Speaking of Audiobooks: A Multitude of Mini Reviews

t4_imageWriting a review for an audiobook differs significantly from the writing of a general review, especially when the site you write for often has a complete review of said book already online.  Audiobook fans want to know about production, sound quality, affordability, accessibility, and of course, most importantly the narrator.  Can that narrator differentiate effectively between characters and deliver the story in a manner pleasing to the listener’s ear?  And if you have already read a particular book, did hearing rather than reading change your opinion of a specific character or the book in general?

Since these audio reviews contain few if any plot elements, I think the term “mini” review is an apt description considering this column’s subject matter.  With that in mind, I asked fellow AAR reviewers Ellen, LinnieGayl, and Katie Mack (all audio fans as well) to join me this month in presenting to you a few mini reviews.

Burn – Linda Howard                  Lea Hensley

Narrated by Joyce Bean

While not my favorite of Howard’s latest books, I still took great pleasure in her most recent tale of romantic suspense.  At times an “otherwise occupied” book, Howard’s concentration on minor details, such as investment strategies, made me glad I had more than one thing to fill my time as a few of those passages bordered on boring.  As usual, narrator Joyce Bean delivers an above average performance, but I found her portrayal of the hero, Cael, lacking.  Somehow the depth of his voice combined with the intonation of his speech did not fit the image I had in my head and Bean’s interpretation of this savior hero warred with my own anytime Cael was speaking.  As with most Howard books, I will revisit Burn at some time in the future but it will be in print rather than audio.

Crazy for You – Jennifer Crusie                  Katie Mack

Narrated by Sandra Burr

Jennifer Crusie is one of my all-time favorite authors, so recently I’ve been glomming her audiobooks so I can enjoy her unique writing while I exercise. While Crazy for You isn’t one of my favorite Crusies, I’ve read it more than once because even a not-as-good-as-the-others-Crusie is still pretty damn good. Unfortunately for me and for Ms. Crusie, narrator Sandra Burr butchered the audio version so badly that I couldn’t continue after just a few chapters. The problem: the character voices were atrocious. The heroine sounded like a breathy tweenage drama queen, and if you’ve ever read Crusie you know that’s the last thing one of her heroines should sound like. But the atrocity didn’t stop there: the narrator’s attempt at performing male voices made those characters sound as though they had really bad head colds. It was awful. Even if you’re a die-hard Crusie fan like myself, I recommend steering clear of the Crazy for You audiobook.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen – Janet Evanovich                  Ellen

Narrated by Lorelei King

There are some audiobook narrators who are simply perfect for the book, an example being Len Cariou who narrates Michael Connelly’s mysteries featuring Harry Bosch.  Another is Lorelei King who narrates Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, as well as all of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books.  Even when the book is a bit loose and disjointed, King’s reading is always a delight.  Some narrators are good with one character but not so much with another.  King can do all of Evanovich’s zany characters and do them well.

Hot Ice by Nora Roberts                  Katie Mack

Narrated by Anna Fields

After hearing wonderful things about narrator Anna Fields, and because I’ve got Nora Roberts’ Hot Ice on my TBR shelf, I recently decided to give the audio version a shot. I loved it. First and foremost, and I really mean that, is the incredible narration by Ms. Fields. Her accents, tone of voice, timing, and character voices are superb, and brought the story to life in a way so few narrators achieve. Of course I wouldn’t have had so much fun if the story had been boring, so kudos to Ms. Roberts as well for writing such a fun Adventure Romance. If you’re a fan of Romancing the Stone, I highly recommend you give a listen to Hot Ice. I must say, though, that I doubt I’d have enjoyed Hot Ice nearly as much had I been left with the voices of my imagination instead of Anna Fields’ fabulous ones. I’ll definitely be listening to this one again.

514TDBTHoiL._SS500_Ice Storm – Anne Stuart                  Lea Hensley

Narrated by Lauren Fortgang

Following Black Ice, this is my favorite of Stuart’s Ice series and I was enthused to see it available in audio format – even with an unknown narrator.  I enjoyed the storyline even more this time around and found the narrator’s voice to be very pleasant, yet indistinguishable at times.  My usual need to know who is speaking each and every line worked to my detriment here since I frequently could not differentiate between Isobel and Killian’s voices and my complete attention was often required to fully follow their conversations.  If you have not read the book, expect to dedicate some time exclusively to the listening.   Now my fingers are crossed hoping to see Black Ice’s audio release sometime soon.

