Speaking of Audiobooks: November 2011 Releases

Animal MagnetismIt’s another day of looking at future releases and sharing more of your favorites from the past.  In addition to our list of November’s new romance releases, we’re featuring Part Three of Beyond the Winners and seven audiobook reviews.  Up for review today are J.D. Robb’s New York to Dallas, J.D. Robb’s Chaos in Death, Paula Quinn’s Ravished by the Highlander, Maya Banks’ Sweet Possession, Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other, Heather Graham’s An Angel for Christmas, and Jessa Slade’s Seduced by Shadows.

Beyond the Winners – Paranormal Romance

Our recent Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll featured some big name winners such as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  Both series swept a number of categories making us wonder what other favorites are out there beyond the big poll winners.  Over the remainder of 2011, we’re taking a number of the poll categories one by one and asking you “What are your other favorites?”

We’ve already shared our other favorites in Contemporary Romance as well as Romantic Suspense.  Now we are taking a look at Paranormal Romance – those romances in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal happenings play an integral part in the plot.  This genre is often confused with Fantasy Romance with a romance thrown in.  To differentiate Paranormal Romances, look at the attention paid to the romance as well as a HEA for the lead couple.  Our poll winners were Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward in first place with Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning taking second.

Share with us some of your other Paranormal Romance favorites.  Let us know in our comment area below.  If another listener states one of your favorites, write it down again because we’re taking an unofficial count.

As a tribute to these favorites that don’t hold an official place on the winning poll results, we are utilizing our Goodreads audio bookshelf to summarize those most often mentioned.  Our Goodreads audio bookshelf is actually a number of bookshelves.  You’ll find a Mini-Review shelf (reviews from our columns), a Romance Audiobook Poll Winners shelf, an Upcoming Reviews shelf and a Beyond the Winners shelf.  We’ll add to the latter each time we discuss a poll category.

Let us know your other Paranormal Romance favorites!

Audiobook Romances on Sale in November

Includes new formats of existing audiobooks.  Only unabridged versions are included.

Andrews, Ilona – Fate’s Edge Narrated by Renee Raudman

Barton, Beverly – Dead by Nightfall Narrated by Karen White

Bond, Stephanie – Baby, Don’t Go Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Brockmann, Suzanne – Future Perfect Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

Brown, Sandra – Rainwater Narrated by Victor Slezak

Chandler, Elizabeth – Soulmates Narrated by Renee Raudman

Coulter, Catherine – Prince of Ravenscar Narrated by Anne Flosnik

Evanovich, Janet – Explosive Eighteen Narrated by Lorelei King

Gerritsen, Tess – Keeper of the Bride Narrated by Montana Chase

Guhrke, Laura Lee – Scandal of the Year Narrated by Anne Flosnik

Hooper. Kay – The Fall of Lucas Kendrick Narrator unknown

Howard, Linda – Son of the Morning Narrated by Natalie Ross

Hunter, Kenyon, Kurland, Moning – Tapestry Narrated by Phil Gigante & Chloe Campbell

Johansen, Iris – The Bronzed Hawk Narrated by Christina Traister

Mallery, Susan – Sweet Spot Narrated by Therese Plummer

Mallery, Susan – Sweet Trouble Narrated by Therese Plummer

Neill, Chloe – Drink Deep Narrated by Cynthia Holloway

Perini, Robin – In Her Sights Narrator unknown

Roberts, Nora – The Next Always Narrated by MacLeod Andrews

Shalvis, Jill – Animal Magnetism Narrated by Karen White

Steele, Danielle – Hotel Vendome Narrated by Fred Stella

Tyler, Stephanie – Lie with Me Narrated by Johanna Parker

Tyler, Stephanie – Promises in the Dark Narrated by Johanna Parker

Warren, Christine – Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale Narrated by Kate Reading

White, Karen – The Strangers on Montagu Street Narrated by Aimee Bruneau

Romance Audio Reviews

New York to DallasNew York to Dallas – J.D. Robb

Review written by LinnieGayl

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

In this latest entry to the In Death series, a particularly vile criminal Eve encountered early in her career (before the In Death series) comes back to haunt her.  The criminal abducts, tortures, and rapes young girls – behavior hauntingly similar to Eve’s father.  Eve and Roarke quickly leave for Dallas to try and locate the criminal, bringing back memories not only of the original case, but flashbacks to Eve’s horrific childhood experiences in Dallas.

