the dead travel fastOur March new releases column is late.  My workhorse of a laptop crashed and was off to the manufacturer for twelve days leaving me with no means of submitting a column.  A bit frustrating – yes, but added to that aggravation was the fact that I was unable to sync my iPod and choose audiobooks from my own audio library.  This is where technology sometimes gets the best of me as I repeatedly and unsuccessfully attempted to access my Audible files via iTunes on another computer.  Grrrr.

There will now be three Speaking of Audiobooks columns in March.  Next week March’s main column will be dedicated to Narrators and, during the last week of the month, we’ll take a look at April’s audiobook releases.

Two weeks ago, we discussed our favorite romance audiobooks and your recommendations were in depth, fun, informative and, I must say, outstanding!  That combined effort will certainly be used in the future as a tool for newcomers to romance audiobooks or to this column as a whole.  I’m sure those who have read the column have already benefitted from those many, many recommendations.  Bravo!

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to share your favorites with us, please check in at the Speaking of Audiobooks: Favorites column.  Hopefully, in this manner, we can continue to build our list of favorites for future reference.  Even if you have only one favorite to mention, we all want to hear from you.

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Leftovers from February

Here are just a few of those surprise audiobooks that failed to make last month’s New Releases column.  You’ll also find an updated February list of audiobook releases over at AAR.

Garwood, Julie – For the Roses (abridged)

Jackson, Lisa – Deep Freeze

Jenkins, Beverly – The Taming of Jessi Rose

Kenyon, Sherrilyn – Dance with the Devil

Audiobook Romances on Sale in March

Abridged

Brunstetter, Wanda – A Cousin’s Challenge

Hamilton, Laurell K – Blue Moon

Hamilton, Laurell K – Obsidian Butterfly

Kleypas, Lisa – Smooth Talking Stranger

Lindsey, Johanna – Marriage Most Scandalous

Peterson, Tracie – Morning’s Refrain

Quick, Amanda – The Perfect Poison

Roberts, Nora – Blue Dahlia

Stewart, Mariah – Cry Mercy

Wiggs, Susan – The Summer Hideaway

close to youUnabridged

Crusie, Jennifer – What the Lady Wants

Crusie, Jennifer & Mayer, Bob – Wild Ride

Dodd, Christina – Close to You

Edwards, Bonnie – Possessing Morgan

Garwood, Julie – Gentle Warrior

Graham, Heather – The Killing Edge

Hamilton, Laurell K – Blue Moon

Hamilton, Laurell K – Obsidian Butterfly

Hannah, Kristin – Angel Falls

Hooper, Kay – In Serena’s Web

Howard, Linda – Strangers in the Night

Jeffries, Sabrina – Never Seduce a Scoundrel

Krentz, Jayne Ann – Lost and Found

Landis, Jill Marie- Heart of Stone

Macomber, Debbie – Because of the Baby: A Selection from Midnight Sons

Macomber, Debbie – Daddy’s Little Helper: A Selection from Midnight Sons

Mallery, Susan- High-Powered, Hot-Blooded

Raybourn, Deanna- The Dead Travel Fast

Robards, Karen – Shattered

Roberts, Nora – Entranced

Roberts, Nora – First Impressions

Sands, Lindsay – Love Bites

Warren, Nancy – Too Hot to Handle

Wiggs, Susan – Home Before Dark

Wiggs, Susan – The Summer Hideaway

Recent Additions to my Audio Library

There was a members’ credit sale over at Audible and February was a dry audio purchase month for me.  The up side?  Credits enough to try a few of the many wonderful audiobooks recommendations from our recent Favorites discussion.

Out of Control – Suzanne Brockmann

Narrated by Norma Lana

Out of Control served as my introduction to the Troubleshooters series seven years ago (and my first military type romance) and I was quite blown away.  Narrator Norma Lana is unknown to me but the sample sounds great.  I’m looking forward to revisiting Kenny and Savannah but even more, I want to savor Jones and Molly all over again.

Envy – Sandra Brown

Narrated by Victor Slezak

I considered this one seriously after seeing a recommendation in our last column but the synopsis convinced me to pick this one up.  And oh, there was also that comment from Diana, “Slezak is soooo good at interpreting Brown’s jerk heroes.”  That made it irresistible.

All I Ever Needed – Jo Goodman

Narrated by Jenny Sterlin

Thinking this was the second in Goodman’s Compass Club series, I eagerly purchased it after thoroughly enjoying Virginia Leishman’s narration of the first in the series, Let Me Be the One.  Then I discovered this is actually the third.  Determined to listen in order, I’ll be waiting until I have another available credit to purchase the second, Everything I Ever Wanted, since the member’s price is $55.74!  I have high expectations for Jenny Sterlin’s performance since she narrates the last three books of the series.

Honey Moon – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narrated by Anna Fields

It’s a little hard for me to believe but I have yet to read or listen to Honey Moon.  Not only am I a big SEP fan but, for me, Anna Fields always delivers.  However, the fact that Audible charges TWO credits, instead of the customary one, for this particular book has kept it on my Wish List rather than on my iPod.  I finally gave in.

The Dead Travel Fast – Deanna Raybourn

Narranted by Charlotte Parry

After reading Emma’s AAR review, I had this one on my radar although I had yet to read a single Raybourn title.  But, once I was reassured that not only was there a fabulous romance but a Gothic romance at that – I marked it sold.

Lover AwakenedLover Awakened – JR Ward

Narrated by Jim Frangione

Even though this is my favorite paranormal of all time, I’m venturing out a bit here since Jim Frangione reads rather than performs The Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  But I have read Lover Awakened four times and believe I can keep up with the simple reading of this beloved book.

Recent Reads

A Matter of Class – Mary Balogh

Narrated by Anne Flosnik

A very sweet romance, I greatly enjoyed this one despite the fact that the unabridged version is only a little over four hours in length.  But it was Balogh’s writing that brought this one in as a success, not the narrator’s performance.  Flosnik is a narrator I endure to hear great romance.

Kill and Tell – Linda Howard

Narrated by Natalie Ross

Another one of my Howard favorites, its strong romance is not overshadowed by the larger suspense.  Ross does an excellent job distinctly portraying both lead characters and the pacing of her narration only enhances the suspense.  Marc Chastain’s New Orleans’ accent is to die for and, I must add, Kill and Tell contains the very sexiest dance scene of all time.

Let Me Be the One – Jo Goodman

Narrated by Virginia Leishman

Discovering that the entire Compass Club series was available in audio format, I listened to this, the first of four in the series and found I was quite pleased with the experience.  The story contains a few too many coincidences or plot twists to be a favorite but narrator Virginia Leishman’s performance was such that I enjoyed nearly every moment.  Leishman differentiates the characters more with accent and cadence than change of pitch.  Serving its duty as first book, the three future heroes are introduced and given sufficient substance to make this listener eager for their stories as well.

Time for Your Thoughts

What new releases are you looking forward to?

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

What are the latest additions to your audio library?

And, as always, what are your latest audio successes or failures?

Ending Notes

Please check AAR’s main site for monthly lists of upcoming audiobook releases,

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 later this month.

– Lea Hensley