June is Audiobook month and, to celebrate, we are presenting our favorite audiobooks of the year so far AND giving away a free copy of High Midnight, by Rob Mosca! Check out the list below and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Our Favorite Fiction:
Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Sereis: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, & Imago, narrated by Aldrich Barrett.
The Story: In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is “awakened,” she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever. Bonded to the aliens in ways no human has ever known, Lilith tries to fight them even as her own species comes to fear and loathe her. A stunning story of invasion and alien contact by one of science fiction’s finest writers.
Narrator Review: “Her pronunciation of a fictional language was brilliant. She was easy to understand, she did very well with the subtle nuances that indicated a different character was speaking, especially considering how many characters ended up being introduced.”
Michael Smerconish’s Talk, narrated by James Edward Thomas
The story: An explosive novel exposing the inner workings of conservative talk radio and campaign politics from New York Times best-selling author and one of America’s leading talk-radio hosts and political commentators, Michael Smerconish.
Stan Powers finds himself at a crossroads. Poised to take the last step in his unlikely ascent to the top of conservative talk radio, his conscience may not let him. Set amid the backdrop of “the most important presidential election of our lifetime”, Powers – as the most influential voice in Tampa’s hotly contested I-4 Corridor – holds the key to Florida, and therefore the Oval Office. His on-air attacks singlehandedly put an abrupt end to the top candidates’ main competitors in the primaries, and now he is in the singular position to influence who wins the highest elected office in the world. Will he continue playing the game according to his cynical advisors, or listen to his own conscience and drop an even bigger bomb than expected?
With a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, deeply developed characters and interconnected plotlines, and one of the most shocking and rewarding denouements you’ll ever experience, this is the perfect political thriller for today’s America.
Narrator review: Was Talk worth the listening time?
“Yes, I did listen to it twice.”
Alex Hughes’s Marked (Mindspace Investigations #3), narrated by Daniel Thomas May
The Story: Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.
When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.
Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death…
Narrator review: What does Daniel May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
“I though Daniel May did a fine, fine job. He was credible with the different characters, which made them stand out. I like it when a narrator does this, it enhances the story and brings additional life to the characters.”
Kristin Scott’s Motherlunge, narrated by Leslie Bellair
The Story: Motherlunge is an eloquent and irreverent debut audiobook about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry; it’s about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It’s motherly advice, too – featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine – a guide to the essential experiences of being female, “born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight”, waiting for the future to arrive.
With sly wit and surprising joy, Motherlunge considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside. Funny and smart…in Thea and those around her Scott has created characters we believe in and wish well, characters who feel real – strange and sad and happy, like real people are.
Matthe Jobin’s The Nethergrim, narrated by Jeremy Arthur
The Story: Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes’ honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!
Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together – and work apart – in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.
In a story reminiscent of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic and the Chronicles of Narnia, Matthew Jobin weaves reality, magic, and adventure into the next great fantasy phenomenon.
Narrator review: “The Nethergrim is a great book, I have already reviewed the print version. I purchased the audio version because I like to listen to audiobooks and podcasts on my commute to work, and so far I have been very pleased with the quality of the narration.”
Rob Mosca’s High Midnight, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark
This one just released a few weeks ago and it is one of our favorites, probably ever.
High Midnight is a modern day supernatural Western set against a preternatural backdrop. It is a surreal trip into a world of fanciful cryptid-creatures – a menagerie of monstrosities that literally crawl from a crater perched at the mouth of Hell. The ‘Devil’s Outhouse’ emits both a stink and an allure for vagrants, vagabonds and those wishing to be lost or forgotten – or simply left alone. It is the perfect place to build a nowhere town.
Welcome to Unity, Texas. Population: Bizarre. The only thing protecting the residents of Unity from a stream of nightmares is Laredo Beaumont, the town’s hard-drinking, ass-kicking sheriff, and Cicero, his knife-wielding chimpanzee deputy. It’s a thankless job that leaves Laredo drained and nearly broken. The only solace he can find is in the arms of his beloved Sally Mae, a ghostly soiled dove from a phantom bordello where only the most daring of men would think to step foot.
But midnight is fast approaching Unity, leaving Laredo to face not only creatures from Hell and the walking dead, but a band of homicidal clowns who have their own score to settle. A gonzo pulp Western for the 21st Century, High Midnight is a timeless tale of blood and redemption.
Review by the narrator: “I absolutely love the pulp genres and I got to do so many fun character voices on this one that I just had a blast. Plus it’s got a drunk chimpanzee with a sniper rifle. I mean, seriously, go back and read that last sentence. How is that not the best thing ever?”
Maybe even better than a drunk champanzee with a sniper rifle – how about a free download of High Midnight?
Enter to win a copy of High Midnight, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark! Click here!