New eAudiobook Fiction in October

Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would sound like if it had been written by Shakespeare? Or maybe you’ve suspected Jane Austen was really an undercover detective? Perhaps you’ve even wanted to hear your favourite author reading in the food court of the local mall? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the latest eAudiobooks on Overdrive are for you. Even if you didn’t, we’ve got a wide range of other titles, so sign in here to start your search!

Overdrive cover Reputations, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
“Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country’s most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. But this all changes when he’s paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world. Reputations examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories and the surprises of memory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher
“Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Losing It, by Emma Rathbone
“Greenfield has a problem: she’s twenty-six years old and she’s still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something’s got to change. Losing It is about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you’re going for. And it’s about the decisions—and non-decisions—we make that can end up shaping a life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Gone with the Mind, by Mark Leyner
“Gone with the Mind is the story of Mark Leyner’s life, told as only Mark Leyner can. In this utterly unconventional novel, Mark gives a reading in the food court of a mall. Besides his mother, who’s driven him to the mall, and a few employees of fast food chain Panda Express, the reading is completely without audience. The action of Gone with the Mind takes place exclusively at the food court, but the territory covered on these pages has no bounds.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell
“Summer 1779, a British force of fewer than one thousand Scottish infantry were sent to build a garrison in the State of Maine. The War of Independence was in its third year and the State of Massachusetts was determined to expel the British. But when they sent a fleet of 40 vessels to ‘captivate, kill and destroy’ they underestimated their enemies, calm in battle and ready for victory. Based on diaries, letters and court transcripts.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Stephanie Barron
“Christmas Eve, and Jane Austen and her circle are in a celebratory mood. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide gathering dies in a tragic accident whose circumstances Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of her fellow snowbound guests. Whom can Jane trust to help her stop the killer striking again?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda
“It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without a trace. Back again to care for her father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Time’s Legacy, by Barbara Erskine
“Abi, a recently-ordained priest, is appointed to the parish of the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history, dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge. Abi must battle the approaching terror along with her own personal demons…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Classic eAudiobook Fiction in August

We’ve had lots of great classic novels and plays added to Overdrive this month, so what better time to finally enjoy these stories you’ve always intended to read. There’s even complete radio plays performed with a full cast to really tell the story in all its glory.

Overdrive cover The History Boys, by Alan Bennett (Audiobook)
“Alan Bennett’s award-winning play as heard on BBC Radio 3 features the National Theatre cast. After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett’s phenomenally successful play transfers to BBC Radio 3. At a boys’ grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university – and starting life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare (Audiobook)
“Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Winter’s Tale is no lightweight affair; it explores the darker themes of rage, jealousy, treason, and death. Yet though initially an intense psychological drama, as the play unfolds it takes on a lighter and more comedic tone. In short, there is something for everyone. What was once a day’s entertainment for the groundlings and the gentry is now the perfect diversion for that long commute.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (Audiobook)
“This is the story of Victor Frankenstein: a man obsessed with discovering the secret of life and cheating death; a man who brings to life to a body built from corpses; and a man who rejects this would-be child…But who is truly the monster?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Audiobook)
“When Maxim de Winter brings his shy new bride to his beautiful stately home on the Cornwall coast, it seems like all her dreams have come true. But she soon finds that Manderley is haunted by the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died the year before. As the hot summer fades, the mystery of Rebecca’s death grows, weaving a spell of fear and foreboding. In a series of climactic revelations, Rebecca’s memory is finally laid to rest, but at what cost? Harriet Walter reads Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence (Audiobook)
“The initial romance between a woman of ‘good family’ and a miner does not last long into marriage as they face tough economic realities. The differences in background affect the next generation – the two sons William and Paul. Widely regarded as Lawrence’s masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, by P. D. James (Audiobook) “A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation featuring young detective Cordelia Gray. Mark Calendar, 21 years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves university without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging in the cottage where he lived. The verdict at the inquest is suicide. Cordelia Gray, now sole proprietor of the Pryde Detective Agency, is hired by Mark’s father to piece together the facts surrounding his death.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bell, by Iris Murdoch (Audiobook)
“A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie (Audiobook)
“John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie’s most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Code of Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse (Audiobook)
“In the best known of the Bertie and Jeeves series, Bertie’s aunt pressures him to steal a silver creamer, and he nearly gets lynched, arrested and engaged by mistake. As always, Jeeves is on hand with a last-minute brainstorm to set everything straight.” (Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction in June

This month we have lots of great fiction new to Overdrive that will be perfect to get the blood pumping on a cold winter’s night. There’s plenty of action, intrigue, adventure and comedy, both modern and classic. You can learn how to get started on Overdrive here, or come in and talk to a librarian at an enquiries desk.

