New Release Tuesday: LoveMurder by Saul Black

Saul Black’s tough-guy prose combine perfectly with Christina Delaine’s hard-nosed narration in LoveMurder. Centered around Valerie Hart, the same detective from Black’s critically acclaimed debut, The Killing Lessons, LoveMurder takes the listener deep into the psyche of a sadistic killer. In this audiobook, Saul Black further cements his reputation as the Thomas Harris of the 21st century.

Valerie Heart must use her only asset, the beautiful and brilliant serial killer Katherine Glass, to catch a new killer on the loose. Delaine perfectly balances the gruff masculine voices and more delicate females ones with deft skill. Over and above the heart pounding suspense, Black has a powerful talent for humor in his dialogue. For fans of Silence of the Lambs, this is a can’t miss! Hear for yourself by listening to an audiobook excerpt of LoveMurder, read to you by Christina Delaine:

Mystery Monday: Paul Doiron’s Knife Creek

In a journey that begins with a hunt to rid the Maine forests of feral swine, game warden Mike Bowditch is dragged deep into the reopening of a long forgotten cold case surrounding the accidental death of a young woman nearly four years ago. Author Paul Doiron’s prose will encapsulate the listener in the living, breathing Maine wilderness and the rural northeastern culture he lives in. Return narrator Henry Leyva, weaves the tale together with a suggestive tone that always seems to beg the listener to remember every detail of this sprawling mystery. Every snap of a twig under Mike Bowditch’s boot will draw the listener deeper into the forest and nearer to the edge of their seat as Mike Bowditch begins to question everything around him … even the people he once trusted. Listen to an audiobook excerpt of Knife Creek, read by Henry Leyva: 

 

B. A. Paris’s New Psychological Suspense Audiobook: The Breakdown

B. A. Paris follows up her debut best-seller, Behind Closed Doors, with this new chilling psychological suspense audiobook, The Breakdown. Georgia Maguire reprises her role as narrator and delivers her usual masterful performance – mixing a soft, sanguine tone in lighter moments with a rougher, more ominous one during points of great suspense. From the very first minute, the listener’s heart will pound as the mystery unfolds.

On a rainy night, Cass is driving home from a party down a winding road. She spots the tail lights of a parked car and inside, sees a woman who seems to be in no signs of distress. After trying to get her attention, Cass quickly gives up and drives home. The next morning, she finds out that the woman had been found dead and cannot seem to get the chilling event out of her mind. Cass begins to question her sanity – she is plagued with forgetfulness and faces paranoia. B. A. Paris takes the listener on a suspenseful journey that has drawn comparisons to The Girl on the Train. Listen to an excerpt of The Breakdown audiobook, read to you by Georgia Maguire:

Sound Clip Saturday: Sharon Salzberg’s Real Love: The Art of Mindful Meditation

Close out your week with mindfulness practice, meditations, and exercises by listening to Sharon Salzberg’s Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Real Love explores different notions of love and examines the essence of loving yourself and others. This audiobook is great for personal development and brings to light some biases and barriers that prevent people from experiencing love. Salzberg does a superb job at guiding listeners through the exercises and meditations and stressing the importance of powerful connections.The easy-to-do exercises are effective and bring listeners closer to the healing force of true connection. Her narration is deeply personal and brings the book’s scenarios and anecdotes to life.

Listen to an excerpt of Real Love: the Art of Mindful Meditation, read by Sharon Salzberg:

First Listen: Omar Robert Hamilton’s The City Always Wins

Omar Robert Hamilton’s debut novel The City Always Wins offers a story from the front line of a revolution. Taking listeners into the hearts and minds of the revolutionaries embroiled in the 2011 uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, this audiobook captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could. At times, it can be easy for an outsider to watch protests of a foreign despot on television; but what is it like to be on the streets with a bullhorn? What is it like to mourn dozens of compatriots at a time? Most importantly, what is it like to fail with the whole world watching? All of this and more is explored in Hamilton’s novel, guided by Peter Ganim’s chillingly somber voice. This beautifully lyrical novel is bound to touch any listener.

Listen to an excerpt of The City Always Wins audiobook, read by Peter Ganim:

Listen Before You Watch: Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Before you sit down to watch Showtime’s much-anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival this weekend, be sure to check out Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks audiobook. Read by a full cast, including “Twin Peaks” co-creator/author Mark Frost and original cast members like Kyle MacLachlan and Russ Tamblyn, The Secret History of Twin Peaks is a wide-ranging history of the iconic town. The audiobook deepens the mysteries surrounding Twin Peaks in ways that will thrill diehard fans of the original series.

Listen to an excerpt of this Audies 2017 finalist for Excellence in Production:

The Secret History of Twin Peaks is now available as an unabridged CD and digital download: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Audiobooks.com, IndieBound, Libro.fm

Sound Clip Saturday: Fake Plastic Love

If you’re a fan of Jay Gatsby and loved “La La Land,” don’t miss Kimberley Tait’s fabulous debut novel Fake Plastic Love. Four bright young millennials charge into the real world with all the unfounded confidence that goes along with being 22. But as the financial crisis bears down and social media grows ever more ubiquitous, style and substance become increasingly difficult to distinguish. In this fake plastic world, what do success and friendship and love even look like?

Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by Khristine Hvam:

Sound Clip Saturday: Back Over There

April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One—a war in which millions of Americans fought and more than 50,000 died in combat. In The Last of the Doughboys, author Richard Rubin introduced listeners to this largely forgotten generation of Americans. Rubins interviewed the war’s last survivors face-to-face and knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. So he did… and discovered that while most Americans regard that war as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, WWI remains very much alive.

Years later, Rubin decided to go back Over There to follow the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti and ubiquitous artifacts. But what he wasn’t expecting to find was an abiding fondness for America and Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories they embody while patiently waiting for Americans to return and reclaim their own history and heritage.

Based on his wildly popular New York Times series, Richard Rubins’ Back Over There audiobook is a timely journey, in turns reverent and iconoclastic but always fascinating, through a place where the past and present are never really separated. Listen to an excerpt of the Back Over There audiobook, read for you by the author:

Back Over There is now available as an unabridged CD and digital download: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Audiobooks.com, IndieBound, Libro.fm

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