Tease: Valentine’s Day

Fall in love with an audiobook!

Valentine’s Day is coming around again, and it’s time to think about falling in love. Not with a person, but with an audiobook (of course). And a love affair with a romance audiobook is sort of a frame story — you’re relishing a captivating love story even as you have a serious crush on the narrator and the addictive performance they’ve just given to you as an additional gift.

Sometimes it’s love at first sight. Richard Armitage’s VENETIA had me at the introductory credits. It’s an elegant abridgment paired with Armitage’s melted butter voice.

Venetia

VENETIA
by Georgette Heyer, Read by Richard Armitage
Naxos AudioBooks

Other times, you fall in love with the whole package. Renee Raudman’s readings of Ilona Andrews’s fantasy romances build and weave to a crescendo. With so many memorable characters and scenes, there can’t be one favorite moment.

And then there are the surprises. I don’t know what I expected when I listened to Laura Kinsale’s UNCERTAIN MAGIC, read by Nicholas Boulton, but the exquisite mix of production quality and deeply developed vocal characterization impressed even this picky listener.

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UNCERTAIN MAGIC
by Laura Kinsale, Read by Nicholas Boulton
Hedgehog Inc.
AudioFile Earphones Award

I imagine you have your own audio crushes, too. Did I say that you should fall in love with an audiobook? I’ve changed my mind. Fall in love with all of them — it’s not cheating to spread your audio love around.

Browse the newest Romance audiobook reviews here, or if you are an RT Reviews fan, we share AudioFile  Romance reviews each week at RT Book Reviews blog!

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Romance Audio Awards Announced

Two new categories for this year’s RT Awards

RT Book Reviews celebrates the awards season with the nominees for 2016 RT (Romantic Times) Awards that include the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards and Career Achievement Best Author Awards. Two new awards are included for the first time: RT Review Source and AudioFile’s 2016 Best Romance Novel Narrator.

We are delighted to sponsor the Best Romance Narrator Award as part of our recent partnership with RT Book Reviews. AudioFile’s newest romance audiobook reviews now appear weekly on the RT Book Reviews website. 

The focus for BEST ROMANCE NARRATOR is, of course, the audio performance. And the nominees for  AudioFile’s first ever Romance NARRATOR Award 2016 are . . .

Nicholas Boulton for GLITTERLAND by Alexis Hall

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Nicholas Boulton brings a certain magic to his romance narrations. Sometimes intense, sometimes passionate, and sometimes inscrutable, Nicholas’s audiobook work in historical romance continues to garner raves from listeners and reviewers. His work with author Laura Kinsale has created remarkable audiobooks.

Jim Frangione for DARK CAROUSEL by Christine Feehan

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Jim Frangione intrigued listeners with his multilingual performance of Christine Feehan’s paranormal romance. As AudioFile‘s review raves, “Narrator Jim Frangione and author Christine Feehan are like chocolate and peanut butter — dark and delicious.” Frangione is equally well known for his narration of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, where “Frangione’s commanding narration shows listeners the ‘all-in’ nature of the characters.” Jim also narrates mystery, fiction, and children’s audiobook titles, including works by Dennis Lehane and Spencer Quinn. 

Rosalyn Landor for BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

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Romantic fiction is a genre Landor has spent a lot of time with, narrating works by Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Mary Balogh, and Eloisa James. She feels passionate about it and embraces romance’s particular challenges for the narrator. “It requires a very specific discipline in giving voice to the male and female characters,” Landor says, “especially to switch in and out of the male and female roles and play both sides of an intensely passionate scene. It’s made me appreciate how well these authors understand the male/female perspective.”

Saskia Maarleveld for BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts

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Narrator of over 150 audiobooks, Saskia was raised in New Zealand and France and now lives in New York City. She’s able to switch seamlessly between accents and can often be heard speaking in British, Australian, New Zealand, and various European accents, in addition to her natural American accent. Her romance audiobooks include titles by Nora Roberts, Heather Graham, Maya Rodale, and Katharine Ashe. 

Steve West for A BUCCANEER AT HEART by Stephanie Laurens

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London-born Steve West has an active film and stage career as well as more than 100 audiobook credits to his name. Steve can adopt a rich, rolling style for a nineteenth-century sea captain or embody a light, breathy, and genuine young heroine, then can switch easily to a menacing villain. His versatility is a great asset in his audiobook narrations. Steve’s audiography includes suspense, history, science fiction, and teen audiobooks. 

