Our July 2015 Picks

What audiobooks are you excited about this month? Here are a few titles we feel are good bets based on authors, narrators, personal knowledge, reviews of story content, and sometimes… just gut instinct.

 

Lord PerfectLord Perfect by Loretta Chase

Narrated by Kate Reading

After Ms. Reading’s superb performance with Lord of Scoundrels, I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this one on audio – Kaetrin

I adored Kate Reading’s performance of Miss Wonderful, the first book in Loretta Chase’s Carsington series, and I know Ms Reading is going to do another stupendous job with Lord Perfect. To say I am eagerly anticipating this release is an understatement of tremendous proportions – Caz

A list of monthly picks isn’t quite complete without an entry by this winning author/narrator team. Chase and Reading are a definite win – Shannon

I see this as another hit for historical romance listeners with this dynamic team – Lea

With the July releases of Lord Perfect and Mr. Impossible and Ms Reading’s talents added to Loretta Chase being a favorite author, we’re guaranteed double the Historical romance listening pleasure in July – Brenda

A great combination of author/narrator, for fans of Chase’s earlier series – Melinda

 

Sex, Lies and Online DatingSex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson

Narrated by Kathleen Early

Blackstone continues with its release of Rachel Gibson’s backlist. I’m hoping all will be eventually released in audio format as I adore Gibson’s writing – especially the older titles. Scheduled for release in July, I see this one released early on June 30th – Lea

A Rachel Gibson story I thoroughly enjoyed in print coming to audio makes another audiobook to look forward to in July – Brenda

One of my favorite Gibson’s – I just wish she had a better narrator. This whole series is great, and best read in order, so that the last one (Not Another Bad Date) makes the most sense – Melinda

 

Mr. ImpossibleMr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

Narrated by Kate Reading

I have fond memories of the Carsington books and I’m really excited to listen to them on audio – Kaetrin

Is it any wonder Mr. Impossible is another of my July Picks?  Loretta Chase’s words spoken by Kate Reading – perfection in my ears – Caz

Mr. Impossible is second on my list (after Lord of Scoundrels) for all time favorite Loretta Chase books. Knowing Kate Reading does no wrong in her narrations has me very excited for this listen – Brenda

No doubt the now legions of Loretta Chase/Kate Reading fans will be tuning in for another tale – Lea

 

 

Midnight MarriageMidnight Marriage by Lucinda Brant

Narrated by Alex Wyndham

My new favourite narrator. Lucinda Brant has given me my wish; I will have the pleasure of listening to his dulcet tones reading a romance. Be still my heart! – Kaetrin

After being thoroughly impressed with Alex Wyndham’s performance in Ms Brant’s Deadly Engagement, I was delighted when I heard that he would be narrating more of her books. I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed that we would be hearing more from him in the romance genre, because he’s terrifically talented and is a wonderful addition to the woefully small number of chaps who narrate historical romance – Caz

I have yet to read or listen to a Lucinda Brant book and I haven’t heard a performance by Alex Wyndham but after hearing praise from Kaetrin and Caz, I’m convinced I will thoroughly enjoy Midnight Marriage – Lea

 

Earls Just Want to Have FunEarls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

Narrated by Beverley A. Crick

I really enjoy Galen’s sense of humor. Her heroines are witty and quirky and her heroes are absolutely adorable. Her books are like some of my favorite romantic comedy for all they are historicals. I’ve not heard of Crick but I’m hopeful she can capture Galen’s talent for hilarity – Diana

I reviewed this in print a few months back, and really enjoyed the story (I gave it a B+ at AAR). I like to listen to books I’ve enjoyed reading, so I was pleased to see this title slated for an audio release. I’ve only heard Ms Crick once before (in Kate Noble’s The Game and the Governess – also reviewed for AAR), and enjoyed her performance overall, despite a few reservations, so I’m keen to give her another try – Caz

 

Chasing RiverChasing River by K.A. Tucker

Narrated by Elizabeth Louise and Shane East

I can’t say enough good things about this author’s writing. She isn’t afraid to allow her characters to explore the shades of gray that make us all human. I’m especially pleased to see narrator Elizabeth Louise continuing to narrate this series. She has the perfect voice for New Adult titles – Shannon

