Thriller Thursday: Sharon Bolton’s The Craftsman

Dive into master of suspense Sharon Bolton’s creepiest standalone yet, THE CRAFTSMAN, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearance of a small town’s teenagers.

Florence Lovelady hit the career jackpot when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence solved the mystery and got a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered, and he spent the rest of his life in prison.

But now, decades later, after Grassbrook’s death, events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did Lovelady get it wrong all those years ago?  When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.

Narrator Nathalie Buscombe perfectly encapsulates the hectic horror that the characters must face in this spine-chilling audiobook.

Listen to an excerpt below! 

Thriller Thursday: David Hagberg’s Face Off

New York Times bestselling author David Hagberg continues his acclaimed Kirk McGarvey series with another compelling and timely thriller.

Kirk McGarvey is enjoying his lunch in the Eiffel Tower when terrorists attempt to bring down the Paris landmark. He springs into action to stop the attack, only to find there’s a much larger plot at stake. One that aims to force the incompetent US President out by pitting him against Russia.

But Putin himself is eager to avoid World War III. When a Russian nuclear weapon goes missing and is found heading to the US, Putin enlists McGarvey’s help in stopping it.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, and the outcome couldn’t be more unclear. Only McGarvey stands a chance of intervening before it’s too late, in a race against time across Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.

Narrator Jeff Gurner’s powerful, steady voice balances the action and sense of urgency that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats in this thrilling audiobook.

Listen to an excerpt below!

Thriller Thursday: Andrew Gross’ Button Man and Ian K. Smith’s The Ancient Nine

This week, we have two thrilling releases for you: Andrew Gross’ BUTTON MAN and Ian K. Smith’s THE ANCIENT NINE. Both based on true stories, these vibrant tales of history and hardship will leave you hanging on every word.


Andrew Gross’ next historical thriller audiobook, BUTTON MAN, brings to life the dramatic birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City. The story follows three brothers: Morris, the youngest who drops out of school to work at a clothing factory, Sol, the brains who attends accounting school, and Harry, the wildcard with a fiery personality and gangster best friends.

When Morris asks his brothers to come work with him at his factory, Sol agrees but Harry isn’t so easily convinced. Working for his brothers means giving up the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, New York’s most ruthless mobster and Morris’ enemy. When Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers’ factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.

Gross’ atmospheric writing coupled with Edoardo Ballerini’s captivating voice will leave listeners on the edge of their seat as the violent vengeance heats up.  

Listen to an excerpt below! 


THE ANCIENT NINE, Ian K. Smith’s new thriller, follows one college student’s foray into Harvard’s hallowed secret societies.

Spencer Collins arrives at Harvard with two goals: to play basketball and take his pre-med classes. Little does he know, The Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most elite finals clubs, is determined to have Spencer join. Once “punched,” Spencer enters the inner sanctum and uncovers secrets, male privilege, and century-old club mysteries. On one hand, Spencer doesn’t want to lose his focus. On the other, it feels nice to be sought out by a club his classmates would kill to be in. But why is a shadowy group of powerful old men so determined to recruit him? And what is “The Ancient Nine”?

Narrator Brad Sanders brings an authority to Spencer’s character while still underscoring the confusion, mystery, and shock he encounters by the end of the audiobook. Inspired by the author’s own experiences at Harvard, the audiobook will leave listeners wondering how to separate fact from fiction.

Listen to an excerpt below! 

Thriller Thursday: T.M. Logan’s Lies

What if your whole life was based on LIES?  Find out in T.M. Logan’s chilling audiobook thriller.

Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband, and before Joe confronted the other man, leaving him bleeding and unconscious.

Now, Joe’s world is crumbling. His wife has lied to him, and her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, all fingers point to Joe.

Unable to trust the woman he loves, Joe finds himself at the mercy of her revelations and deceits, unsure of who or what to believe. All he knows is that her actions have brought someone dangerous into their lives—someone obsessed with her and determined to tear Joe’s world apart.   

Leighton Pugh’s calm narration contrasts yet perfectly depicts the rapid unraveling that occurs in this fast-paced audiobook.

“Lies is positively riveting, from the captivating first scene to the shocking twist at the end.” — Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red

Listen to an excerpt below!

Thriller Thursday: Wild Fire, the Final Audiobook in Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Series

The betrayal of those closest burns most of all . . .

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes on his eighth and final case in bestselling author Ann Cleeves’s highly anticipated audiobook thriller, WILD FIRE.

Hoping for a fresh start, Helena Fleming and her husband Daniel move to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life.

But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spreads, and in this village of dysfunctional families and broken relationships, gossip can spread faster than wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship.

With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career.

Narrator Kenny Blyth’s captivating narration, which Audiofile magazine has previously called “delightful,” transports listeners into Shetland’s mystifying world Shetland and will keep them engaged every thrilling moment.

Listen to an excerpt of the eighth and final book of the Shetland Island series.

Sound Clip Saturday: Stay Up Late Listening to Sandie Jones’s The Other Woman

Sandie Jones (right) stopping by the recording studio during Clare Corbett’s (left) reading.