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The BEST ROMANCE NOVEL NARRATOR winner will be announced on Friday, May 5, 2017, at RT’s annual convention, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. For information about the convention and its many events for romance lovers, authors, and industry professionals, see RTConvention.com

Good luck to these incredibly talented narrators, and thanks to the skilled writers who made their work possible.

Check out all nominees in all the RT Awards categories HERE

 

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: When All the Girls Have Gone

Romantic suspense from Jayne Ann Krentz

As women in a secret investment club go missing, Claire and Max race the clock to locate a killer. Narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb matches Jayne Ann Krentz’s no-nonsense style in this tightly-plotted mystery with a second-chance romance.

When All The Girls Have Gone

When All the Girls Have Gone
Jayne Ann Krentz, read by Amanda Leigh Cobb
Recorded Books

Narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb chronicles Charlotte Sawyer’s glorious escape from her staid comfort zone in Krentz’s romantic suspense novel. Charlotte convinces private investigator Max Cutler to collaborate as she seeks answers about her missing sister Jocelyn’s murky investment club. This is a great mystery, even if you don’t figure out “who done it” until the very end. [Trigger warning: a few moderately detailed episodes of sexual violence.] Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Holiday with a Twist

What’s Christmas without regret, deception . . . and a pug dog?!

Narrator Samantha Cook’s impressive range of voices and deadpan humor make this one holiday romance you won’t forget.

Holiday with a Twist

HOLIDAY WITH A TWIST
Shannon Stacey, Read by Samantha Cook
Harlequin Audio

For Leigh Holloway, returning home to Massachusetts for Christmas is epic bad timing. She lost her fiancé, quit her job (working with said fiancé), and now has to fake it for two weeks so her family doesn’t suspect anything. Bartender Croy Dawson sympathizes and wouldn’t mind taking their high school friendship to the next level. Narrator Samantha Cook plays up Leigh’s family antics and gets listeners into the spirit for Christmas and romance. Listen to a sound clip and read my full review.

I would definitely listen to more Samantha Cook audiobooks. And not just over the holidays!

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: The Consequence of Seduction

Situational humor is an art form in this romance audiobook.

High-quality merriment meets millennial romance, and narrators Amy McFadden and Nick Podehl rise to the challenge of Rachel Van Dyken’s outlandish romantic romp.

The Consequence of Seduction
THE CONSEQUENCE OF SEDUCTION
by Rachel Van Dyken, read by Amy McFadden and Nick Podehl
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

While Reid and Jordan pretend romance for a publicity stunt, Reid’s certifiably insane family tortures him with bad advice and yes, yodeling. McFadden and Podehl must have shrugged and said – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – because they show complete narrative buy-in to the mayhem. They egg each other on with silly delivery and random off-key singing. In a word: magical.

Listen to a sound clip!

I’m officially adding this narrative combo to my “must enjoy as an audiobook” list. Add your Must Have the Audio selections in the comments below.

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Guilty Pleasures

Narrator Dylan Ford carefully matches the author’s international cast of characters. A narrator’s work is never done!

Travel the exclusive circuit of international mixed martial arts fighting in Deborah Fletcher Mello’s series opener, GUILTY PLEASURES.

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Recorded Books

Narrator Dylan Ford evokes the competitive gym culture that Alexander and his brother Zachary dominate. Alexander’s love interest, Sarai, is a strong female character whose sense of humor emerges in the audiobook. Ford’s characterizations give Mello’s romance realistic grounding. Read my full review here!

Alexander’s brother has his own story in Mello’s recently released PERFECT PLEASURES, so stay tuned!

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

Get to know the Spindle Cove series

I’m not sure if I want to start a scandal, but after listening to Dare’s latest, DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL, I’m feeling the urge to go full-on backlist and listen to the entire Spindle Cove series from the beginning, thanks to narrator Carmen Rose. She strikes the right balance of aristocratic British courtship and a heroine with some more modern ideas of marriage as a partnership. Sneaky humor kept it from being formulaic — now I want to meet Dare’s other heroines!

Do You Want To Start A ScandalDO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL
Tessa Dare, read by Carmen Rose
HarperAudio

Browse other audiobooks narrated by Carmen – lucky for you, they are all historicals!

Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: November Hot Picks

This month’s hottest romance audiobooks go from sweet to steamy

This month’s picks go from sweet to steamy and include some of our favorite authors and narrators. Good luck choosing just one!

DragonmarkDRAGONMARK: Dark-Hunter, book 27
Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Holter Graham
Brilliance Audio

Betrayal and passion mix when dragon Illarion and human Edilyn meet.

FrostlineFROST LINE
Linda Howard and Linda Jones, read by Abby Craden
Harper Audio

Conflicting magical missions make Lenna and Caine’s unwilling attraction deliciously complicated.

Learning To RideLEARNING TO RIDE
Erin Knightley, read by Courtney Patterson
Hachette Audio

Opposites attract as rodeo champ Tanner Callen falls for city slicker Madeline Harper.

Shadow RiderSHADOW RIDER
Christine Feehan, read by Jim Frangione
Recorded Books

Hunted by a murderer, Francesca seeks refuge and protection from the Ferraro crime family and their unusual abilities.

Sweet Little LiesSWEET LITTLE LIES: Heartbreaker Bay, Book 1
Jill Shalvis, read by Karen White
Harper Audio

Pru’s secrets may ruin her relationship with pub proprietor Finn O’Riley.

Twelve Days of ChristmasTWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Debbie Macomber, read by Suzanne Elise Freeman
Random House Audio

Julia starts a Christmas blog chronicling her efforts to befriend her curmudgeonly neighbor, Cain.

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: The Chemist

Breathless romantic suspense from Stephenie Meyer

Okay, Twilight fans. She’s back. And there aren’t any vampires, but it doesn’t matter — narrator Ellen Archer will have your hair standing on end anyway. Archer introduces Stephenie Meyer’s unlikely couple: a woman who can get a man to do anything — using her lethal stash of chemicals — and the man who has the information she’d die to know. Further essential information: There’s a genius dog in the story. Need I say more?

The Chemist
THE CHEMIST

by Stephenie Meyer, read by Ellen Archer
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

If you have ever avoided pressing the play button for fear a favorite character won’t survive the chapter, THE CHEMIST is not going to be a comfortable listening experience. Ellen soon signals that Meyer’s characters are on borrowed time. Pack your go bag and enter Meyer’s breathless romantic suspense. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here!

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to hear from Ellen Archer about THE CHEMIST.

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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!

Tease: November New Releases

A ‘teaser’ of November’s upcoming romance audiobooks

November 1st, 2016:

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THE FIX UP
Kendall Ryan, read by Ava Erickson John Lange
Blackstone Audio

A SURE THING
Marie Harte, read by CJ Bloom
Tantor Media

I SEE YOU
Molly McAdams, read by Em Eldridge & Graham Halstead
Harper Audio

BODYGUARD
Jessica Linden, read by Erin Cottrell
Hachette Audio

DAZZLING
Elizabeth Hayley, read by Kristin Kalbli
Hachette Audio

WORTH THE RISK
Jamie Beck, read by Scott Merriman
Brilliance Audio

WHAT YOU DO TO ME
Barbara Longley, read by Terri Clark Linden
Brilliance Audio

November 8th, 2016:

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LEOPARD’S FURY
Christine Feehan, read by Jim Frangione
Recorded Books

ONE SNOWY NIGHT
Jill Shalvis, read by Karen White
Harper Audio

HOLD ME COWBOY
Maisey Yates, read by Lillian Thayer
Harlequin Audio

SUDDENLY DATING
Julia London, read by Cristina Panfilio
Brilliance Audio

TURBULENT DESIRES
Melody Anne, read by Terri Clark Linden
Brilliance Audio

November 15th, 2016:

HER HOPES AND DREAMS
Terri Osburn, read by Karen Peakes
Brilliance Audio

FILTHY RICH
Raine Miller, read by Jeremy York & Sienna Frances
Brilliance Audio

November 22nd, 2016:

ALL THE DEAD GIRLS
Rita Herron, read by Eric G. Dove
Brilliance Audio

November 29th, 2016:

Size Matters

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN
Lorraine Heath, read by Helen Lloyd
Harper Audio

SIZE MATTERS
Alison Bliss, read by Violet Strong
Hachette Audio


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Caitlin is a librarian from Connecticut who enjoys great narrators and happy endings. She has been reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine since 2006, and she has had the privilege of judging numerous Audie Award categories since 2009. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and whatever she's listening to right now!