Top Romance on Audio

AudiobookerThe American Association of Publishers reported a 35.3% increase in audiobook downloads—the strongest gain in any literary format—as well as a lusty boom in audio production: 9,630 more titles were published than in the previous year, bringing the number of audiobooks published in 2015 up to 35,574. That’s an increase of 29,374 titles in the past five years—and romance is one of the hottest trends in listening.

The perfect coupling of audiobooks and romance has only heated up since I explored the genre in 2009. I asked David Burleigh, Director of Marketing for OverDrive and Shelby Gonzales of hoopla to share their top library downloads for romance audiobooks. Use these titles to spice up your collection development, or to find a new passion for personal listening.

OverDrive’s top romance audiobooks

  1. see-meSee Me, by Nicholas Sparks
  2. Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich
  3. After You, by Jojo Moyes
  4. Friction, by Sandra Brown
  5. Grey, by E. L. James
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
  7. The Scam, by Janet Evanovich
  8. The Selection, by Kiera Kass
  9. Wicked Charms, by Janet Evanovich
  10. The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende


hoopla’s top romance titles

  1. convictionConviction, by Nicole Edwards
  2. Nothing Personal, by Jaci Burton
  3. Morning, Noon, and Night, by Alison Tyler
  4. The Substitute, by Denise Swank
  5. Suddenly One Summer, by Julie James
  6. Stuck-Up Suit, by Vi Kreeland
  7. Temptation, by Nicole Edwards
  8. Dirty Pleasures, by Meghan March
  9. I’m in No Mood for Love, by Rachel Gibson
  10. The Player, by Denise Swank




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.

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