Overdrive cover Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger (Audiobook)
“In this explosive psychological thriller, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance. For as long as she can remember, Finley has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Blood, Salt, Water, by Denise Mina (Audiobook)
“Alex Morrow investigates the dark underbelly of a seemingly peaceful seaside town. A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman’s cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location.A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you’d go looking for violence…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (Audiobook)
“An ordinary writing assignment for a college English class brings Joe face-to-face with a dying Vietnam veteran, who is also a convicted murderer.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kill Switch, by Jonathan Maberry (Audiobook)
“What do you do when the power goes off?A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out. Joe Ledger knows how to stop them.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Escape, by David Baldacci (Audiobook)
“David Baldacci is one of the world’s most popular, widely-read storytellers. In his blockbuster thriller Zero Day, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the US Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald (Audiobook)
“The moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon’s near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, if the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies-and each other.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Four Last Things, by Timothy Hallinan (Audiobook)
“Simeon Grist knows LA inside and out—the sex, the seductions, every rip-off from City Hall to Venice. So when he’s hired by a Hollywood recording company to shadow one Sally Oldfield, suspected of embezzlement, Grist discovers she’s entangled in the Church of the Eternal Moment—a million-dollar religious scam. When Sally turns up dead, Simeon knows he’s become the next target of a very flesh-and-blood entity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Big Guns, by Jimmy Perry (Audiobook)
“Here are four more BBC Radio 4 episodes of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s classic wartime comedy. Starring Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Bill Pertwee: The episodes included on this volume are A Wilson – Manager (10.6.75), The Great White Hunter (27.4.76), Things that go Bump in the Night (11.5.76) and Big Guns (25.5.76).” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne (Audiobook) “French Professor Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a “sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions”. The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over 200 ships. When they encounter the “gigantic cetacean” it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner, Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller (Audiobook)
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. Known to locals only as “Ben,” the robed stranger keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook fiction in May

Check out our picks of the best eAudiobooks new to Overdrive this month. If you’re new to the eLibrary services then find out how to get started here, or come on in to the library and we can help you get set-up and ready to read.

Overdrive cover Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett (Audiobook)
“Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl (Audiobook)
“Erica Sparks is an ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job in New York. On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it? Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hanging Mary, by Susan Higginbotham (Audiobook)
“Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, Susan Higginbotham’s historical novel Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cabin Pressure, Series 2, by John Finnemore (Audiobook)
“Stephanie Cole (“Doc Martin”), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam (“The Thick Of It”) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)
“Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere…else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced…they change a person.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sisi, Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki (Audiobook)
“For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by Allison Pataki. Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner. Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Evening Spider, by Emily Arsenault (Audiobook)
“A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel — inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s — by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)
“Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy — first she has to make it there, alive.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Three Souls, by Janie Chang (Audiobook)
“A haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must make amends. As Leiyin delves back in time to review her life, she realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cuba, by Stephen Coonts (Audiobook)
“Rear Admiral Jake Grafton returns as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game, a high-risk gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries. As Castro lies dying, America’s president secretly moves forbidden weapons to the U. S. base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. But when his convert actions are discovered, the situation quickly escalates and Admiral Grafton becomes the player in a tense and action—filled power struggle that could explode at any second.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eAudiobook Fiction for March

This month we have beautiful books from around the world new to our Overdrive collection. With break-through authors from India, Nigeria and Spain, you’re bound to come across something new and exciting.

