Speaking of Audiobooks: Penguin’s New Commitment to Romance

Navarros PromiseI started talking with Alaina Mauro, Assistant Publishing Manager at Penguin Audio, in 2010.  Although we were officially talking as a representative of Penguin and columnist for Speaking of Audiobooks, our conversation ran deep (and long) to our mutual love of romance audiobooks.  Alaina explained the production process to me while I shared our listeners’ favorites and I discovered that Penguin had recently charted a new course for romance audio.  When we started featuring columns on the production process earlier this year, I invited Alaina and Penguin Producer Diane McKiernan to talk with us about their process in choosing romance titles.

Diane and Alaina – welcome to Speaking of Audiobooks!  We so appreciate you joining us today.  Diane, as a Producer for Penguin, can you tell us a little about your background and describe some of your present responsibilities?


I’ve been working at Penguin Audio since 2005. I had worked for my college radio station WFUV 09.7 FM and our college press, so audiobooks seems liked a perfect match for me. My favorite audiobook that I’ve worked on is The Help. The narrators absolutely transport you and embody the characters. The best part of my job is casting. It’s a challenge to find the perfect fit for every audiobook but it’s so satisfying when we do.

A question that comes up again and again in discussions here at Speaking of Audiobooks is that of choice.  How is a print book chosen for production in audio?  We are aware there are a number of factors involved such as the digital rights issue but we wonder just who in the process says “Choose this one –listeners loved it in print and I think it will do well in audio as well.”

Diane: That’s the fun part of our jobs but it can also be one of the most challenging. Typically we like to release our audiobooks simultaneously with the print book and it can be difficult to guess which books are going to really take off, especially when it comes to first time novelists so it’s a bit of a team effort. We rely on input from Penguin editors and the sales force and we spend a lot of time reading early manuscripts. You never know what will be the next breakout book!

Using The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne and Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James as examples, it seems as though you dipped into the favorite lists of romance readers to choose these two for audio production.  In fact, in our recent Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll, The Spymaster’s Lady came in second only to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander in the Favorite Historical Romance Audiobook category – quite an accomplishment.  Just the Sexiest Man Alive tied for second in theFavorite 2010 Romance Audiobook category.  How did you choose these two particular books?

Alaina: As Diane said, this was really the fun part. We knew we wanted to do more genre audios, and decided to start with older titles with a more established following. We talked to a few editors at Berkley and NAL to see which romances, science fiction and fantasy, or thriller titles that they just adored and felt would get listeners attention. Then I read these two, fell in love with the stories, and Diane found the perfect narrators to really bring them both to life. The Spymaster’s Lady, which was such a great book, was really enhanced by Kirsten Potter’s interpretation, I felt.

So, can I assume Alaina that you read romance on a regular basis?

Yes, I have loved romance novels since I read my first one when I was 12. My mother actually named me Alaina because she was reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind while she was pregnant, so it is only fitting that the first one I read was Woodiwiss’s Rose in Winter. To this day, it is still one of my favorites. I have always particularly liked historicals, but have found that the more I read, the more I appreciate other sub-genres. Right now, I am loving steampunk. It has been really fun for me to work on these romance titles, and I sometimes feel I give the science fiction or mystery titles less attention because they stories don’t capture my imagination in the same way.

How exciting to know that we have someone involved in the process of choosing who loves the romance genre! You have scheduled the last seven in Lora Leigh’s Breed series for release in August.  What influenced your decision to produce romantic erotica in audio?


Diane: A few years ago we decided to expand our audiobook program to include genres we hadn’t done before, primarily: romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and children’s books. Penguin has such an extensive catalog of books and it seemed only natural that eventually we would dip into other genres. Being able to produce audiobooks as digital only downloads has also given us a lot of freedom. Going straight to download allows us to skip the cost of manufacturing physical CDs so we’re able to take a chance on books that may be a bit riskier.

Alaina: Lora Leigh’s Breed series, like the previous two titles, came from an editor’s recommendation to take another look at this author and her extensive body of work. The editor, the subrights director, Diane, and I, felt that of all of our new genre authors, across categories, Leigh had the most potential to take off and to connect to listeners despite the erotic content. The romance, the mystery, and the story of the Breeds has been immensely popular with readers, and we are so excited that audio listeners will now get the chance to know this author.

Were there any particular challenges in producing the more erotic titles?

