Although Speaking of Audiobooks is a relatively young column, our archives contain a tremendous amount of information relating to romance audiobooks. Yes, the actual columns do comprise a fair amount of this content but the greater part is provided by your comments. As you discuss the column’s topic, you also share recommendations and offer your thoughts on narrators, listening devices, future releases, and a myriad of other details related to romance audiobooks. Each time I write a column, I find myself combing through these past discussions for reminders, insights, and direction.
So we’re starting today’s column with a look at our past discussions. Each Speaking of Audiobooks (SOA) column is summarized with a nod to significant discussions as well as titles of Mini Reviews within. Mini Reviews are just that – shorter reviews (when compared to AAR’s reviews) with the emphasis on the audio aspects.
After taking a look at our past columns, we’ll get your ideas on what you want to see in future columns and what you want to stay exactly the same.
Our Past Discussions
It’s All About the Narrator May 5, 2009
Our introduction column focuses on romance audiobooks and the vast entertainment they provide – if you just know what’s out there and how to choose correctly.
Male Narrators June 8, 2009
A few preferred male narrators and the arguments surrounding male versus female narrators especially when it comes to romance.
Other Discussions of Note: Phil Gigante’s narration of Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series highlighting Kiss of the Highlander
Howard, Linda – Kiss Me While I Sleep
Howard, Linda – Touch of Fire
Thomas, Sherry – Private Arrangements
Ward, J.R, – Lover Eternal
July 2009 Releases June 18, 2009
Our first new releases column.
Discussions of Note: Puzzling difficulties in finding new audiobook releases
Listening to Those Sex Scenes July 19, 2009
Are you uncomfortable when listening to intimate scenes? Have you discovered that you can listen comfortably as long as no one is around? Or, has it never bothered you?
Balogh, Mary – Seducing an Angel
Brockmann, Suzanne – Over the Edge
Gibson, Rachel – Tangled Up in You
August 2009 Releases July 27, 2009
Audio romances on sale in August and leftovers from July.
A Multitude of Mini Reviews August 11, 2009
AAR reviewers, Ellen, Katie Mack, and LinnieGayl, join me in reviewing a multitude of audiobooks – mini style.
Crusie, Jennifer – Crazy for You
Evanovich, Janet – Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Gaiman, Neil – Stardust
Hoag, Tami – The Trouble With J.J.
Howard, Linda – Burn
Ivory, Judith – Sleeping Beauty
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth – Lady Be Good
Robb, J.D. – Promises in Death
Roberts, Nora – Hot Ice
Stuart, Anne – Ice Storm
Willig, Lauren – The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
September 2009 Releases August 24, 2009
Discussions of Note: The availability of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Georgette Heyer audiobooks
Why Do We Listen? September 9, 2009
Since 2003, my view of audiobooks has changed 100%.
Gibson, Rachel – Not Another Bad Date
Heyer, Georgette – Black Sheep
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth – Match Me if You Can
Quinn, Julia – When He Was Wicked
October 2009 Releases September 28, 2009
Audio romances on sale in October and some surprise titles from September
How We Listen October 9, 2009
What device do you use to listen to your audiobooks? What is available today? An extensive and very informative discussion. Check it out anytime you’re considering changing listening devices. We’ll hold this discussion every two years since technology in the world of audiobooks is ever changing.
Other Discussions of Interest – Audible Helpful Hints, Downloading from the Library
Lindsey, Johanna – Gentle Rogue
Lowell, Elizabeth – Untamed
Samuel, Barbara – No Place Like Home
November 2009 Releases October 19, 2010
The challenge of searching for audiobook releases continues.
The Outlander Series November 9, 2009
December 2009 Releases November 20, 2009
A sneak peek at some 2010 releases as well as December’s romance offerings.
The Funny Ones December 9, 2009
A number of our listeners offered their thoughts on the funniest romance audiobooks.
Audiobook discussions include:
Andersen, Susan – Head Over Heels
Evanovich, Janet – Stephanie Plum books
Kinsella, Sophie – Can You Keep a Secret
Moning, Karen Marie – Kiss of the Highlander
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Phillips:
Robb, J.D. – Born In Death
January 2010 Releases December 23, 2009
Garwood, Julie – The Bride
Holm, Stef Ann – Leaving Normal
Howard, Linda – Son of the Morning
Heart-Wrenching Narration January 15, 2010
Narrators who totally captivate your heart through their performance of emotionally riveting scenes.
Tempting Torment by Jo Goodman
What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Black Ice by Anne Stuart
February 2010 Releases February 4, 2010
Upcoming releases and news of older romances scheduled for later in 2010.
Balogh, Mary – First Comes Marriage
Crusie, Jennifer/Mayer, Bob – Don’t Look Down
Favorites February 22, 2010
Listeners share dozens of favorites – this is the place to start if you are looking for an audiobook.
