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The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
Narrated by Ray Porter
An exceptional debut thriller and “exciting journey” into the dark heart of the Cold War and the space race from New York Times best-selling author and astronaut Chris Hadfield (Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Project Hail Mary).
The year 1973: a final, top-secret mission to the moon. Three astronauts in a tiny spaceship, a quarter million miles from home. A quarter million miles from help.
NASA is about to launch Apollo 18. While the mission has been billed as a scientific one, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker objective. Intelligence has discovered a secret Soviet space station spying on America, and Apollo 18 may be the only chance to stop it.
But even as Kaz races to keep the NASA crew one step ahead of their Russian rivals, a deadly accident reveals that not everyone involved is quite who they were thought to be. With political stakes stretched to the breaking point, the White House and the Kremlin can only watch as their astronauts collide on the lunar surface, far beyond the reach of law or rescue.
Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists, and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders is a high-stakes thriller unlike any other. Chris Hadfield captures the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space, and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour as only someone who has experienced all of these things in real life can.
Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.
A Fist Full of Credits by Craig Hamilton, Tao Wong
Narrated by Shamaan Casey
Bail bondsman. Veteran. Survivor.
Hal Mason’s still going to find surviving the System Apocalypse challenging.
While bringing in his latest fugitive, Hal’s payday is interrupted by the translucent blue boxes that herald Earth’s introduction to the System – a galaxy spanning wave of structured mystical energy that destroys all electronics and bestows game-like abilities upon mankind.
With society breaking down and mutating wildlife rampaging through the city of Pittsburgh, those who remain will sacrifice anything for a chance at earning their next Level. As bodies fall and civilization crumbles, Hal finds himself asking what price is his humanity. Are the Credits worth his hands being ever more stained with blood?
Or does he press on – relentless?
A Fist Full of Credits is the first book in a new series in the System Apocalypse universe. Written by debut author Craig Hamilton in Tao Wong’s best-selling post-apocalyptic LitRPG universe, System Apocalypse – Relentless is another glimpse into what humanity will do when the chips are down and the monsters are crawling from the shadows.
The Desert of Glass by Michael C. Grumley
Narrated by Scott Brick
One of mankind’s greatest secrets…has been hiding in plain sight for 3,000 years.
Half a century ago, an aberration was spotted by one of our earliest satellites, and summarily dismissed as a hardware malfunction. But it was no aberration. And no malfunction. It was an accidental glimpse of something extraordinary, and very old.
Mocked for decades, the man who designed the satellite is now dead. With the system’s original data firmly in the hands of former NTSB investigator Joe Rickards and anthropologist Angela Reed.
But the data is only to be shared with one other person besides them: a seventy-five-year-old NASA engineer who was part of the original program.
Joe Rickards is convinced it will lead mankind into darkness.
Angela believes it may be the answer the modern world has been longing for.
And former NASA engineer Leonard Townsend hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s about to get involved in.
To make matters worse, through a strange bedside confession, a journalist thousands of miles away has just learned that someone else already knows about the satellite’s 50-year-old discovery.
Because they’ve been secretly using it for years.
Prisoner of the Midnight Sun by Noel B. Snook
Narrated by Jake Hunsbusher
Ten days. Three trials. No survivors.
There’s been another murder. Anchorage, Alaska, has become the hunting ground for a killer with something to prove. Victims are put through a series of physical and psychological trials designed to push them to their limits and test their will to live. Despite the promise of freedom…all have perished. Alyson’s dreams alone hold the key to catching the killer, but unless she can learn to harness her power and let go of the past, lives will continue to be lost.
Every night for seven years she dreamed of a man she’s never met. A man who may or may not exist. A man she believes has been taken. Now she must team up with the detective on the case: her ex-husband, John. Can the two of them put their differences aside and work together to solve the mystery? Or will Alyson be too late to save the man of her dreams?
A story of love, loss, pain, and survival.
Content warning: This novel contains strong language and graphic depictions of violent scenarios. It may not be appropriate for young or sensitive listeners.
This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno
Narrated by Robb Moreira
A widower battles his grief, rage, and the mysterious evil inhabiting his home smart speaker, in this mesmerizing horror thriller from Gus Moreno.
It was Vera’s idea to buy the Itza. The “world’s most advanced smart speaker!” didn’t interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst all the strange occurrences happening in the condo. It made things worse. The cold spots and scratching in the walls were weird enough, but peculiar packages started showing up at the house – who ordered industrial lye? Then, there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.
It was funny and strange right up until Vera was killed, and Thiago’s world became unbearable. Pundits and politicians all looking to turn his wife’s death into a symbol for their own agendas. A barrage of texts from her well-meaning friends about letting go and moving on. Waking to the sound of Itza talking softly to someone in the living room…
The only thing left to do was get far away from Chicago. Away from everything and everyone. A secluded cabin in Colorado seemed like the perfect place to hole up with his crushing grief. But soon Thiago realizes there is no escape – not from his guilt, not from his simmering rage, and not from the evil hunting him, feeding on his grief, determined to make its way into this world.