Overdrive cover The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Audiobook)
“The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, carries the weight of his family’s expectations when he leaves his Indian village to begin a medical residency in Texas. When his father dies Anil inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. Back home in India, Anil’s childhood friend Leena struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Where All Light Tends to Go, by David Joy (Audiobook)
“The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Duplicity, by Newt Gingrich (Audiobook)
“Leading politician and bestselling author Newt Gingrich has teamed with novelist Pete Earley to create a gripping Washington thriller in which Gingrich brings his unparalleled understanding of the corridors of power and the intelligence community. Duplicity is a ripped-from-the-headlines action thriller that takes readers into the hidden corridors of Washington politics and onto the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, with the same realism and intensity as Homeland and Black Hawk Down. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death Wave, by Ben Bova (Audiobook)
“Six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind’s expansion beyond the solar system. In Ben Bova’s previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system, where they discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover River Road, by Carol Goodman (Audiobook)
“Nan Lewis —a creative writing professor— is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news — one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende (Audiobook)
“In 1939 Poland, Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende is known for, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan (Audiobook)
“Alice Pearse plays many roles. She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in. She knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at a hip young start-up. The Holy Grail of working mothers seems suddenly within reach…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover All That Followed, by Gabriel Urza (Audiobook)
“It’s 2004 in Muriga, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country. Five years have passed since the murder of a young local politician and the town’s rhythms have almost returned to normal. But in the aftermath of the Atocha train bombings in Madrid, an act of terrorism that rocked the world, the townspeople want a reckoning of Muriga’s own troubled past. All That Followed is a powerful, multifaceted novel about a nefarious kind of violence that can take hold when we least expect.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (Audiobook)
“Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child, and the star-crossed pair fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Stories to listen to

This is a list of the newest fiction audiobooks we received in February. Enjoy!

The Good Children: A Novel of Suspense/ by Kate Wilhelm; read by Carrington MacDuffie
“It started with a promise, a pact. It became a secret that no one must tell: that their parents were dead and gone, including the one they’d buried in the backyard.
Now the McNair children are growing older, discovering love, college, and careers. But their lie haunts them. Their home holds them captive. Only the horrifying truth of their mother’s death can set the children free. And only the truth can destroy them all.” (Overdrive summary)

The Adventures of Sally/ by P. G. Wodehouse; read by Frederick Davidson
“Pretty, impecunious Sally Nicholas never dreamed a fortune could prove a disadvantage, until she becomes an heiress and watches in bewilderment as her orderly existence goes haywire. Coping first with her brother’s wild theatrical ambitions, then with the defection of her fiancé and his immediate replacement by a much more appropriate but strangely unattractive suitor, Sally finds that life in New York is becoming altogether too complicated and a trip to England only makes the whole situation worse.
But just as Sally was concluding that she has disastrously misplaced her bets, it looks as if a piece of speculation on an outsider might just give her adventures a happy ending…
P.G. Wodehouse is in sparkling form, in a story set on both sides of the Atlantic in the Roaring Twenties.” (Overdrive summary)

Ægypt: Ægypt Series, Book 1/ by John Crowley
“Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery. From the award-winning author of Little, Big comes this daring and great-hearted novel, which when first published was named a New York Times Notable Book of the year.” (Overdrive summary)

Other Kingdoms/ by Richard Matheson; read by Bronson Pinchot
“For over half a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such timeless classics as I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, and What Dreams May Come. Now the grand master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment.
The year is 1918. Alex White, a young American soldier recently wounded in the Great War, comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul, but the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent, spirits. He is warned to steer clear of the woods, and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger, and wonders that will forever change his view of the world. Other Kingdoms casts a magical spell, as conjured by a truly legendary storyteller.” (Overdrive summary)

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel/ by Olivia Newport; read by Eleni Pappageorge
“She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away?
Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago’s rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work and squeeze herself into the mold of the well-dressed wife who spends most of her time and money redecorating.
When she meets Will, an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World’s Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family’s expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?
Get swept away into the lavish world of Chicago’s high society as Olivia Newport brings to life an age of glitz and grandeur, stark social contrasts, and one woman who dares to cross class lines for what she believes.” (Overdrive summary)

