Week of August 22nd New and Notable Audiobooks on Brian’s Book Blog

Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Audiobooks Post for the Week of August 22nd.

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Florida Man by Mike Baron

Florida Man by Mike Baron
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Podium Audio

Mike Baron delivers a riotous, heartfelt, and ultimately uplifting story in Florida Man, brought to life by the inimitable R.C. Bray.

Gary Duba’s having a bad day. There’s a snake in his toilet, a rabid raccoon in the yard, and his girl Krystal’s in jail for getting naked at a Waffle House and licking the manager.

Gary’s a redneck living in a trailer by the swamp. But he’s got dreams, big dreams. Every time he tries to get ahead, fate deals him a low blow. But then he gets lucky…

With his best friend, Floyd, Gary sets out to sell his prized Barry Bonds rookie card to raise the $500 needed for bail. But things always find a way of getting out of hand.


The Grendel’s Shadow by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Tantor Audio

T. R. Westwood, distinguished professor of biology and the galaxy’s greatest hunter, is in for the biggest challenge of his career. When an unknown animal starts killing off settlers on a backwater planet run on coal and steam power, he’s the only person who can help stop the slaughter. Rocks and spears or shotguns and cannons, he’ll use whatever is allowed to get the job done.

In a post-singularity future where the human race has spread to millions of worlds, sometimes the native animal population isn’t exactly compatible with our expanding civilization. Taking advantage of a mind as sharp as his aim, Westwood is the only man you call if local wildlife gets out of control and starts devouring your local population.


Death Donor by Matt Ward

Death Donor by Matt Ward
Narrated by Larissa Thompson
Myrmani

Would you sell your life to save another?

Special forces vet, Samantha Jones, is a lowly bodyguard for Ethan Anderson, the biotech billionaire who revolutionized life extension. But at least she’s got a job, unlike most, and won’t have to sell her organs to support her family. Sure, they’re poor, but she’s got death insurance and a roof over her head. Life is livable…

But then Sam’s daughter is kidnapped and sold for parts. Overnight, her life (and belief in the system) shatters. When the rich bastards get off scot-free, Sam’s weak husband commits suicide, and the ex-assassin snaps.

Someone is going to pay.

The question: how to kill the heartless elites that use the poor like livestock and whose security rivals the president? And then there’s the senator fighting to abolish life extension, the trillion-dollar corporate standoff, and bloody protests in the streets as conditions deteriorate. Things are about to get ugly.

Death Donor is a speculative fiction technothriller by renowned futurist and best selling sci-fi author, Matt Ward, that features espionage, political drama, and fast-paced adventure in the dark dystopian world of synthetic biology. If you like Michael Crichton, Daniel Suarez, or Neal Stephenson, or loved dystopian classics: the Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, and Ready Player One, you’ll love this page-turning science fiction thriller.

Grab Death Donor today if a fast-paced genetic technothriller filled with political espionage, bloody twists, and explosive turns sounds right up your alley!

Praise for Death Donor:

“a fast-paced revenge / payback story with a kick-A** female lead!”–She Just Loves Books

“Politically intense, fast paced, and raw, Death Donor spares no grit, guts, or tools of fate.” –EL Strife, author of Stellar Fusion

Buy Death Donor today for an action-packed techno thriller… right up to its shocking conclusion.


The Coma by Alex Garland

The Coma by Alex Garland
Narrated by Shaun Grindell
Tantor Audio

View my review here

When Carl awakens from a coma after being attacked on a subway train, life around him feels unfamiliar, even strange. He arrives at his best friend’s house without remembering how he got there; he seems to be having an affair with his secretary, which is pleasant but surprising. He starts to notice distortions in his experience, strange leaps in his perception of time. Is he truly reacting with the outside world, he wonders, or might he be terribly mistaken?

So begins a dark psychological drama that raises questions about the the human psyche, dream versus reality, and the boundaries of consciousness. As Carl grapples with his predicament, Alex Garland – author of The Beach and the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Annihilation, and Ex Machina, plays with conventions and questions our assumptions about the way we exist in the world, even as it draws us into the unsettling and haunting book about a lost suitcase and a forgotten identity.