Lady Be Good – Susan Elizabeth Phillips                  LinnieGayl

Narrated by Anna Fields

I still cry when I remember that we won’t be able to look forward to any new audiobooks narrated by the wonderful Anna Fields. I had a funny experience listening to this book. I loved the book when I first read it, and couldn’t understand why some readers felt that Lady Emma was bossy. As usual, Anna Fields did a spot-on job with all of the characters and, after listening to Lady Emma speak just a few lines, I had an ah ha moment. Yes, she is bossy. I still love her, but probably not quite as much after listening to her. I thought the narrator’s portrayal of Kenny was particularly well done. Anna Fields’ performance kept me laughing and entertained throughout the book. It’s also my first romance in MP3 format, and I will definitely be looking for more of Anna Fields’ older performances.

Promises in Death – J.D. Robb                  Ellen

Narrated by Susan Erickson

I almost always listen to the In Death books by J.D. Robb.  Susan Erickson narrates and although I do enjoy her performance, I think she can
get a bit too intense sometimes. (I find myself skipping the love scenes.)  I especially appreciate the voices she gives the secondary characters since I think the voices fit them perfectly.  I like the light, girlish voice she gives Mavis, the dry and a bit snarky voice for Peabody and McNabb’s surfer dude voice.  I especially love Trina’s gruff no-nonsense voice.  She sounds exactly like someone who’d scare Eve to death

519l8mm2gwL._SS500_The Seduction of the Crimson Rose - Lauren Willig                  LinnieGay

Narrated by Kate Reading

This is the fourth book in the Pink Carnation series, and I don’t recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read the other three. Until I listened to the audio version, it was also my least favorite of the series. Now, after listening to the characters come to life through Kate Reading’s narration, it’s moved up a lot in my liking. I laughed aloud numerous times while listening to the horrible things that Mary and Lord Vaughn say to each other and think to themselves. These two self-centered characters came to life for me in audio version and I totally enjoyed them. I also loved the alternative view we get of the main characters from earlier entries in this series through Mary’s eyes. The narrator does a fantastic job with every character as well as distinguishing between the chick lit and European historical sections of the book. Within a few words, I could tell instantly whether we were in modern day or 19th century England.

Sleeping Beauty – Judith Ivory                  Lea Hensley

Narrated by Violet Primm

Sleeping Beauty is one of my historical romance favorites and, as such, I eagerly purchased the audio version two years ago, although the sample assured that James’s nasal almost effeminate voice, as performed by the narrator, would prove a challenge for me.  As I mentioned in our first Speaking of Audiobooks column, my initial listening session was over quickly – I just couldn’t handle my James speaking in that manner.  However, since that post, two of our readers have mentioned their favorable impressions of the audio version of Sleeping Beauty and I decided recently to give it another try and, let me tell you, it was a success!  Oh, I never entirely accepted James’s voice but the overall narration is so entirely pleasing in all other aspects that I found myself a bit swept away.  As audio fans know, effective differentiation between the leads’ voices greatly influences one’s enjoyment of any audiobook and Ms. Primm’s performance of Coco, with a slight French accent, thoroughly distinguished Coco’s voice from that of James.  Yet I was even more impressed with Ms. Primm’s beautiful delivery of the love scenes and in that aspect – she gets an A+!

Stardust - Neil Gaiman                  Ellen

Narrated by Neil Gaiman

The idea of authors narrating their own books sounds like a good idea.  After all, who knows the book and characters better?  But what sounds
good in theory is sometimes not so good in execution.  Lawrence Block, one of the best mystery writers out there, often narrates his own
books but when I tried to listen to one featuring his bookseller/burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, I swiftly got lost since Block narrates without any attempt to differentiate between the characters and with the book’s heavy dialogue, I didn’t know who was who.  I decided to try another author/narrator and picked up Damnation Street narrated by its author Andrew Klavan.  Klavan did differentiate between the characters and in doing so made them come alive.   I liked it so much that I listened to the other books in the series, Dynamite Road and Shotgun Alley.  Klavan is an excellent narrator.

But one of the best author/narrators around is Neil Gaiman.  His book Stardust is a fantasy with more than just a touch of romance.  Gaiman does a wonderful job narrating and succeeds very well in creating a faerie atmosphere.  I’ve also listened to him read Coraline, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book and he is one of the best author/narrators out there.