Audiobooks with significant discussion: Too many to detail but a few of those chosen (no prior SOA review) include:
Howard, Linda – Death Angel
Kleypas, Lisa – Suddenly You
Litton, Josie – Dream of Me
March 2010 Releases March 8, 2010
Balogh, Mary – A Matter of Class
Goodman, Jo – Let Me Be the One
Howard, Linda – Kill and Tell
Favorite Narrators March 22, 2010
An unofficial count of our favorite narrators based on past discussions. Top ranks go to Anna Fields, Davina Porter, Phil Gigante, Susan Ericksen, Barbara Rosenblat, Simon Prebble, Natalie Ross, Joyce Bean, Johanna Parker, Kate Reading and more.
April 2010 Releases March 30, 2010
Dahl, Victoria – Start Me Up
Ivory, Judith – Beast
Raybourn, Deanna – The Dead Travel Fast
Listening Challenges April 19, 2010
Challenging ourselves to listen to audiobooks outside of our normal comfort zone.
Discussions include: Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory, My Unofficial Personal Listening Challenge for 2010
May 2010 Releases May 4, 2010
Other Discussions of Note: The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Laurens, Stephanie – Devil’s Bride
Palmer, Diana – Lawman
Ward, J.R. – Lover Awakened
Buy, Rent, or Borrow? May 17, 2010
Where do we obtain our romance audiobooks? A very informative discussion on the advantages of borrowing from the library, renting, or purchasing in CD or MP3 format.
Other Discussions of Note: Library downloading tips, Audible, understanding MP3 buying
June 2010 Releases June 4, 2010
Discussions of Note: Abridged version of Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester narrated by Richard Armitage
Brockmann, Suzanne –Out of Control
McMaster, Lois Bujold – The Sharing Knife: Legacy
War, J.R. – Lover Eternal
Vacation Listening June 17 , 2010
Choosing audiobooks for our summer getaways. Do you plan ahead for your vacation listening?
Anderson, Catherine – Phantom Waltz
Brockmann, Suzanne – Breaking Point
Brown, Sandra – Slow Heat in Heaven
July 2010 Releases June 30, 2010
Crusie, Jennifer – Manhunting
Spencer, LaVyrle – Separate Beds
Those Older Hard-to Find Romances July 16, 2010
Many romance audiobooks that we enjoyed years ago in cassette tape format are now rare finds. The hunt for these jewels is on.
Audiobook Discussions include:
Balogh, Mary – More Than a Mistress
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Lymond Chronicles
Kleypas, Lisa – Suddenly You
Karen Robards – One Summer
Spencer, LaVyrle – Morning Glory
Also: Audible iPhone app
August 2010 Releases July 26, 2010
Carriger, Gail – Soulless
London, Julia – One Season of Sunshine
Singh, Nalini – Angel’s Blood
Romance Audio Bests by Author August 13, 2010
Our own SOA version of Favorite Books by Favorite Authors (a feature at AAR). What do you recommend as the best audiobooks by authors you follow? The discussion generated literally hundreds of recommendations (but in a mostly organized manner).
September 2010 Releases August 27, 2010
Discussions of Note: Cassette tape listening,
Brown, Sandra – Envy
Harris, Charlaine – Dead as a Doornail
Kleypas, Lisa – Tempt Me at Twilight
Robards, Karen – One Summer
Speaking of Audiobooks – What’s Next?
Today, SOA is a place to talk about all aspects of romance audio. We’re getting to know each other’s preferences, conversations flow easily, and discussions often continue from one column to the next. We see Speaking of Audiobooks as the “go to” place for romance audio.
Now we’re looking to our future columns and asking for your input on possible content. To start things off, here are a few ideas under consideration:
- A Listening Challenge for 2011. Would you be interested in participating in a (very low key) 2011 challenge? I’ll need help in creating the challenge and will ask for your recommendations.
- Narrator interviews – it’s likely that we will begin conducting narrator interviews in 2011. What narrator do you most want to see interviewed?
- Audio industry news – rather than complete columns on this subject, I’m hoping for “Industry Updates”. Once again, this is best accomplished with help from our listeners. More to come.
- Mini Reviews from listeners. A formal part of the column, you may choose to contribute an occasional romance Mini Review.
Please give us your ideas!
Time for Your Thoughts
What features or subject matter do you want to see in future at SOA?
What is your favorite aspect of this column?
Is there a regular column feature you want to see more of?
What has been your favorite column to date?
Would you be willing to participate in a 2011 Listening Challenge?
What narrator do you most want to see interviewed?
Will you write an occasional Mini Review for SOA? Email me if you are interested.
And as always, do you have any recent audiobook success of failure to share with us?
I’m announcing romance audiobook news and new releases on Twitter. To follow me on Twitter, look for @LeaAAR.
If you have a romance audiobook question, please feel free to contact me at afriendatheart at cox dot net. If I don’t know the answer, we’ll do our best to find it.
I’ll be back again later this month when we discuss October audiobook new releases.
– Lea Hensley
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