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If you're anything like us, your "to listen" list seems to grow longer by the day, so the idea of starting a new series can be a bit daunting – especially when that series is already 5, 10, or even 20 books in. Luckily, there are plenty of great series where listening in order isn't necessarily required. They may feature the same central character, but have an entirely new plot from book to book, or may shift cast and perspective entirely. Either way, there's no need to start at square one. Check out these mostly standalone picks below (we can't promise you won't get sucked in though)!

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Blood Trade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 6

  • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
  • By Faith Hunter
  • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
Overall
(2400)
Performance
(2183)
Story
(2173)

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

viviangrrl says: "love this narrator"
Blood Trade
4.6 ( 2400 )

The Toymaker

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
  • By Chuck Barrett
  • Narrated By Scott Brick
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(631)
Performance
(559)
Story
(563)

Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

shelley says: "Great book"
The Toymaker
3.9 ( 631 )

The Leopard Prince

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
  • By Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated By Moira Quirk
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(294)
Performance
(278)
Story
(275)

One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she's not just dealing with a servant, but a man. Harry has known many aristocrats - including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms. Still, it's impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar.

CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER CHARMING COMPLEX & COMPELLING LISTEN BY EH"
The Leopard Prince
4.3 ( 294 )

Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
  • By Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated By Lorelei King
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3707)
Performance
(3281)
Story
(3274)

Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up.

GH says: "Stephanie is back -- A great installment"
Tricky Twenty-Two
4.5 ( 3707 )

Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
  • By Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated By Jim Frangione
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1116)
Performance
(864)
Story
(864)

While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

Deborah says: "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
Thereby Hangs a Tail
4.4 ( 1116 )

The Silkworm

  • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
  • By Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated By Robert Glenister
Overall
(13707)
Performance
(12531)
Story
(12506)

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

Tracey says: "Made Alligator Alley fly by"
The Silkworm
4.4 ( 13707 )

Criminal

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
  • By Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated By Kathleen Early
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3616)
Performance
(3158)
Story
(3171)

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

Joan says: "Explains a lot!"
Criminal
4.2 ( 3616 )

Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
  • By J. D. Robb
  • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3933)
Performance
(3539)
Story
(3531)

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

pewter says: "Expecting in Death?"
Obsession in Death
4.7 ( 3933 )

Contract to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 5

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
  • By Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated By Dick Hill
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1950)
Performance
(1801)
Story
(1797)

When Toby Haynes witnesses a double murder - and suspects his boss, Tanner Mason, as the perpetrator of the crime - he does the only thing he can think of: He calls in Nathan McBride. CIA special ops veteran McBride and his partner, Harvey Fontana, respond to their friend's plea. As they launch a covert investigation into Mason, the security chief for one of the nation's leading private military contractors, they discover that not everything is as it appears.

Victor @ theAudiobookBlog says: "Entertaining"
Contract to Kill
4.4 ( 1950 )

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
  • By Eloisa James
  • Narrated By Susan Duerden
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(819)
Performance
(759)
Story
(758)

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

Sho Sunaga says: "Loved it!"
When Beauty Tamed the ...
4.4 ( 819 )

The Other Boleyn Girl

  • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated By Susan Lyons
Overall
(1993)
Performance
(1797)
Story
(1802)

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

Theodore says: "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"
The Other Boleyn Girl
4.6 ( 1993 )

Tai-Pan: The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2

  • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 11 mins)
  • By James Clavell
  • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
Overall
(930)
Performance
(864)
Story
(858)

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

J.B. says: "The Importance of Hong Kong In the Asian Trade"
Tai-Pan
4.8 ( 930 )

Alex Cross, Run

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By James Patterson
  • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1355)
Performance
(1122)
Story
(1131)

Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

Cris says: "Ugh!"
Alex Cross, Run
4.2 ( 1355 )

The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
  • By Michael Connelly
  • Narrated By Dick Hill
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(5610)
Performance
(4238)
Story
(4212)

Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
The Last Coyote: Harry...
4.4 ( 5610 )

Breakdown: An Alex Delaware Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
  • By Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated By John Rubinstein
Overall
(1227)
Performance
(1123)
Story
(1124)

Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware meets beautiful and emotionally fragile TV actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son, Ovid. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. Shortly after Zelda's release, an already sad situation turns tragic when she is discovered dead on the grounds of a palatial Bel Air estate.

