Tease: March Hot Picks

Hot Winter Nights and more!

Succeeding against all odds. These Hot Picks may have a rocky road to romance… but it’s all worth it.

Bittersweet: True North, Book 1
by Sarina Bowen, read by Saskia Maarleveld, Tad Branson
Blackstone Audio
Audrey struggles to choose between her career as a chef and her old boyfriend, Griffin. 

Four Weddings and a Sixpence  
by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane, read by Mary Jane Wells
HarperAudio
Four young ladies at a boarding school hope a lucky sixpence will help them find husbands.

Someone to LoveWestcott Novel, Book 1
by Mary Balogh, read by Rosalyn Landor
Recorded Books
An orphan becomes an earl’s daughter but needs the help of the Duke of Netherby to fit in.

 

Hot Winter NightsA Bear Mountain Rescue Story
by Codi Gary, read by Jay Snyder
Hachette Audio
Montana heats up for Allie as she wavers between her hot landlord and a doctor at her trauma center.  

Staying for GoodMost Likely To, Book 2
By Catherine Bybee, read by Cristina Panfilio
Brilliance Audio   

Celebrity chef Zoe Brown returns to her native Oregon to face her past—and her past love, Luke.

Man on the Run
by Carl Weber, read by Kevin Free
Hachette Audio
Jailed unjustly, Jay enlists his three friends to help him turn his life around.  

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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: Lord of the Privateers

Narrator Steve West completes Stephanie Laurens’s Frobisher stories with his best performance yet. A great audio love affair!

AudioFile went Behind the Mic to talk with narrator Steve West just after he completed the 4th audiobook in Stephanie Laurens’s The Adventurers Quartet, LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS. Steve is nominated for RT’s Best Romance Audiobook Narrator, and listeners will understand why.

“I love the female leads in the Adventurers series. They are brilliantly written.”—Narrator Steve West

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LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS, Adventurers Quartet, Book 4
by Stephanie Laurens, read by Steve West
Blackstone Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Listeners will enjoy this passionate Regency-era drama played out on the high seas, in the sweltering jungle, and in the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair. Steve delivers it all, from hand-to-hand combat to 19th-century British formality. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

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Tease: Audie Award Romance Finalists

Romance audiobooks that made the cut to Finalist in the 2017 Audie Awards.

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) celebrates “the best of the best” in the audiobook industry with the coveted Audie Award.  Below are the Romance Finalists for the 2017 Audie Awards.

The Obsession

THE OBSESSION
by Nora Roberts, read by Shannon McManus
Brilliance Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Glitterland
GLITTERLAND
by Alexis Hall, read by Nicholas Boulton
Hedgehog Productions
AudioFile Earphones Award

Duke of Sin
DUKE OF SIN
by Elizabeth Hoyt, read by Ashford McNab
Hachette Audio

First Star I See Tonight
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, read by Nicole Poole
Harper Audio

Dirty
DIRTY
by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt
Macmillan Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

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Listen to sound clips and read reviews of  all the 2017 Audie Awards Finalists in 26 categories HERE.

 

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: Marriage Games

Impossible to stop listening until the last possible moment

So there’s this little-known (ahem) movie in theaters, something about 50 Blinds, or Shades. I’ve only seen the trailer on TV about 50 times . . . this week. Anyway, if you’ve read the books and seen the movies, you might be looking for your next addiction. If that’s the case, we have a special treat for you, Audie Award Finalist MARRIAGE GAMESthe first book in The Games Duet. Thanks to a commanding performance by narrators Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe, MARRIAGE GAMES is a must-listen BDSM audiobook. Adam and Diana face a marriage derailed by indifference and kept on life support with revelations of hidden desires. The narration encloses the couple and the listener in a private negotiation which feels urgent and essential.

Marriage Games

MARRIAGE GAMES
by CD Reiss, read by Elena Wolfe and Sebastian York
Flip City Media
AudioFile Earphones Award

Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review. And then be sure to queue up the second half of The Games DuetMARRIAGE GAMES ends on a cliffhanger.

View more Audie Award Finalists in the Erotica category 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: 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.

Uncertain

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: Audiobook Reviews

Scottish Dukes and Long Tall Texans

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Newest romance audiobook reviews from AudioFile with companion print reviews from RT Book Reviews

It Started with a Kiss

IT STARTED WITH A KISS
Marina Adair, Read by Renee Raudman
Brilliance Audio

Marina Adair starts debuts her new Sequoia Lake series. Narrator Renee Raudman hits another one out of the park in this small-town romance with a big heart. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s audiobook review, here.

RT Book Reviews print edition review. 

Wyoming Brave

WYOMING BRAVE
Diana Palmer,  Read by Todd McLaren
Brilliance Audio

Narrator Todd McLaren takes the listener to an isolated Wyoming ranch where Meredith Grayling is hiding from a contract killer in Diana Palmer’s latest audiobook in the Long Tall Texan series. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s audiobook review, here.

RT Book Reviews print edition review.

The Ladies' Room
THE LADIES’ ROOM
Carolyn Brown, Read by Donna Postel
Brilliance Audio

A single-title contemporary audiobook romance from Carolyn Brown. Narrator Donna Postel creates a glowing narration in this whimsical Southern tale about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s audiobook review, here.

The Scottish Duke

THE SCOTTISH DUKE
Karen Ranney, read by Tim Campbell
Harper Audio

Tim Campbell’s agreeable narration should satisfy a wide audience looking for a tale with both seductive scenes and classic romance. Come for the explicit scenes but stay for a conventional love story reminiscent of Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW. Listen to a sound clip and read AudioFile’s audiobook review, here.

RT Book Reviews print edition review.

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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!