New & Notable Audiobooks Week of October 21st

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The Occupant by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by Joe Hempel

The door has been opened. It’s already too late. The hunt is on for the thing that escaped from Chaythe Asylum. A life hangs in the balance. Dark plots set in motion more than thirty years ago wind to a close in this final, terrifying volume. Will Stephen Barlow intervene in time to spare the world the horrors of the Occupant?


Cured by Bethany Wiggins
Narrated by Nicole Poole

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Jacqui still remembers what it was like before the honeybee virus destroyed her world. Before children turned into beasts and men desperate for power became raiders. Before she had to disguise herself as a boy. And before her brother Dean left and never came back.

“Jack” asks Fiona and Jonah Tarsis to help find Dean, and they quickly set out – along with Fiona’s boyfriend, Bowen – in search of their loved ones. But Jacqui soon discovers that they’ve kept a dangerous secret from her: they have the cure. With their survival hanging in the balance, Jacqui and her friends must restore their families, preserve the cure, and fight for the chance to rebuild their shattered world.


Machine Learning (New and Collected Stories) by Hugh Howey
Narrated by Gabra Zackman, Scott Aiello, and Hugh Howey

A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best-selling author of the Silo trilogy

Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive tales of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel Wool, and then with other enthralling works such as Sand and Beacon 23. Now comes Machine Learning, an impressive collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and 15 additional stories collected here for the first time. These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story.

Howey’s incisive mind makes Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories an addictive and thought-provoking selection of short works – from a modern master at the top of his game.


Fight Like a Man (SHTF #1) by L.L. Akers
Narrated by Kevin Pierce

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything.

…anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan.

While he sat back and watched the United States rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe – whether it was due to a natural disaster or a man-made event. They had everything they needed at their homestead.

What he wasn’t prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened.

Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. When chaos erupts and there’s no gas, their journey home is a nightmare, filled with predators and danger – and apparently, Olivia hadn’t learned a thing her husband tried to teach her.

When your neighbors run out of water and turn on each other, what will you do?

Jake, a country boy mechanic, never believed in TEOTWAWKI, but he’d heard his brother-in-law preach about it many times. He knew what to do, but he didn’t prepare. He lazily left it all up to Grayson – he was the prepper after all. When catastrophe strikes, will he continue to keep his head stuck in the sand while his clueless neighbors destroy each other, and his wife is stuck out on the road, or will he stand up and fight like a man?

And if you’re alone? Bug in or bug out?

Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home. When no word comes from the government, and the state capital is overrun with looters, chaos, and mayhem, the college administration puts the students on lockdown. But her dad, Grayson, had prepared her for this. Now, if she can only remember what it was he said to do….

If they want to survive this post-apocalyptic event, they’ll all have to learn to fight like a man.


Unlucky Day by J.R. McLeay
Narrated by Peter Berkrot

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NO ONE IS SAFE…

A mysterious sniper is killing random New York City citizens at the same time every day.

Detective Joe Bannon and his partner Hannah Trimble follow the breadcrumb trail of clues down repeated blind alleys. With citizens fearing to venture outside, the streets of Manhattan have become nearly deserted.

When the sniper begins escalating the profile of his targets, higher level government agencies are pulled in. But the shooter always seems to be one step ahead of the law and slips away whenever the authorities get close.

As copycat killings begin spreading to other cities across the U.S., the President hatches a dangerous plan to trap the killer. Can Joe and Hannah catch the assassin before he executes the most closely guarded man in history?


Sleepy Hollow (A modern telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) by Basil Sands
Narrated by Basil Sands

Deep in the forested hills of Hudson’s Bay lays the quaint country farm town known as Sleepy Hollow. The area is also well known for being haunted. Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane has moved into the town and set up class for the children of the surrounding countryside. Soon he meets and falls utterly in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of the wealthiest man in the area. Competition for his beloved’s heart is pretty stiff. It also has big fists and goes by the name of Brom Bones. As the struggle for Katrina’s heart is kindled, Ichabod must also come to terms with the most famous of ghosts in Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman.

This story is an adaptation of the 1820 original by Washington Irving. While trying to remain true to the style and flow of the original, the text has been edited and rewritten for the 21st-century listener by award-winning author Basil Sands, who also performed the narration.


Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Narrated by the Author

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

Featuring additional performances by Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari, Cecily Strong, Holland Taylor, and Wilmer Valderrama on “Stay With Us”.


Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta
Narrated by Andrea Emmes

A serial killer stalks the streets….

Shawnee Daniels – computer forensics specialist/hacker for RPD by day, cat burglar by night – always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.

A cat burglar picks the wrong house to rob….

Shawnee thinks she made it out clean until a deadly package arrives at her door soon after. He’s found her. As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box – and he wants it back!

Their lives collide….

When her “helpful” best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.

And now, no one is safe….

In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend.


Genetic Bullets by JC Ryan
Narrated by William Andre Gensburger

A catastrophe of biblical proportions, 35,000 years in the making.

The world as we know it is on the verge of destruction.

There is no escape…or is there?

The discovery and excavation of a 35,000 year old city hidden deep within the Transantarctic Mountains releases a pandemic across the globe. Within a few weeks, five million are dead and another 10 million are about to die. Billions more are certain to die within weeks.

But what kind of disease only affects members of a certain ethnic group?

Some world leaders are convinced this is a genetic bioweapon, developed and deployed against them for the sole purpose of ethnic cleansing. They convince their followers that enemy governments are behind this and join forces to go to war. The human race stands on the brink of extinction.

The world has slipped into economic and political chaos, stock markets have crashed and shut down, and lawlessness is on the rise. Radical political and ethnic solutions are considered and implemented. Within a matter of days, the world will descend into open warfare, more than half of the entire world population will be annihilated on the battlefield of Armageddon. Nuclear warheads and long range missiles have been aimed, military forces have been mobilized…ready to march.

There are those who want this to happen.

Only a handful of people may be able to stop this catastrophe. Will they be able to do it? Will they be allowed to do it? Do they have enough time?

Does anyone besides Sarah Rossler remember the dire warning of the 10th Cycle; that our cycle’s final, civilization-ending catastrophe could be triggered by war?

Genetic Bullets is a full-length novel, a stimulating medical thriller about genetic engineering human persistence and resolution in the face of destruction. This adventure is the sequel to Ninth Cycle Antarctica and takes listeners back into the mysteries of the Rossler Foundation.


Plague by Matthew James
Narrated by Maxwell Zener

A strange virus has resurfaced in the Serengeti, not seen since the Second World War, infecting man and beast alike. Its victims soon become violent, viciously attacking anything that wanders into their path.

Logan Reed, a former Australian Special Forces soldier turned African game warden, is at the front line of this disastrous outbreak. Together with his team, including his sister, a Serengeti Zoologist, Logan searches for clues to the contagion’s origin in hopes that knowing where it came from will help them stop it.

And they’d better hurry.

It’s spreading….

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