P. Giorgio says: "As expected from JK"
Breakdown
4.3 ( 1227 )

Moonraker: James Bond, Book 3

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
  • By Ian Fleming
  • Narrated By Bill Nighy
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(351)
Performance
(333)
Story
(330)

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.

Charlotte says: "Yes please, may I have more?!? Bill Nighy rocks!!"
Moonraker
4.7 ( 351 )

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
  • By Agatha Christie
  • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1510)
Performance
(1377)
Story
(1371)

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

Deb says: "Best in series"
The Murder of Roger Ac...
4.6 ( 1510 )

The Devil's Triangle: A Brit in the FBI, Book 4

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
  • By Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison
  • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(713)
Performance
(649)
Story
(650)

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government's Covert Eyes - leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help. Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead.

Amazon Customer says: "Miss the Old Coulter"
The Devil's Triangle
4.4 ( 713 )

Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
  • By Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(484)
Performance
(424)
Story
(428)

The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
Gone, Baby, Gone
4.4 ( 484 )

Rock with Me

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
  • By Kristen Proby
  • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1465)
Performance
(1356)
Story
(1361)

Front nan Leo Nash, from the world-famous rock band Nash, is the last person on Earth Samantha Williams would trust. She's already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn't signing up for another lesson. Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He's not used to women treating him like he's poisonous, and he isn't about to let her run away every time he gets close. He's had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime...when this one runs, he gives chase.

Jan says: "So repetitive"
Rock with Me
4.5 ( 1465 )

Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
  • By Samantha Young
  • Narrated By Lee Angel
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1221)
Performance
(1133)
Story
(1129)

The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

Jordy ♡♡♡♡ says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
Before Jamaica Lane
4.5 ( 1221 )

Deacon

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
  • By Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated By Stella Bloom
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1245)
Performance
(1154)
Story
(1158)

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone. Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Joan says: "Best book by far in this series"
Deacon
4.6 ( 1245 )

Royally Matched: The Royals Trilogy, Book 2

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
  • By Emma Chase
  • Narrated By Shane East, Andi Arndt
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1118)
Performance
(1042)
Story
(1046)

Some men are born responsible; some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap. He’s not handling it well. Hoping to help her grandson rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space" - but while the Queen's away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own: Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

TracyVin says: "Oh! Henry!"
Royally Matched
4.6 ( 1118 )

Lord of Scoundrels

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
  • By Loretta Chase
  • Narrated By Kate Reading
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(2203)
Performance
(2018)
Story
(2017)

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
Lord of Scoundrels
4.4 ( 2203 )

Single by Saturday: Weekday Bride Series, Book 4

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
  • By Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated By Tanya Eby
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(807)
Performance
(723)
Story
(723)

Karen Jones The petite blonde married a Hollywood star, yet she’s the one who spends every day playing a part: the part of a happy wife. A year ago, she agreed to wed a famous actor to defuse rumors about his personal life. Now, her divorce sits just around the corner, along with a five million dollar payout.

GH says: "An Uplifting Story with a little romance thrown in"
Single by Saturday
4.5 ( 807 )

I Only Have Eyes for You: San Francisco Sullivans, Book 4

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
  • By Bella Andre
  • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
Overall
(725)
Performance
(656)
Story
(669)

Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she's convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the "nice" Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it's long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is...the woman who will love him forever.

GH says: "Sophie (a.k.a) Nice, comes out swinging!"
I Only Have Eyes for You
4.4 ( 725 )

The Secret of Red Gate Farm: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 6

  • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
  • By Carolyn Keene
  • Narrated By Laura Linney
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(171)
Performance
(110)
Story
(109)

Solving crime never takes a vacation! While off on a summer visit to Red Gate Farm, Nancy becomes suspicious of a secret society gathering near the ranch.

Corrienary says: "Another Great Narration"
The Secret of Red Gate...
4.6 ( 171 )