The portions of the book that focus on Eve and Roarke are fantastic.  I know that sometime soon I’ll listen to Naked in Death just to remind myself of how very far they’ve come both in their relationship and as people.  As always, narrator Susan Ericksen is fantastic as well, bringing all of Eve and Roarke’s emotions and feelings to life.

Several books ago I switched completely from print to audio for the series.  I like the voices Susan Ericksen gives to each of the series’ characters – distinct and fitting my image of how the characters should sound.  And Ms. Ericksen does not disappoint in this book.  The characters’ voices remain true from the previous books and I had no trouble figuring out who’s speaking.

However, I had serious problems listening to passages told from the criminal’s and the abducted girls’ points of view.  At times it felt almost as if they were speaking directly to me and these weren’t conversations I wanted to be involved with.  Yes, the criminal was excellently portrayed and described.  Yes, he was pure evil.  But no, this isn’t the type of story that works well for me in audio.  If I’d been reading in print I might have skimmed those passages.  And I suspect that even reading them in print wouldn’t have felt quite so personal.

Portions focusing on the search for the criminal suffered by comparison to those that focused on Eve and Roarke’s relationship.  I wasn’t surprised by the “big reveal” of the criminal’s accomplice but thought it was a bit too coincidental.  I also missed Eve’s usual interactions with Peabody and the rest of the NYC police, as they all stayed back in New York, and appeared only in limited calls.

I will definitely continue reading the series but am going to be more cautious in my decisions about the audio versions.  I don’t normally listen to romantic suspense or mysteries involving graphic scenes.  In the future I’ll wait to read more details about the crimes involved in the book before jumping into the audio versions of the In Death series.

Chaos in Death – J.D. Robb

Review written by Kaetrin

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

As the most recent novella in the In Death series, Chaos in Death follows immediately after the events of New York to Dallas.  For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend listening to it until after you’ve read NY2D as the novella contains spoilers.

I enjoy the In Death novellas, but they are a bit light in the romance department.  There’s always Roarke and there’s always some sexy times but the focus is not on the relationship – it’s about solving a crime.  For that reason, I like the full length releases better.  I’m an Eve/Roarke junkie and a novella isn’t enough for a fix.

Speaking of fixes….in Chaos in Death, Dallas investigates the nasty homicide of three former drug addicts where the killer signs his name in blood as Dr. Chaos.  A witness describes him as a green monster and it made me wonder if we were dealing with the paranormal or something else?  I didn’t immediately determine the villain’s identity although looking back all the clues were certainly there.

While it could have been my ears playing tricks on me, at first, I thought Ms. Ericksen sounded a bit harsh and stilted.  That was a surprise since she’s usually very, very good, especially with this series.  But, after the first few chapters, she reverted to the characterizations I know and love.  All in all, Chaos in Death is another enjoyable novella in one of my favourite series.

Ravished by a Highlander – Paula Quinn

Review written by Diana

Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie

Produced by Blackstone Audio

In 1685 Scotland, highlander Robert MacGregor and his kinsmen happen upon a convent under attack by unknown soldiers, arriving just in time to rescue two lone survivors.  Rob feels honor bound to take novice Davina and her guard Edward Asher to safety at his family’s well-guarded keep hidden in the mists on the Isle of Skye.  Asher confesses that Davina’s life is at stake and that she will continue to be hunted down by the King’s enemies.  Davina’s true identify is a Big Secret, but the warning from the King’s Guardsman regarding the King’s Enemies is, well, a Big Clue.

Rob and Davina, of course, fall in love and their romance along with some interesting political intrigue is what I enjoyed most.  Rob is a big, strapping, alpha highlander with a six-pack of steel, flowing tresses, and blue eyes.  Davina is the most beautiful, sweet, innocent maiden ever.  She is quite the weeper and even weeps tears of joy, but Rob seems to like it.  And therein lies my problem.  Quinn’s prose is wordy and florid, crossing into purple too often for my taste.  This point of view from a man bent on seduction and possession does not ring true in my world.

“…a forgiving, guileless angel spun from the harp strings of Heaven.”

This is what a man thinks when he’s about to crawl on top of her?

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie lays on the Scottish accent with a trowel and there is no shortage of doonas and dinnas.  My jaw hit the floor, though, when the enemy Dutch soldiers spoke with a Jersey Shore accent.  I wouldn’t know a proper Dutch accent, but I suspect that “dis, dem, dose” for “this, them, those” just isn’t right.  The accents began to sound cartoonish and that detracted heavily from my concentrating on the story.