Diane: When we produce erotic titles, the first thing we do is to make sure we choose directors and narrators who are 100% comfortable with the material. If a narrator isn’t comfortable reading certain scenes, it will come through in the performance and that’s the last thing we want. Luckily we’ve been able to find incredible narrators who are having an absolute blast recording these titles for us.

The Iron DukeDo you see Penguin producing more romance audiobooks in the future and can we expect romance offerings on a regular basis?  What are you searching for in your future romance releases?



Diane: Yes, we look forward to continuing to publish romance audiobooks. The great thing about romance is there are so many different subgenres to explore. We’ve done historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance and we’re especially excited about our first foray into the steampunk romance genre with two upcoming novels and a novella by Meljean Brook in the fall.

Alaina: Yes, I completely agree with Diane. Romance has been a good category for us, and we’ve had a great time producing these. I am so excited for The Iron Duke in audio—I adored this book, and as a fan can’t wait to listen to the finished product. As to the future, Diane, our executive producer, Patti Pirooz, and myself, are always looking for new titles to spark our interest and old favorites to reimagine in audio.

As avid romance listeners, we like to think we have a good sense of current print books that would be successful in audio format.  Do you have a “go-to” person we can contact with our requests for future audiobooks?

Diane: We love feedback from fans! The best way is tweet us at @PenguinAudioUS.

Many thanks to Diane and Alaina.  Now I think it’s time for us to tell Penguin some of the romance titles you most want to see in audio.  Alaina and I reviewed together the results of our recent Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll and I know she took notes on the authors we most want to see in audio!  What are your requests for individual titles?


Romance Audio Reviews

Savage Nature – Christine Feehan

Review written by Brenda

Narrated by Karen White

With Savage Nature, the fifth in the Leopard series, Christine Feehan moves the setting from the Rain Forests of South America to the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou. She stays with her standard “couples are fated to be together” style but the story is interesting in other ways and moves at a fast pace. Beyond the main couple, Feehan’s other standard is to bring in a supporting cast of reoccurring and new characters. She shows both the camaraderie and fierce loyalty between them in a way I enjoy each time.

Saria Boudreaux has known her older brothers were leopard shifters since the age of ten but they’ve never voiced it to her. So when she starts discovering bodies killed by a leopard bite while photographing wildlife in a deserted marsh, she turns to the landowner who sends Drake Donavon to investigate. Drake is a running character in this series known for having a leg injury repaired by steel plates which means he no longer shifts. He’s now had experimental bone graft surgery and is ready to try shifting again while in the secluded bayou.

There is a lot going on in this disturbed leopard lair – 15+ hours worth – and Savage Nature jumps with a lot of action scenes.  After getting over my initial disappointment that narrator Karen White doesn’t choose to give the written Cajun accent a nod (which made the French words sound out of place), I settled in with her pretty southern accent for those living in the bayou and enjoyed each unique voice given to this large cast. Most important to me is the fact that White has the feel of the story down.  The characters’ attitudes and their wide range of emotions are portrayed perfectly, making this audiobook a pleasure to listen to.

Note to production, please lose the music at the beginning and end.  It’s so distracting!

Texas PrincessTexas Princess – Jodi Thomas

Review written by Lea Hensley

Narrated by Linda Stephens

Jodi Thomas writes a good western and it is a genre I thoroughly enjoy.  Give me a strong quite cowboy who doesn’t carry too much angst and keeps the violence to a minimum, and I’m highly tempted to fall for him.  Give me a good narrator and I’m listening with delight.  Texas Princess delivers on the first count but the second?  Not so much.

Tobin McMurray is a solitary man who is completely satisfied working on his family’s ranch raising horses.  He doesn’t especially like the idea of leaving the ranch to deliver one of their horses to Senator Mayfield’s spoiled daughter, Liberty, but he’s all about helping his family out.  When he finds Liberty refusing her fiancé’s persistent attentions, he quietly comes to the rescue – again and again.  What Tobin hopes would be a fast trip soon becomes much more when the Senator asks Tobin to kidnap his daughter and keep her safe.