Hollywood Pharaohs by Andrew Mayne

Hollywood Pharaohs by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Tantor Audio

Mike Ray, former cop and body-double for a world famous action star, was ready to put show business behind him when he was asked to do one last favor for Hollywood’s hottest new actress.

All he has to do is find her the necklace from a forgotten film and not get killed in the process.

From the insane house parties of Malibu and the reclusive mansions of Beverly Hills to the scorching California desert, Mike finds himself in a scandal involving one of the world’s most eccentric billionaires, the Nevada Mafia and a sadistic Estonian porn kingpin.

To find the necklace he’ll have to blow the lid on a secret buried in the California desert that stretches back to ancient Egypt. With an irresistible client who won’t take “no” for an answer, if the job doesn’t get him killed, she just might.


Invader by Marjory Kaptanoglu

Invader by Marjory Kaptanoglu
Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Self Published

“Fans of sci-fi mysteries and strong female characters should snap up this psychological page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly)

Two women thousands of miles apart. One a scientist stranded on an island with an untrustworthy male colleague and a hostile alien stalking them. The other – a thief wrongfully imprisoned for murder – lives in fear of assault by a corrupt prison guard. Neither can overcome the invaders that threaten their survival without solving the mystery of the link that binds them.

“Twists and turns and an ending they won’t see coming.” (The BookLife Prize)


Blood World by Chris Mooney

Blood World by Chris Mooney
Narrated by Frankie Corzo
Penguin Audio

Everything changed when scientists discovered the drug. It looked like the cure for aging, but all progress comes with a price tag. Now, eternal youthfulness will be paid for by the blood of the innocent.

The blood of “carriers” is the most valuable commodity on earth. When treated with a new wonder drug, it cures disease, increases power, and makes the recipient a virtual superman.

It also makes the carriers targets. Young people with the right genes are ripped from their families and stashed in “blood farms”.

Ellie Batista became an LAPD officer specifically to fight this evil as a member of the Blood Squad, but her ambitions are thwarted – until the day she and her partner are ambushed during a routine stop. The resulting events plunge her into an undercover world more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

Because a madman has found a way to increase the potency of the blood to levels previously unimagined. As he cuts a bloody swath through the already deadly world of blood cartels, Ellie is the only hope to stop him before the body count explodes.


Just One Reason by Jaime Clevenger

Just One Reason by Jaime Clevenger
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

What would you do for 41 million dollars?

For Elizabeth Samuels (a.k.a. Sam), it’s not some hypothetical what-if. It’s the very real inheritance she stands to gain if she follows the stipulations in her grandfather’s will when she takes over his family practice. The only problem? The stipulations mean a life she doesn’t want.

Terri Anderson knows better than to get involved with her resident. She’s had a work romance before – it didn’t end well, and she doesn’t want to be part of the gossip mill all over again. But with Sam, keeping her distance is easier said than done.

When Sam considers walking away from medicine, Terri knows she can’t let her make that huge mistake. But changing Sam’s mind means getting close. A little too close.

With so much at stake, now is definitely not the time to fall in love. Unfortunately there are some things in life you just can’t fight.


Romancing the Kicker by Catherine Lane

Romancing the Kicker by Catherine Lane
Narrated by Abby Craden
Tantor Audio

Parker Sherbourne has a talent for sports and seduction – and the body to prove it. When the High Rollers, the professional football team from Las Vegas, chase after her to be their point-after specialist, she jumps at the chance. Sure, the position is only a publicity stunt, but she has always been able to turn any situation to her advantage.

Carly Bartlett joins the Rollers as the newest athletic trainer and the only other female on the payroll. This dream job could bring the financial security her family desperately needs. The head trainer has only one warning: don’t get involved with a player. Not a problem. She doesn’t go for guys.

When Parker reaches out to Carly for treatment, sparks fly. Will Carly fall for Parker’s charms and put her own desires ahead of her family’s? Has Parker finally found the woman who’ll make her slow down and stop playing the angles?

With the macho world of football against them, can they beat the odds in this lesbian sports romance?