I’m giving Ravished by a Highlander a guarded recommendation if you’re in the mood for a hunky, honorable highlander and a maiden in need of a protector.  The love story is sweet, the plot well-constructed, but in the end I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it.

Sweet Possession – Maya Banks

Review written by Kaetrin

Narrated by Caroline Wintour

I wanted to listen to Sweet Possession for two reasons.  I wanted to revisit Gray and Faith and I wanted to try an erotic romance on audio to see whether that level of explicitness worked for me in this medium.  Sadly, this is not Gray and Faith’s story (that is Sweet Surrender).  This is Lyric and Connor’s story and the most recent release as well as the most “vanilla” of the series.  The sex scenes are tamer than the previous books – e.g., they only involve two people and there are no whips or props.  Connor Malone is the “straight” one of the “sweet” men and by straight, I don’t actually mean heterosexual – he’s just not into any kind of kink.  He’s hired to sort out security for singer Lyric Jones, who is (unbeknownst to her) being threatened by a stalker.

I read Sweet Possession earlier this year and despite it being vanilla, I did really enjoy it.  The suspense subplot was a bit of a bust but as I read for the romance, that wasn’t a huge deal for me.  On audio though, it didn’t work so well.  I can’t necessarily put my finger on why I didn’t enjoy the narration even as I consider the fact that Ms. Wintour’s pace was too fast for me and she didn’t sound all that emotionally attached.  The male/female voices were well differentiated but I nevertheless found this a very difficult listen.  I already knew the story, so there was no “I wonder what will happen next” to compel me forward and the more I listened, the more the narration grated on me.  I didn’t feel the characters and as a result, I didn’t care all that much.  That was a surprise since I did enjoy the paper version.  So, either I was that disappointed it wasn’t Sweet Surrender or this narrator is simply not for me.

A Hunger Like No OtherA Hunger Like No Other – Kresley Cole

Review written by Brenda

Narrated by Robert Petkoff

A Hunger Like No Other is the first book in Kresley Cole’s very popular Immortals After Dark series.  Simon and Schuster recently released the audiobook version which I had really been looking forward to.  The tenth book in the series, Lothaire, will be released in hardback and audio January 10th, 2012.

This was my first experience listening to narrator Robert Petkoff and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last.  His skill at creating distinct voices for a large cast of characters is impressive.  The accents, including a delicious Scottish brogue for the hero, his brother, and a cousin are a pleasure to hear as were the pleasing female voices.  Add to this his impeccable delivery of emotion, the humor, desperation, fear, passion, happiness … and one could assume that Petkoff is a long standing fan of this series.  More likely he has done a lot of homework.  He was perfect!

As with most paranormal romance, the fated mate theme appears, though it is one sided in this case.  Lykae clan leader, Lachlain MacRieve, has been held prisoner and tortured by the Vampire hoard for the past 150 years, but when he scents his one true mate there is nothing that will stop him from claiming her.   Emmaline Troy is one of a kind, half valkyrie/half vampire.  She is an odd mix of easily frightened vulnerability and underlying strength due to the upbringing the Valkyrie gave her.

Cole took a page from the early bodice rippers with hero Lachlain’s opening attitude, I want – I’ll take.  The narrator really showcases that caveman approach, along with so perfectly portraying Emma’s initial fright that it almost put Lachlain beyond the pale.  But later the narration also makes Lachlain’s regret over his actions nearly palpable, while you also hear Emma getting even in her own way.

I found humor in the fierce and deadly Valkyrie proving that you’re only as old as you feel.  Their use of the latest slang in conversation as well as their love of video games, nail polish and a good party added a fun aspect to the story.  Hearing Emma dig out her strength to become someone that willingly faces off with werewolves and vampires alike was a significant part of what made this book work for me.

Whether the overall story works for you, or not, hearing Robert Petkoff’s outstanding narration would never be regretted.

An Angel for Christmas – Heather Graham

Review written by Melinda

Narrated by Christina Traister

The MacDougal family meets each year for Christmas at a mountain cabin.  Stacy and Mike are the parents of Shane, a divorced doctor and father of two; Morwenna, a single career woman from Manhattan; and Bobby, a college student.  Each sibling has a cross to bear – Shane is facing his first Christmas without the children; Morwenna’s most recent boyfriend would rather spend the holidays with co-workers in Cancun; and Bobby is a disappointment to his parents as he has once again dropped out of college.

