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Wed
Jul 8 2015 2:00pm

Easy Listening: The Pros of Male and Female Audiobook Narrators

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

If you don’t have time to actually read a book, many e-readers and tablets allow you to have an electronic voice read the story to you.  Although I know several people who will use this option, I can’t imagine it brings anything to the enjoyment of the story.

To really bring a book to life by audio, you need a truly talented narrator.  While there are a few authors who will use more than one narrator to tell their audiobook story, the ones I love the most present a whole cast of characters all by themselves.  Some narrators are so talented, after I finish an audiobook I find myself not just searching for my favorite authors, but my favorite narrators as well.

Among the ladies, some of the stand outs that I have enjoyed include:

Susan Ericksen who narrates for J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Tess Garritsen, Lorraine Heath and Sara Paretsky.

Lorelei King who narrates for Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, and Debbie Macomber.

Amanda Ronconi who narrates for Molly Harper, Tate Hallaway, Donna Kaufman and E.J. Copperman.

Kirsten Potter who narrates for Dianne Duvall, Jude Deveraux, Maya Banks and Lisa Gardiner

[Husky, smoky, soft describes the narrator's voice...]

Thu
Jul 2 2015 1:30pm

Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening to Tessa Bailey’s Officer Off Limits

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

What happens when a reader who doesn’t like audiobooks puts Audible to the test with one of her favorite authors? An eye ear-opening experience, that’s what.

Since I began blogging for H&H late last year, I’ve challenged some of my long-held beliefs about reading. I used to think re-reading was a waste of time. No longer. I will now read a series out of order. (But only if I don’t have time to read the backlist. And only if I don’t miss a lot of world-building. And... Okay, so I’m still working on that one. ) I figured it was time to give audio books another try.

I have a dear friend who raves about listening to novels and how much more reading she gets done because of the convenience of audio books. I sit in traffic for up to two hours each workday commuting to and from the office. I listen to talk radio. Audio books should be in my wheelhouse, right? Alas, the previous times I tried listening to books I found myself getting easily distracted and losing my place. So, I thought I should try an author I knew would hold my attention, particularly with her steamy sex scenes. Would hearing someone else read graphic sex scenes in an audio book make me uncomfortable? (I’m from New England and have weirdly held onto some ancient prudish beliefs from the Pilgrims, I think.) Time to find out. Enter Tessa Bailey.

[Listen to Tessa Bailey's Officer Off Limits audiobook...]

Tue
Jun 30 2015 11:00am

10 Women’s Fiction Audiobooks You Should Listen To

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Have you heard? June is Audiobook month so let’s send off the month by celebrating their wonder.

If you are only listening to books on long trips in the car or on the plane then you are doing yourself a disservice. They make even the unpalatable chore palatable.

In the 1990’s I took on the responsibility of ordering my grandmother’s books on tape from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicap. I thought they were wonderful for her, but really didn’t see the benefit to me. I had much rather read than have someone read to me.

But after a couple long distance trip filled with static and radio silence I became a believer. And for years that was the only time I listened to audiobooks. I would make sure on my trips to find the local Cracker Barrel restaurant and exchange my old book for a new one as I traveled on.

I’m not sure when I discover the beauty of books and chores. Marketers for audiobooks call it multi-tasking, but for me it is called relief. Relief from the drudgery of unwelcome tasks that take me away from my favorite pastime—reading. My mother’s life would have been so much easier if audiobooks had been around when I was a sulky teenager. Her interruptions into my reading time put me in bad temper –martyrdom in fact. I think it is possible that I might have been half way pleasant if I could have washed windows and listened to a favorite book.

[More Women's Fiction audio books below...]

Wed
Dec 10 2014 5:45pm

Listening to History: Historical Romance Audiobooks to Try

The holiday season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but for me that means a lot of travelling, shopping, present wrapping and cooking. Initially this would not seem the ideal time for reading, but the secret weapon for romance reading during the Christmas period is audiobooks. I have loved audiobooks since I was a child and first listened to The Secret Garden on tape. Throughout the years I have listened to a fair few books, both romance and non-romance. To help you feed your romance reading addiction through the holiday season I invite you on a trip through the ages.

Late Medieval:

By Right of Arms by Robyn Carr

This is by far my favourite medieval romance on audiobook, partly due to Nicola Barber’s fantastic narration. Set during Prince Edward’s reign of England, it focuses on a French castle that has just been taken over by the English knight Hyatt. All that stands his is way is the young and newly widowed Aurelie who pledges to honor her late husband, although she is now being forced to marry the conquering knight. One of the reasons I loved this audiobook is the strength of Auriele’s character despite being born in a time when women were often seen as second-class citizens, regardless of rank.

I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the marriage of convenience trop and relishes watching a strong alpha fall to an equally strong heroine.

[We love a good trope...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 3:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]

Fri
Feb 14 2014 12:00pm

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Wed
Jan 29 2014 7:15pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of January 2014

Wild Ones by Kristine WyllysEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for January 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Sahara Hoshi

My pick is going to be Kristine Wyllys's Wild Ones. I love that Bri is an uncompromising heroine and Luke is a fantastic alpha male. In addition, the world readers are introduced to is raw, gritty, and uncompromising. I look forward to future installments in the series, hopefully one featuring Bri's bff, Jax.

[The rest of the best...]

Tue
Aug 27 2013 3:00pm

Hear Me Out: The Best Audiobooks

Audiobooks? Sounds like a good idea.Perhaps this sounds familiar: As of right now, my to-be-read list is 762 books.

So how is it possible to get through more books? After thinking on it, I realized I spend a lot of time in my life doing mundane actions, like driving to work, doing the dishes, mowing the yard, folding laundry, running…and I thought why not try audio books?

Audio books turned out to be a huge win for me. Now those tasks are accompanied by an audiobook. The ironic thing, however, is that instead of whittling down that to-be-read list I have found myself picking up some of my favorite series and listening to them. No matter how many times I read a book, when someone else reads it to me…why, it is like reading it for the first time all over again!

[You could say that it feels like the very first time...]

Sat
Aug 10 2013 3:30pm

Poll: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice?

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasLast week Megan Frampton asked in her Morning Coffee: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice? You guys gave some pretty awesome answers and so we want to make it official in this week's poll: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice?

Share your pick in the comments and weigh in on who you think would have the sexiest voice! Do you imagine a hero's voice when you read a romance?

Do you have a favorite accent you like a character to have? Does a character having a certain accent up their appeal like it does for some men in real life?

Wed
Jul 3 2013 9:30am
Excerpt

Fifth Grave Past the Light: Exclusive Excerpt

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.

—T-shirt

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case.  Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help.  Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Get a sneak peek of Darynda Jones's Fifth Grave Past the Light (available July 9, 2013) with an exclusive excerpts of Chapters 1 & 2, and we know that's never enough so we have an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 3 in audio! For more Darynda Jones content, head to our collection.

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Chapter 1

Ask me about life after death.

T-SHIRT OFTEN SEEN ON CHARLEY DAVIDSON, A GRIM REAPER OF QUESTIONABLE MORALS

The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink. Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight-and-a-halves. But the truly disturbing part of my evening was the fact that my mark, one Mr. Marvin Tidwell, blond real estate broker and suspected adulterer, actually turned down the drink I’d tried to buy him.

Turned it down!

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Thu
Jun 13 2013 12:00pm
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Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger: Exclusive Excerpt

Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests’ expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you’ve traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn’t mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison's flair for humor and heart, Chose the Wrong Guy will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love.

Get a sneak peek of Beth Harbison's Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger (available July 9, 2013) with an exclusive audio excerpt of Chapter 1!

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