AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter
blog post image
Romance Audio Spotlight: 2019 Reviewer Favorites

Romance Audio Spotlight 2019 Reviewer Favorites

As I was starting to put together my last Tease post of the year, I realized that what I really wanted to spotlight was our AudioFile romance reviewer family. Our reviewers get excited about every genre of romance, and we share a love of love-themed audiobooks! As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to thank our reviewers for their professionalism and their commitment to long hours of listening. In addition, I’ve polled a couple of our reviewers about their personal favorite listens of the past year—the titles that made us supremely happy—so that we can share them with you.

From Katie:

The Bride Test
Band Sinister

Like just about everyone else, I fell in love with Esme in THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang. Her journey is so wonderful, and it really made the book a standout for me. Emily Woo Zeller is a great narrator who did an amazing job with Esme and Khai and is someone who I always enjoy listening to. 

BAND SINISTER introduced me to both author KJ Charles and narrator Cornell Collins, and I absolutely swooned. The story is a surprisingly sweet one about found family and pokes gentle fun at the fabulous, overwrought excesses of Gothic novels. It was a great introduction to Charles’s work, and I’m now slowly working my way through her oeuvre. 

From Stephanie:

The One Who Stays
Down & Dirty

I had four favorites. In THE ONE WHO STAYS by Toni Blake, narrator Ann Marie Gideon really makes you feel like you are on summer island.

Narrator John Lane does super sexy very well, especially the hero’s sexy Scottish accent in Rhenna Morgan’s DOWN & DIRTY.

The Best Of Us
Gimmie Some Sugar

In Robin Carr’s THE BEST OF US, narrator Thérèse Plummer deftly handles all the characters in the book’s three different romances.

Finally, GIMME SOME SUGAR by Molly Harper and narrated by Amanda Ronconi is the perfect marriage between narrator and author. This is my book crack. Ronconi perfectly matches Harper’s snarky humor.

From Caitlin:

Sprig MuslinI picked an older recording that my mother and I shared in the car together this year. My mom is not a huge audiobook person, but she knows that when we’re in the car, that’s the deal. So any audio that she praises is worth noting. Thanks for being a great road trip passenger, Mom! 

When we started Georgette Heyer’s classic historical romantic adventure SPRIG MUSLIN, narrator Siân Phillips’s arch tone immediately filled the car. Gareth’s misadventures with an opinionated young heiress lead to sparks and an unexpected resolution. 

We approach 2020 with a festive and grateful spirit—let us know the audiobooks that made you happy this year as we look forward to new listening in the new year!

Share This
More From Audiofile
blog post image
2019 Best Romance Audiobooks
What a busy time of year — the traffic around town is constantly stuck, you're shopping, you're baking, you're preparing for family . . . if you're like me, your hand is glued to
blog post image
Tease Holiday Roundup: 5 Romance Audiobooks with Festive Flair
As I may have revealed in former holiday roundups, I revel in all things Christmas. I watch holiday movies (and upgraded to an app this year to track my progress — 11 so far). My
blog post image
Celebrating RITA Romance Awards Winners on Audio
Whenever we highlight audiobooks here on the blog, it goes without saying that someone is pretty excited to share them. Whether it's the reviewer, the editors, the public at
blog post image
Romance Is About Family
We're wrapping up our 2018 romance audiobook journey with titles about family. More than likely, you've spent some part of the last week with some portion of your family. And, more
The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.

envelope

AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.

×

Thank you for signing up.

×

Thanks!

Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×