Audiobooks by Mike Vendetti


Published by Audiobooks by Mike Vendetti, and available on Audible.com

For their own inscrutable purposes, Audible Inc. purchased rights from me in 2014 to two of these books, "The Defiant Agent" and "Key Out of Time," both by Andre Norton. So now they are free to offer them as sales promotions, etc., without owing me royalties.

I guess they were encouraged, as in June 2015 they requested Bee Audio to have me produced two more Andre Norton books from the same Time Traders series: "Echoes of Time" and "Atlantis Endgame." (These were co-authored with Sherwood Smith). As of this writing, both books have been approved by Bee and sent on to Audible; they should be available soon!

"A Pail of Air" by Fritz Leiber (Apr, 2016)

An errant encounter with a passing star has flung Earth away from its old Solar System into the dark and cold of deep space. With the entire atmosphere frozen as chemical snow dozens of feet deep, one last family struggles to survive. But what are they to think when they see figures moving in the city ruins? Are Earth's dead coming back to life?

"Shadows of Empire" by Lester del Rey (Aug, 2014)

A good Service non-com will keep his nose clean of politics. And the Sergeant-Major of the 5th Command is a good non-com. When word comes from Earth that there is a new Emperor and the 5th is being recalled to Earth, after ten generations on Mars, he knows it's smart to just salute the flag and follow orders.

But then he finds that, like it or not, one side has already chosen him for the coming scuffle!

"A Texas Ranger" by William McCleod Raine (Jul, 2014)

When a hardened criminal kills guards and breaks out of prison, Steve Fraser, a lieutenant in the Texas Rangers, is tasked with bringing him to justice. From the bowels of a mine, deep underground, to the stone labyrinths of the mountains of Wyoming, Steve follows his quarry. But his chase requires him to befriend people who turn out to be wanted in another killing. How can he justify his actions with his innate sense of honesty, his new friends, and the bewitching woman he meets in their midst?

"The Middle Toe of the Right Foot" by Ambrose Bierce (Jun, 2014)

Criminals should not return to the scene of their crime. Sometimes, it's just too horrible to bear! (Ghost story!)

The Man Who Would Be King" by Rudyard Kipling (May, 2014)

A British newspaper editor in India does some favors for a memorable pair of strangers who confide in him their plan to become kings in Afghanistan. Then, two years later, he has a bizarre return visit - kings they have become, sure enough, but they've found the price of kingly mistakes was very high!

"A Walk in the Dark" by Arthur C. Clarke (Apr, 2014)

Silly, isn't it? The things you think of when a vehicle breakdown makes you walk to the base at night. Creepy, too! But when you're at the outer edge of the galaxy, sometimes your thoughts have something to them....

"The Wounded" by Phillip Jose Farmer (Mar, 2014)

Not every man who carries a violin case excites such passion. But when this one steps into a room full of wounded and healers, he's targeted to become a casualty himself!

"Let's Get Together" by Isaac Asimov (Feb, 2014)

It's bad enough to learn that your historical enemy has developed robots so human-like that it takes an X-ray to detect them. But to learn that a group of the robots is already in the US and planning to detonate a bomb that can annihilate a major piece of a state - that's real motivation! For the man charged with neutralizing them - it's crunch time!

"The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke (Jan, 2014)

The invention of computers was a godsend to the obscure monks deep in the Himalayas. Their centuries-long project to write out all of God's names could be sped up by thousands of years. And only they had any clue what would come next!

"Living Space" by Isaac Asimov (Jan, 2014)

When the technology for twisting to other probability patterns was developed, a grateful Earth solved its overcrowding by sending people to live on Earths where plants and animals never got started. Each family could have its own planet, because there was an infinite number of such alt-Earths available, and the computers never assigned the same one twice. Trouble was - someone else had the same idea!

"The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte (Oct, 2013)

Bret Harte paints a timeless portrait of undesirables who are forced to leave a self-righteous town, and who, in the face of oncoming winter and in the company of a pair of innocents, learn to become bigger than themselves.

"To Build a Fire" by Jack London (Oct, 2013)

At fifty degrees below zero, your spit freezes instantly upon hitting the ground. At seventy-five below zero, it freezes in mid-air. If you get wet at that temperature you need to know one thing, and know it very well - how to build a fire.

