New Arrivals · Audiobooks—Fiction

September 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The testaments

September 18, 2019
Atwood, Margaret, 1939- author, narrator.
℗2019, ©2019
11 audio discs (13 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mae Whitman ; with Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, and the author.
Title from disc label.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

The world that we knew : a novel

September 17, 2019
Hoffman, Alice, author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2019]
8 audio discs (ca. 10 hr., 8 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Judith Light.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked. Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.

Frankly in love : a novel

September 17, 2019
Yoon, David, author.
New York, New York : Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, [2019]
8 audio discs (10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Raymond J. Lee.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo. His term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents' traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance, 'Date Korean,' which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful, and white.

Inland : a novel

September 17, 2019
Obreht, Téa, author.
℗2019
11 audio discs (13 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Anna Chlumsky and Edoardo Ballerini with Euan Morton.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
"In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman, alone in a house abandoned by the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her two older sons, who have gone in search of their father after his return is delayed. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, a boy with a bad eye who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and a seventeen year old maid named Josie, her husband's cousin who communes with spirits. Lurie is the son of a dead dockworker, a former outlaw, and a man haunted by ghosts--he sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires an epic journey across the West. The way in which Nora and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the classical American genre of the Western, making it entirely--and unforgettably--her own"-- Provided by publisher.

Things you save in a fire

September 17, 2019
Center, Katherine, author.
℗2019
8 audio discs (approximately 9.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Thérèse Plummer.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
When her estranged, ailing mother asks her to move to Boston, firefighter Cassie Hanwell becomes the only woman in her new firehouse, where she faces discrimination, low funding, and her unwanted attraction to a fellow firefighter.

The whisper man

September 17, 2019
North, Alex, 1976- author.
New York, N.Y. : Macmillan Audio, 2019.
8 audio discs (9 hr., 38 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Christopher Eccleston.
Title from container.
Compact discs.
"After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank. But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed "The Whisper Man," for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night. Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter's crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window." --Jacket.

Spirit of the season [sound recording]

September 16, 2019
Michaels, Fern, author.
℗2019
7 sound discs (8 hr.) : digital, 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Susan Bennett.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly. But when she learns the terms of Nana's will, she's shocked - and more than a little irked. Joy moved to Colorado years ago and is now CEO of a successful nail polish company. Her life and career are in Denver. How can Nana have expected her to give that up, even temporarily, to take over a bed and breakfast in North Carolina for six months? Yet there's no denying Heart and Soul's charm, especially at holiday time. The B&B is always elaborately decorated for the season, with themed guest rooms and dazzling lawn displays created for the annual Parade of Homes competition. The entire town takes part in the festivities, and soon Joy, too, is joining in the gingerbread house contest and letting her reservations melt away. There's another special reason for Heart and Soul's popularity. Rumor has it that, during holiday season, guests can be reunited with the spirit of a loved one who's passed on. Joy's skeptical, yet she feels her beloved Nana's influence all around her... perhaps even indulging in a little matchmaking between Joy and handsome estate attorney Will Drake.

The stalking

September 12, 2019
Graham, Heather, author.
[New York, N.Y.] : Harper Audio, [2019]
7 audio discs (9 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Roger Wayne.
Compact discs.
With the execution of a serial killer known as the Artiste, Cheyenne Donegal thinks a grim part of her past is finally put to rest. Her cousin had been the twisted killer's final victim, and then-teenage Cheyenne was integral in bringing him to justice. That tragedy drove her to become an FBI agent. And now she's back in Louisiana because someone is murdering young women in the same manner as the Artiste. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard has deep ties in New Orleans and Cajun country beyond. He knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. Has a deadly threat been resurrected, or does someone have a dark inspiration? With the life of a missing woman on the line, Cheyenne and Andre have to set aside their doubts about each other and work to discover the truth. The case is too close and too personal, but they can't let it go, especially now that a ruthless killer has turned the tables and is hunting them.

The shape of night : a novel

September 12, 2019
Gerritsen, Tess, author.
[Grand Haven, MI] : Brilliance Audio, Inc., 2019.
8 audio discs (ca. 9 hr., 24 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Hillary Huber.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie's Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house, until she starts to hear strange noises.

Pet

September 11, 2019
Emezi, Akwaeke, author.
℗2019
5 audio discs (5.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Christopher Myers.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told.

The last widow

September 9, 2019
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Publishing, [2019]
13 audio discs (16 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kathleen Early.
Compact discs.
On a serene summer Sunday, a routine admission for a run-of-the-mill surgery at Atlanta's Emory Hospital goes tragically wrong, setting off a catastrophic wave of destruction that sends the facility and the surrounding area into lockdown. One of the city's largest and most prestigious institutions, Emory is situated near the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI counter-terrorism headquarters, and a large children's hospital. Anything that happens there has repercussions for the entire city, the state of Georgia, and possibly the entire nation. A few miles away, medical examiner Sara Linton is enduring an awkward lunch with her mother, her aunt, and her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the sudden wail of sirens blaring in the distance cuts the uncomfortable get-together short, drawing her and Will to the scene. Within an hour the situation at Emory has spiraled out of control-Sara has been taken prisoner and Will forced undercover, on a case in which thousands of lives are at stake. That "routine admission" at Emory was the opening maneuver in a perilous game of hunter and prey that leads him out of Atlanta into the Appalachians, to a remote compound where a radical group has hatched a diabolical plan for murder on a massive scale that will rock the nation if it isn't stopped.

The titanic secret [sound recording]

September 9, 2019
Cussler, Clive, author.
℗2019
9 audio discs (11 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Scott Brick.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
When NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds a document inside an antiquated submersible left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell, it reopens a mystery involving an international power scheme aimed at seizing control of a rare element.

