Thriller Thursday: Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray’s American Drifter

When you mix a New York Times best-selling author with an irresistible celebrity icon—you’ve got a superstar tag team. Best-selling author, Heather Graham, teamed up with actor Chad Michael Murray, to write an action-packed, romance thriller. Murray, who not only co-wrote the book but narrates it as well, was inspired by a vivid dream he had. US Army veteran, River Roulet, chose to eschew his home and the memories of his horrid past, for a fresh new start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. River becomes intoxicated with the ambiance and energy of Rio—but that’s not the only thing he falls for. He meets the free-spirited Natal, who is the perfect embodiment of the joys and pleasures of living in Rio. But there’s always a catch… Natal lives with one of the most notorious gangsters in Rio, Tito Amato. As the couple travels deeper into Brazil, they are chased by both Tito and the Brazilan government. Murray has a way of hypnotizing the listener, keeping them hanging on to every bit of excitement and drama. His narration brings the imagery and beauty of Rio to life, making me want to book a flight to Brazil today. Hear it for yourself by listening to an audiobook excerpt:

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Audiobook New Releases for November 14

Audiobooks that you can finally get today!

 

After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard, narrated by Ari Fliakos

The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower and is not merely tolerated but indulged because, in this world, the Holocaust happened behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain and consumed only Bolsheviks, Communists, and others the West was glad to see gone. In this world there are monsters, and not all of them are human. Carter finds himself working for the German secret security service to uncover the truth behind a major scientific joint project that is going suspiciously well. The trail takes Lovecraft and him to a distant, abandoned island and a conspiracy that threatens everything. To fight it, Lovecraft must walk a perilously narrow path between forbidden knowledge and soul-destroying insanity.

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray, narrated by Chad Michael Murray

A young veteran of the US Army, River Roulet is struggling to shake the horrors of his past. War is behind him, but the memories remain. Desperate to distract himself from the images haunting him daily, River abandons the world he knows and flees to the country he’s always dreamed of visiting: Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is everything he hoped for and more. In the lead-up to Carnaval, the city is alight with music, energy, and life. With a few friends at his side, River seems to be pulling his life together at last. Then he meets the enchanting Natal – who lives with the gangster that rules much of Rio. As their romance blossoms, River and Natal flee together into the interior of Brazil, where they are pursued by the sadistic drug lord, Tio Amato, and his men. When River is forced to kill one of those men, the chase becomes even deadlier. Not only is the powerful drug boss after them, the Brazilian government is on their trail as well. Will the two lovers escape – and will River ever be free of the bloody memories that haunt him?

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified. Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together – and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past – even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown, narrated by the author

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast’s troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet’s slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions – the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. Within the diary’s cinematic minutes, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an “it” magazine come to life. Brown’s Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman’s journey, of making a home in a new country, and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter.

Thriller Thursday: Galt Niederhoffer’s Poison

From the outside, Cass and Ryan Connors present the image of a picture-perfect family. The Connors built the perfect relationship, the perfect home, the perfect careers, and the perfect life… or so it seems. When Ryan is accused of having affair, cracks begin to form in their perfect lives. Galt Niederhoffer does a fantastic job of challenging the comfort and stability that couples expect from marital life in her audiobook, Poison. As the characters lose trust in each other, the listener begins to lose trust in which character’s narrative to believe. Narrator Hillary Huber breathes life into Cass and allows the listener to connect with her on a deeper level. Huber’s greatest skill, however, lies in how she adds layers of drama and complexity to the story with the intensity of her narration. Check it out for yourself by listening to an audiobook excerpt of Poison

Audiobook New Releases for November 7

So many amazing new audiobooks to listen to!

Alone by Brett Archibald, narrated by Byron Mandahl 

In April 2013, 50-year-old Brett Archibald was onboard a surf-charter boat, making a nighttime crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, 60 miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit.

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting, narrated by Jacob Morgan and Muffy Newtown

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him. They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser, narrated by Kate Reading

The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history. But the poorly equipped group of English Puritans who ventured across the Atlantic in the early autumn of 1620 had no sense they would pass into legend. They were ill prepared for the brutal journey and the new land that few of them could comprehend. But the Mayflower story did not end with these Pilgrims’ arrival on the coast of New England or their first uncertain years as settlers. Rebecca Fraser traces two generations of one ordinary family and their extraordinary response to the challenges of life in America. The Mayflower is an intensely human portrait of the Winslow family written with the pace of an epic. Rebecca Fraser details domestic life in the 17th century, the histories of brave and vocal Puritan women, and the contradictions between generations as fathers and sons made the painful decisions that determined their future in America.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies – humans with extraordinary abilities – who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice – and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Valiant Dust by Richard Baker, narrated by Steve West

Valiant Dust combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive military action. Sikander Singh North has always had it easy – until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all while dodging bullets. Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start – but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. This fast-paced audiobook will transport listeners to distant galaxies and fully immerse them in interstellar warfare.

Thriller Thursday: Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks fans, get ready to nerd-out! In Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier, author and co-creator of the series Mark Frost, takes the listener through the 27 years between the 1990 original series and its remake in 2017. So if you’ve spent hours watching the original series on Netflix, or planning on starting the new series on Showtime—or is simply curious about all the hype, the listen is surreal, creepy, and highly addicting. This is the perfect accompaniment to one of the most binge-watchable shows of all time, and no Twin Peaks fan collection would be complete without it. Just as any television junkie knows that 3:30 am “Just one more episode” feeling, this audiobook will keep you listening long after bedtime. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Audiobook New Releases: Halloween Edition

After you recover from your candy hangover, listen to the audiobooks that were released on Halloween!

