Thriller Thursday: Araminta Hall’s Our Kind of Cruelty

Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, calls Our Kind of Cruelty “one of the nastiest and most disturbing thrillers I’ve read in years.”

But this is a love story. Isn’t it?

Before he met Verity Metcalf, Mike Hayes lived a peaceful, albeit lonesome, life. His childhood was brutal, and it was one he had to fight his way out of. After he met V, though, his perspective shifted: V taught Mike about love, partnership, and respect. In return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He found the perfect job, bought the perfect home, and sculpted himself into the physical ideal of V’s perfect man. How could anyone turn Mike down?

It doesn’t matter that V hasn’t been returning his calls. Or emails. It doesn’t matter that she’s marrying someone else.

It’s a part of their secret game ‒ a twisted and seductive game V named the crave. Mike just needs to keep a close eye on V and he’ll surely see the signs. He’ll know exactly when to come to her rescue.

Narrator Nick Hendrix’s range is astounding! His calm and charming voice captures the heartache and intrigue of the story, while building tension and anxiety that depicts Mike and V’s depraved relationship. Listen to Mike describe the rules of the crave below!

Thriller Thursday: Spencer Kope’s Whispers of the Dead

Looking for your next bone-chilling, heart-stopping audiobook? Check out Spencer Kope’s Whispers of the Dead, a murder-mystery more terrifying than any you’ve heard before.

Magnus “Steps” Craig is an FBI tracker, and a good one at that. So when a series of bizarre murders start turning up in El Paso — like the pair of severed feet stored in a cooler, found in the house of a Federal Judge — Steps must find a way to get into the mind of the most cold-blooded killer he’s ever encountered.

Steps is one of an elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI, and enlisted for this case because his skills of finding and following trails are imperative to success. But there’s a secret to that success: a kind of synesthesia.

Steps’ synesthesia allows him to see what people have touched in a unique color, though he’s only divulged his secret to a few people – his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. When the Special Tracking Unit discovers another victim, this time with the feet left behind in an icebox, they call upon Steps to solve the case.

Narrator P.J Ochlan is every bit as creepy as he is thrilling, and his performance ensures that the story stays with you long after you’re done listening. Hear a clip below!

Thriller Thursday: Jessica Strawser’s Not That I Could Tell

From the author of Almost Missed You comes Not That I Could Tella thrilling new audiobook by Jessica Strawser.

How well do you know your neighbors?

In small-town Yellow Springs, Ohio, everyone thinks they know each other pretty well. It’s full of quirky neighborhoods and close-knit friends — who could have anything to hide?

That illusion is shattered after a group of neighborhood women meet one Saturday night, wine in hand and their kids already in bed. Kristin, Clara, and their new neighbor, Izzy, don’t know each other well, but they’re giddy with freedom, tipsy with wine, and their conversations soon turn personal. By Monday morning, Kristin is gone.

With nobody able to pinpoint what went wrong, the investigation turns up more questions than answers. Soon, Kristin’s husband, Paul, finds himself at the center of it all. For Kristin’s closest neighbor, Clara, the disappearance is triggering memories that she thought she buried long ago. She’s unable to extract herself from getting involved, and her suspicions quickly grow. As for the newest Yellow Springs neighbor, Izzy? She’s determined not to jump to conclusions, as she has her own crisis at home.

The investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, and the neighbors are forced to ask themselves how well they truly know each other. Erin Bennett narrates the audiobook in an eerie, suspenseful manner that perfectly captures the various voices of Yellow Springs as they struggle to find Kristin in time. Listen to a clip below!

Thriller Thursday: Christobel Kent’s The Day She Disappeared

From bestselling author of The Loving Husband comes The Day She Disappeared— a chilling new audiobook by Christobel Kent.

Best friends have always got your back, right?

That’s what Nat keeps telling herself after her best friend Beth disappears without a trace. Beth is a fly-by-night party girl, sure, and there’s a good chance that she’s run off with another man, but Nat has a feeling that there’s foul play involved. She’s so sure that proving it might just kill her.

