Speaking of Audiobooks: December 2010 Releases

ShadowfeverThe last category in My Unofficial Personal Listening Challenge for 2010 was Fantasy – another genre I tended to avoid.  I chose Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever knowing that it would also challenge me as a series of unending stories with no HEAs nicely tying up each book’s conclusion.  Later I discovered yet another challenge (the biggest of all) and it has to do with that classic Happily Ever After I long for.  There is no absolute guarantee I’ll have one in the end nor do I know which hero would be featured in such (although I definitely have an opinion).

I’d been advised to read Darkfever, the first in the Fever series, toward the end of 2010 since the fifth and final in the series was scheduled for release around the first of 2011.  I followed that line of advice although I didn’t really see myself listening beyond Darkfever.  I planned to dip my toe in this fantasy series with no promised HEA and say I’d done so and move on.  Ha!

I started listening to Darkfever on November 1st.  Sixteen days later, I had not only listened to Darkfever, but also Bloodfever, Faefever, and Dreamfever!  I definitely had the fever which was, without doubt, due to Moning’s talent in writing cliffhanger endings.  As I finished each book, the same recurring thought resounded in my mind, “I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait a year!”

Fortunately one of our SOA regulars, Tstbren, was around for some much needed discussion time and understood my need to speculate about that which I had just read.  I can see why there are so many Fever discussion groups out there and why this series supports such a large merchandising offshoot over at Moning’s Web site. (I am now the proud owner of a Barron’s Books and Baubles mug).

At the center of the series is Mac (short for Mackayla), a modern Southern belle, who doesn’t take life too seriously until she discovers a vast world she had no idea existed and learns that she plays an important role in that world as a sidhe-seer.  More than one man (or creature) plays a significant (albeit mysterious) role in her life.  Over the course of the series, Mac toughens up and becomes quite the kick-ass heroine.

All four books are equally enthralling.  Although I am a diehard romance fan, I found that instead of longing for that HEA as I approached the ending of Darkfever, I realized I really didn’t want one…yet.  There were too many unanswered questions and too much yet to be learned about potential heroes to settle for an HEA so quickly.  Slight spoiler here: After reading book four, I’m enjoying the fact that I still don’t know the hero’s identity in that HEA – only adamant that there better be one.

The final book in the series, Shadowfever, is scheduled for release on January 18th.  Excitement is strong at a number of series discussion groups and even Moning is making a big deal of it all by hosting a Shadowfever Launch Party in New Orleans the week of its release. With all this anticipation, I started wondering about providing a discussion place for audio enthusiasts who follow the series.  Why not a watch party of sorts all our own?

It’s only in the initial stages of planning but Speaking of Audiobooks will host a Fever watch party in January.  We’ll start with a general discussion of the series early in the month and gather steam from there.  However, being the romance fans we are, ours will not just be to celebrate whatever ending Moning may choose to give the series but rather to watch and see if Moning provides us with an HEA. Those who have read the series have definite ideas of who they want to see as Mac’s hero.  And Moning has promised an HEA…of sorts.  Imagine the number of romance fans who will flock to this series after the fact if they can just be promised a satisfying HEA.

If you act quickly and are a member at Audible, Darkfever is on sale for just $4.95.  But the sale does end the morning of November 30th.

Leftovers from November

Here are just a few of those surprise audiobooks that failed to make last month’s new releases column.

Brockmann, Suzanne – Harvard’s Education Narrated by Maia Guest

Dee, Bonnie – Jungle Heat Narrated by Phillip Rose

Foster, Lori – In Too Deep Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

Heyer, Georgette – The Convenient Marriage Narrated by Richard Armitage

Hoyt, Elizabeth – To Beguile a Beast Narrated by Anne Flosnik

Monroe, Mary Alice – The Long Road Home Narrated by Sandra Burr

Thomas, Jodi – Tall, Dark and Texan Narrated by Linda Stephens

Audiobook Romances on Sale in December

Includes new formats of existing audiobooks

Texas SageAbridged

Brown, Sandra – Love Beyond Reason Narrated by Renee Raudman

Coulter, Catherine – The Sherbrooke Bride Narrated by Anne Flosnik

Krentz, Jayne Ann – In Too Deep Narrated by Joyce Bean

Lowell, Elizabeth – This Time Love Narrated by Laural Merlington

Robb, J.D. – Rapture in Death Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Roberts, Nora – Key of Valor Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Woods, Sherryl – The Backup Plan Narrated by Tanya Eby