"I, Mars" by Ray Bradbury (Oct, 2013)

Emil Barton literally missed his rocketship when the Mars colonists were brought back to Earth at the start of the nuclear war. After a lifetime alone on the Red Planet - literally the only inhabitant of the terraformed world - Barton gets an unwelcome phone call on his 80th birthday. It's himself, calling from sixty years in the past.

"The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allen Poe (Mar, 2013)

A breathtaking piece of luck, coupled with an unlikely coincidence, secured by a piercing intellect and curious nature, lead three friends to believe they might possibly uncover pirate gold! With all the insight and reasoning of a Sherlock Holmes, Poe's William Legrand plucks faint clues seemingly from mid-air and carefully arrives at a conclusion of exactly where in the world to dig.Has he reasoned - and guessed - correctly? Or, will the only gold he sees be the color of his eponymous beetle?

"The Enchanted Island - A Fairy Tale" by F.L. Apjohn (Jul, 2012)

Inconvenient owners of thrones in the kingdoms of the Islands of Sunshine have a habit of attracting the attention of an Evil Magician - and then disappearing!

Prince Daimur, who fortunately has a helpful and caring disposition, receives some special gifts from a dying fairy. So when he, too, becomes inconvenient and is "disappeared", he possesses some potent defenses against spells. On the Island of Despair, his natural curiosity and good nature wins him allies as he attempts to solve the puzzles that await him.  And with diligence, courage, and some good luck - the dispossessed royalty might actually stage a comeback!

 "Key Out of Time" by Andre Norton (Mar, 2012)

This is the fourth in Norton's Time Traders series; it immediately follows "The Defiant Agents." (see below)

 Ross Murdoch and Gordon Ashe, Time Agents, are joined by a Hawaiian girl and two "enhanced" dolphins on a mission to another of the destinations found programmed into a derelict spaceship. Then their time portal crumbles around them and leaves them stranded in the planet's past!

"The Early History of the Airplane" by Orville & Wilbur Wright (Sep, 2011)

Only two people were in a position to experience all the events leading up to the first flight of a viable airplane, and here in three short essays they report how it came about.
The idea of powered flight was so new that there were not even accepted methods for measuring the forces at play on a machine in flight. The Wright brothers had to develop their own testing methods and conduct experimentation before they finally began to design something theoretically capable of the feat. Most vexing of all was the problem of control - how to conduct a controlled turn when the forces are unbalanced.  Without boring you with calculations, they explain how they tested different wing shapes and control vanes and then verified them in hundreds of flights in a glider.
Finally, in December, 1903, they achieved their milestone: "This flight lasted only 12 seconds, but it was nevertheless the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started."

"I Was a Secret Weapon" by Richard Sabia (March, 2011)

The Communists never have a chance. They are prepared to fight with atomic weapons. The U.S. instead uses... Dolliver Wims, history's first recorded person capable of turning other people accident-prone. Wims is a walking disaster who never gets caught in the shambles he creates! With great good humor, Sabia turns his lens on what might have happened had the Cold War gone hot!

"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Norton  (Jan, 2011)

The Western Conference discovers the Reds have stolen their alien-source data on a colonizable planet...and so must rush their plans for an expedition. When their spaceship crashes on Topaz, Travis Fox and his party of modern Apache Indians, reverted to their tribal ancestral memories, find they have already been beaten there. And they must deal with more than Reds - for the Reds have brought along reverted members of Ghenghis Khan's Mongol Horde!

Bee Audio

Produced under contract to Bee Audio and available at Audible.com.


"Atlantis Endgame" by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith (coming Sep 2015)

"Echoes in Time" by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith (coming Sep 2015)

"The Path to Hope" by Stephane Hessel and Edgar Morin (Mar, 2014)


A short, incisive political tract that criticizes the culture of finance capitalism and calls for a return to the humanist values of the enlightenment: equality, liberty, freedom as defined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a return to community, mutual respect, freedom from poverty, and an end to theocracy and fundamentalism. The authors argue that a return to these values constitutes “a path to hope,” leading the way out of the present worldwide malaise brought on by economic collapse, moral failure, and an ignorance of history.
For the authors, 20th-century fascism was no mere abstraction—it was a brutal system brought on by a similar malaise, a system they fought against. This gives their book special urgency. The Path to Hope is written by two esteemed French thinkers—94-year-old Stephane Hessel and 90-year-old Edgar Morin, following on the heels of Hessel’s Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage!). Both books have become best sellers in France and throughout Europe. Both have also become foundational documents underpinning the worldwide protest movement of which Occupy Wall Street is the American subset.

