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The Orbs Series Box Set by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The Orbs Series Box Set by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Blackstone Audio, Inc.

A thrilling collection of the best-selling Orbs series from New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith. This set includes: Orbs, Orbs II: Stranded, Orbs III: Redemption, and the White Sands and Red Sands prequel short stories.

While training for a manned mission to Mars, Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of scientists find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped inside a biosphere deep within the confines of Cheyenne Mountain, Sophie and crew discover they are the survivors of a brutal alien invasion. But as they struggle to stay alive, they realize their safe haven is far from safe and that they must team with other survivors around the world to defeat the aliens before it’s too late for humanity, and the Earth.


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Mae Whitman, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tantoo Cardinal, Margaret Atwood
Random House Audio

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic – and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

“The literary event of the year.” (The Guardian)


Caster by Elise Chapman

Caster by Elise Chapman
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Scholastic Inc.

Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Fight Club in this action-packed fantasy about a secret, underground magic fighting tournament.

If the magic doesn’t kill her, the truth just might.

Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.

When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn’t have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she’s entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors.

When the facts about Shire’s death don’t add up, the police start to investigate. When the tributes to Saint Willow aren’t paid, the gang comes to collect. When Aza is caught sneaking around with fresh casting wounds, her parents are alarmed. As Aza’s dangerous web of lies continues to grow, she is caught between trying to find a way out and trapping herself permanently.


The Last Word by Timothy Moonlight

The Last Word by Timothy Moonlight
Narrated by Liam Taylor

Jack Bigsby is the founder of InfiniTech, a billion-dollar, innovative tech company – and now he’s dead.

In the shadows of this empire, rapid changes are taking place, while even the most senior-level employees are blind to them. A top-secret initiative birthed from the most wicked of humanity is spoiling the once virtuous empire.

Jack’s daughter, Claire, is in a firestorm of danger, and the corporation now has plans for her too.

With a host of strong characters, some set on discovering the truth and reclaiming InfiniTech and some set on altering the world forever at any cost, Timothy Moonlight’s debut novel will keep you listening until the most frightening of realities have come true. The Last Word, a unique thriller twisted with mystery, will truly leave the listener with chills, while whispering, “I never saw it coming.”

“Not to be missed, Timothy Moonlight’s startling debut The Last Word is a roller coaster ride filled with twists, turns and technology. With strong characters and an astonishing plot, Moonlight’s story kept me clinging to the safety bar until The very Last Word.” (Deb Kastner, Publishers Weekly best-selling author)


Screenplay by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant

Screenplay by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
Narrated by Emily Ellet
Sterling & Stone

Good things come to those who wait. That’s what Annie’s always believed.

It’s why, when her fiancé, Keith, launched his nanotech company, Annie set aside law school to help. It’s why she went all-in, trusting the company’s success to make her degree moot. Law school was for her mother anyway. After Rebirth goes public, she and Keith will be rich enough to do whatever they want…like working on her award-winning student screenplay – the real dream she gave up to grow the business.

But with the finish line in sight (and creative dreams dancing in Annie’s head), Keith starts to act suspiciously. He’s been spending a lot of time with his attractive lawyer, working late nights. After all the lean years and sacrifices, it’s just not fair. Keith would never cheat, would he? But if not, why is he acting like a cheater?

Annie isn’t usually vengeful, but her hand’s been forced. She faces a decision: Should she let Keith play her like a sucker, or should she be strong like the heroine of her screenplay? Should she sit by like a chump…or make a deal with Rebirth’s competitors to get what she deserves?

In the heat of an affair, nothing is what it seems – and Hell hath no fury like an artist scorned.


The Enigma Source by Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey

The Enigma Source by Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
Narrated by Derek Shoales

The world is almost ready for fiat currency to be replaced by a superior digital currency. The trouble is, which one and who will own it?

The R-Group is back and trying to guide the players to a safe destination in the complex world of cryptocurrency. The Global Bank has tasked Tonya to find and hire a cryptologist to create a new global cryptocurrency, though sometimes it seems she may not be up to the task. Along the way it appears she is the one getting played. The cynical hack-and-slash cryptocurrency swindlers, Matthias and Dutch, are jumping from country to country, trying to peddle their new cryptocurrency as a savior for economically flailing countries. Next on their hit list is Venezuela, where the failing economy is desperate for a solution. Leadership there is willing to do anything to save their country, so long as they get a cut of the action. Watch these new friends do their coupon-clipping right out of your digital wallet.