Despite a heroine who was just a tad too spoiled at times, a major TSTL moment, and a few obviously unwise decisions by the McMurray brothers (totally out of character), Texas Princess worked as a comfort listen for me.  I tuned in and immediately fell into a good old Western tale without much effort.  However, narrator Linda Stephens kept it from being as comfortable as I wished with a shaky little old woman voice that kept creeping into all of the characters’ voices now and then.  Often her portrayal of the youngest McMurray (a 19 year-old female) sounded both elderly and bubbly (yes, confusing).  I had little difficulty distinguishing one character from another and there is something to be said for that with a large cast of characters.  However, I didn’t agree with Stephens’ interpretation of Tobin.  The strong don’t-speak-much persona I envisioned was there but Stephens occasionally injected it with a “golly gee” lifting of his voice.  My penalty flag waved with each instance.

The story of Texas Princess is one I will remember fondly but quite honestly, I have to wonder if it would have sounded better in my head than through my ear phones.

Time After Time – Kay Hooper

Review written by Melinda

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Audiobook publishers seem to be having a field day releasing older books as new audiobooks. The contemporary listener will immediately notice anachronistic details: the hero has an answering service instead of a cell phone, for starters. Those details made me stop and look up the original publication date (1986) which I used to filter the book through the proper historical setting.

When I first heard the narrator’s voice, I thought she sounded familiar, and after several minutes I decided it’s because she has a certain quality that I identify as a C List narration. Her narration voice is young – not child-like, but noticeably not mature. Her reading style is not what you could call a monotone, but it has a repetitive cadence that quickly becomes, well, monotonous. It stood out even more to my ears because I had just finished a book with an A+ List narrator, whose reading greatly complemented the story.

I compare these two styles to live theater – things like lighting and sets and props enhance the experience but they are not the experience. While you are watching, the show itself is all-encompassing, not the individual pieces of it. While I’m listening to an audiobook, I don’t want to be aware of the narrator’s voice.  I want to be engrossed in the story she is telling.

The story is reflected in the name – lovers meeting again in a new time through reincarnation. Hooper’s writing style is more tell than show, as she tells us the hero is uber-alpha, while his words and actions imply otherwise. Simplistic, no surprises, not much in the way of conflict and only about four hours long – it’s an average read all around.

Time for Your Thoughts

Do you have a question for Penguin concerning the process of choosing romance audiobooks?

What is on your wish list for future Penguin romance releases?

Have you listened to Jodi Thomas’ Texas Princess?  What were your thoughts and do you have a recommendation for another Western Historical romance?

Have you listened to Christine Feehan’s Leopard series books?  What are your thoughts on the series?

Have you listened to Kay Hooper’s titles?  Is there one you would recommend?

And as always, do you have any recent audiobook successes or failures to share with us?

Ending Notes

We now have a list of all our Mini Reviews from our Speaking of Audiobooks columns over at our Goodreads group.  There are 154 romance audio reviews for your perusal.

I’m announcing new romance audiobook releases and other audio tidbits on Twitter – look for SpeakingofAudio (I changed from LeaAAR).

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

Our Speaking of Audiobooks Goodreads group keeps growing and we now have 134 members.  It’s easy to join and it’s a great place for discussion in between our columns.

Enjoy your listening!

- Lea Hensley

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38 Responses to Speaking of Audiobooks: Penguin’s New Commitment to Romance

  1. Leigh says:

    More Julie James and romantic comedy. I love to laugh with audiobooks.

  2. Sara says:

    For me the narrator is key. Most are really good but several are so bad I would immediately stop listening and opt to read the book instead. Lately I’ve encountered a lot of bad readers, so much so that I started a list to remind not to buy/borrow books
    read by them. Can you ask the Penguin people how they choose the readers and would they consider listeners’ suggestion of one?

    Thanks for the reviews, I’m a big audiobook fan!

  3. Jo-Ann W. says:

    When you’re considering audio readers, I’d like to put my vote in for more M/F readings. Not just where the male and female narrate the different points of views (like Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard), but where the M/F actually speak the M/F dialog (like Dreamfever and Shadowfever by KM Moning).

    I probably didn’t say that well…

    And I’d love to hear Laura Kinsale’s books in audio – any title.

  4. Lea AAR says:

    I’d love to see more Julie James in audio – particularly Practice Makes Perfect.

    My vote for historicals:
    Broken Wing by Judith James (all her backlist would be great)

    Surrender by Pamela Clare (and all of her historical backlist as well!)

  5. Teri says:

    Please consider more romance books with a male and female narrator who interact with each other. I mean in every chapter throughout the entire book.