Victor, one of Beth and Nat’s favorite bar patrons, also finds himself in an unwanted situation: he has fallen and ended up in the hospital. Like Nat, he isn’t buying the runaway Beth story. Slowly, as his hazy memories start to come back, Victor starts to remember something menacing…something important…something just out of reach…

In a race against time to find Beth, Nat begins trying to piece together the events and people of her life. She quickly learns that it’s not easy to discern who can and can’t be trusted, and suddenly she’s more confused than when she started. Their little town in the English countryside isn’t so innocent anymore…

Marisa Calin’s chilling and brutally unsettling narration will captivate listeners and keep them guessing until the very end. Listen to an excerpt below!

YA Friday: The Hazel Wood, Children of Blood and Bone, and Sky in the Deep

Do you love YA audiobooks? What about fantasy YA audiobooks? How about fantasy YA audiobooks about strong, powerful young women who are committed to fighting for the people they love?

If you’re still reading, then stick around for our roundup of three exciting new YA fantasy titles!

The Hazel Wood

To satisfy your fairy tale cravings, listen to The Hazel Wood, a new audiobook by debut author Melissa Albert. Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother seem to be cursed with bad luck, but when Alice’s grandmother, the famous author of twisted, cult-classic fairy tales, passes away on her estate—known as The Hazel Wood—everything goes from bad to really bad.

Next thing she knows, Alice’s mother is kidnapped by someone from Hinterland—the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. Her mother disappears without a trace, but she does leave a warning: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood”. Will mother heed her mother’s warning and risk losing her forever? Or will she choose to enter Hinterland and risk losing her own life?

Narrator Rebecca Soler expertly captures Alice’s angst and desperation, and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat until the very last line. Listen to Soler as she records The Hazel Wood in the studio.

Children of Blood and Bone

Bahni Turpin in the studio while reading Children of Blood and Bone.

Entering the world of spells and magic, listen to Children of Blood and Bone from smash debut author Tomi Adeyemi, an audiobook set in the once magical land of Orïsha. Long ago everyone in Orïsha was a maji, human born with magical powers, but over time their population slowly began to decline. Magic disappeared forever the day that the monarchy declared war, and for years they’ve made sure that the descendants of maji have stayed below them.

Zélie Adebola is the daughter of one of the most powerful Reapers in maji history, and she will stop at nothing when the chance to restore magic presents itself. Though the road to bringing back magic is a long and dangerous one, the biggest obstacle Zélie faces is herself and the struggle to control her magic.

Bahni Turpin’s performance is authentic and compelling. You’ll will appreciate her carefully crafted narration and the ways in which she breathes life into Adeyemi’s diverse cast of characters.

Sky in the Deep

Publishing on April 24, 2018 is Sky in the Deep, an upcoming audiobook by Adrienne Young, set in the ancient world of the Vikings. Eelyn and her Aska clansmen were raised to be warriors with a purpose: to fight their rivals, the Riki clan, and fight to survive. Eelyn has never lost her focus on the battlefield – until one day, when she sees a ghost from her family’s past fighting on the battlefield, and she is shaken and captured.

In order to return home to her family, Eelyn must partner with some unlikely characters to unite the clans, or they all face the risk of death. Though torn for her love and loyalty to her clan, Eelyn must redefine what it means to be a warrior if she wants to save herself and those she loves.

Khristine Hvam narrates the epic and gripping audiobook, and her reading will put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Her voice keeps up with all the fast-paced action, while still retaining a  grace to match some of the more delicate tones. Hear a sneak peek for yourself!

Thriller Thursday: Alice Feeny’s Sometimes I Lie

Before listening to the new hit release Sometimes I Lie, there are three things you should know about protagonist Amber Reynolds:

  1. She’s in a coma.
  2. Her husband doesn’t love her anymore.
  3. And sometimes, she lies.

Comped to thriller faves Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, Sometimes I Lie by debut author Alice Feeney grabs you from the opening line and takes the trope of the unreliable narrator and spins it on its head. We first meet Amber Reynolds when she is paralyzed and comatose in a hospital – she can hear everything going on around her, but she cannot move or speak. She can’t remember why she’s in the hospital or how she got there, but she does have a sneaking suspicion that her husband had something to do with it.

