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The 100 Most Popular Audiobooks
Jeaniene Frost (read by Tavia Gilbert) – Up From the Grave
Night Huntress series, Book 7. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives–and those of everyone they hold dear–will be hovering on the edge of the grave.
Isabel Allende (read by Edoardo Ballerini) – Ripper
Indiana Jackson is thirty-three years old and works in San Francisco at an alternative medicine clinic that attracts all sorts of characters. Her teenage daughter, Amanda, likes noir literature and hopes to attend MIT. In her free time, she plays Ripper, an online role playing game that involves solving real-life mysteries and crimes using information collected by Amanda’s father, the Chief Inspector of the San Francisco police. When Ripper’s latest murder mystery–the case of the misplaced bat–begins to touch their real-world lives, Amanda and her friends know they must find the murderer before he can strike again.
Nancy Horan (read by Kirsten Potter) – Under the Wide and Starry Sky
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At the age of 35, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium–with her three children and nanny in tow–to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.” By the author of the bestselling Loving Frank.
Robert Knott & Robert B. Parker (read by Rex Linn) – Bull River
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After hunting down murderer and bandito Captain Alejandro Vasquez, Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Everett Hitch return him to Citadel to stand trial. No sooner do they remand Vasquez into custody when a major bank robbery occurs and the lawmen quickly find themselves tasked with a new job: investigate the robbery of Comstock Bank, recover the loot, and bring the criminals to justice.
Charles Todd (read by Simon Prebble) – Hunting Shadows
In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet, isolated Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge can find no connection between the two deaths. One victim was an Army officer, the other a solicitor standing for Parliament; their paths have never crossed. What links these two murders? Is it something from the past? Or is it only in the mind of a clever killer?
Stephanie Laurens (read by McAllister Lee) – Captain Jack’s Woman
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain’s rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling “Kit” Cranmer to surrender. Suddenly Kit finds she’s only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies—little knowing what dangerous forces she’s unleashing, for even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, Captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom and bind her to him with a ring, a promise—and ties of devotion and desire.
Dick Wolf (read by Peter Ganim) – The Execution
A number of bodies are discovered on the United States’ border with Mexico, each carved with a bizarre symbol: a hummingbird. Detective Cecilia Garza arrives at the scene and recognizes the image immediately; it is the calling card of a killer called Chuparosa, a man both feared and celebrated for his cunning and brutality. Meanwhile, It’s United Nations Week in Manhattan and Jeremy Fisk can’t let his grief over a devastating loss keep him from his duty to safeguard the city and the world’s most powerful leaders. Complicating matters is the startling news of a mass murder on the beach in nearby Rockaway and the arrival of a beautiful and assertive Mexican detective determined to do things her way.
Carl Hiaasen (read by Diane Stevenson & Arte Johnson) – Dance of the Reptiles
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Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen’s Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories large and small that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction. Hiaasen offers his commentary, indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff’s trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride.
Suzanne Brockmann (read by Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank) – Do or Die
Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con job. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the US government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not or cannot reveal. But saying no is not an option especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney.
April Smith (read by Bernadette Dunne) – A Star for Mrs. Blake
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The United States Congress in 1929 passed legislation to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons’ graves in France. Over the next three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip. In this emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel, April Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history, imagining the experience of five of these women.
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Kate Seivertson is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.