    I suspect the cost is probably higher, but I would also suspect the revenue reward to be higher as well.

    For examples, please listen to Moning’s Dreamfever and Shadowfever or Feehen’s Dark Peril.

    Recommended narrators: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross, Tavia Gilbert.

    Thank you

  6. Brenda says:

    First off, thanks so much Penguin for picking up Savage Nature and producing it in audio. Even more so for choosing an excellent narrator.

    On that note I’m going to add to my review with the following because this is an aspect of Feehan’s books that generally stymy me in audio.

    I was very impressed with narration of the sex scenes. I generally fast forward through those scenes in a Feehan book but felt obligated to listen with this one because it was for review…. And I was comfortable with them, the tone and feelings were expressed tastefully and they were easy to listen to, even if the length of them still makes my eyes roll back in my head. :)

    As to what I was expecting when it came to “Cajun” …… Tom Stechshulte with Feehan’s Night Game is an example.

    I’ll join my vote for audiobooks narrated with male / female narrators in the way KMM’s Dreamfever and Shadowfever were done along with the recent Feehan. Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross together set the bar for me.

    Julie James is definitely an author I’d like to see with more audiobooks, especially if Karen White was the “go to” narrator as with JTSMA.

  7. Susan says:

    Lord of Scoundrels! Lord of Scoundrels NEEDS to be on audio! As does Loretta Chase’s entire backlist. Her Carsington Brothers series is excellent, too.

    I passed on Texas Princess because I did not like the narrator. I would really love to have this favorite series of mine in Audio, but if I don’t like the narrator, I’m not getting it.

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  9. Alaina says:

    Thanks so much for your input everyone. These are great suggestions, and we’ll have to see what makes sense. I also love Loretta Chase, and have it on my personal wishlist. Unfortunately, LORD OF SCOUNDRELS isn’t one of ours.

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  11. Karen White says:

    Thanks, Brenda, for your forthright review (and comment above). I’m blushing!

    Romance fans, I’m holding a giveaway of a digital copy of this title on my blog: http://karenwhiteaudiobooks.com/2011/08/11/another-sizzling-summer-giveaway/

    Comment by Monday, August 15 to be entered in a random drawing!

    And I have fingers crossed that I’ll be able to narrate more of Julie James’ books, too. She is such a fun spinner of romance tales.

  12. moriah says:

    I would love to see more Joanna Bourne books, especially the new one she has coming out this fall. I also love Madeline Hunter and would like to see the last two books of her last series out in audio. I would also like any Jillian Hunter books. Other than that, I love European set historical romance.

  13. BevQB says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants to express love for the dual narrator (m/f) format!

    However, I am curious how the decision is made whether to use a solo or duet narration. It must be more than a cost or POV issue since some very successful audio books are still released with solo narration.

  14. Dorothy says:

    Great interview. I like learning about the behind the scenes stuff about the creation of audiobooks.

    I would also like to know if you have ever rejected the audio book after hearing it? Of once it has been produced do you just ‘go with it’?

    I would like to nominate Changling Moon by Dani Harper for an audio book. I think that would be an excellent addition to my audio book collection!

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  15. Laura says:

    I would love to see (hear) Jaci Burton’s Play by play series on audio! and i agree Loretta Chase needs to be available as on audio format!!!

  16. Kaetrin says:

    I’d love to hear Pamela Clare’s I-Team series on audio. I haven’t read her historicals but I plan to, so I’d like them on audio too!

    Also, another vote for any books by Laura Kinsale and Loretta Chase.

    I don’t mind whether it’s a dual narration or a solo really – there are some narrators, like Renee Raudman, Davina Porter, Joyce Bean etc who do male voices very well.

  17. Kaetrin says:

    Forgot to say – I’m very excited about Meljean Brook’s steampunk books being released on audio! Who is the narrator?

  18. Vic says:

    @Brenda – I agreed with you on Savage Nature. I was bummed about the accent and it was an initial big shock but enjoyed the audio. Since both of us whined a bit when this book came out in print without an audio edition, I was very pleased to see this come out! (Thanks for the nice narration Karen!) Regarding story, I thought this was the best story in the Leopard series which I’ve enjoyed very much in audio. I do wish Ms. Feehan would shorten her sex scenes that can span multiple chapters and usually sound the same.

