Ask just about any romance listener to choose their favorite romance audiobooks and it’s highly likely they will choose a book from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, J.D. Robb’s In Death, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars series. And never has that been more obvious than with our Speaking of Audiobooks 2011 Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll where all three were big winners.
So this year, it’s a new take on favorites with only a few of last year’s categories. After all, how often can you choose All Time Favorites? We’re taking a beyond the winners approach and admitting our runaway winners last year were just that – first place winners. Two narrators are included in that solid first place category as well – Anna Fields and Phil Gigante.
With the first three categories in our 2012 poll, we’re looking beyond those highly popular choices to discover what other favorite romance books, series, and narrators we hold in high regard. You’ll also see twelve new categories as we talk not only about favorites but aspects of performance and the nature of audiobooks in our every day lives.
In addition, our results will include more than the first, second, and third place winners if there are enough votes to support a mention. You will also see that most categories allow for you to vote for two or three favorites rather than just one. We want our listeners to have a long list of solid romance recommendations when we publish the results in July.
Although we are asking for your favorite romance audiobooks, series, authors, and narrators, when it comes down to it, we’re talking about narrators. I’m reminded of the title of the first Speaking of Audiobooks column I wrote more than three years ago – It’s All About the Narrator. An author can write a fantastic tale but when it comes to audio, it’s the narrator’s duty to deliver. I like to think of our Favorites Poll as a tribute to those narrators who work tirelessly to deliver romance just the way we want to hear it.
Here’s a look at our 2012 Poll and a bit of description you won’t find on the ballot.