Having enjoyed all of the previous books in the Burying Water series, I have been highly anticipating the third installment, Chasing River. Additionally, although I’m not familiar with Shane East, Elizabeth Louise is one of my favorite NA narrators, ensuring that at least her performance should be first rate – BJ

 

KylandKyland by Mia Sheridan

Narrated by Stephen Dexter and Erin Mallon

Lovers of inspirational romances, and characters with a hard work ethic and the drive to succeed beyond the poor circumstances they were born into, will not want to miss Kyland by Mia Sheridan, the author of Archer’s Voice.  Although I am unfamiliar with the narrators, I have heard such great things from my Goodreads friends (where this story has garnered an impressive 4.45 average out of over 7K ratings), that this is my most highly anticipated listen for July – BJ 

 

 

Never Die AloneNever Die Alone by Lisa Jackson

Narrated by Natalie Ross

I’m a long-time fan of Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans series. I’m excited to read the eighth installment, especially with Natalie Ross listed as narrator – Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

WiredWired by Julie Garwood

Brilliance Audio hasn’t disclosed the narrator

I love Julie Garwood and, although her historical romances are my favorites, her contemporary romances are still very good.  With Wired, I’m expecting an action packed and romantic adventure.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who will narrate this next book in the series but I’m hopeful it’s Tanya Eby, who narrated the previous book in the series – Diana

Another sure-to-be popular choice for longtime Garwood fans – Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

Earth BoundEarth Bound by Christine Feehan

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

I’m looking forward to the fourth book in Ms Feehan’s Sea Haven series fingers crossed that the experienced (though not in romance audio) narrator can bring each character to distinct life – Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fighting SilenceFighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Narrated by Laura Jennings

I read Fighting Silence when it first came out in eBook format earlier this year, and it is one of my top five favorites of 2015 so far! I devoured this book and cried at a number of points. Although I’m not familiar with narrator Laura Jennings, I can tell you that if you enjoy childhood friends, first love/friends to lovers stories, then this story is one not to be missed – BJ

 

 

 

The Sea KingThe Sea King by CL Wilson

Narrator unknown

I enjoyed last year’s The Winter King and I’m looking forward to this one. I wonder if it can live up to the Tairen Soul books? – Kaetrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siren's Call

Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle

Recorded Books has narrator as TBA

Jayne Castle has a good record (luck) with narrators and we’ll have to hope that record holds true as the narrator for Siren’s Call has proven impossible to find thus far – Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Doesn't Destroy UsWhat Doesn’t Destroy Us by M.N. Forgot

Narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell

One of Lisa’s picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I Ever Need Is YouAll I Ever Need is You by Bella Andre

Narrated by Eva Kaminsky

Bella Andre has been compared to Nora Roberts for her way of writing fabulous contemporary, family romances. And I have to agree; her Sullivans‘ series has been catnip for me for years!  They’re warm, real, and filled with unique characters that make me feel good to my toes. Eva Kaminsky is a name I’ve seen on many audiobooks but never found the right title to try her out. Fingers crossed she works out – Diana

 

 

 

Under the LightsUnder the Lights by Shannon Stacy

Narrated by Carly Robbins

One of Lisa’s picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KultiKulti by Mariana Zapata

Narrated by Callie Dalton

One of Lisa’s picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest July Disappointment…

Against the Rulesgoes to Dreamscape’s decision to go way too far back in Linda Howard’s backlist to produce Against the Rules (1983) in audio. I really enjoy Lesa Lockford’s narration skills but not even she can change Ms Howard’s early Neanderthal heroes into likeable men. When Dreamscape finally gets to White Lies and Duncan’s Bride I’ll start paying attention again – Brenda

Concur… – Lea

 

 

Happy July listening!

 

Lea Hensley

Looking Back at June 2015 – Our News, Reviews and Features

We don’t like to do things by halves here at AudioGals, and we certainly pulled out the stops to mark June Is Audiobook Month, running our biggest ever Giveaway, with over 450 audiobooks up for grabs.  Six lucky winners have so far selected 120 titles – but we’re not finished yet!  Look out for Part Two later this month.

In addition to that, we ran twenty-eight new reviews, welcomed two new narrator friends (Amy Rubinate and Cris Dukeheart) and brought you more of our exclusive First Chapter Listens. And for those of you new to AudioGals – and those not-so-new who like to know where to find things – we’ve created a new Index to Our Recorded Events.