    My Penguin dream list:
    …. Romance Erotica – Lauren Dane (specifically Brown Sibling by Penguin and Federation Chronicle series by Berkley).
    …. Romance Suspense – Pamela Clare’s I-Team series (Berkley).
    …. Urban Fantasy (Romance?) – Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi (Berkley).

    @Penguin Audio:
    …. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE lose the music and dramatic effects! A more distracting example of the dramatic effects is in the Laurell K Hamilton Anita Blake series. There are times when I struggle to distinguish dialogue through the music/effects and these are the most intense and important parts!

    …. I also enjoy the M/F narrations whether it’s by POV or interactive. But then the choice of narrator is twice as important.

    @Alaina – I think it’s awesome that your mom named you for the heroine in Ashes in the Wind. When I saw your name, I immediately thought of that book. Who HAS the digital rights to her historicals and what can we readers do to campaign to get them published in audio? Early Woodiwiss are some of my most cherished romances that I’ve had to buy over and over as they keep falling apart on me. :) I agree with the comments that it’s so nice to hear that people who enjoy romances are so involved in the selection and production process.

    My recent audios:

    …. Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series read fabulously by Luke Daniels – I got all 3 books out in this series and both my husband and I LOVED the audios. If you enjoyed Dresden Files, you’d probably enjoy these.

    Romance Suspense:
    …. Cynthia Eden’s Deadly series read by Justine Eyre – I thought book 1 was OK but really enjoyed books 2 & 3 in this series. I thought Ms. Eyre did a nice job.

    Paranormal Romance:
    …. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series read by Angela Dawe – got books 4 & 5 and am really enjoying them in audio. I don’t think this is a shining example of Ms. Dawe’s narration chops but once I got over the more reading aspect and her low key inflections I’m enjoying being able to revisit the stories while doing other things.

    Thanks for a really great article Lea, Alaina and Diane!

  19. renee says:

    I agree with Moriah that I would like to see more of Joanna Bourne’s books especially with Kirstin Potter’s narration. I had enjoyed the Spymaster’s Lady in print but I enjoyed it even more in audio. I would also like to see Mary Jo Putney’s backlist both historicals and contemporaries in audio.

  20. kathy says:

    Sherry Thomas “His at Night”

  21. Sherylgod says:

    I would love to hear Loretta Chases books in audio. Also love the older Bridgerton books by julia Quinn.

  22. Elaine C. says:

    I, too, would love to hear Loretta Chase’s books. I just finished Silk Is for Seduction and was thinking how I would love to hear it as a recorded book.
    Sherry Thomas’ His at Night and Not Quite a Husband won best historical at the RWA awards in 2010 and 2009. That should have gotten the attention of the producers of audio books. After reading her books Delicious and Private Arrangements, I downloaded them from audible.com. So far, I’ve listened to each one twice and loved them all over again. Virginia Leishman did a great job with the narration.

  23. Kaetrin says:

    Mmm. Sherry Thomas and Mary Jo Putney and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Nom nom nom.

  24. Vic says:

    @Penguin Audio – OH! Could you PLEASE consider releasing the Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs novella in On The Prowl (Berkley). I can almost guarantee that you’d sell as many copies of that as you have the A&O audios. And if you consider it, PLEASE get Holter Graham to read it as well since he reads the other 2 books out in that series. I think this is something else that the audio publishing should consider when picking up a new series – go ahead and release the short stories in that series as well. :-D

  25. Kaetrin says:

    Yes! What Vic said! :)

  26. Brenda says:

    This is a great column, I’ll add my thanks to Alaina and Diane for working with Lea to bring us these details.

    Amen! Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega novella with Holter Graham narrating … guaranteed success!

    And I second Kaetrin’s enthusiasm for the Meljean Brooks steampunk series in audio, excellent decision …. now to hear who the narrator will be??

    I noticed Penguin picked up the latest in Christine Feehan’s Dark series for audio. Two, new to me, narrators will be doing Dark Predator. Erik Bergmann sounds very good in the samples of his other work. There wasn’t a definitive Kristine Ryan sample.

