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Great New Summer Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Mystery

Some of our staff's favorite new science fiction, fantasy, and mystery audiobooks from Summer, 2017.

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The Witches of New York

A Novel

By Ami McKay
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 14 hours 21 minutes

Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply.

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in... Read more »

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The Couple Next Door

A Novel

By Shari Lapena
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes


Shari Lapena’s new thriller, AN UNWANTED GUEST, is available now!

The twists come as fast [as] you can turn the pages. People

Provocative and shocking.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline.  The suspense was...
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Dark Matter

A Novel

By Blake Crouch
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Dark Matter

“Dark Matter is equal parts science fiction, thriller, and theoretical self-examination, complete with an overarching love story. Crouch does a fantastic job of keeping readers grounded while traveling through multiple dimensions, and he offers introspection on how each of the life choices a person makes recreates that person in a new and profound way. I tore through this, waiting for --and finding -- a spectacular conclusion. A must-read!”

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The Service of the Dead

A Kate Clifford Mystery
The Kate Clifford Series: Book #1

By Candace Robb
Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

Expertly recreating the social and political upheavals of late medieval Europe, acclaimed author Candace Robb introduces a new series starring Kate Clifford, a woman forged on the warring northern marches of fourteenth-century England.Political unrest permeates York at the cusp of the fifteenth century, as warring factions take sides on who... Read more »

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Underground Airlines

By Ben H. Winters
Narrated by: William DeMeritt
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Underground Airlines

“Winters has managed to aim a giant magnifying glass at the problem of institutionalized racism in America in a way that has never been done before. This Orwellian allegory takes place in the present day but in a United States where Lincoln was assassinated before he ever became president, the Civil War never took place, and slavery still exists in four states, known as the Hard Four. In agile prose that manages to convey the darkest of humors, Winters tackles the most sensitive of issues such as the motivations of misguided white liberals involved in racial politics, the use of racial profiling, and the influence of racism on the very young. Underground Airlines is the most important book of the summer. Read it.”

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The Marsh King's Daughter

By Karen Dionne
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

The Marsh King's Daughter

“After a childhood in the wilds of Northern Michigan, where her rugged, brutal father was the center of her world, Helena has made a new life with a family who doesn't know her past. Now she and her father are hunting each other and Helena must use all the skills he taught her to survive. Fascinating, dark, and disturbing, The Marsh King's Daughter is a psychological thriller most compelling in its rich descriptions of the survivalist training of a very tough little girl.”

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Roses and Rot

By Kat Howard
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this critically acclaimed debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman, American Gods).

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who... Read more »

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Lying Game

A Novel

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hours 39 minutes


“So many questions...Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People

“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you... Read more »

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Ghost Month

By Ed Lin
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

August is Ghost Month in Taiwan—a time to commemorate thedead: burn incense, visit shrines, honor ancestors, and avoid unluckysituations, large purchases, and bodies of water. Jing-nan, a young man whoruns a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, doesn’t consider himselfsuperstitious, but this August is going to haunt him no matter what... Read more »

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Tomorrow's Kin

Book 1 of the Yesterday's Kin Trilogy
The Yesterday's Kin Trilogy: Book #1

By Nancy Kress
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes

Aliens have landed in New York.A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now the plague is heading for Earth, threatening humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure?Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing... Read more »

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A Novel

By Thomas Mullen
Narrated by: Andre Holland
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener. Read more »

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