Brown, Sandra – Love Beyond Reason Narrated by Renee Raudman

Brown, Sandra – Shadows of Yesterday Narrated by Joyce Bean

Brown, Sandra – Texas! Sage Narrated by Coleen Marlow

Crusie, Jennifer – Strange Bedpersons Narrated by Madison Vaughn

Jeffries, Sabrina – Let Sleeping Rogues Lie Narrated by Justine Eyre

Krentz, Jayne Ann – Gambler’s Woman Narrated by Alyson Silverman

Krentz, Jayne Ann – In Too Deep Narrated by Joyce Bean

Lowell, Elizabeth – This Time Love Narrated by Laurel Merlington

Michaels, Fern – Finders Keepers Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Miller, Linda Lael – The McKettrick Legend: Sierra’s Homecoming Narrated by Nellie Chalfant

Roberts, Nora – Ever After Narrated by Justine Eyre

Woods, Sherryl – The Back Up Plan Narrated by Tanya Eby

Recent Additions to my Audio Library

Where’s There Smoke – Sandra Brown

Narrated by Natalie Ross

I continue gaining respect for this narrator’s abilities and I’m finding I  enjoy many of Brown’s older rather melodramatic works.

Dying to Please – Linda Howard

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Although not one of my Howard favorites in print, I still purchased it in audio because I find that a little Howard is often greater than many of today’s better romantic suspense releases.

Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews

Narrated by Renee Raudman

The first in the Kate Daniels series, it’s an urban fantasy that comes with some high recommendations.  I found it recently on Amazon’s $4.95 sale and couldn’t pass it up.

Dead in the FamilyDead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

Narrated by Johanna Parker

The tenth in the series and I’ve waited as long as I can.  I’m finishing up the Sookie Stackhouse series soon although the eleventh is not due until May, 2011.

Recent Listens

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor – Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by Tanya Eby

A non-typical Kleypas for sure, there was a definite sweetness to this short yet moving first in a series.  I’ll certainly be following the Friday Harbor series but not with the same anticipation I had for the more earthy Travis Series.  It was my first time to hear Tanya Eby and I was impressed with her performance.  She clearly distinguishes the characters without needing to lower her voice unrealistically for the male roles.  Instead she effortlessly uses cadence and modulation to provide the listener with the knowledge of who is speaking.  However,  I can’t say that its 4 hours and 11 minutes of listening is worth the price so you may want to find it at your library.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive – Julie James

Narrated by Karen White

A complete winner for me in print in 2008, JTSMA proved to be as great a success in audio.  Upon its release earlier this month in audio, I immediately downloaded it to my iPod and started listening.  Newcomer Karen White excels in her narration.  Jason’s character sounds a little too bigheaded in the beginning but it works well as you hear the bighead evolve into someone far more sensitive as the story moves along.  In the same manner, White perfectly portrays Taylor’s attitude towards Jason.  This is a “laugh out loud” audio and it provided me with some rich entertainment.  Here’s hoping we see Practice Makes Perfect in audio sometime soon – another James book I adored!  A solid audio grade A.

The Spymaster’s Lady – Joanna Bourne

Narrated by Kristen Potter

Wow, another new-to-me narrator and another fantastic one as well.  Kristen Potter nails the characters of The Spymaster’s Lady and one can easily differentiate the numerous male characters, even spymaster Grey with his numerous disguises.  Ms. Potter performs the part of the young French spy, Annique, with a beautiful French accent.  This is a not a lighthearted tale as the opening scene indicates with the heroine enduring torture (not to worry – that’s it).  Annique is a little too capable of everything at the age of 19 but that is truly my only criticism.  When released in print in 2008, readers’ hearts were captivated by Grey and Annique’s romance and I believe the audio version will equally thrill romance audio fans.  For me, I actually preferred the audio to the print.  I love when that happens!

Speaking of Audiobooks at Goodreads

Our Speaking of Audiobooks group keeps growing and we’re finding a lot to talk about.  Come join us as and share your audiobook shelf with us.  Remember, it takes only one book to make a shelf.

Time for Your Thoughts

Have you listened to or read any of Moning’s Fever series?

