New Arrivals · Audiobooks—Fiction

August 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Artificial condition [sound recording]

August 16, 2018
Wells, Martha, author.
℗2018
3 audio discs (3 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Kevin R. Free.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure." It has a dark past-one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

Tailspin

August 13, 2018
Brown, Sandra, 1948- author.
[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2018].
11 audio discs (approximately 13 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Victor Slezak.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
Rye Mallet is a pilot with a reputation for delivering cargo to far-off locations. But after a sabotage attempt leads to a crash landing, Mallet becomes involved something bigger than a delivery.

Big guns : a novel

August 13, 2018
Israel, Steve, author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2018]
8 audio discs (9 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Jonathan Davis.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
When Chicago's Mayor Michael Rodriguez starts a national campaign to ban handguns from America's cities, towns, and villages, Otis Cogsworth, the wealthy chairman and CEO of Cogsworth International Arms worries about the effects on his company. In response he and lobbyist Sunny McCarthy convince an Arkansas congressman to introduce federal legislation mandating that every American must own a firearm. Events soon escalate. Asabogue's Mayor Lois Leibowitz passes an ordinance to ban guns in the town; right in Otis Cogsworth's backyard. Otis retaliates by orchestrating a recall election against Lois and Jack Steele. Even though the election is for the mayor of a village on Long Island, Steele brings in the big guns of American politics to defeat Lois: political consultants, Super PACs, and celebrities. Soon, thousands of pro-gun and anti-gun partisans descend on Asabogue, along with an assortment of heavily armed rightwing militias and the national news media.

The poet X

August 13, 2018
Acevedo, Elizabeth, author, narrator.
[New York] : Harper Audio, [2018]
3 audio discs (3 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Title from container.
Compact discs.
Harlem. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers-- especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.

Better late than never [sound recording]

August 10, 2018
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2018]
7 audio discs (8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Maria Howell and Peter J. Fernandez.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
The horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as his daughter Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, takes a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within?

Clock dance [sound recording]: a novel

August 10, 2018
Tyler, Anne, author.
[New York] : Penguin Random House, [2018]
8 audio discs (9 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kimberly Farr.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
When Willa Drake gets a call telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything to look after this woman. But the impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory.

Girl mans up [sound recording]

August 10, 2018
Girard, M-E, author.
New York, NY : Harper Audio, [2016]
8 audio discs (9 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Emma Galvin.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth, that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she'll have to man up.

Spindle fire [sound recording]

August 10, 2018
Hillyer, Lexa, author.
New York, NY : Harper Audio, [2017]
7 audio discs (8 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Fiona Hardingham.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites. Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries, Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. Then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood, a Faerie Queen who is preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm, and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

The day of the dead [sound recording] : a novel

August 10, 2018
French, Nicci, author.
[New York] : Harper Audio, 2018.
9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Beth Chalmers.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
The final novel in the internationally best selling series featuring London psychologist Frieda Klein, one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary suspense fiction.

The other woman [sound recording]

August 10, 2018
Silva, Daniel, 1960- author.
℗2018
9 audio discs (11 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by George Guidall.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
After his asset inside Russian intelligence is assassinated, Gabriel's search for the truth leads him to the twentieth century's greatest act of treason.

Murder, simply stitched

August 9, 2018
Alan, Isabella, author.
Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, [2015]
7 audio discs (8.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Cris Dukehart.
The second book in Isabella Alan's Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series has Angie trying to solve a murder that implicates her closest friend in Rolling Brook.

Pale as death [sound recording]

August 3, 2018
Graham, Heather, author.
[New York] : Harlequin Audio, [2018] ℗2018
7 audio discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Luke Daniels.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Tackling a case that disturbingly echoes the infamous Black Dahlia killing, LAPD detective Sophie Manning partners with FBI paranormal consultant Bruce McFadden when she begins to experience ghostly visits.

The money shot [sound recording]

August 3, 2018
Woods, Stuart.
New York, NY : Penguin Audio, [2018] ℗2018
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Tony Roberts.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Disguising himself as a stuntman to investigate blackmail threats against an actress starring in a new production, Teddy Fay discovers that the perpetrators are looking for something other than money.

Serpentine [sound recording]

August 3, 2018
Hamilton, Laurell K., author.
[New York] : Penguin Audio, [2018]
12 audio discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kimberly Alexis.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight.

In Farleigh Field

August 3, 2018
Bowen, Rhys, author.
[Grand Haven, Michigan] : Brilliance Audio, [2017]
10 audio discs (11 hr., 48 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by Gemma Dawson.
Title from container.
Compact discs.
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela's family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela's help, stop them before England falls?