"Life Inside the Bubble" by Dan Bongino (Jan, 2014)


He swore to take a bullet for the President and left it all behind to take a bullet for the American people. Why would a successful, twelve-year Secret Service agent resign his position in the prime of his career to run for political office against all the odds?
New York Times bestseller, Life Inside the Bubble is an intimate look at life inside the presidential "bubble," a haze of staffers, consultants, cronies, acolytes, bureaucrats and lobbyists that creates the "alternate reality" in which monumental policy decisions are made. And it is the story of a dedicated Secret Service professional who, after years inside the "bubble," walked away in favor of sounding a clarion call to the American people in defense of sane government and the U.S. Constitution.
Finally, why the Fast & Furious scandal, the bombings in Boston and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi are harbingers of what's to come without a bold change in direction.
Take the journey with Dan Bongino from the tough streets of New York City where he was raised, and later patrolled as a member of the NYPD, to the White House as a member of the elite Presidential Protective Division, through his ultimate decision to resign from the Secret Service - during the Obama Administration - in the prime of his career to run for the United States Senate against the feared Maryland Democratic machine. Follow his experiences inside the Washington, D.C., matrix and discover why a government filled with some incredibly dedicated people nevertheless continues to make such frequent and tragic mistakes.


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"Madame Charmaine" by David Tischendorf (Feb, 2014)


Madame Charmaine chronicles the adventure one summer of four close friends, three boys and a girl, all 12 years old, who discover a locked “treasure chest” half buried in the sandy shore of the Missouri River following a spring flood. As they play detective and try to find out who buried the chest and what its strange content means, they meet up with a tall, mysterious woman in a turban and soon find out that they are playing a dangerous game, one that threatens to bury them alive in a grave of their own digging!

"Auntie Maim" by David Tischendorf (Feb, 2014)


Was Auntie Maim an axe murderer? Well, you might have thought so!

Auntie Mame, on the other hand, can teach you and all of us an important lesson.
The little things in life sometimes aren't so little. Sheldon Beasley, 13, learned that lesson when his attempt to audition for a role in the wildly popular play Auntie Mame went horribly awry.
In a letter to the play’s director, Sheldon made several references to "Auntie Maim". Oops. That’s no way to impress the boss, who politely notified Sheldon he would not be invited to tryouts.
But Sheldon’s best friend, Tabby Moore, wouldn't let Sheldon give up. She organized a political-style campaign on Sheldon’s behalf. It certainly grabbed a lot of attention... Would it be enough to give Sheldon his chance?

"As the Twig Is Bent" by Joe Perrone, Jr. (May, 2013)

"Someone is killing women in the Chelsea district of Manhattan - but, who? The only clues: a signature heart carved into each victim's breast (inside, the initials "J.C." and those of the deceased); copies of the New Testament (with underlined passages referring to infidelity); and fingerprints of a juvenile arrested in the 1960s. On the case is Matt Davis, a plodding but effective NYPD homicide detective who is addicted to fly fishing - and chocolate. Helping him is his one-quarter Mohawk Indian partner, Chris Freitag, to whom he owes a long-standing debt of gratitude. Complicating things is Rita Valdez, a female cop looking for "true love," and not too particular about where she finds it. "As the Twig is Bent" is an explosive thriller that rips the lid off the sordid underbelly of Internet chat rooms, and propels the reader on a no-holds-barred journey toward its bone-chilling conclusion."


Audible, Inc.

"A User's Guide to the Universe" by Dave Goldberg & Jeff Blomquist 
(Sep, 2012) (Print edition by John Wiley & Son; audiobook by Audible, Inc)

This humorous book approaches mysteries of the cosmos - black holes, 10-dimensional space, wormholes, time travel, and more! - with lighthearted illustration from Rusty, the hobo physicist, and the authors' alter egos, Dr. Dave and Robo-Jeff. Using no more math than e = m x c-squared, they work their way from quarks to galaxies and The Big Bang to infinity.