A bold, original horror novel about grief, loneliness, and the oppressive intimacy of technology, This Thing Between Us marks the arrival of a spectacular new talent.
A Macmillan Audio production from MCD x FSG Originals.
Mercy Creek by M. Browning
Narrated by Kirsten Potter
Dreamscape Media, LLC
The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado, turns lush greenery into a tinder-dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long-buried grudges rekindle. Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent – right until the moment she vanished.
Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the 11-year-old girl didn’t run away and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture.
As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo is forced to confront her doubts – and her worst fears. Now, it’s just a matter of time before the truth is revealed…or the killer makes another deadly move.
A Convenient Arrangement by Aurora Rey, Jaime Clevenger
Narrated by Kira Omans
Bold Strokes Books Inc
Cuffing season has come for lesbians.
Jess Archer, digital journalist for the internet’s hottest lesbian media platform, has been assigned to research cuffing, from an up close and personal perspective. She’s not sure it’s really her thing, but the assignment gives her the chance to write something more substantial than her usual fluff pieces. All she needs now is a willing lesbian.
For Cody Dawson, signing up for Jess’s project is a no-brainer. She gets to date an interesting woman, enjoy her company, and not disrupt the tidy life she’s built for her son. Everything’s perfect until she starts falling for Jess. When she realizes she’s heart-deep in the feelings she’s agreed not to have, their convenient arrangement becomes anything but.
Spindrift by Anna Burke
Narrated by Annette Romano
Can a hot summer fling mend the hearts of two broken women?
Morgan Donovan had everything she ever wanted: A dream job as a large animal veterinarian, awesome friends, and a loving and supportive fiancée. But it all comes crashing down when her fiancée dumps her after realizing that Morgan’s job will always come first. And, while Morgan still has the job and friends, her heart is broken into a million tiny pieces
Emilia Russo is a burned-out shelter vet. When the unexpected death of her father triggers a mental breakdown that hastens the end of her relationship, she retreats to his house in Seal Cove, Maine. She plans on spending the summer renovating it while she figures out how to pull the pieces of her life back together. But when she runs into Morgan at the dock where her father’s sailboat is moored, her plans for a quiet summer of healing and reflection sink like a stone – the attraction is immediate and obvious, and Emilia finds herself slipping seamlessly into Morgan’s world.
Each woman knows this fling will end when Emilia returns to Boston at the end of the summer, but they’re unprepared for the intensity and depth of their attraction. And, as the gales of fall begin to drive leaves like spindrift upon Seal Cove, Morgan and Emilia must each come to terms with how much they’re willing to give up to stay together.
Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant
Narrated by Maria Liatis
Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red – and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.
Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.
Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.
Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?
No Words by Meg Cabot
Narrated by Piper Goodeve
Meg Cabot, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Princess Diaries, returns to Little Bridge Island with a new story about a children’s book author with a case of writer’s block and an arrogant novelist who have to set aside their differences as they get through a weekend long book festival that just might change everything – including their feelings for each other.
Don’t judge a book by its author….
Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys.
Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island – not as long as her nemesis, best-selling author Will Price, is living there.
Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival.
Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next installment of her best-selling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well.
Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah!
But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions – and more than willing not only to make amends, but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man.
Things seem to be looking up – until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?
Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Narrated by Kevin Shen
From the author of the international best seller Before the Coffee Gets Cold, this book follows four new customers who hope to travel back in time in a little Japanese café.
In a back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee – the chance to travel back in time.
With faces both familiar and new, Tales from the Cafe follows the story of four patrons who visit to take advantage of café Funiculi Funicula’s time-traveling offer and revisit moments with family, friends and lovers. Each one must face up to the past to move on with their life.
Kawaguchi’s wistful and heartwarming new novel once again invites the listener to ask themselves, “What would you do if you could travel back in time?”
Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman
Narrated by Nick Offerman
A humorous and rousing set of literal and figurative sojourns as well as a mission statement about comprehending, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors, fueled by three journeys undertaken by actor, humorist, and New York Times best-selling author Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman has always felt a particular affection for the Land of the Free – not just for the people and their purported ideals but to the actual land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between that generates the health of your local watershed. In his new book, Nick takes a humorous, inspiring, and elucidating trip to America’s trails, farms, and frontier to examine the people who inhabit the land, what that has meant to them and us, and to the land itself, both historically and currently.
In 2018, Wendell Berry posed a question to Nick, a query that planted the seed of this book, sending Nick on two memorable journeys with pals – a hiking trip to Glacier National Park with his friends Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders, as well as an extended visit to his friend James Rebanks, the author of The Shepherd’s Life and English Pastoral. He followed that up with an excursion that could only have come about in 2020 – Nick and his wife, Megan Mullally, bought an Airstream trailer to drive across (several of) the United States. These three quests inspired some “deep-ish” thinking from Nick, about the history and philosophy of our relationship with nature in our national parks, in our farming, and in our backyards; what we mean when we talk about conservation; and the importance of outdoor recreation, all subjects very close to Nick’s heart.
With witty, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into the human problems we all confront, this is both a ramble through and celebration of the land we all love.
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