Betrayal of Blood LilyRecommendations from our last Speaking of Audiobooks column on funny romances have provided me with quite a few smiles and laughs this holiday season as I decorated for Christmas, wrapped presents, and traveled for a few days.  Currently I’m having a delightful time listening to Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Natural Born Charmer – it’s beyond funny and has me hooting loudly at times.  Thanks to all who shared their favorite funny romance audiobooks.  I’ve purchased a few already and anticipate many more amusing moments over the upcoming winter months.

Leftovers from December

December 1st alone provided eleven new romance audiobook titles that failed to make our upcoming December releases list over at AAR.  That list is now updated and here are just a few of those additional audiobooks:

Crusie, Jennifer – Charlie All Night

Feehan, Christine – Deadly Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 5

Johansen, Iris – Touch the Horizon

Leigh, Tamara – Splitting Harriet

Lowell, Elizabeth – Pearl Cove

Mallery, Susan – Tender Loving Care

Sands, Lyndsay – Vampires Are Forever: Argeneau Vampires, Book 8

Audiobook Romances on Sale in January

Abridged

Coulter, Catherine – The Nightingale Legacy

Coulter, Catherine – The Valentine Legacy

Coulter, Catherine –  The Wyndham Legacy

Delinsky, Barbara – Barbara Delinsky CD Collection: Twilight Whispers & Facets

Delinsky, Barbara – Not My Daughter

Hamilton, Laurell K. – Bloody Bones

Hamilton, Laurell K. – Burnt Offerings

Hamilton, Laurell K. – The Killing Dance

Howard, Linda – Kill and Tell

Michaels, Fern – Vegas Rich

Michaels, Fern – Wish List

Wiggs, Susan – Susan Wiggs CD Collection: Snowfall at Willow Lake, & Fireside

Lord StonevilleUnabridged

Brown, Sandra – Texas! Chase

Brunstetter, Wanda – Kelly’s Chance

Coulter, Catherine – The Nightingale Legacy

Coulter, Catherine – The Valentine Legacy

Coulter, Catherine –  The Wyndham Legacy

Dodd, Christina – Almost Like Being in Love

Graham, Heather – Deadly Gift

Graham, Heather – Deadly Harvest

Graham, Heather – Deadly Night

Hamilton, Laurell K. – Bloody Bones

Hamilton, Laurell K. – Burnt Offerings

Hamilton, Laurell K. – The Killing Dance

Howard, Linda – Dying to Please (Link for unabridged not yet available)

Howard, Linda – Kill and Tell

Jeffries, Sabrina – The Truth About Lord Stoneville

Macomber, Debbie – Midnight Sons Volume 1: Brides for Brothers & The Marriage Risk

Macomber, Debbie – Midnight Sons Volume 2: Daddy’s Little Helper & Because of the Baby

Macomber, Debbie – Midnight Sons Volume 3: Falling for Him, Ending in Marriage & Midnight Sons and Daughters

Michaels, Fern – Vegas Heat

Michaels, Fern – Vegas Rich

Michaels, Fern – Wish List

Roberts, Nora – Dance to the Piper

Roberts, Nora – Hot Rocks

Roberts, Nora – Risky Business

Willig, Lauren – The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

Kill and TellRecent Reads

Son of the Morning – Linda Howard

Only recently released in audio format, this 1997 time travel romance gets an A on both narration and content.   Hero Niall is classic Howard style at its best while Grace is the smart woman on the run.  Narrator Natalie Ross performs multiple male voices with clear distinction and it was a pleasure listening to Niall and Grace’s verbal exchanges.  And, not once did I wonder which character was speaking.

The Bride – Julie Garwood

Narrator Rosalyn Landor (Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series) proves to be both a success and a disappointment in that her women were beautifully portrayed while her male characters, particularly hero Alec, were almost painful to hear.  When I read The Bride years ago, I laughed often, but didn’t find too much to laugh about in the audio version.  However, I think this may be due, in part, to my loss of enthusiasm for Garwood’s perfect, young, sweet, can-do-everything heroines.

Leaving Normal – Stef Ann Holm

A recent audio hit for me, I granted this one DIK status when I reviewed it for AAR in 2005.  Narrator Andrea Gallo delivers a superb performance and I found the listening every bit as pleasant as the reading.  I can’t say enough good about the firefighter beta hero Tony.  This is one romance that reads and feels like the real thing.

Time for Your Thoughts

What new releases are you looking forward to?

Do you know of any January releases that failed to make this list?

What are the latest additions to your audio library?

What are your latest audio successes or failures?

Ending Notes

Please let us know if you have an audio topic you want us to consider.

For those new to our Speaking of Audiobooks column, be sure to check out our audio archives for further recommendations and discussions.

See you again in January.

– Lea Hensley