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams, narrated by Imogen Church

The women in Lara Williams’ debut story collection, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, navigate the tumultuous interval between early 20s and middle age. In “One of Those Life Things”, a young woman struggles to say the right thing at her best friend’s abortion. In “Penguins”, a girlfriend tries to accept her boyfriend’s bizarre sexual fantasy. In “Treats”, a single woman comes to terms with her loneliness. As Williams’ characters attempt to lean in, fall in love, hold together a family, fend off loneliness, and build a meaningful life, we see them alternating between expectation and resignation, giddiness and melancholy, on the roller coaster we all find ourselves on.

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable edited by Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, narrated by Ray Porter.

Joe Ledger is a former Baltimore cop who was recruited into a secret government agency tasked with stopping terrorists who are using bleeding-edge science weapons. The stakes are always high. If you have to call Joe Ledger, it’s already hit the fan! Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry’s “friends in the industry”. Buckle up for powerful, exciting, and nail-biting adventures by Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Weston Ochse, Steve Alten, David Farland, Aaron Rosenberg, James A. Moore, James Ray Tuck, Javier Grillo Marxuach, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Jeremy Robinson, Joe McKinney, Jon McGoran, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Nicholas Seven, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, P. G. Charles, and Dana Fredsti!

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, narrated by Euan Morton

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings – as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up. Add to that her new occupation of keeping a start-up PI venture – the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford – out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor-sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost, narrated by Annie Wersching

The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will flock to see Mark Frost and David Lynch’s inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters we know and love from the first series as well as a pantheon of high-powered actors in new roles, the show will be endlessly debated, discussed, and dissected. While The Secret History of Twin Peaks served to analyze the mysteries of the town and place the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier tells us what happened to key characters in the 25 years between the events of the first series and the second, offering details and insights fans will clamor for. The audiobook also adds context and commentary to the strange and cosmic happenings of the new series. For fans around the world begging for more, Mark Frost’s final thoughts, as expressed in this audiobook, will be required listening.

Spooky Sounds for All

Wherever you fall on the spectrum from sturdy to skittish, Macmillan Audio has Halloween audiobooks for you.

If you can sit through two hours of big-screen slashing without breaking a sweat…

We’ve got an audiobook for you.

If you can only watch The Sixth Sense through squinted eyes, or from the safe distance of another room…

We’ve got an audiobook for you.

Imagine, if you will, one of the greatest moments in television history, the moment when demigod Oprah Winfrey bestowed a fleet of Pontiacs upon a roomful of screaming fans.

Now imagine audiobooks.

EVERYBODY GETS AN AUDIOBOOK!

For the Fantastically Fearless

You are as solid and impenetrable as Fort Knox. You’ve seen so many interchangeable bloodbaths that you’re getting a bit bored. Now it’s time to familiarize yourself with an epic horror audiobook that’s as beautifully written as it is terrifying. The Scarlet Gospels is a New York Times bestselling classic from horror master Clive Barker. This thrilling audiobook reintroduces listeners to two of Barker’s most iconic characters as they engage in a battle of good and evil. Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes, faces off against his archenemy, Pinhead, the priest of Hell. Bloody, chilling, and brilliantly complex, Barker fans and new listeners alike will find themselves pleasantly trapped within The Scarlet Gospels.

For the Average Adventurer

Some things scare you, other things don’t. For you, variety and pace matter more than blood and guts. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable is a gripping collection of short stories edited by New York Times bestselling Gore Guru Jonathan Maberry, and Hugo Award-nominee Bryan Thomas Schmidt. In this fast-paced audiobook thriller, every listener’s favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he’s brought friends. Buckle up for terrifying, graphic stories from the likes of Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, and Joe McKinney. A perfect mix of underground crime and modern horror, this audiobook anthology is not for the weak of heart — but it won’t give you a heart attack either.

For the Typically Timid

Your nerve center is wound tighter than a compressed spring, and taking the trash out after dark is cause for some serious perspiration. There’s no shame in being a bit of a weenie. For you, we’ve selected a gentler, humorous audiobook to get you in the Halloween spirit. First Grave on the Right is the first book in Darynda Jones’ beloved Charley Davidson series. In this quirky audiobook, listeners are introduced to Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people, and it’s her job to convince them to ‘go into the light.’ But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. The winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book, First Grave on the Right will turn first-time listeners into diehard fans — just in time for 2018’s final installment, The Trouble With Twelfth Grave!

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Thriller Thursday: Michelle Adams’s If You Knew My Sister

Dr. Irini Harringford was given away when she was four-years-old, but her parents decided to keep her sister and she has always wondered why. Years later Irini’s sister, Elle, gets in touch with her, but Irini is still at ease about this new, yet familiar, person who is back in her life. Irini is drawn to Elle but terrified at the same time of the sway her enigmatic sister holds. You won’t be able to stop listening when Irini attempts to protect herself from her family’s toxic web of secrets and begins to piece together the real reason she was given away. Listen to an excerpt below!

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