What new releases are you looking forward to?

Do you know of any December releases that failed to make this list?

What are the latest additions to your audio library?

And, as always, what are your latest audio successes or failures?

Ending Notes

You may want to check out my review of the audiobook version of Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester over at AAR’s main site.

I’m announcing new romance audiobook releases and other audio tidbits on Twitter – look for LeaAAR.

For those new to our Speaking of Audiobooks column, be sure to check out our audio archives for further recommendations and discussions.

See you again mid-December.

- Lea Hensley

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32 Responses to Speaking of Audiobooks: December 2010 Releases

  1. Julie L says:

    I’m a big Fever having read all the books back to back last year in print. I recently listened to all the audios back to back last month (like you!) and can’t wait for Shadowfever to come out. I was lucky enough to win an ARC and I’ll be getting it in December, but I definitely will listen to it on audio as well (just to hear that voice of Phil Gigante is worth it alone!) I’d be interested in a group talk about it in January, count me in!

  2. TSTBren says:

    Julie, you get to the read the book a full month early? Envy doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings!

    Dare we ask if you can share details? Well not really details just a Yay or Nay on an HEA … you don’t even have to say who! :)

    To say I loved the Fever series, first as a read and then again as a listen is an understatement. It was my first series addiction, and the reading “high” it provided was something I had never experienced before. So it holds a special place in my heart, even 14 months later!

    I found it interesting to see that this series was mentioned in the very first SOA column as a favorite, I need to go see by whom now.

  3. Lea AAR says:

    For those experiencing the Fever series in audio (as I did) and who don’t happen to have a print version on hand (as I didn’t), we are missing out on the summary glossary of terms at the end of each book. Before the release of Shadowfever, I’ll be listening to the first four in the series again but this time it will be with those glossaries in hand. TstBren has taken the first glossary from the end of Darkfever and removed possible spoilers for you to use AS you listen. I encourage you to make use of it. It will be very helpful for anyone listening for the first time or relistening to Darkfever.

    TSTBren has been my Fever series mentor the past two months and a great one she has been! Not only did she introduce me to the series and get me all excited about jumping in but she also was available for discussion (as mentioned in the column) and responded to my overly enthusiastic wonderings with equal enthusiasm. She directed me to various areas of KMM’s site she believed may be of interest to me and other online discussion groups. TSTBren is responsible for much of today’s Fever write-up.

    I’m hoping we can now do the same sort of Fever encouraging and empathizing with each other here at SOA.

    To continue singing TSTBren’s praises just a little longer – when I mentioned to her that I hoped to find a way to have these glossaries available for our listeners, she stepped up to the plate and utilized her Kindle Fever books to provide these guides for audio listeners. In our eyes, if you have paid for the audio version, you should be able to utilize the glossaries as well!

    We have five glossaries available for you:
    Before Darkfever
    After Darkfever – before Bloodfever
    After Bloodfever
    After Faefever
    After Dreamfever

    Below is the first – Before Darkfever. We will send the others to you upon request. Email me at afriendatheart at cox dot net.

    And a really big thanks from me to TSTBren! You’re the best!

    Glossary from Mac’s Journal for before Darkfever

    DARK ZONE: During the day it looks like your everyday abandoned, rundown neighborhood.

    DEATH-BY-SEX-FAE : A Fae that is so sexually “potent” a human dies from intercourse with it unless the Fae protects the human from the full impact of its deadly eroticism. (Definition ongoing)

    DRUID: In pre-Christian Celtic society, a Druid presided over divine worship, legislative and judicial matters, philosophy, and the education of elite youth to their order. Druids were believed to be privy to the secrets of the gods, including issues pertaining to the manipulation of physical matter, space, and even time. The old Irish “Drui” means magician, wizard, diviner. (Irish Myths and Legends)

    FAE (fay): see also Tuatha Dé Danaan. Divided into two courts, the Seelie or Light Court, and the Unseelie or Dark Court. Both courts have different castes of Fae, with the four Royal Houses occupying the highest caste of each. The Seelie Queen and her chosen consort rule the Light Court. The Unseelie King and his current concubine govern the Dark. (Definition J.B.)