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I’ll Stand by You by Sharon Sala

I'll stand by youNarrated by Amy Rubinate

The listener is introduced to Adorable “Dori” Grant as she wakes up to start her typical day. Dori is an unwed teen mom who works the morning shift as a dishwasher at Granny’s Country Kitchen while her grandfather babysits her four-month-old son. She’s never divulged who the father of the baby is, and lets the gossips believe what they wish about her circumstances. After Dori’s morning starts, you’re introduced one by one to more residents of Blessings, Georgia – the diner’s owner, the local hair salon’s employees, members of Dori’s neighborhood and church, and Johnny Pine, who is raising his younger brothers now that their mother is dead from a meth overdose and their father’s in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals – July 2nd, 2015

Woman listening

What are the Gals listening to this week? If you are looking for your next listen, consider trying out one of these along with the reviewer. Read the rest of this entry »

Chatting with Penny Reid & Cris Dukehart, a Giveaway & a First Chapter Listen!

Penny Reid

Penny Reid

Today we’re welcoming Cris Dukehart as our latest Narrator Friend and to help pull it all off with style, author Penny Reid is joining Cris and me in a chat all about their joint work. We’re also giving away two sets of Penny’s Elements of Chemistry series which releases this summer AND we have a First Chapter Listen of Attraction, the first in the series which releases today. You can find the First Chapter Listen immediately below today’s chat.

And be sure to check out Cris’ Narrator Friend page!

 

The Giveaway

We’re giving away two download sets of Penny Reid’s Elements of Chemistry series courtesy of Tantor Audio as each is released in audio format this summer. Attraction releases today; Heat releases on July 28th; and Capture releases August 18th. Entry is simple. Just complete the easy entry form found at the bottom of the page by midnight (CST) Sunday, July 5th. No comments are necessary to enter although we’d love to hear your thoughts in our discussion area. You may only enter once – anyone entering more than once will be disqualified. We’ll contact winners on July 6th so watch your email as we must have acknowledgement of your win within 24 hours. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll select another winner. The giveaway is limited to those residing in the U.S. or Canada.

 

Cris Dukehart

Cris Dukehart

Chatting with Penny and Cris

LEA  Welcome Penny and Cris to AudioGals! We’re excited to have you with us today.

PENNY  Thank you for having all of us!

PENNY  (all two of us)

CRIS  Hello there!

LEA  And a special welcome to Cris as our newest Narrator Friend. Over the past months, Cris and I have been looking for just the right opportunity to formally introduce her with great flair. And Penny, you provided us with just that!

CRIS  SQUEEEEE!

PENNY  If I accomplish anything with these books, I hope it’s introducing Cris with great flair. Life goal achieved

CRIS  The minute I finished devouring The Elements series in the pre-read, I KNEW…

CRIS  PENNY ROCKS THE CASBAH! Read the rest of this entry »

Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare

Three Nights with a ScoundrelNarrated by Rosalyn Landor

This is the final book in Tessa Dare’s Stud Club trilogy, and while I’ve enjoyed the others, Three Nights with a Scoundrel is the strongest of the three, and my personal favourite. The mystery that has run through all three books surrounding the death of Lord Leo Chatwick is satisfactorily concluded, the central romance is truly touching and the two protagonists make an exceptionally well-drawn and engaging couple.

The hero, Julian Bellamy, appeared as a secondary character in the other books, and was not an especially appealing one. Handsome as sin and twice as charming, he is arrogant and selfish, a trendsetter Read the rest of this entry »

Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood ShadowsNarrated by Anne Flosnik

One of the things I like most about paranormal romance is the world building that goes into it. Vampires, shape-shifters, and the like roam the streets of everyday cities, and it’s up to the author to explain how this came to be. I had heard great things about Blood Shadows, Book 1 in Lindsay J. Pryor’s Blackthorn series. People raved about the incredible setup, and I was eager to listen. Sadly, I wasn’t able to hop onto this particular bandwagon.

Caitlin Parish is a shadow reader for the Vampire Control Unit. With a single touch, she can see inside the souls of any third species being. What is third species? I’m honestly not sure. I think vampires and Read the rest of this entry »

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