At death's door [sound recording]

September 6, 2019
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
[New York, NY] : Macmillan Audio, [2019]
8 audio discs (9 hr., 15 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in..
Read by Holter Graham.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Valynda Moore was born cursed. So when she dies as the result of a spell gone wrong and is trapped in the body of a voodoo doll, she expects nothing else from her messed up life. Until Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, offers her a chance at redemption and a new life. But nothing has ever gone her way, for the Malachai, the very beast she and her crew of Deadmen have sworn to keep locked away, has risen. And this time he's taken prisoners. Valynda must keep her wits about her or be denied her salvation and forced to watch as the entire world falls into the hands of absolute evil.

The Institute [sound recording]

September 6, 2019
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
[New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2019]
16 audio discs (19 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Santino Fontana.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents, telekinesis, and telepathy, who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, 'like the roach motel,' Kalisha says. 'You check in, but you don't check out.' In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.

Killer instinct [sound recording]

September 6, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947-
[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2019]
6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 30 min.) : CD audiom, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Edoardo Ballerini.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
The murder of an Ivy League professor pulls Dr. Dylan Reinhart out of his ivory tower and onto the streets of New York, where he reunited with his old partner, Detective Elizabeth Needham. As the worst act of terror since 9/11 strikes the city, a name on the casualty list rocks Dylan's world. Is his secret past about to be brought to light?

The last good guy [sound recording]

August 29, 2019
Parker, T. Jefferson, author.
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Audio, 2019.
8 audio discs (10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Will Damron.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Private Investigator Roland Ford hunts for a missing teenager and uncovers a dark conspiracy in his most personal case yet. When hired by a beautiful and enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, private investigator Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. He is soon swept up in a web of lies and secrets as he searches for the teenager, and even his new client cannot be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist, and finally, to the girl herself.

Lovely war

August 28, 2019
Berry, Julie, 1974- author.
[New York] : Random House/Listening Library, [2019]
11 audio discs (12 hr., 57 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Allan Corduner, Jayne Entwistle & Julie Berry.
Title from disc.
"Includes original music."--Cover.
The Greek goddess Aphrodite recounts two tales of tragic love during WWI to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: "Why are love and war eternally drawn to one another?" but her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music revealing that war is no match for the power of love.

The new girl

August 27, 2019
Silva, Daniel, 1960- author.
[New York] : Harper Audio, [2019]
9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by George Guidall.
Title from disc.
Compact disc.
At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East --and perhaps the world . . .

What Rose forgot

August 27, 2019
Barr, Nevada.
[New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2019.
8 sound discs (8.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kate Burton.
Title from container.
Compact discs.
Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape. The only problem is--how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back--to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.

Nothing ventured

August 23, 2019
Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, [2019]
8 audio discs (9.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by George Blagden.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father's dismay, that rather than become a lawyer like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London's Metropolitan Police Force. After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard's arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she's terrified will come to light. While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner's wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

The girl who lived twice [sound recording]

August 23, 2019
Lagercrantz, David, author.
[New York, N.Y.] : Random House Audio, 2019.
8 audio discs (10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Simon Vance.
Unabridged.
"Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium series"--Container.
Lisbeth Salander has disappeared. She's sold her apartment in Stockholm. She's gone silent electronically. She's told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she's got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights. Mikael Blomkvist is trying to reach Lisbeth. He needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who lived and died on the streets in Stockholm--a man who does not exist in any official records and whose garbled last words hinted at possible damaging knowledge of people in the highest echelons of government and industry. In his pocket was a crumpled piece of paper with Blomkvist's phone number on it.

One of us is lying

August 23, 2019
McManus, Karen M., author.
New York, New York : Penguin Random House ; New York : Listening Library, [2017]
9 audio discs (10 hr., 44 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kim Mai Guest, Shannon McManus, MacLeod Andrews, Robbie Daymond.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this.On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. He died on a Thursday. But that Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates. Now, all four of them are suspects in his murder. Are they guilty? Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying.

Life and other inconveniences [sound recording] : a novel

August 22, 2019
Higgins, Kristan, author.
℗2019
11 sound discs (14 hr.) : digital, 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Barbara Caruso, Dion Graham, Xe Sands and Suzy Jackson.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son. When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back... but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

Hot shot

August 20, 2019
Michaels, Fern, author.
©2019
7 audio discs (8.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Laural Merlington.
Compact discs.
When lawyer Lizzie Fox's husband, Cosmo Cricket, is left critically injured after being shot by an unknown assailant, the men of BOLO Consultants head straight for Las Vegas to comfort Lizzie - and to uncover a dangerous enemy in the City of Sin.

Old bones

August 20, 2019
Preston, Douglas J., author.
[New York] : Hachette Book Group, [2019]
9 audio discs (11 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Cynthia Farrell.
Compact discs.
Nora Kelly, a young but successful curator is approached by the handsome Historian, Guy Porter, to lead an expedition unlike any other. One involving the ill-fated Donner Party, who became permanently lodged in the American consciousness in the winter of 1847, when the first skeletonized survivors of the party stumbled out of the California mountains, replete with tales of courage, resourcefulness, bad luck, murder, barbarism--and, finally, starvation and cannibalism. Captivated by the Donner Party, Nora agrees and they venture into the Sierra Nevada in search of the camp. Quickly, they learn that the discovery of the missing starvation camp is just the tip of the iceberg--and that the real truth behind those long-dead pioneers is not only far more complex and surprising than they could have imagined...but it is one that puts them both in mortal danger from a very real, present-day threat in which the search for the lost party, and its fabled fortune in gold, are merely means to a horrifying end.

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