    FOUR STONES, THE: translucent blue-black stones covered with raised rune-like lettering. The key to deciphering the ancient language and breaking the code of the Sinsar Dubh is hidden in these four mystical stones. An individual stone can be used to shed light on a small portion of the text, but only if the four are reassembled into one will the true text in its entirety be revealed. (Irish Myths and Legends)

    GLAMOUR: illusion cast by the Fae to camouflage their true appearance. The more powerful the Fae, the more difficult it is to penetrate its disguise. The average human sees only what the Fae wants them to see, and is subtly repelled from bumping into or brushing against it by a small perimeter of spatial distortion that is part of the Fae glamour. (Definition J.B.)

    HALLOWS: eight ancient relics of immense power: four light and four dark. The Light Hallows are the stone, the spear, the sword, and the cauldron. The Dark are the mirror, the box, the amulet, and the book (Sinsar Dubh or Dark Book). (A Definitive Guide to Artifacts; Authentic and Legendary)

    MANY-MOUTHED THING, THE: repulsive Unseelie with myriad leechlike mouths, dozens of eyes, and overdeveloped sex organs. Caste of Unseelie: unknown at this time. Threat assessment: unknown at this time but suspect kills in a manner I’d rather not think about. (Personal experience)

    NULL: a sidhe-seer with the power to freeze a Fae with the touch of his or her hands. The higher and more powerful the caste of Fae, the shorter the length of time it stays frozen. (Def. J.B.)

    OOP: acronym for Object of Power, a Fae relic imbued with mystical properties. (Definition Mac)

    PRI-YA: a human addicted to Fae sex. (I think. Definition ongoing)

    ROYAL HUNTERS: a mid-level caste of Unseelie. Militantly sentient, they resemble the classic depiction of the devil, with cloven hooves, horns, long satyr-like faces, leathery wings, fiery orange eyes, and tails. Seven to ten feet tall, they are capable of extraordinary speed on both hoof and wing. Primary function: sidhe-seer exterminators. Threat assessment: kills. (Def. J.B.)

    RHINO-BOYS: lower mid-level caste Unseelie thugs dispatched primarily as watchdogs for high-ranking Fae. (Personal experience)

    SEELIE: the “light” or “fairer” court of the Tuatha Dé Danaan governed by the Seelie Queen, Aoibheal. (Def. J.B.)

    SIDHE-SEER (SHE-seer): a person Fae magic doesn’t work on, capable of seeing past the illusions or “glamour” cast by the Fae to the true nature that lies beneath. Some can also see Tabh’rs, hidden portals between realms. Others can sense Seelie and Unseelie objects of power. Each sidh-seer is different, with varying degrees of resistance to the Fae. Some are limited, some are advanced with multiple “special powers.” (Def. J.B.)

    SIFTING: Fae method of locomotion occurs at speed of thought. (Seen this!)

    SIFTING SILVERS or SILVERS: an elaborate maze of mirrors once used as the primary method of Fae travel between realms, until Cruce cast the forbidden curse into the silvered corridors. Now no Fae dares enter the Silvers. (Def. J.B.)

    SINSAR DUBH (she-suh-DOO): a Dark Hallow belonging to the Tuatha Dé Danaan. Written in a language known only to the most ancient of their kind, it is said to hold the deadliest of all magic within its encrypted pages. Brought to Ireland by the Tuatha Dé during the invasions written of in the pseudo-history Leabhar Gabhåla, it was stolen along with the other Dark Hallows, and rumored to have found its way into the world of Man. Allegedly authored over a million years ago by the Dark King of the Unseelie. (A Definitive Guide to Artifacts; Authentic and Legendary)

    SPEAR OF LUISNE (a.k.a. Spear of Luin, Spear of Longinus, Spear of Destiny, the Flaming Spear): the spear used to pierce Jesus Christ’s side at his crucifixion. Not of human origin; it is a Tuatha Dé Danaan Light Hallow, and one of the few items capable of killing a Fae—regardless of rank or power. (Def. J.B.)

    TABH’RS (TAH-vr): Fae doorways or portals between realms, often hidden in everyday human objects. (Def. J.B.)

    TUATHA DÉ DANAAN or TUATHA DÉ (TUA day dhanna or Tua DAY): (See Fae above) A highly advanced race that came to Earth from another world. (Definition ongoing)

    UNSEELIE: the “dark” court of the Tuatha Dé Danaan. According to Tuatha Dé Danaan legend, the Unseelie have been confined for hundreds of thousands of years in an inescapable prison. Inescapable, my ass.