The Trouble With J.J. – Tami Hoag                  LinnieGayl

Narrated by Deanna Hurst

This was a light, rather short audiobook and I had a lot of fun listening to it. However, I thought the narrator did a much better job with the female characters (including J.J.’s little girl) than she did with the males and I also didn’t think that the narrator was completely consistent with the voices of all of the characters. There was a friend who supposedly had the most grating voice imaginable, but initially it didn’t seem that bad. However, over time, it did become really awful. There was also some rather purplish prose that I would have skimmed in a print version, but had to listen to in the audio version. I can still recommend it, but it’s not my favorite audiobook. I think I enjoyed this one more in the print version.

And, Now for Your Thoughts

Have you listened to any of these audiobooks?  Do you agree or disagree with the mini review?

What are your latest audio hits or failures?

What audiobook is next on your listening schedule?

Ending Notes

I am currently listening to the first four books of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (and having a delightful time) in preparation for an upcoming column.  It’s been four years since I last enjoyed this superb series of audiobooks and I invite you to join me in listening (or listening once again) to one or all of the Outlander series books.  In approximately two months, we will dedicate a Speaking of Audiobooks column solely to the audio presentation of this highly favored series.

Let us know your suggestions for future romance audiobook topics.

I’ll join you here again in a few weeks to discuss September’s Audiobook Romance releases.

-Lea Hensley

-Lea Hensley with help from LinnieGayl Kimmel, Ellen AAR, and Katie Mack

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38 Responses to Speaking of Audiobooks: A Multitude of Mini Reviews

  1. Thanks, Lea for your reviews. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I agree that you review an audiobook differently than you do the print version. It doesn’t matter how good a story is, if the narrator is horrible, you just can’t continue it. How much input do authors have in who narrates their books? I had a bad experience with a book called The Man Tamer by Cindi Myers. It was narrated by Elena Stauffer and I tell you it KILLED me to listen to that book! Her narration was so bad that I refuse to listen to anything she narrates, EVER! The hero of this book was from Australia and instead of that wonderfully sexy Hugh Jackman accent, I was treated to the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin (may he rest in peace.) Listening to “him” say regular things was bad enough, but having to hear that accent during the sex scenes… It’s two years later and I still can’t get over it.
    But, on a happier note, I can’t wait to read more of your reviews. Thanks.

  2. Tee says:

    Lea, I don’t listen to audio books. I’ve thought about it, but never have. But I thought I would comment on your article since I found these mini reviews really neat. I’d even like them for regular books. Even though they don’t go into great detail, sometimes that’s all I really want from a review is a general idea of whether the reviewer liked it or not and a few short reasons why. I could then decide to pick it up or not and go from there. Just my thoughts.

  3. Azure says:

    I just finished (barely) Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Christine Marshall. The reason I say I barely finished it was because the accent Ms. Marshall used for the hero, Julian, drove me insane, and not in a good way! I always “heard” Julian in a deep, sultry voice. Ms. Marshall seemed to think Julian was a raspy-voiced Russian (or so it sounded to me), and I just couldn’t get over it. It took a lot of the joy out of listening to one of my favorite Kenyon books.

    The thing is that I’ve listened to another book narrated by Christine Marshall, Something Blue by Emily Giffin, and I enjoyed her performance with that book. But Fantasy Lover was a complete miss.

  4. katyco says:

    I love all the attention audio books are getting now. I love reading but don’t always have the time so I’m a big fan of audio books. I totally agree with you about Anna Fields. To me, she and Davina Porter are the best. Lady Be Good was one of the first audio books I ever listened to. Lately, I’ve been listening to the Hamish MacBeth series by MC Beaton narrated by Davina Porter. I’m not a big fan of the voice Ms. Porter does for Hamish (I think I was looking for a slight variation of Jamie Frazer) but it’s okay because she makes the other characters so entertaining. I’m also listening to the Outlander series again and looking forward to the upcoming column and discussion.

  5. Lea/AAR says:

    Tracey – I felt that way about the narration of Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger as well as Lowell’s Only Love. Both of these books earned high grades from me in print but I shudder when I think of their audio versions. Glad you enjoy the mini reviews!

    Azure, Tracey, and katyco – thanks for your mini reviews! I think we will run a column full of mini reviews such as today’s every few months. I do try to include a number of mini reviews in each column but I so enjoy reading audio reviews from other AAR reviewers and readers as well.

