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 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 the heart and the mind of 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

From the Studio: Sharon Pywell on Why She Wrote The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life

What prompts an author to write a book that’s the seemingly odd combination of a swashbuckling pirate romance combined with a mystery with a dash of ghost story added in? This week, author Sharon Pywell gets behind the mic to share the story of why she wrote her debut novel The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life.

Listen to an excerpt of The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life audiobook, read by Carly Robins:

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life is now available wherever digital audiobooks are sold: Audible, Audiobooks.comiTunes, NOOK, Libro.fm

A Perilous Adventure into our Country’s Dark Past: Steve Berry’s The Lost Order

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry gets behind the mic for the return of Cotton Malone and a special Writer’s Cut edition of The Lost Order audiobook!

About the audiobook:

The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.

Start listening today with a special, extended excerpt of The Lost Order audiobook, read by narrator Scott Brick and featuring commentary from the author:

Boardwalk Empire meets Sin City in Lara Elena Donnelly’s Debut

Author Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut novel Amberlough follows a gay double agent as he schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Do we have your attention yet?

Cyril DePaul is working his way through the aftermath of a mission that has lead to disastrous results, leaving various political fires smoldering throughout Amberlough City. Cyril thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from his lover Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps Aristide’s moonlighting as a smuggler under wraps. But shielding Aristide from the fallout proves to be less than easy, as he refuses to let anything—not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives—dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she could be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, the three will struggle to survive using whatever means necessary, including each other.

Remember, trust no one with anything—especially in Amberlough City. Listen to an excerpt of the Amberlough audiobook, read by Mary Robinette Kowal:

Amberlough is now available wherever digital audiobooks are sold: Audible, Audiobooks.comiTunes, Libro.fm

8 Great Listens for #IWD2017

International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights, is celebrated annually on March 8. To celebrate #IWD2017, we’ve rounded up eight audiobooks written (and read) by some truly amazing women. From civil rights leader Coretta Scott King and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren to the first African American person to win the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel Nnedi Okorafor, these ladies in literature share stories both from real life and from galaxies far, far away.

Nonfiction for International Women’s Day

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, read by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy

Coretta’s My Life, My Love, My Legacy is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an independent-minded black woman in twentieth-century America. She was a brave leader who stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful in the face of terrorism and violent hatred every single day of her life—a shining example for women today. This audiobook also includes archival recordings of Coretta Scott King with her dear friend, Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren, read by the author

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing audiobook, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families. Hear more in her next audiobook, This Fight Is Our Fight, on sale April 2017.

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu, read by the author

Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball audiobook urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.

The Champion Mindset by Joanna Zeiger, read by the author

Joanna Zeiger is an Olympian, World Champion, and—to top it all off—a Ph.D. The Champion Mindset is a compendium of her own personal journey from struggling novice swimmer to champion. Through steps including proper goal setting, keeping it fun, building your team, intention in training, improving motivation, promoting self-confidence, and mind/body cohesion, among others, Zeiger uses her decades of personal experience, doctoral-level research, and professional success to prepare listeners to go all-in with their mental game.

Fiction for International Women’s Day

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, read by Robin Miles

Nnedi Okorafor is a professor and World Fantasy/Hugo/Nebula Award-winning author of sci-fi and magical futurism. In her 2015 novel Binti, Nnedi takes listeners on an adventure to the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But knowledge comes at a cost, and our heroine Binti’s journey is far from easy.

Infomocracy by Malka Older, read by Christine Marshall

Malka Older is another author with an impressive resume, including humanitarian work and Ph.D candidacy at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. In her debut sci-fi political thriller, Infomocracy, Older introduces a world in which a powerful search engine monopoly has pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy and asks the question: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time when so many have so much to gain?

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, read by Xe Sands

Inspired by the real life and work of poet/ad woman Margaret Fishback, Kathleen Rooney’s debut novel takes listeners on a walk down memory lane through the mean streets of 1980s NYC. Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic, the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber, read by Rebecca Soler

Stephanie Garber’s breakout YA debut Caraval is a sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during the fabled Caraval is only an elaborate performance, but she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game… And whether it’s real or not, she must find her sister before the game is over or her sister disappears forever.

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