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Randomize by Andy Weir
Narrated by Janina Gavankar
Audible narration by Janina Gavankar (True Blood)
In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house – unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past.
Andy Weir’s Randomize is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
Summer Frost by Blake Crouch
Narrated by Rosa Salazar
Audible narration by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel)
A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion.
Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision – veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. When the curious Riley extracts her code for closer examination, an emotional relationship develops between them. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own?
Blake Crouch’s Summer Frost is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Jason Isaacs
Audible narration by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.
An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind – hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out eons ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, solider. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.
N. K. Jemisin’s Emergency Skin is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
Ark by Veronica Roth
Narrated by Evan Rachel Wood
Audible narration by Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.
It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.
As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.
Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay
Narrated by Steven Strait
Audible narration by Steven Strait (The Expanse)
What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award-winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness.
Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you – physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?
Paul Tremblay’s The Last Conversation is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles
Narrated by David Harbour
Audible narration by David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow.
When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question his own relationships and the choices he has made in his life.
Amor Towles’s You Have Arrived at Your Destination is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
Gamechanger by L. X. Beckett
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Neuromancer meets Star Trek in Gamechanger, a fantastic new audiobook from award-winning author L. X. Beckett.
First there was the Setback.
Then came the Clawback.
Now we thrive.
Rubi Whiting is a member of the Bounceback Generation. The first to be raised free of the troubles of the late 21st century. Now she works as a public defender to help troubled individuals with anti-social behavior. That’s how she met Luciano Pox.
Luce is a firebrand and has made a name for himself as a naysayer. But there’s more to him than being a lightning rod for controversy. Rubi has to find out why the governments of the world want to bring Luce into custody, and why Luce is hell-bent on stopping the recovery of the planet.
Lethal Seasons by Alice Sabo
Narrated by Derek Dysart
In the near future, a virus has whittled down the human race. The remaining population struggles to survive in a world ravaged by extreme weather. A reticent government provides food and vaccines and keeps the ultra-fast trains running. Cities are empty, farms deserted, factories abandoned. The world is running on a skeleton crew.
Nick lives at High Meadow med center. The people there stay hopeful as they work toward self-sufficiency. He counts survivors for Angus’s research. He wants his life to stay as normal as possible in a world he barely understands.
Wisp is a fugitive. He lives off the land, moving from town to town, hiding his extrasensory skills. He is a Finder and will accept the right kind of job. Silence and subterfuge keep him alive.
Lily is a young girl with long brown hair and eyes the color of ripe cherries. She is searching for her brother. They were separated while fleeing armed men. She is part of something that started before her birth.
When these three lives intersect, a chain reaction of death and violence will change the course of the future and impact the very survival of the human race.
The Gate by Jennifer N. Hibbert
Narrated by Eric Meyers
Mars demystified! No more myths, no more hocus pocus.
Ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars forever? Well, meander no more, and let these groups of migrants demonstrate it, through their journey to colonized planet Mars.
The Gate is a voyage of discovery of both personal and galactic. The journey is just as important as the destination.
Great things are happening on Mars. A group of migrants is on their way to colonize Mars. The wittiness of Martin and his four lifelong friends made the journey exciting. Their rambunctious behavior kept everyone on their toes; they consistently fall in and out of danger.
Among them is Carrol, a lonely young girl, fearing being bullied. She quickly falls in love with the first boy that is nice to her. However, in space, nothing is as it seems, and she discovers that the object of her affection is a shape-shifting dragon lizard.
A group of gatekeepers – members of a top-secret organization – kept a watchful eye on everything. The otherworldly powers have worked tirelessly with astrobiologists to create a sustainable city that will suit the new human migrants. A group of ordinary people of all ages has volunteered to go as Mars’ first citizens.
The gatekeepers started developing a fighting machine for the project, and during testing, it malfunctions and collides to a man called Kevin. He was running away from his past. Kevin was later given a choice – and how will he react to the unique opportunity he is offered? The gatekeepers are fully aware of the malevolent powers lurking nearby – some of whom aren’t too happy about this new colonization. They run into some trouble with the Dark Lord Varuk Bendy, who manages to take some hostages – and who, like everything else on this red planet, has more to him than meets the eye.
Kevin and the gatekeepers must struggle together against the dangerous forces on Mars – as well as the innocent troublemaking of the citizens who now inhabit it – to ensure a peaceful and safe colonization. Can this battle with dark magic, supernatural activities, mighty armies, and mischievous teenagers be won? Or is the task simply too great?
The story opens with the meeting of the century held by the Astrobiologist, the universal Gatekeeper, and the world ruling bodies all attended the meeting that changed everything. Followed by a man waking up, bound and in a strange environment, having lost some of his memory. He has no idea how he got there – but he meets the Gatekeeper of this settlement on Mars, who begins to explain.
We jump to a group of migrants who are travelling to inhabit the first settlement on Mars and to have the adventure of a lifetime. The story comes full circle – with a little love, danger, and complication along the way.
The story includes an in-depth exploration of multiple characters; despite its fantastic setting, it is easy to relate to.
Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
Narrated by Johnathan McClain
The New York Times best-selling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach – a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.
It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.
Right to the bottom of the shaft.
It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.
Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.
Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.
With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible…and will chill listeners to the bone.
Bonus: Stay tuned at the end to hear a crowdsourced interview with the author.
A Single Light by Tosca Lee
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Simon & Schuster Audio
In this gripping sequel to The Line Between, which New York Times best-selling author Alex Kava calls “everything you want in a thriller”, cult escapee Wynter Roth and ex-soldier Chase Miller emerge from their bunker to find a country ravaged by disease, and Wynter is the only one who can save it.
Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with 60 others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged – the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.
As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?
With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes – a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.
Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.
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