    Katyco – glad to hear you too are listening to the Outlander series. I am now about ¼ of the way through Dragonfly in Amber and am enjoying the series tremendously – yet again.

  6. Leigh says:

    Like Tee, I don’t really use audio books that much unless I am going to be spending a lot of time in the car.

    I did try an In Death book a little while back, and Peabody’s voice was completely different from what I was expecting.

    I might have to give SEP’s audio books a try. . .

    I enjoyed reading the reviews, and they will definitely help me in picking out books for my next road trip. . any maybe, my house will get clean. . if I can actually read a book and clean at the same time. .

  7. Lea/AAR says:

    Leigh -what is your favorite SEP book? And what is your preferred method for listening – CDs, tapes, MP3, etc? I want to help you clean your house!

  8. Judy says:

    Eve Mathison’s reading of the Georgette Heyer novel, Faro’s Daughter, is superb! She captures the silliness of Miss Grantham’s aunt as well as the nuances in Miss Grantham’s speeches as she tries to mislead Mr. Ravenscar. She also does an outstanding job with Arabella, which is not nearly as funny, but her reading makes it very entertaining!

  9. Peggy P says:

    Oooh, my new fave here at AAR, the audiobook column! And an Outlander special?! That’s just perfect – I hope to have listened to the new book by then… I haven’t seen a release date yet for the audio, anyone else seen it? I hope it’s released at the same time the book is but have been prowling Audible and haven’t seen a mention yet. Love the mini reviews – just enough info to send me to check a book out – or not.

    I have to agree with the first poster, Tracey, I can’t bear any narration by Elena Stauffer, she seems to do alot of Harlequin books also. There are only a few narrators I avoid but for whatever reasons, she is one.

    I’m listening now to books written by Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Sweetheart) narrated by Carolyn McCormick – there’s a 3rd book to be released in Sept. or Oct., these a very dark but I’m enjoying the continuing stories and relationships.

    And if you haven’t listened to Deanna Raybourn’s books, “Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent on the Moor” narrated by Ellen Archer – you are in for a treat. I think Ellen is a close contender to Davina for narration. The books are excellent and the narration is pitch perfect and definitely rates as a “comfort re-listen” for me.

    I have an MP3 player dedicated to just “Outlander”, I’ve got all the available books on it and when my commute gets really ugly and I need to chill out – that’s my comfort listen. Since I’ve read/listened to the books so often, I can start anywhere and pick up the story… hell, I can usually say it along with Davina – and that’s just sad! I just gotta get a life one of these days!

  10. Kaetrin says:

    I’ve just finished part 1 of 4 of Outlander and I’m really enjoying it – so I will be really interested in your Outlander audio revew.

    I haven’t read Promises in Death yet – I have the book in my TBR pile but I did recently listen to Ceremony in Death on audio. In my head I hadn’t thought Roarke’s accent was quite as Irish as Susan Ericksen portrays it – although having said that, I don’t really know how it could have been different – I guess I had read so much of the “faint Irish lilt” and “a touch of the Irish in his voice” that I expected the accent to be less obvious. I got over it though. The thing that bugged me (and it was a very small thing in the big picture) was the way the narrator pronounced Caro (Roarke’s assistant) – I had always thought it was short for Caroline and therefore had a short sound like cat but she pronounced it Cay-ro which just sounded wrong!!

    I’ve recently listened to Black Hills by Nora Roberts and the narrator was excellent. A great book, really well done. Is Hot Ice part of a series or is it stand alone? I might put it on my list for my next one…

    I’ve only just discovered audiobooks (so I’m extra glad you’re doing these reviews) and I’m loving it – now I can ‘read’ while I’m cooking dinner, driving, doing the cleaning – in fact, there have been days when I’ve done extra cleaning so I could keep listening! (sad isn’t it?)

  11. Azure says:

    Leigh—It took me a little bit to get used to Peabody’s voice as well. It’s interesting when I go back and listen to an audiobook that was recorded before Erickson had Peabody’s voice the way she does it now. I forget which book I was listening to a while back, but the voice was a bit different.

    Kaetrin—It’s interesting that you could mention how the name “Caro” is pronounced. I didn’t notice this so much in the IN DEATH series, maybe because I’m from Illinois, where our town of Cairo is pronounced Cay-ro. But when I listened to Simon Prebble’s narration of Stephanie Laurens’ The Ideal Bride, he pronounced the name “Car-o” (like she was a car). It was a bit off-putting, because I’d always read the name as you did—with a short a sound.