Willy and Alvirah/ by Mary Higgins Clark; read by Carol Higgins Clark
Death at the Cape
Cynthia Lathern has come back to Cape Cod from prison to find out who really killed her stepfather, but neither she nor the real murderer counted on help from her lottery-winning neighbor Alvirah Meehan.
Plumbing for Willy
After a lottery win makes them famous, Willy and Alvirah Meehan are targeted by ex-cons, but the bad new for the bad guys is Alvirah’s quick changes into a cleaning woman and Willy’s love of plumbing.
The Body in the Closet
When state lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy return from London, she discovers the body of actress Fiona Winters in their New York apartment and begins a search for clues that may be too much for her own good.
SPECIAL BONUS RECORDING: Stowaway and Milk Run.” (Overdrive summary)

Fiction to your ears

Get your headphones ready, there are new Audiobooks to be listened to courtesy of Wellington City Libraries. Our new additions include science-fiction, suspense, romance, and murder mysteries.

Absolution Gap – Revelation Space Series, Book 4 ; Edition: Unabridged/ by Alastair Reynolds, read by John Lee
“The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence—and they’ve targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety—or draw down its darkest enemy.
And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.” (Overdrive summary)

Death Comes to Pemberley ; Edition: Unabridged/ by P. D. James, read by Sheila Mitchell
“P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story.
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable.
But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball while the guests are preparing to retire for the night, a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.
Death Comes to Pemberley – inspired by P. D. James’s lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen – is a distinguished work of fiction from one of the best-loved and most-read writers of our time.” (Overdrive summary)

The House in Amalfi: A Novel ; Edition: Unabridged/ by Elizabeth Adler, read by Carrington MacDuffie
“Elizabeth Adler is a master at depicting lush scenery, gourmet food, and the joys of travel. Here she tells the story of Lamour Harrington, a recent widow. She’s immersed herself in landscape architecture, but even creating beautiful outdoor “rooms” can’t bring back her happiness. When she’s faced with a devastating truth about the husband she adored, Lamour returns to the house on the Amalfi coast where she’d lived with her father during the happiest years of her childhood. There, she finds dangerous secrets, breathtaking beauty, two mysterious and compelling men, and the courage to live life to the fullest.” (Overdrive summary)

Mr. Perfect ; Edition: Unabridged/ by Linda Howard, read by Laura Hicks
“The deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted–or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered…Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends–and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival–as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.” (Overdrive summary)

Black Diamond – Bruno, Chief of Police Series, Book 3 ; Edition: Unabridged/ by Martin Walker, read by Bill Wallis
“France’s Périgord region is the home of the black truffle, and at five thousand euros a kilo, the exquisite ‘Black Diamond’ is a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Captain Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam.
But matters take a much darker turn when a horrific murder occurs, and Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France’s colonial past.” (Overdrive Summary)

Stories in your ears

Warm your ears up because we have new Fiction Audiobooks that can’t wait to be downloaded! From crime, to introspection, the debating of religions, space opera, and behind the scenes of a family of geniuses, you won’t be disappointed by this month’s selection.

Thorn in My Side (Unabridged) / by Shelia Quigley, read by Tim Bruce
“DI Mike Yorke is coming home. After three months in London, he’s looking forward to being back in the north east – but he’s barely off the train before he’s deep into the most bizarre case of his career. A viciously flogged corpse. Children disappearing. Horrific new street drugs. And buried somewhere is a deadly secret that will lead him down paths so dangerous, he will question the very fabric of society. In the first in a new series set on Holy Island, an explosive secret going back to the dawn of time is unearthed by a young woman who, fearing for her life, goes on the run in the wilds of Northumbria.” – (Overdrive summary)

The Sweet-Shop Owner (Unabridged) / by Graham Swift, read by James Wilby
“The Sweet-Shop Owner’ is set during a single June day in the life of an outwardly unremarkable man whose inner world proves to be exceptionally resonant.
As he tends to his customers, Willy Chapman, the sweet-shop owner, confronts the specters of his beautiful and distant wife and his clever, angry daughter, the history through which he has passed, and the great, unrequited passion that has tormented him for forty years.” – (Overdrive summary)

Terminal World (Unabridged) / by Alastair Reynolds, read by John Lee
“This brand-new novel from “the most exciting space opera writer working today” (Locus) is equal parts steampunk, western, planetary romance, and far-future science fiction.” – (Overdrive summary)