He loves her, but she loves her not. Beware of the other woman.

When Emily meets Adam, she cannot believe her luck at finding such a perfect man. Adam adores her just as much as she adores him, and she cannot wait for their happily ever after. However, there’s someone lurking in the shadows: Adam’s vindictive mother, Pammie. Emily has won over Adam, but she cannot crack his mother, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

As Emily fights her future mother-in-law’s wrath, Adam will hear nothing of it, insisting that his darling mother only wishes them the best. When Adam’s charming brother tries to save Emily from her own mess, secrets are exposed, revealing just how far Pammie will go to protect her beloved son.

Clare Corbett perfectly encapsulates Emily’s impassioned fury while matching Pammie’s coy attempt at innocence, making her the perfect narrator for this twisted audiobook. Listen to an excerpt to the audiobook that will keep you up all night. You’ll need extra coffee in the morning.

Thriller Thursday: Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Trust Me

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself? 

An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder. A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life. Award-winning author and journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan is back with a thrilling standalone audiobook of psychological suspense and manipulation and an unlikely alliance that leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game.

Start listening to a clip of the audiobook, read by Saskia Maarleveld.

Sounds Like Romance (Narrators)

Romance Awareness Month is coming to an end and we’re wrapping it up with the pros. We asked some of the narrators of our latest romance titles what they loved most about their audiobook roles. Find out how they got into romance audiobooks, what they love about it, and what they think you should be listening to!

The Narrators

Erin Mallon (EM) is an actor and romance narrator who records in New York and New Jersey. Click here for a clip of the number one audiobook on Erin’s listen list, The Real Deal!

Rose Dioro’s (RD) loves lending her voice to YA, thriller, and sci-fi audiobooks, but narrating romance titles really make her heart swoon. She records in Massachusetts. Click here for the number one audiobook on Rose’s listen list, I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting!

Andi Arndt (AA) is a romance audiobook veteran who just finished recording Kylie Scott’s new standalone, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. While Andi is not a huge fan of listening to her own narration, you can listen to a clip here. 😉

What made you want to narrate romance audiobooks?

Erin Mellon in the studio recording The Real Deal.

EM: I had been a stage actor for many years and loved the intimacy of connecting with audiences in small theaters in NYC. So the idea of telling a story into a single person’s ears through audio? That sounded dreamy. I love narrating romance in particular because of the connection between characters. In romance it’s all about human connection and there isn’t anything better than that!

RD: Many romance novelists release new books frequently and often include their books in a series. I always liked the idea of really getting to know the ins and outs of a writer’s style and the characters they create.

What are the best and most challenging parts of narrating romance?

EM: The best part has to be the listeners! Romance listeners are incredibly passionate about the authors and narrators they enjoy…half the time they tell me I have a new release before I realize it myself!

RD: The love scenes were challenging to narrate when I first started. These are such intimate moments; private encounters of two people you get to know very well through the writing. But when you know that the scene has gone well- that you’ve been able to portray it in an authentic way without hamming it up- it’s exciting to know that you’ve created something that so many people will enjoy listening to and experiencing.

It’s exciting to know that you’ve created something that so many people will enjoy listening to and experiencing.

AA: The best part is being along for the ride as two characters enjoy the rush of a new love, the endorphins, the discoveries and revelations. The most challenging part is probably making each story completely its own and making sure that the characters come across as unique.  

Have you ever had a hard time trying to get through a romance narration?

EM: Sure! I was narrating a scene just yesterday where the main character loses her fiancé after a car accident. She’s in his hospital room saying goodbye before the doctors take him off life support… yeesh. In those moments as a narrator, you want to take the honest emotional ride alongside the character, but not take it so far that you are blubbering and blowing your nose in the listeners’ ears. It’s a balance.   

AA: Luckily for me, I’ve had the privilege of working on really great material, but I think there have been times when I’ve found a scenario challenging because there is maybe a transgressive aspect to it that is new to me. I try to remember that very often that transgression is a test of a couple’s trust and intimacy, and follow that thread through the story. I will say though that all of this assumes that the situation is consensual. If there’s no consent or it’s at all unclear, I turn down the project.

Do you listen back to the titles that you narrate?

RD: When I record a dual or multi-narration project, it’s always fun to hear the finished project with the other voices. I record my chapters from my home studio, and usually don’t hear any of the other narrator’s work unless I listen to the finished project.

AA: Oh goodness no!

What do you think is so great about listening to romance?

AA: I heard from a hospice nurse in Australia once, who listens to my romance narrations as a way to rest and recharge during breaks from her very important but very intense work.  Hearing from that listener changed the way I feel about my work; that maybe what I do, which could seem sort of fluffy to some, can help other people to do much more critical / crucial jobs.  Love can heal. Love is important.

Love can heal. Love is important.

Any tips for aspiring romance narrators?

AA: Don’t worry about “sounding sexy.”  Let the story lead you, honor the characters, and let the author’s voice come through you.

It’s not too late to celebrate Romance Awareness Month—start listening to some of Macmillan Audio’s romance titles today!

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