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The Royal Assignment by Terence Gray, Erin Day, Ian Thake
Narrated by Shane East, Rachel Petladwala, Ali Ahn, Teddy Hamilton, full cast
Audible Originals

Get ready to fall in love with this royally charming rom com scripted exclusively for audio and featuring a full cast!

Maggie Patel has landed her dream job at The New York Spectator; or, it would be, if she could get a decent story assignment. When a career-making interview finally lands on her desk, it’s with the last person she’d ever want to see again—Edward, the Crown Prince of Bairmorne…and her long-ago friend.

When Maggie was a child, her mother worked as a housemaid at the Royal Palace of Bairmorne, a small European nation, until they were unceremoniously kicked to the curb… amidst a cloud of whispered controversy and palace intrigue. Now, Prince Edward and Maggie are all grown up and they both have jobs to do—but there’s a spark between them they can’t deny. Will that spark lead to something more, and can their attraction withstand public scrutiny, royal duty, and secrets from the past?


Eminent Domain by Victoriano Cárdenas, Warren Langford
Narrated by Ama Zathura, Antonio Marquez, Ruben Muller, Jonathan Dixon, Jeff Poole, Rose Cordova, Rod Harrison, Carlos Medina, Lauren Poole, Victoriano Cardenas, Alaina Warren Zachary, Megan Maher, Joe Dean, Danielle Reddick, Elias Gallegos
Audible Originals

A single car crash changes the world as we know it in this immersive audio experience.

Loretta Pacheco has a cool job at an electric car company. Her life finally seems headed in the right direction.

But in a flash, it all starts to fall apart.

What were the strange voices she heard as she lay injured by the side of the road? Why, exactly, did two young boys disappear all those years ago? And what is this strange sound in her head?

Loretta’s determined to uncover the truth. But whose truth is it? And why are the people closest to her suddenly not who they seem to be?

Eminent Domain is a full-cast science fiction drama, recorded on location in New Mexico.

NOTE: For an enhanced listening experience, headphones are recommended.

Full cast of narrators includes: Tiger Phillips, Tasneem Bsais, Emily Rankin, Shawn Boyd, Chris Eide, Morgan Pollitt, Evan Langford, and Warren Langford.


Girt Nation by David Hunt
Narrated by David Hunt
Audible, Ltd

From the best-selling author of Girt and True Girt, the saga of Australia continues….

David Hunt tramples the tall poppies of the past in charting Australia’s transformation from aspiration to nation – an epic tale of charlatans and costermongers, of bush bards and bushier beards, of workers and women who weren’t going to take it anymore.

Girt Nation introduces Alfred Deakin, the Liberal necromancer whose dead advisors made Australia a better place to live, and Banjo Paterson, the jihadist who called on God and the Prophet to drive the Australian infidels from the Sudan ‘like sand before the gale’. And meet Catherine Helen Spence, the feminist polymath who envisaged a utopian future of free contraceptives, easy divorce and immigration restrictions to prevent the ‘Chinese coming to destroy all we have struggled for’!

Thrill as Jandamarra leads the Bunuba against Western Australia, and Valentine Keating leads the Crutchy Push, an all-amputee street gang, against the conventionally limbed. Gasp as Essendon Football Club trainer Carl von Ledebur injects his charges with crushed dog and goat testicles. Weep as Scott Morrison’s communist great-great-aunt Mary Gilmore holds a hose in New Australia. And marvel at how Labor, a political party that spent a quarter of a century infighting over how to spell its own name, ever rose to power.

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes. He is the author of the best-selling Girt and True Girt, as well as two books for children.


Our Oldest Companions by Pat Shipman
Narrated by Kate Mulligan
Blackstone Publishing

How did the dog become man’s best friend? A celebrated anthropologist unearths the mysterious origins of the unique partnership that rewrote the history of both species.

Dogs and humans have been inseparable for more than 40,000 years. The relationship has proved to be a pivotal development in our evolutionary history. The same is also true for our canine friends; our connection with them has had much to do with their essential nature and survival. How and why did humans and dogs find their futures together, and how have these close companions (literally) shaped each other? Award-winning anthropologist Pat Shipman finds answers in prehistory and the present day.

In Our Oldest Companions, Shipman untangles the genetic and archaeological evidence of the first dogs. She follows the trail of the wolf-dog, neither prehistoric wolf nor modern dog, whose bones offer tantalizing clues about the earliest stages of domestication. She considers the enigma of the dingo, not quite domesticated yet not entirely wild, who has lived intimately with humans for thousands of years while actively resisting control or training. Shipman tells how scientists are shedding new light on the origins of the unique relationship between our two species, revealing how deep bonds formed between humans and canines as our guardians, playmates, shepherds, and hunters.