  12. katyco says:

    Peggy P – On the Recorded Books website, they are showing the audio release date for Echo in the Bones as October 15th. I’m first on the request list at our library. However, I’m sure I’ll read it as soon as it comes out. I started listening to the series again the first of the summer and am now on The Fiery Cross. I’m going to try to get through them all before the audio comes out.
    I get about half my audio books on cd from the library. The rest are mp3 downloads from the library and Audible.

  13. Lea/AAR says:

    katyco – in listening to the Outlander series, do you listen to the abridged versions of The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes? I have not listened to these two since I greatly prefer unabridged. What are your thoughts on the abridged versions or have you located unabridged versions of these two books?
    And does anyone know – Gabaldon’s next in the Outlander series, Echo in the Bone – will it be abridged or unabridged?

  14. MarissaB says:

    Lea, what a great column! Thanks also to LinnieGayl Kimmel, Ellen AAR, and Katie Mack for their input.

    I definitely agree about Anna Fields. I actually quit buying SEP books until I could get the audio.

    I am currently listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, read by Simon Vance. I also have the hardcover from the library at home. Simon Vance does an excellent job with this book, just like he did for the first one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I tried both reading and listening to the book at the same time. That was interesting. I always knew reading would finish the book sooner than listening, but it surprised me to find out that listening highlighted nuances I missed because I read too fast . I quit reading after half a chapter.

    Since a book can have very different reviews depending on the medium, are you guys planning to have a separate line added to the review list for the audio versions, with a column for the narrator? That would be very helpful for us audiobook fans.

    I will get started on the Outlander series to prep for your column, Lea. That will be a definite pleasure.

  15. katyco says:

    Lea – I guess I’ve never listened to an abridged version of anything. I’m always afraid I’m going to miss something important. I guess if that was all I could get I might try it.

    I’m blessed with a great local library and they have the unabridged and abridged version of all the Outlander books. I don’t think I would like the abridged because Davina Porter doesn’t narrate them and I’m used to the way she does the character’s voices. Besides that, Gabaldon’s books have so much detail and everything fits together so well that I don’t know how you could leave anything out.

    The audio book of Echo in the Bone that is on order at our library is the unabridged. I haven’t seen anything about an abridged being released.

  16. Leigh says:

    Lea. .lol . . I need all the motivation I can get to clean. Because it never stays that way with four dogs. Natural Born Charmer, What I did For Love, Ain’t She Sweet. . . .

    Since I use the library for audio books, the medium would be CD.

  17. Lea/AAR says:

    katyco – for some reason I thought that if there was an unabridged version of the 5th and 6th books in the Outlander series, Audible would carry them and that is not the case! It only carries the abridged versions and I can’t go there. I just looked on line and those two audio books run in the $125 – $250 range each! I did find some sites that will download them affordably but they have names such as pirate, etc. and there is no way I am going there. So, looks like I will be turning to my local library system. Thanks so much for the info on this.

    Leigh – all of those SEP books are great in audio. I encourage you to find one at your library and let us know your thoughts. I was going to try and find an affordable copy for you but nothing is more affordable than the library.

    MarissaB – thanks for your mini review and the thoughts about reading and listening at the same time. I have used a book to reread a scene I have enjoyed on audio but had not thought to compare the two. I think that is good future column discussion material. I too would like to have some sort of audio reference along with AAR’s reviews but I have not yet conceived of a workable format for such to present to AAR’s senior staff. And so glad you are joining in on listening to Outlander!

    Kaetrin – my laundry stays so on schedule when I am listening to a great audio book and I cook more too so I understand what you are saying! Is this your first listen of Outlander? I’m going to see if Katie Mack can answer your Hot Ice question.

    Peggy P – so glad you are enjoying the column! And I am thrilled to talk with others who enjoy audiobooks and have recommendations for me – I have looked for such discussions for years. Your dedicated MP3 player for the Outlander series is such a great idea. You know, that series is so long and detailed with so many varied adventures that I don’t think I will ever become bored while listening. But of course, I am one who will watch a favorite movie again and again. I think I watched Onegin for probably the 20th time last night.

  18. Katie Mack says:

    Kaetrin: Is Hot Ice part of a series or is it stand alone?I might put it on my list for my next one…

    Hot Ice is a stand-alone. Have fun listening!