Lost at Sea by A.E. Radley

Lost at Sea by A.E. Radley
Narrated by Penny Scott-Andrews
Self Published

Annie Peck finds herself in a terrible situation and is literally running for her life. A chance encounter with a surprising lookalike leads her towards a risky solution.

Captain Caroline West knows she is lucky to be one of the few women cruise ship captains in the world. Sadly, not having a standard nine to five job means relationships are nearly impossible and she’s all but given up on finding anyone.

Join these two women for an all-expenses-paid cruise of the Mediterranean and find out what happens when an identity thief with a heart of gold meets the rule-abiding woman who could throw her in jail.


Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks

Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
Narrated by Sara Poyzer, Rupert Farley, Olivia Darnley
Simon & Schuster

From the author of Her One Mistake, hailed as “chilling, captivating” by New York Times best-selling author Megan Miranda, comes a riveting new suspense novel about three ambitious women whose lives are turned upside-down in the aftermath of a horrifying fire, which destroys a successful advertising agency and threatens to expose a tangled web of lies.

Laura has returned to work at Morris and Wood after her maternity leave, only to discover that the woman she brought in to cover for her isn’t planning on going anywhere. Despite her close relationship with the agency’s powerful CEO, Harry Wood, she feels sidelined – and outmaneuvered – as she struggles to balance the twin demands of work and motherhood.

Mia was only supposed to be a temporary hire at Morris and Wood, but she’s managed to make herself indispensable to everyone. Everyone, that is, except Laura. If people only knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not want her to stay.

Janie gave up everything to support her husband and the successful agency he runs. But she has her own dark secret to protect…and will go to any lengths to keep it safe.

With signature prose lauded as “breathtaking” and “bone-chilling” by USA Today best-selling author Cristina Alger and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Three Perfect Liars is an unputdownable thriller for fans of Watching You and The Couple Next Door.


Hot Mess by Emma Hart

Hot Mess by Emma Hart
Narrated by Avery Reid, Will Watt
Dreamscape Media

I, Elle Evans, am on the run. Not from the fuzz – although that would be more exciting. No, I’m on the run from the four-year-old private tape that, thanks to my vengeful ex, has probably already ruined my vlogging career.

There’s nothing like the entire world knowing what you look like mid-O. Creek Keys, Florida, is a million miles away from NYC, and it’s the perfect place for me to hide for the rest of summer until I can figure out what I’m going to do. Which is something that’s easier said than done since my new landlord’s daughter thinks I’m God’s greatest gift. Even better? Their beach house is right next to the one I’m renting, so there’s no getting away from her – or her hot British dad. Who most definitely does not think I’m role-model material. And he might be right. The problem is that neither of us can say no to her. Or to each other.


The Switch by Beth O'Leary

The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Narrated by Alison Steadman, Daisy Edgar-Jones
Macmillan Audio

“Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman team up as a fun, quirky grandmother and granddaughter pair in this lively narration…The two narrators, each portraying her respective character’s point of view, are a perfect match.” (AudioFile Magazine)

This program is read by British actors Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, star of Hulu’s Normal People.

A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary, who has been hailed as “the new Jojo Moyes” (Cosmopolitan UK)….

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some long-overdue rest.

Eileen is newly single and about to turn 80. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

So they decide to try a two-month swap.

Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile, Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.

But stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, it’s never too late to change everything…or to find yourself.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

“The Switch brilliantly encompasses all the humor and whimsy of The Flatshare while delving into emotional topics like grief and the importance of watching out for neighbors.” (Booklist, starred review)

“A cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel inspired.” (Kirkus, starred review)


The Ark by A.M. Khalifa

The Ark by A.M. Khalifa
Narrated by Scott Brick
Self Published

Parked outside a remote motel, Herbert and Jacinda are meeting for the first time. Both of them know what the mission is: kill the woman in Room 27.

But are they about to administer justice or commit a coldblooded murder? Only one of them knows the truth.

Audie-award winner Scott Brick narrates The Ark, a spellbinding science fiction thriller from critically acclaimed author A.M. Khalifa.


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