Along the journey together, dogs have changed physically, behaviorally, and emotionally, as humans too have been transformed. Dogs’ labor dramatically expanded the range of human capability, altering our diets and habitats and contributing to our very survival. Shipman proves that we cannot understand our own history as a species without recognizing the central role that dogs have played in it.


How We Love by Clementine Ford
Narrated by Clementine Ford
Audible Studios

A deeply personal exploration of love in all its forms from a feminist icon and best-selling author of Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys.

There is love in this place, just like there is love everywhere we care to look for it. There is beauty and there is hope and there is a boy and there is a mother and there is the past and there is the future but most importantly there is the now and everything that exists between them that has got them from one moment to the next. The now is where we find the golden glow where, for the briefest of moments, the sky rips open and we see what it is we are made of.

Tell me a story, he asked me.

And so I began.

Clementine Ford is a person who has loved deeply, strangely and with curiosity. She is fascinated by love and how it makes its home in our hearts and believes that the way we continue to surrender ourselves to love is an act of great faith and bravery.

This tender and lyrical memoir explores love in its many forms, through Clementine’s own experiences. With clear eyes and an open heart, she writes about losing her adored mother far too young, about the pain and confusion of first love – both platonic and romantic – and the joy and heartache of adult love. She writes movingly about the transcendent and transformative journey to motherhood and the similarly monumental path to self-love. ‘We love as children, as friends, as parents and, yes, sometimes as sexual beings, and none of it is more important than the other because all of it shows us who we are.’

How We Love is heartfelt, funny, confessional, revelatory, compassionate – and essential listening. It shows us to ourselves in moments of unwavering truth and undeniable joy.

Clementine Ford is a writer, broadcaster and feminist community builder living in Naarm/Melbourne. She is the best-selling author of the feminist manifestos Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, which have also been published to great acclaim in the UK and the US. In 2017, she won the Matt Richell Award for Best New Writer of the Year at the ABIAs.


The Hush by Sara Foster
Narrated by Tamala Shelton, Cathi Ogden
Blackstone Publishing

Everything can change in a heartbeat….

The pulse-pounding new thriller from the best-selling author of You Don’t Know Me

Lainey’s friend Ellis is missing. And she’s not the only one.

In the six months since the first case of a terrifying new epidemic – when a healthy baby wouldn’t take a breath at birth – the country has been thrown into turmoil. The government has passed sweeping new laws to monitor all citizens. And several young pregnant women have vanished without trace.

As a midwife, Lainey’s mum, Emma, is determined to be there for those who need her. But when 17-year-old Lainey finds herself in trouble, this dangerous new world becomes very real. The one person who might help is Emma’s estranged mother, but reaching out to her will put them all in jeopardy….

The Hush is a new breed of near-future thriller, an unflinching look at a society close to tipping point and a story for our times, highlighting the power of female friendship through a dynamic group of women determined to triumph against the odds.


‘Twixt Land and Sea by Joseph Conrad
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Blackstone Publishing

Check out my reviews of other titles narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

’Twixt Land and Sea is a collection of Joseph Conrad’s three short stories – “A Smile of Fortune”, “The Secret Sharer”, and “Freya of the Seven Isles” – published together in a single volume as Conrad meant them to be.

In “A Smile of Fortune”, a ship’s captain meets the seemingly genial Mr. Jacobus and his irritable brother while embarking in the tropics. One a respectable businessman with a considerable reputation, the other a confessed rogue and entrepreneur with no reputation left to lose, the captain is at a loss to determine which he should befriend. In this masterly tale of misplaced loyalty, family feuds, and illicit bargaining, the captain finds himself the unwitting partner in a deeply unorthodox transaction.

In “The Secret Sharer”, Leggatt, formerly chief mate of the Sephora, a neighboring ship in the Gulf, sneaks onto a young, untested captain’s ship and joins him on deck. Leggatt admits to killing a fellow crewman a few weeks ago, for which he was subsequently stripped of his duties and kept under arrest onboard. The captain hides him from his own crew…and must decide his fate.

Conrad explores how the lust for power can drive men to greatness – or its opposite – in “Freya of the Seven Isles”, a sweeping saga set against a turbulent background of barely suppressed hostilities between Dutch and British merchant navies in the Indian Ocean basin.


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