  4. MaryK says:

    I know practically nothing about the Fever series except what’s in the back cover blurb for Darkfever. My sticking point has been whether or not it has an HEA; I didn’t realize there was a choice of heroes until our brief discussion on Twitter. I’d only ever heard of Barron so I went on a brief, non-spoiler internet search and found nothing. Is it too spoilery to identify the competing hero?

  5. MaryK says:

    “Imagine the number of romance fans who will flock to this series after the fact if they can just be promised a satisfying HEA.”

    Yeah, me! :)

    Actually though, it just occurred to me that I really like the Sookie series and it’s also open-ended with no promise of an HEA. So I do have a precedent for enjoying that kind of series. (Though it helps that I was never a great fan of Bill.)

  6. TSTBren says:

    Lea your too nice! To have found someone to go totally OCD along with me on this series has been the absolute best!

    Now we can add Julie in. :)

    Is there a symbol for crooking your finger? ….. come on MaryK, if you can enjoy Sookie, Bill and Eric you can handle Mac, Jericho Barrons and a “Death By Sex Fae”!

    Anyone familiar with KMM’s Highlander series is going to recognize several of the things mentioned in the Glossary.

    Although the Fever series is not a continuation of the Highlander series. it does follow the same “Fae” world first seen in the Highlander books. And you do get to see how the McKelter’s fit into the overall plot of the Fever books.

  7. Liza says:

    I am a big fan of the fever series! Read it first and then listened to it when it became available at the library.
    Other series that I wish were available through my library; Charlain Harris, Dead series. Count me in for a Fever discussion!

  8. Stephanie J says:

    I think you have convinced me to listen to the Fever series. I tried to listen to it previously, but I still had KMM’s “Highlander” series on the brain (I LOVE that series and still listen to that one constantly) and for some reason, I could not get into it. I am going to give it a second try….

    I am also waiting for “Devil in Winter” but which I beleive comes out on 11/30…but I have not read the first two books from the Wallflowers series. Do they need to be read in order?

    As for my latest “listens”, I have been enjoying Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series…I cannot stop listening to them, they are hilarious. I have also just finished Katie MacAlister’s Aising Grey series which I enjoyed. I am currently listening to her “Silver Dragon” series. It it kind of hard to follow, but I am determined to finish it!

    Lastly, has anyone noticed they are slowly releasing Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series on audio? Even thought I have read them all, they are an even more enjoyable read.

  9. coco says:

    I’ve just finished listening to The Spymaster’s Lady and I agree it is very well narrated and, of course, very well written!

    I did have an issue with the male narration though. I didn’t think the accents of the male characters matched the class they they came from. In particular at times Doyle and Adrian became interchangeable- both cockney, which I think is incorrect. Also Gray’s west country accent sounds cockney, which is greatly noticeable as west country accents have a very particular, especially if stereotyped, sound.

    Otherwise I found this audiobook brilliant. I’m finding more and more books I can’t get in to when reading myself, I love as audiobooks!


  10. Lea AAR says:

    MaryK – To me there are only two possible heroes for the Fever series but there’s a lot of speculation and some might think there is a third. I’m new to all of this and I try not to spend a lot of time reading some of the opinions out there because many are based on misquoting KMM. Most of the fans I’ve seen prefer to think that Barrons will be Mac’s hero and I find it difficult to envision otherwise but, at this point, who knows?

    I started listening to Sandra Brown’s Where There’s Smoke tonight and I think I may have encountered my first DNF in months. The hero is angry at the heroine and calling her a whore upon bare acquaintance and she is still having a conversation with him! I’ll try listening again tomorrow but, for now, I need a definite break

    I plan to start listening to The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas tomorrow despite my concerns about the narration. Never know for sure till you try!

  11. Lea AAR says:

    elainec has a request that she posted on our previous column when the discussion drifted toward narrations of The Secret Garden. Since this is our most recent column, I’m posting it here:

    elainec says:
    This follows the good narrator for “The Secret Garden” advice. Now I’d like to buy the book for three great-nieces who turned ten this year. I checked on B&N.com yesterday and there are many editions – some adapted and abridged. Might anyone know of an edition that’s especially good and true to the original with attractive illustrations. I bought a copy at a library sale a few months ago and yesterday I really looked at it. It was a “classic” book for reluctant readers – 160 pages (half the original) with unattractive illustrations. My nieces are all excellent readers. Even though this is off the topic, can anyone help me? The followers of this blog have opinions that I’m interested in.