Available on Iambik.com, iTunes, eMusic, and Audible.com

"Stealing Home" by Hayden Trenholm (Jan, 2013)

"When Frank Steele retired from the police force to work as a private detective, he left behind more foes than friends. His girlfriend Nancy disappears in a high-tech abduction, no trace of her assailants to be found. Steele has a good idea what his long-time enemies want from him in exchange for Nancy, but he isn't willing to put control into the wrong hands. Fighting to survive amidst the treachery and power struggles of society's elite, he is haunted by the remnants of his dead son's memories. His new Borg implants introduce him to unimaginable physical capabilities and a final understanding of the intricacies of Borg culture. Steele's investigation into the disappearance of his last chance at happiness only takes him further away from the law and deeper into the brutal underworld of a city and a man each desperately holding onto their humanity."

"Steel Whispers" by Hayden Trenholm (Jul, 2012)

"Four dead Borg and counting. Serial killer, gang violence or civil war? While the Special Detection Unit hunts for answers, a terrified family searches for their Disappeared daughter, and war between society's elites takes an even nastier turn. Borg and genetic technology is evolving exponentially and Frank Steele finds himself up against unfathomable enemies.

Franks needs to find the key that ties it all together. He's sworn to protect every citizen. It's his duty as a cop. But now it's gotten personal and Frank has to face the ultimate test - investigating the death of his own son."

"The Stone Gallows" by C. David Ingram (Nov, 2011)

After the accident, DC Cameron Stone had spent three months in intensive care before he could even recall what happened: the high speed pursuit of a vice baron through the night streets of Glasgow that had not only almost finished him but had taken the life of a teenage mother and her child. Then there'd been the message from Audrey on the back of a 'get well soon' card announcing that she had left him and taken their young son, Mark, with her. Booze, anti-depressants and therapy have all failed to enable him to resume his old job.
So now Stone lives in a one-room flat in the worst part of town, and he pays the rent by running errands for a private detective agency.
Stone is having a bad week. Audrey is getting difficult about contact arrangements for Mark. She's moved into the plush home of a plastic surgeon: there's talk of marriage- and adoption for Mark. He gets roughed-up on a case. Then there's the knife-wielding kids who try to mug him on the stairs. The only brightness on his horizon is his growing friendship with Liz, the sunny Irish nurse who lives on the next floor. But then petrol is poured through his letterbox and sets his flat ablaze. And now a stranger has turned up at the school and driven off with his son…

"The Bee-Loud Glade" by Steve Himmer (Oct, 2011)

Himmer’s debut novel, The Bee-Loud Glade, is the charming story of a decorative hermit who lives and works on a billionaire’s estate, and whose daily experience is shaped by his employer’s whims. The book combines a darkly comic commentary on modern work and wealth with a postmodern pastoral landscape. It brings a playfulness more commonly found in urban fiction to an outdoor setting. And it personifies tranquility, forcing life back to a human pace... not a rat race.

 "No One Is Illegal" by Mike Davis & Justin Chacon (Sep, 2011)

Iambik's first nonfiction offering, this book offers up a historical perspective of the US-Mexico border policies, their success or failure, and why, in their view, it is advantageous all the way around to refuse to stigmatize unauthorized Mexican immigrants as "illegal."

 "Fight For Your Long Day" by Alex Kudera (Aug, 2011)

Fight For Your Long Day is a day-in-the-life tragicomedy that follows the eventful unraveling of Cyrus Duffleman, a portly, down-and-out educator who teaches classes at four urban universities and works the night shift, all so he could barely stay afloat in an increasingly “efficient” service economy.
Watermark plot points twist and turn as students protest, get laid, practice murder, and commit suicide, while “Duff,” the novel’s lovable loser, trudges along from pillar to post with his overstuffed book bag and perversely cynical thoughts.

"How They Were Found" by Matt Bell (June, 2011)

In his debut collection How They Were Found, Matt Bell draws from a wide range of genres to create stories that are both formally innovative and imaginatively rich. In one, a 19th-century minister follows ghostly instructions to build a mechanical messiah. In another, a tyrannical army commander watches his apocalyptic command slip away as the memories of his men begin to fade and fail. Elsewhere, murders are indexed, new worlds are mapped, fairy tales are fractured and retold and then fractured again.
Includes the story "Dredge," a Best American Mystery Stories selection, and the story "His Last Great Gift," a Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story of 2009 and a Special Mention in the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

"Suicide Casanova" by Arthur Nersesian (March, 2011)

Corporate attorney Leslie Cauldwell is middle-aged, handsome, and rich, but has only a few swipes left on his mental Metrocard. During a rough sex session, he garrotes his beloved wife; now he's an officially designated "sex offender," off on a bender, looking for love in all the wrong places. Twenty years earlier, when his office was high above the pornographic purgatory of Times Square, Leslie became involved with the adult-film star, Sky Pacifica. She needed a refuge, and he was ripe for the using. Following a brief fling, each went their own way. Two decades later, in 2001, Leslie is still working in Times Square -- recently sanitized with its ESPN Zone and MTV window -- and fraught with guilt about his "accident" with his wife.


