing off Cachalot’s human population, a mystery a team of marine biologists has to been sent to Cachalot to solve—a mission that could cost them their lives.
“One of the most consistently inventive and fertile writers of science fiction and fantasy.”—the Times (London)
Rage: A Natural Disaster Thriller by J.R. Tate
Narrated by Mike Piscitelli
In a world plagued by devastating storms, Gavin and his team find themselves thrust into a life-or-death struggle in the gripping second installment of the series. Captured by ruthless looters, their survival hinges on an impossible task: mending the shattered atmosphere before time runs out.
With the planet reeling from the aftermath of catastrophic weather patterns, their captors demand a plan and an answer to the question that haunts humanity: How can the atmosphere be restored? But the meteorologists are at a loss, as everything they once knew about weather and its workings has been upended. Unpredictability reigns, and hope seems to fade with every passing moment.
As the looters’ threat looms ever closer, Gavin and Avery must race against the clock to not only save their own lives but to find a way back to their families. The relentless storms outside mirror the turmoil within, as the duo grapples with the knowledge that the weather itself could become their greatest enemy.
In this high-stakes battle for survival, the weather team must summon every ounce of strength, ingenuity, and determination they possess. With each passing day, the tension rises, and the stakes reach a breaking point. Can they unlock the secrets of the ravaged atmosphere, navigate the treacherous world outside, and reunite with their loved ones, or will they succumb to the dual threats of the merciless looters and the ever-ferocious weather?
In this electrifying sequel, prepare to be captivated by a story that pushes the boundaries of possibility. As the line between science and fiction blurs, Gavin and Avery’s fight for freedom and redemption will leave readers breathless. Brace yourself for a journey where the fate of mankind hangs in the balance, and the power of the human spirit is put to the ultimate test.
The Blue Hour Sanction by Landon Beach
Narrated by Suzanne Elise Freeman
Review Coming Soon!
How did a young woman from a small town in Michigan become the most lethal assassin that the world has ever known? You are about to find out.
College heptathlete Margaret Crandall is invited to compete for a spot with a secret company to become an elite assassin. While still in the training pipeline, her mentor is murdered attempting to kill the billionaire shipping tycoon, Victor Lars Junius, who is a member of a global criminal empire and attempting to transform himself into the legendary actor Richard Burton.
As a result, Margaret is promoted and given a new name: Adrienne Astra.
Her first mission?
However, a mole at the off-the-books company is already plotting Adrienne’s demise.
Get ready for an origin story unlike anything you have ever experienced before. If you like high-stakes espionage, action, and endings you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Landon Beach’s tense spy thriller.
If you are a fan of James Bond, Trevanian, Don Winslow, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series, Jack Carr’s The Terminal List series, Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath series, Mark Greaney’s Gray Man series, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, Tom Clancy’s Campus novels, Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan series, or Jason Matthew’s Red Sparrow Trilogy, you’ll enjoy The Blue Hour Sanction.
For You Have Sinned by Clifford Edwards
Narrated by Clifford Edwards
Review Coming Soon!
Fast-paced psychological thriller!
Do we come into this world as blank slates, or does our morality get passed to us from our parents—even if we’ve never met them? Holy books have been used for millennia to teach us virtue, even as thousands have been murdered due to questionable interpretations of the verses within. Is it “a tooth for a tooth”, or “do unto others”? Does it even matter?
For You Have Sinned is an exploration of good and evil, cause and effect, and crime and punishment—in this life and the next. It’s a popular thought, that those who commit bad deeds now will suffer endlessly for it later. But to one jaded soul, the next life is not punishment enough.
Last New Beginning by Krystina Rivers
Narrated by Lula Larkin
Bold Strokes Book, Inc.
Bailey Kaczmarek has three loves: her dog, her construction company, and her very large family. After she finds out that her fiancée never stopped dating, she resolves to be content with what she has, rather than search for happiness in a relationship. It’s not like she has much free time anyway.
Skye Kohl is a high-powered commercial real estate broker, who spends most of her waking hours negotiating some of the largest leases in the nicest buildings in Chicago. She’s so focused on topping the list of the most influential brokers in the city, that she ignores her love life.
Bailey’s and Skye’s professional and personal lives collide, as they join forces on a construction project and deal with their meddling mothers, who think they’re perfect for one another. But the more they clash, the hotter their simmering attraction burns.
Snowed In by Catherine Walsh
Narrated by Colm Gleeson, Roisin Rankin
Megan is dreading going home for the holidays. She’s the village pariah, the she-devil who left local golden boy Isaac at the altar four years ago and ran away to the big city. She could really do without the drama. Particularly as he’s engaged again, and she’s just been dumped for the fourth time this year.