  12. TSTBren says:

    Stephanie J I have those Molly Harper books on my iPod, it sounds like I need to bump them up on my listening schedule. Thanks for reminding me about them.

    My latest new listen was Just The Sexiest Man Alive. I too really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent and the story was fun! About the time I was ready to kick Jason he did indeed receive the boot he needed! :)

    As far as the December releases are concerned I’ll be getting JAK’s In Too Deep as I’m a life long fan and still enjoy her books very much. Happy to see they got Joyce Bean to narrate!

    Another one that is coming out at the end of December is Christine Feehan’s Ruthless Game. I’ve enjoyed the others in this series and am looking forward to this one. I haven’t seen who the narrator is but it better be Tom Stechshulte again!

    elainec Did you find a copy of The Secret Garden in print that you liked? I did a search at Amazon and came up with a couple of unabridged copies that looked very good. One sounded like it had beautiful illustrations on every other page and had excellent reviews. And when I looked at it further I found it was the same book that Anne Flosnick narrated.

  13. TSTBren says:

    I meant to say Anne Flosnick narrated that particular copy of the book, the one done by that company with that illustrator.

    We keep hearing that Shadowfever is a longer than normal book so I decided to check out audiobook times with the Fever series.

    Darkfever 8 hours 58 minutes long

    Blood fever 9 hours and 5 minutes long

    Faefever 9 hours and 48 minutes long

    Dreamfever 12 hours and 13 minutes long

    Shadowfever 20 hours long!!

  14. Diana says:

    Okay, you got me. Will be starting third Fever audio tonight. Burning through my credit backlog at lightning speed. This series is riveting.

    Lea, I’m not a fan of Brown’s books before Envy released in 2001 when she moved away from trad romance. I had fond memories of French Silk and bought the audio when it was released last month. I didn’t totally hate it, but had lots of trouble with the self-sacrificing heroine and cranky, judgmental hero. My tastes and standards have changed (for the better I think) and my reaction to the romance in FS was not a good one.

  15. Lea AAR says:

    Yea Diana!!

    And continuing with more Diana response – You recommended a number of Brown audios to me and I’ve enjoyed every single one. But after a while, the titles started blending together and I took a chance – not a good one. I am still listening a little here and there just so I can write a review but I just passed the third (or fourth?) conversation where the hero refers to the very nice heroine as a whore. What????
    I’m definitely making note of that 2001 date!

  16. TSTBren says:

    Diana welcome to the Fever addiction. It’s a great ride!

    Would love to hear your comments on just the thought of having to wait a year for the next book when you get to the end of Faefever.

    I know what I’d have done if I’d had to wait a year! :) I was much better prepared by the end of Dreamfever, thank goodness!

  17. Diana says:

    I stayed up way too late the past few nights listening to my new addiction. Love that sleep timer! I surely hope that Moning ends this on a satisfying note. When I discovered Outlander I ripped through the first four books at warp speed. Waiting for Gabaldon is painful and I never got back into the series with the same enthusiasm.

  18. elainec says:

    Dear Lea and TStBren,
    Thank you both. I did get the same recommendation for TSG from Jane at Dear Author. Now I’m calling the parents to make sure my nieces don’t have it already.
    Thanks again.

  19. Lea AAR says:

    elainec – I’m so glad you found what you were looking for!

  20. Nina says:

    Hi All

    Count me in as another Fever fan! When Darkfever came out a couple of years ago I was browsing through Audible and saw it as a new series by KMM. I had just finished the last of her Highlander series and thought I’d give it a try. Having never read/listened to any urban fantasy I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started it on a trip and found myself taking the longest way home just so I could keep listening! I was hooked and eagerly awaited each new release. I will also re-listen to the series in preparation of the release of Shadowfever (which I have marked on my calendar!). I’m one of the few people who think that Joyce Bean did a great job as Mac. I wish she was reading opposite Phil Gigante.

