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What’s hot in audiobook romance?

Chime in with your favorite listen in the comments – do you love a great tear-jerker? Laugh at chick-lit girls-vs-guy humor? Languish while fantasizing about the bare-chested hero of a Regency bodice-ripper? I had great fun writing this article <>about audiobook romances for Booklist Magazine, turning my ears to a genre I had never given much attention. But I found a fantastic bunch of titles for listeners from ages tween to 85, sweet to steamy, and girly to all-guy. But now I am looking for new romance audiobook titles to add to my listening list – so give me (and other Audiobooker readers) your suggestions for top romance titles, series, and narrators by adding a comment below. I will be thanking you as I plug in the headphones while hitting the treadmill, ready to be swept away by my new audiobook addiction: fresh hot romance!

Oh, and P.S. – “Inside the Audiobook Studio” will return next week – I am busily gathering a knockout feature on Listening Library’s audiobook production of Walter Dean Myer’s Riot.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

4 Comments on "What’s hot in audiobook romance?"

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  1. Mary says:

    Just today I finished a fun romance while at the gym – Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, from Tantor Audio. Light, breezy, and just enough romance to get a bit teary-eyed at one point – but nothing serious enough to cause the person on the treadmill next to you to wonder why you’re sobbing. It’s the story of a young lady from Jane Austen’s time who is transported into the body of a 21st century, single female Gen X-er in Los Angeles (a fellow Jane Austen fan), and who must then learn to deal with Public Display of Affection, cell phones, and margaritas.

  2.' Jana says:

    This might not really count because it is not a romance, but this summer I listened to the first two books in the Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel. They are done by Full Cast and the narrator’s voice was so wonderful. He made the character of Matt Cruse soooo crushworthy… I could listen to his voice all day long and have tried to find other books he’s read. Also, there was a romance between two characters in the book that was good, but I had to read the third because the audio version is not done yet. It was good, but not as good as listening to that voice!

  3.' Vic says:

    I enjoy Romance Suspense (JD Robb & Nora Roberts, some Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, etc.); Paranormal Romance (Christine Feehan, JR Ward); Urban Fantasy – which can have SOME romance (Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong); and YA (Melissa Marr, Richelle Mead) on audio. I’m sure I’m forgetting tons of authors I enjoy but these are the ones off the top of my head.

  4.' Wendy says:

    You should check out James Marsters performance of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Not really a romance, but James’s voice kinda turns it into one. His voice is just awesome.

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