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This week features releases from familiar bestselling authors, social media nonfiction, and some newly published authors. Check out what’s new in audiobooks this week.

Mystery/Thrillers to Keep You Awake at Night

Bestselling author James Lee Burkeoffers up Rain Gods (read by Will Patton), a departure from his Cajun detective Robicheaux series.

Hackberry Holland, a small town sheriff in Texas, discovers the bodies of nine murdered illegal aliens behind a church. Holland, unseen since Burke’s 1971 novel, Lay down My Sword and Shield; will have to work hard to win over Burke’s Robicheaux fans!

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke AudiobookIn Guardian of Lies

In Guardian of Lies (narrated by George Guidall), Steve Martini brings back attorney Paul Madriani in a tense story of lies and murder. This tenth installment in the series featuring Madriani promises to be the most thrilling yet.

Chick Lit Queen

Jennifer Weiner is well-known to chick lit fans as the author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes. This week she introduces Best Friends Forever (read by Kate Baldwin and Rick Holmes); a novel that finds two former BFFs reunited 15 years after their last encounter in a tale of loyalty and secrets.

Historical Fiction Dilemma

Sarah Dunant’s Sacred Hearts (narrated by Rosalyn Landor) returns to Renaissance Italy, the setting of her earlier novel The Birth of Venus, to tell the story of Serafina. As a novice at the Santa Caterina convent where her father has sent her to thwart a forbidden romance, Serafina’s only wish is escape.

Sci-Fi is Out of This World

Honor of the Queen (read by Allyson Johnson), the latest entry in the Honor Harrington Series by David Weber, pits the Kingdom of Manticore against the Republic of Haven.

Literary Fiction Explores Characters

In the Heart of the Canyon Elisabeth Hyde AudiobookIn the Heart of the Canyon, Elisabeth Hyde (read by Cassandra Campbell and Mark Deakins) takes readers on a white water rafting journey through the Grand Canyon as well as the through the lives of the people on the expedition

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (narration by Sile Bermingham), features 18-year-old Fergus McCann, a young man who steals into the Irish Republic to steal peat for fuel and discovers a small body.

The extraordinary author passed away in 2007 from cancer. The proceeds from this book will go into a trust to support reading in young people in socially deprived areas.

Nonfiction – Just the Facts

Ben Mezrich offers an inside look at Social Media in The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal, and the Founding of Facebook (narrated by Mike Chamberlain).  If you have ever wondered how the enormously popular Facebook got its start, check out this story of two Harvard grads whose goal was to increase their chances with the women.

Christopher Steiner offers information in $20 per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better (read by John Wolfe).

The Forbes magazine reporter projects our future in terms of the price of gas. Happy Listening!

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