Pearson Press

"Psychology: An Exploration" by Ciccarelli & White
 (Pearson Higher Ed, Jan 2012)

A general psychology textbook by a professor at Gulf Coast Community College. This book was team-produced; my portion was the final third.

"Understanding Human Development" by Dunn & Craig.
(Pearson, 3rd Ed., Dec 2012)

Wendy Dunn is a professor at Coe College; Grace Craig is a professor at University of Massachusetts.

This is a team-produced title.

"Development Across the Life Span" by Robert S. Feldman.
(Pearson, 7th Ed., Mar 2013)

Robert Feldman is a Dean and professor at University of Massachusetts.

This is a team-produced title.


Wild Side Press LLC

"Invasion! War of Two Worlds" by Robert Reginald (Jun 29, 2012)

"When the first Martian capsule lands, Alex Smith is drawn to the scene out of curiosity and wonder. But soon he must flee, when the great alien striders begin devastating the countryside and harvesting the living bodies of men and women to drain their blood. Smith wanders south, being drafted into the Army, witnessing major battles between the Martians and the American troops, and following the trail of destruction all the way to San Francisco. There he finds a city deserted of human life. Mankind seems doomed, unless... "


Orca Book Publishers


Orca is producing audiobooks to go with some of their picturebooks.

I finished this group in Mar 2012.

"Doors in the Air" by David Weale
"Kishka for Koppel" by Aubrey Davis
"The Matatu" by Eric Walters
"Night Boy" by Anne Carter & Ninon Pelletier

 I finished this group in Oct 2011.

"Richard Was a Picker" by Carolyn Beck

"Mechanimals" by Chris Tougas
"Pierre le Poof" by Andrea Beck
"Elliot's Fire Truck" by Andrea Beck


Closing Out a Good Year!

This year (2011) is the year I finally decided to get serious about progressing to a professional level from my hobby of narrating audiobooks.

I'm pleased with the results: I've had nine published so far this year and two more expected to publish this month. I also completed four children's picture books in September, which are not yet in Orca's catalog.

If you are visiting this page as an audiobook lover, why not comment on what kind of book you would like to hear me do? Or, you can friend me on my Facebook badge below, and we can have a dialog!

John Wiley and Sons

"Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America" by William Isaac  (Dec, 2011)  

William M. Isaac, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the banking and S&L crises of the 1980s, details what was different about 2008’s meltdown that allowed the failure of a comparative handful of institutions to nearly shut down the world’s financial system. The book also tells the rousing story of Isaac’s time at the FDIC. With accessible and engaging prose, Isaac:
  • Details the mistakes that led to the panic of 2008 and 2009
  • Demystifies the conditions America faced in 2008, and
  • Provides a roadmap for avoiding similar shutdowns and panics in the future
Senseless Panicis a provocative, quick-paced, and thoughtful analysis of what went wrong with the nation's banking system and a blunt indictment of United States policy.

Cleis Press

"Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples" edited by Violet Blue (Dec, 2011)

Looking to keep the heat? In Sweet Love, bestselling editor Violet Blue creates a world of lusty and in-love couples who live out their fantasies with delicious results. These powerful scenarios are recipes for romance that real couples can use as inspiration for memorable explorations of their own. This delectable collection will have you wishing for role-playing, exhibitionism, spankings, surprise threesomes, and much much more. Sweet Love's expertly crafted, explicit stories will really take you there.


iPublish Press

Available from iPublish Press (http://ipublishpress.com/)

 "My Problem With Doors" by Scott Southard (Feb, 2010)

Jacob's life changed in a single moment when, as a toddler, he walked through his bedroom door only to find himself in the office of a British officer in Capetown, 1870. This would begin a thirty-year journey which would take him from ancient to future civilizations, and innumerable places and times in between. Through all of his travels, Jacob seeks for the purpose of his predicament, the significance of his life with all of its joys and suffering, loneliness and impermanence.