I have a new job that requires a commute that is about an hour each direction. I find that audiobooks pass the time perfectly for me in the car. Here’s a list of what I’ve been listening to in the last new months. Perhaps you’ll find something that you’re tempted by. Note: I generally buy audiobook versions of books I own in eBook format because Amazon will sell the audiobook for somewhere between $1.99-$4.00, which results in literally 10-12 hours of listening time for me.
This is the first “new to me” book I’ve listened to in a while. It’s one of Nora Roberts’ more recent romantic suspense novels, and I’m actually quite enjoying it. While I think the heroine engages in a bunch of TSTL behavior, and I think the hero suffers an abundance of “do as I say” attitude, I’m really enjoying their dynamic. The story is reminiscent of the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” in that the heroine witnesses a crime while staring from a window. One of the victims is the hero’s brother, and their romance sets off from there. The narration is wonderful, with the narrator able to nimbly step from voice to voice. I really loved it.
I picked up the first two Kate Daniels book on audio due to this DBSA interview with Renee Raudman, the narrator. I came very late to the series, but have developed a very passionate adoration for everything about it, most particularly Kate’s snark. During the podcast, Raudman did a little of Curran’s voice, and though I was quite skeptical (that’s not how Curran sounds in my mind), I decided to give it a whirl. What I found is all sorts of little moments within the series that I’d missed in my reading of it. Kate’s snark is highlighted in a wonderful way. I guess I knew the series was funny, but Raudman infuses all of the characters with such warmth and personality. It’s a fantastic listen, and worth every moment of enjoyment it afforded me. This is a series I’ll listen to again and again.
I adore Nalini Singh books. They are go to comfort reads for me. I really love the Guild Hunter series for its grittiness and for the evolution of Elena Devereaux, the heroine of some of the series. One of the things I really love about the Guild Hunter world is that it is multicultural. I truly admire the narrator, Justine Eyre’s ability to slip quickly and easily from accent to accent while capturing each character’s unique voice. The series itself is gripping and Eyre’s narration makes it a ton of fun to listen to.
The Wallflower series is another comfort read for me, as Marcus, Lord Westcliff is a particular favorite of mine. I love the antics the Wallflowers get up to, and I find each romance fully engaging. That engagement, and the fact that a couple of them were on sale on Audible at the time is what made me decide to listen to them. What I really love about this audio series is that Rosalyn Landor, the narrator, switches easily back and forth between highbrow British accents, American accents, and the lower class English accents of the servants in the stories. The four books make for wonderful listening and I thoroughly enjoyed my time revisiting Stony Cross Manor and its inhabitants.
Your turn! What audio books do you love listening to? Who are your favorite narrators?