Amber’s narrative is split between three time periods – her paralyzed present, just before her accident, and a series of diary entries from her childhood twenty years ago – and the listener must fill in the blanks between the three to get to the bottom of her story. Can Amber’s memory be trusted after such a traumatic accident? Can she trust the people claiming to take care of her in recovery? And can something really be a lie if you believe it is the truth?

Beloved thriller narrator Stephanie Racine takes this twisted tale to a new level with her convincing performance that is sure to keep you hooked until the very last second. Racine’s reading oscillates from calm to calamitous and is highly skilled in building suspense and hysteria.

Don’t miss a chance to listen to this thrilling debut! Check out a clip below:

Happy Women’s History Month with Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter

Happy Women’s History Month! Every day is a celebration of the past, present, and future accomplishments of women everywhere, but especially this month we want to take the time to highlight one of our new titles that we hope will inspire you.

Girls Burn Brighter is a new audiobook by Shobha Rao, set in India and America. It follows Poornima and Savitha’s devastating and heartbreaking story, as they navigate the harsh realities of growing up as underprivileged girls in India.

Poornima’s mother was the only source of kindness and positivity in her life, so when she passes, Poornima is left alone to care for the home and her siblings until the inevitable day that she is married off. Then one day she meets Savitha who is warm, independent, and quite intriguing. Savitha inspires Poornima to think beyond the arranged marriage her father wants for her, and even further beyond her claustrophobic Indian village.

When Savitha is driven away by an unspeakable act of cruelty, Poornima leaves her life behind in order to find her friend in Seattle. She vows to do whatever it takes to find Savitha, even if it means embarking on a dangerous journey across continents.

Soneela Nankani beautifully narrates this heartwarming testament to the power of love and friendship between women. She captures the individual voices of both Savitha and Poornima, and artfully conveys their drive, strength, and resilience. Listen to the clip below and drop a comment to let us know some of your favorite titles that celebrate women!

Continue the celebration with a sweepstakes!

We’re giving away an audiobook by another strong woman, Elizabeth Warren’s THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT. Enter here for your chance to win a signed copy!

 

Audiobook Recommendations for St. Patrick’s day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we’re sharing excerpts of some of our favorite titles to celebrate the holiday, with audiobooks ranging from Irish authors to stories set in Ireland. Grab a plate of corned beef and cabbage and get listening!

THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is an Irish author who has written Someone, A Bigamist’s Daughter, After This, Child of My Heart, and more. Her new audiobook The Ninth Hour, narrated by Euan Morton (of Hamilton musical fame) follows a young Irish immigrant in Catholic Brooklyn during the early 20th century. It’s a story of love, anger, and the trials of forgiveness, and Morton’s narration captures the difficulty of sacrifice and loss, while also testifying to the power of love and friendship. Listen below! 

AN IRISH COUNTRY PRACTICE by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Practice is the twelfth installment in Nothern Ireland native Patrick Taylor’s bestselling Irish Country series, and it picks up with Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and his growing practice. All is not sickness and worry, however. There’s plenty of joy and merriment to be found as well, from a visiting circus to racing to sailing . . . and maybe even a happy ending or two. Narrated by John Keating, An Irish Country Practice, is a recipient of AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award! We’ve placed an excerpt below! 

EMERALD GREEN by Kerstin Gier

Don’t worry, YA fans, we’ve thought of you! While this audiobook may not have an Irish connection, it’s title is Emerald Green, and what is St. Patrick’s Day without the color green? Emerald Green is the thrilling final audiobook in Kerstin Gier’s romantic time-travel trilogy. Listen to the excerpt below, if you haven’t listened to the first two, we highly recommend you do. We’ll wait. 

Do you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day themed audiobooks? Let us know in the comments below!

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