The Judge (Unabridged) / by Randy Singer, read by John McLain
“When a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes that all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions followers from all the world’s major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual challenges. Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity.” – (Syndetics summary)

The Fullness of Time (Unabridged) / by Kate Wilhelm, read by Marguerite Gavin
“Hiram Granville, a modern Leonardo, secured more than a thousand patents during his lifetime, often just ahead of others who had already been working the same ideas. His son John, an economics genius, never lost a cent in the stock market—or any other financial deal—and was investigated for insider trading on more than one occasion. Now Cat, a documentarian; her researcher, Mercy; and Cracker Jack, an electronics whiz, are doing a film about the Granville clan. What they find as they research the family is madness, suicide, a seemingly total seclusion, and a frightening glimpse about what it means to peer into the future.” – (Overdrive summary)

Hear some of our latest items

We’ve recently added a good mixutre of fiction and non-fiction to our eAudiobook collection. Take a look at what you can listen to!

Non-fiction

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different / Karen Blumenthal and Sean Runnette
“From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius—his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched. Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers. Framed by Jobs’ inspirational Stanford commencement speech, this is the story of the man who changed our world.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Story of Captain Cook / John Lang and Simon Vance
“Captain James Cook FRS RN (1728-1779) was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. This audio edition includes the full text of John Lang’s biography, plus additional material from Captain Cook’s journals, giving a unique personal perspective on the narrative.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good / Regina Leeds
“From professional organizer Regina Leeds comes the organized way to get organized: a week-by-week plan to forever streamline all aspects of your life.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

A Hare With the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance / Edmund De Waal and Michael Maloney
“Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined…The Ephrussis came from Odessa, and at one time were the largest grain exporters in the world; in the 1870s, Charles Ephrussi was part of a wealthy new generation settling in Paris. Marcel Proust was briefly his secretary and used Charles as the model for the aesthete Swann in Remembrance of Things Past. Charles’s passion was collecting; the netsuke, bought when Japanese objets were all the rage in the salons, were sent as a wedding present to his banker cousin in Vienna.Later, three children – including a young Ignace – would play with the netsuke as history reverberated around them. The Anschluss and Second World War swept the Ephrussis to the brink of oblivion. Almost all that remained of their vast empire was the netsuke collection, smuggled out of the huge Viennese palace (then occupied by Hitler’s theorist on the ‘Jewish Question’), one piece at a time, in the pocket of a loyal maid – and hidden in a straw mattress. In this stunningly original memoir, Edmund de Waal travels the world to stand in the great buildings his forebears once inhabited. He traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. And, in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves, he tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand – and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.This download edition also features an interview with Edmund De Waal from the Vintage podcast.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Fiction

Nature Girl / Carl Hiaasen
“Honey Santana is determined to set up her own tour business, paddling tourists around the Florida Everglades in ocean kayaks. Theresult is a kayaking trip from hell, and an unplanned overnight stay on Dismal Key – one of the Everglades’ islands.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Unlocked: A Love Story / Karen Kingsbury
“Before You Take a Stand … You Got to Take a Chance. Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal —on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the ‘in’ crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him … the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery —she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden’s praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Circle Of Friends / Maeve Binchy
“Big, soft-featured Benny, an adored only child, and Eve, the poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns, are best friends in the small Irish town of Knockglen. On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication. But beneath their carefree existence trouble is brewing for the circle of friends. Warmth and laughter are interwoven with sadness in this compassionate and absorbing tale of friends whose lives, over a period of ten years, become entwined in a bizarre triangle.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Frozen Tracks / Ake Edwardson
“It’s autumn in Gothenburg and an anxious mother calls the police; her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets. The child is returned unharmed but then the same thing happens with a little girl, and then another. Each child attends a different nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, so, at first, no connection is established between the incidents and the reports are filed and forgotten. Meanwhile DCI Winter is investigating a series of random attacks on strangely uncooperative university students, but when a a four-year-old boy is abducted and found injured, the forgotten files resurface and a link between the stories becomes apparent. As Gothenburg prepares for Christmas, Winter is in a race against time to prevent a horrific catastrophe.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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