    I just finished Envy last night which so many people on this site had recommended and I really enjoyed it. This was my first Sandra Brown book. I thought Victor Slezac did a great narration. I liked that he didn’t give the female characters a falsetto voice and just read it with a lighter tone. I think I’m one of the few readers on this board that likes a male narrator.

    I also have finished the first 5 books in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. They were highly rated on Audible and I thought I’d give them a try. Although when I first started them I thought they were a bit of a knock-off of JR Ward’s BDB series but Adrian’s characters really grew on me during the 2nd book. Ashes of Midnight (book 6) is being released on audio on Dec. 6th and then Shades of Midnight (book 7) comes out on January 3. Book 8 – Taken By Midnight is already on Audible.

    I am also really looking forward to Ruthless Game later this month (marked that on my calendar, too). I like this series by Feehan better than her Carpathians. I’m debating what to start tonight as I continue work on my quilt! Not many days left if I want it finished by Christmas!

  21. Kaetrin says:

    I have the Fever books (Thx TSTBren!) but I haven’t started them yet. Looks like there is/will be a bit of a group listen going on so I will have to bump them up my TBR.

    I have heard great things about The Spymaster’s Lady but I can’t get it in Australia. (TSTBren – do you think you might pick it up one day *wink/grin*?).

    I just finished Heart Throb by Suzanne Brockmann and I didn’t really like the way the narrator (I forget his name) voiced Jed. I think he got the tone wrong a lot – where I was expecting low and sexy I got light and wishy-washy. The book was great but the audio was only okay for me sadly. :(

    Then I went on to listen to Vision in White narrated by Emily Durante. Her male voices aren’t all that deep but she captured the wit and tone and snap of the book and characters and that was enough. Now I’m listening to Bed of Roses narrated by Angela Dawe – I’ve seen SOA ladies raving about how great she is so now I get to hear for myself.

  22. Diana says:

    Popping in while Dreamfever is downloading. That was a bitch of a cliffhanger at the end of Faefever. Very happy I didn’t have to wait.

    • TSTBren says:

      Diana: That was a bitch of a cliffhanger at the end of Faefever. Very happy I didn’t have to wait.

      Diana that sums it up well, I envisioned throwing the book against the wall and jumping on it a couple of times if I hadn’t been able to move straight to Dreamfever! :)

      I will probably be stoned for saying this here but Gabaldon lost me after the second book. I read the first when it was released (1991, hard to believe!) and waited for the second more than a year and when I didn’t feel closure I was done, no matter the quality of writing.

      I am enjoying my slow, but progressing listen of Outlander and I’ll be interested to see if the fabulous Davina Porter can pull me further into the series now that there is so much more to it.

      But at the moment the Fever heat is too consuming! Kaetrin you need to come join us quick so your ready for Shadowfever! And yes I had every intention of getting Spymasters Lady after Lea’s review, blee downloaded it last night. ;)

      Nina I wouldn’t have minded Joyce Bean with Phil G at all, it would have been great actually. But I am a fan of Natalie Ross in general so she worked for me. I have one gripe with Ross in Dreamfever but I’m not going to mention it because then it will be glaring for those who might otherwise pass it by!

      I’ve listened to the first Adrian book and loved how the narrator used accents to differentiate the various guys. I’ll go back to them someday.

      Yea, another Ghostwalker fan! I like them much better than the Carpathians and Tom Stechshulte is awesome with them!

      Once the Carpathian books moved to the South America setting and picked up the dual narrators I have listened to them.

      As always, my Feehan caveat, I do a lot of fast forwarding when it comes to the violence she includes in any of her series, I can speed read it but I can’t listen to it, just call me pansy!

  23. Anne Stuart says:

    So for those of you in other countries who can’t get access to certain books. You need to do the incredibly evil thing I did. My niece Jennifer married a Brit, and so of course she has British credit cards and a British mailing address. I simply joined Amazon UK under her name, put it on a different computer and mp3 player and voila!
    In the scheme of breaking copyright laws I figure that’s fairly minor.

  24. Diana says:

    I just read on Facebook that Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan series will be coming to audio. Yay! And congrats to Anne. We all hope that the Gods of Assigning Narrators are wise and kind.

  25. Kaetrin says:

    @ Diana. That’s great news! Fingers crossed about the narrator. I loved loved loved Ruthless – Francis Rohan was delicious – he could be so good on audio if the narrator is the right choice. Please please GoANs, be wise and kind!

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