One of the early cryptocurrency pioneers, Su Lin, is threatened by a dark figure from her past at the farm in Georgia. The evil henchman has his orders to bring back Su Lin and re-instate Master Po in her defining role as the founder of the Chinese Cyber Warfare College to help leaders there finalize their cryptocurrency ambition. Julie’s CATS team dispatches Mercedes to the farm to protect Su Lin and her husband. Colonel Guano uses all his resources to outsmart the protection and takes Su Lin to China. She plays her role well to the point you wonder which side she is on.

Jacob, Petra, and Quip keep tabs on the opportunistic cryptocurrency swindlers as well as other digital currency players. This team discovers more about one another as they learn that the R-Group‘s dynamics are about to change. Who will take charge and who will fall short?

The cryptocurrency battles have the cyber good guys engaged in cyber skirmishes with bad actors from the Dark Net that ranges from Atlanta, Paris, Venezuela, and finally to China. Can they maintain economic balance across the world in lock step with the cryptocurrency wars of the 21st century?

The twists and turns of events keeps both sides struggling to stay ahead. In The Enigma Source, the tenth book within the award-winning Enigma Series, authors Breakfield and Burkey explore the future of world commerce, cryptocurrency, and the complications that arise from creating an all-digital monetary system. Is digital currency really the way of the future? In the digital currency gold rush of the 21st century, is there anyone looking out for the average man?


Nobody Move by Philip Elliott

Nobody Move by Philip Elliott
Narrated by Robert Svetlik
Into the Void

Eddie Vegas made a terrible mistake. Now he has to pay the price.

After a botched debt collection turned double murder, Eddie splits, desperate to avoid his employer, notorious LA crime boss Saul Benedict, and his men (and Eddie’s ex-partners), Floyd and Sawyer, as well as the police. Soon, he becomes entangled with the clever and beautiful Dakota, a Native American woman fresh in the City of Angels to find her missing friend – someone Eddie might know something about.

Meanwhile in Texas, ex-assassin Rufus, seeking vengeance for his murdered brother, takes up his beloved daggers one final time and begins the long drive to LA. When the bodies begin to mount, Detective Alison Lockley’s hunt for the killers becomes increasingly urgent. As paths cross, confusion ensues, and no one’s entirely sure who’s after who. But one thing is clear: They’re not all getting out of this alive.

As much a love letter to neo-noir cinema and LA as it is satire, the first book in the Angel City novels is a lightning-speed crime thriller equal parts Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.


Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card

Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Blackstone Audio, Inc.

“Are you really a thief?”

That’s the question that has haunted 14-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he’s not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower – a micropower. Because what good is finding lost bicycles and hair scrunchies, especially when you return them to their owners and everyone thinks you must have stolen them in the first place? If only there were some way to use Ezekiel’s micropower for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His friend Beth thinks there must be, and so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it’s up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what matters most.

Master storyteller Orson Scott Card delivers a touching and funny, compelling and smart novel about growing up, harnessing your potential, and finding your place in the world, no matter how old you are.


The Prom by Saundra Mitchell, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar

The Prom by Saundra Mitchell, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar
Narrated by full cast
Listening Library

An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the Tony-nominated musical The Prom, read by members of the original Broadway cast!

Seventeen-year-old Emma Nolan wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that’s like asking for the moon.

Alyssa Greene is her high school’s “it” girl: popular, head of the student council, and daughter of the PTA president. She also has a secret. She’s been dating Emma for the last year and a half.

When word gets out that Emma plans to bring a girl as her date, it stirs a community-wide uproar that spirals out of control. Now, the PTA, led by Alyssa’s mother, is threatening to cancel the prom altogether.

Enter Barry Glickman and Dee Dee Allen, two Broadway stars who decide to take up the cause and get a little publicity along the way. But when they arrive in Indiana to fight on Emma’s behalf, their good intentions go quickly south.

Between Emma facing the fray head-on, Alyssa wavering about coming out, and Barry and Dee Dee basking in all the attention, it’s the perfect prom storm. Only when this unlikely group comes together do they realize that love is always worth fighting for.

Read by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, with Beth Leavel, Joshua Lamon, and Tara Sands. Includes an interview of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar from the musical’s creative team conducted by cast member Joshua Lamon.


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Patience Tomlinson, Ben Eliot
HarperAudio

The New York Times best-selling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively listenable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.


Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Narrated by Raymond J. Lee
Listening Library

“I loved, loved, LOVED this book.” (Jodi Picoult, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light)

“Big-hearted, honest, hilarious, and achingly romantic.” (Adam Silvera, New York Times best-selling author of They Both Die at The End)

“This is a classic in the making.” (Marie Lu, number one New York Times best-selling author of Warcross)

“This book is pure joy.” (Deb Caletti, Printz Honor Recipient for A Heart in a Body in the World and National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart)

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There’s Frank Li, his American name. Then there’s Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl – which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit…who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he’s forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don’t leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he’s left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love – or himself – at all.

In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.


Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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