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  1. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Audiobook The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
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  4. My Lies, Your Lies Audiobook My Lies, Your Lies
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  5. Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization Audiobook Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
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  7. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots Audiobook Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
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  8. The Secret Seaside Escape: The most heart-warming, feel-good romance of 2020, from the Sunday Times  Audiobook The Secret Seaside Escape: The most heart-warming, feel-good romance of 2020, from the Sunday Times
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Blue Ticket Audiobook

Blue Ticket

Author: Sophie Mackintosh Narrator: Freya Mavor Release Date: May 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE LONGLISTED author of The Water Cure 'The cool intensity and strange beauty of Blue Ticket is a wonder - be sure to read everything Sophie Mackintosh writes' Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk 'A gripping, sinister fable' Margaret Atwood on The Water Cure Discover this chilling new novel about motherhood, free will and fate, human longing and animal instinct... Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you children. A blue ticket grants you freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And, once you've taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you're given is the wrong one? Blue Ticket is a devastating enquiry into free will and the fraught space of motherhood. Bold and chilling, it pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies. 'This book left me breathless - it is gloriously subversive in its exploration of motherhood and desire. I'll be pressing it on everyone' Angela Chadwick, author of XX 'Strange and luminous, spare and precise... A thrilling exploration of what it means to follow one's own longing to the point of destruction and beyond' Rosie Price, author of What Red Was 'Blue Ticket manages to be both claustrophobic and expansive, dream-like and heart-stoppingly tense. You will want to languish in its world for a very long time' Lara Williams, author of Supper Club 'Utterly exquisite - clever and brilliant and heartbreaking. From the dusty road to the salving forest, I absolutely adored it' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Adults and Animals © Sophie Mackintosh 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Forgotten World Audiobook

Forgotten World

Author: Kate L. Mary Narrator: Hillary Huber Release Date: May 2020

After the longest winter of her life, Vivian is thrilled to have Ginny back at her side. But joy soon turns to shock when the group learns that not only is Hope Springs in contact with other survivors, but that the CDC is working on a vaccine. And Angus could be the last hope for the human race. With an armed escort, the group sets out on a mission to get Angus to Atlanta. But the world proves to be more dangerous than the people of Hope Springs believed, and their lack of preparation ends in deadly results. Vivian knows they must get Angus to Atlanta if they want to save the human race, but it doesn't take long to discover that this might be the most dangerous journey they have ever made. With trouble around every corner and their losses piling up, the stakes are higher than ever before.

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The Down Days Audiobook

The Down Days

Author: Ilze Hugo Narrator: Bianca Amato, Gideon Emery Release Date: May 2020

In the vein of The Book of M comes a fast-paced, character-driven literary apocalyptic novel that explores life, love, and loss in a post-truth society. In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak—reminiscent of the 1962 event of mass hysteria that was the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic—a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind, with residents experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. Is it simply another episode of mass hysteria, or something more sinister? In a quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound. During these strange days, Faith works as a fulltime corpse collector and a freelance "truthologist," putting together disparate pieces of information to solve problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find her abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, a young man named Sans who trades in illicit goods is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing-leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity. Over the course of a single week, the paths of Faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers—including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man—will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist.

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Virus: A BBC Radio full-cast drama Audiobook

Virus: A BBC Radio full-cast drama

Author: Sarah Woods Narrator: Hannah Daniel, Liam Williams, Ronan Summers Release Date: May 2020

A love story, about flu. It's January 1969, the winter after the summer of love, and Jill and David's fledgling relationship is about to be put to test by the outbreak of Hong Kong Flu. As they huddle under blankets together, full of flu, neither of them is aware of how this moment will impact them in both the near and distant future. Over five episodes, we follow Jill’s story across five decades as she struggles with the highs and lows of life, love and viral infection. At the same time the story tracks the life of Hong Kong Flu – how, over 45 years, it traversed the globe, evolved and was ultimately superseded by new, more virulent strains, such as Swine Flu and now COVID-19. Using cutting edge science – of transmission, viral evolution and genetic predisposition – it tells the story of flu, and investigates the unique qualities of Jill's genome which make her a 'severe responder'. The human story at the heart of this drama underlines the deep connection we have to the viruses that survive through us, and how illness can shape the course of our lives. First broadcast in 2014 under the title ‘My Life with Flu’, this programme has new resonance today in the time of coronavirus. It touches on many of the subjects that we are now all too familiar with – the ease of transmission, the way that some people react more severely than others to flu, how the body’s reaction to the flu virus creates a perfect climate in the lungs for pneumonia to develop, and flu’s deadly potential. Cast and credits Narrator.... Eiry Thomas Jill/Polly.... Hannah Daniel David.... Ronan Summers John.... Liam Williams Older Jill… Sharon Morgan Older David… William Hope Older John… Simon Armstrong Doctor.... John Norton Protestor/Yvette/Paramedic 2.... Eirlys Bellin Minister/Paramedic 1/Doctor.... Alun Raglan Directed by James Robinson Produced in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute A BBC Cymru/Wales Production First broadcast 27-31 October 2014

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Day of Reckoning: Surviving the Solar Storm Audiobook

Day of Reckoning: Surviving the Solar Storm

Author: John Winchester Narrator: Matt Godfrey Release Date: May 2020

When a coronal mass ejection threatens to send the United States back to the Stone Age, Jim Graves must rush to prepare his family for the coming apocalypse. As the world around him plunges into anarchy, can he rise to the occasion? Jim's love for his family and will to survive are put to the ultimate test. Contains mature themes.

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Storm Warning Audiobook

Storm Warning

Author: William Allen Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Release Date: May 2020

William Allen presents Book 2 in the Tertiary Effects series.

