Category Archives: Romance

2016 Romance Finalists and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Dee from Dee’s Book Blog. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton, read by Sue Pitkin
  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne, read by Derek Perkins

Dee’s Book Blog’s full review

  • Never Judge a Lady by Sarah MacLean, read by Justine Eyre
  • The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn, read by Rosalyn Landor
  • A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall, read by Kirsten Potter

2015 Romance Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Loupe from Hot Listens. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale from Hachette Audio

“The Bridges of Madison County could have been just an average read for me, but Steven and Kelli’s interpretation gave the novel another dimension, and they turned the story into a truly engaging listen.

Their acting skills are efficiently utilized to bring depth to the characters. Not easy to fit such a complex story in a short audiobook, but the narrators’ pleasant voice, expert pace, and right depictions gave me a new appreciation for Francesca and Robert Kincaid’s romance.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listen’s Full Review

  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman from HarperAudio

“In a world where magic is the most covet commodity and the ultimate ranking for social status, we get introduce to a run off the mill Private Investigator, Nevada Baylor, at the time when she is about to embark in a case that’s way above her head and expertise – thanks to the forceful insistence of a powerful individual.Until now, Nevada’s firm has only handled small fraud and cheating spouse cases, but the case in hand will demand extraordinary measures that will reveal an extraordinary heroine.I’m a huge fan of narrator Renée Raudman. She’s fantastic with every genre; she has no difficulties in bringing a meet-cute romance as well as a nail-biting suspenseful listen to life with full credibility.

I can’t imagine any other narrator who would be me more appropriate to perform this material despite running the risk of sounding a little too close to the other Author’s novels, in this case, Kate Daniels.

Well, my fears in this case were totally unfounded. In just in a few minutes of listening Ms. Raudman became Nevada Baylor and Mad Rogan, and I immediately got transported to a world of magic in Huston, Texas.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • First Love by James Patterson; Narrated by Lauren Fortgang from Hachette Audio

“Even though the book didn’t work for me because the story has a really YA feel and  the similarities to Fault In Our Stars worked against it, I can’t forget to mention Lauren Fortgang, a favorite of mine. Lauren’s performances are always aces, and her interpretation of these two young characters and their love journey wasn’t the exception, and while I didn’t find anything particularly exceptional in the story that showcased her talent, she’s just an excellent narrator that easily brings you into the story with the skill of a professional and  of a reader that truly has a grasp of the characters.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • Just This Once by Rosalind James; Narrated by Claire Bocking from ACX/Rosalind Iiams

“Narrator Claire Bocking does an excellent job of bringing the Zealand feel to the listener in Just This Once. I love when the backdrop of a novel feels authentic. In this, I have to commend the narrator’s performance.

Her New Zealand accents give authenticity to the novel and helps transport the listener to this light-hearted romance that with just a small amount of heat keeps things interesting while the author takes so much care in converting New Zealand into another character in her story.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis; Narrated by Karen White from Tantor Media

“It’s not hard to see why Karen White keeps getting all these nominations. She’s excellent at bringing the mood of the novel to life; from a suspenseful scene to a happy, playful scenario, Karen White puts you there.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listen’s Full Review

2014 Romance Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Dee from Dee’s Book Blog. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Darkest Craving (by Gena Showalter; Narrated by Max Bellmore; Audible, Inc.)
  • For My Lady’s Heart (by Laura Kinsale; Narrated by Nicholas Boulton; Hedgehog, Inc.)
  • Kissing under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas (by Bella Andre; Narrated by Eva Kaminsky; Oak Press LLC)
  • The Longest Ride (by Nicholas Sparks; Narrated by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy; Hachette Audio)
  • The Wanderer (by Robyn Carr; Narrated by Therese Plummer; Recorded Books)

2013 Romance Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. This category is being reviewed by Dee from Dee’s Book Blog, Laurie from Fetch Me My Fainting Couch, Purls Before Wine, Felicia from Geeky Bloggers Book Blog, and Hot Listens. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.

DontCryforMe

Don’t Cry for Me by Sharon Sala and narrated by Kathe Mazur

Reviews

Dee’s Book Blog

Unfortunately, even a good narration by Kathe Mazur couldn’t make up for my dislike of the story.

Fetch Me My Fainting Couch

The audio was read capably but completely without emotion by Kathe Mazur. In all honesty, I’m a bit surprised this production is up for an Audie Award.

MaddnessofLordIanMackenzie

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley and narrated by Angela Dawe

Reviews

Hot Listens

Angela Dawe’s tone, pace and approach were precisely what the story demanded.

Fetch Me My Fainting Couch

This is a romance worth reading if you’re a fan of sensual historical romances and are looking for something a little different.

Dee’s Book Blog

While I didn’t really enjoy this book on my initial read several years ago, I found the audiobook to be much more enjoyable.

NeverSeduceaScot

Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks and narrated by Kirsten Potter

Reviews

Hot Listens

An outstanding introduction to Maya Banks, brought to perfection by Kristen Potter.

Dee’s Book Blog

Solid narration from Potter makes Bank’s Never Seduce a Scot enjoyable – enjoyed her female voices, but some work is needed on the male ones.

ScandalousDesires

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt and narrated by Ashford McNab

Reviews

Hot Listens

Ashford MacNab is fantastic! The overall sense of anticipation, darkness and mystery are nicely conveyed without neglecting for a moment the intense sensuality of the novel.

Fetch Me My Fainting Couch

Ashford McNab reads the dialogue with a lovely accent that immediately took me out of my world and plunked me down in historical London. She voiced Mickey with all the decadent, arrogant and irresistible charm worthy of such a devilish hero.

Dee’s Book Blog

Would work well as a stand-alone or as a series installment. Enjoyed the narrator and will be seeing out more by her in the future.

Witness

The Witness by Nora Roberts and narrated by Julia Whelan

Reviews

Hot Listens

Julia Whelan was amazing! Her portrayal of 16-year-old Liz’s was right on target, and equally fantastic was her interpretation of 28-years-old Abigail.
Her command of the different accents and voices was impressive and a tremendous show case of her talent.

Dee’s Book Blog

Julia Whelan’s narration of Robert’s The Witness is well-deserved. Since this is the first book I have listened to, I can’t rank yet – but I have a feeling she is going to be a strong contender for the category.

Fetch Me My Fainting Couch

I have no complaints about the narration and can see why this one is up for an Audie award this year. Julia Whalen completely deserves it.