Into their lives drops a stranger, Gabe, who has been struck in the head and left to die but still manages to crawl to the cabin.  He explains he’s a state trooper looking for a criminal.  Then Luke comes on the scene stating he’s the state trooper and Gabe is the criminal.

That’s the setup for An Angel for Christmas.  The reader knows Gabe is telling the truth so there’s no mystery.  Apparently he’s all-knowing which inspires great confidence in them all.  He manages to not only get each character to bare his or her soul to him, but gives each one sage advice to solve all their problems. (Hint: Angel. Gabriel. Lucifer. Duh.)  The storyline makes little to no sense; the coincidences strain credulity; and that’s just the first couple of chapters.

Christina Traister’s narration is unexceptional.  She does have variations in voicing characters, but in general her reading is uninspiring.  I’ve bemoaned her narrations before – her inability to time pauses stands out for me.  This tendency was evident in An Angel for Christmas as Traister took short breaths mid-sentence several times.  In addition, her intonation and emphases often completely changed the meaning of sentences.

I felt I was constantly assaulted by both the incredible plot and jarring narration.  I don’t even know why it’s classified as a romance.  With ten minutes left in the story, Morwenna kisses Gabe on the lips while he’s laying half-conscious in the snow.  That sums up the romance – it left me and them out in the cold.  It wasn’t a good experience.

Seduced by Shadows – Jessa Slade

Review written by Brenda

Narrated by Renee Raudman

Produced by Blackstone Audio

Jessa Slade builds a world with a new and interesting twist in Seduced by Shadows.  Repentant demons cross the veil and possess humans that have a weakness, whether physical, mental or both.  It’s considered a symbiotic relationship.  The human gains in strength and abilities and that is a good thing for Sera Littlejohn. A car accident has left her with serious health issues, but with the new vitality is the obligation to fight against the dark spirits.

Ferris Archer is taylan, one who has been possessed and has fought this battle for centuries.  In all that time he has not known of a female taylan, until Sera.  She brings unique views and skills into this men’s club as well as the beginning of needed changes if good is to prevail.  There are attempts at levity but overall this is a dark mix of Urban Fantasy with some romance.

Narrator Renee Raudman has the tone down perfectly as she portrays these characters; each with a distinct voice making it easy to follow along with who is who.  I’ve appreciated Raudman’s skill at pulling the humor/drama/action out of a book and with this listen I see she is just as skilled with angst.  It pours out of her in dark waves as she brings this story to life.  It may not be my cup of tea but I can attest to the fact that she is just as good with this angle as she is with the others.

Time for Your Thoughts

What Paranormal Romance audiobooks are your favorites?

What new releases are you looking forward to?

Do you know of a new romance release that didn’t make the list?

Have you listened to one of today’s review books?  What were your thoughts?

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

Recorded Books Announcement

Brenda shared with me earlier this week an announcement from Recorded Books.

“Due to a broad change in strategic direction, we have decided to exit the “direct-to-consumer” audiobook market and concentrate exclusively on our institutional and digital business lines. This was not an easy decision for Recorded Books, which was founded over 30 years ago as a direct-to-consumer audiobook rental business. We have enjoyed bringing the world of audiobooks to our dedicated customers and are proud of how our efforts have helped the audiobook industry grow. However, we recognize that we are no longer competitive in the consumer space and it is time for a change.”

At times, we have wondered in our discussions why Recorded Books was so out of sync with their non user friendly site.  We have complained when they chose to keep a particular delicious romance title all to themselves – offering it neither to other retailers or in digital format.  But, in the back of my mind, I always knew I could find it there.  This announcement actually makes me a bit sad.  Recorded Books has consistently offered an excellent selection of romance audios often claiming some of the best authors.  We can only hope that we will now see those in the digital market.

Ending Notes

The winner of our six audiobook giveaway that ran with our Anne Flosnik interview was Jax WP.  Congratulations!

I’m announcing news for the Speaking of Audiobooks column and other audio tidbits on Twitter – look for SpeakingofAudio (formerly 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 159 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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20 Responses to “Speaking of Audiobooks: November 2011 Releases”

  1. Lea Hensley says:

    The two winning paranormals in this category are my personal top favorites but here are a few more:

    Son of the Morning by Linda Howard – without an official spot for time-travel on the ballot, it fits best in paranormal

    Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison – just finished last night and easily it hits my favorite paranormals list

    The Immortal Highlander and The Spell of the Highlander both by Karen Marie Moning. These are in the same series as Kiss of the Highlander – one of the winners in this category.

    Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

    Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

    Dark Lover and Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

  2. Susan says:

    I really loved Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books up until the last two. Sookie’s world is crumbling around her and it’s painful to watch.

    I also loved the Edge series by Illona Andrews. Great narration and great storytelling for both On the Edge and Bayou Moon. I am really looking forward to Fate’s Edge this month. I have her Kate Daniels on audio, too, but haven’t listened yet. I know I’ll love those as well.

  3. Leigh says:

    I am in a rut. I tend to just purchase audio books that I have already read, and want to re-read so that tends to be more books in the romantic comedy genre. I don’t have too many paranormals books that are keepers.

    And right now I am sitting on four credits.

    By the way, anyone has any recommendations for audio plugs to work with iPhone? The ones provided by Apple don’t seem great. And to be honest they are not that comfortable

  4. Lea Hensley says:

    Leigh – could you tell us a few romance audios that you have enjoyed? IIRC, several of my recommendations to you have not worked all that well.

    The ear plugs I use (and love) are those I received with my iPod and iPhone. They don’t fall out and fit snug. So, I guess I can’t help you there!

  5. Leigh says:

    I tend to like funny audio stories, so I did buy two by Jill Mansell:
    An Offer You Can’t Refuse, and Thinking of You. Of the two I enjoyed Thinking of You More. My others are re-read, most by Sep: Ain’t She Sweet, Call Me Irresistible, It Had To Be You, Match Me if You Can, Natural Born Charmer, and Lady Be Good. My favorites of the SEP tend to be my favorite in book form so the audio didn’t make me like or dislike the books more. Also purchased Julie James’ Sexy Man Alive and I surprised at how uppity the heroine sounded in the beginning. I still enjoyed it, but it is not a favorite. Curse of Chalion had a wonderful male narrator. He made the hero’s self depreciating humor come alive although I am visual reader on names, so I had problems remembering who was who. And it is a long book at 18 hours. Mischief of Mistletoe is my most recent purchase and it was very cute and not a re-read.

  6. Kaetrin says:

    I just re-read my review for Sweet Possession and realised that it might give the impression that Connor is not heterosexual – ust to clarify he is totally straight in every sense of the word! LOL!!

    I have the Kresley Cole on my TBL and I’m thinking it might be my next listen Brenda. I’ve got to hear this wonderful new narrator! :)

    As for PNR favourite listens, I’d nominate Dragon Bound (even though it’s very recent) and also the one I’m listening to now, Storm’s Heart – it’s a very different book to the first one but it’s working well for me on audio. I really enjoy Sophie Eastlake’s narration.

    If Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series counts as PNR I’d vote for that too, as well at the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I’m not exactly sure where the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series fit on the PNR/UF spectrum but they’re excellent also.

  7. Diane says:

    I’m going to toss in a paranormal mystery series I just discovered. The author is Mary Stanton and Defending Angels is the first in her Beaufort & Company series. This is the Publishers Summary at Audible: The first in a new series of paranormal mysteries from fan-favorite Mary Stanton, Defending Angels introduces young lawyer Brianna Winston-Beaufort. After taking over her uncle’s law practice in the much-haunted city of Savannah, Georgia, Bree is itching for her first case. That is, until she gets an otherworldly phone call from Benjamin Skinner, a local businessman who’s just been murdered.
    Julia Gibson is the narrator and I think she is doing a fantastic job differentiating between characters, injecting the proper emotions when needed and the pacing is just right. My only complaint is the extra long pauses between chapters. Other than that I am having a blast with these books.

  8. Diana says:

    Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman are hard to beat. I love both the Edge series (definitely romance!) and the Kate and Curran (yup, romance) series.

    Love Xe Sanda reading of Frank’s Nightwalkers. The Sookie books seem to have lost their shine and direction, but I’ve listened to Dead to the World many times and I know I will again. And Linda Howard’s Son of the Morning is a forever favorite. I’m also fond of JR Ward’s Fallen Angel books. I wish the narrator Eric Dove had done the BDB books.

