The Institute | Podium Audio

The Institute

Book 4

By: Vaughn Heppner

Performed by: Michael Braun

Released: May 16, 2023

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 09 hr, 9 min

To Jake Bayard’s amazement, he meets a Homo habilis: a five-foot, hundred-pound, hairy hominid that was supposed to have gone extinct 1.65 million years ago.
Philip is no moronic precursor to man, but a member of the elite extraterrestrial Institute, needing help to leave Earth. The problem is that Philip is a liar, a sneak, and a diabolical genius using the Traveler for his own ends.
Out in the stars, Bayard discovers a conspiracy backed by ancient military tech and run by the little hominids bent on conquering everything, including Earth.
What can one Marine stranded on a deadly alien planet do against an army of technologically superior soldiers? Bayard is about to find out.
The Institute is the fourth tale in the Traveler series of a gung-ho Terran taking on the masters of an insidious and ancient alien conspiracy.



Vaughn Heppner



Michael Braun

MICHAEL BRAUN has narrated over 200 titles in genres ranging from literary fiction to nonfiction, thrillers, science fiction and young adult. He has had the pleasure of narrating for numerous New York Times bestselling authors. Recent projects include Karl Ove Knausgaard’s The Morningstar and The Podcaster by Christopher Chen, a commission by Audible Theater. He can be seen in the upcoming feature films The Tender Bar directed by George Clooney (based on the memoirs of J.R. Moehringer), The Courtroom directed by Lee Sunday Evans, and Deep Water directed by Adrian Lyne (based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name). He appears in the third season of "The Sinner," and recently played EJ on the fifth and final season of Showtime’s “The Affair” opposite Anna Paquin. He has appeared on Broadway in The Crucible directed by Ivo Van Hove, War Horse at Lincoln Center as well as The Bridge Project: Winter’s Tale/Cherry Orchard, directed by Sam Mendes at BAM and the Old Vic in London. Other New York theater credits include shows at The Signature Theater, The Public Theater and Second Stage as well as work across the country at the McCarter, NY Stage and Film, Williamstown Theater Festival, Yale Rep, Centerstage and Seattle Rep. His film credits include the Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come, Dark Water, Incoming, Dare, Igby Goes Down and Drinks! His television credits include: "Succession," “The Night Of,” “High Maintenance,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” “The Blacklist,’ “Blue Bloods,” “Unforgettable,” “Do No Harm,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” the ABC pilot "Awkward Situations for Men,” and the Apple show “Dickinson.” He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award.