  19. Beckygtx says:

    I am so glad Lorelei mentioned your site! I certainly am making notes for the next time I visit the library. I love J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts, and Janet Evanovich and agree with your insights!

  20. Anne Stuart says:

    For some reason I never had any trouble figuring out who was talking in ICE STORM (lol). I do like Lauren Fortnang a lot — I think she does a great job on it.

    My favorite comfort listen is SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley. Apart from the fact that it’s my favorite book of the decade, the female reader makes Con’s voice sexy. It’s also really annoying — it’s in first person and what, in print, was cute little observations is irritating blather. But the scenes with Con make up for it, and that’s what the various fast forward options on the iPod are for.

    It sounds like Outlander should be one of my next tries.

    I’ve listened to about ten Georgette Heyer’s (my favorite writer of the century, along with Mary Stewart) and have half a dozen more to go. At some point it owuld be fun to have a column just on her audiobooks.

  21. Liz V. says:

    Yay, now I have some new readers to try.

    I absolutely loved CJ Critt reading Janet Evanovich. I need to give Lorelei King another chance because I think CJ was still too fresh in my brain the first time I tried to listen.

    Tremendously enjoyed Jenny Sterlin reading The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.

  22. Ellie says:

    The Outlander series, read by Davina Porter, is superb. I am in the process of listening, once again , to book 6 and am anxiously waiting for An Echo in the Bone to come out. I’ve pre-ordered by the printed copy but will listen to it as well. Mrs. Porter is a friend and loans me her personal copies, although I wouldn’t even ask for a loan prior to publication. She is English and her husband Scots, which is why she gets the accents so perfectly. I would never listen to an abridged version. You miss too much. I’m looking forward to your column on the series.

  23. Maryfranc says:

    I also loved Anna Fields’ narration. She is greatly missed. I also enjoy the In Death series in audio format. Many of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books are on audio at the library. I have only listened to Outlander (1st in series) but have listened to many, many Georgette Heyer audiobooks. So little time, so much to read. I am really enjoying this new section of reviews.

  24. Lea/AAR says:

    The idea of a Georgette Heyer audio column at some time in the future sounds like a winner. That will require a good bit of preparation on my part since I have not listened to any of Heyer’s books. Are there numerous narrators to choose from? I attempted to listen to Devil’s Cub narrated by Michael Drew and could not stay with it.

  25. Anne Stuart says:

    Lea — I’ve listened to tons — some brilliant, some wonderful. Email me and I’ll give you my take on things.

  26. Lea/AAR says:

    Anne – message sent. Thanks!

  27. Kaetrin says:

    @ Lea – I went to Audible.com this morning and scrolled through the Nora Roberts books but they didn’t have Hot Ice. Where did you get it from and how much did you pay (if that isn’t a rude question!)?

  28. Lea/AAR says:

    Kaetrin – I did find it on Audible just now. I looked under Hot Ice rather than Nora Roberts and that may be why you are having difficulty finding it. The smallest things can sometimes keep one from finding things on their site. It is unabridged and $19.58 or 1 credit. Here’s the link:

    The only copies I could find on Amazon or Half.com were used cassettes and only available in abridged.

    Let us know how you enjoyed it!

  29. Kaetrin says:

    @ Lea – I searched on “Hot Ice” earlier too and couldn’t find it. I tried the link but it only took me to a “not available” page – is it maybe not available to me because I’m in Australia?

  30. Lea/AAR says:

    Hmmm – the link does work for me.
    Here is another link for a Books on Board UK site. http://bit.ly/9ELim
    I’ll be very interested to know if this works for you.

    However, I could not find Hot Ice on Audible.co.uk.

    I know little if anything about why Audible would work in the US and not Australia and hopefully we can find the answer. If nothing else, a new audiobook column is going up tomorrow (Monday August 24th) and this question can be asked when we have more readers tuning in.

    Good luck!

  31. Kaetrin says:

    @ Lea

    Looks like it is a geographical rights issue – the book is not available (apparently as an audio book or as an ebook) to those of us in Australia.


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  35. Jennie says:

    Nice reviews. I too have listened to a lot of audio books and my fav narrator is Davina Porter and Lisette Lecat who narrates Alexader McCall Smiths No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. So glad there are so many more books coming out on audio. The selection use to be skimpy.

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