    I didn’t start listening to this series until it hit South America 5 books ago, I’ll miss Phil Gigante and Jane Brown / Natalie Ross’s excellent combo and I sure hope the narration is done the same way. Male doing male voices and POV and female doing female voices and POV. Then again, considering the narrations of the majority of the series, before the dual narrations began, it has to be a win/ win. :)

    Penguin … don’t forget Feehan’s Spirit Bound (right Vic?) coming out in December , I don’t see an audio option yet …

    Simon and Schuster are following up Kresley Cole’s The Warlord Wants Forever with A Hunger Like No Other in October … I hope they keep the same narrators, they both pulled Cole’s funny – sarcastic wit off perfectly in Warlord.

    Karen I doubt there is a way around blushing with a Feehan, engineer 20 or 40. :D I couldn’t do it in a million years, kudos!

  27. Vic says:

    @Brenda – Yes, would like to see Spirit Bound available in audio! And agree with enthusiasm for Meljean Brooks steampunk series!

    @PenguinAudio – Do you ever get author involved when selecting narrators or facilitate communication between author/narrator? I’m always a bit curious about that.

    Not really romance audio related but just found out that Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye books 4 & 5 will be available on audio (US) in Nov. I was disappointed when Brilliance Audio didn’t release book 4 when paperback was released and at the time they said they were not planning to produce it. Apparently I wasn’t the only one to ask about it. (Same narrator as first 3)



  28. Vic says:

    @PenguinAudio – After re-reading the article, I came up with another question, specifically about Ms. Leigh’s audios. I have read some of her Breed series and have noticed that some of the books have editing issues. For Navarro’s Promise there were pages missing from the book when initially released. Is this kind of issue fixed when producing the audio since I’d think the narrator would also notice the disconnect in the story? Or are narrators instructed to just read the material they get?

  29. Lea AAR says:

    I second Sherry Thomas’ His at Night and Not Quite a Husband!

  30. Lea AAR says:

    It looks like these are our recommendations for Penguin. Do you have more to add? Stars indicate that the audiobook has been mentioned more than once. We’re looking for single titles since we already took a vote on authors we most want to see in audio just last month in our Favorite Romance Audiobook Poll. However, I tabulated the author requests as well and it should come as no surprise that Loretta Chase is still leading the pack!

    Lord of Scoundrels – Loretta Chase *
    Practice Makes Perfect – Julie James *
    Broken Wing – Judith James*
    Surrender – Pamela Clare*
    Changling Moon – Dani Harper *
    Play by Play series – Jaci Burtan*
    Carsington Brothers series – Loretta Chase*
    I Team series – Pamela Clare**
    Brown Sibling – Lauren Dane*
    Federation Chronicle – Lauren Dane*
    World of the Lupi – Eileen Wilks*
    His at Night – Sherry Thomas**
    Not Quite a Husband**
    Remaining Bridgerton books – Julia Quinn
    Silk is for Seduction – Loretta Chase


    Author backlists:
    Julie James**
    Loretta Chase *****
    Joanna Bourne **
    Jillian Hunter *
    Laura Kinsale **
    Mar Jo Putney*

  31. moriah says:

    For single titles, I would love Jennifer Ashley’s three mackenzie books: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron, and and Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage as well as the 4th book that comes out next spring.

  32. Vic says:

    Single Titles:

    Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings:
    .. Laid Bare
    .. Inside Out
    .. Coming Undone
    .. Never Enough

    Lauren Dane’s Federation Chronicles:
    .. Undercover
    .. Relentless
    .. Insatiable
    .. Mesmerized

    Patricia Briggs:
    .. Alpha & Omega Novella from On the Prowl Anthology

  33. Peggy P says:

    I also 2nd the choice for Pamela Clare’s books for audio and well, really, most of the authors already mentioned too! Some many good books just waiting to be “good listens”, it boggles the ears.

    I’ve been in a listening slump lately but I want to thank Vic (upthread) for the Kevin Hearne rec, just finished Hounded and loved it, got the other 2 books downloaded and ready to go … the slump is officially over!

  34. renee says:

    I second the Jennifer Ashley titles.

  35. DeeF. says:

    I was amazed at the talent of narrator Kirsten Potter for Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady. I am sure she would deliver the same excellence to Bourne’s The Forbidden Rose and My Lord and Spymaster.
    As for others I would like to hear: any titles by Liz Carlyle or Loretta Chase.

  36. Rebecca E says:

    Why aren’t LORETTA CHASE’s book available in audio? I agreee with DeeF above–any titles by Loretta Chase and Liz Carlyle!!!! Please.

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