  9. Corie says:

    I just started listening to audio books again. I am totally loving the IN DEATH series. I’m now on the third book and I have to say that the emotional level of Eve and Roarke’s relationship seems to be getting better and better. There was that one gut-wrenching scene in book 2 where Eve finally said “you win” to Roarke, Susan Ericksen’s voice getting that tremolous, almost about to cry voice, and it spills over to the next line – that was really amazing! Getting to know these two wonderful characters is like peeling an onion. I’m also almost finished with Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY and it is fantastic. The narration is wonderful, I was listening to this at work today and I have to say there were some parts where I had to blow my nose and wipe some tears (the one where Annique was saying goodbye to Gray and letting him know that they were each other’s half that cannot ever be).

  10. Brenda says:

    Having just written an entire “book” of a comment, only to have it go into the ether … has me sooooo annoyed!

    So does html work here?

    Ditto favorites of Lea – Susan – Kaetrin and Diana ….. and a whole bunch more … including quotes from AHLNO just for you Kaetrin. :)

    Leigh I prefer inner earbuds – there are several good ones but the jbuds that are around $20.00 at Amazon are nice, I took advantage of half price on ear phones/buds with my new Special Offer Kindle. :) and it worked out well.
    If you like humorous you could try one of Christine Warren’s Other series – Linniegayl’s review of She’s No Faerie princess was spot on.

    Corie, welcome to Eve and Roarke!

  11. Kaetrin says:

    @Brenda, did you not like Seduced by Shadows much because it was dark or was there something else?

    @Melinda ouch!

  12. Brenda says:

    Kaetrin – Admittedly I’m not a fan of dark or deep angst – but there was a good story in Slade’s book – my biggest issue was she seemed to have a thesaurus at her elbow and used it to reiterate the same angst over and over again with different words – added to Raudman’s skill in delivering the exact tone in spades? Bottom line was it left me feeling dark and depressed – I’m all about happy and uplifted in my entertainment no matter how new and interesting a storyline may be or how well it is delivered. Big surprise there. :)

    Nice to see the html works here, I’ll remember that if I work up the gumption to re-write my previous comment.

  13. Lea Hensley says:

    OMG!

    A Game of Chance is finally, finally available in audio! It’s up at Audible this morning and produced by Harlequin. http://bit.ly/tqP0c5

    I’ve wanted this one – a lot!

    Mackenzie’s Magic is also available for $3.46 (members – $4.95 non).

  14. Lea Hensley says:

    Leigh – you might want to take a look at a former Speaking of Audiobooks column titled “The Funny Ones.” Some good recommendations included.
    http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=3296

    Also, although I don’t find all of Jennifer Crusie’s audio versions LOL, I did with Anyone but You.

    It does look like we enjoy many of the same audios. Good luck on your search!

  15. Lea Hensley says:

    Corie – so agree with you about The Spymaster’s Lady! It’s one of my favorite historicals in audio. Didn’t care for it much in print. And that scene you described – so completely moving. Kirsten Potter hits that one out of the ballpark.

    Kaetrin – funny on Sweet Possession! I thought he wasn’t heterosexual as I finalized for the column. Email on the way. We’ll see if we can change.

  16. Diana says:

    Oh, double yay on the last two Mackenzie stories finally making it to audio! A Game of Chance is one of those books I adore even though I know that it’s shamelessly emotionally manipulative.

  17. maggie says:

    I hope Harlequin will finally release all the other Howard books on audio. She has quite a backlist with them that I would love to hear. :)

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  19. Sally says:

    Hmmm. Paranormal books; I do not know about anyone else, but I think this is a very crowded field. Although many of my favorites have already been listed; I am going to recommend them again.

    Thea Harrison- Dragon Bound series (new series, but all three audiobooks have been consistently good and amusing)

    Jacquelyn Frank Nightwalker series (really the best part of this series is the narration of Xe Sands, I hope she stays in the romance genre because she is climbing up my list of favorite narrators)

    I also like Tavia Gilbert who adds to the enjoyment of the Frost “Grave” series. I just finished the first Edge Book by Ilona Andrews and it was great audiobook. I also have to mention my favorite Molly Harper audiobook, “How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf,” which is really a contemporary romance comedy with a paranormal thread.

    The new Kresley Cole book reviewed this month really does have a great narration by Robert Petkoff.

    And finally, (not paranormal) I also just finished the new audiobook by Elizabeth Hoyt, her latest “Maiden Lane,” is by far the best I have listened to.

  20. Brenda says:

    Sally you have excellent taste in paranormal :)

    Your probably planning on following up Ilona Andrews On The Edge with the second book – Bayou Moon. It won a 2011 Audie Award in a new category, “Judges’ Award – Paranormal”. I was happy to see a book I was familiar with, and loved, on the listed awards!