There is NOTHING I love as much as ANY book that has an animal as one of the characters. Especially an animal with so much personality that they hog center stage away from the people. A couple of past favorites that immediately come to mind are Linda Howard’s TROUBLEMAKER and Susan Mallery’s SECOND CHANCE GIRL. When the first thought that comes to your mind as you are entering a new scene of the story is, “Well, what does the dog think of this development?” you know you’re in dog heaven.
We are fortunate enough to have some Behind the Mic thoughts from narrator Stina Nielsen and her puppy Phoebe! After watching this video, I predict that you’ll be in love with Stina Nielsen and Debbie Burns AND convinced that audiobooks are a force for good in the world. On the off chance you haven’t yet listened to one of Nielsen’s titles, do so immediately. She’s fun, she’s lively, and she brings a warmth to everything she does that keeps you connected to the story.
“Debbie really does a beautiful job of showing how animals enrich our lives, how they increase our emotional intelligence, and I just suddenly realized my children needed to have that experience.” —Narrator Stina Nielsen
A NEW LEASH ON LOVE
Read by Stina Nielsen
Nielsen narrates this audiobook that centers around an animal shelter with her usual care. She handles the main character Megan’s heartache with a discerning touch, and she’s equally talented at the children’s voices in the story.
Here are a couple more romance audiobooks with dogs in a starring role!
MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTAN: From Manhattan with Love, Book 6
Read by Jennifer Woodward
Jennifer Woodward’s even pacing suits the tentative encounters between dog walker Harriet Knight and Dr. Ethan Black. Read the review of this charming story about small acts of bravery.
EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY
Read by Allyson Ryan
Narrator Allyson Ryan draws the listener in as Zachary Caine helps his neighbor Jessie and her two girls rescue a kitten named Chaos from his roof. A blizzard, a love connection, and Zach’s boisterous dog make for a fun listen.