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Survive for Now Audiobook

Survive for Now

Author: Bob Howard Narrator: Graham Halstead Release Date: May 2020

When a group of well funded people decided years before to prepare for the end of civilization by building impenetrable shelters, they unknowingly left a legacy for a small band of survivors. Hordes of infected dead have swarmed across the world and destroyed civilization. Most of the world's population is dead, yet some people are determined to cling to life and are given a second chance when they learn the secrets of those shelters. A small group of people brought together by chance have survived in a shelter on an island near the coast of South Carolina, but although they are safe, they cannot bring themselves to sit by and wait for all of civilization to die. They are forced to make the hard choices that include leaving the shelter when it is for the good of others. Out of necessity, they make the decision to bring a father and his daughter, Tom and Molly, into their shelter. Not content to simply rescue the pair, they believe it is possible to reunite them with their family in Alabama. Driven by a feeling of moral responsibility to do more than just exist, they set out on a risky quest to accomplish the impossible by traveling through a devastated world.

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A Prelude to World War III Audiobook

A Prelude to World War III

Author: James Rosone & Miranda Watson Narrator: Alex Hyde-White Release Date: May 2020

In the not-too-distant future, the United States loses its status as a world Superpower. With the military cut to a barebones level and American leaders focused solely on the nation's internal struggles, the door will open for new powers to emerge on the world stage. In the wake of this power vacuum, China and Russia begin to flex their military muscles and expand their dominance in the world. They have the most up-to-date technological innovations ready for battle: railguns, unmanned drone tank vehicles, exoskeleton suits, and cyber warfare. Setting the Stage: The border of India and Pakistan has long been one of the planet's most precarious ticking time bombs waiting to explode, and when a scheme to agitate the tensions in that region is successful, it paves the way for powerful men to begin consolidating authority and start building an Islamic Caliphate. Extremists move from random attacks of violence to plots to take control of positions of political influence. America's usual ally against aggression, Europe, is weakened by economic decline; the U.S is facing this new threat without backup. In these hazardous times, America will need strong guidance. Henry Stein, a new kind of leader, builds a new political party to lead the charge to bring the country back from the brink. His unconventional style is just what the U.S. needs in order to deal with the changing world balance of power and a worldwide Great Depression. As conflicts near and far began to plague the planet, will President Stein be able to prevent a third world war?

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Edge Walker Audiobook

Edge Walker

Author: Chris Hampton Narrator: Chris Hampton Release Date: May 2020

The city burns. Orange against black night. Over his left shoulder hangs a blood-red moon. Four days and four nights, the city has burned and, soon, people will come into the desert to escape death in the city. Sick and hungry, the people will be crazy, killing anything to live, and they will come in his direction. Hunting. Sporadic flashes erupt in the far-off city. Metal dragons, small shiny ships, exhale fire. He saw the ships and their death up close, four nights ago when he fled the house, the city. Now, he watches. Man-made lightning. Man-made storms. Man-made death. Overnight, the world has changed. A deadly virus thrusts the country into chaos. Barely escaping, a fifteen year old boy flees to the unforgiving desert to take his chances with thirst, starvation, and isolation. His greatest fears live there, as does the mysterious hope his grandfather gave him. Exposed and vulnerable, he comes face-to-face with his deepest terror in the gripping tale of Edge Walker.

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Lost Coast Audiobook

Lost Coast

Author: Camille Picott Narrator: Gwendolyn Druyor Release Date: May 2020

What if zombies evolved . . . . . . and organized? Out of the ashes of the zombie apocalypse, Kate and her small band of survivors have created a life and become a family. They train together, scavenge together, and survive together. Their comfortable routine is interrupted by a frantic distress call. When Kate forms a rescue mission, she and her people find themselves faced with the unthinkable: evolved “alpha” zombies capable of organizing hordes of the undead. Even worse, the alphas are on the move--and they’re headed straight for the university where the survivors have made their home. Can Kate and her people outwit the alpha zombies and save their home? Or will they become part of the undead horde?

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Lost World Audiobook

Lost World

Author: Kate L. Mary Narrator: Hillary Huber, Holly Adams Release Date: April 2020

With their shelter destroyed and their sense of security shattered, Vivian, Axl and the group set off in search of a safe place. But the group's morale is at an all-time low, and they now know it's not just the dead they have to fear. Weeks of wandering brings sickness, death and loss to the survivors, and Vivian soon finds herself losing hope of ever discovering a safe place to live. To make matters worse, two members of the group go missing, leaving the others to wonder not only what happened to them, but if they will ever see their friends alive again. After what happened in Vegas, Hadley feels like a stranger in her own body. When she and Jon get separated from the rest of the group, she finds herself confronted not only with the scars left behind by her ordeal, but facing the possibility of a new beginning with Jon at her side. In a twist of fate, Vivian and Axl stumble upon a place that could be the group's salvation, only to have hope slip through their fingers once again when they are met with the most devastating blow yet . . .

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War Dogs: Amazon Warriors Audiobook

War Dogs: Amazon Warriors

Author: Aj Newman Narrator: Roger Wayne Release Date: April 2020

Outgunned and outnumbered after the world fell into chaos, Sergeant Jason Walker and his military service dog, MMax, desperately need the women around them to become warfighters. The ladies have the determination and grit to meet the challenges of the apocalypse, but can they kill the brutal thugs attacking their community? Sergeant Maria McGill helps Jason prepare their inexperienced but willing females to fight with unusual tactics and weapons. Jason and Maria survived the war in England, a plane crash, and the end of the world as we knew it, but can they train the women in their community fast enough to fight off a determined and well-armed foe? These Amazon Warriors fight and die to save their friends and loved ones in this post-apocalyptic survival story.

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