Christian’s fed up of being on his own every Christmas. He doesn’t mind being alone, but he hates his family’s sad eyes and soft tones as they sit around coupled up. Because he’s actually, totally, fine.
So when Megan literally bumps into Christian in a Dublin pub, they come up with a pact to see them through the holiday season. They’re going to be the very best fake dates for each other, ever.
Rules are drawn up, a contract is signed on a wine-stained napkin. They will sit through each other’s family gatherings and be outrageously in love until freed from their annual obligations. After all, it’s only for a few weeks.
But with everyone home for the holidays, two big families to deal with alongside old friends, old flames, and old feelings, things are bound to get messy. And when a snowed-in cabin and a little Christmas magic are added to the mix, anything could happen….
A swoonworthy and utterly gorgeous romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud and fall completely in love. Fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella, and Abby Jimenez won’t be able to stop listening!
Let’s Get Quizzical by Kelly Ohlert
Narrated by Erin Bennett, Tim Lounibos
For fans of Lyssa Kay Adams and Jen DeLuca comes this fresh, funny take on second chances that proves love is anything but trivial.
For family-focused Charlotte, the chance to compete on her favorite trivia game show is a dream come true—the prize money could ensure the best care for her aging grandmother. But when she arrives on set, who does she see among the other contestants? Eli, her high school first love, at least until their shattering breakup. He has his own reasons for competing, not least of which is the stress of multiple jobs, college courses, and a father who has had multiple run-ins with the law.
When the casting department pairs them on a team, both Charlotte and Eli are determined to grit their teeth and make the best of it. That’s easier said than done, of course, and before long a national audience is breathlessly watching them bicker and air years-old grudges. Far from being angry, the program’s producers are ecstatic—the ratings are positively soaring.
As they compete together over several episodes of the show, Charlotte and Eli begin to suspect that old wounds might actually heal. Touring L.A. in their free time has given them the opportunity to get to know each other again—and reawakened feelings that are hard to resist. Until the show’s producers throw a wrench in their hopeful plans that will compromise everything Charlotte and Eli have worked so hard for.
Kelly Ohlert’s warm, witty second novel proves that the best thing to know is always your own heart.
The Graham Effect by Elle Kennedy
Narrated by CJ Bloom, Teddy Hamilton
Gigi Graham has exactly three goals: qualify for the women’s national hockey team, win Olympic gold, and step out of her famous father’s shadow. So far, so good, except for two little things. Fine—a little thing and a big, grumpy thing. She needs to improve her game behind the net, and she needs help from Luke Ryder.
Ryder is six-foot five, built, opinionated, rude . . . and sexy as hell. But he’s still the enemy.
Briar’s new hockey cocaptain has his reasons, though. The men’s team just merged with a rival program, leaving Ryder with an angry roster where everyone hates one another’s guts. To make matters worse, the summer coaching spot he’s angling for with the legendary Garrett Graham is out of reach after he makes the worst possible first impression on his hero. So, really, this compromise with Gigi is win-win. He helps her make the national team, she puts in a good word with her dad.
The only potential snag? This bone-deep, body-numbing, mind-spinning chemistry they’re trying to ignore. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing, but the risks just might be worth it.
Contains mature themes.
Influencer by Adam Cesare
Narrated by Isabela Merced, Christopher Briney, Brittany Pressley
From the producers of Smile and The Outsider comes a chilling psychological thriller starring Isabela Merced (Alien, Superman Legacy) and Christopher Briney (The Summer I Turned Pretty).
Aaron Fortin is new in town. He drives a brand-new Acura—a gift from his parents for uprooting him in the middle of senior year. Showing up on his first day at the local public school in that nice of a car? He knows he’ll never blend in, and he doesn’t care to try. The car, the new kid mystique, he can use all that….
Crystal Giordano carpools to the same school in her friend Trevor’s beat-up van. In the van along with Crystal and Trevor are Paul, Harmony, and Gayle. Crystal’s technically part of their misfit group, but most of the time, she feels like she’s the only one who doesn’t fit.
When Aaron Fortin sits at their lunch table, Crystal can see he’s not who he says he is. But how big of a fraud is Aaron Fortin? Crystal clumsily exposes Aaron and becomes his target, falling victim to his insidious campaign to erase her. Only then does she discover who he truly is—and it’s so much worse than she thought.
As her friends begin to follow him one by one, Crystal wonders if she can protect them or if his influence is just too strong.
Please note: This Audible Original contains graphic violence and themes of drug addiction and sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.
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