Double blind

July 27, 2018
Johansen, Iris, author.
[Prince Frederick, Maryland] : Recorded Books, [2018]
8 audio discs (9 hr., 15 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Elisabeth Rodgers.
Title from disc surface.
Compact discs.
Kendra Michaels, formerly blind and now a hired gun for law enforcement agencies that rely on her sharp powers of observation, is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they've brought to her. But then she hears the details: The body was found just blocks away from Kendra's condo. The young woman was carrying an envelope with Kendra's name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. The woman died trying to get the video to Kendra, but for what purpose? Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to stop a killer whose nightmarish plan is slowly becoming clear.

A measure of darkness : a novel

July 27, 2018
Kellerman, Jonathan, author.
[New York] : Penguin Random House, [2018]
7 audio discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris.
Compact discs.
It's been a busy year for Alameda County Coroner's Deputy Clay Edison. He's solved a decades-old crime and redeemed an innocent man--earning himself a suspension in the process. Things are getting serious with his girlfriend. And his brother's fresh out of prison, bringing with him a great big basket of crazy. Then the call comes in the middle of the night. It's a bad one. A party in West Oakland. An argument with the neighbors. A crowd in the street. Two guns, firing at random, spreading chaos and death. Nobody knows the body count yet. What Clay does know is this: it's going to be a long, long night. Longer than he ever could have imagined. Because when the dust settles, there's an extra victim. One who can't be accounted for. A young woman, strangled instead of shot, without ID and a stranger to all. She is Jane Doe. She is the Unknown. Clay's journey to give her a name and bring her justice will lead him into the bizarre--a seductive world where innocence and perversity meet and mingle; where right and wrong begin to blur.

Feared

July 27, 2018
Scottoline, Lisa.
[New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2018]
9 audio discs (10.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kate Burton.
Compact discs.
Machiavelli, a corrupt lawyer, files a lawsuit that shakes the DiNunzio clan to its foundations. Mary steps in to fight back, but Machiavelli is a more than worthy adversary.

The word is murder : a novel

July 27, 2018
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2018]
7 audio discs (9 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by Rory Kinnear.
Title from disc surface.
Compact discs.
When a wealthy woman is found murdered after planning her own funeral service, disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate.

The good fight

July 26, 2018
Steel, Danielle, author.
[Prince Frederick, MD] : Recorded Books, [2018]
7 audio discs (8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Dan John Miller.
Title from disc surface.
Compact discs.
Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils the gripping chronicle of a young woman discovering a passion for justice and of the unsung heroes she encounters on her quest to fight the good fight.

The dime

July 26, 2018
Kent, Kathleen, 1953- author.
℗2017
9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Cynthia Farrell.
Title from disc surface.
Compact discs.
Betty Rhyzyk, Brooklyn's toughest female police detective, relocates to rough-and-tumble Dallas, Texas, where she must contend with a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend.

Mister Tender's girl

July 25, 2018
Wilson, Carter (Novelist)
Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2018]
9 audio discs (10 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
"How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender? At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn't exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice's own father in a series of popular graphic novels. Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear..."--Page 4 of cover.

Pandora's boy [sound recording]

July 24, 2018
Davis, Lindsey, author.
℗2018
9 audio discs (11 hr.) : CD audio, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Jane Collingwood.
Unabridged.
Duration: 11:00:00.
"First-century Rome is not the quiet, orderly city that it pretends to be. Over on the Quirinal Hill, a naive young girl has died, and there's a suggestion that she was poisoned by a love potion. Looking into the matter, Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, soon discovers the young girl was a handful, and her so-called friends were not as friendly as they should have been. When a friend of Albia is murdered, things take an even more serious turn"--Container cover.

A million Junes

July 24, 2018
Henry, Emily, author.
[New York] : Listening Library, [2017]
9 audio discs (10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Julia Whelan.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
A story about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

The quiet side of passion [sound recording]

July 20, 2018
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-, author.
℗2018
8 sound discs (9 hr.) : digital, 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Davina Porter.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Isabel finds herself befriended by Patricia, a single mother whose son, Basil, goes to school with Isabel's son. Isabel discovers that Basil is the product of an affair Patricia had with a well-known Edinburgh organist, also named Basil, who was, rumor has it, initially reluctant to contribute financially to the child's upkeep. Though Isabel doesn't really like Patricia, she tries to be civil and supportive, but when she sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man who peddles fake antiquities, her suspicions are aroused and she begins to investigate the paternity of Basil Jr. When Isabel takes her suspicions to Basil Sr., she finds that, although paying child support is taking a severe financial toll on him, he likes the idea of being the boy's father and, in fact, wishes he could have more of a relationship with Basil Jr. Patricia, however, has no interest in Basil Sr. taking a more hands-on role in Basil Jr.'s parenting, even as she continues to accept his financial support. Should Isabel help someone who doesn't want to be helped? As Isabel navigates this ethically-complex situation, she is also dealing with her niece, Cat, who has taken up with a tattoo artist. Isabel considers herself open-minded, but has Cat pushed it too far this time? As ever, Isabel must use her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action.

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